Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Got Hipsters? Travel+Leisure Chats with Lana Veenker

by Gwen

When Travel+Leisure’s Katrina Brown Hunt set out to write an article on America’s Best Cities for Hipsters, she checked in with casting director Lana Veenker for the inside scoop on the Rose City.


Although Seattle eventually took the top prize, Portland gave its neighbor to the north a good run for its money:

Upping the ante, Portland, OR, is the home of BikeBar, where you can pedal stationary bikes that actually generate electricity for the organic micropub.

Indeed, techie haven Seattle got some serious competition from the craft-beer-loving, food-truck-dining, and notoriously mustachioed Oregon city. After all, Portland arguably corners the market on quirkiness, the X factor of hipness. Portland-based TV and film casting director Lana Veenker says that clients frequently ask her to hire “Portland hipster types”—and it’s not hard.

“There’s a guy in my neighborhood who regularly takes his pet pig for a walk around the block, on a leash,” Veenker says. She also sees a guy in a Darth Vader costume tooling around town on his unicycle—with bagpipes. “It’s just par for the course around here.”

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