10 AAPI-Owned Businesses You Should Support in West Linn & Lake Oswego | Wander Willamette


10 AAPI-Owned Businesses You Should Support in West Linn & Lake Oswego

April 25, 2024
10 AAPI-Owned Businesses You Should Support in West Linn & Lake Oswego

As AAPI Heritage Month kicks off this May, it's the perfect time to celebrate and uplift all of the incredible Asian American and Pacific Islander entrepreneurs who have enriched our communities across Lake Oswego and West Linn.

From delectable cuisine to restorative services and relaxation, these local AAPI-owned gems are worth checking out and supporting.

Fuel Your Creativity at Yanan's Art Learning Studio

For those looking to unleash their inner artist, Yanan's Art Learning Studio is a must-visit in Lake Oswego. Yanan Dai is a well known author for a series of art education books, written in Chinese, her books dedicated to supporting parents embracing art and bringing it into daily life and to deepen understanding among children and parents.

Yanan has dedicated herself to bringing the beauty of Chinese Ink painting to the people, offering limited classes for both adults and children who are interested in Chinese culture and art. Sign up for a class and prepare to be inspired!

Feel Your Best at PDX Fresh Start

Owner Connie Mansfield says that “PDX Fresh Start’s vision is to make self care accessible and simple for you to feel good about feeling good.” Have yourself a self care moment and explore Connie’s selection of bath, shower, and body goodies! If you’re looking to pick up a gift for a loved one, this could be the perfect place to grab a self care item or two for them, as well.

Savor Authentic Flavors at White Orchid Thai Cuisine

For an authentic taste of Thailand right in the heart of West Linn, head to White Orchid Thai Cuisine. This family-owned restaurant offers a mouthwatering selection of classic curries, stir fried noodle dishes, and more made with fresh, high-quality ingredients. Don't miss out on trying their amazing spicy basil fried rice when you visit!

Satisfy Your Teriyaki Cravings at Umai Teriyaki

This Japanese grill and teriyaki spot is a local favorite for a reason. Umai Teriyaki serves up hearty portions of flavorful chicken, beef and vegetable teriyaki plates at affordable prices. Their made-from-scratch sauces are absolutely crave-worthy. Bonus, they offer a military discount and vegan/vegetarian options!

Sip Sake at Sushi Kuni & Cocktail Bar

For fresh nigiri, premium sakes, and cocktails in a vibrant atmosphere, Sushi Kuni is your spot with locations in Lake Oswego and West Linn. This Japanese restaurant and sushi bar offers an extensive menu alongside a lively bar scene perfect for date nights and gatherings with friends!

Hear it from Sushi Kuni themselves, “From succulent tuna and buttery salmon to the elusive and rare akamutsu, we only import the highest quality fish to ensure an unparalleled dining experience.” Also, the owner goes to Seattle to pick up fresh fish every week, so it’s truly as fresh as can be!

Relax & Restore at Skinsense Spa

This tranquil, woman-owned day spa offers a true escape from the stresses of everyday life. Indulge in a customized facial, massage, waxing and more at Skinsense using high-quality products. You'll leave feeling completely renewed!

Skinsense owner Debbie is a licensed esthetician specializing in problematic skin. She will take time to listen to clients, really hear their skin concerns, noting that no two clients’ skin, lifestyle, health, diet and skin care regime are alike. Debbie treats each client individually for a specialized treatment based on your needs.

Enjoy Chinese Classics at Lungfung Wok and Grill

Lungfung Wok and Grill has been a West Linn staple for Chinese food cravings! Dig into generous portions of delicious kung pao chicken, crispy sesame beef, lo mein and more in their casual, laid-back atmosphere.

At Lungfung, “each dish is prepared with a careful balance of seasonings and ingredients to create a unique and satisfying flavor profile. We use only the freshest ingredients, resulting in a truly sublime dining experience.”

Discover Your Path at Reimagine Therapy

For those seeking emotional healing and growth, Reimagine Therapy provides a safe space for counseling and coaching services. Owner Vickey Giap Thistlethwaite is an integrated family therapist, with a teaching background, using various modalities to work with individuals, families, couples, and children.

Vickey also says, “being an immigrant myself, raising children, and building a place of my own as a BIPOC therapist while navigating different life stages and challenges, I am familiar with the tension that arises from differences in cultural/generational values and bicultural experiences that impact individual and families.”

Grab Thai Food On-the-Go at Bangkok Xpress

When you need an affordable and ultra-fresh Thai food fix, Bangkok Xpress has you covered. This family owned, quick-service spot offers all of your favorite curries, noodles, soups and more for take-out or dine-in. At Bangkok Xpress, dishes are made to order so if you want it really spicy, request Thai spicy but don't say we didn't warn you… Thai spicy is SPICY!

Treat Yourself at Oh My Nails!

Enjoy a true pampering oasis at Oh My Nails! This nail salon in West Linn offers wonderful manicures, pedicures, waxing and lash services. You're sure to leave feeling perfectly polished, so go treat yourself this spring.

These are just a few of the incredible AAPI-owned businesses in Lake Oswego and West Linn, but you can explore even more using our interactive Local Business Map at WanderWillamette.com.

Lake Oswego is holding an AAPI Heritage Month Celebration on May 19th, so come out and join us to support our community and local businesses! Learn more about the event here. Join us and continue celebrating AAPI Heritage Month all month long by supporting & shopping local!

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