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May 13, 2013

From Denim to Thrift Shop Chic, PDXYelp's Bossanova Ballroom Bash IV Was A Blowout Success!

Posted by Don Bourassa

The fourth annual installment of PDXYelp's Bossanova Ballroom Bash took place over two nights on Friday, May 10th and Saturday, May 11th 2013! Over 850 Yelp Elites, Media and VIP guests rocked their denim and thrift-shop best as the Bossanova Ballroom bumped for two straight nights. 

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Friday's Denim Derby and Jorts Jamboree took welcomed Yelpers off the hot Portland streets and into one of P-towns most classic venues. From spicy wings to hot Italian beef sandwiches to snickerdoodle ice cream, local restaurants including Trigger, Salty's On The ColumbiaGracie'sA CenaSalt & StrawAndina, and Local Choice Market served up a plethora of amazing eats. Denim-bedecked guests quaffed Citra Blonde and Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing; toasted #PDXBubbles Week with '09 Brut from Argyle Winery; sampled David Hill Winery's varietals; sipped Oregon Chardonnay and Oregon Pinot Noir from A to Z Wine Works; and toasted good health with Saké from SakéOne. Those feelin' the cocktial vibe tossed back highballs made with JOIA Soda and sweet spirits from local distillers including Liquid and Lavishmint Vodkas from NW Distillery; Gin No 1 and Gin No 33 from New Deal Distillery; and Warship Rum and Bengerminz Vodka from Distilling Head Spirits. There was plenty to go around. 

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But it wasn't just about the food. DJ Saltfeend jocked the jorts jams on the ones and twos, while Tom Maxwell Photography snapped up the crowd. The mezzanine got straight into the zone with the Yelp Relaxation Lounge by Sacral Space MassageLucent HealingIntegrative Therapeutic Massage, and Intuitive Touch Massage. Also upstairs were on-site sampling from David Hill, SakéOne, JOIA, NW Distilling, Warship, Bengerminz and Argyle Bubbles! With music bumping and the food and drink flowing, Yelpers and guests partied until the 10pm magic hour. Yup, those jorts only go so far!

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Round Two fired up Saturday evening, with Yelp's Poppin' Tags - The Thrift Shop Party! Yelper favorite restaurants Salt & Straw, Andina and Local Choice Market bounced back for a second helping, and they were joined by Tamale Boy/Mayahuel Catering, Smokehouse 21 and Kenny & Zuke's Deli! Pastrami sandwiches, pickles, deviled eggs, smoked oysters, tamales, bourbon/coffee ice cream, roast beef and more graced the tables. Sun-stroked folks kicked back Citra Blonde and Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing; toasted #PDXBubbles Week with '09 Brut from Argyle Winery; sampled David Hill Winery's varietals; and sipped Oregon Chardonnay and Oregon Pinot Noir from A to Z Wine Works. Those feelin' the cocktial vibe tossed back highballs made with JOIA Soda and sweet spirits from local distillers including Liquid and Lavishmint Vodkas from NW Distillery; Gin No 1 and Gin No 33 from New Deal Distillery; and Warship Rum and Bengerminz Vodka from Distilling Head Spirits. Willakenzie Estates was on hand to pour Estate Cuveé Pinot as well. 

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The Thrift Shop theme blew up all over the dance floor with DJ Atom13 dropping the yacht rock and thrift shop breaks. Up on the mezzanine, Tom Maxwell Photography popped some bulbs in the photo booth as Sacral Space MassageLucent HealingIntegrative Therapeutic Massage, and Intuitive Touch Massage served up the sweet 5-minute massages. Stylists from Hair M offered up neck trims and quick do's as Warship Rum, Bengerminz Vodka, Argyle, Willakenzie, David Hill and JOIA soda served up samples. 

 As Gina A aptly puts it: "Your mommy your mammy, your grammy, your aunty & me all rocked that mutha! It was 5 star PERFECTION. Everything I was hoping it to be and then some. The place was filled with divine bites, tasty beverages, great music and lots of fun chit to do." This is all thanks to our fantastic partners including those listed above; The Bossanova Ballroom and its fantastic staff; The Yelp Elite Squad; Ruggy J; Brittany B; Ana M; Petra B and everyone else who helped make these parties a reality.

But don't just take my word for it. Read the reviews from Friday and Saturday here, peep the photos here and here. Haven't written your review yet? What are you waiting for? Oh, and make sure to check out the PDXYelp FB and Twitter feeds!

Until next time, SYOY!

Don B.

PDXYelp Community Director

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