Portland, Ore. pastry shops
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Blue Collar Baking Co.( Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times )
Known for: Blue Collar's slogan is "We're not afraid of butter!" and the proprietor means it. The year-old business is the most recent step in owner Warren Becker's evolution from home baker to entrepreneur.
Highlights: Red velvet Bundt cake, wage earner chocolate chip cookies, big rig oatmeal cookies, waitress scones.
Info: 319 S.W. Pine St.; (503) 227-3249, http://www.bluecollarbaking.com. Open 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. All cookies $1.