Taylor Valdes is the creator of the vending machine business The Venderia. "Find Your Inner Animal Mystery Bags" are her most popular item. 

Taylor Valdes is the creator of the vending machine business The Venderia. “Find Your Inner Animal Mystery Bags” are her most popular item. 

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  • The bronze sculptures on the main street of Joseph, Oregon, are a feature of the town. But although the sculptures depict Native Americans, none of them are made by a Native artist — until now. Nez Perce sculptor Doug Hyde is installing his sculpture, funded by the Josephy Center for the Arts, today.

 

  

  • Created by Taylor Valdes, The Venderia is a new kind of vending machine. Valdes hand-stocks the machines with condoms, pregnancy tests, Find Your Inner Animal mystery bags and new and different items from local artists each week. We listen back to an interview with Valdez about her eclectic business. This weekend, Valdes is organizing a Pedalpalooza ride exploring the vending machines of Portland.

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