If you appreciate art in any form and have never been to Portland, Oregon you must take my word for it and put it on your “Places to Go” list. Every entity of the city is thriving with artistic inspiration. From the local boutique designers, to the cupcake shops and restaurants, the artistic influence is undeniable. Each little shop has its own unique culture that starts from the top and works its way through every nook and cranny. It seeps its way into your mindset and demeanor making you feel like you are just as much a piece of the store as the locally made leather bound travel journals on the shelf next to you. The culture radiates. It flows from one shop to the next, into the markets, and even extending itself into the corporate stores we know so well. Clothing made from re-purposed vintage fabric. Random odds and ends handcrafted together to create the most beautiful furniture you’ve ever seen. Jewelery designed to show off the beauty of a natural piece of wood. There are shops with all the best cards collected from all over the world and stands featuring local designers favorite things. “Inspired” is the word pulsing through this city.
A few of my favorite things
Camp Hollyhock– Hands down, my favorite little gem hidden in the Sellwood district. A local designer makes women’s and baby clothing from vintage fabrics. Beautiful laces and weathered cottons are the foundation for these stunning one of a kind pieces.
Porch Light- A perfect combination of old and new, useful and beautiful. Everything from rustic furniture and cozy blankets, all the way to handmade jewelry, glassware, and stationary.
Sticks & Stones– Jewelry made using all natural materials. Reclaimed exotic wood, elk antler sheds, prehistoric ivories, fine metals, seashells and gemstones are all perfectly put together to create these incredible pieces.
Nadeau– This shop isnt local to Portland, but it was the first time I’d seen it and immediately fell in love. Its packed full of gorgeous handcrafted, solid wood furniture. Mostly carrying a rustic or vintage vibe, but hosts a variety of styles.
Salt & Straw– After all that shopping you’ll have to stop for ice cream. There will be a line wrapped around the building anytime you stop here, but the service has you forgetting that you’re waiting in line. Staff members will walk down the line bringing you samples of the many unique flavors (Sea Salt Ice Cream with Caramel Ribbon, Strawberry Honey Balsamic Vinegar with Cracked Black Pepper, Plum Sangria Sorbet, or Oregon Peaches with Toasted Walnuts) so you know exactly what to order when its your turn.
“Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” — Bo Derek