Category: Portland (OR)

field trip :: schoolhouse electric

After seeing a quick tweet about Schoolhouse Electric a few months ago, I quickly added it to my “must visit” list during our next trip to Portland. However, it wasn’t until I stepped into their amazing showroom, when I had a déjà vu moment and realized that I had already been here (Schoolhouse Electric used to be located on MLK across from the now closed Paper Zone in Portland)!

If I had an endless budget, I could have easily come home with a car full of classic fixtures and period lighting… and especially this + that.

In addition to the showroom on the main floor, the space is shared with Anna Mara Floral Design and Ristretto Roasters where we enjoyed a cold brew. I love how they used vintage library catalogues to hold secret messages!

Schoolhouse Electric
2181 NW Nicolai Street, Portland, OR 97210
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portland, or may 2012 – part two

If I had to move to America and had to choose a place from the Cities that I have visited, my top picks would be San Francisco, CA and Portland, OR. My two favourite places in the US! Here is the last round up of pictures that I took during our last trip to Portland, OR last week. Hope to squeeze in another visit after our return from the Summer Olympics!

pictured above:
Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Belmont where we picked up a few cold brews!

Monticello Antiques where Rob found himself a long handled ice cream scoop and I picked up a small bowl to add to my Pyrex collection. (Not pictured is the beautiful green cabinet with the matching green enamel top!)

Knittn’ Kitten – This is a unique Portland experience that all crafters should visit at least once.

Coava – part woodworking workshop, part coffee shop

Been hearing about Pok Pok‘s chicken wings for over a year, so we * had * to go try them. Thoughts? Good, but I still prefer the ones from Wo Fung Dessert at Aberdeen Mall.

After Pok Pok, we strolled down Division Street and peeked into a thrift store… R almost stepped on a dead squirrel on the sidewalk which was followed by me screaming like a girl (loud enough for passing cars to stop and stare)… and then continuing down the block until we stumbled across a group of food carts including the pie spot. Yup… a typical Portland day!

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Catch up on part one over here or check out my Portland city guides: part one | part two | part three

portland, or may 2012 – part one

We arrived home from Portland Saturday night, but I will be sharing some images from our trip over the next day or two (plus one field trip!). If you are thinking of going on your own road trip, make sure to check out my PDX city guides here: part one | part two | part three

pictured above:
croissant and a coffee from Grand Central Bakery
attention cat lovers! portland is filled with cats!
little big burger – 3 words – truffle oil fries
Tom Tom + chickens from Pistils Nursery
walking through Mississippi
pretty dresses at flutter
hostess outlet store <- I * had * to go in.

city guide :: portland, or (part 3)

voodoo doughnuts, image via elephants in zoos tumblr

click here for part one + part two of the city guide :: portland, or

For the final part of our Portland, OR city guide, I am covering downtown and all the little shops and restaurants that just didn’t seem to fit in any other area. As I mentioned before, this is more of a listing rather than me gushing about why I love each place. So please do visit their websites when planning your trip to see if it is for you! Have a favourite? Leave a comment below. Remember, I’m not from Portland and this list is from my memory, so if you do see an error, please let me know and I will correct it.

Downtown:
Little Big Burger – 122 NW 10th Avenue (see picture above)

Museum of Contemporary Craft - 724 NorthWest Davis Street (representing craft artists from across the nation working in all fields)

Powells Books – 1005 W. Burnside Street (most likely the largest bookstore I have ever been to. pretty sure they have a map in case you get lost)

Anthropologie – 1125 NW Couch Street (always worth a spin especially since it is tax free!)
image via A Tea Leaf

Crafty Wonderland Pop-Up Shop – 802 SW 10th Avenue (in case you cant wait for their Spring and Holiday show, you can now get your fix anytime!)

Also check out: Mother’s Bistro & Bar, Portland Saturday Market, Portland Japanese Gardens, Saint Honoré Boulangerie, Portland Farmers Market

North East Portland + Beyond:
Fabric Depot – 700 SE 122nd Avenue (fabric, notions, yarn, machines … oh, my!)

Roseway Theater – 7229 NE Sandy Blvd (we watched Up here many years ago, lovely theater)

Annie’s Donuts – 3449 NE 72nd Avenue (people swear by these, not a big donut fan, but R gives it two thumb up)

image via craftzine.com

Knittn’ Kitten – 7530 NE Glisan (a craft thrift store – again, hit and miss as it depends on what they get in, but prices are CHEAP and it is a fab place to stock up on vintage fabrics and notions – see above)

Rerun – 707 NE Fremont Street (best selection of vintage sheets for craft displays, hit and miss as it depends what they get, but worth a stop)

image via katy elliott

Also check out: Mount St. Helens, Crater Lake, Voodoo Doughnut, Palmer Wirfs, Columbia River Gorge (see above), Uwajimaya (beaverton, or), Pittock Mansion, Mt. Tabor, Skidmore Bluffs

city guide :: portland, or (part 2)

image via p medved

click here for part one of the city guide :: portland, or

For part two of our Portland, OR city guide, we stop in at Hawthorne, Division and Sellwood. As I mentioned before, this is more of a listing rather than me gushing about why I love each place. So please do visit their websites when planning your trip to see if it is for you! Have a favourite? Leave a comment below. Remember, I’m not from Portland and this list is from my memory, so if you do see an error, please let me know and I will correct it.

Division:
Genies Cafe – 1101 SE Division (breakfast, coffee and brunch cocktails!)

Stumptown – 4525 SE Division Street + various locations (I love their coffee so much that I actually bought two packages and brought them back in England when we flew out of PDX! I heard their chocolate cookies are pretty delish too.)

image via coffee shop journal

Hawthorne:
Apizza Scholls – 4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd (be prepared to line up!)

Cha! Cha! Cha! – 3433 SE Hawthorne Blvd + various locations (love their veggie burrito)

via grand central bakery

Grand Central Bakery – 2230 SE Hawthorne Blvd + various locations (coffee and croissants <- if you like them flaky, these are one of the best on the west coast)

Hawthorne Vintage – 4722 SE Hawthorne Blvd (may look small from the outside, but it’s not – tons of clothing, housewares, furniture, etc)

Vintage Pink – 2500 SE Hawthorne Blvd (more vintage love – easy to manuever and look around)

Cool Cottons – 2417 SE Hawthorne Blvd (i’m pretty sure they know us here, but it is just up the block from grand central bakery and always on my “must stop” list)

Imelda’s and Louie’s Shoes – 3426 SE Hawthorne Blvd (Across the street from Cha! Cha! Cha! and just two store fronts down from Pho Van. They have a good selection of shoes and friendly staff, so always worth a browse)

Pho Van – 3404 SE Hawthorne Blvd + various locations (this is fancier pho then what we are normally use to in Vancouver, but their honey lemongrass chicken is fantastic!)

Sellwood:
Star Antiques – 7027 SE Milwaukie Avenue (two large stores adjacent to one another – plenty of good finds, but be prepared to spend some time strolling up and down the aisles – see pic above)

Sock Dreams – 8005 SE 13th Avenue – (you could climb a mountain in their knee high socks and they would still in place – love them!)
image via craftzine.com

honourable mentions: broder, Bagdad Theater, Potato Champion, Waffle Window, Yarnia(see picture above)