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i love :: infusion

I tend to shy away from pack sacks as they often make me look like a tourist or a school girl, but I think I will be changing that after seeing these beauties!

Infusion represents a collection of hand designed, hand sewn, sustainable textile work. Made by Abby Meadow from Oregon, she strives to create durable and long lasting items that are both functional and beautiful to look at. Taking inspiration from nature, her line of sustainably made bags and other textile items are made using natural, organic, sustainable and recycled fibers and fabrics.

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city guide :: portland, or (part 3)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.)

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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)

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

city guide :: portland, or (part 1)

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I discovered Portland, OR through the power of blogs and it was love at first sight. At one point, Robert and I were heading down there on a bi-monthly basis, so it is no surprise that people seem to look to us for places to go. Since we received such positive feedback from the Vancouver, BC City Guides (part one, two, three), we thought we would do a round up of our favourite Portland places. 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! I will be breaking the post into three sections, so let’s start off with the Mississippi + Alberta areas.

Mississippi:
Pistils Nursery – 3811 N. Mississippi Avenue (everything you need for your garden including landscape services and chickens!) see picture above

Porch Light – 3972 N. Mississippi Avenue (well curated selection of rustic furniture and architectural salvage <- great place for display materials!)

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Flutter – 3948 N. Mississippi Avenue (an eclectic mix of ephemera, vintage clothing, jewelry, taxidermy, haberdashery, home goods and more)

The Meadow – 3731 N. Mississippi Avenue (chocolate + gourmet salts, need I say more?)

Mississippi Records – 4009 N. Mississippi Avenue (for those that love vinyl)

Lodekka – corner of N. Williams at N. Failing (a converted double decker bus filled with vintage clothing and home goods)

Tiny Meat – 3808 N. Williams #132 (visit the studio of the master of handmade wallets + other accessories!)

?Por Que No Taquiera? – 3524 N. Mississippi Avenue (tacos and margaritas – yummy!)

Flavour Spot – 2310 N. Lombard Street (this has to be one of my favourite food carts.. waffle sandwiches. That’s right. Waffle Sandwiches!)

Land – 3925 N. Mississippi Avenue (gallery upstairs, retail space downstairs – you may also recognize it from here)

Alberta:
La Bonita – 2839 NE Alberta Street (mexican deliciousness – see picture above)

Bolt – 2136 NE Alberta Street (sweet sewing shop packed full of fabrics, books and haberdashery)

Modern Domestic – 1408 NE Alberta Street (sewing lounge, sewing classes and a selection of handmade goods available for sale – see picture above)

McMenamins Kennedy School – 5736 NE 33rd Avenue (they own quite a few properties in Portland, so check out their website for details – the school is absolutely amazing – part hotel | part restaurant | part movie theater)

honourable mentions: The Grilled Cheese Grill, Pine State Biscuits, Townshend’s, Ink & Peat

Like any busy city, there may be a shop or cafe that is missing from the list or maybe you have a favourite place that you want to share! Please feel free to leave a comment below with your suggestions! Remember that I am not from Portland, OR, so if you spot any errors, please let me know and I will correct it.