When my husband and I shop for gifts for one another we try to shop local by shopping at small locally owned businesses as well as businesses that specialize in selling locally created goods. Back when I had my first vintage store in 2001 I was one of only three or so stores in Portland that sold locally designed goods. Now Portland is brimming with stores that dabble in local design as well as ones that focus on selling locally created wares.
Crafty Wonderland is a bastion of local design. They started out with having small craft sales that exploded into the twice annual epic event of Crafty Wonderland. They then opened up a pop up shop that turned into a brick and mortar location at 808 SW 10th Ave. The owners of Crafty Wonderland, Cathy and Torie, love Portland and love local design. Everything in their store is made in Portland.
I bought the “I’m ready for my meal” cat block pictured below to hang in our kitchen near where our toddler eats.
I bought the Illuminating The Stars Coloring Book for myself and the Invisible Cat Activities Coloring Book for my husband.
We used to always buy our holiday cards from Old School Stationers…
My friend Shannon Buck does block printing. She created a gorgeous mural in the fitting room at my store of birch trees against an aqua background, she used to sell her prints at my store as well. Shannon is now part of an art co-op called StuStuStudio (1627 NE Alberta St) where she is able to do her printing as well as sell her Loaded Hips Press work…
Work by other artists at StuStuStudio…
Oblations Papers & Press (516 NW 12th Ave) was one of the first curated paper goods stores in Portland. They have multiple letter presses on site which they use to print paper goods for the store as well as for custom orders. The guy behind Old School Stationers (his work is featured in the photo story of Crafty Wonderland) used to work here. There is a fun selection of Portland cards, which I am now starting to collect, that gently poke fun at the hip mecca that Portland has become, as well as cards showing it’s beautiful side. When you are at the store be sure to visit the two birds Pica and Mica…
Pinkham Millinery (1012 SW Washington) is run by Dayna Pinkham. Dayna’s hats are beautiful. Each hat is lovingly created by hand by Dayna herself. Her hats have been worn by people from around the world. You can purchase a hat that she has already made or order a custom hat that perfectly fits you.
I popped into Made Here PDX (40 NW 10th Ave) with my friend Linnea and ran into Jarome a friend from the vintage world working there. Made Here PDX has a more masculine high end feel to it than some of the other stores dedicated to locally produced wares.
Some other stores featuring locally and Northwest designed goods are:
Tender Loving Empire 412 SW 10th Ave, 525 NW 23rd Ave, 3541 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Reading Frenzy 3628 N Mississippi Ave.
Little Otsu 3225 SE Division St.
Buy Olympia 3925 N Mississippi Ave.