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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland January 12 - January 19 2013


Welcome to weekend, PDX! We bring you another edition of our weekly, all-local Portland Blog.  This weekend, the Local Choice Produce Market opens their doors down in the Pearl District. We headed down and were entranced by the bright, light and charming market chock full of eager patrons who had been waiting for months for the market to open.

local choice produce market

Local Choice Produce Market
830 NW Everett Street
Portland, OR 97209


Local Choice Produce Market is comfortable, open and chic without being pretentious. The market is based on a European market style, feel and flair. They offer local farmed meats, wine, and produce from Oregon and Washington. The produce selection is gorgeous and the vegetables and fruits were picked for their perfection. This is not your run of the mill grocery store. They do not offer, say, toilet paper, garbage bags or other house staples. This is all about wonderful food. They have a beautiful wooden bar with excellent beers on tap and a full smoothie, fresh juice and coffee (Coava!) bar. A great addition to the neighborhood and well worth a trip from anywhere in Portland. 



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Steamy: A Rob Creighton Garrison Musing

I was Steampunk when Steampunk wasn't hot.

The very first science-fiction - or speculative fiction, as some writers and fans who would rather not be tied down by real-world physics and other sciency constructs prefer to call it - book I ever read was H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, and I was instantly transported by that juxtaposition of 19th Century aesthetic and prescient, other-worldly technology.  Wells and Jules Verne could be seen as forebears of the genre, but it could be argued that Mary Shelley was first with her gothic cautionary tale of hubris-gone-awry Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.


                                                 Oh rot!  I was so looking forward to the sales and a spot of lunch!


In these modern times quite a few fiction authors have found and embraced this meshing of past, present and future, crafting thrilling tales unfettered by conventional linear history.  Steampunk has been made somewhat elastic as writers have sought to blend other elements into the mix (gothic romance, and horror elements such as can be found in the Cthulhu mythos inspired by Howard Phillips Lovecraft), but the core essence remains intact.  Novels by Portland authors Jay Lake and Meljean Brook are examples of this inventive genre.


I eat this stuff up.  Steampunk, as you most likely know but I have to write some more words, is more than a sub-genre in literature.  It's quite the fashion statement these days.  I don't dress steampunk (my missus would refuse to be seen with me), but if I wanted to, Portland definitely makes it easy.  But then that's what you'd expect of a town that runs a sternwheeler and a locomotive, and has a giant statue holding a trident perched on a downtown building and beckoning to passersby below.  We even hold in high esteem that excellent machine known in that bygone era as the velocipede!


                                                         The lightning cannon hasn't been installed yet.


All manner of steampunky goodness may be had if one knows where to go.  If you're handy and stitchy, our town's many many many second-hand clothing stores offer a wealth of garments and accessories to be altered to fit those rather stern and starchy Victorian sensibilities (ah, but a bustle could be used to conceal quite a large ray-gun, yes?), OR you can seek out shops such as Wells & Verne, whose primary focus is getting you decked out in the genre of your choice (you folk of the Goth and Industrial persuasion take note as well).  I think we should stop short of expecting whale-bone in our modern age, of course.  That just won't do.


Should you wish to make your digs reflective of your style, look no further than Hippo Hardware and Rejuvenation for appropriate fixtures, and Paxton Gate, Portland to find that perfect curio or print.


Very likely the best way to find the very best items to inflate your bellows-loving heart is to ask The Portland Steampunk Society, a group of folk who embrace all things proto-techno (I made that word up). Judging from the photos on the website, some of the members look more Steamgoth than Steampunk, but I'm sure they'd be the first to say it's all good. Or “quite acceptable”.


Go fire up the zeppelin (that's just an expression!) and go explore.




I MUST have that hat!



The Portland Video of the Week

They bite. Hard.


The Portland Photo of the Week

Our Portland Photo of the Week is by Rose City Vaudeville. This is, no doubt, an invitation.

At the Vagabond's Theatre.

Meet Rose City Vaudeville:

Which Portland neighborhood do you call home? Or, are you Moving to Portland?


About Me:

We are a few clowns short of a circus! With our red double decker bus we're ready to drop trou' and put on a great show...

What do you love about Portland?

One of the most creative cities I know.

What's your favorite Portland neighborhood and why?

My own. Last Thursdays on Alberta is the reason we moved here.

Favorite quote:

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
A. Einstein

Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. This week, the local Portland business we are recognizing is Coava Coffee Roasters.

About Coava Coffee Roasters:  Coava is a family of hardworking people who are passionate about excellent coffee. We source, roast and brew the best single origin coffees in the world. What began as a dream has evolved into a roastery unlike any other.

Coava began in a garage in North Portland, where Matt Higgins roasted coffees with total precision. Because Matt had worked in the industry for a decade, he knew Coava couldn’t roast exceptional coffee without sourcing from the best farmers in the world. Today we are proud to feature single origin coffees from meticulous, hard-working farmers who take risks to work exclusively with us.

Our name, Coava, was inspired by Englishman William Biddulph, who traveled to Turkey in the 1600s and discovered that “coava” was a term for unroasted coffee, a word previously unknown in the Western world. Raw coffee is at the heart of what we do. We strive to create beautiful roast profiles based on the inherent qualities of each unroasted coffee. That’s why we only roast single origins, focusing on quality, intensity and balance in the cup.

As a result, Coava is known for roasting some of the highest scoring coffees in the world, a craft we humbly practice in our roastery in Portland, Oregon. 


humbly made


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The Best Deals in Portland This Week:  January 7th - January 14th

By Ross Seligman


2111 SW 21ST AVE Portland, OR 97201 - Portland Heights - $3.875M

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2710 NE 32ND PL Portland, OR 97212 - Alameda - $659,900


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2704 NE 38TH AVE Portland, OR 97212 - Grant Park - $599,900

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1806 NE 59TH AVE Portland, OR 97213 - Rose City Park - $425,000

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5625 NE EVERETT ST Portland, OR 97213 - North Tabor - $379,000

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Curtain Call - Rose City Vaudeville


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