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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland March 16 - March 23 2013


Welcome to the weekend and to another edition of this all-local Portland Blog!  This week's edition is focused on Moving to Portland and for those of you who already live here, learning about Portland. There is so much to know and explore about our incredible city.  If you're moving to Portland now, or just recently arrived, you're in for a treat. The next 7 months will be glorious. Portland is the most beautiful city in the world come spring and especially summer. Even though we are a few days before the official start of spring, it is GREEN, the buds are opening, the tulip trees are just about to pop their flowers open and the world has come alive. Welcome to lush, green, heaven.

You'll want to park your car and explore Portland on foot, by train, by bike! Tour the Portland neighborhoods- choose a new one to visit every weekend and keep a journal on which one had the best restaurants, cafes, shops, overall feel. You'll have so much fun and we guarantee you will be amazed by how unique this city is. What are we known for? Read on, dear reader...


Little indie shops we love:  Proper Eats in St Johns


Portland Coffee Snobs, Beer and Wine Enthusiasts

The west coast is the center stage for what is known as third wave specialty coffee. With respect to Seattle and San Francisco, Portland could be considered the premier city in showcasing some of the best coffees in the world. You read that right--the world. As such, we have hundreds of coffee shops here in Portland. You can drink a cup of coffee at one shop and watch another one open across the street. Well, not quite but very close. But in terms of amazing quality, the kind of quality that is revered and has a massive underground, cult-following--well, we are home to some American coffee icons; those who are globally famous for either roasting their own amazing blend or making the best damn cup of coffee ever. It is not uncommon to read about our very own Portland coffee scene in the New York Times. People outside of Portland often seem surprised that coffee is such a way of life here. Well, it is. If you're moving to Portland Oregon and you love coffee, there is little doubt you'll become enchanted by our coffee culture as well.


Oh and Portland Beer?

Moving to Portland Oregon is like moving to the beer capital of the universe. We are hands down world-famous for our microbrews and also home to the Oregon Brewers Festival which is internationally famous and well, you know- not a big deal really, but is, uh, just the largest beer festival in North America. We're unsure as to who is more insanely dedicated- the beer enthusiast or the coffee enthusiast. We're just lucky one is served in the morning and another is served, eh, later in the day (imagine the brawls, will ya?).


And Last but Certainly not Least, Oregon Wine

It may come as a surprise to you to discover that Oregon is globally famous for our wines. Oregon boasts over 300 wineries and 500 vineyards across the state. A day trip to wine country is exquisite and beautiful and quite simply cannot be missed.

There are definitely a million or so more reasons why we think moving to Portland Oregon could be the best thing you've ever done. Lets put it this way: Portland is unparalleled.


Moving to Portland: Where the Neighborhood is King

You might meet someone new, ask where they live and they will proudly tell you: "I live in the Piedmont neighborhood" or "I live right over by Center and South Tabor". You'll come to understand that neighborhood pride runs rampant here as folks tend to personally identify with the neighborhood they call home. If you're moving to Portland, know this: there is a strong sense of Portland community regardless of which Portland neighborhood you settle in. Hence the reason we must call out the neighborhoods in the very beginning of your Portland journey. It takes most new folks quite a bit of time to discover the magical differences between (and even the existence of!) neighborhoods such as Alberta Arts, Belmont, Boise, Hawthorne, Clinton, and South Tabor for examples. Some of these neighborhoods are wholly self-sustaining urban villages where the locals wouldn't have to wander out as they don't need to. Let's do a quick tour of the most popular Portland neighborhoods to get you acquainted:


Most Popular Portland Neighborhoods

The Pearl DistrictIrvingtonPiedmontBoiseAlberta ArtsSellwoodHawthorneNob Hill and Belmont.

If you are moving to Portland Oregon you simply must visit the popular neighborhoods - but, given our nearly 100 urban Portland neighborhoods, everyone has a different favorite so please do take some time and read about all of our nearly 100Portland Neighborhoods (neighborhood profiles, videos and more!) If you're moving to Portland and want to meet people or ask questions about how to get started, join our very popular Portland blog; a real Portland community chock full of chits, chats and Portland events!  We hope this page has been a helpful moving to Portland guide, but join our Portland community forum and ask any questions you have about moving to Portland Oregon--we are happy to help!

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THRIFT by Rob Creighton Garrison

I'm male. Males, on the whole, do not care to browse. The word 'browse' was invented by women, crafted to rhyme with other words like 'carouse', 'arouse' 'chows' in a psychological gambit to lead their men to believe that there are fun times ahead. We're onto this now, though. We know that 'browse' is just another word for 'shop', which coincidentally rhymes with 'chop', 'crop', 'flop', and perhaps one or two others that suggest curtailment, flaccidity, and a cessation of merriment.


While the shopping gene is a distinct and permanent ingredient in the twisty ribbons of feminine DNA (no doubt in a variety of cute and flattering colors), men lack the discernment and patience needed to compete with that genetic superiority. Vermin and boulder removal? We're all over it. Ask us to match a scarf to a sweater and we fold immediately, shoulders sagging, mouths agape, heads flopped back like baby birds, beseeching the unheeding heavens. We realize this is unbecoming. That's the point. We hope we look pathetic enough that our partners will flap an impatient hand and banish us to the sweatpants racks, or better yet, the food court.


But, godz help me, there is one arena wherein my masculinity is shed like a pair of stiff and crusty gym shorts: Thrift stores. And flea markets. Okay, two arenas.


I love thrift stores and flea markets. It's the archeological aspect of mining the cast-offs of other people, and getting to feel superior to them. “Why would someone toss this?”, I often ask the missus as we sort and sift our way down the aisles. More often than not she'll look at the item I'm fondling and then shake her head at me and say something like “Because it's rotary, dear. It's useless unless you want to call Humphrey Bogart or somebody in the spirit world”. Like she's more practical in her acquirements. A wooden donkey? Please.



I have three fetishes that are family-friendly enough to mention in this context: books, hats, and backpacks. I have found awesome specimens of all three in thrift stores. You want to find me in a second-hand shop, ask where these items are displayed. These are practical items, but I've also purchased several knick-knacks and tchotchkes that I just like to look at. My wife favors fabrics and decorative vases and animal figurines and the like. It's all good.





The items in the photos included here (except for the electronics) all came from a thrift shop or a market.


Part of the reason I enjoy shopping this way is that it appeals to my 3R philosophy (c'mon, you know this, right? Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! How long you been in town, bra?), which is why most of what we in our household discard goes right back into the thrift cycle. Really, there is no other respectable way. We humans are producing mountains and seas of landfill, an activity I think is beneath the allegedly most intelligent species in the known universe (the Cetacians are by now thoroughly skeptical of the opposable thumb argument, I'll wager). My advice is, love it 'til it leaves you, or give it to someone who will.




Our favorite neighborhood (well, close) shop is Village Merchants. We never leave those premises without something. In the northeast part of town you might make your way to ReRun for dead-cool home furnishings and accessories. The store is well-managed and just neat enough not to discourage rummaging. Looking for something handy-personish? Check out Habitat for Humanity Restore, beloved by all who hanker to hammer while also giving to the community. Community Warehouse also loves donations, and I recommend their Estate Store for vintage furnishings and art.


So ladies, you might try stuffing your guy into the Saab to go for a look-see. He'll grumble, that's a given. Drop a fedora on his head, maybe accessorize with a leather jacket and a bullwhip, let him step into character, and he just might get into it. Happy thrifting.



                              "Back away from that vintage 1964 commemorative Olympics beer stein, lady!"



The Portland Video of the Week

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The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week is by Jamin Rak who shares an awesome view of Crater Lake. This was stitched together using 12 individual shots. Nice work!

Crater Lake

Jamin wins a $20 gift certificate to a local fave and nationally recognized cult classic: Powell's Bookstore. 

"Keep books in circulation. Keep ideas alive." --Powells Bookstore


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Featured Portland Events this Week

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The Best Deals in Portland This Week

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