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Portland Events Blog: This Week in Portland, November 16, 2013

Hello, Portlanders.  Whether you like it or not, we are heading into the holiday season. I am looking forward to giving thanks for another great year in Portland. I feel blessed to live in such a beautiful city, rich with great places to eat, fun things to do, and friendly people. Holiday shopping season is just around the corner (or for some of you has already begun), so the focus of this week's blog is about supporting our local economy, as well as helping others in Portland. Rachel has done a great "Shop Local" roundup below, and we also wanted to remind you that WWEEK's Give! Guide is out, with tons of great ideas for donating to Portland non profits. They have a goal to raise $2.1M this year.


We’ve hand-selected 129 great Portland nonprofits that need your help this holiday season. Every year, we make it easy for you to make a donation — and a connection — to groups in your community. What you give today will help make Portland a better place all year long.

There are a number of special benefits – both to you as a donor and for the organizations you donate to.

For example: Anyone who gives $10-599 will receive a postcard loaded with coupons good for discounts and freebies all over town.

But wait, there’s more!

Donors of $600 to $1099 will receive home delivery of a bottle Widmer Beer, Stumptown Coffee, Tender Loving Empire Roster Sample and more.

Donors of $1,100 to $2,599 will receive a bottle of Rex Hill wine, Chinook Book app, Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats, Stumptown Coffee, Tender Loving Empire Roster Sampler and more.

And donors of $2,600 will get a home delivery from one of Willamette Week’s owners (Editor Mark Zusman or Publisher Richard Meeker) Bottle of sparkling wine, Bottle of Rex Hill wine, Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats, Tender Loving Empire Roster Sampler, Pedal Bike Tours Gift Certificate, Chinook book app and more.

Visit WWEEK to learn more and to donate!


Photo by Michael Barton

Buy Local, Support Local

By Rachel Carlson

AHHHHHH, the impending holidays are upon us. I thought I would get the over-commercialized, big box crazed angst out of my system in advance because well I might just be discussing holiday food next week. I mean COME ON, now that one holiday has come and gone....another one ahead of another one is staring us down. You know the one I'm talking about. I'm not a fan of seeing window displays filled with snowflakes or holiday winter themes when I'm STILL enjoying autumn in NOVEMBER. I'm a firm believer of gifting year round after all and not waiting for ONE day to shower you with goodies. I have very good intentions to pull my sewing machine out of my trunk (nomad that I am) and sew up some new goodies this year....AHEM, notice how I said 'good intentions'...wait for it..... Setting aside angst now to share with you some super cool local peeps I've met, shopped from and probably STALK from time to time. Healthy 'stalking' is good after all....right!?

photo credit: used respectively and with permission from business website

Buy local; support local.

It's not a new premise after all. Just a premise that we need to revisit and celebrate as often as we can. We DO live in a very awesome city that is filled with amazing local businesses. Rather than visit big box this year why not keep your monies local, in our community. Where we already have amazing local business owners, artists and designers working very hard to make amazing goods and offer great services.

Take the above for example IPhone, iPad, AND MacBook covers by the super cool peeps at TOAST. I'm almost certain you have a technology geek on your list. The one pictured above (on the left) is the one I own. And I get a LOT of compliments on mine. I met Mathias at the Crafty Wonderland Sale last year where I treated MYSELF to this one last holiday. And not just the iPhone either. Click the TOAST STORE and see what other models they COVER as well as iPad and MacBook covers. Cheers to Matias and his team for COVERING PDX in style. Locally handmade in Portland. And better still: "We use only renewable energy and donate one percent of our sales to environmental non-profits working to restore, protect and create a healthy planet." It doesn't get better than that. Perfect for stocking-stuffers, office parties or yourself of course.

The jam on TOAST:

Website: TOAST


Instragram: toastmade


Holiday show: Crafty Wonderland Sale

*helpful videos on how to apply your new cover*

and PSSST, because I have the inside scoop: stay tuned for an upcoming holiday sale next week!!

 photo credit: used respectively and with permission from artist website

ART. No problem. Rachel Austin delivers THE most amazing designs. I'm pretty sure I have a girl crush on Rachel. Her name IS Rachel after all. Well, AND she is simply brilliant when it comes to maps, acrylic, oil and ink. I first learned of Rachel during my past industry work and was smitten. Perhaps it's the love of maps I have (no wonder I'm a nomad and always on the go), or maybe it's the RED (my favorite color) that draws me into her work. It's so magical looking deep into her work and studying the maps below as if I am planning my next adventure. I was very lucky to have met Rachel 'in person' at the same 'colossal' event that I met the aforementioned genius Mathias...Crafty Wonderland, more on that later. From map, cartography and poppy paintings, her offerings also include card sets. She's just added a lovely one with the sentiment I use often "CHEERS!". I own two of her paintings AND a canvas book bag with one of her paintings on it. For the art enthusiast or for something very special and unique to adorn your humble abode go here:

The ink on Rachel:

Rachel Austin

Cards and boxed sets

11 x 14 prints

Canvas Prints


Instagram: rachelaustinart

Rachel will be selling at:

Laurelhurst Bazaarda Vinci Art Sale and the Crafty Wonderland Sale.

She will also have work in holiday group shows:

400 Artist show at the People's Art of Portland and Mel's Frame Shop

Thank YOU Rachel for coloring 'my' world so artfully.

Now then, a little break from the cool gadget covers and amazing art to share what is closest to my heart. As a nomad who changes her wardrobe with the seasons (in and out of the trunk of my sad car), recycling, re-purposing, dressing as a minimalist, etc is a very important concept to me. My mantra on another level comforts me as I've also been asked to style people at times. I love to consign and thrift. Consignment helps me rotate my clothes each season AND make a little extra money. I don't ever pay full price for an item because I simply cannot afford to. It's that simple. I don't have issues with clothing that is lightly worn and well taken care of. Heck, I'm even lucky to get awesome hand-me-downs from time to time. A super well-loved/cared for Columbia sweater hand-me-down is my go to piece each morning on a chilly PNW autumn morning. AND you should see what I can do with a dress that is easily worn 3-4 days in.a.row. It's all about the accessories after all. That said, accessories is also kept simple yet stylish. Sure I LOVE clothes and all but being creative with the trunk of my car is way more important to me than too.much.crap.

Two of my favorite shops and entrepreneurs in the St. John's Neighborhood:

photo credit: used respectively and with permission from business website

Consign Couture

And yes, a special pre-holiday OUTFIT GUIDE PARTY 'this' Saturday - you're welcome!

The lovely Tamara, brilliant business owner and super stylish, put-together person I know owns this lovely consignment boutique. I've told ALL my friends about it, more than once probably. It's one of a few stores on my monthly mini "PDX-peruse-about". It's something I do even when I can't afford to shop (most times) a way for me to check in on people, stay connected to community, say hello and spread cheer if/when I can. Tamara also employs some of THE best PDX shop girls who also are savvy at styling people, knowledgeable in all the latest trends, window displays (see how I did that) and in-store displays. And customer service with a SMILE, you got it!! Not only can you find some of the best re-purposed clothing around but Tamara also features 'local' artist designs in jewelry and accessories.

Consign Couture - St. Johns

Address: 7400 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203
Phone:(503) 841-6362


Instagram: consigncouture

How to consign:

And services to boot:

Finally, if your clothes do not sell and you don't pick them up they are donated to: Dress For Success so that someone else in need can appreciate and enjoy them.

Cheers to that!!

Pinwheel - St. Johns

7429 N Leavitt Ave

Phone: 971.200.5058


Instagram: pinwheelpdx

The cutest, kindest and sincerest human you'll ever meet, Rachal, who owns this new resale shop in the heart of St. John's. I knew I liked her the moment I met her but I won't discuss the spelling of her name, tee hee...I'm seeing a pattern with the 'Rachels' in my life....true story (for another time)!! Not only does she have the cutest little boutique, with the coolest, most affordable styles both in clothing, home decor and accessories she too also features 'local' artisans in her shop. I'm a firm believer in the bond of community and supporting locals. Buy, sell and trade is the statement here. And vintage goodness to boot. I know that if/when I am able to have a 'permanent' address again I will work hard to style my humble abode from Pinwheel treasures. After all, both of these retail gems are in the neighborhood of my favorite bridge and where at times I feel the most at 'home'.

photo credit: used respectively and with permission from business website

She also has a way with teasing you with the latest and greatest treasures on her Facebook page.

Hmmmm, 'my' size, 'my' FAV colors together AND polka dots - DUH.

If only I had a fancy party to attend!!

Pinwheel's mission: "keep our footprint light & our community involved"

p.s. she will ALSO text you to let you know that you left your daily mileage skirt behind...hangs head in shame....OOPS....'not' another story.

Cheers to keeping it local Rach!

And FINALLY, if you've made it this far...thank you for indulging me...TWO concepts (one 'this' month and one in December) that make it super simple for you to find ALL local artisans, designers, etc 'on the go' (November) or in 'one' location (December). Get your lists ready, invite your friends and take in all that Portland has to offer for keeping the simple premise of: buy LOCAL; support LOCAL alive in our communities.

Little Boxes

Out and about in PDX - see links for participating locations

"A Portland-wide Black Friday and Saturday Shopping event and prize raffle"


Instagram: littleboxespdx

AND an iPhone app to boot: LittleBoxes app

Crafty Wonderland

*Where I met Matias of TOAST and Rachel Austin last year*

December event:

Saturday + Sunday, December 14th-15th, 2013
11am – 6pm

at the Oregon Convention Center
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, Exhibit Hall C
Portland, OR

All Ages * Free Admission

Goodie bags to the first 150 shoppers EACH DAY!
Free Chinook Books to the 100 shoppers EACH DAY!

WHEW. Who needs some eggnog now. Go forth, support your local community, you can bet they are going to appreciate it too. Trust me, I have proof. You're welcome!


Rachel Carlson

....notes from a nomad

Portland Photo of the Week

Bryant Woods Nature Park, Lake Oswego

Bryant Woods Nature Park in Lake Oswego by Michael Barton

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