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Little Boxes PDX

I’ve never been shopping on Black Friday and I have no desire to ever try it. However, I have seen the American Express – Small Business Saturday Shopping advertisement on television and have heard about cities that encourage shoppers to buy and experience the small businesses in their neighborhoods. Since we usually spend Thanksgiving in Silverton, OR, I researched “Little Boxes“, Portland’s small business shopping event and on Saturday Ryan and I headed to the NE part of the city to do a little shopping.

I had forgotten my Canon, so all of these photos were shot with my iPhone and edited with the VSCO Cam App (unless otherwise noted).

1) Our first stop was at Pistils Nursery. A lovely urban gardening & farming shop right in the city! We spent a few minutes perusing the shop and decided to try their “Make your own Terrarium” experience. I loved that it was all hands on – everything from picking and planting the succulents, tamping down the dirt and adding the sand. It was truly beautiful.

This window. LOVE it.

Aren’t these the sweetest hanging air terrariums?

(Above Photo: Canon 5D Mark 2)

2) A quick pitstop for a (super yummy) bagel and maple/walnut cream cheese.

3) Lark Press – Who doesn’t love a custom letterpress printery? Ah… Absolutely loved this little nook. The printed baby onesies just got me. Someday, folks. Someday. 😉 In the meantime, I picked up a couple little souvenirs and drooled over every other card and wall print.

(Above Photo: Canon 5D Mark 2)

4) As we strolled along Alberta, we saw several folks with ice cream cones. I guess we all just have to make the most of all this cloudy weather… and eat handmade/homemade ice cream! Salt & Straw was the sweetest ice cream shoppe with super yummy flavors. Ryan feasted on the Strawberry Balsamic & Black Pepper while I tried the seasonal Pumpkin Custard & Spiced Chevre in a fresh waffle cone. I could eat some right now – just thinking of it! It reminded me of Molly Moon‘s up in Seattle.

A couple unmentioned locations on our journey through Little Boxes: Flutter – a vintage and local craft store, Grasshopper – children’s clothing and toy store – featuring international, educational and experiential toys, a&d (abrahams&duffy) – a boutique men and women’s clothing shoppe, Troolie – a creative and colorful gift shop.

P.S. One thing that amazed me about our little shopping trip was how many hipster/creative/home grown stores were in this one little neighborhood of Portland (and we only visited one out of ten neighborhoods!). It’s really inspiring to see so many shops (that appear to be) thriving! Little Boxes PDX really did an outstanding job organizing the city. As a shopper, it was so simple to navigate and learn about all the (usually) hard to find places I love to browse… Thanks Little Boxes PDX!

P.P.S. Also, the iPhone 4s did a fabulous job keeping up with my photography for the day. It really is amazing how much this little camera and a couple of photo apps can create. So long – point and shoot cameras!

betsyDecember 5, 2012 - 12:29 pm

What an incredible write up of Little Boxes!?! We are so happy that you ventured out on Black Friday and that you had a good experience in some of our Portland neighborhoods! This is exactly why we created the event! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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