Mol­lie Vis­its

With the wealth of stu­dios, maker fairs, craft stores, and sup­ply shops this city has to of­fer, your only chal­lenge will be which to visit first

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Port­land beck­ons lovers of hand­made

It’s no se­cret that the city of Port­land, Ore­gon, is home to a wealth of cre­ative tal­ent. From craft blog­gers to tex­tile de­sign­ers, pro­fes­sional screen prin­ters to oc­ca­sional hob­by­ists, the pro­lific rise in the lo­cal maker com­mu­nity has earned this rel­a­tively small city a na­tional rep­u­ta­tion as a hot spot for all things crafty. Team Mol­lie spent a cou­ple of days seek­ing out the best craft and vin­tage stores that Port­land has to of­fer.

Kick off your tour down­town, on SW 10th Av­enue, where you’ll find the most renowned craft store in Port­land, Crafty Won­der­land. Be­gin­ning as a monthly craft event back in 2006, Crafty Won­der­land quickly gained a rep­u­ta­tion as a great place to find lo­cal maker tal­ent. In 2010, founders Cathy Zwicker and Torie Nguyen opened a pop-up shop down­town which, four years on, looks set to stay. Show­cas­ing more than 180 lo­cal artists, Crafty Won­der­land is the per­fect place to soak up a wide range of hand­made goodness.

Pop across the road to the ut­terly charm­ing But­ton Em­po­rium on SW Tay­lor be­fore head­ing North to swoon at the gor­geous yarns in KnitPurl on SW Alder. Con­tin­u­ing North you’ll find Billy Goat Vin­tage on the cor­ner of Burn­side and Broad­way. Filled to the brim with hand­picked clothes, ac­ces­sories, and home­wares from the 1900s - 1980s, Billy Goat is a joy to browse. And with each item of cloth­ing lov­ingly re­stored to its orig­i­nal lus­ter, it’s easy to find great-qual­ity vin­tage love­li­ness here.

Head­ing fur­ther North to­ward the Pearl District, you can pick from a cute se­lec­tion of vin­tage toys at Billy Galaxy on Burn­side, in­dulge your­self in stun­ning hand­made pa­pers at Obla­tion on 12th, and pur­chase from thou­sands

of art sup­plies at Blick on Glisan. Oh, and don’t for­get to hit the un­ri­valed craft sec­tion in Pow­ell’s City of Books on your way through – it’s a must.

Public trans­port is easy across the Wil­lamette to the East side of the city, but if weather per­mits, there’s no bet­ter way to tra­verse the city than by bike. Head down to Water­front Bi­cy­cles on Naito Park­way and pick up a clas­sic Euro­pean Li­nus bi­cy­cle for the af­ter­noon. For $28 you’re free to ex­plore the East side at your own pace. And with a cute wicker bas­ket on the front, you’ll have ex­tra room for any crafty good­ies you hap­pen to pick up along the way.

Once across the river, you’ll be in the thick of Port­land’s craft com­mu­nity. Leafy streets lined with wooden clad crafts­man houses are in­ter­spersed with quiet main streets hous­ing cof­fee shops, com­mu­nity gro­cery stores, art gal­leries, and more. Head­ing along NE Al­berta, you’ll find Port­land’s most no­table cre­ative hub. Gal­leries, thrift stores, craft shops, and cafe’s line this bustling main street. Treat your­self to a sew­ing work­shop at Mod­ern Do­mes­tic, fill your craft sup­ply box at Col­lage, and see lo­cal artists at work in the Make House. If you have kid­dos in tow, you can paint a pot at Mi­mosa Stu­dios or try a cu­ri­ously de­li­cious ice cream at Port­land’s fa­mous Salt and Straw. Dare to try a scoop of black rasp­berry and smoked ham?

Head­ing South through the Irv­ing­ton neigh­bor­hood, you’ll find a great lit­tle clus­ter of vin­tage stores on the cross sec­tion of East Burn­side and 28th as well as the gor­geous Wan­der­lust just one block down. Orig­i­nally trad­ing out of a 1969 trailer, owner Vanessa Lurie has grown her busi­ness to in­clude a range of lo­cally hand­made goods as well as a nifty se­lec­tion of vin­tage clothes and ac­ces­sories. It’s quite

pos­si­ble to get lost in this tiny store for hours…

For more vin­tage goodness con­tinue south to Vin­tage Pink and Deco to Disco on SE Hawthorne, the lat­ter spe­cial­iz­ing in mid­cen­tury fur­ni­ture, light­ing, and decor. If you want to deck out your house like a scene from Mad Men, this is the place to do it. Luck­ily, they ship to most US des­ti­na­tions, so you don’t need to worry about strap­ping that side­board to your bi­cy­cle.

Fin­ish your tour of hand­made and vin­tage Port­land with a trip to the inim­itable Xtabay on SE Clin­ton. Hailed as Port­land’s most stylish vin­tage cloth­ing boutique, Xtabay’s client list in­cludes White House VIPs and red car­pet celebri­ties. Owner Liz Gross per­son­ally se­lects the items in her col­lec­tion, which in­cludes a num­ber of rare 1920s dresses, ’40s frocks, and chic ’60s minis. Thank­fully, the price range is vast, so it’s pos­si­ble to pick up a pristinecon­di­tion 1950s sum­mer skirt for less than $60.

Lovers of hand­made and vin­tage can’t help but fall in love with Port­land’s unique charm. And it’s quite pos­si­ble that af­ter a cou­ple of days ex­plor­ing this won­der­fully cre­ative city, you will too.

01 Feast on lo­cal food at the street carts on NE Al­berta. 02 Vin­tage cubes at Col­lage. 03 In­dulge in a lit­tle vin­tage shop­ping at Wan­der­lust.

01 One of many cafe’s along NE Al­berta. 02 Em­broi­dery on dis­play at Mod­ern Do­mes­tic. 03 Stock up on Lib­erty fab­rics at Mod­ern Do­mes­tic. 04 Hand­crafted ce­ram­ics at the Make House.

Get your­self lost among the vin­tage home wares at Vin­tage Pink. 02 Revel in rare vin­tage at Xtabay. 03 Dare to try some of the kooky fla­vors at Port­land’s in­fa­mous Salt and Straw ice­cream par­lor. 01

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