We’ve been weaned off tanning for years but the ramifications of our teen years frying in the sun have done the damage. We now slather up in sunscreen everyday and understand the importance of a good facial and series of preventative age defying treatments. After 30 we could all use a skin miracle worker, right?
Into Eden skincare spa is a quaint retreat off the beaten path in N. Portland. When we stepped into the charming studio we were enveloped in relaxation. Sally-Ann Hobart owns the private spa bungalow where she gives her undivided attention to each client for a complete relaxing experience. Her skincare spa is different from other spas because she prides herself in being rush free. She schedules extra time for clients to sit back before and after treatment, instead of ushering onto the next appointment.
We indulged in the spiced facial where we were pampered with feet and hand massages, and the facial gloriously restored us to our mid-twenties glow. Hobart offers a complete menu of skincare treatments including Microcurrent & color light therapy, which is a treatment that increases collagen and smoothes fine lines and wrinkles. Can we please live in this beautiful spa bungalow forever?!
Mention Portland Picks and receive 10% off your first treatment!
2133 N. Skidmore Court
We appreciate the changing of seasons, especially the orange and yellows that appear with fall. Pumpkins, cranberries, and fall foliage…we crave it all season long! Sometimes the rain and drizzle get in the way but we always find an indoor haven that can brighten our spirits.
Nothing brightens our day more than a bright bouquet of flowers. Floare flower and gift shop is alive with color on SE Division. Don’t mind the endless construction going on out front, as soon as you step inside the door the fragrance melts away the memory and sounds of trucks. Floare is more than just a flower shop; they also sell jewelry by local artists, art and hold classes on creating arrangements. Local artists refresh art in the gallery on first Friday of the month We love their concept of a drive-buy bouquet; take what you need from their after-hours flower cart and leave your money in the honor box! How amazing is that? Our sweetie can now plead http://santamonicaskin.com/online/ his love for us at all hours of the day.
3070 SE Division
We’ll never forget buying our first pair of leather boots. We were in Venice. Traveling with a friend, we stepped into a boot shop and promptly fell in amore. The boots were soft (like butter), smelled wonderful and were the most incredible shade of emerald green. We wore them out, literally. Oh, how we wish those leather boots were still tucked away in the back of our closet.
It’s a relief to know that when we get the urge to love leather, we have a WILL Leather Goods downtown, just a stone’s throw from Powell’s Books. WILL is a Eugene-based, family owned company that started in 1981. Their motto is “Leather Goods Created to Endure and Inspire”, and when you stop in, you’ll see what they mean. The displays are lovely; lots of wood, warm lighting and vintage photos that evoke the history of the great American west.
And the merchandise! Bags, belts, wallets, back
packs and briefcases are plentiful, and all beautifully crafted. The selection made our heads spin. We found something for our man, our Mom AND our Dad! It’s THAT kind of store. Oh! And shopping at WILL is a little like doing community service. With every purchase, WILL makes a donation of backpacks to kids at an underfunded local elementary school.
We WILL. Indeed.
WILL Leather Goods
Union Way, Unit N
1022 W. Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97209
We love cookbooks with their colorful pictures of perfect food, the organized recipes, and even how nicely they looked stacked on the shelf in our kitchen. The only downfall is after all the shortcuts and substitutions we make because we’re out of ingredients, our creation looks nothing like the pretty pictures in the book. We’ve decided our cookbooks are best used just sitting on the shelf.
We are absolutely in love with The Sugar Cube’s cookbook created from their food cart, but we’re even more in love with the sweet little bakery they opened on NE Alberta. We love seeing a food cart move into a bakery with a kitchen to bake up a storm for us. The selection of sweet treats in their new bakery is oh-so delectable and includes cakes, cookies and pies like their Bourbon Brown Butter Honey Pie, divine chocolate stout cupcakes and coffee mallow pie. We usually make an excuse to stop by for a cup of coffee on the way to work…but we’re not one to turn down a cupcake staring us in the eye at the register even if it is 9a.m. Our three square meals a day are looking more like three Sugar Cubed meals a day.
The Sugar Cube
3039 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211
It’s an ongoing problem that we talk about a lot, but we’ve had a handle on it the last couple months. We’ve taken steps to rehabilitate, such as not leaving the house when we feel the addiction overwhelm us. But let’s be serious, no one is ever fully cured of fashion.
We threw caution to the fashion winds when we discovered Mojave in downtown on SW 13th Ave. Owner Chelsea Layton hails from L.A. and when she moved to Portland she found a need in the fashion landscape. The need was for a boutique that carries affordable pieces that are still awesome, edgy and a bit bohemian. Mojave’s clothing, jewelry and accessories are handpicked by Layton and the styles are always fresh and on trend. Mojave’s space is open, airy and ideal for browsing the custom made wooden and metal clothing displays that are as appealing to us as the clothing. We know what makes a delightful shopping experience and Mojave seems to have it all figured out.
The deal that’s really not helping our “problem”: Mention Portland Picks and get 10% off your next purchase.
415 SW 13th Ave.
We recently made a commitment to juice up. Not like creepy Jersey Shore juice up, but instead juice up with raw vegetables and fruit. We have a blender at home, one would think we’re just juicing away all day. But one glance at our splattered kitchen ceiling and you’ll realize why we let Portland Juice Press do the messy work.
Portland Juice Press opened up two years ago as a small online juice delivery service. Today they have two locations and just opened their third location on SE Division. Their juice press is nothing but raw, healthy and so tasty. We were skeptic when we first tasted the orange bell pepper, pineapple, celery, lime, jalapeno, but it’s seriously delicious! We can taste the freshness and are just so darn happy that these healthy juices are helping balance out our breakfast donuts (by the way we swear we’re kicking donut breakfast soon). Portland Juice Press is still making daily home and office deliveries for their healthy and juiced customers. Our absolute favorite has to be the kale, spinach, parsley, apple and lemon.
Our at home attempt is still speckled inside our cabinets. From now on we’re leaving the juicing to the pros.
Portland Juice Press
3050 SE Division Street
Portland, OR 97202
We went through a stage when we were small. We told our mom that we would only wear stripes. She played along, at least for awhile. She provided us with striped skirts and dresses and leggings and hair ribbons. Sometimes, just to keep things interesting, we would throw in some polka dots, too. It was our most beloved fashion stage and Mom still has the photos to prove it.
And now, we have a new boutique in Portland that totally gets our passion for stripes. Splendid’s newest location has just opened on Couch Street in the Pearl. The shop is perfectly situated, well organized and beautifully lit. The racks are stocked with lovely tops, dresses and sweaters…Stripes! And they’ve got us covered for solids, too. There’s a clothing line for kids available, same great style…just in smaller sizes.
Although it feels like this endless summer will go on forever here in Portland, we know better. Time now to stock up on soft, cozy and layered looks for fall in the great Northwest. Go a little crazy here! Your inner, stripes-loving, child will thank you.
1033 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR, 97209
We love (and live!) to eat but we are a wee bit persnickety. We want delicious, fresh, whole food ingredients in our gluten-free cuisine. That’s not asking a lot, right? Well now it is a culinary reality and we found it right in Lake Oswego at Scratch.
It’s hard work for us to always be reading labels and searching for recipes that satisfy our dietary needs (and taste buds), but accomplished Chef and “Scratch” Owner Patrick Lee Warner passionately takes on our troubles and his zest for pure perfection is truly our good fortune.
And guess what? Today’s FOX 12 Daily Deal is a divine dining experience of world-class cuisine at Scratch. Every dish is presented picture perfect (think masterpiece). October dinner entree’s include Trout with bacon, onion, leek, white wine, potato, spinach roasted garlic and shallot as well as melt-in-your-mouth top-sirloin steak. Save room for dessert–the ever popular Chocolate Lava Cake or Berry Compote will complete this magnificent meal.
So here’s The (killer) Deal: $30 for $60 Toward Gluten-Free Food and Drinks at Scratch!
149 A Avenue
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Fox 12 Daily Deal -www.fox12dailydeals.com/deal/1799
Portland. How can we explain it to our friends that come visit? How do we show our out-of-towners in one weekend all that makes our city so great, so unique and so…weird? Well, we know one stop will be to The Meadow on NW 23rd.
The Meadow fits perfectly into the Portland culture where artisans are celebrated. If it’s obscure, we love it more. The owner is one of a kind and his first book is a James Beard award winner to prove it! The Meadow is the leading salt expert in the world. Mark Bitterman’s shop carries finishing salts, rare chocolates, bitters and fresh flowers. Everything is so interesting to look at and learn about that our heads are on a swivel as we walk through. The new shop on NW 23rd has space in the back that will hold classes on cooking with salt blocks, creating cocktails with bitters and more. With 110 different salts to choose from we’re not sure how we can walk out of this shop without picking up a new hobby.
805 NW 23rd