Posted on May 24 2016
Here in the PNW, we’re blessed to be surrounded by oceans, mountains and fantastically diverse cities like Seattle and Portland. While Seattle may be our home, Portland will always have a special place in our hearts. Taking advantage of some unexpected sunny weather, we loaded up the H+A wagon for an impromptu visit to the Rose City.
After 3 hours in the car with little more than a few bites to snack on, the first stop in PDX required food. On our list, was the new Pine Street Market downtown. No matter how picky you are, there was something for everyone in this neat little space.
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From Spanish bites by Pollo Bravo, sausages at OP Wurst, ramen at Marukin and of course ice cream from Salt & Straw, it was a can’t miss for any set of taste buds. We finally settled on Shalom Y’all for some tasty Israeli streetfood bites that didn’t disappoint. As always, coffee is never too far away. Local favorites Barista opened their stunning Brass Bar in this spot and helped to cap off our lunch in style.
Hopped up on caffeine, we journeyed over to one of our favorite spots, Hand Eye Supply Co. This super unique shop carries incredible goods for the refined craftsman, all with a keen eye on design & quality.
It’s always hard to leave without something working its way into your life, whether it’s a pocket knife, notebook or some obscure Danish laptop brush. Next up, we ventured across the Burnside Bridge and dropped in on our friend, milliner Brookes Boswell, and her new studio/shop to say hello. Brookes was less than a week away from her grand opening and was kind enough to take a break from her very busy schedule and give us a sneak peek.
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It was great to see the space prepped for the party and the workshop literally overflowing with beautiful new hats under construction. We have stocked pieces from Brookes in the shop for a little over a year now - from her reworked vintage pieces (which are amazing and one of a kind) to her signature line, the quality is always top notch and the style, super unique.
From there our Eastside wanderings took us to Orn & Hansen. Tucked in a quiet little neighborhood that reminded us of our Madrona, it was great to finally see their space in person. Next up was Beam & Anchor, always a must see when we’re in town. It’s a great spot where many of our Portland friends exhibit their goods all in one awesome location. One can’t help but to leave their space inspired.
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We capped off the night with dinner at Expatriate and no trip is complete without dropping by the bar at Clyde Common to catch my old college friend and bartender extraordinaire, Jeff Morgenthaler. He's become the go-to source for everything good when it comes to drinks, whether you want yours shaken, or stirred, it’s a guaranteed mixture of sarcasm, comedy and absolutely perfect drink execution.
Morning came to soon and before heading north we stopped at our usual "get out of town" spot, St. Honore, for some of the best French baked goods you’ll experience and some impromptu pics of a few of our favorite items in the shop right now.
With buttery baked goodness freshly in our bellies, we headed north to Seaside and dipped our toes in the Pacific Ocean. The warm sand and the smell of salt air is quintessentially PNW, providing a great backdrop for one of our new shirts from The Hill-Side. This Endo Stripes Shirt is a custom print based on the stripe motif from their line of Japanese pottery, but to us it reminds us of the waves in the ocean. Either way this shirt is a winner just like every piece from their collection.
Feeling refreshed from the sea air, we made the final leg of our journey up Highway 101 along the beautiful Washington coast to home. We hope you enjoyed traveling with us!
Cheers - H+A