This sticker is the perfect adornment for any book lover’s water bottle, car, or laptop. | Photo via Etsy
Pop quiz, Portlanders. What’s better than shopping local? For 100 points: Shopping local from the comfort of your own home,of course. Not only is it one of the best ways to support the local economy, butlocally-crafted gifts tend to wow during the holidays (a big win in our book).
To kickstart your holiday shopping, we’ve rounded up 15 products we love from local Etsy shops — some of which hold the coveted Star Seller badge that’s given to sellers who consistently earn 5-star reviews, ship orders on time, and provide great customer service, aka less holiday stress for you.
Psst — Some of these items may sell out quickly due to limited quantities. Click on the link to the Etsy seller’s page to find something similar.
Heart and bicycle soap($7.75) | The soap — made with goats’ milk and scented with the essential oils of lavender, anise, and sweet orange — will make a great local gift for someone who appreciates the Portland cycling scene. | Lora’s Beauty — Star Seller ⭐️
Wool blend winter scarf($28.90) | Stay stylish and warm with this handmade non-irritating wool blend scarf that’s 12 inches wide and 70 inches long. | Tie Mood — Star Seller ⭐️
Upcycled eco lightweight backpack ($54) | This backpack — made from items such as recycled plastic bottles, feed bags, and rice bags — has an interior zip pocket and slip pockets, large front zip pocket, side cargo pockets, and padded adjustable shoulder straps. | TORRAIN Recycled Bags
Vintage gaming pendant light($147.95+) | Bring the billiards home with this classic lighting fixture that is complete with an aged brass lamp socket, glass cone shade, and industrial style wall plug. | DW Vintage
Shemanski Park Harvest Festival | Wednesday, Nov. 23 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Shemanski Park, 1010 SW Park Ave., Portland | The farmers market may be closed for the season, but you can get some end-of-the-year shopping done at this celebration.
Built To Spill | Wednesday, Nov. 23 + Friday, Nov. 25 | 8 p.m. | Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St. #110, Portland | $30 | This indie rock band was easily the best thing to come out of Boise, Idaho in 1992 — and you get to hear them twice in one week.
Wicked Wednesdays 25th Anniversary Party | Wednesday, Nov. 23 | 9 p.m. | Spare Room, 4830 NE 42nd Ave., Portland | $10 | Celebrate a quarter century of rhythm and rhyme with Portland’s “longest-running hip hop event.”
Seed and Houseplant Swap | Saturday, Nov. 26 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Kindred Homestead Supply, 606 Main St., Vancouver | Free | Bring some seeds, cuttings, or a plant to swap and take advantage of the store’s winter seeds giveaway.
Snow Day | Friday, Nov. 25-Saturday, Dec. 31 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Ace Hotel, 403 SW 10th Ave., Portland | Free | Trek through a colorful winter wonderland and browse wrapping paper, gift bags, tree ornaments, yard decor and tons of never-before-seen Mike Bennett merch.
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony | Friday, Nov. 25 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW Sixth Ave., Portland | Watch the 75-ft Douglas fir get lit by 9,500+ colorful LEDs and join a joyful sing-along with Portland’s own Thomas Lauderdale from Pink Martini.
Saturday, Nov. 26
Cornell Farm’s 2022 Holiday Wreath Workshops | Saturday, Nov. 26 | 12 + 3:30 p.m. | Cornell Farm, 8212 SW Barnes Rd., Portland | $175 | Get your hands on the holiday experience by crafting your own door decor using local greens, cones, foliage, berries, twigs, and mosses.
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Two Portland hospitals that provide a majority of Oregon’s pediatric intensive care capacity — Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at Oregon Health & Science University and Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel — have implemented crisis standards of care to battle an influx of patients experiencing RSV, a respiratory disease particularly dangerous to infants and young children. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
For Chef Rodrigo Ochoa, dinner and celebration go hand in hand. At his new Northwest Portland restaurant Janken — which opened in the former Bluehour space — guests can recognize life’s biggest moments beneath a life-sized, blooming cherry tree, dining on exquisite Japanese cuisine and inventive cocktails. 🍸 (Eater Portland)
Do you currently find yourself one pie short of a full Thanksgiving? End that cobbler conundrum by paying these local shops a visit. You’ll find everything from malted chocolate cream to lemon meringue and bourbon pecan, and of course the classics like apple and pumpkin. 🥧 (Portland Monthly)
Elk Rock Garden at Bishop’s Close, a picturesque and historic gated property overlooking the Willamette River which has been accessible to the public for decades, has been listed for $4.5 million. The decision to sell was reportedly a difficult one, but the diocese asserts the land was not easy to maintain or conducive to its ministry. 🏡 (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
At the last election, Portlanders voted to adopt a new form of government, which among other changes, will expand the city council to 12 members. Over a three-year period, officials estimate the change will cost between $12.3 million and $17.7 million total — here are some of the key numbers to know. 💰 (Willamette Week)
Google.org, the philanthropic division of the tech giant, is partnering with Oregon Food Bank to help meet the rising need for food assistance today — and support longer-term efforts to end hunger at its roots through stronger technical infrastructure. The nonprofit will also receive donated Search Ads to promote its mission.
Does your world revolve around shoes? Well, this infographic of Portland’s footwear industry — featuring planet-sized comparisons — will put stars in your eyes. See how many of the city’s rising start-ups you know. 👟 (Portland Monthly)
63% of first time homebuyers admitted to bidding for a homethey didn’t really want.That’s nearly two in three homebuyers. Here’s why that may be.*
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Editor’s pick: I have a confession... I’ve never used BIKETOWN. But, according to a recent announcement from the Portland Bureau of Transportation, cyclists used the bike share service more than 500,000 times so far this year, surpassing the record with six weeks to spare.
Part of that growth stems from BIKETOWN for All, an equity program serving Portlanders living on low incomes, including people who qualify for the Oregon Health Plan or a TriMet honored citizen pass, high school students, and college students who qualify for financial aid.
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