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Ecru’s selection of greeting cards makes our heart skip a beat.|Photo by @oyellowlemono
If a love of letters and stationery didn’t exist, how do you explain movie moments like Tom Hanks and the smell of freshly sharpened pencils in “You’ve Got Mail” or this scene in “The Lakehouse”?

When it comes to Portland, multiple shops around town exemplify the adoration for letters and stationery — seven to be exact.

Little Otsu, 3225 SE Division St., Portland | Offerings: Planners, journals, writing tools, greeting cards, office supplies, books, and gifts.

Ecru Modern Stationer, Multiple locations | Offerings: Greeting cards, gift wrap, journals, office supplies, Portland-made gifts, stationery, and specialty sweet treats.

Oblation Papers & Press, 516 NW 12th Ave., Portland | Offerings: Writing tools and ink, stationery, notebooks, greeting cards, handmade paper, office supplies, typewriters, and custom letterpress designs for personalized stationery, wedding invitation suites, business cards, and special occasions.

The storefront of PiPH! by Paper Epiphanies.

PiPH! by Paper Epiphanies is located by Broder Cafe and Dots Cafe.


Photo by @paperepiphanies

PiPH! by Paper Epiphanies, 2501 SE Clinton St., Portland | Offerings: Great cards, journals and notebooks, stationery, writing tools, books, fine art prints, stickers, home goods, and gifts.

rock paper scissor, 3908 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland | Offerings: Greeting cards, stationery, writing tools, stickers, wrapping paper, journals and notepads, home goods, and gifts.

Village Cheer, 7856 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland | Offerings: Party supplies, stationery, greeting cards, stickers, wrapping paper, toys + games, books, apparel, and home goods.

Paper Source, 638 NW 23rd St., Portland | Offerings: Stationery, greeting cards, custom wedding invitation suites, gift wrap, personalized goods like journals and business cards, craft supplies, books, home goods, and gifts.
What is your stationery store must-buy?

A. Some locally made greeting cards
B. A fancy new pen
C. A leather bound journal
D. Other
Monday, Sept. 18
  • Come Thru: Black & Indigenous Market | Monday, Sept. 18 | 3-7 p.m. | 831 SE Salmon St., Portland | Free | Shop for produce and goods at this incubator market supporting local Black and Indigenous farmers and makers.
  • Keb’ Mo’ | Monday, Sept. 18 | 8 p.m. | Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., Ste. 110, Portland | $45-$75 | See this accomplished and respected contemporary roots musician perform live.
Tuesday, Sept. 19
  • Science and Sawdust | Tuesday, Sept. 19-Saturday, Sept. 30 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | 421 NE 10th Ave., Portland | $2-$5 | Fans of Mike Bennett will love this cartoon museum, which features characters from past projects like “A to Zoo” and Bennett Acres, plus a photo booth and gift shop.
  • DJ Williams with Mama Sam & The Jam | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 8 p.m. | Star Theater, 13 NW Sixth Ave., Portland | $16 | Enjoy a groovy show with powerful harmonies and catchy melodies.
Wednesday, Sept. 20
  • Kenton Farmers Market | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 3-7 p.m. | North McClellan Street + Denver Avenue, Portland | Free | Celebrate getting over the hump by shopping for local produce while enjoying the street-fair atmosphere and live music.
  • Pints & Palettes: Watercolor Workshop | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 6-8 p.m. | Baerlic Brewing Alberta, 2223 NE Alberta St., Portland | $35 | Learn foundational watercolor techniques and take home your own hop-tastic creation in this all levels workshop.
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📚 Have the best bookish time at the Portland Book Festival
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Portland chef Gregory Gourdet speaks to the authors of Black Power Kitchen at the 2022 Portland Book Festival.|Photo by Shawnte Sims for Literary Arts
Where can you find thousands of books, dozens of authors, and countless literature lovers in one place? At the 2023 Portland Book Festival, of course.

The all-ages fest, happening on Saturday, Nov. 4, features writing workshops for youth and adults, kids’ storytime, an extensive book fair, local food trucks, and a day of thoughtfully curated stories and discussions with local + national authors, including:
  • Michael Lewis (author of “Moneyball” and “The Big Short”)
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen (author of “The Refugees” and “The Sympathizer)”
  • Curtis Sittenfeld (author of “Romantic Comedy”)
  • and more
Peep the list of authors. Advance ($15) or day-of ($25) passes include a $5 book fair voucher and entry into the Portland Art Museum. Bonus: Kids under 17 get in free.
News Notes
  • Southeast Portland coffee shop, The Pied Cow, is closing. The shop resides in a 140-year-old Victorian home — with a history of being haunted by a ghost named Aunt Linda — that was recently listed for $1.5 million. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
  • In celebration of Forest Park’s 75th birthday, Portland Parks & Recreation has a lineup of community activities — volunteering, bird walking, hiking, and more — taking place on Saturday, Sept. 23. See the full list of activities and sign up in advance for anything you’re interested in attending.
  • Portland Events and Film Office and Travel Portland have partnered to offer Amplify Portland: Local Filmmakers Production Grant. The grant aims to create opportunity for local filmmakers while boosting Portland’s on-screen presence. Applications will be open from Thursday, Sept. 21, to Monday, Oct. 9. Check out these FAQs.
  • Cheers — Negroni Week kicks off today. The seven days of celebration honors the classic cocktail while raising money for this year’s partner Slow Food — an organization that promotes food education and advocates for equitable food policies. Partake in Negroni Week by visiting a participating Portland venue.
  • Join Portland Audubon on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for The Ecology of Feathers with naturalist Candace Larson to learn how the structure of a feather defines a bird’s unique capabilities. The class is $20 for Audubon members and $30 for non-members. Register to attend.
  • What businesses and orgs around town offer classes for CPR and first aid? Let us know and we may feature your suggestion in an upcoming newsletter.
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