If you're over the age of 30 and looking for toys in the Pacific Northwest, do yourself a favor, skip the local Toys r' Us, and head to Billy Galaxy. This tiny little downtown shop houses an insanely large selection of vintage and collectible toys, spanning several decades. Of particular note are the vintage Star Wars, He-Man, G.I. Joe, TMNT, Transformers, and Thundercats offerings, as well as the Atari 2600 games, and absolutely insane collection of Pez dispensers. Some of the items are a little expensive, but it's hard to put a price tag on nostalgia, especially when it has the ability to instantly turn your work space into the coolest around.
There's no shortage of great places to grab a bit to eat in Portland, but if you're looking to do some cooking of your own, it's a good idea to start your shopping at Chop Butchery & Charcuterie. Located in the City Market on the northwest side of town, this artisan shop handcrafts all their products in house from meats sourced from local, humanely-run farmers and purveyors. They offer sausages, meats, charcuterie, pates, and even salami, which is made in their own USDA meat curing facility. Oh, and be sure to keep an eye out for their daily sandwich specials, which include a porchetta sandwich — hog stuffed with sausage and baked for six hours, served on a ciabatta roll with peppers, onions, tomato, lettuce, mayo, and mustard — that's only available on Fridays and Saturdays.
Given the name, you might think that The People's Pig focuses solely on hog-related foodstuffs. While it does offer up a solid share of pork — the porchetta and arugula sandwhich is a local legend — this stately truck offers far more than just pork, with a ever-changing menu that includes brisket, steak, and even chicken sandwiches. No matter what meat you choose, you can rest assured that it's both hormone- and antibiotic-free, and if you're lucky, you might be able to enjoy one of the Pig's other treats, like chili, blood orange marmalade, or fresh strawberry shortcake.
Many folks in the City of Roses were saddened by the closure of Local35 — but like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the store's founder has risen with a new store named after... himself. Machus is the result, a well-curated collection of modern clothing from some of the best designers around the globe. From APS and Apolis to Ursa Major and Warriors of Radness, you're sure to leave looking better than when you arrived... assuming you wear your new duds out.
Don't expect to be overwhelmed by the wine list at Kir. We're not really sure the intimate, impeccably decorated venue could even provide space for such a thing. But that's no bother, as the selection — which changes daily and focuses on European and ecclectic vintages — is almost always excellent. Should you find yourself wanting to try several glasses — or are just looking for something to pair your glass with — the equally economic menu of small plates is an ideal place to look, offering treats like roasted pistachios, summer squash and leek soup, and cider-braised pork belly.
Make an escape from Portlandia without ever leaving the area at the Hotel Modera. This upscale accomodatin offers 174 guestrooms and suites, all offering fine linens, pillow-topped mattresses, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi. The rooms are only half the equation, though, as the rest of the property is home to over 500 piece of local art, black walnut flooring, an expansive courtyard with glass firepits and a 63'x15' "living wall", and contemporary architecture. Getting hungry? Not to worry — Nel Centro, the adjacent restaurant from local chef David Machado, will be happy to sserve up its Riviera-inspired cuisine on site, or even in your room.
Foodies looking for a fantastic meal need look no further than Beast. Helmed by chef Naomi Pomeroy, this renowned establishment offers a six-course, prix-fixe dinner Wednesday-Sunday, with the menu changing every week. On Sundays, you can stop in early for a four-course prix-fixe brunch, and both are available with wine pairings that match the meals in the number of courses. A small selection of Belgian-inspired beers is available for the vino-adverse, but don't go in expecting to substitute a lot of ingredients — when you're working from a fixed menu, that's just the nature of the beast. Sorry, couldn't resist.
You've long been able to purchase goods from purveyors of awesome outdoor stuff Poler over the Internets, but now there's a place to check out their entire lineup in the flesh. The new Poler Flagship Store is a no-nonsense space where you can grab, tug on, chew, and otherwise test out their tees, bags, tents, jackets, beanies, hoodies, hats, and other goods before you decide to buy. The store will also play host to rotating pop-up displays from brands like BAGGU, and will offer goods from the likes of Wood and Faulk, Stance, and RAEN optics.
We mentioned it briefly when we covered the adjacent Jupiter Hotel, but the Doug Fir Lounge is noteworthy enough that it warrants it's own spotlight. Boasting an incredible '50s-style modern interior with one-of-a-kind glassworks, original woodwork, and metal, its downstairs lounge is considered one of the best music venues in the Pacific Northwest. Under the same roof, you'll also find a combination restaurant and bar that's a perfect place to grab a cocktail and or bite, whether you're there to see a show or not.
Finding good retro furniture normally involves lengthy days of store hopping at local vintage and antique shops. But should you happen to live near PDX, Lounge Lizard Vintage Furniture might just be a one-stop affair. Located inside a white storage hangar, this unique shop offers a huge selection of stuff from the '50s, '60s, and '70s, including couches, chairs, desks, tables, and a wide variety of other knick knacks to help finish the job. Even if you don't plan on buying anything, it's worth a visit just to look around — but be warned, they don't ship anything, so if you flew into town, plan on renting a moving truck or just forgetting about that perfect love seat you found.
What do you get when you merge a normal comic store with art and design influences? Something along the lines of Floating World Comics. This Old Town institution offers up a full array of comics and graphic novels — just ask the owner Jason if you need a recommendation — but also carries a solid selection of art books and magazines, graphic design and illustration publications, artwork by local artists, and items related to animation, music, and movies. Basically, as the store itself claims, "anything that might serve as inspiration for creative folks looking for something new." Sounds good to us.
Fresh sushi mixes with mid-century modern decor at Masu Sushi. Located on the second floor of a building downtown, Masu serves up high-quality specialty rolls, nigiri, and sashimi, as well as a small selection of hot items, including miso, tempura, and short ribs. Those looking to quench their thirst won't be disappointed, either, as the place offers a sizable sake selection, as well as impressive cocktails and a reasonable wine list. Those looking for a deal can check out the more than reasonable happy hour specials, which include deals on nearly everything from the sushi menu. [Scouted by Jackson]