*This post comes to us from Portland’s fashion queen, Eden Dawn. Beyond doing so many awesome things, she writes regularly for Portland favorite, Portland Monthly Magazine. All pictures in this post provided by the Little Boxes’ shops and their websites.*
Despite the fact that I am sadly out of town this year for Little Boxes, I’ve developed an idea itinerary to push on my family and friends. It’s a two fold approach with step one being these are the places I would go if I could and two, these are the places I want them to go to buy prezzies for me.
First: I’d hit downtown when my coffee buzz is at an all time high and my patience level can still handle the downtown crowds by stocking up on potions at Wolf’s Apothecary. The brand new pop up shop carries all kinds of oddities (like Rapunzel’s Hair Oil) and I think giving gifts that aren’t size/color/taste related relieves a lot of buying pressure.
(And before I leave downtown, I would absolutely stop into Animal Traffic to scout out a new bedazzled reindeer sweater for upcoming holiday parties).
Next up I’d head to Mississippi (first enjoying a Bloody Mary at Gravy), to wander to Paxton Gate and all their kind of creepy goods. Someone I know must need some python rib earrings. If not, I probably just need new friends.
Finally I’d head to Southeast to circle back to my own ‘hood. Rumor is Mag-Big on Hawthorne has adorable terrarium sets which is a good gift for anyone. And it’s next to Gold Dust Meridian which has the best green beans in the world. Plus then I can just wander up and down my favorite street watching (primarily bad) street musicians and artists loving my city.