Shops & Markets


In Search of that Something Special

Jade and I both have been looking for new opportunities in our careers. In the past six months I have applied for about two hundred jobs. Seriously, I really have. In this time period I have received numerous rejection emails, several rejection phone calls, and countless no replies at all. It's a bit disheartening putting yourself out there so much just to have metaphorical door...

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Heart Roasters on Southwest 12th Avenue

We try to go out to a few new places around town each week. That is not to say we do that every week. It's easy to get stuck in the familiar and comfortable places that we usually go, especially when they are just so convenient. Since moving into our neighborhood in Northwest Portland we have been sticking to places predominantly around the Northwest quadrant....

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Pip’s Original

Jade and I got our first taste of mini-doughnut bliss a little over six years ago on our first trip as a couple to Seattle. We were still in college, still working terrible part time jobs, still not living the way we wanted to, but man were we in love. We planned that trip for months, saving up our part time wages so we could...

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Bridge & Burn

When I go to interview people, I try to do my research. I have been doing research on people for a long time, probably since I first discovered the internet when I was a kid. It was this whole place of information that I could find out just about whatever I wanted about any famous person I idolized. Then came MySpace and facebook which allowed...

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Xtabay, Our Vintage Safe Haven

We have a history with Xtabay Vintage. Jade heard about this cute shop in Southeast Portland around five years ago and told me that I must take her to it. Being the wonderful boyfriend that I was, I was more than happy to indulge her curiosities for new fashion havens. To my surprise when we arrived at the Xtabay's shop front, I absolutely adored everything they...

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Afternoon Tea with Steven Smith

I've never really been a tea drinker. That said, I've been drinking tea all my life. When I was young and lived in a small logging town in the hills of the northwest, my father would get those big boxes of Ice Nestea, fill up a gallon jar with water and plunge about ten sachets in and let it sit in the sun for hours...

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Early Morning

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend! We went to the wedding of two of our dearest friends. I was actually one of the bridesmaids. Of course we have plenty of photographs from that special day to share, but I'm going to wait till the bride has a chance to share hers first. It was an absolutely gorgeous wedding and being able to meet...

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A Tasting at Soter Vineyards

Jade and I love to enjoy things together. When we go to the theater, we usually are either holding hands, have our arms wrapped around each other or are practically in the others lap. When we go out to explore our city, we love to take in every little thing and trade thoughts about what's happening in the moment. When we go out to eat,...

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A Peek at Sokol Blosser Winery

I have never been much of a wine drinker. I think the reason for that is because I have never had good wine. I have only recently learned that there is a difference between good and bad wine. The wine I had been exposed to in previous years is the kind that comes in boxes from cheap supermarkets or oversize jugs of  it for pennies...

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