Shopping Locally

Dear Liza,

Even though I made some gifts, there is still a lot of shopping to be done for Christmas! Faraway friends and family receive, and we received from them, edible goodies from companies like Harry and David, The Fruit Company, and Nut Cravings.

But for those closer to home, we have wonderful local shops to enjoy. Mix Tape is a vintage shop that has been on SE Belmont for years, and has just moved into a bigger place!

We were sad to see Noun, at the corner of SE 33rd and Belmont, close last year as its owners moved on to other things, but Mix Tape has moved in and made the most of all the new square footage.

Mix Tape has a more 80s vibe, which isn’t my favorite era (I missed a lot of it, being inside cuddling babies) but has real good vintage boots, clothing, jewelry and even VHS movies!

And just a block down Belmont, the space that Mix Tape left is being filled as Belmont books, run by Joe Witt, expands. He’s not quite all set up yet, but there’s a lot to see!

Further south, Hawthorne Street has a lot of shops, too. Tender Loving Empire, Presents of Mind and Asylum are full of goodies, and books, many by local authors. Sadly, there were so many shoppers that the small shops just didn’t feel Covid-safe, so we headed out into the fresh air and home.

With Omicron making even small gatherings feel scary (again), it is looking to be a quiet, home-bound holiday. Stay safe, and we will get together when we can.


Grandma Judy

Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

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