The Oregonian, Oct 22, 2009

Local Goods Press

As of earlier this month, Land is the first physical store and art gallery location for 10-year-old Internet retailer, which moved its headquarters from its namesake Washington state capital to North Portland a year before opening this storefront at 3925 N. Mississippi Ave. Like its Internet parent, Land features Portland and Northwest artisans who make cards, T-shirts, posters, jewelry, wallets and other items. Nikki McClure is the featured artist for a series of monthly gallery shows, and book signings and other events are in the works, store manager Gail O’Hara said. Land is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 503-477-5704 or

Local Goods sells exactly that in the form of affordable and practical merchandise, much of which is manufactured in the Northwest, often using reused, recycled and biodegradable supplies. Polly Rask opened the general store in September at 2136 E. Burnside St. with an array of household and toiletry items, including Biokleen, Oregon Soap, Knickernappies and Tooth Soap. 503-548-4390 or

In the Alberta Arts neighborhood
, Mediterranean, American and Middle Eastern flavors mix on the menu at The Hilt, a full-service restaurant and classic cocktail bar that opened in July at 1934 N.E. Alberta St., former home of Rocks Bar and Grill. Patio seating is available. 971-255-1793 or

Designer Jennifer Thomas in August put her fashionable dresses, skirts, sweaters and hoodies made of washable wools, organic cottons and other sustainable fabrics on the racks of the new Jet boutique she co-owns at 3753 N. Mississippi Ave., in Mississippi Commons. 503-282-3753

Studio 1 opened its martini bar and nightclub
 in July at 1300 N.W. Lovejoy St., a Pearl location once occupied by SoLo. Owner Brent Fraser brings in a disc jockey late Friday and Saturday nights, has a full-service bar besides martinis and offers a happy-hour food menu throughout business hours. 503-867-8822

Steve Carder brought The People’s Sandwich
 of Portland to Old Town with the July opening of his deli at 53 N.W. First Ave. The menu includes mostly hot sandwiches on hoagie rolls, with favorites such as cheese steak or house herb-roasted turkey. 503-222-0525 or

Harry’s Fresh Deli and Pizzeria in September moved two blocks north to 5530 N.E. 122nd Ave., in the Fort Knox Plaza. At the same time, it started serving dinners and added New York-style pizza, calzone and other Italian cuisine to the deli fare already on the menu. 503-262-5200 or

Camellia Pure Beauty,
 a natural beauty boutique, in July moved two blocks to 4759 N.E. Fremont St., in the Beaumont neighborhood. 503-287-4645 or

Grandma’s Funky Furniture rearranged things to a new location at 6852 S.E. Foster Road in August. It sells used 1970s and older furniture in several styles. 503-975-6362

– Eric Apalategui”