video: blooming moon spa party

I always love a good party, especially a spa party. Last Friday, Blooming Moon Wellness Spa, located  in the Nob Hill district, hosted a fabulous affair. What could be better a better deal than $5 brow waxes, $5 makeup touch ups, and $1 per minute chair massage? The place was filled with spa-goers waiting in line for a taste of mango mimosas and huckleberry goat cheese cucumber appetizers. The famous Amy Burgess had new jewelry designs there (and outfitted all the Blooming Moon spa staff with bright feather flower hair pins!) and Jimm DJ’d nonstop swanky lounge music. I can’t wait to see what they have in store next in terms of events…rumor has it that Blooming Moon Spa is moving to a bigger location soon. I hope they don’t go too far – maybe they will have an opening party? You know I’ll be there.

Blooming Moon Wellness Spa
2050 NW Lovejoy St 
(503) 222-2391


pop up

Thursday was the opening day of Pop Up in Portland – a compact yet explosive temporary traveling boutique filled with sporty fashion, walls of iconic photos, a lounge, a free photo booth, and a 1950’s style fridge filled with free Jones Sodas.  They are open Thursday through Sunday of every week until August 6th, and then they will run off to Seattle, then San Diego, then two locations in San Francisco.  Did I mention the bright green Ford Fiesta (one of the sponsors) that dominates half the room?  How people get cars inside of buildings is beyond me, but I hear that a ramp was involved.

Local 35, one of my absolute favorite SE boutiques, and also the curator of the shop, has been temporarily transported to the NW.  They have selected a wonderful array of graphic, stunning, lightweight clothing.  Summer dresses and swim-inspired clothing fill the racks.  Straw RVCA fedoras for $35 mingle with matte black studded bikini tops by Quiksilver.  Rompers by Insight hang next to shredded tops in pastel shades.  I am very impressed by the selection of men’s swim trunks.  It is uncommon to see ones that do not have garish “tropical” prints and ghastly stripes on them.  These are exceptional in print; almost photo-like, with ambiguous, flowing patterns in contrasting muted and vivid color.  For $50, it is quite the steal. In fact, the average price point for the retail is not much more than $50, which is exceptional for well-selected, stylish and unique boutique wares. Continue reading

video: PBJ’s

PBJ’s, a gourmet, grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich food cart, is the new exciting place to grab lunch in the Nob Hill district. They rolled onto 23rd Street in mid April and have already grown an avid fan base. Customers line up outside of the cart, laughing and indulging in sweet and savory grilled sandwiches of all kinds. The spreads and jams are either house made or produced by Oregon companies such as Dagoba, Oregon Growers, and Misty Meadows. The cheese comes from Rogue Creamery and Sierra Nevada Cheese Company, and the luscious bread hails from Gabriel’s Bakery or Dave’s Killer Bread. I am blown away by the gusto and excitement that owners Keena and Shane have for their creations. Keena tells me that the Dagoba dark chocolate spread took six months of determination and brainstorming to perfect. This can be easily proven with one taste in my mouth. “The Joy” is impeccably crafted, with brief bursts of salt between mouthfuls of bittersweet chocolate, coconut, and almond butter evenly applied to warm, toasted challah bread, for $5.50. I can’t help but devour it in a rushed blur, and am thoroughly satisfied. Continue reading