This is the debut entry in my new weekly Friday column, Field Trip, where I plan to share pictures from my visit to a nearby shop, restaurant, or sight. These parts are just full of gorgeous scenery, cool shops, and you may have heard about the amazing food. (The Washington Post named Portland the best food city in America in 2015.) So I figured I could share some of this bounty through the next-best thing to being there yourself, photos.
I’m beginning this series with a shop near my North Portland neighborhood, Beam & Anchor. It’s a bit of a destination spot, located in a cutting-edge industrial area under bridges and overpasses. But the contents are more than enough to entice visitors to venture out on the MAX tracks to this sparsely-populated part of town.
Inside you’ll find new and refurbished vintage furniture, housewares, jewelry, and accessories of all types. They even carry beautifully-designed soap, perfume, and toothbrushes, which you may need after trying edibles like local honey and sea salt. It’s really a “something for everyone,” situation, which makes it a great shop for finding the perfect gift.
Many of the items they carry are either made in the studio workshops upstairs, or in nearby buildings, where some of the craftspeople formerly in the studio have graduated to when they needed more space. That door on the left leads to the upstairs workshop (not open to the public).
The array of handmade pottery and wooden bowls certainly made me want to upgrade my serving ware.
The aesthetic of the shop is a bit tough to describe–it’s a highly curated, sometimes rustic mix, with a dash of vintage and industrial.
Next time I visit, I plan to properly survey the vintage rugs and textiles. I was too busy taking pictures to give them the attention they deserve.
Beam & Anchor is located at 2710 N. Interstate Avenue, and is open Monday-Saturday from 11am to 6pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm. You can also shop some of their selection via their online shop, and follow them on Instagram @Beamandanchor to keep up with special events.
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