One of the reasons I started this series was to give me an excuse to visit new places. I’m a homebody, so even though I’m surrounded by cool shops, it often takes me a long time to check them out in person. Work/shop* only opened last November, but I’m glad this column motivated me to make my first visit.
Like last week’s Field Trip, Schoolhouse Electric, Work/Shop is kind of off by itself in Northwest Portland, away from the busy shopping streets. But it’s definitely worth a special trip.
Work/Shop is unique in that in addition to being a retail shop, it also offers an assortment of one-shot classes. Candle-making, terrariums, macrame, weaving, and totebag-sewing are all on the schedule right now. The Saturday morning kokedama workshop, which includes mimosas, sounds like a great girls brunch substitute (or pre-brunch activity, if you can hold out that long).
The paint job on their front door is super fun, and sets the stage for the rest of the space.
The classes take place in this half of the shop:
The retail half of the shop isn’t big, but it’s filled with the perfect mixture of plants, flowers, jewelry, apothecary, and even kitchen items.
I probably should have snagged some of these beauties from the floral displays out front.
Work/Shop is located at 1024 NW 19th Ave. It’s open Tuesday through Friday 11am to 6pm, and Saturday and Sunday 11am – 4pm. You can follow @workshop_pdx on Twitter and @workshop.pdx on Instagram.
*Not to be confused with the store in North Portland, Workshop Vintage. Maybe I’ll do a tour of that one someday.
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