This store is definitely one of a kind in Portland. With a special room with your pick of fill-a-bag cigars, all brands. They also have many different kinds of wine (who doesn't love the smell of cigars?), not to mention a nifty little bar with leather chairs in the back where you can enjoy a fat cigar and a sultry glass of wine. Check it out!
PROS: You don't have to go home to smoke!
CONS: Have to be 21 to be in the bar
This is a very cute little shop where you can buy gifts, jewelry, and also very good deals on engraving. The sell hallmarky-type stuff, fancy pens, necklaces, etc. The expenses are like any other gift shop/jewelry store, but they are the cheapest in cost of engraving anything you give them. Their deal is even cheaper if the object is bought at their store. I like them because I've had a bracelet and watch engraved, and they did a beautiful job!
PROS: good prices, pretty things
Consumer Opinion Services sets up paid focus groups for companies by gather opinions the public, and paying them for their time. Totally legitimate and listed with the Better Business Bureau, if you qualify for a study, it can be really fun, and you'll earn some cash. If you plan on working in the call-center (the people who call you to sign up), just beware of their constant employee turn-over. Sign up on their website to be on their call list. They are a good option for opinion research pretty much because they are almost the only one in town.
PROS: fun, easy cash, legitimate
CONS: maybe not the best place to be employed.
The art gallery changes it's exhibits about every 3 months, and almost every exhibit is interesting. Some can get kind of boring, but they recently bought some old masters' pieces permanently. When there is an interesting show, it's worth spending the money. If you are an art student at the local college, you can get an annual pass for $5. The Egyptian exhibit is coming next year, and you know I won't miss that! On Wednesdays, they host a happy hour jazz music event called After Hours for people coming from work, or those who just want to relax, drink and listen.
PROS: Good art, great atmosphere
CONS: sometimes the special events can be spendy.
The Oregon Zoo has many different animals, including activities that probably aren't available in every zoo. The the bird show is very exciting, where several endangered species fly right over your head! The lorakeet exhibit has tropical birds flying free that will land on your hand, head, and shoulders, especially if you have purchased nectar to feed them! I never get tired of viewing the animals at the Zoo. there is also simultation ride that changes shows every once in awhile. In the summer, they host concerts on the grass where you can take your picnic gear and listen to good music for a decent price!
PROS: Can save money by becoming a member
CONS: they took the lions out years ago.
This place is pretty cool, to hang out on an easy day. Refurnished like the orginal establishment of the Pittock family, you get to walk around in an old-fashioned house belonging to the founders of the Oregonian, and the many travelling paths in Washington Park. There is a quaint little gift shop outside, and admission is only $5. If you are interested in the history of Portland, and you like huge houses, you should visit this one.
PROS: cheap, interesting, beautiful, decorated on the holidays
CONS: not as big as you think it will be.
i don't go anywhere else but Waves to get my hair done. They know how to do pretty much every style with pretty much every ethnic group. The staff is friendly and fun, and the owner does hair right along with the rest of them. They also just recently added manicure and pedicure services, as well as soap, bath, and hair products to purchase. Check it out, the next time you need a massive overhaul, or just a trim.
PROS: great hair dressers, good atmosphere
my music heaven is at this store! you can find just about any kind of music you are looking for at half the price of other music stores. I even shop there for records sometimes when I'm feeling old fashioned. Besides CD's you can purchase movies and cassettes, although these are somewhat limited. When you walk in, it's not like a mass chain of stores with people in uniform, but rather contains the perfect ambiance for rock heads!
PROS: all different kinds of music from popular to foreign
CONS: have to leave your bags at the door
have a taste for unique jewelry? bead your way to happiness! Let it bead seems to have every kind of bead under the sun. I recently managed to restring a hemp necklace with new beads and hemp for very little pocket change. A cute little shop on Alder, it's definitely one of those little window shopping stop-ins while looking for something else.
PROS: beads from fancy to plain, wide variety, cute
CONS: if you're not watching for it, you might miss it
Nicolas' Lebanese Restaurant is the best place to go for Lebanese style food. Made from family recipes from his own kitchen, the restaurant is now run by Nicolas' relative, and the taste is still amazing! Tender marinated meats, grape leaves, and yellow rice are my favorites! The large pita bread served with fresh hummus is definitely a tasty coversational appetizer, if you can stop stuffing yourself to speak! Small, sweet, and quaint with cool decor, Nicolas' Restaurant is a great place to eat every night!
PROS: Good prices, friendly staff, delicious food
CONS: on busy days, there's a line to get in.