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May 11th, 2007
I’m Here, Really I am

I’m into week 2 of my new job and still loving it! I’m also coming home totally whupped, since I tend to throw myself into work wholeheartedly. I’m learning to moderate…

I bought some shoes today from Art & Sole, an independent shoe shop on Interstate Ave (right up from the New Seasons). I purchased a pair of Naot sandals, which I am thinking I will love a great deal. I can wear sandals to my new job (provided my toes look nice, anyway), and I am SO excited about this. The service was terrific, and while the selection is small, they had just what I was looking for. Go visit them, and shop local!

In the “not-so-local” files, don’t the clothes at Hippy Chix Shop look great? I am totally digging their plus size options. Must exercise control!!

Anyway, that’s what I’m up to. We put in our (small) garden a few days ago, some tomatoes and zucchini and peppers. DH hung some flower baskets on our porch (pansies and fuschias) which now look so pretty and make our house so nice looking. I’ve been planting summer bulbs and seeding beds with lupines and nasturtiums. We also bought a wisteria for the back porch. I think it’ll be awesome climbing on the porch.

Piccies soon, I promise.

Posted by Claire at 12:21 PM | Days Go By, Portland | Comments (1) | Tweet This Post

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November 3rd, 2006

Tomorrow, we move… I think we will take the kitties first and settle them into the second bedroom. Then everything else gets moved in. Oy, I hate moving…

I do want to post some nice things about our real estate agent and our loan officer. Our agent is Robyn with the Robyn and Jessica Team, who are affiliated with Vincent Properties. Robyn has been great throughout this whole experience.

Our loan officer is Ruben Rodriguez at Albina Community Bank. Mr. Rodriguez is fantastic. He has really gone to bat for us as we hit a few eleventh hour bumps in the road, and I can’t say enough nice things about him. Likewise, Albina Community Bank rocks. I *heart* them. Portlanders, please consider investing with them – they do really good work in the community. And talk to Mr. Rodriguez if you want to buy a house. He’s the man.

Posted by Claire at 10:51 PM | Days Go By, Portland | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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October 9th, 2005
PSM, PDC and The Oregonian

Interesting (if you could call it that) article in the Oregonian today about the Portland Saturday Market, and the PDC’s plans that call for us moving elsewhere.

What can I say? I’d like to shoot the reporter who kept referring to the market as the place for “spoon art and elephant ears,” as if we’re just a jokey, circus-y market. The whole tone had a slightly sneering attitude – no mention of how much sales take place at the market (it’s in the millions, if I recall) and the fact that that money stays in the local community because we live and shop here. No mention that our artists and craftsfolk are truly amazing – and well known in their circles. No mention that the range of products is mindboggling – paintings, photography, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, recycled art… it goes on and on.

The articles makes it sound like we’re all starving and by implication, should get real jobs. Many of the vendors make a pretty nice living from their art, and the market is a large component of their income (the rest being other retail and wholesale). Take away the market or cause it to fail, and you financially ruin these folks – members of YOUR community.

Yes, the site isn’t ideal – it’s not a place I’d hang out after dark or even a place I’m particularly comfortable being in daylight during the week. But let me tell you, tourists drive sales at the market, not local people. Move it, and there is no way to inform all those hotel desk clerks and travel websites of our new location. We’ll lose that tourists component and the market will fail. Yes, I am one of those who believes the market will fail if it is moved. I don’t believe that the PDC values the market, and by the tone of the article, I think it was written to downplay our importance to Portland, and downplay our value and quality as a Portland destination.

After all, we’re just that market with “spoon art and elephant ears.”

Posted by Claire at 08:18 AM | Portland | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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March 10th, 2005

In all the fallout of My Lousy Week™, I never bothered to write about the first day back at the Portland Saturday Market. In a nutshell, it was great!

The longer version is that the weather was fantastic, there were quite a few people down there (although sales kinda sucked), and it was really great seeing all my market friends again after a two month break. PSM has updated their website, with descriptions of all the food vendors (craft vendors too…)

My current favorite food vendor is Tio Ramon’s Cuban Food. You can have either chicken or pork, with black beans and rice, red cabbage, and fried plantains (or bananas, some days). Yum!! Eat it around 11 am and you won’t get hungry again until late dinnertime.

Support local artists and craftspeople and food vendors! Visit Portland Saturday Market!

Posted by Claire at 05:01 PM | Portland, Soap Habit | Comments (1) | Tweet This Post

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March 5th, 2005

The Portland Saturday Market opens today! Come by and say hi!

Posted by Jacob at 06:58 AM | Portland | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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