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Allison H

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Badger Mountain Wine
Organic and sulfite free wine - I love the Reisling and the Merlot.
Baking From My House to Yours
This is one of my favorite cookbooks - Dorie Greenspan is the best.
Benefit They're Real Mascara
I love this mascara - it's thick but doesn't clump.
Blue Star Cooking
I've had my gas range for 10 years now and still love it - professional quality and they come in tons of colors.
Bob's Red Mill Muesli
I start every day with this. Add a little yogurt and some fruit, and you're good to go!
Bodum Chambord French Press
Coffee Maker
Love my french press - easy to use and makes great coffee.
Boom Chicka Pop Kettle Corn
Not too sweet and not too terrible for you!
Bosch Cordless Drill
Love my Bosch cordless drill - highly rated and built to last.
Brew Dr. Kombucha
So many great flavors - my favorite is the Ginger Turmeric.
Cat Cave
Pet Bed
These are so cozy for the cats - and aesthetically pleasing for your home.
Cat Laser Toy
Cat Toy
My cats go crazy for this - I can get them to race all over the place. So fun!
CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion
Perfect for sensitive skin!
Chemex Coffeemaker
Coffee Maker
I love the coffee (smooth and bold) and the ritual of making it in my Chemex.
Cuisinart Classic Round Waffle Baker
Waffle Maker
Super easy to use - the waffles never stick!
Cuisinart Immersion Blender
One of my all-time favorite kitchen gadgets - absolutely perfect for blending soups.
Cuisinart Metal Classic Toaster
Use this guy every day - fits bread and bagels. And it's easy to clean.
Da Bird Feather Teaser
Cat Toy
A great cat toy! They love lunging and jumping for the feathers.
Deliciously Ella
Love this app! She has recipes, a podcast, yoga, and meditation.
Duolingo is great! I've just started learning Italian with it.
Everyone Soap
Hand Soap
Love this body wash - lots of great scents (coconut + lemon is my favorite) as well as unscented.
FirstMate Cat Food
Cat Food
My cats go crazy for this wet food - it's both grain free and filler free - and apparently very delicious.
Fully Standing Desk
These are great desks - well made and perfect for the home office.
Hu Chocolate Bars
Hu makes single chocolate bars too - my favorite is the cashew butter.
Hu Gems
Baking Ingredients
This chocolate is amazing - paleo, vegan, made with just a few ingredients, and they are sooo good! We use them for baking and snacking.
Impala Roller Skates
Roller Skating
Impala skates - I got them for my 18 year old. A little spendy but really good quality and lots of cute options.
Guided meditations and yoga - super helpful for getting to sleep.
Jane Iredale Mineral Foundation
This is a pressed powder foundation - it's light but has excellent coverage. It's also good for your skin AND has sunscreen.
Kiehl's Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream
Eye Cream
I use this every day, twice a day - it's light and effective.
Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Cream
Skin Care
Super light and perfect for sensitive skin.
Kitty Kong
Cat Toy
Not just for dogs - my cats love these!
Larabar Protein Bar
Protein Bar
I love Lara bars - very few ingredients and all natural.
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
I use Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder - it's light and works really well.
Le Creuset Cast Iron French Oven
Pots & Pans
Super high quality - made to be passed down to your kids.
Leuchtturm1917 Notebook
I love this journal - it's clean, simple, and comes in beautiful colors.
Loyly Rosemary Sea Bath
Bath Bombs & Salts
These bath salts are absolutely heaven. They can be purchased through the Loyly website.
Magic Line Cake Pans
Baking Pans
These are the best cake pans, super high quality - what I used as a professional baker.
Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Machine
Pasta Maker
We love making pasta, and this pasta machine is super easy to use!
Method Daily Wood Spray
Wood Cleaner
I recommend Method wood spray - plant based and smells great.
Miele Dishwasher
We just bought this dishwasher, and it's amazing. Super quiet, cleans beautifully, and it seems much larger inside than the Bosch we used to have.
Miele Vacuum
Vacuum Cleaner
I’ve had my Miele for years and love it!
Moosewood Cookbook
One of the classics!
Nanlite LED Panel
Fantastic studio lights - I use these for photographing artwork - would also be good for portraits.
NARS Blush Orgasm
Sheer and natural looking!
Nars Lipstick
My favorite lipstick - great colors and very moisturizing.
Nordic Ware Microwave Popcorn Popper
Popcorn Maker
We use this all the time - you can use a little oil or none at all - so much healthier than microwave popcorn.
Olaplex Hair Protector No. 3
Hair Care
I'm a total believer in the Olaplex system - it's a game changer for your hair.
Oribe Bright Blond Shampoo
Hair Care
I use this once a week to keep my blond from going brassy. Works great!
Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo
Dry Shampoo
Love this product - it freshens up my hair and smells so good.
OXO Citrus Squeezer
Citrus Juicer
We use a lot of lemons in our house - this definitely comes in handy!
Oxo Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop
Food Scoop
This is great for cookie dough and cupcake batter.
So helpful for parking around Portland - no more dealing with all of those machines!
Parklane Mattress
I love my Parklane mattress - high quality and they started off as a local, Portland company.
Pasta by Hand
Fantastic cookbook by Portland's Jenn Louis - learn how to make a variety of pasta shapes by hand.
Super powerful app - especially for how inexpensive it is.
Sanitaire Vacuum
Vacuum Cleaner
I love my upright Sanitaire vacuum - I use it on the carpet in my house and have had it for many years with no problems.
Sarah's Stands
Cake Stand
THE best pedestal cake stands for wedding cakes - they are sturdy, stable, and elegant - built specifically to hold heavy wedding cakes.
Silpat Silicone Baking Mat, Half-Sheet Size
Baking Sheet
This is a must have if you love to bake cookies!
Sydney Hale Soy Candles
The most delicious smelling candles - Bourbon + Brown Sugar, Bergamot + Black Tea, Clementine + Clove ...
Terro T300 Liquid Ant Baits
I recommend Terro Liquid Ant Bait - it's worked well in my house.
The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique
Cocktail Supplies
Great book by Portland's own Jeffrey Morgenthaler.
Vacu Vin Wine Saver
Wine Saver
This is great for preserving an opened bottle of wine for a few days.
Weber Spirit II E-310
We use this all summer - so easy to use and grills to perfection!
Wee Kitty Cat Litter
Cat Litter
Dealing with cat litter is always a pain - this stuff is really great. It's made out of corn, has low dust, good odor control, and is biodegradable.

Special Occasions

Trendy clothing and accessories for women. Multiple locations and excellent service.
An old school Italian restaurant in the neighborhood. They've got great food, a huge tent for Covid-safe dining, and a market where you can pick up dinner on the go.
Another Feather
A local on-line jewelry store - gorgeous, unique pieces. And they have a big seconds sale every year!
They currently have limited hours - open on Saturday and Sunday only - for pre-order pick up or walk up pastries. Definitely worth waiting until the weekend for a special trip!
Bang Bang
Spicy cauliflower, pickled cucumber salad, green curry bowls. . . need I say more?
Betsy & Iya
A lovely boutique in NW Portland - handmade jewelry, accessories, clothing, and the most delicious smelling candles. I get all of my gifts here and treat myself from time to time too. ;)
Bless Your Heart Burgers
Every now and then, I just want a burger. These hit the spot - super tasty and not overwhelming.
Bollywood Theater
Delicious Indian street food - kind of like tapas.
Bosworth Photography
I've used Jamie Bosworth over the years - she's very experienced and fun to work with.
Chin's Kitchen
Northeastern Chinese cuisine - new owner, new menu, so good!
Ciao Vito
Italian cuisine on Alberta Street - so, so good.
Coco Donuts
Donut Shop
House roasted coffee and delicious donuts - the bavarian cream is one of my favorites.
Chickpea stew, kabobs, falafel, ... everything is amazing!
Dream Cakes
As a former wedding cake designer, this is the place I would go to order a cake. Johannah is skilled in technique and design and bakes a delicious cake.
Farina Bakery
Best macarons in Portland - and I've tried them all!
Grand Central Bakery
Delicious bread, sandwiches, and pastries - I love picking up cinnamon buns on Saturday mornings.
Helen Bernhard Bakery
An old-school Portland bakery - it's been around since 1924! Back in the (pre-Covid) day, it was my go-to for office doughnuts.
India Oven
Family run and absolutely delicious - some of my favorites are saag paneer, chana masala, and chicken korma.
Kala Noodle and Grill
Love the Pad Mee Lueng! Reminds me of East Coast Lo Mein.
La Bonita
The BEST breakfast burritos!
Lauretta Jean's
Pies, cakes, and pastries ... sooo good!
Life of Pie Pizza
Wood fired pizza, multiple locations, and great salads! The kale and arugula is my fav.
Lisa Congdon
Art prints, journals, books, totes, and more by Portland illustrator Lisa Congdon. Shop online or at her pop-up store.
Little Big Burger
Vegetarian options available, and the truffle fries are not to be missed!
Monograph Bookwerks
Book Store
Beautiful fine art books - this place is a hidden gem located just off Alberta.
Piazza Italia
One of my all-time favorite Italian restaurants in Portland. Family run, cozy, and always bustling.
Pix Patisserie
French desserts, chocolates, and drinks ... AND they now have the Pix-O-Matic - a 24 hour contactless vending machine filled with delectable desserts.
Pizzeria Otto
Cozy, delicious wood-fired pizza, and amazing salads.
Pizzicato Pizza
Fresh salads, pizza, and panini - the meatball sandwich is my favorite.
Popina Swimwear
I love Popina Swimwear (super cute retro styles) - they have retail stores in Portland, but you can also shop online.
Powell's City of Books
Book Store
Portland's famous bookstore - take the day and get lost in here.
Proud Mary Cafe
THE place for brunch on Alberta Street.
Rock Paper Fish
Delicious halibut fish and chips - crunchy and not greasy. And the fries are seasoned to perfection.
Ruby Jewel
Lemon cookie and honey lavender ice cream sandwiches - need I say more?
Salt & Straw
Ice Cream
A local Portland business that continues to expand - I'm a particular fan of the Pear & Blue Cheese and the Honey Lavender.
Sari Ramyun
Located in the Zipper building on Sandy - the Tofu Bibimbap is amazing!
Seagrape Apothecary
I wandered into this lovely store over the weekend - candles, crystals, body care, and magic stuff. It has a great aesthetic and the owner was super helpful.
Seastar Bakery
I love heading up to the Seastar Bakery on Sunday mornings. They have amazing baked goods AND an incredible breakfast pizza slice with a fried egg on top.
Sizzle Pie
Multiple locations, but I love the one right next to the Hollywood Theater. Excellent pizza and top notch salads too!
Solabee Flowers & Botanicals
Plants, gifts, and gorgeous, lush floral arrangements.
Taco Pedaler
Everything is fresh and light here - and the ambience is super cute.
These tacos are so good! My favorites are the smoked tofu and crispy cauliflower.
Tender Loving Empire
Lots of handmade items - gifts, cards, jewelry, music. They even have their own record label!
Thai Noon
An Alberta staple - the Pad See Ew is amazing.
The Whole Bowl
Vegetarian or vegan options, healthy, delicious, and pretty inexpensive for lunch!
Tin Shed
A classic Portland brunch spot.
Vivienne Kitchen & Pantry
This is such a sweet neighborhood cafe - they specialize in brunch and pastries and also provide some homemade prepared foods.


Alberta Street Gallery
Art Gallery
A cool artist collective on Alberta - paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry, and more.
Appliance Hospital
These guys know what they're doing and have a great reputation - they are super busy, though, so it can take a while to get them out to your house.
Beaumont Hardware
Hardware Store
Love heading up to the local hardware store - they always have everything I need!
Covas Construction
I loved working with Gabe Covas. He converted my garage into an art studio and did an amazing job. He was on-time, on-budget, and did quality work.
First Call Heating & Cooling
After the big power surge in Portland last week, these guys brought the heat back to my house! They were quick, efficient, and super professional. Couldn't have asked for more.
Garden Fever!
Indoor plants, outdoor plants, books, gifts, you name it! This place is fun just to hang out in.
Laurelhurst Market
Steakhouse, butcher shop, and incredible cocktails.
Letterpress Pdx
I had gorgeous letterpress business cards printed here - and they're local, friendly, and super easy to work with.
Luke's Frame Shop
I love having my artwork framed at Luke's! Amazing quality, and he has a great eye.
Mick's Plumbing
Mick is a fantastic plumber - no cutting corners here. And he's hilarious.
New Seasons Market
When I go to New Seasons, I don't even mind going grocery shopping - it's definitely 'the friendliest store in town.'
Pistils Nursery
Plants, workshops, and design services! And it's super cute.
Portland Nursery
It's almost Spring! Portland Nursery has 2 locations and absolutely everything you need for your garden.
Red's Electric
These guys came out and fixed a bunch of my electrical stuff this week. Super professional and knowledgeable - I had no doubt I was in good hands.
Staccato Gelato
Italian Gelateria (Dessert)
Gelato, gelato cakes, and homemade doughnuts - everything is fresh and delicious.
Standard TV & Appliance
I recently bought 2 new appliances here (the NE 33rd Ave. store). I highly recommend this location - really great service.
The Joinery
Beautiful handcrafted furniture - I have a gorgeous Craftsman mirror that I'll pass on to my kids.








Bitter Rose Coffee Bar
Coffee Shop
Super cute coffee shop conveniently located right next to the Hollywood library.
Blick Art Materials
Art Supplies
I'm a professional artist, and this is one of my go-to places for supplies. If you can't find what you need in the store, their website is sure to have it.
Case Study Coffee
Coffee Shop
Several locations, great aesthetic, and seriously good coffee.
Columbia Art & Drafting Supply
Art Supplies
Another favorite art supply store! Local, friendly, and they have everything you'll need.
Fresh Pot
Coffee Shop
Two locations - Mississippi and Hawthorne. Great local establishment - and the Hawthorne location connects to Powell's Books.
Happy Day Juice Co.
Juice Bar
Fresh juice, smoothies, bowls, and waffles! I love heading here on the weekends for a healthy treat.
Hollywood Theatre
A non profit movie theater and a historic Portland landmark - it opened in 1926! They show new films and old, and I'm eagerly awaiting for them to reopen as soon as the pandemic is over!
Kitchen Kaboodle
Home Goods
Lots of kitchen gadgets and appliances, outside furniture, and more.
Kure Juice Bar
Juice Bar
Another favorite juice bar of mine - smoothies, smoothie bowls, and fresh juice - everything is healthy and delicious!
Pigeon Toe Ceramics
Home Goods
Super cute local ceramics - lighting, chimes, planters, and more.
Tea Chai Té
A huge selection of teas and multiple locations - the Sellwood shop is located in a bright red caboose!
The Drawing Studio
Painting and drawing classes for adults - Phil Sylvester is an incredible teacher!
The Meadow
Speciality Food and Wine
Salt, chocolate, salt blocks, bitters - a great place for gifts or to indulge yourself.
Tiki Tea
Super cute, locally owned, right off of Alberta - my daughter loves the bubble tea.
Vino Veritas Wine Bar
A lovely wine bar in the Montavilla neighborhood - great appetizers and live music too.
Wolf Ceramics
Home Goods
Gorgeous handmade, local ceramics. Perfect for gifts or to treat yourself!

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