Equal parts museum, gallery, and shop, Lowell is one of my favorite spots in town. Located just off the south end of North Mississippi and up the street from Beam & Anchor, Lowell’s small, colorful exterior belies the large and open interior where owners Maya and Dino have put together a wholly fun and reverent collection of objects. The shop showcases items from many world cultures, a special Southwest bent and goods from local artists. You’ll find ceramics, paper goods, vintage clothing, jewelry, rugs, and wood carvings in stock, displayed lovingly and with true curatorial flair.
I was lucky enough to visit Lowell on a surprisingly sunny winter day, which filled the space with warm, golden light. A steady stream of shoppers came and went, all on a first name basis with Maya and Dino, and it was lovely to be able to overhear their conversations about art and travel as I took in the beauty of the shop. Truthfully, I spent a little more time on my visit than usual as each corner pulled me in over and over, highlighting a gem I missed on my first look or just enticing me to take a closer look at something I had only glanced at before.
My shop favorites include Lowell’s custom candles that are handmade in very small batches (recent shop additions include candles poured into exclusive ceramic vessels made by local potter, Liam Drain), concrete fruit planters by New York’s Chen & Kai, vintage turquoise rings, cassette tape releases from Eggy Records, and illustrated calendars from Clay & Wiley Hickson. Maya and Dino just returned from the Southwest and have lots of new items from the trip hitting the shop now.
YAY! Today is a good day. I’m having an OLO Botanique giveaway to celebrate Heather’s gorgeous new rose-scented creations. TWO lucky ducks will each receive a sweet set that includes: 1 bottle of Rose Face Solution, 1 bottle of Cedar & Rose Body Oil, 1 bar of Cedar & Rose Moisturizing Soap and 1 bottle of the original inspiration — OLO’s Cedar & Rose fragrance. The OLO Botanique line is vegan, 100% natural and, I can tell you from experience, smells and feels like heaven. These dreamy new things aren’t available online yet, but you can email Heather to purchase or stop by the shop (1407 SE Belmont St.) if you’re in PDX. More HERE. GOOD LUCK, FRIENDS! ♥
UPDATE: Congratulations to Haley Keene and Pam Grossman! They won the prizes!
➔ TO ENTER:
1. Tell us a favorite rose memory or something you love about roses in a comment below.
2. For an extra entry, follow both @olofragrance and @HoneyKennedy on Instagram. Then leave a comment below. If you already follow us — just let me know that, too!
OLO PORTLAND FLAGSHIP STORE: If you’re in Portland, stop by Heather and Jonathan’s amazing shop, Milk Milk Lemonade, to pick up all your rosy needs. Sniff and shop all the fragrances, candles, incense and skincare. You can also find beautiful jewels and objects! The new OLO Botanique items can be found here exclusively. Milk Milk Lemonade is at 1407 SE Belmont St. Hours: Thu — Sat from 11AM-6PM and Sun 11AM-4PM.
SHIPPING, ETC: The winners’ shipping will be covered by OLO. International entries are welcome, but the winner may be responsible for international duties and taxes.
DRAWING: This giveaway ends Tues, Feb 17, at 11PM PST. The winners will be chosen at random and I’ll update this post with the names on Friday, Feb 20.
Images courtesy of OLO.
I have been gobsmacked by the amazing merchandise at The Line for a while now. I usually reserve any curatorial references for galleries and exhibits, but this shop carries so many carefully considered wares that feel gallery or museum-worthy. The selection of clothing, accessories, beauty, apothecary, housewares and books is absolutely stellar. So much so, I often let out audible whinnies and whimpers while perusing. Someday I’d love to visit The Apartment — the stunning NYC shop space housed inside a dreamy 1872 building. I’ve gathered a few of my current faves below — paring down my wish list was tough! More HERE.
Images courtesy of The Line.
Entering the new Palace space on East Burnside for the first time the word that immediately came to mind was, appropriately enough, ‘palatial’. You’d never guess that owner Charlotte Wenzel just moved into the new space in late October because the interior feels so perfectly put together with beautiful art on the walls, fantastic displays throughout, and a veritable jungle of plants livening things up. Palace covers just about all the shopping needs you could have — new and vintage clothing, shoes, accessories, housewares, books, stationery, notebooks, magazines, records, skincare, cosmetics, pantry items and much more.
I gravitated towards the clothing first and was quite impressed with the vintage offerings of seasonally appropriate wool, leather, and corduroy coats, dreamy sweaters, and beautiful silk kimonos — I can just imagine how elegant it would feel to sip my morning tea with one of those embroidered, brightly-colored beauties on! Mixed in with the vintage, I found a great selection of both modern and bohemian items from Ace & Jig, Edith A. Miller, Prairie Underground, Colorant, Hansel from Basel and THVM denim. Also on hand, Palace has Aigle rubber boots for both men and women in all the sizes to keep your feet dry in style.
Once you’ve outfitted yourself, it’s time to show some love to your home. With a wide variety of objets d’art, baskets, ceramics, throws and linens on hand, you’ll have no trouble finding that missing piece for yourself and perfect gifts for friends and family. My favorites were the Sunbeam beeswax candles, Kontex towels from Japan, and the cheeky ‘boob’ pillow cases from Gravel & Gold. Foodies will be impressed with Palace’s collection of Royal Rose syrups, honey from Le Parfait and Heavenly, preserves from Smiley, Mumm’s sprouting seeds, a large selection of cookbooks, and even a small selection of wine.
There’s so much more in store as you encounter the large display of skincare offerings from natural brands like Red Flower, Fat & The Moon, Kate’s Magik, Weleda, Acure, Aster & Bay, Skin Owl and many, many more. Any skincare need you may have will definitely meet it’s match here. Alima Pure cosmetics, OLO fragrances and Butter London nail polishes are lovely when getting dolled up.
Palace also carries a wonderful selection of ceramic, beaded, and woven jewelry alongside pieces from local makers Tiro Tiro and Hazel Cox. I can’t help envisioning retiring back home after a party or long day at work, removing your beautiful jewels and placing them in a sweet ceramic dish, slipping on a kimono, brewing up a cup of T Project tea, and putting on a Françoise Hardy record… just heavenly. All available at Palace!
Palace is located in Portland at 2205 East Burnside Street and is open daily from 11AM to 7PM. You can also follow @palacestore on Instagram.
I love the new HeartCave jewelry and apothecary line from Portland-based designer Kate Rutter. I was doing a little holiday shopping at Haunt a few weeks back and saw some dreamy pieces for the first time. I love the Mothership rings in both rose quartz/copper and labradorite/sterling, the Element rings and Hand earrings in sterling, bronze and copper. Kate’s All Seeing Oils that help evoke the elements sound pretty amazing too. More HERE.
Portland friends — HeartCave is having a party to debut their new jewels and essential oils collection. Plus, art, music and spirits! Saturday, Feb 7 from 6PM-10PM at Tillamook Station 665 N. Tillamook St.
Images courtesy of HeartCave.