Shop Visit: OLO

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With their shop refresh and rebranding as simply OLO (formerly Milk Milk Lemonade), I thought it was a good time to pop by for a new Shop Visit with Heather and Jonathan Sielaff. They also have a bunch of wonderful new creations for your skin and your home, like OLO diffuser oils, more incense, new soaps, and a magical new house line of fragrances called “Siela”. Not to mention lovely home goods, jewelry, and artwork. You can always shop for OLO fragrances online, but if you are in Portland, make sure to come by the shop at 1407 SE Belmont St. for an expanded offering of OLO goods and goods by other great designers.

FUN PDX FASHION & SCENT EVENT 10/26:
Stop by the France May Houseline Launch Party this Thursday, 10/26 from 7PM to 10PM and try the new FM fragrance “Overnight” created by Siela! MORE INFO.

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Walking up to the shop, you’ll see the fun new nose-shaped neon in the window and the OLO logo painted perfectly on the door. I love that it feels a little like an old school psychic or tarot reader’s storefront. It’s fitting because of the olfactory curiosities and the promise of a sensory experience just through the door.

It always makes me happy to see the fragrance island in the center of the shop. Besides it being visually stunning with a dramatic and romantic floral arrangement in the center, I just love to sniff. Even though I’ve made laps around it to revisit Heather’s scents a million times, I can never resist sniffing several each time I stop by. My forever favorites are Cedar & Rose, Dark Wave, Valens, Lightning Paw, Palo Santo, and Dafne. My husband’s OLO favorites are Wyeth, Forêt, and Erastus. He also loves the Black Lodge house fragrance that Heather created for local shop Bridge & Burn. If you can’t go to the shop to get your nose on these in person, you can always order samples to try the ones that pique your interest.

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The gorgeous new three panel artwork by John Gnorski really draws you in visually once you’re inside. It’s framed beautifully by lush plant life, a chill sitting area, and the shop’s amazing custom wood and glass jewelry display case.

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Oh, my. The selection of jewelry is tightly curated and each piece is really special in both form and function because they’re all works that you want to wear daily.

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Soon you’ll be able to shop the new Siela line online, but for now it is only available at Portland’s OLO storefront. The new house line is a series of limited edition hand blended, unisex fragrances that are made with the finest ingredients, and an organic perfumer’s alcohol from Italy. Delphi: Laurel, bergamot, precious woods, spices, and salt water. Yasameen: Blood orange, elem., jasmine absolute, sandalwood, and white musk. Tizita: Frankincense, citrus, patchouli, cedar, and mountain air.

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Four of my newest obsessions at the OLO shop aren’t listed online yet, but if you email the shop to inquire about their current availability, you can order them.

OLO Cardamom Candle: I’m frequently the addict hanging out around the shop just waiting for a cardamom fix. In Heather’s words, “YOU HAVE A PROBLEM.’ Yes. Yes, I do. The freaking problem is that I don’t have a closet full of cases of OLO Cardamom Candles.

Tizita by SIELA: This new Siela house line fragrance is romantic af. It’s one of those scents that makes you crush on yourself when you catch a whiff on your skin or sweater. Main notes: frankincense, citrus, patchouli, cedar, mountain air.

OLO Tusk Diffuser Oil: I have this going right now as I’m writing this post. If you’ve been to the washroom at Portland restaurant Tusk, you’ve smelled this beautiful scent while washing your hands with the OLO Tusk Liquid Soap (also available for sale at the OLO shop). There are notes of Mediterranean citruses, lavender, precious resins, and woods — and now it’s available as an oil to enjoy from your aromatherapy diffuser. You might already have your own diffuser, but you can also pick one up at OLO.

Palo Santo Soap: This natural, super moisturizing soap leaves your skin soft and clean with just a hint of fragrance. The OLO Palo Santo fragrance is a beautiful blend of palo santo, siam wood, and white champa flower.

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OLO is located at 1407 SE Belmont St. here in beautiful Portland, Oregon. The shop is usually open Thursday through Saturday from 11AM to 6PM and Sundays from 11AM to 4PM. Check @OLOfragrance on instagram for weekly updated hours, fun events, and product updates.

KEEP UP WITH HEATHER + JONATHAN + OLO + SIELA
SHOPINSTAGRAMSIELABLOGSTOCKISTS

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Shop Visit is a Honey Kennedy series about shops and studios found in Portland and beyond. Photos and words by Jen McCabe.

PDX Event: Shop Boswell Birthday Sale!

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SHOP BOSWELL BIRTHDAY Saturday, May 13 1PM to 5PM 729 SE Morrison St.

YAY! It’s birthday party time! Shop Boswell is having their 1st anniversary and Brookes is celebrating with a fun Birthday Party & Sale! There will be rosé, snacks, 20% off in the shop, a sample sale, and Brookes will be bringing in a bunch of special vintage clothing pieces. Plus, you’ll see Boswell buddies there with their beautiful goods! Shop designs from Uni Jewelry, Another Feather, Better Late Than Never, Open Air Museum, Notary Ceramics, and Good Support. I recommend picking out a dreamy, handmade summer hat, a pretty linen top, cute leather slides, and some wonderful jewels! Come early for the best selection! Shop Boswell is located at 729 SE Morrison St. ♥

A SWEET DEAL: Get 20% off at Shop Boswell with code: HAPPYBIRTHDAY thru 5/16.

KEEP UP WITH BROOKES + SHOP BOSWELL:
THE SHOPINSTAGRAMBROOKES

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Shop Boswell photographs by Jen McCabe.

Shop Visit: Kat + Maouche Rugs

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Situated in the Old Town District of downtown Portland, Kat + Maouche is a stylish emporium featuring a dazzling array of vintage Berber rugs and textiles. Helmed by husband and wife team Katen Bush and Latif Bezzir, Latif travels to Morocco a few times a year to source the shop’s gorgeous and abundant wares. While Katen is a native Portlander, Latif is Berber-American, giving him easy access to remote rug markets since he speaks the local language.

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Rich in color and texture, I was surprised to learn the rugs are vintage as they look so vibrant and plush, but after I admitted I find it difficult to walk on ‘new’ rugs, Katen informed me that they’re all used – which really speaks to the quality and durability of their stock. Even cooler, in most cases, Katen and Latif even know the detailed history of each rug, allowing customers to really connect with the history of their purchase. Most of the rugs and textiles are created by women living in rural areas and Kat + Maouche pride themselves on working to further the appreciation and understanding of their art and it’s history.

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The shop itself is large and open but also homey with rugs on the floor, rugs on the walls, rugs on chairs, leather poufs, cool light fixtures, and plants. You’ll also find beautiful blankets and throws in the mix. The pops of color and pattern throughout meld to create surprisingly calming visual interest, which only serves to make you want ALL the rugs and throws to recreate the same feeling of beautiful, cozy chaos in your own home. I sure do!

Kat + Maouche is located at 33 NW 4th Ave. here in Portland. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11AM to 6PM and by appointment. Online, you can shop an abbreviated selection of rugs. Follow @katandmaouche on Instagram to see new rugs, Katen’s fun rug ‘walking tours’ and details for special events.

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Shop Visit is a Honey Kennedy series about shops and studios found in Portland and beyond. This post is by Honey Kennedy contributor Allison Burt-Tilden. Stop by her lovely blog Votre Grande Soeur

Shop Visit: Holiday at Ink & Peat

I stopped by Portland’s Ink & Peat on N. Williams the other day and, as always, they have so many perfect things for gifting. Pam has decked the shop out as a winter wonderland and it is overflowing with new goods. My favorites are her great selection of books, all the cute greeting cards, the candles that smell like fir trees, the fancy chocolate bars and cocoa, the air plants, the soaps, cocktail mixes, the cute stuff for kiddos, and the natural fiber tunics.

Portland friends! Stop by for the Shop Williams Late Event and 20% Off Sale on Friday, December 9 from 5PM to 9PM. Ink & Peat will be participating with 11 other N. Williams shops (from Beech to Skidmore): Lark Press, Somethings, Workshop Vintage, Spielwerk Toys, Myoptic, Queen Bee, Sugar Wheel Works, Treehouse Children, Breighela James, and Yoga Shala. There will be drinks and treats, too! Ink & Peat is located at 3808 N. Williams Ave. ♥


A SWEET DEAL:
Stop by Ink & Peat at 3808 N. Williams Ave. from 11/28 thru 12/8 get 10% off when you mention: Honey Kennedy. (not valid with other promos or gift certificates)


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Shop Visit is a Honey Kennedy series about shops and studios found in Portland and beyond. Photos and words by Jen McCabe.

Shop Visit: Via Raiz

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This year’s PDX Pop-Up Shop to watch is Vía Raíz. Conceived by Jennifer Bolanos earlier this year, Vía Raíz brings modern Mexican craft to the Northwest and does so beautifully. The Portland Business Alliance started it’s PDX Pop-Up Shops program seven years ago to utilize and find a good purpose for vacant spaces in Old Town and other shopping areas around downtown Portland. It’s a great program that provides opportunities for fledgling retailers to set up shop over the holidays. It has been a very successful retail experiment and past pop-up alums include Bridge & Burn, Boys Fort, and Crafty Wonderland who all have permanent brick and mortar locations today.

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Originally from the Bay Area, Jennifer moved to Portland a few years ago after meeting her now husband, a native Portlander. Proud of her Mexican heritage and a fan of design, Jennifer began following brands based in Mexico, like Mexichic and Onora Casa, who were updating traditional Mexican crafts by incorporating modern aesthetics to create pieces that are more minimal in design and color and meld seamlessly into today’s interiors.

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Vía Raíz means ‘of roots’ and references the traditions represented in all the goods. Stand outs include Mexican enamelware spoons and mugs produced by a pair of Mexican graphic designers that play with traditional designs in a wholly modern way, Onoroa Casa’s Calavera Huichol (beaded skulls) featuring beautifully intricate geometric patterns, Mexichic’s cozy textiles in neutral color palettes with details like petite pom poms and embroidery, gourmet coffee from Dosis Cafe, handmade fiber statement necklaces from Caralarga, hand carved planters, Portland-made Cocanú chocolates, and the sweetest crocheted Frida Kahlo dolls. I’ve already taken care of a good chunk of my holiday shopping thanks to Vía Raíz and am telling everyone I know to pop in and take a look as there’s really something for everyone.

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Vía Raíz is located at 606 SW 9th Avenue until December 24 and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11AM to 7PM and Sundays from 12PM to 5PM. Follow @shopviaraiz on Instagram and like @shopviaraiz on Facebook for upcoming coffee tastings and more!

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Shop Visit is a Honey Kennedy series about shops and studios found in Portland and beyond. This post is by Honey Kennedy contributor Allison Burt-Tilden. Stop by her lovely blog Votre Grande Soeur