Andy and Bax is a really odd store. They carry camping supplies, boating supplies, military surplus items and lots of other random stuff. If you're preparing for the next terrorist attack or the apocalypse, or if you're just one of those crazy people who lives in the woods and paints everything camouflage, this is the place for you. Next time you're in the market for a new gas mask or you just want to hang out in place that smells like your grandpa's basement ,head over to Andy and Bax. You'll be glad you did.
There is something to be said for the doggy humiliation that occurs, when you tie up your four legged friend and spray her down in front of her kin. Especially After finding the contents of the trash can strewn about your living room after a long day at the office. There is no better place for this particular brand of doggy embarrassment or the removal of week old spaghetti, than Pawsitively Clean on Hawthorne. The best part is that they supply everything you need and you don't have to clean up afterwards.
Why yes! Portland Nursery has an abundant selection of shrubberies and pretty much any other type of plant you might be looking for. It usually takes me entirely too long to find what I'm looking for at this particular Nursery, as it is massive. I usually end up with ten different plants I hadn't planned on buying and forget what I came for. For people who are less easily confused, I would highly reccomend Portland Nursery for all your horticultural needs.
Sleighbells of Sherwood is the Disneyland of Christmas. If you can't seem to get into the holiday spirit, a trip to Sleighbells will almost certainly remedy that. They have a tree farm where you can pick out one of several varieties. You can cut it yourself if you don't mind getting really mudddy, or they'll cut it for you. They also have precut trees if you don't want to wander. The store is packed with really unique and beautiful ornaments, garlands, and decorations. It's nearly impossible to walk out without a warm fuzzy feeling, especially if you stop in the downstairs cafe' for a cup of cocoa before you leave. If you go, plan on spending a few hours so you can see everythng there is to see.
The Back of Beyond book store in Moab is one of the best book stores on the planet. It's a quaint and cozy little shop, that leans towards guide books to, and literature about the Western United States. Most importantly they have an entire section devoted to Edward Abbey, an author and environmentalist who spent a large portion of his life in the Utah wilderness. Reading his novel "Desert Solitaire" is almost a prerequisite to visiting the area. If you don't have a copy stop by Back of Beyond and they'll be sure to help you find one.
If you're ever in Moab and have some time to kill, check out the Dan O'laurie Canyon Country Museum. It's a tiny place but it's amazing how long it takes to see everything. They've got tons of displays relating the regions history. From Moab's first hospital and the city's first piano (that they'll actually let you play,) to the Native American and outlaw histories of the area. They have a really impressive collection that's really worth the time.
Belmont Station not only has a wide array of bottled beers to go, they also have lots of fun British sweets, and some not so sweets too. If you live in Portland and find yourself in the mood for a little Branston Pickle or some Clotted Cream, Belmont Station is probably your only option. Next time you visit the Horse Brass Pub, stop by on your way out and check out Belmont Station.
Finnegan's has some of the coolest toys ever. They've got great stuff for kids and all sorts of fun stuff for adults too. There's no better place if you're shopping for small gifts or stocking stuffers, and If you're ever hanging around down town and have nothing else to do, spend some time acting like a dork in Finnegan's.
Excalibur has a fine selection of comics and graphic novels, and I'd probably spend way too much time there if the employees would just leave me alone and let me browse. They tend to sit behind the counter and wait for you to pick something up. The second you do, they spring into action showering you with random bits of useless information and invading your personal space. They typically try to sell you 40 or 50 things have no interest in. It's highly obnoxious and makes me want to avoid that place like the plague.
Movie madness is a great place to go if you really love movies and feel like killing some time. There isn't a better place in Portland to go if you're looking for something obscure. It's hurts my brain to think about how they're able to fit so much into their tiny little store. Movie madness is the only place I've ever been that makes renting a movie an experience.