Kaie Wellman: Founder, The Hunt Guides

Kaie Wellman: Founder, The Hunt Guides

"Flash" Giveaway PLUS Top Online Finds + "Insider's" List of Local Faves

ELAINE SAYS: It's no secret that I love a good list and appreciate a good list-maker. Kaie Wellman is just that. Author, Explorer, Expert Curator and Portland Native, Kaie is the creator of the city guide series most recently known as "Rather," but acquired by online travel company, Travel Shark and renamed The HUNT I've long admired Kaie's Parson's-trained curating skills, undeniably earthy charm and sophisticated palette. Although, I'm pretty sure she won't deny tearing up at the sight of an old-fashioned doughnut. Today, Kaie shares some really unique online finds and gives us a quick, insider's tour of her home town, Portland. I've never been there and have always wanted to visit....this list is most definitely providing a worthy excuse. *****PS: FLASH GIVEAWAY: ENTER TO WIN A FULL SET OF RATHER GUIDES, COURTESY OF KAIE. CLICK HERE FOR CONTEST DETAILS

SHOP KAIE'S ONLINE FINDS 
  1. Farm to...Coffee Table: Locally Grown by Anna H. Blessing  Locally GrownSHOPThese days “farm-to-table” is just as popular “boxed macaroni and cheese” was in the early ‘70s.  Everybody I know goes to farmer’s markets and many belong to CSAs. It’s becoming a given that everything from small cafés to swankier fine dining establishments are using farm fresh produce and meats. Hence I’ll be picking up long time eat.shop author, Anna H. Blessing’s new book, Locally Grown. She takes a visual journey through the small farms of the Midwest and talks to the folks who are growing sustainably and how they interact with big city chefs.
  2. A Pressing Issue: Hammerpress Letterpress hammerpressSHOPEver since design school, I’ve lusted for the craft of letterpressing. Just being around a gorgeous old letterpress machine gives me the shivers. Sadly, I’ve never learned the craft, but it hasn’t stopped me from being a massive collector of cards and other ephemera. One of my favorite letterpressers? Brady Vest, owner of Hammerpress in Kansas City. His style is, not surprisingly, a bit more masculine and has the industrial flair of mid-century KC.
  3. Simply Beautiful Clothing: Complex Geometries complex geometriesSHOPI feel that as I get older, I get more childlike in my ability to dress. I can’t stand having to tie or zip myself into anything. The problem is I love structural clothing with a bit of a ‘80s Japanese edge.Hence my love of anything by Complex Geometries. I think the first piece I ever bought was at Una (unaportland.blogspot.com) in Portland. A heather gray dress/tunic in heavy cotton with an assymetrical drape and a mound of fabric at the neck to pull into a hoody or just snuggle my neck into.
  4. Impeccable Purse:  Btwn Wind & Water btwn wind and waterSHOPThe concept of the “it” bag is completely foreign to me. Why would anybody want to walk around with the same obscenely expensive purse as zillions of other women? My idea of purse heaven is a soft-as-baby-skin leather and/or suede clutch from Btwn Wind & Water. It’s the perfect container for carrying keys, a bit o’ cash, lip color and a piece of plastic or two.
  5. Give Me Some Sugar: This Charming Candy This Charming CandySHOPI find it hard to act like an adult, though my birth certificate says I should be one by now. Therefore it’s doubtful I’m going to turn down a lollipop (I don’t like to call them suckers, that takes the fun right out of them), especially super pretty ones like they make at This Charming Candy. As a hybrid child/adult, I love the hybrid flavors like tangerine/clove and pistachio marshmallow. Yummy.
KAIE'S INSIDER'S TOUR OF: PORTLAND
  1.  Big Find: Smallwares smallwaresVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION Smallwares 4605 NE Fremont Street [Beaumont Village]When it comes to intimate neighborhood spots in Portland, most follow a comfort food formula that’s a bit gastropubby. This usually means my husband and I have to leave our ‘hood (Beaumont Village) to get something that’s a bit more exciting on the richter scale of cuisine. And then Smallwares opened and in less than a slo-mo 5 minute walk, Kevin and I can be eating Joanna’s “inauthentic asian” food. First I start with a garam masala infused old-fashioned and then we share something along the lines of quail with indian preserved rhubarb with crème fraiche and scopes. Lovin’ my neighborhood.
  2. Where Workshop Meets Retail Space: Beam and Anchor beam and anchorVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: Bean and Anchor 2710 North Interstate Avenue [North Portland]A couple of years back I met Currie Person at her utilitarian chic lifestyle shop Spartan (spartan-shop.com) in Austin. We hit it off talking about travel and design and food—all the good stuff. Soon, I had wrangled her in to co-editing the Rather Austin and then she upped and moved to Portland. Not surprisingly, she soon was in cahoots with some of the most talented creative types in PDX and Beam & Anchor, the retail experience was born. There’s furniture and jewelry and home goods and so much more all nestled into a big old North Portland building.
  3. From Bowler to Bonnet: Pinkham Millinery pinkhm millineryVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: Pinkham Millinery 1012 SW Washington Street [West End]I’m a whiner when it comes to wearing hats, or to be more clear, not wearing hats. When you have a tiny little head and just a wisp of Jean Seburg-esque hair on it like I do, hats look silly. So I often moon about not being able to wear hats and just look longingly at them. It helps that I think many hats I see are silly and a bit too frou frou for my tastes, but not the ones Dayna Pinkham makes. Way before hats came back into style, Dayna was creating pretty chapeaus in her little Portland atelier. Her custom made, hand-blocked pieces are the perfect head toppers and are not the least bit froufy.
  4. Scandinavian Snacking: Viking Soul Food viking soul foodVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: Viking Soul Food 4262 SE Belmont Street [Southeast Portland]Unless you’ve been living off-the-grid and have given up all forms of media, you know that Portland has become a food cart mecca. For the last century or so we’ve been known as Stumptown, but Carttown seems a little more apt these days with carts popping up faster than dandelions after a downpour. I love one cart though more than all others: Viking Soul Food.I’ve got not an ounce of Nordic blood in me, but I do salivate at the idea of a savory lefse wrap  stuffed with norse meatballs, gjetost sauce and pickled cabbage. It’s better than a date with Alexander Skarsgård—not really, but it’s more attainable.
  5. The Trailblazers of Portland: ADX Portland adx portlandVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: ADX Portland 417 SE Stark Street [Southeast Portland]One of the things that makes Portland so magical is that it’s a city chock full of hedge-fund managers and Fortune 500 companies. You believing that? Of course you’re not. Our movers and shakers have set up shop on Stark Street instead of Wall Street in the form of a collaborative art and design facility called ADX. Here’s the how it works. Say I want to create a line of wooden kitchen bowls, but don’t have the faintest idea how to manufacture them or to get them to the marketplace. I get a membership to ADX and get access to their “Gang of Ten” designers (at a discounted rate) who will help me figure this all out and get access to the wood shop where I’ll create a prototype after learning from the pros how to do so. I love this town.

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