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« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2005 05:42:34 PM »

Here are some places I frequent

Mill End Store (fabrics) http://millendstore.com/
The Whole Nine Yards (fabric in the Pearl & more upholstery type fabric) http://portland.citysearch.com/profile/8463372/portland_or/whole_nine_yards.html
I have not been to the fabric depot yet - I'm afraid I'll love it - I just might have to make the trek over tomorrow.  Cheesy

Art Supply
Utrecht (in the pearl) http://www.utrechtart.com/maps/dsp_viewstore.cfm?storeID=93
Columbia Art supply (SE Burnside) http://www.columbiaart.com/
Art Media (also mentioned above)

more for paper arts & scrapbooking
Paper Zone http://www.paperzone.com/stores/portland_or.html
Art House on SE Broadway - they have the best price for scanning & printing 12"x12" paper pieces  http://www.netbasket.com/arthouse

some (very limited) vintage fabric in the back of 3 Monkeys on NW 23rd.
I also second finding a New Seasons - This is my favorite market. http://www.newseasonsmarket.com/
Cheap and good taco's at ChaChaCha in the Pearl and one block up is a new yarn store - lots of galleries and shopping all around.
Trendy shopping and inde stores and eats on NW 23rd and NW 21st - Places like Lush, Kiehls, If you like big deserts hit Papa Hayden.
I also love walking up and down SE Hawthorne.
Cup and Saucer on Hawthorne for breakfast - grab a movie and a beer at the Bagdad or go over to the NW at the Mission Theater & Pub

I could go on.... Smiley

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« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2005 10:17:39 PM »

it isnt crafy really - just a kick ass shop. Just Be Toys...google it for the link. And there is another place called Backspace which again isnt crafty...its a coffeeshop/art gallery/internet and gaming place. You can play all different sorts of videogames in different rooms (xbox, gamecube etc...) if i remember correctly those two places are really close to each other.

I dont live in portland, but have friends there and visit yearly, I am actually going to be there  the 24th - the 27th next month!!!
« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2005 06:41:21 AM »

So right now I am a college student, but by the end of this summer I'll be a college graduate (YAY!!!  Smiley ) And I really want to be Americorps next year, and I am leaning towards programs in Portland.  I'm from Massachusetts by the way, and I've spent two years living in Vermont.  Does anyone have an advice, thoughts, suggestions or anything that could help me out??

Oh and I love to knit and sew so fabric and yarn stores are a huge plus.

Thanks so much!!
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« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2005 09:45:38 AM »

Maybe can you be a bit more specific about what kind of "advice" you're looking for?  Housing, shopping, nightlife, etc?

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« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2005 06:05:10 PM »

Nightlife would be cool b/c by the time I get out there I'll be 21.  Americorps is actually supposed to help me find housing.  But also info on shopping and crafty things or anything else anyone thinks might be helpful.  Thanks  Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2005 09:03:36 PM »

Sorry it took so long to reply - I had to think about it!  I've just moved back to Portland myself after being gone for a few years.  Someone told me that when they moved to Portland, they used the Barfly magazine to catch up on the nightlife. 

Embers is a must - it's a gay club, but I think about three quarters of the people there are straight on any given night.  It has a great drag show, but weak drinks.

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« Reply #16 on: October 16, 2005 09:15:44 PM »

There is a fantastic fabric store called Fabric Depot out on SE 122nd and Stark.  I moved back to RI after living in Portland for 5 years last year and I still miss it terribly.  My favorite super sketchy bar is on SE 28th and Burnside, it's called the Hungry Tiger and they sell drinks as big as your head for $7.  Any of the McMenamins theaters are good for a cheap movie and good beer.  My favorite's the Bagdad on Hawthorne, but pretty much everything on Hawthorne is fantastic, all sorts of little stores and restaurants.  Feel free to PM me if you have any other questions.


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« Reply #17 on: October 31, 2005 01:15:29 PM »

My advice would be to make sure you know exactly how much Americorps is going to help you with housing and if you have money saved up/ parents that can help if or when money gets tight.  I hate to be the voice of doom, but I did Americorps Vista for a year in Columbus, OH and money was extremely tight.  If my parents had not been willing to help me buy groceries a few times, I just wouldn't have had food.  Of course, you will probably be eliigible for food stamps.  But the reason my warning is so strong is that, I recently moved to Portland and my rent here is almost twice as much, despite the fact that I live in a modest apartment with roommates.  While Americorps claims to adjust living allowances according to cost of living, there adjustments do not always hit the mark.  For example, my living allowance in Columbus was about $20 more per month than a friend who was working in the rural southeastern Appalachian part of the state, where rents and such are dramatically cheaper.  So now, that I have that out of the way.  If you do have back up money or your program is going to really help you with housing, then, Portland is definitely a great place to be.  I love it out here.  I hope this makes sense.  Sorry.
« Reply #18 on: October 31, 2005 09:05:46 PM »

I'm thinking of moving to Portland, too.
Now living in Austin, it just gets too dang hot here, and I'm not willing to stay one more summer. My lease is up next spring, so I have some time to figure out where to live and what kind of jobs to look for.
Any suggestions on the following would be much appreciated:
a)a clean, safe motel, not too expensive. No need for amenities such as a pool or workout room.
b)Neighborhoods to live in/not live in. I'm a work-at-home editor and I need quietude and a place that will accommodate my cat and washer and dryer. My current  rent for 1BR is $600, but I have no inkling of whether I can get a comparable deal in Portland.
c)What are the big industries/employers?
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« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2006 08:54:01 AM »

ooooooo... anybody want to share the skinny on what's fun / how to meet people / good art centers / lys / fun events / stuff like that?

Nothing is definite yet, but, I'm really excited all around about it and if the plans fall through with the people I might go with, I'm thinking I might head out there myself. If someone could tell me the name of the arts and crafts school out there, that'd be awesome because I'd like to google it. Any info would be awesome! Smiley


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