Friday, October 16, 2009

m-i-s-s-i-s-s-i-p-p-i !

...and my much awaited mississippi post. now you know why it's taken me so long to get this one up 'cause it's a long one. i figured i'd leave you with something to read over the weekend.

you know i can't say "mississippi" without spelling it out. can you? i forever owe my fourth grade teacher, mr. eldridge, for that one!

so i know i've mentioned before that if i weren't a hawthorne girl, i'd probably be a mississippi girl. but it was in the cards for me to live in hawthorne and there you have it. at least i get to go and shop, and eat, and drink over in mississippi and that's good enough for me.

i love the windows of mississippi records, such a cool place, so i thought this would be a good place to start. 4007 n. mississippi 503.282.2990

and next to mississippi records is the typical portland coffee shop, the fresh pot. i usually need a caffeine fix when walking the strip of mississippi and this is the perfect place to stop. and hey, did you know this was the coffee shop featured in the movie feast of love? well it was and now i get to brag again that i helped pick out morgan freeman's shirts for that movie.

oh and you have to stop at por que no for lunch or dinner some time. such a great quirky little place with great food. 3524 n. mississippi 503.467.4149

mmm.. and lovely hula hands is so good, too. they have one of the best burgers in town. if it's nice out, sit in their back yard and enjoy the weather. i loved this car in front and it was for sale. i tried to convince lorenzo that i needed it but no luck. sigh! 4057 n. mississippi 503.445.9910

i had to feature this funky bookstore, the black nose bookstore. i've never been inside and i'm a little afraid but yet intrigued...

isn't the color of this house great? i'm really into turquoise lately.

oh and the little moxie rx, so cute. i love that it's a little diner and juice stand run out of a camper. every year they add a little more to it...

now it has a dining room...

and an outside dining area. it's at n. mississippi and shaver.

down the road is pistils nursery. i remember this great place before they renovated it and i thought what a cool place it was then. i'm so glad that it has been reinvented into the coolest nursery ever.

i love the winding stairs up the side.

my favorite part of pistils is the chickens.

and the cool back porch. i could just live here.

this is the back yard where the good plants can be found.

and aren't these stars so cool?

you can even get your chicken feed here.

hey, wait, what is that white thing. oh it's my favorite chicken. i was looking for it earlier. when it's standing up, it looks like a llama. i guess it found it's perfect hiding spot. that is one wild bird!
pistils is at 3811 n. mississippi 503.288.4889

oh and down from pistils is another really cool store, the meadow. this is one of my favorites. it specializes in wine, check, chocolate, check, fancy french salt, check, oh, and flowers, check--what more does one need?

check out the salt block. and why would someone need a salt block? i grew up in the southwest and i've heard what one uses a salt block for--but that's another story entirely!

they always have the most amazing flowers.

check out that wall-o-wine. it's a beautiful thing!
3731 n. mississippi 503.288.4633

directly across the street from the meadow is the really cool brewing company, amnesia.

and heading back towards the car was another one of my favorite shops, gypsy chic. the owner started out selling her designs at saturday market and they got such a great reception that she opened this retail space. i know it can be a little hippie, but i always find something i love here. and her prices are really great so stop in and see what she has.
3966 n. mississippi 503.234.9779

and that was our little walk down mississippi. oh, and for the record, there are so many more great shops that i didn't mention so we'll check them out next time. meanwhile, why don't you go discover your own favorites over on mississippi. i'm sure you'll find something cool.

all the photos taken by moi except the fresh pot, courtesy of barista.


  1. Whenever I feel a need for social enlightenment, I reach for my iheartportland, and an update.

    While I'm sometimes tardy, getting artsy fartsy,
    I need only twirl, with Hawthorne Girl.

    Mississippi Records, brought to mind a film I recently enjoyed. "Cadillac Records", is the story of Leonard Chess, and the origins of Chess Records. Seeded by many great Mississippi delta blues singers, it became home to Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, and the fabulous Etta James. Adrien Brody, (The Pianist)is wonderful, as Mr Chess, with Beyonce, tuging at my heartstrings, as Ms James. If you haven't, please do!

  2. oh steve, you always make me happy with your posts. and what a great movie suggestion, i'm going to check it out. i absolutely love adrian brody--i loved him and jason schwartzman cast as brothers in the darjeeling limited, not to mention the pianist, which was such a moving story.

    great to hear from you!