Feb 7, 2008

We hate stores that make us feel frantic. We recently walked into a store and immediately made a U-turn right back outside because the loud music, the bright colors and the piles of products were just way too much. So when we come across shops like CANOE, located in downtown Portland, we put them on our list of regular haunts. The space feels so open (perhaps it's the large windows that provide a plethora of natural light), the goods are well-curated and you can actually have a relaxing shopping experience.

We've got no kids in our home, but were tempted to pick up one of these Pinocchios anyway. They're handmade in Italy from FSC-certified wood and non-toxic paint. Oh, and check out the lovely pennyround tiles along the windowsill!

We love that there's enough space between the store fixtures to walk around and take note of all the cool merchandise.

We've been fans of the J.Schatz egg birdfeeders for a while now. We are equally crazy about the way they're displayed here. (Notice the wood planks on the ceiling?)

Thankfully for those who don't live in Portland — or don't have the pleasure of frequenting the City of Roses — CANOE has an online shop as well.

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