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Project Runway 7, Episode 5: Janeane Marie's Bat Mitzvah

No woman over 13 would want to wear what Portland's Janeane put down the runway on last night's Project Runway. Janeane called the lampshade-shaped dress oceanic in inspiration. Joanna Coles—editor-in-chief of Marie Claire magazine and a guest ju...   More
Friday, February 12, 2010 by Retail Therapist

Urban Farm Store

Urban Farm Store—southeast Portland's source for feed and seed, and things needing feed and seed—just moved to a new location. Besides a lot more room for chickens and all their accouterments, Retail Therapist found many items of interest there today. For one thing, UFS is not just your one-stop adorable baby chick shop. They also have a well-edited sele...   More
Friday, February 12, 2010 by Retail Therapist

Don't Take This the Wrong Way

If there's any holiday that needs an injection of irony, it's Valentine's Day. Retail Therapist thinks this porcelain-cast replica of a vintage Austrian chef's knife ($28) is the perfect V-day head-scratcher. It can be mounted on the wall atop two decorative nails, or you can order it with a hole drill...   More
Thursday, February 11, 2010 by Retail Therapist

Sale at Cargo

Cargo—the mondo-eclectic Pearl-district retailer of Indonesian picket fence sections, rusty vintage Indian tricycles, paper lanterns and Tibetan prayer flags, technicolor rugs and textiles, Buddhas, and boatloads of Asian cabinets, tables, dressers and other furniture—is having its annual 25 percent off everything sale from now through February 28. Cargo is open from 11...   More
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 by Retail Therapist

Some People are All Heart

Monday Hearts for Madalene is a photo chronicle of heart-shaped compositions and sculptures, made by San Francisco artist Page Hodel and left for her girlfriend Madalene Rodriguez to find near her front door. These fascinating works of temporary art are made of many different media, including acorns, asparagus, buttons, rubber bands, bungee cords and car parts. This book would make...   More
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 by Retail Therapist

Caged Feet

Retail Therapist has not kicked her sandal boot problem, is still completely obsessed with last year's Trippen 'Kilt' sandal, and is pleased that there are lots of open-toed, lace-up and strapped heels to feed he...   More
Monday, February 8, 2010 by Retail Therapist

Project Runway 7, Episode 4: Red All Over

Things are looking up for Project Runway 7, which has just become 20 percent less annoying. Ping and Jesus have bitten the dust.

The downside of last night's episode was that it was yet another adventure in invasive product placement. Designers had one...   More
Friday, February 5, 2010 by Retail Therapist

Utility Jacket Nation

Retail Therapist is happy to say goodbye to the utili-kilt and a big hello to the utility jacket. Everyone and her brother seems to be wearing these lately. RT especially likes this men's version by Nom de Guerre, on sale for $446 at Frances May. Looking for something that leaves you with a little more money for guns and ammo? Try Andy & Bax, where RT's sources say you can pick...   More
Friday, February 5, 2010 by Retail Therapist

Super Bowl Sales

Even if you confuse Peyton Manning with Peyton Place, you have to appreciate the Super Bowl for inspiring Mario's and Mercantile to have major sales events.

Mercantile is giving you a straight-up 50 percent discount on all sale merchandise starting today and ending at 5pm on Super Bowl Sunday. You can also enter to win the Mercantile Super Bowl Ring. RT doesn't know ...   More
Thursday, February 4, 2010 by Retail Therapist

First Thursday at Lizard Lounge

Fresh off the plane from New York after a great run with their Nau pop-up shop, the folks at Lizard Lounge are reinstating their first Thursday series. Tonight you can shop, sip and listen to live music to benefit Falling Whistles, the campaign for Peace in Congo. That is, if you're pro-peace in Congo. Otherwise you ...   More
Thursday, February 4, 2010 by Retail Therapist
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