PLAID IS FAB
The Rose and Thistle (2314 NE Broadway) is Portland’s one and only truly Scottish restaurant and pub. They’ve got 17 beers on tap, including a few rotating cask and nitro beers. Their menu includes Scottish favorites like Haggis, Scotch Broth, a lamb and barley soup, Shepard’s Pie, and Fish and Chips. The establishment is also family friendly until 10pm. With a dartboard and cozy booths, this little neighborhood bar is almost as good as a trip to the British Isles. Contact them at 503-287-8582.
Twisted (2310 NE Broadway) has everything you need to start a new sweater or a new hobby. Specializing in yarn from local dyers who create a lot of unique colorways (there’s even a local gal who made a color line for each of the workers in the shop), you’ll happily get lost in the rainbow of choices for any project. Sign up for a beginner’s class to learn the basics—from purling to binding off, or, invest in an advanced course teaching you how to sew in zippers or take photographs of knitting projects to put online. Of course, you could also just come in and sit on their couches, sip some hot tea, and knit in the company of others for some good old holiday cheer. www.twistedpdx.com
I Heart Retro (1726 NE Broadway), 1950’s-1970’s vintage furniture and clothing store, is holding their traditional Ugly Christmas Sweater Fashion Show and Sale on December 4th at 2pm. All those Christmas-tree-adorned or bad plaid presents from Great Aunt Elna will get pulled out of the mothballs and be given a spotlight of glory on the runway. The ambiance of velvet davenports, retro typewriters, and knickknacks will make you feel strangely at home for the holidays. Be sure to snap up your favorite sweater and send a Polaroid to Aunt Elna before she knits you another one of her signature styles. www.iheartretro.com
There’s no better gift to give this season than a massage. zama massage (2627 NE broadway) is a group of independent massage therapists with a common focus—ancient healing for modern-day bodies. You can choose from a variety of massage options, such as hot stone, swedish, deep tissue, Thai, or perhaps one that specifically deals with pregnancy or sports injuries. Check out their couples massage lesson for a gift that works for the both of you. All massages help with stress reduction! www.zamamassage.com
Stop by Furever Pets (1902 NE Broadway) this December and participate in the pet food drive. They are collecting pet food and supplies for several of the animal rescue organizations in town, including Oregon Humane Society (www.oregonhumane.org), House of Dreams (www.kittydreams.org), and the Animal Rescue and Care Fund (www.pdx-petadoption.org). If you purchase and donate at least a four-pound bag of food, you’ll receive 10% off your entire pet food purchase. While you’re there, snap up stocking stuffers such as LED collar lights, helping your furry friends “glow in the dark,” or Barnyarn Animals, hand-knit woolen toys stuffed with premium catnip. www.fureverpets.com
The Portland Streetcar Loop Project is a 3.3-mile double-track extension of the existing Portland Streetcar which opened in July of 2001. The Portland Streetcar Loop Project will extend tracks from the Pearl District, across the Broadway Bridge, connecting via Weidler Street to Lloyd Center at NE 7th Avenue, south on MLK Blvd. to OMSI and return north on Grand Avenue to Broadway and the Pearl District. The Loop Project is expected to open in September 2012, which will provide 28 new streetcar stop locations. www.portlandstreetcar.org for updates.