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Tender Loving Empire Unveils Second Location with Grand Opening Party

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Photo Credit: Tender Loving Empire Facebook Page

Portland record label and handmade goods store Tender Loving Empire, has unveiled a new Hawthorne location just in time for the holiday season. 

Jared and Brianne Mees founders of Tender Loving Empire (TLE), have been a driving creative force in Portland’s art and music scene since opening TLE eight years ago. The TLE record label has released over 50 albums for local musicians like experimental dream pop band Radiation City, folk band Y La Bamba, and electronic Boy Eats Drum Machine. The store has  survived the recession and showcased unique handmade art and jewelry for Portlanders to buy. 

With the amazing support from the Portland community, Tender Loving Empire has finally opened a new brick and mortar in the eclectic Hawthorne District.   

They have teamed up with Fieldwork Design, and Cabin to make a new store concept and visual representation and also developed their own tees, prints and accessories that will be available in both stores, online, and in select stores nationwide. 

TLE is also launching a new pay-what-you want based website developed by their sister company Generous and Knicknack. The website will give back to non-profits or charities with each purchase.

Come out to the grand opening party and enjoy a nice beer from Fort George Brewery, food cart snacks, and live music by Portland’s Y La Bamba frontwoman Luz Elena Mendoza and singer/songwriter Colyn Cameron of Wake Owl ( just to name a few) as they sing songs from the new Christmas compilation, PDXMAS. 

Also stick around for giveaways of LPs of Typhoon, Y La Bamba, Radiation City entire catalog, $200 gift certificate to Tender Loving Empire, and jewelry from Chapter and Whiskey and Wine. 

The grand opening party is free and will be held at the new Tender Loving Empire, 3541 SE Hawthorne, December 4, from 6 pm- 10 pm. For more information click here


Related Slideshow: GoLocalPDX Guide to PDX’s Little Boxes

GoLocalPDX has created a nifty holiday guide to the city wide shopping event Little Boxes, for all those ready to shop till you drop, this holiday season.

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Store Spotlight: pedX shoes

All the shoe lovers out there should visit independent shoe boutique pedX, the sibling store of North Mississippi Avenue’s Manifesto. You’ll find  and Jeffrey Campbell, Frye, and Tsubo. 

pedX shoes- 2005 NE Alberta Street 

Other Alberta Little Boxes Stores: 

digs inside & out- 1829 NE Alberta Street

Frock -1439 NE Alberta Street

Collage-1639 NE Alberta Street

Modern Domestic- 1408 NE Alberta Street

Screaming Sky Gifts and Art Shop- 2025 NE Alberta Street

Amelia- 2230 NE Alberta Street

StuStuStudio-1627 NE Alberta Street

cork • a bottle shop- 2901 NE Alberta Street

Antler Gallery & Store- 2728 NE Alberta Street

Pie Footwear- 2916 NE Alberta Street

Gladys Bikes- 2905 NE Alberta Street

Suite 6 Boutique- 2641 NE Alberta Street

RED SAIL- 1723 NE Alberta Street

Clary Sage Herbarium- 2827 NE Alberta Street #B 

Blendily- 1627 NE Alberta St. Suite 4

Milagros Boutique- 5433 NE 30th Avenue

Healthy Pets Northwest- 2001 NE Alberta Street

Photo Credit: pedX Shoes Facebook page 

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Store Spotlight: The Arrangement

Make your home into a Christmas wonderland by shopping at home decor and gift shop, The Arrangement. You’ll find Christmas ornaments, tree toppers, French ribbon, wrapping, and classic serving dishes.

The Arrangement- 4210 NE Fremont Street

Other Beaumont Little Boxes Stores: 

Adorn- 4120 NE Fremont Street

Hattie's Sweet Shop- 4815 NE Fremont

Amenity Shoes- 3430 NE 41st Avenue

Photo Credit: jfl1066 via Compfight cc (image cropped) 

Silhouette- 4225 NE Fremont Street

Patti Smith West- 3746 NE 42nd Avenue

Gazelle Natural Fibre Clothing- 4100 NE Fremont Street

Photo Credit: jfl1066 via Compfight cc (image cropped) 

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Store Spotlight: Sweet Jayne

Katie Biscarret owner of fashion boutique Sweet Jayne, loves a great deal and offers shoppers great deals on clothing items, jewelry, and bags from 22 local artists. Biscarret predicts chunky oversized sweaters will be the clothing must have this season. 

Sweet Jayne will have champagne, hot cider, and cookies to snack on while you shop and will be giving away free candles to the first five customers. 

Sweet Jayne- 1914 NE Broadway

Other Broadway/Hollywood Little Boxes Stores: 

Old Portland Hardware & Architectural- 700 NE 22nd Avenue

Demimonde Studio and Shop- 2428 NE Broadway

Clogs-N-More - 2006 NE Broadway

Grayling Jewelry Store- 3115 NE Sandy Blvd.

Artistic Portland- 4042 NE Sandy Blvd.

Great Wine Buys- 1515 NE Broadway

Photo Credit: JBond Photography (image cropped) 

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Store Spotlight: Portland Nursery

Amateur and expert green thumbs alike love stopping by Portland Nursery for the lectures, hands-on seminars and endless amounts of plants, cacti, and bonsai for the home and garden. Give the gift of nature this holiday season like winter door wreathes, garlands and swags.  

Portland Nursery- 9000 SE Division Street

Other Division/Clinton Little Boxes Stores: 

Adorn- 3336 SE Division Street

Mirador Kitchen and Home- 2106 SE Division Street

Bridge City Mercantile- 3320 SE Division 

She Bop- 3213 SE Division Street

Xtabay Vintage Clothing Boutique- 2515 SE Clinton Street

Tibet a Gift- 3848 SE Division Street

Floare- 3070 SE Division Street

BlaqPaks- 2505 SE 11th Avenue 

Menagerie- 2880 SE Division Street

House of Commons- 3370 SE Division

Little Otsu- 3225 SE Division Street

Annie Meyer Artwork Studio- Studio 2507- 2507 SE Clinton Street

Photo Credit: uberculture via Compfight cc

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Downtown/West End

Store Spotlight: Boys Fort 

The so called manthropology store, collaborates with over 75 local artists and craftspeople to bring young at heart Portlanders carefully curated jewelry, furniture, and accessories. 

Boys Fort- 902 SW Morrison

Photo Credit: Boys Fort (image cropped) 

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Downtown/West End

Other Downtown/ West End Little Boxes Stores: 

Tender Loving Empire- 412 SW 10th Avenue

woonwinkel- 935 SW Washington Street 

underU4men- 800 SW Washington Street 

Bridge & Burn- 1122 SW Morrison (see photo) 

Knit Purl- 1101 SW Alder Street

Crafty Wonderland Shop- 808 SW 10th Avenue

Radish Underground- 410 SW 10th Avenue

West End Select Shop- 927 SW Oak Street

Johnny Sole- 815 SW Alder Street

Mojave- 415 SW 13th Avenue 

Animal Traffic- 429 SW 10th Avenue 

North of West- 902 SW 9th Avenue

SaySay Boutique- 1010 SW Morrison Street 

Malka Diamonds & Jewelry- 529 SW 3rd Avenue

Mel's Frame Shop-1007 SW Morrison Street

Clogs-N-More- 717 SW Alder Street

Finnegan's Toys & Gifts- 820 SW Washington Street

Solabee Flowers and Botanicals- 902 SW Morrison Street

Ecru Modern Stationer- 518 SW Yamhill Street

Parallel-1016 SW Washington Street

Gypsy Chic- 1031 SW Morrison 

Wolf's Apothecary- 917 SW Washington Street

Flora- 917 SW Washington Street

QUIN- 1025 SW Stark Street

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East Burnside

Store Spotlight: The Mill Shop by MapleXO

Industrial retail shop and co-op, The Mill features a great selection of handmade goods like handmade bikes from Ascari Bicycles, sports and music t-shirts from Makem Takem, and jewelry made out of recycled skateboards by MapleXO. 

The Mill Shop by MapleXO- 2925 NE Glisan Street

Other East Burnside Little Boxes Stores: 

Rock & Rose- 617 East Burnside

Victory- 729 E Burnside St #105 

Alma Chocolate- 140 NE 28th Avenue

Appetite Shop + Studio- 2136 E Burnside

Cargo Inc.- 81 SE Yamhill Street

Redux Boutique and Gallery- 811 E. Burnside #110

Wanderlust- 2804 SE Ankeny Street

Grand Marketplace- 1005 SE Grand Avenue

PALACE- 2205 East Burnside Street

Photo Credit: Maple XO 

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Store Spotlight: Presents of Mind

Get all those Portland themed knick knacks for your white elephant holiday parties at Hawthorne’s Presents of Mind. The shop also has a great selection of glittery ornaments, mitten patterned wrapping paper, and other treasures. 

Presents of Mind- 3633 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 

Other Hawthorne/ Belmont Little Boxes Stores:

Tender Loving Empire- 3541 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

cool cottons- 2417 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 

imelda's Shoes and Louie's Shoes for Men- 3426 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 

Noun: a person's place for things- 3300 SE Belmont Street

a.ell atelier- 3535 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Kids at Heart Toys- 3445 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

True Terrariums at Roosevelts- 4410 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 

Yarnia- 3773 SE Belmont Street

Clogs-N-More- 3439 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Clogs-N-More-Kids- 3435 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Mag-Big- 3279 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Sloan Boutique- 3526 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Cassidy- 3562 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

The Herb Shoppe Pharmacy & Learning Center- 3327 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

twill- 3352 SE Belmont Street

memento pdx- 3707 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Mink- 3418 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Art Heads Custom Picture Framing- 1506 SE 50th Avenue

Photo Credit: Presents of Mind Facebook Page 

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Store Spotlight: Salvage Works

Family owned business Salvage Works, is the perfect place to shop for all those house improvement projects you’ve been dying to do. Salvage works has provide vintage and reclaimed materials for local restaurants and shops like Animal Traffic, The Bye and Bye, and The Sweet Hereafter. 

Be prepared to spend hours finding new treasures like old door knobs, reclaimed wood, and vintage bike parts in every nook and cranny of the little store. 

Salvage Works- 2030 North Willis Blvd.

Other Kenton/ Overlook Little Boxes Stores: 

Give & Take Resale- 8128 North Denver Avenue

Kenton Antiques- 8112 North Denver Avenue 

Bamboo Craftsman Company- 2104 North Willis Street

Fang & Feather Kenton Neighobrhood Pet Supply- 1926 N Kilpatrick Avenue 

Photo Credit: iStock (image cropped) 

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Mill Park

Store Spotlight: Crowning Lori Hats

Lori Mirati, owner of local hat shop Crowning Lori, created and sold over 20,000 hats since opening back in 2003. Downton Abbey fans should check out the hat shop to find handmade Downtown Abbey inspired hats at a great price. Expect to get 30% off everything in the store, during this holiday season. 

Other Mill Park Little Boxes Stores: 

Fabric Depot- 700 SE 122nd Avenue 

Photo Credit: Lori Mirati

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Store Spotlight: Mr. Green Beans

Coffee lovers will love specialty coffee oasis, Mr. Green Bean. Get high quality raw beans, roaster and brewing equipment for your morning up of joe. 

Definitly look for their featured items including the Yama Hermiston Brewer and Hand Grinder. Mr. Green Beans will have special surprise deals during Little Boxes as well. 

Photo Credit: iStock (image cropped) 

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Other Mississippi/ Williams Little Boxes Stores: 

Queen Bee Creations- 3961 North Williams Avenue (see photo) 

Land Gallery- 3925 North Mississippi Avenue 

Flutter- 3948 North Mississippi Avenue

Backtalk- 3962 North Mississippi Avenue 

Paxton Gate- 4204 North Mississippi Avenue

ink & peat- 3808 North Williams Avenue, Suite #126 

Animal Traffic- 4000 North Mississippi Avenue 

Black Wagon- 3964 North Mississippi Avenue 

The Annex- 4018 North Mississippi Avenue 

Pistils Nursery- 3811 North Mississippi Avenue 

TreeHouse Children's Boutique- 3954 North Williams Avenue 

Lark Press- 3901 North Williams Avenue 

Mr. Green Beans- 3908 North Mississippi Avenue 

Manifesto- 3806 North Mississippi Avenue

SpielWerk Toys- 3808 North Williams Avenue Suite #121 

emerald petals- 3948 North Mississippi Avenue

The Herb Shoppe Pharmacy & Learning Center- 3912 North Mississippi Avenue 

She Bop- 909 North Beech Street Suite A

Reading Frenzy Bookshop & Gallery- 3628 North Mississippi Avenue 

Gypsy Chic- 3966 North Mississippi Avenue 

Pdxchange Fair and Square- 3916 North Mississippi Avenue 

Beacon Sound- 3636 b North Mississippi Avenue 

Salty's Dog & Cat Shop- 4039 North Mississippi Avenue Suite #104 

Half Pint- 3920 North Mississippi Avenue 

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Montavilla/East Tabor

Store Spotlight: Union Rose

No mass produced clothing at fashion boutique Union Rose, as everything is locally made with soul. Owner Nicole Prevost, also designs garments sold at Union Rose under the name Big Brown Eyes. Enjoy 20 percent off of all sale rack items during Little Boxes. 

Union Rose- 7909 SE Stark Street 

Other Montavilla/ East Tabor Little Boxes Stores: 

Branch Birdie- 8021 SE Stark Street 

Personal Beast- 8119 SE Stark Street 

Portland Nursery- 5050 SE Stark Street

Photo Credit: Union Rose Facebook Page 

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Multnomah Village

Store Spotlight: Anne Bocci Boutique 

Portlanders have been flocking to Anne Bocci Boutique, buying clothing from emerging local designers since its opening in May of 2007. Bocci has stocked Project Runway Winner, Seth Aaron’s designs since she opened, and currently carries Michelle Lesniak and Canadian designer Suzanne Jaberg. 

"Without local support, independent stores would cease to be and big box stores would take over, taking away the unique neighborhood personality," said Bocci.  During Little Boxes, Bocci is giving away free earrings (designed by Bocci) with any purchase of $40 or more. 

Anne Bocci Boutique & Gallery, 7824 SW Capitol Highway

Other Multnomah Village Little Boxes Stores:

Northwest Wools- 3524 SW Troy Street

Switch Shoes and Clothing- 7871 SW Capitol Highway 

Peachtree Gifts- 7843 SW Capitol Highway

Village Frame and Gallery- 7808 SW Capitol Highway

Indigo Traders- 7878 SW Capitol Highway and  6352 SW Capitol Highway 

Hattie's Sweet Shop- 7828 SW Capitol Highway

Peggy Sundays- 7880 SW Capitol Highway

Topanien Global Gifts- 7832 SW Capitol Highway

Thinker Toys- 7784 SW Capitol Highway

Sisters 'N' Style- 8132 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway

Thrift Store Benefitting Cat Adoption Team- 4838 SW Scholl's Ferry Road

Photo Credit: Anne Bocci (image cropped). Earrings by Anne Bocci 

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Store Spotlight: TWIST 

Former potter and weaver Paul Schneider and Lauren Eulau opened jewelry store Twist, 20 years ago. They have developed a close relationship with regional designers like Portland designer P. Laine and Seattle’s Jamie Joseph.

You’ll fall in love with their sophisticated collections of emerald slice and moonstone necklaces, diamond earrings, and ruby rings. 

TWIST- 30 NW 23rd Place

Other Northwest Little Boxes Stores: 

betsy & iya- 2403 NW Thurman Street 

Filling Spaces- 935 NW 19th Avenue 

Child's Play Toys- 2305 NW Kearney Street 

Gilt- 720 NW 23rd Avenue 

Clogs-N-More- 617 NW 23rd Avenue 

hammer + vine- 2190 W Burnside St. Suite. B

Sloan Boutique- 738 NW 23rd Avenue 

EcoVibe Apparel- 820 NW 23rd Avenue

Artisan Avenue Marketplace- 602 NW 23rd Avenue

Ellington Handbags- 1211 NW 23rd Avenue 

Aylee & Co.- 1408 NW 23rd Avenue

Manor Fine Wares- 907 NW 23rd Avenue 

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Old Town

Store Spotlight: Upper Playground

Upper Playground is a Portland hot spot during First Thursday, showcasing national and international artists in their Fifty 24PDX gallery. Stop by to shop men’s and women’s street wear, and see work from local artist Eatcho and his buddy Robert Amador.  

Upper Playground- 23 NW 5th Avenue 

Other Old Town Little Boxes Stores: 

Budd + Finn- 316 NW Broadway

Hand-Eye Supply- 427 NW Broadway

North St. Bags- 11 NW 5th Avenue 

Orox Leather Co.- 450 NW Couch Street

Kat + Maouche- 23 NW 4th Avenue

Photo Credit: Upper Playground Facebook Page 

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Pearl District

Store Spotlight: Vintalier 

The former blog Vintalier opened up shop in 2013 and is selling and buying quality consignment vintage pieces.  

“We have a lot of holiday dresses in stock right now, that people can wear for parties, or family gatherings,” said owner Ellen Hsu. Select items will be on sale during the holiday season including 10 to 20 percent off all coats in store. 

Vintalier- 412 NW 13th Avenue 

Photo Credit: Erik Ursin (image cropped) 

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Pearl District

Other Pearl District Little Boxes Stores: 

Mabel and Zora- 748 NW 11th Avenue

Porch Light- 225 NW 11th Avenue 

Consigning Women Handbags- 412 NW 11th

Rachelle M. Rustic House of Fashion- 132 NW 12th Avenue 

Folly- 1005 NW 16th Avenue

Garnish Apparel- 404 NW 12th Avenue

Leanna NYC- 402 NW 12th Avenue 

Perch Furniture- 923 NW 10th Avenue 

Snow Peak- 410 NW 14th Avenue (see photo) 

physical element- 416 NW 12th Avenue 

Hunt & Gather- 1302 NW Hoyt Street

Bonnet- 1129 NW Flanders Street 

FlairWalk- 1023 NW 11th Avenue 

Oblation Papers and Press- 516 NW 12th Avenue

Halo Shoes- 938 NW Everett Street

Ecru Modern Stationer- 1215 NW 11th Avenue

Silkwood- 809 NW 11th Ave Portland, OR 97209)

Nobal Home- 110 NW 9th Avenue 

Annie Meyer Artwork Gallery- 120 NW 9th Street

Thea's Vintage Living- 1204 NW Glisan Street 

bright designlab + H&H Retail Studio- 404 NW 10th Avenue Suite #101 

Este's Men's Clothing- 1633 NW Glisan Street 

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Store Spotlight: Wells & Verne

Neo Victorian shop Wells & Verne, carry a selection of Steampunk clothing and  accessories like leather harness corsets, absinthe flasks, and bromley leather hats. Your not going to find low quality goods here, instead local artists like Dave Gonzo (aka.Iron Insanity) and Radiant Shadow create quality  accessories out of found objects.   

Wells & Verne, 8315 SE 13th Avenue

Other Sellwood Little Boxes Shops: 

Sock Dreams- 8005 SE 13th Avenue 

The Bull and the Bee- 1540 SE Bybee Blvd.

Cloud Cap Games- 1226 SE Lexington Street

Collage- 7907 SE 13th Avenue 

Oodles 4 Kids- 7727 SE 13th Avenue 

Tilde- 7919 SE 13th Avenue

Clogs-N-More- 6809 SE Milwaukie Avenue 

Elevation Trade- 1520 SE Bybee Blvd.

Fuchsia- 6658 SE Milwaukie Avenue

Branches- 6656 SE Milwaukie Avenue 

Photo Credit: Wells & Verne Facebook Page (image cropped) 

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St. Johns

Store Spotlight: Coffee Kids

It’s never to early to buy the toys and games on your children’s Christmas list. Shop at the kid and infant boutique Coffee Kids, to get unique toys and clothing. Owner Shamaine Coffee recommends the GoldieBlox  (you may remember the Beastie Boys ad) brand as they create kits geared towards girls to get them building.

Coffee Kids- 8836 North Lombard Street

Other St. Johns Little Boxes Stores: 

Zumbido de Portland- 7413 North Lombard Street 

Kingdom Market- 8401 North Ivanhoe Street

City Farm- 7636 North Lombard Street 

Crow- 8416 North Lombard Street 

Salty Teacup- 8416 North  Lombard Street

St. Johns Booksellers- 8622 North Lombard Street

Etcetera- 8621 North Lombard 

St. Johns Living Well- 7441 North Leavitt Avenue

Pinwheel- 7429 North Leavitt Avenue

The Olive & Vine- 8711 North  Lombard Street

Consign Couture- 7400 North  Lombard Street

Barrique Barrel- 7401 North Burlington Avenue 

Photo Credit: Coffee Kids Facebook Page (image cropped) 


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