Shop photoAs we do each and every year, we’re encouraging you, dear readers, to support local businesses this giving season. Here are a few tips from PQ Monthly staffers:

Be sensual. She Bop: For a more intimate option. She Bop is a women-owned sex toy boutique in Portland, Oregon specializing in body safe products and education. Their mission is to promote healthy and safe sexuality by offering quality products and educational workshops in a fun and comfortable environment. She Bop welcomes people of all genders and sexual orientations.

Be lovely. Judith Arnell Jewelers: Judith Arnell has been actively designing and manufacturing jewelry in her Chicago and Portland studios since 1972. Judith believes that each piece of jewelry should embody creative genius and masterful craftsmanship. “My clients can feel confident that each and every piece they purchase from Judith Arnell Jewelers is both a solid investment and an exceptional work of wearable art.” Judith creates unique handmade designs and features some of the country’s finest designers. She also offers a large collection of vintage antique platinum diamond jewelry and specializes in Asscher cut diamonds.

Be farm-y. Naomi’s Organic Farm Supply is ever so gaily and gay-ly owned and operated by Naomi and a fabulous team of humans and goats. Their goal is to provide as many organic, locally and regionally sourced options as possible. They provide organic soil amendments, fertilizers, compost, potting soils, animal feed, bedding, seeds, tools and books to supply both urban and rural farmers, gardeners, and landscapers. They carry multiple organic feed options and one non-organic layer feed, from both larger and smaller OR & WA mills. They are committed to carrying only non-GMO cover crop, specializing in organic, along with organic herb, flower and vegetable seeds, the majority of which are grown in our region. They source organic plants when possible, including all vegetable and herb starts.

Be grown-up. Paradise Adult Video: Pipes, sexy toys, sexier gifts — all manner of adult innovation.

Be classy. Eyes on Broadway!: Provides patients unique top quality eyewear and contact lenses using state of the art optometric instrumentation combined with courteous professional customer service. Proven track record of giving back to our community.

Be unique! The Stars Antiques Malls are owned by three friends, who have turned a passion for collecting and decorating into a successful business. They started the first Stars Antiques Mall in 1990 and opened their second store, Stars & Splendid Antiques Mall in 1993. Gayle Tweed, Darwin Otto and Brent Heeb have been nationally recognized with home layouts in publications such as Country Living, Country Home, Better Homes & Gardens and Metropolitan Home. Now representing over 200 dealers, the Stars Antiques Malls are Portland’s largest resource for antiques, collectibles and home decor.

Be Taboo. Sex toys, lingerie, videos, gifts galore at Taboo Adult Video.

Be clean! Cub Cleaners is a unique Portland-based business, dedicated to doing a superior job of cleaning your home, apartment, or condo. They supply a fun, free-spirited guy to clean your place. They will wear a variety of outfits, depending upon your choice. They do quality, professional work in an atmosphere of self-expression and good clean entertainment.

Be abroad: It was 1916 when Robert Ganapole began manufacturing custom packing trunks in a small corner of the bustling Portland Waterfront. So began Portland Luggage. Exceeding customer’s expectations in both quality and price was the cornerstone that built and maintained his thriving business. It continues today as Oregon’s largest luggage, business case, and travel goods store, featuring the West Coast’s most complete selection of brands, products, and services.

Be original. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams: Premiere, internationally-acclaimed home furnishings offering upholstery, tables and storage, rugs, lighting, accessories and photography/wall art from modern to traditional styles. Relentless community support and activism; their celebrated lifestyle books make a fine gift for a friend or loved one.

Be timeless. Maloy Jewelers: In 1986, Maloy’s Jewelry Workshop first opened its doors in Portland. The aim was to offer both lovingly handmade custom pieces and high quality antique and estate jewelry from the Georgian period (18th century) onward. Maloy’s wanted to offer distinctive pieces that would be passed down from generation to generation. They also offer expert repair and restoration.

Be savvy. DirectBuy offers the best way to buy virtually anything you need for your home, whether you’re shopping for electronics, home furnishings, appliances — whatever you desire. Your membership gives you exclusive access to confidential insider pricing.

Be butch. Paradise Harley. All things Harley Davidson. At Paradise, it’s about building quality relationships, and their goal is to provide the best environment for customers to hang out and have fun. They offer a variety of activities, including Taco Tuesday at the Corner Saloon, mystery rides, and more. The coffee’s always on at Paradise! Routinely voted #1 in customer service.

Be good to your furry friends. NoPo Paws: Canine boutique specializing in locally made & organic products, plus holistic dry and raw pet foods.

Be thoughtful. Botanica Floral is an eco-friendly full service custom floral studio located in SE Portland, providing exquisite flowers throughout the Portland metro area that specializes in local, organic, fair trade and sustainably grown flowers for weddings, events, corporate accounts & functions, private parties, holidays, tributes & memorials, daily deliveries and more. So whether you are looking for something simple or extravagant, just give them a call and they’ll provide you with gorgeous flowers every time.

Be artistic. Real Mother Goose: Walk into one of their stores, or browse their collections online and you’ll find art and craft with character. Each piece has a story, an identity, and a spirit. Each piece is the unique result of a vision, brought to life by an artist’s hand. Couple that special character with a function and you’ve got art for everyday living. Since starting their business in 1971, they’ve grown from one tiny shop in Vancouver, Washington, to two Portland, Oregon locations with over 10,000 square feet of contemporary fine American craft. Part gallery and part retail shop, The Real Mother Goose has one goal: bring the best work by American artists and craftspeople together with friendly, personal service in an attractive and comfortable space. For the casual craft lover and the serious collector, they’ve put together a combination of distinctive elements that make looking at, learning about, and buying art and fine craft exciting and memorable.

Need more information? Each retailer listed above has an ad listed in our pages. Thumb through and find each one!

–Daniel Borgen

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