Forget Barbie and all her baggage. At NE Broadway’s Hello! Good Morning! you’ll find treasures like tiny turquoise robot nesting dolls, Japanese monsters, and a pumpkin man by a Laika model maker. Store owner Amy Wulfing knows color after two decades working in stop-motion animation, painting for such films as James and the Giant Peach.
Opened last fall on E Burnside, Made You Look prides itself on majorly fun stuff: a kit to turn bananas into a working piano (!), wooden brachiosaur rattles, or Food Face plates, which let your little ones go wild with kiwi goatees and spaghetti curls. $13
UK giant Isla Bikes plunked its US headquarters here four years ago. Its specialty? Tyke bikes with proportionally sized components and ergonomic handles so tiny hands can brake confidently. $200–1,250
Victoria Jamieson’s 2015 best seller Roller Girl is already a classic in many households. The YA graphic novel follows Astrid as she falls in love with roller derby while her best friend decides to do ballet camp. (Life lessons ensue.) Jamieson knows her stuff: by night, she’s Winnie the Pow in the Rose City Rollers league.
Nell & Mary’s colorful tea towels sport rows of blue oysters, while Make It Good is known for silky, patterned slip dresses. Now the brands unite under the house line of downtown shop North of West, expanding into gender-neutral baby fashion. Expect simple silhouettes embellished with abstract rain prints or cute line drawings of pineapples. $32–54