Trophy Case: Best Local Stuff of May 2016

This month’s hottest locally made goods, from custom claw-foot tubs to robots that teach kids to program.

By Marty Patail April 22, 2016 Published in the May 2016 issue of Portland Monthly

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Image: Plum Geek


OK, this robot isn’t going to fetch your slippers anytime soon. But Ringo the Robot serves a more important role: teaching kids to program. Each tiny robot is loaded with light and touch sensors, accelerometers, gyroscopes, and even bot-to-bot communications, all of which can be manipulated via code. Make it dance, find its way out of a maze, or just drive your cat nuts. $100, 


Founded in 2011 by a Portland mom and named after her first daughter, Tatiana, Tati & Me makes vivaciously bright dresses to brighten up your child’s summer without constricting play. Starting at $76, 

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Did climate change kill June-uary for good? Who knows. Prepare for the worst with light spring jackets in downtown boutique Bridge & Burn’s summer collection. $188–248, 

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Image: Bridge & Burn


Beauty in imperfection: the guiding principle of each weathered Bull & Stash notebook. The refillable books are handcrafted from American cowhide and wear with age, promising to endure long after you’ve filled its pages. Starting at $25,

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Image: Bull & Stash


Portland designer and photographer Michelle Rajotte wants to resurrect a lost turn-of-the-20th-century design movement called Decorative Art. Her company, Looking Glass Baths, creates wild, custom clawfoot tubs that combine functionality with gallery-ready aesthetics. The Aether, for instance, is a 1912 white tub covered in individually cut mirrored mosaic pieces that took more than 100 hours of painstaking labor to apply.

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