Winning Finds

From Witchy Rings to a Salsa CSA, July's Best Local Stuff

All the things we're coveting right now

By Eden Dawn June 12, 2017 Published in the July 2017 issue of Portland Monthly

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Accessory designer Stephanie Wagner does not practice minimalism. Her line The Lovely Rustic features massive pieces of colorful stones like amethyst, labradorite, aquamarine, and pink tourmaline in hefty statement necklaces and witchy full-finger rings. $15–65

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Take a fleet of Mercedes-Benz Sprinters and trick them out for a great American road trip. That’s Adventure Wagon: rentable comfy cruisers with fancy amenities such as Bluetooth connectivity, back-up cameras, GPS navigation, and optional electric cooler/fridge. $250+ per night

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In Portland Then and Now, historian-photog-writer Dan Haneckow gives us a glimpse into ye olden days by juxtaposing familiar spots in the present with moments from the past. The pairings confirm some things have staying power (Union Station), and show weird blips like an 1894 flood that turned Third Avenue into a faux Venice. $20

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For 20 years, New Avenues for Youth has assisted at-risk and homeless youth with drop-in services, meals, counseling, access to education, and job training programs. Dfrntpigeon, an offshoot from the org, is an apparel line designed and run by six young people with the help of one business manager. The new collection, Identity, features tees with titles like Crisis and Humanity. $26

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Forest Grove nonprofit Adelante Mujeres, devoted to empowerment and support of low-income Latina women, operates a summer CSA program for the world’s greatest condiment: salsa. August through October, local farmers grow peppers, onions, cilantro, and tomatillos and package them in a weekly box with recipes for fresh salsa and hot sauce. $90

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