As a real estate agent focusing on Portland’s many “close-in” neighborhoods – some newer that are up and coming and others that are already established – I’m tasked with ongoing research about what each has to offer. It is important to show new Portlanders all of their neighborhood choices to help them make their big decision. My pitch when describing Eliot is that “I have lived here since 1994 and don’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon.” I am sold on our central location. I point out how we have such easy access to the freeways, 2 Max Lines, and many bus routes to choose from. Not to mention the bike corridor on Williams and Vancouver and plans for Street Car in Eliot one day as well! I fall more in love with our neighborhood every year. While walking through the neighborhood, I’m able to take in all of the new things that are going on, like home renovations, amazing gardens, and the new businesses.
Here are some of the newest ones:
Growing Seeds Child Development Community. They provide care for ages 6 weeks to kindergarten. Corner of Graham and MLK. 503-283-9669
Alu. Recently reopened. Rich and inviting interior, and especially cozy in the winter. Outdoor seating in warm weather and live music on weekends. 2831 NE MLK.
Cartola Coffee Shop. The exterior looks like a European postcard. The European feel continues with the jazy and relaxed interior. They serve Stumptown coffee. 7 am – 5 pm. 2723 NE 7th
The Russell Street Gallery and Pie Diner. Features fresh artisan pies, sandwiches, and espressos. The gallery space and furniture are amazing. Mon – Fri 6 am – 2 pm. 807 N Russell.
Icon Tattoo. Not your normal tattoo parlor. It has a very inviting and relaxing environment that makes you want to wander in. They will soon have 6 jewelry designers showcasing their jewelry. 6 of the 8 tattoo artists at Icon are women. 813 N Russell. 503-957-4730
Afrique Bistro. Pan African Restaurant featuring dishes from North, South, East and West Africa. This is Alem Gebrehiwot’s, owner of Queen of Sheba, second restaurant in the neighborhood. Thu – Mon 6 pm – 10 pm. 102 NE Russell.
The Leotard. Has everything for your dance and exercise needs. Great place to buy a feather boa! 2432 NE MLK. 503-284-9244
Little Edies Five and Dime. A very fun shopping experience for the lover of everything thrift and eclectic. Fun to see the always changing creative window displays. Mon – Sat noon – 6 pm. 3120 N Williams.
Mum’s Kitchen. Features delicious Indian food and grilled sandwiches. Another great Portland food cart! 7 am – 7 pm. Corner of Fremont and Williams
Project Hope. Non profit organization that works to improve the lives of at risk youth. There are great deals on home furnishings and jewelry, and sometimes the offerings are free for those in need. Tue – Sat 10 am – 6 pm. 223 NE Russell.