This is what is fun about Portland, you head off to do visit one thing and even after 25 years of being here you find new cool places. This happen to me the other day. I had headed over to photograph Peninsula Park Rose Garden now that the roses are in bloom. I got that done shooting sooner then planned and figure I had time to pop over to Kenton to photo big Paul Bunyan, another selfie landmark. I had to park my car a block away and started walking over and came across a place I did not know about. The sign on the build was about bamboo. I thought was weird because normal Portland is not a bamboo kind of town. So the door was open and I thought I would just poke my head in to see what was going on. It turn out to be everything you didn’t know existed about bamboo. It ranged from bamboo pole to use for something to a four story tree house built out of bamboo. So I thought ya this is part of Portlandia.
So I continue on over and to Paul Bunyan and get my photos and I am heading back to my car by way of another street. I walk past another business that had been locate up a block and now at this new location. I new they did salvage lumber and again the door was open. Ya, they had a few old 2X4s but then I started to find they had so much more. In the lumber yard area they had slabs of wood now. So not only doing reuse of timber from old building but also working with folks who have lost trees to bark beadle or fire. That wood becomes a source for wood workers and designers for furniture and home décor. Plus they now have a showroom for ideas of how to use materials and making some of their own furniture. Reuse of material is definitely Portlandia thing.
So in Portland you can head out for something you know and come across entrepreneur who take weird ideas and make them into successful business.