WORKSHOP Shannon Guirl loved mid-century design so much, she studied woodworking and ceramics to launch Caravan Pacific. The new company’s swanky, anchor-shaped "Alberta" lamps ($500) — manufactured locally and boosted by $50,000 from Kickstarter — hit the market in December. Other models should soon. caravan-pacific.com
2 of 6
EXPORT In 2010, Tamalpais Roth-McCormick relocated from Jackson Hole to Portland, bringing her Bunches & Bunches baking brand along. Her Cloud Cookies — chewy-crackly meringue/macaroons — whisked to New York’s Dean & DeLuca, Selfridge’s in London, and Paris’s La Grande Epicerie. bunches-bunches.com
SUCCINCTI Local printer Archie Archambault captures our state’s unique charm with a three-letter postcard salute. "It’s my tribute to the je-ne-sais-I-don’t-know-what that makes this state so interesting." Archambault says. archiespress.com
BAND OF THEMINUTE The crystalline, high-altitude pop of Lost Lander is the best homegrown winter listening. The band releases DRRT, its new album produced by Menomena’s Brent Knopf, with a show at Doug Fir on Feb. 4.
5 of 6
Photo: Scarf Courtesy Precious Knit
WINTERWARMTH Why huddle in a boring scarf when you could luxuriate in an intricate cowl or collar from Laura Irwin’s Portland label Precious Knit? preciousknit.com
6 of 6
Photo: Book Courtesy Wiley & Johnson
NIGHTSTAND For Valentine’s reading more sociologically complex than vampire soft-core, check out Portland author Arianne Cohen’s Sex Diaries Project (Wiley & Johnson, $26). Culled from more than 1,500 entires, the Diaries feature characters like "The Pretty Mom with Many Suitors and a Meticulous Memory" and "The Finance Dad Marrying His Mistress, Whose Daughters Are Siding With Mom."