How great are these? Chris Willis, Collector Extraordinaire and Chief Illuminator, has once again lightened up the Pearl and our hearts with part of his collection of holiday characters, these vintage Empire Plastic blowmolds. This year he’s showcasing Santa and his Friends and Colleagues at 1019 NW 11th between Seres on the corner and Flairwalk. If you remember, Chris did another installation at the FLOR space in Tanner Place a few years ago (before it was occupied by FLOR) which contained enough Santas to come down the chimneys of greater Portland all at the same time. To see better photos than mine please visit here. Chris’s posted sign is below so you can appreciate all the details.
Please stop by to see. The figures light up at noon and continue until you’re home fast asleep. Or watching NCIS or Downton Abbey. And they’ll be there until January. Enjoy!!
What’s been missing in our neighborhood, in my opinion, is a really great place for home decor for yourself or for a gift – sorry, but neither Jonathan Adler nor Bella Casa do it for me. With the recent opening of Christopher David, my prayers have been answered. Chock full of delightful items to freshen up your space or the home of the very lucky host/ess who sent you an invitation to tonight’s cocktail party, Chris Giovarelli offers up goods at all price points.
The window displays alone make you eager to get inside and the variety and quality of the items keep you thinking about them long after you’ve had to leave the store to get back to work.
But gifts are not the only thing at CD! There are three distinct parts to the space – one end is anchored with owner Chris’ full service design studio and the other by Cosmin Bisorca’s floral area. The center is anchored by the coffee bar.
In floral, on offer are gorgeous fresh flowers to purchase by the stem or bouquet, terrariums of succulents and air plants and a variety of vases. Cosmin provides full floral service for special events and occassions and workshops on flower arranging and terrarium building.
For the caffeine-needy, Kevin Nichols is Barista Extraordinaire. He offers, among other things, Water Avenue coffee and those mouth-watering Nuvrei pastries (to me the BEST croissant this side of the Seine). Their location at the head of Jamison Park is a natural for sitting and sipping (with any luck you’ll see me there with a glass of wine very soon).
But as I said, it’s the contents of the shop that keep me coming back. A nice mixture of new and old – repurposed and antique and fresh-off-the-trending list, Chris’ choices in furniture, lighting and accessories are just right. Cosmin’s flowers add the right touch of life to the space and Kevin’s patrons of the coffee bar help to keep the energy up.
So no matter what you’re in the mood for, Christopher David can supply. If you need it, their address is 901 NW Tenth Avenue at NW Kearney Street (503)-206-8226. Stop by soon, if you haven’t already!