I just recently returned from a great trip to the Pacific Northwest. I've always wanted to see Seattle and re-visit Portland since it had been many years since my first visit there. Seattle was an amazing city, as was Portland. It felt so refreshing to be visually stimulated by so many things from a simple flower to shops with so much character. One shop that really caught my attention was Oblation Papers & Press.
Oblation is a stationary and gift shop that also sells high end decorative paper and ribbons. Of course I was inspired by all the beautiful patterns and colors in their paper selection.
One of the things that I found fascinating was that they had a letterpress print shop right there in the store. It is where they print special orders and even some of their own products that they sell. Letterpress is such a beautiful process, I kept thinking how much I'd love to work there. Just watching their process made me feel like I was in a time warp back in the 1500's.
I hope to go back some time in the near future and discover some more hidden gems in Portland. I think it's a place that everyone should visit at some point.