Where Northeast Fremont Street intersects 24th Avenue, and nine blocks west at 15th and Fremont, a number of bustling shops, restaurants and other businesses are thriving amidst arguably some of the loveliest neighborhoods in the city. These corners of Alameda and Sabin respectively offer quiet charms, a more laid back ambience than you might find in a mall or shopping center, and lots of personal attention.
At the Backyard Bird Shop in Fremont Place at 14th Avenue, co-owner Amanda Jordan-Brainard said, “We love the neighborhood for this shop for so many reasons, but especially the vibe. All of the neighborhood folks that walk around and visit the shop with their neighbors, pets and kiddos in strollers.”
Manager Chris Smith added, “During the bad snows, folks would come in on skis pulling their kids in toboggans!”
Next door at A Children’s Place Bookstore, store manager Kira Porton-Jones said, “We pride ourselves on our hand-selecting and time spent with each customer to pick out the perfect books. We also do a great deal of business with schools, and set up special author events whenever possible.”
“We have always liked the neighborhood and wanted to open our business close to home. We live in Roseway,” said Caryn Nelson, who co-owns Guilder Cafe and Roastery with her husband Mike Nelson and partners Toby Roberts and Carrie Lind. Located in the stately Lyon Court building at 24th and Fremont, their space has soaring ceilings, a loft-like second floor, and an open yet somehow cozy feel.
Sip a latte, pick up some raw food for Fido, and take a yoga class. Or design your own Sabin and Alameda adventure:
Airy cafe and coffee roastery serving breakfast, lunch and dinner along with beer, wine and cocktails. A shiny new coffee roaster out front is fully operational, producing Junior’s Roasted Coffee onsite.
Address: 2393 N.E. Fremont. Phone: 503-841-6042. Web: www.guildercafe.com. Don’t miss: Guilder will celebrate three years in the Lyon Court building with a birthday bash on Oct. 1.
County Cork Public House
With a lively yet neighborly feel, a menu of hearty pub fare ranging from the Emerald Isle to far-flung points on the compass, and live Irish music when the inspiration strikes, this place is like a warm fleece robe on a chilly Dublin mornin’.
Address: 1329 N.E. Fremont. Phone: 503-284-4805. Web: www.countycorkpublichouse.com. Don’t miss: The happy hour food specials, especially a very satisfying shepherd’s pie and beer-battered fish and chips, $7 each.
Backyard Bird Shop
One of a local flock of shops connecting people to nature for 26 years, focused on supporting backyard wildlife, especially wild birds, with fresh seed, dozens of feeders and birdhouses. Packed to the rafters with fun gift items from many local vendors.
Address: 1419 N.E. Fremont St. Phone: 503-445-2699. Web: www.backyardbirdshop.com. Don’t miss: Locally handcrafted bird feeders, birdbaths, and birdhouses that are probably way cuter than the house you live in. This is bird people central.
A Children’s Place Bookstore
The city’s oldest independently owned children’s bookstore, “raising readers” for over 30 years with a wide selection of books for newborns to young adults, as well as a “Mom & Dad” book section, gifts for all ages, and a kids’ play area. “The store has always been in Northeast, even though we have moved a few times. We love our loyal Northeast Portland customers.” says Kira Porton-Jones.
Address: 1423 N.E. Fremont. Phone: 503-284-8294. Web: www.achildrensplacebookstore.com.
Wild Pet Provisions
Owners Lucy Brennan and Heather McFarlane, opened in July 2017; both live in Northeast, saying, “Wild is a great fit.” Neighborhood pet supply with in-house pet nutritionist by appointment and home delivery. Featuring ready-to-feed natural and raw food products, responsibly sourced ingredients, and guidance to make your pet’s food at home.
Address: 2393 N.E. Fremont. Phone: 971-302-6270. Web: www.wildpetprovisions.com.
A place where gardeners, novice or expert, can find good plants, good tools, good dirt and helpful advice on sustainable gardening practices for the Northwest. Also a wide selection of garden furniture and accents, gifts.
Address: 3433 N.E. 24th Ave. Phone: 503-287-3200. Web: www.gardenfever.com. Don’t miss: “Enter the Cone Zone,” an introduction to specialty conifers by expert Joe Carli on Oct. 1. Free; reservations required.
With a combined fifty years of experience in yoga, bodywork and movement, co-owners Maria and Danny Mankin lead a team of five certified Pilates instructors at this bright, open studio in the Lyon Court building. Offering a wide range of small group and private classes. Yoga and Meditation for Chronic Pain will be taught starting on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 1:30-3:00 p.m. and run for nine weeks to Dec. 17, using techniques of mindful meditation and yoga which studies at OHSU and elsewhere have shown can relieve pain as effectively as some prescribed drug intervention and with fewer side effects.
Address: 2393 N.E. Fremont, Suite D. Phone: 415-261-8763. Web: www.beginpilates.com. Don’t miss: Check out Maria’s patented invention, the Begin Chair, the only ball chair available that adjusts to your spine’s natural curves. It reinforces excellent posture through the use of an adjustable small ball that rests against the sitter’s lumbar spine. The ball seat of the chair is very safe yet also provides just the right amount of instability to activate the core muscles. Also Yoga for the Inflexible Guy, Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 p.m. This is more of a note to self. Hey, a career at the keyboard can wreak havoc on one’s joints.
Irvington Veterinary Clinic
Owner and Medical Director Dr. Rachel Austin, DVM, CVA and associates Dr. Romi Garcia,DVM, CVA and Dr. Kelly Creech, DVM, CVA offer “The Best of East and West.” Small, family owned, specializing in integrative medicine, offering both Eastern and Western medicine specifically tailored to each pet’s unique lifestyle and needs. “You live a healthy lifestyle, your pets should too.” A broad spectrum of conventional, natural, and alternative medicines, therapies and treatments.
Address: 1427 N.E. Fremont. Phone: 503-953-8078. Web: www.irvingtonveterinary.com.