Bike Store and Repair
WINNER: Sellwood Cycle Repair
Our readers have selected Sellwood Cycle Repair as their top choice for all their biking needs. In addition to bikes and accessories for grown-ups, you’ll find family-friendly cargo bikes for tooling around with kids, child seats, and new and used kids bikes. Sellwood Cycle Repair invests in the community, throwing its support behind local schools, cycling teams and biking-advocacy groups.
WINNER: Powell’s City of Books
This time last year when Powell’s City of Books was named our readers’ poll winner, owner Emily Powell had publicly announced massive layoffs as the legendary bookstore’s doors closed indefinitely. But book lovers young and old rallied to support Powell’s, and it has more or less weathered the pandemic. (The home-and-garden and airport locations closed permanently.)
The flagship location on West Burnside Street is again open with COVID precautions in place.
Comic Book Store
WINNER: Bridge City Comics
Winner yet again, Bridge City Comics is the place for graphic novels like Lumberjanes and Phoebe and Her Unicorn to X-Men comics — and everything in between. You can either shop in person at the store or online. And for a dose of hometown pride, check out the well-stocked Portland authors section!
WINNER: Beanstalk Children’s Resale Clothing
Ever sworn that your kid woke up taller after a nap? Same. That’s when Beanstalk Children’s Resale comes in pretty handy. Make an appointment to take in used kids’ clothing in good condition and then buy new-to-you gear for your growing kiddo. (It’s got online shopping now, too!) Readers have voted Beanstalk to the top spot for several years now.
WINNER: New Seasons Market
New Seasons Market has topped our readers’ poll again. But 2020 brought new reasons to love the grocery store. New Seasons adopted early mask and spacing requirements, making shopping feel safe in a very uncertain time — all while still delivering fresh, healthy choices from local farmers, ranchers and more.
Kids’ Hair Salon
WINNER: Sit Still Kids
If you had to give your kids haircuts during lockdown, you probably appreciate the skills of the professional stylists at Sit Still even more than ever. They’ll do everything from first haircuts to big transformations to temporary hair color. And we love that they held a “Buy One, Give One” haircut drive that allowed foster kids associated with Project Lemonade to get free ’dos.
Local New Kids’ Clothing
WINNER: Hanna Andersson
Hanna Andersson — the kids’ clothes that last and last and last — was once again our readers’ favorite place for clothes. All of its in-person locations, including the outlet store in Lake Oswego, are temporarily closed. But you can always find twirly dresses, sturdy pants and matching family jammies in the web store.
WINNER: Thinker Toys
Multnomah Village’s Thinker Toys is the stuff kids’ dreams are made of. You’ll find everything from Lego to chemistry sets to sweet stuffies. And it has an excellent selection of puzzles and family games as well. We also love how it rallied to help seniors and families in need during the shutdown. It’s open for in-store and online shopping.
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