Drum roll please . . . announcing the Winners and Top 5 Favorites in Services & Shopping in our annual readers’ poll. Read on to learn who won your votes this year.
Bike Store and Repair
WINNER: River City Bicycles
As one of the best bike-friendly cities in the U.S., we have our fair share of bicycle shops. But when it comes to biking needs for the whole family, readers love River City Bicycles. With two eastside locations, River City has a wide selection of bikes, for the littlest beginners to pro setups. The shops also sell all the necessary accessories, and even sponsor and support weekly Saturday rides in the community.
WINNER: Powell’s City of Books
Book lovers young and old rallied to support Powell’s, and it has more or less weathered the pandemic. A favorite of locals and tourists alike, this iconic store covers an entire city block.
Comic Book Store
WINNER: Books with Pictures
Books with Pictures prides itself on its diversity and inclusivity. They strive to answer, “YES!” whenever someone asks, “Do you have any stories with someone who’s like me?” Head to SE Division and check them out.
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.
Kids’ Hair Salon
WINNER: Sit Still Kids
Let the skilled stylists at Sit Still Kids work their hair magic on your kiddo. This bright studio offers traditional cuts — from baby’s first to styling for short to long locks — as well as fun extras like temporary color and feather extensions and essentials such as conditioning treatments for little swimmers. Another fun bonus of Sit Still is the braiding class, where parents can learn five types of braids.
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. We love a good photo op where the whole family dons adorable, matching PJs! Look no further than Hanna Andersson’s online store for everyone’s jammies, incluuding colorful new prints from the spring line (like pink tulips and bright lemons). In addition to these sleeptime favorites, Hanna Andersson also sells comfy dresses, shirts, shorts and more, made from organic cotton and terry.
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.
Tutoring & Learning Services
Winner: Sylvan Learning Center
At Sylvan Learning, your child will get results and be set up for long term success. Portland parents love the qualified teachers at Sylvan, who inspire confidence, curiosity and a love for learning in students.
Winner: Guardian Games
Guardian Games houses over 10,000 square feet of board games, miniatures, cards, dice, books, puzzles, CCGs, and community tournament space. Portland families love gathering at Guardian Games to connect over new games and old favorites.