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

Image courtesy 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.


Sellwood Cycle Repair
Bikes for Humanity
Washington County Community Bike
Community Cycling Center
Trek Bicycle Portland

Book Store

WINNER: Powell’s City of Books

Credit: Darius Kuzmickas

A favorite of locals and tourists alike, this iconic store covers an entire city block.


Annie Bloom’s Books
A Children’s Place Bookstore
Green Bean Books
Wallace Books
MudPuddles Toys and Books

Comic Book Store

WINNER: Books with Pictures

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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.


Bridge City Comics
Comic Cave
Cosmic Monkey Comics
Excalibur Books and Comics
Things from Another World

Consignment Shop/Event

WINNER:  Beanstalk Children’s Resale Clothing

Courtesy of Beanstalk

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 has online shopping now, too! Readers have voted Beanstalk to the top spot for several years now.


Hoot-N-Annie Children’s Boutique
Pass It On Sales
Cloverdilly Kids
Super Kids Resale
Sweetpea’s Resale

Kids’ Hair Salon

WINNER: Sit Still Kids

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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.


Bishops Cuts/Color
Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids Tualatin
Kid’s Castle Cuts
Lil’ Snippers Hair Care 4 Kids
Pigtails & Crewcuts

New Kids’ Clothing

WINNER: the Bull and the Bee

Image courtesy the Bull & the Bee

A beloved, locally-owned shop in the Moreland neighborhood of southeast Portland, the Bull & the Bee is full of the latest and greatest for babies and parents, with a focus on quality and trendy items.


Black Wagon
Bridge City Kid
Posh Baby
Le’D Bug Boutique

Toy Stores

WINNER: Hammer + Jacks

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Hammer + Jacks is the stuff kids’ dreams are made of. Not only will you find everything from LEGO to chemistry sets to sweet stuffies, Hammer + Jacks also boasts an epic playroom and rec room (complete with TV-shaped stage!), where they host frequent kid-friendly events.


Bricks and Minifigs – Portland
Thinker Toys
Mudpuddles Toys & Books
Piccolo Mondo

Tutoring & Learning Services

Winner: Mathnasium

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At Mathnasium’s multiple locations across the Portland metro area, students build a strong mathematics foundation through customized tutoring plans. Mathnasium also offers online classes.


The Tutoring Center
Club Z
Northwest Reading Clinic
Activate School

Game Stores

Winner: Red Castle Games

Image courtesy of Red Castle Games

Red Castle Games focuses on the kinds of games that encourage community and real face-to-face human interaction, from Uno to Magic: The Gathering. There’s also a cafe on site with lots of kid-friendly options. Check out their events!


Bricks and Minifigs – East Portland
Rainy Day Games
Guardian Games
Cloud Cap Games
Puddletown Games & Puzzles

Nannie/Au Pairs

Winner: Northwest Nannies

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Northwest Nannies prides itself on its “matchmaking” skill, finding the nanny who’s just right for your family. Led by a life-long educator and authority on early childhood issues, Northwest Nannies’ professionals provide developmentally appropriate activities for the children in their care.

TOP 5:

Portland Nannies
A Brilliant Nanny
West Coast Baby Care
Spilt Milk Nannies

Financial Planning Firm

Winner: Bridgetown Wealth Management

Bridgetown Wealth Management helps clients pursue their financial goals, offering access to a wide range of financial products and services. They help clients benefit from diversified, consistent investment portfolios, always keeping their long-term goals in mind.

TOP 5:

Fisher Investments
Mortgage Monkey — Gary Boyer
Dougall Conradie LLC
Matt & Bell P.C.
Interactive Wealth Advisors

Family Law/Estate Planning Firm

Winner: Pacific Cascade Legal

Pacific Cascade Legal strives to find the best outcome for everyone in your family. Families look to the straight-forward, level-headed team for compassionate, skilled legal counsel.

TOP 5:

Morris, Stannard & Batalden Family Law P.C.
Buckley Law P.C.
Nay & Friedenberg LLC
Gevurtz Menashe
Bouneff, Chally & Koh

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