PDX Parent Reader Favorites: Services & Shopping

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: Sellwood Cycle Repair

Courtesy of Sellwood Cycle Repair

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 Sellwood Cycle Repair. Open since 1991, Sellwood Cycle Repair fixes bikes and resells them, too. If you’re looking for a reliable used bike, this is the spot to find it, and if you’re looking to upgrade a bike you already own, you can’t find better service.


River City Bicycles
Bikes for Humanity
Community Cycling Center
Trek Bicycle Portland
Fat Tire Farm

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
Maggie Mae’s Bookshop

Comic Book Store

WINNER: Books with Pictures

Image courtesy 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.


Comic Cave
Other World Games & Comics
Rose City 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. Take in used kids’ clothing in good condition and then buy new-to-you gear for your growing kiddo. Beanstalk has online shopping now, too! Readers have voted Beanstalk to the top spot for several years now, and for good reason.


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

Kids’ Hair Salon

WINNER: Sit Still Kids

Image courtesy 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.


Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids Tualatin
Kid’s Castle Cuts
Lil’ Snippers Hair Care 4 Kids
Pigtails & Crewcuts
Sage Kids Salon

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: Thinker Toys

Courtesy of Thinker Toys

This award-winning, local treasure of a toy store is full of educational and fun toys for all ages. Located in the charming Multnomah Village neighborhood, they offer curbside pick-up and free gift wrap. The staff is knowledgable and the space is so fun you could stay all day.


Hammer + Jacks
Bricks and Minifigs – Portland
Mudpuddles Toys & Books
Piccolo Mondo
Kids at Heart

Tutoring & Learning Services

Winner: Mathnasium

Image courtesy Mathnasium

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.


Huntington Learning Center
Club Z
Northwest Reading Clinic
Activate School

Game Stores

Winner: Guardian Games

Courtesy of Kristi Does PDX

Guardian Games sells all the board, trading card, and tabletop role-playing games you love, plus they offer exciting events (including tournaments!) for all ages and experience levels in their spacious store. The staff are passionate about gaming and happy to help, whether you’re a new gamer or an old pro.


Bricks and Minifigs
Rainy Day Games
Red Castle Games
Cloud Cap Games
Puddletown Games & Puzzles

Nannie/Au Pairs

Winner: Portland Nanny

Portland Nanny does the hard work of finding a trustworthy, amazing nanny, so you can get back to doing the things that you love! Their rigorous screening process includes verifying childcare experience, interviews, several reference checks, and both state and national background checks. That’s why Portland Nanny has been a trusted resource for parents since 2016.

TOP 5:

Northwest Nannies
A Brilliant Nanny
Portland Sitters
Spilt Milk Nannies

Family Law Practice

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:

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

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