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SE Division’s Richmond Neighborhood Guide

SE Division’s Richmond neighborhood has experienced a bit of a renaissance with new outposts opening alongside long loved neighborhood anchors.

SE Division’s Richmond neighborhood has experienced a bit of a renaissance over the past year. New shops and restaurants are opening alongside long loved neighborhood establishments. Restaurants and specialty shops are evolving with the times, with new multiculturally owned businesses emerging and those focusing on covid-safe precautions by offering outdoor dining and elevated takeout. Here is a comprehensive guide to what’s new (and old) on SE Division’s Richmond neighborhood.

Opened June 2021, Black-owned Third Eye Books is the number one supplier of African-centered books, accessories, and gifts in the Portland Metro Area. Owners Michelle Lewis and Charles Hannah began their business in their own home before expanding to this space. They hold a wide selection of thought-provoking best sellers and lesser-known books, working to raise awareness for African-centered books and antiracist literature in the community.

Third Eye Books is one of many shops in this bustling neighborhood. Fumerie Parfumerie is the go-to spot to find your signature scent, offering a wide selection of niche and independent fragrances in an environment that fosters education and exploration. Little Otsu offers stylish paper goods and gifts hand-picked by owners Yvonne and Jeremy with an emphasis on well-made, handmade, and fairly made goods. Artifact Creative Recycle is a Portland based secondhand store that sells design driven men's and women's vintage and modern clothing. Sevigny Studio Galleries features artwork, clothing, jewelry, handbags and more all from local artists.

Women-owned Adorn is centered on a “BFF philosophy” and offers clothing inclusive for women of all ages and sizes, and neighbor Soren has swoon-worthy jewelry, clothing, gifts, home goods and more. Down the street, visit Wild Cactus Boutique, a sustainable store encompassing a laidback mix of everyday closet staples along with statement pieces from all over the world. Looking to make something of your own? Assembly offers hands-on modern craft and DIY workshops, classes, and events.

A foodie hub in Portland, you will find a plethora of culinary delights on SE Division with something to satisfy every craving. Visit Little Beast Brewing, a small-batch and family-owned brewery in the distinctive setting of an old Craftsman home. The brewery incorporates less communally used wild flora and diverse cultures (aka "little beasts") to ferment the beer. Beer aficionado's geek out on the science behind the beers here. What’s more, Little Beast Brewing recently partnered with Lawless Barbecue to offer some of the tastiest barbecue in town - brisket, ribs, pulled pork and burnt ends - in their outdoor beer garden. Nearby Olympia Provisions Public House serves “pub food” reminiscent of an Alpine town, including everything from bratwursts and frankfurters to hamburgers and classic Wiener Schnitzel, with ample outdoor seating on the covered patio.

Visit Oma’s Hideaway, a Malaysian Chinese barbecue joint by the team at Hollywood’s Gado Gado, serving bright, whimsical, and playful food influenced by the cuisine of Southeast Asia, inspired by Chef Thomas Pisha-Duffly’s Oma, Kiong Tien Vandenberg. A central experience at Oma’s Hideaway is the live cooking display where guests can view pork belly, game hen, and other barbecue delicacies cooked up in the spirit of Southeast Asia’s bustling night markets. Oma’s Hideaway originally opened as a purely takeout locale in the height of the pandemic before expanding to offer indoor and outdoor seating. Another restaurant that opened with only takeout is Cicoria, located in the former Ava Gene’s space by Submarine Hospitality Group. Now also with dine-in service, Cicoria serves thin and crispy cracker crust pizzas inspired by the Midwest but made with the best seasonal Pacific Northwest ingredients available.

Just across the street, grab a different kind of pie – the dessert kind – at Lauretta Jean’s , specializing in beautiful butter crusts as well as many other hand-made desserts. Sweet tooths can also pop into Pinolo Gelato, a small batch gelateria whose Italian owner imports ingredients straight from Italy and nearby farms alike, to satisfy their craving when it strikes.

Of course, Portland is known for its coffee—and this neighborhood doesn’t disappoint. Get caffeinated between stops at Good Coffee, Stumptown Coffee (the original location) and Nossa Familia Coffee. And Tea lovers can find their respite at Tea Bar.