It's another super-busy week in the world of Portland's independent clothing boutiques, housewares shops, and hair salons, with a full docket that we couldn't possibly squeeze into this week's paper. So in lieu of that, here's the first phase of the rundown—look for Part 2 soon!

KUSH Handmade Rugs is hosting a meet 'n' greet with Ryan Higgins of Tamarian Tibetan Carpets, where he'll be presenting new designs. What's a Tamarian carpet, you say? Glad you asked:

A Tamarian rug is a true work or art. Every step of production is done with the care and touch of the human hand. The techniques and tools have remained unchanged for hundreds of years. The materials are the finest nature offers; from the lanolin-rich, hand carded hand spun Tibetan wool, to the small lot dying process. Tamarians dye-masters use finely manipulated chrome dyes to enhance the wools natural boldness and luster, while maintaining its colorfastness for decades to come. Each rug is woven knot by knot on an upright loom, using the Tibetan loop Senneh knot. When weaving is completed, the rug is cut from the loom, sheared and trimmed, and given a final wash to bring out the rich hues and variations that are a hallmark of every Tamarian carpet.

Highly recommended: I could play with the customization tools on Tamarian's web site all day long. (Thursday, 5-7:30 pm)

—Kickass jewelry designer Katy Kippen of Grayling will be presiding at Mabel & Zora for a trunk show that coincides with the neighborhood's block party. Come for the jewelry, stay for the block! (Thursday, 5-8 pm)

Yo Vintage! is celebrating its official grand opening, with Hazel Cox jewelry exclusives, a Fieldwork Flowers installation, photos from the new lookbook, mini bottles of champagne, and free Yo! canvas bags for the first 20 people. (Thursday, 6-9 pm)

—Those who tend to run in the opposite direction from First Thursday can still get plenty of eastside action. Sequel Apparel is having an open house as part of the South Tabor block party, so start there and wander on for wine, food, art, and discounts. (Thursday, 6-8 pm)

Radish Underground is bringing down favorite Seattle designer Suzabelle down for a weekend-long trunk show of marked down summer styles. They're kicking things off with a "First Dibs First Thursday" first, doing it up with Sizzle Pie and drinks while you take first crack at the bargains. Thursday, 6-9 pm)

—Don't forget this!

Sword + Fern is conducting "High Summer Ceremonies" for First Friday, with 25% off all Sword + Fern jewelry, an installation of handmade kites (cool!) by Kara Jean Caldwell, and "booze, breeze, fake fires, fruits." Sounds good. (Friday, 6-9 pm)