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We're back with more suggestions for activities and IRL events to help you give February a proper sendoff, from a Westside city hike linking the Hoyt Arboretum and the newly reopened Pittock Mansion to Black-owned businesses and brands to shop from to cap off Black History Month, and from a new Northeast food cart pod to visit to things to do on a day trip to Salem. For even more options, read our guides to the best online events this week, the best movies to watch this week, and our complete, ever-evolving guide to in-person things to do in Seattle.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Support local Black-owned businesses. For the last days of Black History Month (and every day after that), make a point of shopping from Black-owned brands and businesses based right here in Portland. An incomplete list of spots to hit up might include Cole and Dayna Reed's Greenhaus Gallery, which, in addition to displaying work by local artists on its walls, also sells things like woodcarvings, textiles, and vintage goods. If your home is a veritable greenhouse and you'd like to keep it that way, find new leafy friends and other gorgeous home accessories at EcoVibe Home, whose Northeast-native owner, Len Allen, runs the shop (along with the temporarily closed EcoVibe Apparel) with his wife, Dre. Speaking of plants, teen brother-sister duo Jaylen and Kyla Palmer make raised garden beds under the moniker J&K Partners, which they run via Facebook (send them a message to place an order). For a plethora of goods from Black makers in one parcel, check out With Love, From PDX, which curates gift baskets with themed products from nearly 100 local vendors. If you're in the market for some new reading material, stop by Broadway Books after checking out their list of books about the Black experience currently on its shelves, like Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham's Black Futures and Ijeoma Oluo's Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America.