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June 2008
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Living in Portland: Mia’s Boutique in Multnomah Village

Mia’s is tucked away on SW 35th Ave off of Multnomah Boulevard in the Village. Despite a recent change in ownership, the shop continues to offer the kind of apparel I had come to expect after a few months of shopping there: classy, funky separates and well-chosen accessories.

Hearing that the new incarnation was going to include some home goods, I felt a little concerned, as Multnomah Village already has some very strong contenders in that area that an upstart could not hope to compete with (Indigo Traders, for example.) Based on our recent First Friday visit, Mia’s home goods seem restricted to just one little shelf of soaps and frames, and the clothes are still the bulk of the business. Fine by me! Plus, their oatmeal soap really is quite nice.

I was experimenting with my new camera and avoiding use of the flash, so many of these photos are less than perfect, and as is usual with my pictures, focus on the details. Or maybe sort-of-focus on the details. Sigh. Flash is not always bad!

Try the oatmeal soap. I did, and I love it.

The prevalence of black and “neutral” colors remind me of the old Mia’s. Personally, I think it’s great.

The dresses at Mia’s have been and continue to be charming. I look forward to seeing what they have to offer for the summer, whenever summer finally happens here in Portland. Plus, the staff there are friendly and awesome–awesome enough that I even let one of them try on my new shoes from Switch on First Friday.

7824 SW 35th Ave
Portland, OR 97219
(503) 244-7727