VIDEO: Portlandia, Meet Ballardia, Blackbird to Open New Shop in the Rose City

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Blackbird and Field House owner Nicole Miller announced she’s expanding her retail empire to Portland. The new shop (Burnside and NW 13th Ave.), which opens early this summer, is two blocks from Ace Hotel (another Seattle-based lifestyle business with a PDX outpost), and sure to attract throngs of Portland-loving tourists who will no doubt be spending time in the Rose City, thanks to this new show. The space will be small (600 square feet) and designed to look similar to the current Blackbird location in both “architecture and neighborhood appeal,” Miller wrote in an email to her clients sent this morning. She adds:

“The big question everyone is asking is what brands will you sell in the new store. All I can say is, "not Portland brands". To me Portland doesn't need another Pendleton outlet, so you can expect a lot of our own Blackbird label and our more seriously design driven brands like Robert Geller and Rick Owens.”

Miller also joked: “If you are not familiar with Portland Oregon or want more info on why we are opening a store there watch Portlandia clips on Hulu.com”. As someone who has lived and worked in Portland and enjoys the occassional cup of Stumptown Coffee, I for one am looking forward to seeing Seattle export a little culture and decidely non-DIY fashion to our Pac Northwest comrades to the south.

 

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

A Seattle-based skin care company brings beauty breakthroughs to your door
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Goodies from a 3B beauty box

Ke Chen, cofounder of 3B (Beauty Beyond Borders), says skin care in Asia is approached the same way the French think about food. “It’s an art form,” she says. Chen, whose Seattle-based subscription beauty box company launched last year, says this “art form” can include a 10-step cleansing ritual and feature innovative, exotic ingredients like bee venom and snail mucus to soothe and repair skin.

 

Chen has found that obtaining these elite Asian skin care products stateside takes time and research, which is why she’s offering them via a home subscription service ($15/month), which delivers a collection of Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese skin care samples, such as the Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion from Taiwan and Leaders’ 7 Wonders Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution Mask from South Korea. When subscribers find a product they can’t live without, they can shop for the full-size product on 3B’s website (the3bbox.com).

Local and national focus groups of bloggers, YouTubers and beauty influencers help Chen keep up on Asian skin care trends and determine what ends up in the boxes. You could say that 3B has skin in this game.