Very few shopping destinations afford patrons the opportunity to peruse gifts, furniture, and home goods while they await a world-class latte, which they can sip while selecting a fresh-cut bouquet. But that’s exactly the scene at Christopher David (901 NW 10th Ave., on Jamison Square Park, 503-206-8226). Overlooking on Jamison Square in the Pearl district, Christopher David is a one-stop shop for creativity, inspiration, and myriad of goods for your home, life, and tummy—and keep in mind that during the warmer months, you can bring your iced espresso drink or sandwich outside to a table overlooking the bustling square.
The store represents collaboration between three friends who had the drive to meld their three passions (interiors, floral design, and coffee) into one retail experience. The outcome is a handsome and visually inspiring space that welcomes visitors to “elevate the small moments of life.”
Serving local fare from the likes of Water Avenue Coffee, Farina Bakery (try the macaroons), GEM Bakery (with its gluten-free goodies) and Bakeshop (think decadent pastries), Christopher David also serves goodies from Café di Nini as well as gluten free vanilla waffles—it’s no wonder they were listed among Eater’s 20 Best Portland Coffee Shops.
The only thing better than artful tulips they create with the foam on lattes are the live ones you can purchase in the floral area, which bursts with stunning arrangements popular for everything from weddings to banquets. Also available are fragrant hand-tied bouquets and grab-and-go arrangements that make terrific last-minute gifts.
Beyond carrying the store’s day-to-day product offerings, which include an eclectic collection of local home goods, gifts, and furniture, the team at Christopher David also hosts a range of regularly scheduled creative workshops and will be sponsoring local producers in weekend trunk shows throughout 2015. Check out their small-batch candle collection for intriguing scents, such lemon-cucumber, tomato-lime, and the ever-popular sea salt.
More than just a shop, Christopher David offers full service interior design services to residential and commercial clients across the country, and with the launch of their new online retail experience, be prepared for this locally grown brand to develop national recognition in the near future.