Backspace is Portland's nexus of music, art, community, and food. To ensure your eyes are open wide enough to read the entire menu of organic fare, order a Stumptown Coffee libation right away. A single ($1.75) or double ($2.25) espresso packs a sufficiently perky punch. Chase it with a buildable quesadilla, which pairs Jack cheese with your choice of fillings such as black beans, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, or peppers ($6), or a ready-built vegan hummus plate ($6.50). All salads––including the broccoli goddess ($5 for small/$6.50 for large) and the kalamata-olive-dotted Caesar ($4.50 for small/$6 for large)––are vegan. For a hand-held helping of fresh greenery, order a turkey avocado wrap, which is stuffed with soy turkey, red peppers, onions, and tomatoes ($7). An all-local beer selection is available for coffee-averse non-insomniacs.
The owners of Lil' Dudes and Divas are experienced when it comes to clothing children: they have five kids of their own. Visitors to their boutique can peruse gently worn apparel from newborn size through size 16 as well as new garments by brands such as Mud Pie, Hula Mula, and Rock Baby. The shop also stocks useful items such as car seats, children's books, and maternity clothes.
Petra's Euro Spa is an extension of the accumulated beauty wisdom of Petra Nicoll, a medical aesthetician and former aesthetics director for Paul Mitchell. She began her more than 25-year career in outer-beauty bolstering by attending schools in London and Munich to study the aesthetician arts, including permanent-makeup application, biofeedback techniques, and plucking eyebrows into the shape of cuneiform etchings. Her spa?s menu of beautifying services for the face, hands, feet, and body is complemented by offerings that focus on the mind-body connection, such as reiki and intuitive readings.