Summer 2015
Best-Sellers in Portland, Oregon By Julie McCallum

The shopping culture in Portland, Oregon, is all about local and independent. The result is a creative mix of boutiques and shops, music venues, wellness practitioners, restaurants and coffee shops, bars, breweries and more. Tourists and Portlanders flock to the downtown neighborhoods for a true taste of Rose City culture.

Oblation Papers & Press |

Oblation Papers & Press has been in business for 25 years, the last 16 of which have been at the present location in the Pearl District of Northwest Portland. With 25 employees, owners Ron and Jennifer Rich run a bustling old-world paper boutique that includes a letterpress print shop and retail store.

Specializing in 100 percent reclaimed cotton letterpress printed social announcements, handmade in their urban paper mill, Oblation papers also offers Italian correspondence cards, French wax seals, fine fountain pens, hand-bound guest books, photo albums, journals, designer office supplies and a selection of handmade and local artist greeting cards. They also offer a wholesale product line.

Over the past few years, they have expanded their single card and boxed greetings to include their signature French Lit. Series, the Botanicals line, the Flourish Greetings printed on handmade paper as well as a line of monograms and Christmas cards. They are also the home of Hat Wig Glove, a humorous line created by owner Ron Rich.

Known in the neighborhood for the public typing station in front of their store, recent events involving their typewriters have garnered headlines as well. Local news covered the theft of two of their sidewalk typewriters. Other press included a piece about the random stories, confessions and messages typed and left behind that the store has collected over time.


  • Fine Pens: Recife, Jean-Pierre Lepine, Pelikan Pens, Lamy, A.G. Spalding, Retro 51, Acme, Fischer Space Pens
  • Candles: Skeem, Lumiere, Creative Candles, Bistro Candles, Luz del Bosque
  • Soaps and Perfumes: TokyoMilk, Mudlark
  • Frames: Creative Co-Op, Cavallini Papers & Co.
  • Office Supplies: MO, russell + hazel, Moleskin Chronicle Books, Nava, Kikkerland, Knock Knock
  • Albums, Guest Books and Scrap Books: Pulp, Ray & Bone, Autodidactic Bindery, Cavallini Papers & Co., Graphic Image, Rossi.
  • Stationery: In addition to their house brands, they offer local artists Old School Stationers, Egg Press, Flying Wish Paper, Man Cards, Singing Leaf, Red Bat Press, RX Press, K&K Graphics, Pushmepullyou Press, Two Guitars, ouou illustrations, My Little Buffalo

Julie McCallum

Julie McCallum is editor-in-chief of Gift Shop Magazine. She is formerly the editor of Museums & More and has more than 25 years experience in publishing.

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