Guest Feature: Heather Larimer
All around kick-ass gal, writer, Revel In contributor (she interviews our cover feature, Lance Bangs) and singer-songwriter for the amazing pop band, EUX AUTRES.
We thought it’d be fun to catch up with some friends and get some more opinions of Portland- what to do + see, where to visit, shop and eat- stuff like that. Heather is our first.
Revel In Portland: Thanks for doing this! What have you been up to lately?
Heather: I’m currently working on new songs for an as-yet-undefined musical project. I haven’t written many songs without my brother/bandmate Nick, so it’s like learning to walk all over again. That, and I’m working on a super secret personal writing project,
RP: Sounds fun. ok-shhh. So- how did you end up in Portland?
HL: I started coming to Portland regularly in 1996 to visit my best friend. It still had an underground kind of seedy vibe and the scene felt raw and playful, like everyone was making it up as they went along. I finally moved here in 1999 for a boy who I’d seduced in his grandma’s car on the Park Blocks while the Smashing Pumpkins’ 1979 played on the “alternative” radio station he was embarrassed to be caught listening to. The boy didn’t last, but my best friend and I are still very much in love.
A few of Heather’s personal favorite Portland spots:
UNA 922 SE Ankey
In so many ways, Giovanna Parolari is the heart of this town. Her boutique is full of beautiful, slightly eccentric things, and I always leave with either a great new piece or a warm heart just from chatting with her. It’s mostly a clothing store, but I usually end up getting something like a ceramic bell or a perfume meant to smell like semen. And when Giovanna’s not curating Una, she’s running two of the best restaurants in town, Luce and Navarre. She’s pretty much stultifyingly boring.
Portland Outdoor Store 304 SW 3rd
I love western wear stores, and this one is everything I could hope for. Tons of boots, super knowledgable staff, lots of tack and then random items like horse-themed alarm clocks. It’s in a desolate part of downtown but has an incredible neon sign with a bucking bronco, beckoning you inside.
Little T American Baker 2600 SE Division
Little T really epitomizes what’s great about Portland. They’re making all of these awesome French style pastries and yet they’re totally nailing hippie-style spelt bread, too. And their lemon curd drop biscuit makes me so glad that gluten is a staple of my diet.
Click on the image to hear Heather’s band and add some great music to your day!