N. Mississippi Avenue Sights and Events
Mississippi Studios, housed in a renovated church, has been hosting well-curated live music since 2003. The building also includes Bar Bar, a burger-and-cocktail lounge with a mostly covered patio. 3939 N. Mississippi Ave.
The neighborhood's eclecticism fits Paxton Gate and its artfully displayed fossils, taxidermy, animal bones, and offbeat art. The shop, which feels like a hands-on natural history museum, hosts family-friendly events such as regular bug-pinning classes. 4204 N. Mississippi Ave.
N. Mississippi Avenue Shopping
Shake things up at the Meadow, which boasts one of the best selections of salt in the world. Try the black-truffle Italian sea salt or a version harvested from the deep-sea trenches of Japan. Additional items for sale include books, flowers, gourmet chocolate, and a staggering assortment of handmade cocktail bitters. 3731 N. Mississippi Ave.
Nostalgic gift shop Flutter amounts to a visual catalog of Portland’s quirks. Look for vintage postcards, cocktail accessories, and perhaps also your new favorite party frock. 3948 N. Mississippi Ave.
Pick up a stylish gift for your favorite kid at Black Wagon. Think scooters screen-printed onto canvas bags, Chewbacca socks, and Andy Warhol coloring books. 3964 N. Mississippi Ave.