Mirador's 15th Birthday
On July 22, 1999, after working several months to prepare, we decided it was as good a time as any to turn the open sign on at our first location on SE Market between 11th and 12th. (Below are two photos of this charming little space.)
We didn’t know what to expect. Would anybody come shop here? How would they find us? Would if be possible to make a living doing this?
About a year later we had a small but enthusiastic following, but realized that in order to really make a living we were going to need a bigger space.
We very fortunately found that our current location, a space we had always admired, was for rent. We moved in several months later and are still here!
Portland's Local Alternative
Since 1999, Mirador has been offering products for the "natural kitchen and home" that are oriented to helping people live more sustainably by encouraging home cooking and food preserving, and supplying natural products for bed, bath, and home. We are proud to be the first store in Portland to focus on food preservation equipment (canning, drying, fermentation, and more), and were a pioneer in the "shop local" movement.
For the kitchen, we carry a full array of cookware, gadgets, small appliances, food preservation tools (some of which we rent out), juicers, grain mills, sprouting equipment, and lots of glassware for food storage. Cooking healthy meals at home helps us lay a foundation for good health.
We offer bamboo and organic cotton towels for the kitchen and bathroom, organic cotton sheets and blankets, cookbooks as well as books on gardening and the outdoors, gift items, hemp bags and wallets, paraffin-free candles, yoga mats and tools, clothes drying equipment, and much more.
Where possible, we carry US made items and Fair Trade products. We offer a wedding registry service as well as video rental and sales.
Use the menu to find out more about what products we carry, as well our gift registry, information about us, and the amazing but true story of our mural.
Mirador was recently awarded the City of Portland's Sustainability at Work Silver Certification. Sustainability at Work Certified businesses are recognized for taking concrete actions to strengthen our economy, community and environment. We started this business in 1999 with these goals in mind and have continued to do our best to support them.
Also check out our other Community Partners.
Mirador has been recognzied in Travel Oregon’s Bike Friendly Business program! We’ve demonstrated our commitment to serving visitors who ride bikes and to providing specific amenities they may need. See RideOregonRide.com for great bicycle resources and more Bike Friendly businesses!