We want to thank everyone who sent us comments or expressed their feelings when shopping on our closing. We wish we could answer each of you personally but there are just too many! One of the best things about being here has been all the people we have met. Some of you we have seen for the whole time we've been in business; some of you just found us a month ago, but it's always felt like a community here.
There were two themes that we have heard from you. One, sadness that the store is closing meaning there will not be a place like Mirador to buy your everyday, practical household items. And, two, happiness for us that we are retiring. We can only say that we agree 100% with both of these emotions.
Creating Mirador has been an amazing and rewarding experience but we are very glad to be near the end of the hard work it takes to keep a store like this going.
But to not have this kind of store in our community is a sad thing for us both as the owners and as community members. We keep wondering where we are going to buy our household items from now on. And we will miss all the conversations about politics (from Clinton through Bush, Obama, and, sadly, Trump), the environment, health issues, families, and on and on.
15% Off Everything Sale!
To all of our customers, suppliers, neighbors and friends, we want to announce today that after more than 17 years in business, we are closing Mirador Kitchen & Home. It has been a pleasure for us to offer products that assisted our customers in cooking healthy food, while also offering sustainably produced items for the home. We are both now 65, and looking forward to starting the next phase of our lives. The store has experienced a dramatic drop in sales which we attribute to online shopping, so that too directs us to make this change. We are closing out all the merchandise; everything is now 15% or more off, and the discount will get deeper as we get into February and March; we hope to finish up by the end of March. We extend our most sincere thank you to all of you!
If you have a gift certificate or store credit, please be sure to use it!
We will be open today, Tuesday, January 17, until 4:30, if possible. If it starts to rain we might close earlier so please call before coming over.
Sale items include:
Appliances including Vitamix, Vitaclay, and juicers
Excalibur food dehydrators
Lodge & Finex cast iron
All cookware, including Chantal, and Chef's Design pressure cookers and sizzle pots
Fermenting crocks & supplies
Kombucha & cheese kits
Canning jars, supplies, & books
Coffee & tea equipment & supplies
New Wave & Berkey water filters
Water bottles & supplies
Clothes drying racks
Sale limited to stock on hand
We also still have a few calendars and date books left at 25% off.
Serving the Community Since 1999
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 have a large food-preserving section that includes canning kettles, steam juicers, juicer/strainers, food dehydrators, Ball, Kerr, and Weck jars, canning tools, crocks and other types of fermenting equipment, kombucha kits, cheese kits, books on all aspects of preserving, and more. We also rent some preserving equipment.
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 American- and European-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.
Support Your Local Economy
"There is a very direct relationship between the health of your local community and how much shopping you do online. When stores close down and get boarded up, it's not a coincidence. If you value the integrity of your local high street, don't buy online. If you want boarded up, empty shops near you, do buy online." – David Thorpe, posted at Sustainable Cities Collective.
If you want to do something really great for our local economy, spend your money locally, especially at locally-owned businesses. A locally-owned business takes the money you spend at their business and spends it in turn on other local businesses such as craftspeople and artists, accountants, construction firms, office product companies, grocery stores, clothes stores, lawyers, etc, who then spend their income locally. This multiplier effect makes our whole economy wealthier so that we can afford to keep our roads repaired, our parks maintained, our schools fully funded, our public safety departments efficient, and so on.
When we spend our money at chain stores, less of that money circulates (mostly as wages) because giant corporations use other giant corporations that are almost never locally-based for their business needs.
But the absolute worse place to shop if you want a vibrant local economy is online. Then virtually none of your money stays in the local economy. It's actually better to shop at Walmart than to shop at Amazon as at least Walmart is paying local residents some wages. Shopping online is draining our local economy of uncounted millions of dollars every year (uncounted because no one has investigated the impact online shopping has on local economies).
As always, vote with your dollars!
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.
New Schedule as of January 30
Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 – 5:30
Sunday 11:00 – 5:00
Saving with Supportland
Did you know that for Supportland members there are three ways to save at Mirador?
First, for every $10 you spend at Mirador, we give you a “punch” on your Supportland card (up to ten punches for purchase). When you reach ten punches, we give you a rewards card worth $10 on a successive visit!
Second, if you pay in cash, we reward you with an extra five points.
Third, you can “spend” 200 points that you collected from the Supportland businesses you shopped at, and get a $20 rewards card that you can use whenever you like!
Signing up for Supportland is easy: Just pick up a card at any Supportland business and start collecting points and punches right away (then visit Supportland to register your card). Or download the iPhone app from the App Store, or the Android app from Google Play.