Warm Up on a Cold Day at These Local Businesses

As we head into March, the latest bout of cold weather is a reminder that winter is still going strong. However, that is no reason to stay at home. Portlanders are no stranger to braving the elements. Taking a stroll around your favorite neighborhood can be quite pleasant if you are prepared. Many neighborhood businesses have adapted to life outdoors with warm drinks, toasty patios and hot winter styles. If you are looking to warm up on a cold day, these small businesses can help:

  • Alberta: The annual Heart of Darkness Imperial Stout Fest is back at Imperial Bottleshop this Saturday, 2/26. Enjoy a slew of sultry stouts from breweries across the state.
  • Beaumont: Swing by Blackbird Wine Shop for a glass of wine and a snack under their outdoor heaters or cozy indoor fireplace. They have a very knowledgeable staff who can guide you to the perfect wine. 
  • Belmont: Hot tea never fails to chase away the rainy day blues. Try a new variety at The Leaf Room, which carries over 200 teas, herbs, and spices. 
  • Foster: Looking for a tropical getaway to escape the cold? Look no further than Da Hui Bar and Grill! Authentic Hawaiian eats are paired with luscious island drinks in Foster Road’s urban Tiki hideaway.
  • Gateway: March 1st is Jet Black Coffee’s 5th anniversary! Jet Black Coffee is a vegan coffeehouse featuring excellent coffee and delicious locally made vegan treats.
  • Lents: Seek refuge from the cold with a hot cup of coffee at Refuge Coffee House. Try the pour-over Ethiopian blend. It will warm your heart and soul. 
  • Lloyd: Barganza Tea started at the Portland farmer’s market in 2003, and since then, has expanded to serve their bubble tea beverage across the Northwest.
  • Midway: Visit Ace Hardware for firewood, pellets, propane, work gloves, and hats when you need to stay warm this week. You can also visit the good folks at Wild Brewz for your favorite coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.
  • Montavilla: For children’s winter gear, Beanstalk Children’s Resale has a variety of kids’ gloves, boots, hats, and more.
  • Soul District: Book sauna time at Loyly day spa and get a good sweat going during even the coldest days. 
  • St. Johns: Keep your feet dry with a pair of waterproof boots from Rom Shoes. It might be too chilly for a motorcycle ride, but you can still talk bikes over hot beverages with the good folks at Two Stroke Coffee.
  • Williams District: Warm up with a hot stone massage at Hand & Stone and be sure to check out their aromatherapy options to enhance your experience. Grab a steaming latte or a cup of Tanglewood chai at Either/Or Cafe.
  • Woodstock: Why not try making your own cozy winter socks, gloves and scarves? Starlight Knitting Society has a carefully curated selection of yarns for every crafter.

This list is non-exhaustive. There are plenty of other options for staying warm while you venture out this winter. Show us your favorite businesses for braving the cold on Instagram and Facebook. If you are a Portlander in need of warm shelter, please visit Multnomah County’s Care for When It’s Cold Website.