1) Vinideaus is an awesome wine bar. The owner’s Dominique (a native of the South of France) and his American Wife Dianne have created a little slice of the South of France for us to enjoy in Portland. Not a very easy thing to pull off but they have done so in a very organic way.
2) Vinideaus has A/C and Portland is projecting a record all high time temperature high of 108. How about some refreshing chilled white wine?
Sunday Parkways is happening today Sunday July 19th in Northeast Portland. The route is a loop that goes as from NE 17th to NE Ainsworth to NE 47th and hits Alameda. Part of the route will cross NE 42nd Avenue at NE Going, one block from Popina Swim the Portland Swimwear Boutique.
To celebrate Sunday Parkways Popina will offer 20% off for anyone making a purchase who rides on their bike and mentions this blog posting or twitter posting. Be forewarned we do not have a lot of opportunities to lock up bikes yet (we are due to get new bike racks within the next couple of weeks). However my husband Will said that he will be available for look out duty to keep an eye on all bikes parked in front of the shop that can not find a suitable lock up space.
Look for the Popina A-Frame sign that points you to the left when you cross NE 42nd Avenue!
Tri-Met Line #75 is a great north south bus route in Portland. So how about a shout out for the bus line that goes right in front of our Portland Swimwear shop Popina. From Woodstock to Hawthorne through Hollywood all the way to Popina Swim. Some personal highlights of the 75 line starting in Hawthorne:
Popina Swim is an easy 20 minute bus drive from the Hawthorne business district, home of the Bagdad Theater and Dosha Salon. The Bagdad is an awesome historic restoration, owned by McMenamins Portland’s hero’s of preservation served with their home brew a movie and a slice of pizza. If you really want to treat yourself to escape your worries without getting out of town, try getting a massage at Dosha. Their massages are very reasonably priced, be sure to show up early (at least 45 minutes) to enjoy their second floor soaking pool and steam room, it is transporting. As you cruise North out of Hawthorn you will pass Laurelhurst Park which has a beautiful duck pond and lots of room for running your doggie.
Next you will arrive at the Hollywood Transit Center, across the street is Trader Joe’s an awesome new supermarket, adjecent to the Hollywood Transit Center is 24 Hour Fitness, also pretty darn new. 24 Hour Fitness is a brutal process to sign up, sort of like your worst used car nightmare, but once you make it through the process the gym is very nice, the instructors for the classes are great. Huge downside is parking - but if your on the ol’ 75 you get front door service. If you crane your neck towards downtown as you cross Sandy Boulevard you may catch a glimpse of the Hollywood Theater. Where Bagdad shows popular second run movies, The Hollywood shows first run indie flicks, I have seen many movies at the Hollywood and have only been disappointed once by a very flat comedy, anyway, this historic theater was chopped up into three theaters I believe in the 1960’s which is very unfortunate, but the upside is more movie selection. The theater is owned by the not for profit Film Action Oregon which helps promote independent film and education in Oregon.
Then up the Alameda Ridge into the Beaumont Wilshire Neighborhood, if you get off right at the Fremont stop you can get a killer coffee at Ristretto Roasters for some micro brew coffee (they roast their own beans). The other must visit is Jim and Patty’s coffee for some great baking including their unreal calorie busting breakfast sandwiches, try the sausage and egg biscuit the first time you visit then try the bacon and egg the next, if you ever move past the breakfast sandwiches try the pastries then hit 24 hour fitness.
Back on the bus heading north you are almost at your destination Popina. On 42nd Avenue be sure to visit Delphina’s for great freshly baked breads, Roses Ice Cream for homemade ice cream and Rocket Pizza for some awesome pie, all within a block of Popina Swim.
Why not take the bus to Popina, take your time, and enjoy the ride!
Portland Bathing Suit Store? Yes, Popina Swimwear has you covered. Swimwear in Oregon? Isn’t it rainy, yes, that is why we need to get out for vacations. Mexico, Hawaii, the Caribbean, wherever you are headed, it is cruise season and nothing gets you in the mood more for your tropical destination than to transport yourself to Portland’s Bathing Suit Boutique.
Popina features PDX’s largest selection of swimwear for women. Plus Popina has great cover-ups, hats, chemical free sun tan lotions and a great selection of sun glasses. All of our products are offered at a range of prices for people shopping at all price ranges from high end lines like Tommy Bahama to budget (check out our famous $5 bin); we always have a selection of discounted swim suits, we currently have a large selection of bathers at 50% off in the shop.
Popina features large, comfortable, well lighted cabana style dressing rooms and staff that have a swimwear expertise. All of our staff participates in the cutting suits for our own Popina Swimwear line.
Vinideus Wine Bar in NE Portland will be hosting Popina to preview our 2009 swimwear line on Thursday, 10/09/08 at 7pm. This will kick off a three four day celebration to welcome the start to Cruise Season!
Day One Thursday, 10/09/08 at 7pm will feature a bathing suit fashion show at Vinideaus Wine Bar. Vinideus is one of the best kept secrets in Portland, nestled in the Beaumont Village of Northeast Portland next door to the Alameda Brew Pub. There will be five professional models from Murphy Talent Group who will be doing two “looks” a piece. Vinideus is owned by Dominique, a native of the South of France (Aix-en-Provence). Dominique has done amazing job of creating the casual, warm and quaint of the South of France. Below are some preview pictures of designer Pamela Levenson’s 2009 Popina Line.
Day Two, Friday, 10/10/08, kicks off the Huge Cruise Season Kickoff Sale at Popina. All swimwear will be 15-75% off. Purchases over $125 will receive a free pair of A.J. Morgan Sunglasses. Saturday night will be open late, from 5-7pm come in to meet designer Pamela Levenson who will be offering Tropical drinks to get you in the mood!
Portland Fashion Week has been steadily gaining popularity and has helped the Portland Fashion scene develop. Popina participated in the first two years of Portland Fashion Week, this year we will not be showing our Bathing Suit line at Portland Fashion Week but we will be having a huge Cruise Season Kick Off Sale October 10th - 12th to celebrate the return of Portland Fashion Week! All merchandise in the store will be 15%-75% off.
We will also be having our own 2009 Spring Preview event at Vinideus Wine Bar on October 9th at 7:00pm. We will be featuring our new styles and fabrics for the 2009 Swimwear Season with models from Murphy Management. Vinideus is a great place to take in this Fashion event, it is a neighborhood wine shop in the Beumont Wilshire Neighborhood that transports you to the South of France. Owner Dominique is a native to the South of France and has managed to capture the intimate, warm and casual feel of the South of France.
So join Popina Swim for a celebration of Portland Fashion Week with a sale and a Fashion Show!
Trio Subtonic of Portland, Oregon will be playing their fun, funky Jazz at Vinideus in Beaumont Wilshire tonight. Trio Subtonic recently played at the Mt. Hood Jazz festival and features bass, keyboard and drums.
Trio Subtonic makes music to get stuck in, to chew on, and yes, to groove. Simultaneously uplifting and weighted, expansive and collapsing, they reach across genre lines, incorporating melody and meter in an array of styles and controlled improv-isations. Dormant sounds and lush subterranean landscapes unfold; the party begins, and infectious grooves take root.
I first heard Trio Subtonic at Last Thursday on Alberta Street in Northeast Portland. Walking by, I heard a groove that I could not stay away from, then I settled in and stayed for awhile. What a great treat to have them play at my favorite wine bar less than one mile from the Popina Bathing Suit Shop.
For those of you who to not live in the Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood, it is worth the trip to check out a great up and coming Jazz band in an extremely intimate and cool setting at Portland’s best neighborhood wine shop Vinideus - the wine shop is like beaming yourself to the South of France, lots of people try to pull off this feel, Vinideus does it effortlessly.
Chemical Free Sun Tan Lotion is featured at Popina Swim Portland’s Bathing Suit Boutique. All of the sun screens we offer are personally tested by Popina’s Designer, Pamela Levenson who has sensitive skin that is prone to rash in the sun. This discomfort has given Pamela the desire to seek out great chemical free tanning products that provide protection and are skin friendly. The additional benefit of our chemical free lotions is that they are great to use for your tropical trip for snorkeling or scuba diving, our products are safe for sensitive coral ecosystems.
Our featured sun screens are all made in the USA. Absolutely Natural, Badger Balm and Mexitan. We have the widest selection of chemical free sun tan lotions in Portland, Oregon!
Popina Swimwear’s, Portland Swimsuit Shop is proud to carry Sunsets Swimwear. Sunsets is owned by the Stager family and is based in Torrance, California. Designer Kathy Stager has grown her company over the last 10 years and is routinelly featured in National magazines.
At our shop, if you care to do so you can mix and match Sunsets tops or bottoms with Popina, Swim Swim Systems, Le Tarte, L*Space or any of our other many brands. Sunsets greatest strength is their underwire tops, they do a great job of providing support and looking great.
Below is a clip from the Sunset’s Swimwear 2008 line, most of these styles are available in our shop.
Summer never really feels like it has arrived until you can jump in the pool and swim. Right down the street from Popina Swim & Sport is the ultimate community pool, Grant Pool. Grant Pool is open to the public and is adjacent to Grant High School in Northeast Portland. The City of Portland offers swim lessons for children lead by pool lifeguards, many who are Grant High School students. Be sure to check the swim schedule before you go to be sure it is an appropriate time to go for what you are looking to do. Depending on the time of day there is anywhere from 1-6 lanes of lap swimming open if you are looking for a work out. The lanes can get crowded some times and I have definitely experienced some lane range, from swimmers who are either too slow or too fast for others in a shared lane, but if you time it right (a good time to go is close to the end of a lap swimming session) the lanes are less crowded, realistically best you can ever hope for is sharing a lap swimming lane with just one person. My best recommendation is to allow time to chill out in a lounge chair with a book and wait till a lane thins out a bit. It seems like an unwritten law that everyone seems to get the idea to swim at the same time you do, so let them go first!
Every day has the fun party quality of the employee pool hour from Caddyshack where kids can bring their favorite floatation device, participate in a swim lesson, go down the slide and sometimes even jump off the lifeguard chair.
Save some room for a slushy from the concession stand. The opening day for Grant Pool is June 16!
General Admission Fees
$3.25 - age 18 & up
$2.00 - age 3-17
Free - age 2 & under (with parent)