Mirador Community Store
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Mirador offers products for the natural kitchen and home that are geared toward helping people live more sustainably. We are proud to be the first store in Portland to focus on food preservation equipment, and we’re a pioneer in the shop local movement. We also feature a registry for your wedding or commitment ceremony, housewarming or other occasions. Lynn and Steve Hanrahan
Lynn and Steve Hanrahan have backgrounds, respectively, in the music industry and sound engineering, but it was their love of DIY kitchen culture that inspired them to open what they call their "kitchen hardware store." The shop, Lynn Hanrahan says, is about going "back to basics," long before the age of microwaves and TV dinners, when people spent the whole day in the kitchen cooking, canning, fermenting, and preserving, which makes it the go-to source for Portland's industrious, curious, DIY-driven culinary culture.
Regardless of your personal canning season, the experts on food preservation reside at Mirador Community Store all year long and so does the ample selection of canning and fermenting supplies—a specialty of the sustainability boosters. Owner Steve Hanrahan highlights a few unique canning options that promote cleanliness and efficiency: “We carry a canning funnel that fits over the entire jar top, not just inside the jar, so it helps keep jar-filling messes to a minimum.” Another “unusual” item is the Perfect Pickler, “a kit that fits on a wide-mouth canning jar and converts it to a problem-free fermenter due to its airlock,” Hanrahan explains. And, it’s not just for pickles but all sorts of creative canned goods, from pickled eggs and antipasti to salsa and sauerkraut. You can even find some fresh ideas and recipes in Mirador’s “really large collection of preserving books,” Hanrahan adds. Need assistance? The expert staff “can help people get started with preserving by answering questions and suggesting products,” Hanrahan says.
With an incredible selection of items for the home and kitchen, Mirador Community Store is a natural place to register for your wedding, commitment ceremony, housewarming or just because. The process is pretty straightforward: Come in, grab a registration form, clipboard and pen, wander around the shop noting your wants from a wide selection of cooking and preserving gear as well as organic sheets and towels (all popular items according to owner Steve Hanrahan), and then Mirador will make it accessible online as well as have it available in-store. Steve recommends you stop by “to see items as well as ask us questions. Really, the personal touch is what makes everything about the store worthwhile for us.” If you’re shopping for someone else, you can do so online or in person, and if you’re still not sure what to get off the registry or something’s already been bought, purchase a gift certificate instead. Then, when all is said and done, Mirador will even deliver if you live in the area. If not, you can choose to have your items shipped or have them held for a pick up.