You may have noticed that things seem a bit spicier along SE Division St. lately. That’s partly due to two southern-inspired businesses that have recently opened. Pat Marken and Tausha Lell, co-owners of the iconic vintage gift shop Euphoria in Lafayette, LA, closed their doors after 16-plus years in business to parlay themselves into the great Northwest.

Breezing into town in November 2011, they’ve planted themselves along the ever changing landscape of SE Division. Pat, opening her Ragin’ Cajun Gumbo cart in January of this year, has already been serving up the heat to great reviews from popular food bloggers like Portland Food Cart Adventures and Food Carts Portland. Her authentic Cajun flare is the perfect spice compliment to the A LA CARTS food pavilion located on the corner of SE Division at 50th. Flavorful menu items like sweet heat cabbage, T-Belle potatoes and, of course, mouthwatering gumbo makes this food cart a favorite. Chicken Lafayette, her specialty Saturday dish, is worth kneeling on rice for.

Following your nose down Division St., you’ll find Tausha serving up her own style of southern “scentsations." ReBelle’s, a down home Louisiana boutique, specializes in custom perfumery, vintage collections and creative design works. Located at 3611 SE Division, ReBelle’s is a plethora of delights, housing both Louisiana and Oregon artisans. Silver jewelry, fragrant Japanese incense, classic vintage clothing and a fully loaded perfumery bar create a luxurious “laissez-faire” atmosphere. The weekend wine socials also bring in that southern charm factor. Truly the south has risen again; all the way up from Lafayette, LA and it brings peace, love and gumbo with it.