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Black Wagon Welcomes Karl Johnson back for more Silhouette sessions!

We’re excited to host Karl Johnson once again at Black Wagon! Be sure to reserve your appointment for Tuesday, March 21st! Silhouettes make amazing gifts for the Holidays and keepsakes, and are perfect for Mother’s Day!

Each portrait is a One-of-a-kind, original work of art. Karl simply looks at each subject and within minutes cuts out their exact likeness in shadow creating a keepsake you will treasure forever!

Karl will be creating hand cut silhouettes by appointment. Each one takes only a minute or two and all ages are welcome – even the squirmy ones! Please reserve your appointment at the following link ~

Karl Johnson Pricing & Framing

Original Silhouette Portraits are $30. Duplicates & framing are also available.

Black Wagon Print Show! with Expressing Holly

Come see dinosaurs live, in person! Enjoy some light happy hour snacks and beverages, plus the full spectrum of Holly Glaspey’s characters up for grabs At Black Wagon. Tuesday, February 7 at 5 PM – 7 PM PST



After working in and loving the Portland design community for more than 10 years, I had my first son and moved to Hood River. From here, I watch the trains go up and down the beautiful Columbia Gorge daily. I’m ever fascinated with the forms, colors, textures, and movement of these trains. I now have two sons; my visual rolodex is entirely consumed with dinosaur, truck and robot motifs. When I sit down to sort it all out, I get these creatures. Now, along with the trains, machinery, kitchen gadgets, electrical components, and farm equipment from my daily life inspires new creatures faster than I can keep up. You can see my latest on instagram: THESCRAPYARD. Thank you.

5th Annual Small Shops, Big Hearts Event

It’s that time of year again! February 11th & 12th the Historic Mississippi Avenue Business Association and Mississippi Ave will be holding the 5th annual Small Shops Big Hearts event. We are super excited about this event and we have tons of great in store events planned all up and down the street:

  • LAND GALLERY will have ‘69 Valentines: A Visual Tribute To The Magnetic Fields’ up.
    SHE BOP will be giving out chocolates.
  • PAXTON GATE is doing a New Deal Distillery tasting and a jewelry trunk show on the 11th. As well as a Honey, Mead & Bee Fest on the 12th.
  • FLUTTER will be hosting Vetiver Designs jewelry trunk show and a Messina Bitters tasting.
    PDXCHANGE is doing a free raffle—win a $25 in store gift card for the winner and their Valentine.
  • VERDE COCINA will be featuring a dessert special from Rawdacious Desserts, a bubbly cranberry cocktail special, and all day happy hour.
  • FLEX & FLOW are doing an Acro Yoga workshop sponsored by Portland Juice Co, with giveaways
  • BLACK WAGON will be hosting a Valentine Pop Up Shop by Leo Valentino with champagne and cookies; proceeds go to the Children’s Cancer Association(CCA)
  • MOLOKO will be serving chocolate martinis!
  • PISTILS NURSERY will be offering 20% off plants with purchase of corresponding planter.
  • GYPSY CHIC 20% off store discount, wine and cookies!
  • OREGON DELI premium craft smoked meat variety packs for the meat lover in your life.

Mississippi Ave Small Shops Big Hearts 2017

Please join us at Black Wagon Valentine’s Day Weekend!

Please join us at Black Wagon Valentine’s Day Weekend! We will be donating 10% of  sales on Valentine’s Day  to The Children’s Cancer Association and it’s My Music Rx Program. We’ve been working with The Children’s Cancer Association for the past few years, creating our “Music Heals” tees to spread the word about and raise funds for this amazing organization and its programs for long term hospitalized kids and their families! We’re really excited about what they do and welcome you to help make a difference in the lives of these kids and families!


Saturday, Feb 11th and Sunday, Feb 12th

Black Wagon will be serving complimentary champagne and cookies all weekend long while you explore new Spring arrivals from Mini Rodini, Native Shoes, Vans and more! Discover the pleasure of shopping and dining Mississippi Ave’s vibrant small businesses! This event is in conjunction with Small Shops, Big Hearts, showcasing the wonderful stores, restaurants and services of our unique N. Portland business district.

Saturday, Feb 11th 10am-4pm8 year old, Leo “Valentino” Cook will be selling hand crafted Valentines to those who are looking for special notes for loved ones and friends. Leo will be donating a percentage of sales to The Childen’s Cancer Associations and its My Music Rx Programs as well.

Tuesday, February 14th, Black Wagon will donate 10% of sales to The Children’s Cancer Association and it’s My Music Rx Program. We’ve been working with The Children’s Cancer Association for the past few years, creating our “Music Heals” tees to spread the word about and raise funds for this amazing organization and its programs for long term hospitalized kids and their families! We’re really excited about what they do and welcome you to help make a difference in the lives of these kids and families!

About Leo

Leo is an imaginative young son of entrepreneurial parents. His youthful exuberance to create and share his love of systems and activities predate his ability to talk.

His first foray into selling Valentines happened when Leo was only 5 years old. Unbeknownst to anyone in his family, Leo carried furniture out onto the street and set up his first ever Valentine’s Day stand, selling handmade Valentines created from recycled materials. His impromptu card stand was a huge success and Leo is excited to bring it back.

His mom, owner of Black Wagon, a children’s boutique in Portland, Oregon, has invited Leo to host his Valentine’s Day Pop Up Shop outside their shop on N. Mississippi Ave.

Leo hopes to make many people happy and is working away to produce enough Valentines for everyone who stops by to visit him on Saturday.

About Children’s Cancer Assocition

Children's Cancer AssociationCCA prescribes joy. For children diagnosed with serious illness and their families, every moment is precious. At CCA, their goal is to transform as many of those moments as possible — with joy. The Children’s Cancer Association didn’t start with a foundation, it started with a family. One who faced its own battle with serious pediatric illness two decades ago in Portland, Oregon. From that experience came a passionate commitment and focus: To deliver the resources, the friendship, and the healing power of music to families facing the same challenges. Unlike many organizations dedicated to the worthy goal of someday finding a cure for cancer, CCA is all about creating joy today.

About MyMusicRx

MyMusicRx, a program of the Children’s Cancer Association, is a one-omymusicrxf-a-kind pediatric music medicine program for kids and teens with cancer and other serious illnesses. Their in-hospital program includes bedside sing-a-longs with trained music specialists, instrument lending, lessons, and live concerts from national recording artists. The program extends online where kids can explore exclusive artist greetings, concerts, digital instruments, and more. MyMusicRx delivers the healing power of music to over 4,700 kids and teens at 19 pediatric hospitals across the country and we are growing. Learn more at #MusicHeals


Portland Supports Small Business Community Thru Winter Weather

Small business is the economic engine for the City of Portland. When our small businesses face challenges it has long lasting reach and impact on our great City.

This 2016-17 Winter Weather has had a significantly negative impact on our small business community. This lack of economic activity drains tax base and curtails further spending with all businesses that provide materials to those businesses, from food vendors and marketing professionals to professional printers and bookkeepers. Even if businesses are able to open their doors, employees are losing hours due to everything from inability to get to work to not enough business to justify their attendance.

We’ve organized a number of small businesses across industries, from retail and restaurant to service businesses to offer 10% discounts on gift certificate purchases made thru January 31st, 2017. It is our hope that the greater Portland Community, who has always been a great lover and supporter of their small business community, enjoys the opportunity to save a little at some of their favorite businesses, while lending a huge support to Portland’s businesses and economy!

Please check with individual businesses as these discounted gift certificates may not be available for use in conjunction with other offers, coupons and discounts.

AND this is just a small list of the amazing list of Portland’s small businesses. Please be sure to celebrate and support all the businesses you can this month and always!

Thank you again!!!
We love our customers!!!