Nadine, owner of Topanien Global Gifts
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Tasting the Maracuya Fruit

APRIL QUOTE “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson “It is the slimy consistency and look of fish eggs that turned me off but the taste – very sweet and delicious,” – Nadine, owner of Topanien Global Gifts about trying […]

Accent Pillows - Top Dog Pillow
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Top Dogs – Pillows!

Celebrated Dutch designer and illustrator, Peter Horjus, brings us a delightful collection of accent pillows for dog lovers. Peter captures the playful spirit of the various dog breeds in his simple illustrations, with witty expressions to accompany them. Accent Pillows at Topanien Global Gifts >>> http://topanien.com/product-category/accent-throw-pillows/

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November Quote – change

“There are two mistakes one can make along the road… …not going all the way, and not starting.” -Buddha Change is inevitable and as the owner of a small business I try to maintain Topanien Global Gifts fresh and invigorated. Our current big change or ‘start’ is our new website. I knew that we could […]

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Topanien Staff Sharing Noodles

We choose noodles for our shared dinner get-together. Topanien Global Gift’s staff enjoys dinner and goofing around at the Mongolian Grill. “It is important to share downtime with each other when we are not under the pressure of work,” says Topanien Global Gifts owner Nadine Lefkowitz.

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Citizens of One World – Topanien Global Gifts

Nadine, owner of Topanien Global Gifts with the manager, Chloe. Working together they give us a multicultural gift store with clever treasures from around the world. “Gifts, Home Décor and Accessories that will make you smile and hopefully, remind you that we are all citizens of one world.” say these two smiling gals. Topanien Global […]

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Barfboro – Campaign Visits Multnomah Village

The Annual Multnomah Day was celebrated this August with the parade, live entertainment, music, yummy food, warm sunshine, lots of neighbors and a bit of learning thrown in. The Barfboro Mobile and No-Cigarette Man joined us with a strong anti-smoking message as they rolled and marched through the Village and past Topanien Global Gifts. Glad […]

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Deer Park Monastery – breathe

Nadine, owner of Topanien Global Gifts, takes a break from work with her husband at a Deer Park Monastery retreat. “We spend a lot of time in walking meditation, quiet, no cell phone, no computer, lots of outdoor time and rest.” says Nadine “I leave Topanien Global Gifts in the very capable hands of our […]

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Oaxaca & the Torpedo Balloon

You can’t stop yourself from tearing after the ‘torpedo balloons’ in the zocalo of Oaxaca, Mexico. Everyone is popping them off and chasing them round. Look up, look out and watch them fly. Buy one for a few pesos and join the fun. – Nadine, owner of Topanien Global Gifts on a buying trip in […]

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Oaxaca, Mexico – Womens Shoes

I can’t wear high heals at home and I sure can’t travel in a pair. Mexican woman put me to shame. In a pair of old running shoes or, even if I splurge on a pair of new white ‘tennis’ tennis shoes, I can’t hold a candle to the well shod feet of the Mexican […]

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Close Encounters in Oaxaca, Mexico

It seems everyone’s got their arms around someone in Oaxaca, Mexico and I’m here all alone. Hmm? What do I do in do in a situation like this? Gotta find someone to kiss. -Nadine, owner of Topanien Global Gifts on a 16 day buying trip in Mexico (photo top left)

Artisan Updates

Alebrijes de Oaxaca

Joaquin, Laura and extended family have been creating alebrijes for Topanien Global Gifts for over ten years now and are still going strong. An annual visit by Nadine, owner of Topanien Global Gifts, along with supplemental orders by e-mail keep Topanien stocked with these new and exciting creatures of Oaxaca, Mexico. Boxes of new alebrijes […]

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Oaxaca – All About Chocolate

“The chocolate of Oaxaca is chocolate with a bit of spice. It will totally activate your taste buds. Have fun and try them all but my favorite is the Mexican Chocolate with a touch of cinnamon.” -Nadine, owner of Topanien Global Gifts on a buying trip for her store Topanien Global Gifts.

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Multnomah Village – Hard Hat Promo

Renovation crew is putting in a swale. And, while our little street is coming along, local businesses are offering ‘Renovation Promos’ on Wednesdays. Topanien Global Gifts is getting ours put together for this week. Find out more tomorrow… or, you can cheat: Topanien Global Gifts – Events & Activism

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Buddha Board – Art After Work

Stop in at Topanien Global Gifts for a little art after work. Paint your masterpiece. Print your word. Dabble with calligraphy. Buddha Boards encourage us to experiment, enjoy and let go as our artwork evaporates and returns again to a clean slate.

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Businesses Open – Multnomah Village

Multnomah Village Storm Water Project is in full swing. The City is building facilities to manage stormwater runoff along SW Capitol Highway between SW 35th and SW 36th avenues. And, they are giving us wider sidewalks, safer traffic control, trees and -cleaner water. Businesses are open. Renovation workers are courteous and helpful so come on […]

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Consider Meditation

Conservation Banner – offers a meditation on the beautiful, delicate balance that sustains life on Earth. Each 15 inch square or 24 inch long banner offers a meditation on some aspect of our life to encourage us to slow down and reflect. Meditation banners can be used indoors and outdoors and are perfect focal points […]

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Spring Scarves Spring Weather?

Nadine, owner of Topanien Global Gifts, thinks of Spring as she chooses how to wear a new Spring Scarf with long sleeves and a turleneck to ward off the continued Oregon cold. “We have to believe in Spring and, if we are true Oregonians, we have to live Spring.” -Nadine, Topanien Global Gifts

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Multnomah Village Renovation – on Schedule

Topanien Global Gifts is hanging in there while renovations happen all around us. There are always at least 10 parking spots on our block but we encourage you to park at the lower Multnomah Art Center lot or on side streets around the Village if you are able to walk. The workers are being very […]

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Business Like Usual

Multnomah Village is open for business. Use signs and detour walkways to navigate your way around our street while the city is beautifying Multnomah Village and improving conditions for better water quality in our neighborhood. Business owners and staff have their spirits up as customers continue their strong support and shop local through the upheaval […]

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Here Comes the Sun

We look forward to and revel in the first days of Spring Sunshine; pulling out short sleeve shirts, dresses and flipflops before it has even stopped raining. Well, for those days when it seems Spring may have forgotten us Topanien Global Gifts shares with you our wonderful line of sun-filled home decor and gifts.

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Hard Hat Promo

GET READY! New sidewalks, new trees, benches… Coming to Multnomah Village! We are going to be under renovation from mid March through June. We urge you to please shop locally. It is exciting but a little hard on your family owned local businesses. Please lend us your support during this time of upheaval. All stores OPEN […]

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Hiroshige – Owl on Pine

Famous Japanese artist Hiroshige created the woodblock for The Brown Owl on a Pine Branch print in 1832. We were impressed by the reproduction on this mini Book Box we are now offering at Topanien Global Gifts and wished to share it.

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Fair Trade Holiday

Kids choose fairly traded gifts for the holidays. A fairly traded African Basket is made by artisans earning a living wage. Inspirational Banners with quotes by notables such as Gandhi offer lessons. And there are those items perfect for dad, like a simple Book Box. -http://www.topanien.com/

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Dec Quote

May we lift the boundaries that seperate us and live in peace. – No author was with this quote that I found for December but it was so relavent that I went with it anyway.  -Nadine, owner of Topanien Global Gifts

Mexico Shrine
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Mexico in Color

Holidays in Mexico always seem to go on for days and the Day of the Dead is following this pattern.  Thought the celebrations finished the day I arrived, yesterday.  But no,  banks are all closed through Monday! Yikes! Had a little mini heart attack when I discovered this but with some searching, found a wonderful […]

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October First Friday – Chilly Weather Wear

Enjoying these final warm days but anticipating the chill soon to come, Topanien Global Gifts has stocked up on new Hats, Gloves, Scarves and Jackets.  We will be showing them off on First Friday, 10/5 from 6 to 9:00 p.m. 7832 SW Capitol Hwy.  Portland, OR (503)244-9683. And – don’t miss our unique selection of Halloween wear and decor!

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End of Summer Celebration – September First Friday

Celebrate the end of Summer in Multnomah Village for First Friday, 9/7, 6-9:00 p.m.  Topanien Global Gifts will give you a sidewalk sale with select outdoor items, Ceramic Tiles, Angel Ornaments, Angel Frames and colorful metal art and mirrors all 75% off and indoor items, a smattering of almost everything we carry, 49% off.  See our end of summer […]

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Multnomah Days Street Fair – Sat., Aug 18

Sat., Aug 18 line-up: 8:00 – 11:00 Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at Key Bank 10:00 – The ‘biggest little’ parade in the city of Portland 11:00 – Sidewalk Sale – be sure to check us out at Topanien Global Gifts Event will also include street-lined with crafts, refreshments & art and, live entertainment, wine & beer garden, […]

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African Baskets – Bolga Baskets

Farmers of Ghana African have connected with a farmer in Portland, Oregon to offer us these sturdy, attractive and useful  African Baskets. The farmers and their families weave the baskets during their off-season in order to supplement their farm income. Everyone benefits. Purchase baskets that support your fine tastes as well as your values. [slideshow]

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African Baskets – Bolga Baskets

Farmers of Ghana African have connected with a farmer in Portland, Oregon to offer us these sturdy, attractive and useful  African Baskets. The farmers and their families weave the baskets during their off-season in order to supplement their farm income. Everyone benefits. Purchase baskets that support your fine tastes as well as your values.

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“Traveling… forces you…

“Traveling… forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home… You are constantly off balance.” -Cesare Pavese

Adventure is all about being at least a bit ‘off balance.’ http://www.topanien.com

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Friend from Iran

Looking at the world from a new perspective with Reza, new friend from of all places – Iran. Thank you for your fresh, inspiring and positive outlook Reza! – Nadine, Topanien Global Gifts

No Woman No Cry, A Christy Turlington Burns Documentary
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No Women, No Cry – A Maternal Healthcare Event, May 10

Multnomah Village Women owned businesses present: No Women, No Cry A Maternal Health Crisis – Approximately, 1000 women die each day from complications during pregnancy or childbirth. Nearly all maternal deaths and disabilities could be prevented. Date:  Thursday, May 10, 2012, 6-9:00 pm Location:  O’Connor’s Vault, 7850 SW Capitol Hwy. Ptld, OR Cost: FREE Music: […]

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Frannie Friend Angel

Unleash your heart and give it to a friend. Follow your spirit and go where it may lead. Share the love. ANGEL PINS SHIPPING FROM Topanien Global Gifts Fairly traded from Thailand. Artisans of our ‘womens lapel pins’ make a living wage and work in humane conditions.

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Fair Trade Chocolate this Valentine’s Day

RAISE THE BAR – First Friday Event – Feb 2012 We learned about the plight of children indentured to the chocolate industry and signed a petition encouraging Hershey to stop vacillating and to take a stand against child labor in the chocolate industry.  Plus, everyone enjoyed a piece of fairly traded rich dark Chocolate. This Valentine’s Day […]