When Cargo’s friend Jimbo contacted us 6 years ago with the idea to start a sister store in Astoria, it didn’t take much convincing. Astoria has everything we love: a rich cultural history, lots of art, and an eclectic mix of the old and new. One of the oldest cities in Oregon, Astoria has a magical landscape. The hills spotted with the gingerbread of Victorian homes overlook the dramatic Astoria-Megler Bridge at the mouth of the Columbia River. Ships pass in and out of the port, seemingly on the same level as the city’s roads, fooling the eye and lending to surreal images of boats floating down the main streets. We thought we’d give you a quick tour of Astoria through the Cargo lens.
We turned a small one bedroom apartment into a cozy den nestled on the second floor of a turn of the century home. Its home to Portland Cargo’s owners and staff when we’re working our display magic at the Astoria store
The living room’s rich red hues complement tribal textiles, Chinese lacquer, and art deco style lamps. In the bedroom, hand-embroidered curtains, ikat textiles, and burmese vessels give an other-landish feeling to this old port town. An Indonesia temple guard deer head complements a contemporary art print.
Cargo’s sister store is 900 sq feet of fun!
Our friend Jimbo's Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro features some of our Indonesian deer heads. One of the best breakfasts on the Oregon Coast! Actually, we eat all of our meals here.
Jimbo just opened Carruthers in a historic downtown building. We ate there at the opening just a few weeks ago. Amazing! These gold leafed Japanese temple carvings in the bar are from Cargo.