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Lodekka in Portland

February 4, 2011

So, this women loses her job and has the genius idea to turn a double decker bus into a vintage shop. Really? Sounds like a lady that I want to know!

Lodekka in Portland

Lodekka in Portland

Lodekka in Portland

Lodekka in Portland

Lodekka in Portland

Lodekka in Portland

Lodekka in Portland

Lodekka is a restored British double decker bus (a 1965 Bristol Lodekka, hence the store name) that was transformed into a vintage dress shop and photographed by the talented Leela Cyd Ross who happens to be a great photographer AND a writer for Apartment Therapy’s Kitchn site. Located in northeast Portland, Oregon the owner, Erin Sutherland, has created quite a unique and lovely shopping experience for those looking for their next party dress or some sparkly shoes. This whole concept makes me happy, a great space and a women who is so creative and just goes for it. Yay to Erin Sutherland!

Psst: Like jazz music? Erin is also part of a band – The Stolen Sweets. What a talented lady!

Thank you Leela for writing to me to share this gem of a shop!

(images: Leela Cyd Ross)


  • Reply Emily February 4, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Oh me oh my. I am going to Portland at the end of this month to visit my best friend and I am totally going to have to find this bus and visit. Totally amazing, thank you for sharing this!

  • Reply frauheuberg February 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Oh,wow…how cool is this…;)…love to be there for some shopping…really true a very talented and creative lady. Thanks for sharing this. It makes me smile and give me the best mood for a wonderful colorful happy weekend…hope yours will great, too…cheers an hugs…i…

  • Reply Tania February 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    wow – this is such a great idea, thanks for sharing!

  • Reply shari February 4, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Talk about turning a negative into a super-positive!!! Kudos to Erin! I think the bus is fabulous, and if I get myself back over to the west coast again, I’m going to find her bus, too, and do a little shopping!!

  • Reply aa February 4, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    ah! that’s so inspiring – good for her!

  • Reply Anna February 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Soooo cool! If the bus ever needs a new owner…… ;-)

  • Reply sara kate February 4, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Oh my goodness! I seem to be hearing so many stories lately of people losing their jobs, and in turn they are following the passions. I am so thrilled to see this post- it is absolutely lovely.

  • Reply Arianna February 4, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    This is so cool and I love Happy Stories! I love it how she change her life around and did something out of the ordinary – such a cool concept! would love to shop there :)

  • Reply Tamara, Bella Boho February 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Love it!

  • Reply Jen B February 4, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    I’m in a band with Erin (Lodekka’s conductress), and I can speak to her creativity and resourcefulness. This girl knows how to make lemonade out of lemons, lemme tell ya. Any self-respecting Portland gal needs to get her butt down to Lodekka right away. But be warned: your money will JUMP out of your wallet. I have to limit my purchases to 3 per visit. Thankfully, her prices are so reasonable that even a self-employed musician can afford to shop there. Viva Erin!

  • Reply Katie Truelove February 4, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    What a beautiful space and a great idea:):) Hoping to visit Portland this year so I’ll have to keep an eye out…

  • Reply Vanessa Elizabeth @ Ruffled Rose February 4, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    This is too cool! Totally adding this to my list of ‘must sees’ next time I”m in Portland.

  • Reply Brigitte February 4, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Get OUT! Best idea ever.

  • Reply Jenny February 5, 2011 at 12:23 am

    How fun! I love to see people creatively doing what they love.

  • Reply Shell February 5, 2011 at 1:51 am

    This about one of the most creative ideas I have ever seen!! Amazing what we can do when we let go and just be.

    • Reply decor8 February 5, 2011 at 2:16 am

      @Shell – You are so right! xo

  • Reply Erin Sutherland February 5, 2011 at 3:40 am

    Thanks for the lovely post! Aren’t Leela’s photos fabulous!? :)

    Erin (of Lodekka)

  • Reply Snarky's Machine February 6, 2011 at 3:59 am

    This is fantastic. Yay for Erin. This is a great inspiration for those of us who are not quite at the realization part of our own dreams. Thanks :)

  • Reply Tisha February 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    By the looks of how much fun she’s having, I’d say Lodekka is a much better occupation!

  • Reply juliette crane February 7, 2011 at 2:47 am

    i LOVE those red shoes! and what a fabulous idea! and some AMAZING photos too!

  • Reply Rocio Rincon February 7, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    What a brilliant idea! Her shop looks fabulous, I wish I could go see it!
    Thks for sharing! xoxo ?

    Rocio R.

  • Reply Gabrielle Beretta February 7, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    This is brilliant. Seriously…seriously brilliant. My day=made.

  • Reply Juliana Fox February 8, 2011 at 2:56 am

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Lisa Barrett February 8, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Ooooh SQUEEEEE L.O.V.E this, how gorgeous! Wishing I could see it in person. Thank you so much for sharing this with us xx

  • Reply Mallie February 8, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    How awesome! Reading this made my heart warm :) Thanks a mil for sharing!

  • Reply Ashley February 25, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    How amazing! Oh my goodness, I want to visit right this second!

  • Reply alix*galexiegirl March 13, 2011 at 5:06 am

    the best thing i’ve seen in FOREVER. wow!

  • Reply Nelda February 22, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Her shop looks fabulous!

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