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Old 08-27-2010, 08:00 AM
 
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It is all of the spores, molds & pollens in the PNW. I never had allergies growing up in Portland but when I returned to Portland after 2 years in NYC I developed them. I was 25 at the time & still have them.
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Old 08-28-2010, 01:00 PM
 
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There is a candle shop in North Portland that is owned by former New Orleans residents who also moved after Katrina. They have been very successful. Last Mardi Gras, they had an open house complete with King cake, gumbo and beads. It was their way of saying thanks to the customers who supported them in their first year here.

People who come here with a plan are usually the ones who succeed.
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Old 08-28-2010, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Trying to get out of Glendale into a REAL town.
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There is a candle shop in North Portland that is owned by former New Orleans residents who also moved after Katrina. They have been very successful. Last Mardi Gras, they had an open house complete with King cake, gumbo and beads. It was their way of saying thanks to the customers who supported them in their first year here.

People who come here with a plan are usually the ones who succeed.
That's awesome! I plan to look them up when we get there.

We have a "Mardi Gras Tree" with lots of beads and masks and doubloons as well as the lights. It's beautiful. We miss the parades. Ya'll don't know how to throw a parade up here! LOL
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Old 08-28-2010, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Cleveland Heights OH
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That's awesome! I plan to look them up when we get there.

We have a "Mardi Gras Tree" with lots of beads and masks and doubloons as well as the lights. It's beautiful. We miss the parades. Ya'll don't know how to throw a parade up here! LOL
I hope this isn't against board rules but here is the URL of the shop.

Their website talks about their experience moving to Portland from New Orleans after Katrina.

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Old 08-28-2010, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Trying to get out of Glendale into a REAL town.
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Thank you!
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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There is a candle shop in North Portland that is owned by former New Orleans residents who also moved after Katrina. They have been very successful. Last Mardi Gras, they had an open house complete with King cake, gumbo and beads. It was their way of saying thanks to the customers who supported them in their first year here.

People who come here with a plan are usually the ones who succeed.

Ah, yes, I know them, too! Her father owns a candle and botanical shop in New Orleans and we decided to visit the place when we were there last year.

To the OP, I've met a fair amount of people from NOLA, some that were post-Katrina, others weren't. Some couldn't adapt (weather, culture), others did and love it. I think you've done your homework and are ready.

Welcome.
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Old 08-29-2010, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Trying to get out of Glendale into a REAL town.
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Thanks for the welcome. I was, indeed, born in New Orleans, but lived most of my life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. And that's where I was when Katrina wiped everything out.

S.A.D. does affect me pretty badly. I am planning on treating it this year with light therapy, exercise and possibly herbs. As for culture shock, I think the liberal climate here in Oregon suits me and mine MUCH better than ultra conservative Mississippi, where I never did fit in. We love it here already and can't wait until we find a way to make it further north.
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