Portland >Flying Cat Coffee Co
A cozy spot for a chai latte and catching up on your reading, there's also a patio table or two for catching warm weather day rays. It's standard fare, but the mellow atmosphere, lack of crowds, and friendly service make it a relaxing respite from other super swarmed Division St. coffee spots when you aren't in the mood to be around lots of other people.
Cozy coffee shop with a character of an owner. Not the biggest selection of baked goods but tasty and service reasonably fast. Outdoor seating and great location. I'd recommend it.
No such number, no such zone. Unfortunately this place is closed... if you go looking for yarn or their signature drinks, you are going to be disappointed. It closed last year.
Great for drop-in knitting, awful for special orders.
I've been to Mabel's many times. I like their little cafe a lot, and their yarn selection, while small is well-thought-out.
Unfortunately, they are awful at special orders. I happened upon a yarn for my friend's wedding sweater. They didn't have enough to complete the sweater, but they said that a special order would be "no problem" and that they'd call me in a week, when they expected it to come in.
Two weeks later, when I had half of the sweater knit, and needed the rest of the yarn, I called to find out if my yarn had come in and they said, "Well, our owner just had a baby. We haven't ordered the yarn yet, but we're probably going to get to it this week. We'll call you when it comes in, it should be here by Friday."
I wait another week. No phone call. So I call back to hear, "Well we haven't ordered it. If you need it urgently, I guess you could check around at other stores..."
People, I wouldn't have bought the yarn and knit half a sweater if I didn't think that Mabel's would have any problems ordering more of the yarn.
The fact that they just couldn't be bothered to get around to ordering it, well, it smacked of people running a little yarn store like a hobby instead of a business.
And yes, I get that the owner had a baby. That means that she had 9 months to teach her employees how to special order yarn in her absence.
So, stop by, get a latte, maybe get some in-stock yarn, but don't depend on these ladies to do what they say they're going to do.
Cozy atmosphere and friendly staff. On my way home from work one evening, I stopped by Mabel's to get a few skeins for a last-minute project and wished I didn't have to be elsewhere at the time--I wanted to stay and knit over a cup of cocoa! The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and the staff very helpful. Their selection of yarn isn't huge, but it's more reasonably priced than I've seen elsewhere. I definitely plan to return, and stay a while.
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