Karuna Contemplative Living, 1725 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Forty percent of Portlanders say they are religiously unaffiliated and in a city brimming with yoga studios and meditation groups, there seems to be an immense interest in seeking meaning through these ancient traditions. Karuna owner, Anandi Gefroh, hopes to encourage the “mindfulness movement”. Meditation is taught in schools, prisons, the military and even corporations. In healthcare, meditation is often used to treat cases of PTSD among Iraq war veterans. The Shambhala Prison program has taught meditation programs at the state penitentiary in Salem for the past 8 years. The Karuna store sells meditation cushions too and as a trained meditation instructor with more than 20 years experience, Anandi guides customers to the best seat for their individual needs. 971.299.0565 or www.karunastore.com
The Hair Bar 47 sign recently went up at 4716 SE Belmont. Long time stylist and new owner/manager Kelsi Morrison bought Absolutely You Salon from the previous owner in 2014 and has been quietly making changes to be ready to debut her new Salon featuring more natural color products. For an appointment, call 503.235.4944 or hairbar47.com for prices and information.
Harmony on Hawthorne Gifts and Gallery, 3623 SE Hawthorne Blvd., is a sensory symphony for the soul. In a colorful, clean space, find carefully-curated crafts like locally-produced cigar box guitars and organic hemp aprons, or New Mexican clay cookware. Spirited artwork by talented sisters Mara Friedman and Karen Russo grace the walls. Pure incense, metaphysical guides, organic body care, and apparel abound. 503.235.3607, harmonypdx.com.