- Elizabeth Mikutowicz -
Do you remember that scene from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves where Robinhood's arch nemesis, the Sheriff of Nottingham, spirals down a stone staircase into the dungeonous bowels of his castle to consort with his conspiring witchy friend, Mortianna? There were spells whispered, animal specimens, and bubbling concoctions. It was both creepy and fascinating, repulsive and wildly attractive.
Have you ever wished that place really existed? Well it does! And there's one in San Francisco and Portland!
Okay, to be fair it's the more sophisticated yet fun cousin to Mortianna's layer. And instead of kind-of repulsive it's just straight up beautiful. The requisite bones, skulls, and taxidermy animals are present, as well as an array of magical talismans. Exotic looking plants lines the walls, along with a fascinating array of literature, and you can find gorgeous jewelry to adorn your body too.
If you haven't already guessed, I'm talking about Paxton Gate. This shop holds a special place in our hearts for two big reasons, well actually three. First, as lovers of the natural world and the many wonders found within our natural world, this store speaks to us (and makes us drool over every.single.piece). Second, as you can imagine, at Birds N Bones we have a big need for bones, skulls, and the like. Not only does Paxton Gate have a kick ass collection of bones, but their skeletal offerings are ethically sourced so we (and you) can rest easy in knowing that. Lastly, and this is a big time proud mama moment for us, you can purchase Birds N Bones jewelry from Paxton Gate Portland! How often is it, that you can source a raw element from a store, and then sell the finished product back to that store!? Talk about full circle!
If you don't have the luxury of personally visiting Paxton Gate at their San Francisco or Portland location, you can check them out and shop online here.