Welcoming Spring to Stars

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With small bursts of clear blue sky and golden sun peering through, buds and flowers give hope to rebirth. Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too have bouquets of brilliant color bursting open everywhere you turn.

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Gather your seeds, sit outside and enjoy the birdsong, and get ready for the snowdrops, scilla, and hyacinth to line the path to your door!

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From fabrics, vintage hats, enamel wall hangings, and bold paintings, floral motifs embellish all mediums. Whether you choose one or many, floral decor freshens up a room and creates a cheerful welcome.

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Porcelain service, ceramics, Roseville pottery, and lattice patterned planters are ways to bring form, function, and florals into our home.

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Fresh flowers and brilliant arrangements can be found in the front window displays just inside the doors at all three stores.

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Enjoy the change of season; it is well deserved following a snow filled winter! Brighten up your day, surprise a good friend, send a lovely gift to an unsuspecting loved one!

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Flowers in any form will always bring a smile. Stop in to smell the roses, our doors are open everyday from 11-6 to view the floral gardens of all things vintage. SHOP SMART. SHOP STARS.

Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

You can also find us on Stars on Facebook and @StarsPDX on Instagram!

Bye Bye Summer

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With the close of August and the cooling temperatures it’s time to say so long to summer and hello to fall. Labor Day weekend marks the start of our End of Summer Sale at Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too. The sidewalks will be filled with deals on all variety of items. From outdoor furnishings and garden to new fall furnishings everything will be on sale!

Grab your walking boots and cross state lines; this sale is the mother lode. All three stores will offer discounts of 10-50% off and the savings will astound you!

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Fill your cupboards and pantries, hang art on your walls, and change out the color schemes throughout your home and office as we merge with cooler temperatures and shorter days.

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Find great deals on vintage toys, textiles, garden goods, ephemera, and bric-a-brac on every aisle.

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Four days of savings gives you plenty of opportunity to shop for must-have items as well as gifts for friends and family and something special for you.

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Join us Friday through Monday, September 2nd through September 5th from 11AM to 6PM each day at all three shops. Bring your friends and find a great restaurant in the neighborhood to energize yourself and shop until you drop!

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Thanks as always for your continued patronage! Many Stars dealers will be in the stores and out on the sidewalks — we look forward to helping you find everything on your list! SHOP SMART. SHOP STARS.

Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

You can also find us on Stars on Facebook and @StarsPDX on Instagram!

Big Bang

Here’s to Independence Day and a nice warm start to the summer! Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too have everything you’ll need as you celebrate the three day weekend! To help out with all those last minute needs our doors are open from 11am-5pm on Monday, the 4th of July and regular hours (11am to 6pm) the rest of the week and weekend.

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Our dealers have filled their booths with wonderful, patriotic vignettes of all things red, white, and blue. Come check out the outdoor chairs, pillows, and quilts!

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We’ve got ‘stars and stripes’ tableware and plates to mix and match for a festive gathering.

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With American flags of all sizes and vintage and contemporary holiday decor the Stars’ stores will make shopping and decorating a breeze.

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Personalize your porch with hanging banners and miniature flags. Make swags at the doorways from vintage pot holders. Take patterned quilts and throw over the existing chairs on the porch or deck for a quick update; once the party starts place the quilts on the ground out back for informal seating of small groups as the fireworks start.

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Think outside the box when it comes to utilizing these pieces. Jay Hill Paintings can be out on the back cedar fence for the day as a grand backdrop; centerpieces can be wooden spools, vintage games in the colors of the day, and even a mix of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls!

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Make the folks back home proud! Celebrate in style, give back to your community, and have a relaxing day with family and friends as you count your blessings and honor Old Glory .

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Happy Fourth Everyone! Thanks for your continued patronage! SHOP SMART. SHOP STARS.

Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

You can also find us on Stars on Facebook and @StarsPDX on Instagram!

New Year, New View

Here at Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too we celebrate another year with thoughts and comments from our shoppers as we enter into 2016.

Life imitates art and art imitates life and sometimes it’s difficult to know which we are witnessing.

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All things in life aren’t black and white; there are areas of grey matter that we should consider.

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Even a common object holds beauty if we choose to see it.

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To be one of many isn’t necessarily the best for all; some need to be individual, to be bright and vibrant.

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Living simply requires that basic needs be met.

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Age and experience add character and beauty.

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A good life should be in balance.

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We should have respect for one another and celebrate our differences.

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If we look closely, beauty can be found in everything that surrounds us.

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Even those that are broken and shattered hold a beauty of their own.

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Certain things in life are best repeated.

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Create a haven for matters of the heart and meditate on these things daily.

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It’s a wonderful life. Enjoy the journey!

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Happy New Year. Thank you for your loyalty and patronage. We look forward to seeing you throughout the coming year! Open daily from 11AM to 6PM daily and we are open regular hours on New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve! SHOP SMART. SHOP STARS.

Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

You can also find us on Stars on Facebook and @StarsPDX on Instagram!

Resolutions and a Big Stars Vintage Sale

January has brought with it a wealth of change and opportunity. Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too vintage dealers have been busy bringing in fresh, new merchandise in preparation to purge the old at the annual STARS FAMOUS HAGGLE SALE which runs Friday, January 16 through Monday, January 19. Open daily from 11AM to 6PM! This sale is one of my favorites because I love to haggle, clear my space of older pieces, and check off one resolution — a new look for a new year!

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It’s easy to sit back and contemplate change, but better to achieve it. Halfway into January 2015, we tend to lose sight of any resolutions made for the New Year. We have good intentions, but our daily life can interrupt and play havoc on any hope for true change.

Set your clock a bit earlier and you’ll be amazed at what can be achieved in a short amount of time. You may even wake up to the neighbor’s chickens’ morning banter.

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Start putting more fresh fruits and vegetables out in bowls and on platters. This is not only a colorful centerpiece, but a healthy snack.

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Cut back on sugar and salt in your diet!

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Hide the sweets away! Temptations are easy to pass up when they are not visible.

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Start a collection of vintage cookbooks from Stars and search out healthier meals and menus!

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Share those meals with old friends and new by scheduling gatherings throughout the year.

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Make time for fresh air and exercise. Take up a new sport or get more proficient at an old one. Shopping at any of the Stars stores burns many calories! The hunt and gather, stretching to reach something up high and squatting to check out what’s in the baskets along the floor — all great exercise.

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Reach out to an acquaintance by writing a letter with a vintage typewriter. Find classic stationery and envelopes as you shop with the Stars team to personalize the look!

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Tell someone you love them. Vintage Valentines are in store now.

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Take time for yourself.

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Take a personal holiday.

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Finish unfinished projects…

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… and start saving for new ones.

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Get organized at home — especially the kitchen! We have metal bins and cubbies of all shapes and sizes, industrial carts and tables, and wall mounts for your coats, bags and more.

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Get creative by recycling found items. Don’t have the time or patience? Find it as you shop at Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too. We have a wealth of dealers who create one-of-a-kind pieces from fabric, metal, wood, shells, and more.

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Take time to curl up under a lovely quilt and read a book or plan this spring’s flower garden.

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Experience art.

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Remember to take time to laugh and be silly.

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Get better in touch with yourself, know your body and it’s limitations. Then work to feel great at the close of each day by what you have accomplished.

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Happy January, everyone. Thank you for your continued patronage to our stores! Remember to join us this Friday, January 16th as we open our doors at 11AM for the STARS FAMOUS HAGGLE SALE. All three stores are overflowing with great items for your home, office, studio and, of course, gifts for friends. The sale runs through Monday, January 19th.

Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

You can also find us on Stars on Facebook and @StarsPDX on Instagram!

Shop and Play

It’s Labor Day and the infamous STARS End of Summer Sale at Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too is in full swing at our shops known to have the best antiques and vintage in Portland.

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We’re open, on sale, and ready for you to shop until you drop.

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Don’t sit around debating whether you should shop or not. The clock is ticking, the savings are great and this is the final day to save! Get up and come on out to the sidewalks and the stores in Westmoreland.

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The sidewalks are filled with treasures from your favorite dealers!

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From pottery and an assortment of vintage letters used in advertising, to Hawaiian shirts and great vintage picnic baskets complete with service, you’re sure to find something that makes you smile!

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The stores are packed with new fall offerings, and everyone is offering a discount!

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The best part; you can shop all three stores from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and still get to the coast to watch the sun go down. Shop and play, now that’s a good day!

Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

And find us on Stars on Facebook & Instagram @StarsPDX!

Time Flies

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I recently celebrated my 55th birthday and it surprised me how quickly the last year passed. I know to many that I’m still a youngster, but to many more I’m probably viewed as old!! I see so many things at Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too that I remember from my youth.

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Growing up in the Midwest, I longed for a pair of fancy cowboy boots with all the curves and topstitching defining every edge.

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I couldn’t help but grimace when I ran across this macrame shoulder bag at Stars Too. Not that I don’t love this bag, but somewhere upstairs in my closet, covered in dust, I have a navy blue purse that I started to ‘knot’ in the fifth grade. It really is almost done — I just have to tie off all the threads at the base. Truly!

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Who out there remembers the fashionable granny squares in these bold color palettes? We not only had the throws made by grandma, but the vests and sweaters too.

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I’m in the stores virtually every Saturday — a shopping day for many families. I love when I hear children comment and ask their parents “What is that?”

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“You grew up with a typewriter? How does it work? Where’s the mouse? How do you hit send?”

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“Grandma and Grandma made butter from scratch? Why didn’t they just go to the store?”

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Walking through the stores I smiled as I viewed the changing times and laughed to myself as I saw this popular schoolyard chant from when I was a young girl!

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The original function and purpose of an item is not necessarily why we invest in it today as a collectible piece.

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Sometimes we purchase an item that takes us back in time to a simpler life.

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Sometimes the item is simply for the vernacular statement.

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Most often, it is a collectible that will be displayed and cherished even if it is never to be used! Come shop with us daily from 11am to 6pm. Find your favorite pieces from your youth as you view the displays at all three Stars shops!

Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

And find us on Stars on Facebook & Instagram @StarsPDX!

Around the World in a Day

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We have this event in our neighborhood called Passport. I am old enough to remember the days of traveling when your passport was stamped at each and every country. And you dressed up when you flew. Shirt, tie, suit coat and even the shoes were shined brightly when I boarded that plane for Europe. It was a badge of honor to have stamps in your passport from all of the countries you visited.

Five years ago, my good friend Debbe from Tilde in Sellwood came up with this awesome event to promote her business and her surrounding neighbors too. We in Westmoreland came on board in year four. Each year this event seems to have a rebirth and emerges as one of our most popular neighborhood happenings.

The concept is fairly simple. You take your Passport (which you can obtain at Stars) visit as many of the participating businesses you would like and get a stamp in your Passport. You can either get the minimum necessary for entering the contest for some amazing prizes (we will get to that in just a bit) or you can go whole hog and see how many businesses you can get to in a day. Oh yes, there are quite a few people that do this whole hog routine each year.

The whole point of this event is to expose our neighborhood customers to businesses that they may never have visited before. I took on this challenge last year, going to as many places as I could during the day. Frankly, I was proud of myself. If you have ever walked in either of the neighborhoods you are aware of the distances. So practical shoes are necessary.

What I found out from “doing the Passport experience” was that I was pretty clueless as to all the various goods and services in my own neighborhood. I have lived in Sellwood for 20 years and have had a business in Westmoreland for 21 years. Where have I been? When did that shop move in? It was a great experience and I will do it again. I was pleased to see the amazing diversity of my neighborhoods. One more year has gone by. Quite a few new folks have moved into the hood with their new businesses. It’s time to explore.

The businesses that participate in The Passport Event are quite generous with their donations. You can win some down right fabulous gifts. All that information is on the Sellwood Westmoreland website. A weekend at The Resort at the Mountain is not too shabby in my book.

Get your Passport booklet, map out your strategy and travel the world. The world of Sellwood Westmoreland that is. We just might see each other along the way. Just look for someone in sensible shoes.

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be sure and eat. need to keep up your strength

ok, it can drive you a bit crazy

Let’s Shop

It has been quite a weekend with the mega Summer Palmer Wirfs Antiques & Collectibles Show out at Expo and the Stars On Sale Summer Event. Expo brings in thousands of customers to the Portland area three times a year but the Summer edition is the BIG ONE. If the amount of buying is any indication of the health of the economy, we are on the road to recovery. Buyers were opening up their wallets and spending. They want a deal of course but shoppers were willing to spend for what they wanted.

Amid all of this shopping frenzy, I was able to do some shopping of my own. I really just tagged along with our Let’s Shop shopper who does the Let’s Shop weekly shopping column on our website. If you haven’t taken the time to check this out, you should.

Wearing dark sunglasses so no one could see what we were persuing, I had a shopping lesson with a pro. You will have to check out Let’s Shop this week for the Let’s Shop shopper’s choices but here are some of the tasty morsels that I found this weekend.

where to use them? I like them in a row

my love affair with vintage fabric continues

it's summer and I am drawn to white things

the coolest folkart doggie I have ever seen

these paper lanterns have just the right degree of decay

what can I say, I love these religious icons

the evil sisters of cinderella?

I have never met a chair that I didn't fall in love with

world travel each time you look at this graphic map

Taking my cue from the Let’s Shop shopper, I looked everything over with a critical eye. But what I really learned from this shopping experience was, Let’s Shop and Let’s have FUN!!! And I did.

Partying at The Parker

My idea of partying was having breakfast at The Parker in Palm Springs. The Parker is the go to hotel for some of the current “stars” that make their way to Palm Springs these days. It gets pretty busy with star wattage during the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January of each year.

While we were excited about eating at The Parker, my real reason for going was to see the interior design done by Jonathan Adler. Mr. Adler made a name for himself with his unique and sexy ceramics. That springboard brought him name recognition in design circles. Thus the gig at The Parker.

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Being in Palm Springs the epicenter of mid century interiors and architecture, it only made sense for someone, someday to do a hotel. The Parker is it. There are plenty of others in the mid century mode around the city but I wanted to see what Mr Adler had done.

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So the three of us, Darwin, our friend Tammy and myself pull up to the front doors of The Parker in our road weary junking van. Three weeks of bugs and road dirt do not make for a stylish entrance. But I have to say the parking valet did not raise his eyebrows when we pulled up. I was watching him. Watching him very closely.

Our hunger was overcoming my curiosity so we made tracks for Norma’s the breakfast restaurant at The Parker. When seated on the outdoor patio with the breakfast menu in hand, we surveyed our dining companions to assess if any or all were some kind of celebrity. They were all young, all hip, all chic, half our age but not a celeb among them. So let’s eat.

What a breakfast we all had. Eggs bennie on artichoke hearts, another eggs benedict but served on a pancake, eggs scrambled with a generous pile of bacon, a complimentary fruit smoothie for each of us and on each of our plates, the most wonderful small round roasted potatoes I have ever tasted. I know,” where are the photos of the food?” Sheepishly I must admit that our beautiful breakfasts were just about consumed before I even thought about this photo op.

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Our tummies quite full, we made our way through the extensive gardens along paths that wound lazily through this large complex. I had enough of the nature walk and made for Jonathan and his lobby.

I was not disappointed. I would describe the decor as organic mid century. Plenty of interesting accessories, objects and the necessary furniture to suggest mid century but not shout it. I loved the colors and if someplace makes me smile, they have my vote. After a couple of tours around the lobby investigating and photographing we smiled at the hotel counter staff who eyed us like visiting paparazzi. Called for our car and drove off with a contented feeling of pleasure. Cute small roasted potatoes can do that to you.