A little contest/giveaway thing about awesome coasters

12 Nov 2010

Moontree coasters

This is how quickly fun things can happen in our community – I was catching up on Rebecca's blog the other day, and I spied these awesome New York coasters she makes.

"Wouldn't it be fun," I thought, "if she had a set of these for Portland?"

So I emailed her, and she replied that actually, she'd love to make coasters for other cities, but she wasn't that sure of the proper neighborhood names within those cities.

Moontree coasters 2

And thus, a little participatory contest/giveaway thingy was born! Here's how it works:

Leave a comment here, and nominate your favorite U.S. city to be immortalized in coasters. Be sure to include the names of five recognizable districts in your city. So for example, here in Portland, that might include Downtown, Nob Hill, The Pearl, Hawthorne, and Old Town. (Or, locals, if you disagree, please leave your nominations in the comments!)

Rebecca will produce coaster sets from the three most-voted cities, using your comments to determine the neighborhoods. Everyone who voted for each of the top three cities will be entered in a drawing for a free set of coasters!

You have until noon PST on Wednesday, November 17th. Good Luck!

UPDATE: We have four winning cities: Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, and Chicago! Random drawings are in progress, and winners are getting emailed. More to come...



San Francisco! Sunset, Mission, SoMa, North Beach, Chinatown

this is so utterly richmond! virginia that is.

our neighborhoods: fan district, forest hill, church hill, jackson ward, carytown, west end

for the record, we have too many neighborhoods. we've also got monroe ward, carver, shockoe bottom, and the museum district

i don't even care if i win the coasters! i just want to rep my hood.

Wow, this is going to be a hard decision! Thanks so much to everyone who already entered, so many awesome suggestions... :)

I vote for the OTHER Portland! Old Port, West End, Munjoy Hill, Deering & Stroudwater.

I do love Portland, but I'm voting for my city - Minneapolis: Northeast, Seward, Whittier, Longfellow, Kingfield

What a great idea! Minneapolis.... Whittier, Tangletown, Linden Hills, Loring Park, and Kenwood.

Portland gets our vote, too! And SE Portland, NW Portland, SW Portland, yeah!

Seattle! Capitol Hill, Belltown, Green Lake, University District, Pike Place Market. :)

How about Baltimore, MD? Mt Vernon, Charles Village, Hampden, Federal Hill, Pigtown, Fells Point, Canton, Highlandtown...

New Orleans gets my vote. Bywater, Uptown, Lakeview, Gentilly, Treme

San Francisco: Mission, Excelsior, Soma, Bayview, Castro, FiDi, North Beach, Presidio, Richmond, Sunset

You've got to do a set for L.A.! There are dozens of neighborhoods but five good ones might be Silver Lake, Hollywood, Los Feliz, Mid-Wilshire, and the Valley (though I'm sure other Angelenos would have their own lists).

I think doing one for Napa Valley using some of the winery regions would be totally cool. Even better if printed in wine colors. They'd also appeal to wine lovers everywhere.

My pick for names would be

Spring Mountain

but there are plenty more.

Keep Stitching,

I think there might have to be a portland one for each side of the river. Because when I think of Portland, I think of Sellwood, Alberta, Laurelhurst, Belmont, and Hawthorne.

Long Beach, CA : Downtown, Arts District (or East Village), Belmont Shore, Signal Hill, Bixby

Atlanta! It's not my favorite or current city, but it's the only city where I've spent any time living 'in town', so the coasters would actually have meaning to me.

5 Atlanta n'hoods: Midtown, Buckhead, Virginia Highland, Cabbagetown, Five Points

Columbus, Ohio! (Old Town East, Clintonville, Franklinton, Harrison West, Short North, German Village)

The Loop, Wicker Park, Pilsen, Hyde Park, Wrigleyville

I nominate St. Louis. Forest Park, Soulard, Central West End, The Hill, The Loop

woohoo, Nashville, TN (East Nashville, Green Hills, Inglewood, Antioch, Brentwood, Hermitage, Germantown)

Amazing coasters! Great job

I could see these being a huge hit with Portland! I think you nailed it with the 5 areas.

Oh this is so PITTSBURGH!!! South Side, Oakland, Strip District, West End, Squirrel Hill, ShadySide, Carnegie, Mexican War Streets, North Shore, ...

Pretty Cool... Seattle! My top hoods are Beacon Hill, Downtown, Capitol Hill, Bell Town, Georgetown

I nominate Pittsburgh. It's consistently voted one of the most livable cities in the US. My family has been here for almost 200 years we love it so much! It's also known for having very distinct neighborhoods, each with a very different personality. The five main sections of Pittsburgh are The Golden Triangle (downtown), the Northside, the South Side, the East End and the West End. OK, not the most imaginative names, but we love them anyway! I'm a northsider, in case you're wondering.

Boston! Jamaica Plain, Southie, Roxbury, Beacon Hill, and Dorchester

this is so utterly richmond! virginia that is.

our neighborhoods: fan district, forest hill, church hill, jackson ward, carytown, west end

for the record, we have too many neighborhoods. we've also got monroe ward, carver, shockoe bottom, and the museum district

i don't even care if i win the coasters! i just want to rep my hood.

My vote is for Seattle as well. Capitol Hill, Belltown, Green Lake, University District, Queen Anne

the South Side, Downtown, the Strip District, Station Square, Oakland

Cincinnati- Over the Rhine, Mount Adams, Price Hill, Clifton Heights, Walnut Hills, Mount Healthy, College Hill, Pleasant Ridge

Ooooh, I love type.

San Francisco, hands down.
I'll add it again to the list and include a few of my old neighborhoods.
Haight Ashbury, Russian Hill, North Beach, Marina, Presidio.

I'll go for atlanta too: Aimee's picks are good, but I'd modify
Midtown, Buckhead, Virginia Highland, Little Five Points, Grant Park (or Cabbagetown, or Candler Park)

How about Denver? LoDo (Lower Downtown), NoDo (North of Downtown), Five Points, Wash Park (Washington Park), and Capitol Hill.

I'll vote for Boston as well, but I'd suggest North End, Back Bay, South End, South Boston, and Beacon Hill

I also vote for Portland, but want to add the Brooklyn neighborhood to the list. It is the oldest neighborhood in Portland and you have a template already for it! It's a win-win. Oh, and that's my neighborhood too. : )


The Strip
North Las Vegas

I have to mention Seattle again, but with a different list:
Ballard, Fremont, Queen Anne, Georgetown, Capitol Hill

Houston! Downtown, The Wards, Museum District or Medical Center, Westwood, Clear Lake...There are several you could do

San Francisco SOMA, The Mission, Pacific Heights, The Tenderloin, Hayes Valley

Chicago for me too - The Loop, Wicker Park, Pilsen, Hyde Park, Wrigleyville

Oooh! My favorite city is Chicago.

Magnificent Mile, Wrigleyville, The Loop, Lincoln Park, Near North Side

chicago!! humboldt park, ukrainian village, wicker park, pilsen, logan square


The Highlands
St. Matthews
Old Louisville
Crescent Hill

Another vote for Baltimore! (Neighborhoods would be Hampden, Mt Vernon, Station North, Pigtown, Fells Point...and the Brooklyn coaster could even do double duty!)

Another vote for Portland. I like your list, too, but I would swap Downtown and Old Town (which are right next to each other and the Pearl District, and not that far from Nob Hill) for Alberta and Sellwood to give a better representation of the east side. The wildlife reserve and carnival rides in Oaks Park and the Goodwill outlet off SE 17th make Sellwood a great place to hang out, and Last Thursday at Alberta has such a great variety of crafty entrepreneurs, plus live music, DJs, dancers, and lots of art - and stickers! I love this city so much.

Minneapolis! The Wedge, Powderhorn, Nordeast, Seward, Dinkytown