McMinnville I

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Do you speed through McMinnville every time you drive to Yamhill County’s wine country or head for the coast on 99W? Next time, stop the car and explore downtown McMinnville. You’ll discover you’ve been missing a lot when you ignored that HISTORIC TOWN CENTER sign with the arrow pointing in the direction you weren’t going, but should’ve been! When you peruse the shops on pedestrian-friendly N.E. Third St., you’ll start empty-handed, but you’ll soon want several extra hands to carry all your goodies from wine and chocolate to artwork and, of course, that perfect piece of jewelry for your hard-to-shop-for sister!

S.E. DIVISION ST. III

First, B.L.T. yourself, and then continue on your S.E. Division St. trek to Old Portland Hardware & Architectural, Urban Flora, Langlitz Leathers, Tropical Salvage and Fleur de Lis.

S.E. DIVISION ST. II

From hand-designed furniture to TOHO seed beads and a stained-glass creation, continue your S.E. Division expedition in style with Ease, Beads at Dusti Creek, Longfellow’s Books & Periodicals, Larry’s Lighting Repair and David Schlicker Stained Glass Studio.

DOWNTOWN PORTLAND I

If the extent of your downtown Portland shopping is picking up your family’s pharmaceuticals at the drugstore nearest your office, duck into some of Portland’s most unique shops during your next long lunch. From Native American artifacts to Belgian linens to skull buttons from Germany, you’ll find great stuff from around the world without ever leaving the city.

DOWNTOWN PORTLAND III

All the pretty dresses, treats for taste buds and some of that Amsterdam vibe that everybody loves. Also, places to stay fueled to keep up your energy level while cruising around downtown.

N.E. ALBERTA ST.

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If you’re up for an afternoon that will net you a great little summer dress and a chance to meet’n’greet a handful of chatty shop owners, head to this Northeast Portland enclave of bohemian boutiques. The gentrified blocks are filled with a mix of twentysomethings and young families, and great places in which to find a gardenialike paper-shaded chandelier or a vibrant bolt or two of Japanese fabric.

 

SHOP PORTLAND GREEN

Image We’ve scoured Portland to find the latest shops that’ve gone green! Everything you need­—or desire—can be found with sustainability in mind. The eco-conscious have hung out their shingles all over town in converted warehouses, turn-of-the-century homes, and even old Maytag repair shops. From the reclaimed to the local, from the handmade to the sustainable, here are some of our new favorite places!

 

SHOP HOOD RIVER

Image Where to head now that the rain has let up and the sun is tempting you to indulge in an afternoon of
“me, me, me!” time?
Tell the office you’re taking care of some long-put-off dental work, then drive the “This is What Norway Must Look Like!” expressway (a.k.a. I-84) and spend three or four hours shopping in Hood River, Ore.
You’ll have an all-day smile when you return to your desk—promise!

 

SHOP LOWER BURNSIDE

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Seedy motels and a nonexistent street scene used to define this inner east gateway to downtown Portland, but the transformation of a former Travel Lodge into the hipster The Jupiter Hotel has helped turn this district into a worthy shopping outpost.

 

SHOP NORTHWEST PORTLAND

Image There’s more to exploring Northwest Portland than shopping up and down the bustling N.W. 23rd and N.W. 21st avenues. North and south of Thurman St., when the vibe starts to go industrial, the pickings become more one-of-a-kind. Here are some of our favorite shops to explore after you tire of the national chains’ outposts and the hipster boutiques.