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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
One-of-a-kind merchandise, shopkeepers who still have the Chatty Cathy gene and a nice variety of restaurants (from pizza places to bistros) make Beaumont Village a good place to meet a friend for lunch and a boutique crawl.