Shopping in Portland is a great way to burn
off those inevitable calories you’ve racked
up while enjoying all the great food and
drink. Portland offers a diverse range of retail
options, from high-end, well-known chains,
to the locally-made and bizarre. Downtown
Portland has an array of big names likes Nordstrom, Apple, and Louis Vuitton, and it’s easy
to hit them all in the one-square mile of small,
city blocks. The Pearl, just a few blocks northwest of Downtown Portland offers boutique
shopping, as well as favorites like Anthropol-ogie, Title Nine, and Patagonia.
The Portland Saturday Market is the place
to buy hand-made souvenirs and trinkets, every Saturday and Sunday along
the downtown waterfront. It’s the largest
arts and crafts fair in the United States, so
you’re sure to find something unique.
Once upon a time, Portland was a lumber
town. When the city was developed, the
stumps of the abundant trees that had to
be cleared were left in the city, and people
would jump from stump to stump when it
rained, earning the city yet another nickname — “Stumptown.”
Lumber no longer dominates the Portland
economy, which has since become a hotbed
of activity for tech startups, with a long
standing history of high tech industries.
Portland has become a more affordable
alternative to San Francisco and Seattle,
and many entrepreneurs are building a
vibrant and accessible tech scene here.
About 5% of people working in Portland
are employed in the General Medical and
Surgical Hospital industries, making it the
most prevalent employment sector.
Portland International Airport, or PDX,
is a short drive from most of the city, and
easily accessible by public transportation,
making it simple to commute in and out
of Portland for business. In 2015, Portland International Airport was ranked
the No. 1 domestic airport in a survey of
readers of Travel + Leisure magazine for
the third year in row, and locals will brag
that it can’t be beat.
WELCOME TO STUMPTOWN
Frequently topping lists of best places to
live, Portland is a city that people love to
talk about. But to really grasp the unique
charm of this place, you have to walk its
streets, eat its food, drinks its beer, escape
its boundaries for outdoor adventures, and
get lost in all that Portland has to offer.
Residents have the opportunity to dig even
deeper, experiencing the tight-knit commu-
nities that make this city so livable and
So bring your bike, your energy, your appetite, and your smiles. The Greater Portland
area always has room for more people who
will become passionate about calling this
region home. If you’re about to become
one of them, welcome to Portland! l