You’re more of a limited edition, one-of-kind, or “I discovered this designer,” kind of
shopper. You love finding that special some-thing tucked away in a tiny boutique or thrift
shop. You relish the idea of putting things
together in new and unexpected ways. Your
discerning sense of style and passion for
fashion exploration make the Portland street
shopping scene the perfect place for you to get
your shop on!
Portland’s compact, easy access downtown
is user-friendly (alpha and number organized streets anyone?) and oh-so-walkable.
It also features everything from upscale
retail to niche boutiques, theater, dining,
movies, art, music, and so much more.
1010 SW Morrison Street
Portland, OR 97205; 503-223-1282
Located conveniently on the MAX light rail
line just steps from the Galleria/SW 10th Ave
Station, in the heart of Portland’s bustling
downtown, the mantra is chic but affordable
at this locally-owned clothing store. SaySay
Boutique specializes in local and independent designers and Made in the USA goods,
carrying everything an in-the-know Stumptown fashionista must-have, from vintage-look
dresses and skirts, to bold print tops and
outwear, to handmade and recycled jewelry,
hats, socks, leggings, purses and bags.
UPTOWN/NOB HILL/NW 23RD
This Craftsman and Victorian-lined, narrow
street of NW 23rd in the Uptown/Nob Hill
neighborhood, is an easy-stroll shopping
district chock-full of locally-owned trendy
boutiques, artsy finds, and top area restaurants like Papa Hayden and Mio Sushi.
738 NW 23rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97210; 503-222-6666
Now, with three locations in Portland
THE PEARL DISTRICT
(NW 23rd, Hawthorne, and Mississippi)
this locally owned and operated women’s
boutique carries nationally recognized
brands, as well as several smaller labels and
strives to offer a variety of styles to reach
women of any age. The staff here can not
only help you put together a great look,
but they can show you a variety of ways
in which to wear the same piece to keep it
fresh. The original flagship store, recently
expanded to include a stand-alone sister
store, PlaTform (728 NW 23rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97210; 503-224-1228), a shoe
and accessory boutique.
The former-industrial-now-tony Pearl
District caters to Portland’s most
discerning tastes and is home to some
of its premiere art galleries, home design
showrooms, the famous Powell’s Books,
Portland Center Stage at the Armory, and
the new Holsteins Shakes & Buns.
40 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209; 503-224-0122
This space serves as a gallery, displaying the
best that Portland’s makers have to offer.
The store opened November 2014 with 40
vendors, and now offers items from 220
makers. These items range from furniture
and art to clothing and accessories, and from
local beer and wine to cast-iron skillets and
candles. There’s even a hammock for sale, if
you’re so inclined.
Situated on SE Belmont Street in the Sunnyside neighborhood, and bordered by both
the Laurelhurst and Mount Tabor neighborhoods, this hipster haven is a mecca for
beardos and yoga moms alike.
3300 SE Belmont
Portland OR 97214; 503-235-0078
Noun is not a clothing boutique but
rather an everything-you-never-knew-you-needed type boutique — or as the store’s
tagline cleverly states, “a person's place
for things.” This southeast shop is a treasure hunter’s treasure with serious finds
for the aesthetically minded to be found in
every nook. Self-described as “equal parts
Wild Fang / Photo courtesy of Travel Portland