3725 S.E. Division St., Portland
One of those perfect, unexpected stores that stocks all the things you suddenly must have. Owner and former Parson’s grad/fashion designer Kara Green has created a truly modern, community-based shop. Themed around natural living and self-care, you’ll find an eclectic mix of artisanal, handcrafted goods, from rosewater facial mists to adaptogenic supplements to niche magazines–most of which are sourced from small businesses. Green also offers workshops–tarot card readings and weaving lessons, to name a few–aimed at building community connections.
820 Northwest 23rd Ave, Nob Hill
Just like its drop-dead gorgeous premiere brick-and-mortar store in Venice Beach, the Parachute Portland boutique exemplifies the streamlined brand at its best. Jessica Helgerson Interior Design decorated the space with local artisans and a neutral palette to showcase the company's best-selling bedding, bath, and tabletop collections. The light, clean aesthetic is so welcoming, we can easily spend an entire afternoon here.
Gem Set Love
720 N.W. 23rd Ave., Nob Hill
Home to thousands of pieces of fine vintage, antique, and estate jewelry, Gem Set Love (formerly known as Gilt) has been a destination for collectors and casual shoppers alike throughout its 20-plus years in Northwest Portland. Brides-to-be flock here from around the country for the impressive collection of estate engagement and wedding rings with stunning, well-preserved diamonds and precious stones, as well as bracelets, brooches, necklaces, and earrings, each in hard-to-find, if not totally individual designs. With prices ranging in the low hundreds to the several thousands, there really is something here for every budget. This is a reliable place to bring in your own well-loved jewelry for repairs, too.
1022 W. Burnside St., Downtown
This little shopping arcade, lined with minimalist light wood and marked by rustic beams overhead, actually connects the West End (a.k.a. the Ace Hotel) to the Pearl District (a.k.a. Powell’s) with a few great gems in between. On the far end is the Portland hiking boot staple Danner, alongside Self Edge, a cool-kid shop that sells specialty denim from Japan and other far-flung parts of the world. Walking through, you’ll also find Quin Candy, an artisanal candy shop with Portland-exclusive flavors, and Spruce Apothecary, CANOE’s gorgeous take on a beauty shop—while it’s not exclusively clean lines, they carry some of our favorites, like Ursa Major, Fig + Yarrow, and Coola. There’s also excellent ramen, a cute little bakery, and a really great Steven Alan.
925 N.W. 19th Ave., Nob Hill
Hilariously, this local bike shop made its mark with a bike sock featuring the pattern of Portland’s beloved airport carpet. Their gorgeously designed retail space is home to design-conscious bike gear and apparel, and it also serves as a small gallery space for owner Jeremy Dunn’s eclectic, sports-focused projects. He’s collaborated with local artists on limited-edition athletic wear, and put on quirky exhibitions, like last year’s display of vintage Blazers memorabilia from a friend’s garage.
410 N.W. 14th Ave., Pearl District
This niche Japanese outdoor retailer only has one location in the US, and it should probably come as no surprise that they’ve landed in Portland. Come here for one-of-a-kind outdoor clothing (for both men and women) in modern, urban color-ways and interesting prints. They also have an amazing selection of cooly designed accessories like gas stoves and hatchets.
1005 W. Burnside St., Downtown
Powell’s hardly needs an introduction at this point—the Portland flagship is world’s largest new and used bookstore, with more than one million books inside its walls. The interior is always full of people, but with countless bookshelves to peruse, it's easy to find a quiet reading corner. Definitely take the time to look through the incredible selection of obscure titles and ancient editions in the rare book room.
413 S.W. 10th Ave., Portland
Poler’s quirky camping gear is a far cry from the flannel-themed gear in your dad's ancient camping bin. Their sleeping bags, apparel, tents, and other outdoor gear are all created with an urban (and yes, a little hipster) sensibility that results in loud, fun graphics and genius hacks, like a sleeping bag you can actually unzip at the feet and wear out to the campfire. The Portland flagship is their only brick-and-mortar.
1233 S.W. 10th Ave., Downtown
Stopping at Canoe is practically a requirement of the obligatory stroll through downtown Portland: It occupies prime corner real estate right in the center of town. Inside, you’ll find everything from stunning jewelry, to elegant kitchen goods, to mid-century lighting and tables. There’s also a healthy selection of more light-hearted giftables, like cards, knick-knacks, and coffee table books. Good to know: They offer wedding registries.
Imogene + Willie (Closed)
1306 W. Burnside St., Downtown
When childhood friends-turned-married couple Matt and Carrie Eddmenson brought their warm, inviting Nashville shop to Portland, everything we loved about the original came along with it: from their top-notch selection of jeans, including their own in-house line of American-made Japanese selvedge denim (his and hers), down to the friendly, knowledgeable service and community-centric events. Adding to the Americana ambiance is the wooded interior design, featuring a cedar-lined pine dressing ‘hut’ they blowtorched, sealed, and treated with a Japanese wood-preserving technique.
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