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During the midst of the late-aughts economic breakdown, empty storefronts dotted downtown like gravestone markers of the retail world. Seizing it as an opportunity, the Portland Business Alliance offered those empty spaces to would-be shop owners for pennies. (Literally—some spaces were $1.) The program wisely turned those sad spots into a holiday attraction. Now in its sixth year, the Pop Up Shop program has been incredibly successful becoming a launch pad for now beloved permanent spaces like Crafty Wonderland, Boys Fort and Bridge and Burn.

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Nifty gifts from Stubborn Stiles.

Now that the ol’ economy is healing from its deep wounds, empty shop spaces downtown are scarce. Turning its sights to Old Town/Chinatown, the PBA turned four vacant spaces into cute spaces filled to the brim with colorful gifts. Open now through Christmas Eve the shops are:

Located at 438 NW Broadway and 341 NW Fifth Avenue, hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11–7 pm, Sunday 12–5 pm, and closed on Mondays. Omiyage has special hours: Wednesday through Friday 11–6 pm, and Saturday–Sunday 12–5 pm. 

 

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