In case you weren’t having enough feelings this week, how about we pile some more news on? The local retail apocalypse continues after a year of loss that included closures from longtime shops like Mabel & Zora, Physical Element, and Johnny Sole. And now, because 2016 just won’t stop kicking us, three more local shops are set to say adieu.
Parallel boutique, once in the Pearl and now part of the West End hub, will close after nine years of providing chic womenswear, with friendly owner Tez Hartney always on hand to help a customer from head to toe. The current stock is already discounted to 30 percent, with progressively deeper discounts as items clean out. Hartney’s note to her long-time customers? “It has been wonderful to work with all of you ladies over the years. You have touched me dearly and inspired me on a daily basis. I will miss seeing you but I know that, in a city like Portland, our paths are sure to cross.”
Also affecting the Southwest side of town is the closure of Billygoat Vintage. The downtown shop carrying an impressive array of sassy vintage pieces and accessories will close its doors at the end of November. Everything is 50 percent off.
Finally, in a bitter blow to the design community, after 30 years of providing fabrics and notions in the name of fashion, Rose City Textiles will cease to exist on December 15. The total liquidation is underway with yards and yards of technical fabrics, waterproof materials, and everything you need to make DIY sweatshirts slashed to half off. With an impressively knowledgeable staff that can inform you on the scientific properties of each material, this is the last chance to buy and learn.
As Portland’s landscape continues to shift and grow, this rash of closures also provides customers an important reminder: local businesses can only make it through the change if you patronize them. Get out there.