Shop Hop

7 Must-Hit Shops on SE Division

The Southeast Portland dining destination is now a must-shop strip, with vintage scavenger hunts, occult tomes, and sequined minidresses.

By Eden Dawn May 22, 2018 Published in the June 2018 issue of Portland Monthly

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Field Trip

1. Citizen Ruth

Wife duo Cara Centko and Jenn Lazar—whose popular jewelry line Voz flaunts goods like stamped “Do Epic Shit” bracelets—opened their first retail space in April, complete with a Warholesque Ruth Bader Ginsberg on the wall. Need a watermelon-shaped fanny pack or socks sporting Divine’s face? This feminist-line-focused shop has got you covered. 3070 SE Division St

2. Maripoll

Owned by two gents with fashion photography and styling backgrounds, the eight-month-old shop is a gathering of smaller lines from across the country you may not see anywhere else in town, from Valfre to Camp Collection. The eclectic mix of crushed velvet jumpers, striped culottes, and sequined dresses is delightful and surprisingly affordable. 3080 SE Division St

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From left: Citizen Ruth, Maripoll, Shop Adorn

Image: Michael Novak

3. Shop Adorn/Gild

Portland’s largest local boutique chain—now with four locations—sells easy-to-wear flowy caftans, silk pants, and minimalist shift dresses from cult favorites like Prairie Underground and Splendid. Next door, Adorn’s shoe offspring, Gild, helps complete any look with crisscross yellow leather sandals or dusty-pink mules. 3366 & 3370 SE Division St

4. Secret Forest

The dark, cozy rooms of Secret Forest are equal parts IRL hobbit house, Da Vinci Code set, and gothic library. Tumble down a rabbit hole of metaphysics books, tarot interpretations, and animal spirit guides in a series of chambers, each no bigger than a closet. It’s like no bookstore you’ve been to in town...or anywhere, for that matter. 3561 SE Division St

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From left: Secret Forest, Fumerie, Village Merchants

5. Fumerie

A place for people who think they hate perfume. That choking chemical cloud that envelops you as you pass a mall counter doesn’t exist here. Owner Tracy Tsefalas has 25 years of industry experience, and describes scents the way a sommelier holds forth on a fantastic rosé. Sidle up to the bar and slip away into a haze of citrus, woody, or marine small-batch fragrances. 3584 SE Division St

6. Field Trip (pictured top)

Both a workshop space and retail front, Field Trip has expansive offerings. Sign up for one-day classes—postpartum self-care to making macramé plant hangers—inside this sunny shop lined with geometric shelves or, during retail hours, snag Saint Olio oils, marigold-colored mugs, and hand-screened totes. 3725 SE Division St

7. Village Merchants

For 20 years this shop has sucked up weekend afternoons with hours and hours of vintage hunting. Roam two stories and a patio packed to the rafters with furniture, potential prom dresses, ornamental baskets, funky jewelry, and shelves of cookware. Got stuff to sell? They also consign your best old goods. 4035 SE Division St

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