Great Little Shops 2019

The Ultimate Portland Shopping Cheat Sheet

Where to get the goods in each quadrant of the city

Edited by Eden Dawn By Portland Monthly Staff November 26, 2019 Published in the December 2019 issue of Portland Monthly


Twist The creations of 70-odd independent high-end jewelry designers each score their own little case at this wild Nob Hill stalwart, which makes it easy to zero in on the bijouterie that matches any one of your moods. 30 NW 23rd Pl

The Meadow If there’s a cozier place for an immersion in craft chocolate bars (literally hundreds of them), cocktail bitters, and flavored salts than Mark Bitterman’s little food kingdom, we haven’t found it. 805 NW 23rd Ave, 

Kat & Maouche Didn’t know rug stores were hip? You haven’t been to Chinatown’s Kat & Maouche, where vintage Moroccan rugs reign supreme—equally worthy to hang on a wall as they are to grace the floor. 33 NW Fourth Ave

Cielo Home For 18 years and counting, owners Matthew Boyes and Frederic Koeleman have flaunted an urbane mix of elegant furnishings, decorative objects, and indulgent gifts that celebrate a joyfully eclectic approach to life. 528 NW 12th Ave

The Yo! Store In 2015, fans of Yo Vintage mourned when the cute shop, helmed by stylish Brit Sarah Radcliffe, lost its lease. But she’s returned with a new location and revamped concept, adding adorable European kids’ lines to vintage womenswear and cute accessories. 935 NW 19th Ave

Folly Nearly half of the womenswear dresses and lingerie at this boutique are made by owner Sarah Bibb on-site. The other half? Streamlined, ready-to-wear, made-in-America finds. 1005 NW 16th Ave

Gem Set Love Paula Bixel’s eye-popping assembly of antique diamond rings, sparkling brooches, silver pendants, and ruby-encrusted gold hoop earrings is so strong a lure, be careful you don’t smash your face against the display glass. 720 NW 23rd Ave

Betsy & Iya If there were a Portland uniform, Betsy & Iya would provide the requisite brass rings, earrings, and bridge-inspired cuffs—all created in its chic combo workshop/retail space. 1777 NW 24th Ave


Boys Fort Plaid iPhone cases, “Dad” aprons, wooden boxes adorned with old Ford Fairlane labels, woodsy fragrances, and wall art crafted from salvaged wooden yardsticks and tools. 1001 SW Morrison St

Portland Outdoor Store This iconic spot turned 100 this year and still carries its trusty cotton, wool, leather, and down clothing, hawking standbys like Levi Strauss & Co, Pendleton, and Woolrich, along with cowboy hats and boots aplenty. 304 SW Third Ave 

Wildfang The now national brand, which fomented a feminist fashion revolution with its iconic “Wild Feminist” collection and suits for badasses, all began in Portland. 404 SW 10th Ave,

Mario’s This hallowed local luxury brand retailer specializes in exclusive collections of designer and contemporary threads for men and women from Brunello Cucinelli to Ermenegildo Zegna—all delivered with impeccable, old-school customer service. 833 SW Broadway

North of West An airy design-driven mercantile with a focus on the house’s own hand-printed clothing line for kids and women along with mod bags, jewelry, and tea towels. 203 SW Ninth Ave

West End Select Shop Focused on ambitious emerging designers from around the world, score sleek local leather Ara handbags, Barcelona’s wonderfully eccentric Paloma Wool, and Japanese facial puffs here. 927 SW Oak St, 

Tender Loving Empire A Portland-centric record label, clothing, and home store with a variety of handmade crafts, jewelry, and tchotchkes from local makers, plus Stumptown-born music from both the TLE label and others. 412 SW 10th Ave (and other locations)

Woonwinkel Abstract earrings, a geometric copper chair that’s equal parts art and furniture, and a whole row of decorative pineapple sculpture all await at this sunny Scandinavian-style shop. 935 SW Washington St

The Cakery Come for the custom cakes, stay for the city’s best selection of dreamy porcelain cake stands, practical-yet-stylish aprons, and sturdy rolling pins. 6306 SW Capitol Hwy


Adorn This locally owned mini-chain boasts four locations packed with sharp brands like soft dresses from Prairie Underground, Frye boots, and jeans from Mother. 4120 NE Fremont St

Amelia A sunny indie shop with racks aplenty of everyday women’s clothing, jewelry, and body products with an emphasizes on USA-made items and a house line that’s sized from XS to 2X. 2230 NE Alberta St

Grayling Crane your neck around the cash wrap to watch the Grayling crew assemble stylish nickel-free convertible jewelry right on-site. (You gotta see it to understand.) 1609 NE Alberta St

Palace Mohair sweaters, epic socks, vintage Issey Miyake, and a rainbow of fermentation-related cooking gear. Psst: visit Palace’s amazing, ever-changing collection frequently. Fans snap up pieces fast. 2205 E Burnside St

Red Sail A dream come true for lovers of bobbles and bits—this is your spot for geometric couch throws, cute jungle plant coasters, and a cool collar necklace. In summary, buy gifts here. 1723 NE Alberta St


Flutter Cast-iron horse head bottle openers and a vintage suitcase? Check, check. A wind-up singing birdcage, seductive small-batch perfumes, and maybe a book on African American fashion from the 1940s to the present? Check to all that and so much more at this beloved, eclectic spot. 3948 N Mississippi Ave

Mantel This Kenton shop is heaven for ceramics lovers; it’s devoted to independent clay artists creating all manner of pretty things—avant-garde vases to colorful mugs to glazed corked bottles. 8202 N Denver Ave

Another Read Through A welcoming spot chock-full of used books—fiction to mystery to memoir to kids’ reads—lovingly curated by ever-present owner Elisa. It’s a neighborhood hub for readings and book discussions, with a mission to give back to the community. 3932 N Mississippi Ave

Ink & Peat Perfectly sourced by owner Pam Zsori, this home and floral design store stocks fluffy throws, hand-mixed perfume, gourmet chocolate, and even huggable concrete garden deer. 3808 N Williams Ave

Pistils Nursery An adventurous selection of plants for inner city gardens, plus expert chicken advice, first-rate landscape design and installation services, and makings for oh-so-chic terrariums. 3811 N Mississippi Ave

Land Gallery Part gift shop, part art gallery, this outgrowth of indie shopping website Buy Olympia lets you ogle goods from 100-plus Northwest artists. 3925 N Mississippi Ave

Paxton Gate Ethically sourced stuffed javelina heads to dried pufferfish, plus framed insects, science kits, jewelry, and plants—this modish, taxidermy-obsessed lair has got your predilection covered. 4204 N Mississippi Ave

Rōm Shoes Tucked just off the St. Johns main drag, Euro-centric Rom Shoes might pick its brands based on worker-friendly and sustainable business practices, but the resulting collection is all about comfort, construction, and color. 7419 N Burlington Ave


Urbanite Looking to spend money on cool plants? Or, say, a home bar made out of a Bangkok tuk-tuk? This enormous SE Portland home store is packed with antique and modern furnishings you didn’t know you needed. 1005 SE Grand Ave

Altar Is Altar known more for its dark Bohemian vibe, killer house line of easy-to-wear women’s pieces in straight and plus sizes, or their huge assortment of indie jewelry? Who can say, but it’s all worth the trip. 3279 SE Hawthorne Blvd

Foster Outdoor Foster-Powell’s fast-expanding neighborhood boulevard now has a proper outdoors store. Next Adventure alums Mike Turner and Sarah Wagener stock everything from the latest tech to barely-used consignment gems like Xcel wetsuits and Wolverine boots. 6928 SE Foster Rd

Artifact This is where the cool kids shop for vintage, with plenty of options for lovers of the psychedelic ’70s to the alt ’90s. Plus all the boots, bags, hats, and sunnies you need to complete the look. 3630 SE Division St

Portland Knife House For Portland’s best chefs and devoted home cooks, this is the place to sharpen your Japanese blade or buy some new steel from a carefully curated selection. Owner Eyton Zias even teaches monthly whetstone workshops. 2637 SE Belmont St

Noun All the things you never knew you needed (A vintage face paint container! Downton Abbey–worthy opera glasses!) and so much that you did, like delicate ceramics from Beanpole Pottery. 3300 SE Belmont St

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