Pandemic shutdowns, decreased foot traffic, layoff-induced financial stresses, a sudden fever for mail order and curbside pickup—the past two years have thrown one curve ball after another at Portland’s retail scene, on top of shifting patterns and trends that were already changing our shopping landscape long before COVID-19. 

But the mass upheaval has also created new opportunities for some entrepreneurs, while plenty of our old favorites have hung on, offering Portland shoppers both undiscovered and familiar spaces to browse the shelves (including at Modern Provisions, pictured above, near Franklin High School in Southeast), feel the fabrics, try something on, learn something new, and find just the perfect thing—whatever strikes your fancy.  

In This Feature:

10 New Portland Stores that Make Us Happy

Fresh tees, vintage sneakers, the perfect card: find them all at these new Portland shops.

12/14/2021 Edited by Fiona McCann

Cigars to Light Bulbs, We Love These Portland Retail Classics

Some of the shops we’ve come to rely on, whether they’ve been around a decade or a century

12/20/2021 By Fiona McCann, Margaret Seiler, and Julia Silverman

Shop Stops in the Columbia River Gorge

Hood River’s Oak Street and its counterparts in Bingen and White Salmon make these connected Gorge towns a stealth shopping destination for clothes, gifts, and more.

03/11/2022 By Gabriel Granillo, Margaret Seiler, and Julia Silverman

Shops Worth the Drive

Bookstores at the beach, German groceries next to the world’s largest oyster, and kitchen finds in Eastern Oregon

12/21/2021 By Margaret Seiler