How the Local Retail Scene is Coping with Coronavirus

As the city wisely turns to social distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus, retail business has plummeted for our local boutiques and makers. Here are the sales, deals, and news from your local shops as they struggle to survive.

By Eden Dawn and Kyle Sosa

Besty & Iya's NW Thurman boutique.

As the novel coronavirus continues to rapidly spread, the state has increased social distancing measures in accordance with recommendations from health experts. The shutdown of public spaces is crucial for community health, but the plummeting sales for boutiques and makers will leave an indelible mark upon our local retail scene in the likes of which we've never seen. In the true scrappy ways of Portland, our small shops are each adapting in what ways they can to make it through these difficult times. Support them if you are able. We will continuously update this list.


Longtime and locally loved jewelry company Betsy & Iya turned 12 this weekend. Betsy & Iya also announced it laid off two staffers due to the instant impact of COVID-19 on the retail market. To try to mitigate the loss, it announced a special "Pay What You Will Sale" on some of its best-selling items with a sliding scale option for those in a budget crunch and those who want to pay more to support their favorite brand.

Flutter is having flash sales through its Instagram account offering 15% off a new product cluster daily.

The crew at Alchemy Jewelers are closed to the public but still in the studio making jewelry (while practicing social distancing) and can communicate via social media or on the phone. All orders qualify for free shipping.

The Mystic Sister's brand of stylish and sturdy leather goods are in the middle of a flash sale with free shipping and 20% off all items with code "flash."

Rom Shoes has moved its cute, comfy, and ethically manufactured shoes to online only with free shipping.

Accessory designer Kari Phillips is not only offering free shipping on all orders, but currently donating 25% of proceeds to the Oregon Food Bank. 

Woman-owned business, Takara, has created a special 40% off sale page with limited quantities of hand-carved and cast jewelry available.

Aylee and Co jewelry is now offering complimentary shipping and announcing online contests for product through their social media.

Ceramic jewelry line Barrow is offering special sample sales in their Instagram stories through the end of the month. Designer Rachel Warkentin says to expect, "lots of one of a kind pieces and 40-50% off samples."

A hand-cut and collaged Hello U necklace from Barrow Jewelry's latest collection.


Pacific Holidaya local thrift and consignment retailer, is doing stay-at-home consignment pickups. Either message on Instagram or find the email on their website to arrange. 

Odessa is offering free local delivery.

Seven Sisters is offering free shipping on all orders. Additionally, everyone that orders this month will be entered into a drawing for a $150 gift certificate.

Kate Towers is now available online. Find one-of-a-kind items from the longtime Portland designer who is offering to custom hand-dye one of her signature Oyster dresses for customers and free door-to-door local delivery.

Altar boutique is offering 20% off everything online with free domestic shipping. This includes their new (very cute and locally designed) spring collection.

Metro Boutique is offering 11% off gift certificates for their costume inventory (amazing socks and tights if you aren't familiar) by phone.

Monochromatic (one of our Best Small Shops of the year) moved online only and are offering 10% off gift certificates at check out. Keep an eye out for Instagram flash sales.

Black Wagon children's boutique is closed to the public but offering free shipping nationwide, and an 11% discount on all gift certificates.

Foundation PDX is offering free shipping and returns online. 100% of their profits this quarter are going to Project Lemonade PDX, an org that encourages self-esteem for foster youth. They are also offering free merchandise boxes that come to your door. Keep and pay for what you want, return what you don't. 

Women's sportswear brand Society Nine is offering 30% of all training gear until the end of March. They recently announced that $20 of every full price tee or tank sale will be donated to The Oregon Food Bank and Meals on Wheels. 

Laurs Kemp offers 25% off all orders through April 15. They are also partnering with local sustainable florist Coy & Co, offering free shipping with every bouquet purchase. 

Wildfang is offering 25% off their entire website. Every order donates a piece of suiting to Dress for Success Oregon.

Amelia, a local dress boutique, is offering free priority shipping for any online order $25 and up. 


Woonwinkel is offering free domestic shipping (use code: WWSHIPFREE) on their colorful home goods, plus special sales through their Instagram.

Homewear store Budd + Finn are closed to the public but have launched an online store.

Made Trade, a company that focuses on selling ethically made home goods and apparel, is offering 10% off everything on their website with code, "goodvibes."

EcoVibe Apparel & Home stores are offering free shipping, curbside pickup, and weekly plant deliveries on Fridays for those who live in Portland. 


Coral Story Beauty, an organic and green cosmetics boutique launched an online shop.

Make & Merry has cut 20% off the price of all its CBD and cannabis inventory (including their Calm Inhaler), plus free shipping over $50.

Strum Pdx is offering call ahead pickup/drop off for guitar repairs and setups and free pickup/delivery in the PDX metro area service for guitar repairs, setups, and purchases over $50. The shop is also available by appointment for purchases and take “call ahead” orders for gear and strings to have at the door for pickup.

The Accessory Junkie has three virtual events coming up: "Cocktail Hour x Fierce Females" on the 29th, "Fairplay with Eve Rodsky" on the 31st, and "Pajama Party & Bling" on the 31st. Keep yourself virtually social, enjoy an at-home cocktail, and engage in live female inspiration. 


Food blogger and photographer the Foodie Snitch is offering 25% off all photography packages booked now for future use.

Rubinette Produce just relaunched their veggie-filled Discovery Boxes with a week's worth of produce. Pickup or curbside service outside Providore.

Envi Adventures have discounted Portland and Gorge air tours starting at $23/person and gift certificates on sale with no expiration date. 

Both locations of Solabee Flowers & Botanicals are closed and floral delivery has been suspended. It is currently offering online gift certificate options for future purchases.

Health and wellness coach Train with Emma is offering free video streaming workouts on her website for those without a gym. 

Photo stylist, Lindsey Avenetti, is mixing custom professional hair color formulas for delivery or pickup. All orders come with a goodie bag of hair coloring supplies. As a special bonus, she is offering video chat sessions to walk people through the application process. 

Succulents from Solabee. Gift certificates for future purchase available online.


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