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Where to Shop in Portland, Oregon

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Portland is a shopper's dream. Whether you're in town for a day or the next decade, there's no end to the stream of gorgeous handcrafted housewares, pottery, jewelry, clothing, and even comic books to discover. This city of dreamers also has some of the best vintage clothing and furniture this side of the Mississippi, and local designers and boutiques have perfected the down-to-earth chic that chain stores can only hope to emulate. Here's your guide to tapping into Rose City's charm firsthand (and taking some of it home with you, too).

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Six/Seven

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Named for their shared June 7 birthday, Six/Seven is the collaborative space run by clothing designer Liza Rietz and jewelry designer Emily Bixler. Rietz’s rompers, dresses, and jackets are flattering and architectural, while Bixler’s jewelry incorporates crochet, metal and even horsehair for wearable sculptures. Look for their joint line, which mixes both.
Photo: Six/Seven
Una is a world tour of amazing, original fashion. Stocked with a constantly rotating supply of statement pieces from Europe (look for Swedish brand Rodebjer), Japan, NYC (the flowy linens from Gary Graham are swoon-worthy) and local Portland designers, this is a place to find a high-quality piece you’ll love forever.
Photo: Una

Powell’s Books on Hawthorne

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No trip to Portland is complete without getting lost in the stacks at the City of Books. While the original location is great, avoid the tourists by hitting this Southeast Portland location, which also has a great selection of new and used books. Bonus: It’s attached to a coffee shop that serves Stumptown and is smack in the middle of a great stretch of shops.

Will Leather Goods 'Family House'

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Founded in Eugene, Oregon, in 1981, Will Leather Goods’ supple leather Everyday Tote (which also comes in a Oaxacan blanket version) is definitely the most coveted, cool-girl bag in town. But this family-run business has a lifetime-guaranteed item for everyone, including striking messenger bags and wallets for him and even adorable collars for the family dog.

Betsy & Iya

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Betsy + Iya got in the game in 2008 with a line of brass cuff bracelets modeled after the many bridges that join Portland’s east and west sides. The brand has since expanded, and its northwest shop now sells clothing and other lifestyle goods from inside a historic former movie theater. With many pieces priced around $75 or under, it's the perfect way to wear your Portland love on your sleeve.
Photo: betsy + iya

Animal Traffic Mississippi

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This trio of shops has great women’s styles, but if you’re looking for Portland-style menswear — think beard, boots and flannel — Animal Traffic is the place to go. The super attentive staff members will help you track down leather shoes from Red Wing, a manly suede jacket from Schott, and a pair of work pants from Topo Designs for that urban lumberjack look Portland gentlemen love so much.

Flutter

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A trip to Flutter is like visiting the home of the bohemian, world-traveling aunt you always wished you had. Specializing in vintage and found objects, it’s easy to lose yourself in a collector-edition book on Bowie before moving on to the luxe candles and perfume, vintage dresses, locally-made jewelry, and the flower shop in back.
Photo: Flutter

Tender Loving Empire

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Founded as a way to promote just about anything or anyone creative in Portland, Tender Loving Empire has become a mini-empire — and the record label behind some top-tier local bands. Each of the shop’s three locations is littered with true original finds: Score a letterpress card, a cool pocket knife, a onesie with Portland raindrops, or the latest EP from Typhoon.
Photo: Tender Loving Empire

Appetite Shop + Studio

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Appetite is where to pick up those adorable Pendleton wool and leather purses you’ll see the cool kids carry all over Portland. This shop, on uber cool East Burnside, focuses on vintage finds and handmade items, all surrounded by vibrant ferns and succulents (also for sale). There’s a definite Southwest-meets-Northwest vibe, with plenty of opportunity to stock up on cow horns and cactus planters.
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Floating World Comics

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Floating World is a collector’s double-whammy: Not only does this shop have an enormous selection of comic books (and that’s saying something in a town famous for them), it’s also home to the Landfill Rescue Unit, a treasure trove of rare vinyl. Join the locals in their favorite place to geek out.
Photo: Floating World Comics

Grand Marketplace

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It’s easy to spend a whole afternoon winding your way through the excellent collection of 25 vendors inside this inner Eastside warehouse space. You’ll feel like you walked into a Pinterest board with the assortment mid-century furniture, French countryside antiques, and modern industrial wares on display.
Photo: Grand Marketplace

Frances May

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Frances May is an oversized palace of men’s and women’s fashions — with a serious wall of shoes that could claim a store all to itself. With dozens of designers (from Kenzo to Whit to Caron Callahan), this downtown stalwart has an urban edge that many local boutiques can’t claim, and the sale rack of your dreams.

Portland Flea

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Brush aside any thoughts of dusty tchotchkes and worn-down drudgery: This is a high-class flea market. Held on the last Sunday of every month spring through fall, canopied displays of restored furniture, hip vintage, and handmade goods like ceramics and jewelry join excellent food carts, cute dogs and cuter kids for a day at the market. If you’re in town when it’s on, don’t miss it!
Photo: Liana Cavness

House of Commons

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Part gallery space, part ever-changing retail shop, House of Commons curates goods and artworks based around a rotating seasonal theme, so you never quite know what you're going to get. While the brands are often changing (in the past we've spotted items by Objects Without Meaning and Art of Plants), you can count on finding gorgeous clothing, apothecary goods, and homewares.

The Meadow - NW 23rd Ave.

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Semelier (aka salt expert) Mark Bitterman has made artisanal salt a masterpiece, and his airy shops stocking jars of salt spiked with local pinot noir, Japanese smoked salts and slabs of pink Himalayan salt are a wonder to behold. There’s also a huge selection of fancy bitters, single-origin chocolate, and delicate flower arrangements: Everything you need knock out a killer gift for a hostess, or maybe for yourself.
Photo: Dina Avila / Eater

Six/Seven

Photo: Six/Seven
Named for their shared June 7 birthday, Six/Seven is the collaborative space run by clothing designer Liza Rietz and jewelry designer Emily Bixler. Rietz’s rompers, dresses, and jackets are flattering and architectural, while Bixler’s jewelry incorporates crochet, metal and even horsehair for wearable sculptures. Look for their joint line, which mixes both.
Photo: Six/Seven

Una

Photo: Una
Una is a world tour of amazing, original fashion. Stocked with a constantly rotating supply of statement pieces from Europe (look for Swedish brand Rodebjer), Japan, NYC (the flowy linens from Gary Graham are swoon-worthy) and local Portland designers, this is a place to find a high-quality piece you’ll love forever.
Photo: Una

Powell’s Books on Hawthorne

No trip to Portland is complete without getting lost in the stacks at the City of Books. While the original location is great, avoid the tourists by hitting this Southeast Portland location, which also has a great selection of new and used books. Bonus: It’s attached to a coffee shop that serves Stumptown and is smack in the middle of a great stretch of shops.

Will Leather Goods 'Family House'

Founded in Eugene, Oregon, in 1981, Will Leather Goods’ supple leather Everyday Tote (which also comes in a Oaxacan blanket version) is definitely the most coveted, cool-girl bag in town. But this family-run business has a lifetime-guaranteed item for everyone, including striking messenger bags and wallets for him and even adorable collars for the family dog.

Betsy & Iya

Photo: betsy + iya
Betsy + Iya got in the game in 2008 with a line of brass cuff bracelets modeled after the many bridges that join Portland’s east and west sides. The brand has since expanded, and its northwest shop now sells clothing and other lifestyle goods from inside a historic former movie theater. With many pieces priced around $75 or under, it's the perfect way to wear your Portland love on your sleeve.
Photo: betsy + iya

Animal Traffic Mississippi

This trio of shops has great women’s styles, but if you’re looking for Portland-style menswear — think beard, boots and flannel — Animal Traffic is the place to go. The super attentive staff members will help you track down leather shoes from Red Wing, a manly suede jacket from Schott, and a pair of work pants from Topo Designs for that urban lumberjack look Portland gentlemen love so much.

Flutter

Photo: Flutter
A trip to Flutter is like visiting the home of the bohemian, world-traveling aunt you always wished you had. Specializing in vintage and found objects, it’s easy to lose yourself in a collector-edition book on Bowie before moving on to the luxe candles and perfume, vintage dresses, locally-made jewelry, and the flower shop in back.
Photo: Flutter

Tender Loving Empire

Photo: Tender Loving Empire
Founded as a way to promote just about anything or anyone creative in Portland, Tender Loving Empire has become a mini-empire — and the record label behind some top-tier local bands. Each of the shop’s three locations is littered with true original finds: Score a letterpress card, a cool pocket knife, a onesie with Portland raindrops, or the latest EP from Typhoon.
Photo: Tender Loving Empire

Appetite Shop + Studio

Photo: Appetite
Appetite is where to pick up those adorable Pendleton wool and leather purses you’ll see the cool kids carry all over Portland. This shop, on uber cool East Burnside, focuses on vintage finds and handmade items, all surrounded by vibrant ferns and succulents (also for sale). There’s a definite Southwest-meets-Northwest vibe, with plenty of opportunity to stock up on cow horns and cactus planters.
Photo: Appetite

Floating World Comics

Photo: Floating World Comics
Floating World is a collector’s double-whammy: Not only does this shop have an enormous selection of comic books (and that’s saying something in a town famous for them), it’s also home to the Landfill Rescue Unit, a treasure trove of rare vinyl. Join the locals in their favorite place to geek out.
Photo: Floating World Comics

Grand Marketplace

Photo: Grand Marketplace
It’s easy to spend a whole afternoon winding your way through the excellent collection of 25 vendors inside this inner Eastside warehouse space. You’ll feel like you walked into a Pinterest board with the assortment mid-century furniture, French countryside antiques, and modern industrial wares on display.
Photo: Grand Marketplace

Frances May

Frances May is an oversized palace of men’s and women’s fashions — with a serious wall of shoes that could claim a store all to itself. With dozens of designers (from Kenzo to Whit to Caron Callahan), this downtown stalwart has an urban edge that many local boutiques can’t claim, and the sale rack of your dreams.

Portland Flea

Photo: Liana Cavness
Brush aside any thoughts of dusty tchotchkes and worn-down drudgery: This is a high-class flea market. Held on the last Sunday of every month spring through fall, canopied displays of restored furniture, hip vintage, and handmade goods like ceramics and jewelry join excellent food carts, cute dogs and cuter kids for a day at the market. If you’re in town when it’s on, don’t miss it!
Photo: Liana Cavness

House of Commons

Part gallery space, part ever-changing retail shop, House of Commons curates goods and artworks based around a rotating seasonal theme, so you never quite know what you're going to get. While the brands are often changing (in the past we've spotted items by Objects Without Meaning and Art of Plants), you can count on finding gorgeous clothing, apothecary goods, and homewares.

The Meadow - NW 23rd Ave.

Photo: Dina Avila / Eater
Semelier (aka salt expert) Mark Bitterman has made artisanal salt a masterpiece, and his airy shops stocking jars of salt spiked with local pinot noir, Japanese smoked salts and slabs of pink Himalayan salt are a wonder to behold. There’s also a huge selection of fancy bitters, single-origin chocolate, and delicate flower arrangements: Everything you need knock out a killer gift for a hostess, or maybe for yourself.
Photo: Dina Avila / Eater