With its many boutiques, galleries and indie shops, Alberta Street is made for leisurely shopping strolls.
At boutique Amelia, the feminine, vintage-inspired apparel — dresses, blouses, skirts and pants — and jewelry are all made in the U.S. by designers, artisans and small production facilities. In addition to being able to tell customers all about every individual piece, they also produce a small-scale clothing line in-house and offer on-site tailoring.
Head to Tumbleweed for a constantly changing (but reliably hip) selection of locally made dresses and vintage slips. Frock offers an eclectic mix of vintage and locally designed fashions and accessories.
Underneath it all, nothing beats a bra that fits perfectly. Portland ladies sing the praises of The Pencil Test, a friendly shop whose small stock is almost gauranteed to include the best-fitting bra you’ve ever worn.
Best foot forward
PedX Shoes offers women’s shoes and boots from brands like Camper and Jeffrey Campbell, and boasts a year-round sale loft that’s become a go-to stop for savvy bargain-hunters. Be sure to make room in your luggage for stylish handbags, jewelry and other local and handmade accessories.
Eco-conscious, vegan-friendly shoe shop Pie Footwear sells socially responsible brands and even recycles used shoes.
The focus at Monograph Bookwerks is on art books, but it’s also a stylish gallery with prints, paintings and midcentury ceramics. A couple of blocks away, Ampersand Vintage is a similar hybrid, offering collectible new and used books focused primarily on visual content, vintage photography and monthly art shows.
At HiiH Gallery, husband-and-wife team Lâm Quàng and Kestrel Gates have been making “light sculptures” for more than 15 years. Their handmade lamps, shaped to resemble flowers, cocoa pods and other organic forms, can also be seen in action in other Alberta businesses, including Tin Shed Café and Alberta Co-op Grocery.
In the same building as HiiH, Guardino Gallery — one of the founders of the Last Thursday art/street fair — specializes in contemporary Northwest art and highlights fine crafts in its gift shop. Other galleries on the street include Antler, which showcases both contemporary art and handmade craft, and Screaming Sky, which also sells collectible toys and gifts.
… & crafts
Do-it-yourself craftsters will find plenty of raw materials and inspiration on Alberta, from Close Knit, one of Portland’s favorite yarn stores, to Collage, where you’ll find art supplies as well as classes. Modern Domestic sells sewing machines and fabric and offers sewing classes; more fabric is on offer up the street at Bolt.
For families, Green Bean Books makes a great rainy-day escape thanks to colorful walls, plush couches, weekly story times and frequent author readings.
Cute and creative are the watchwords at Grasshopper, which carries kids’ clothes, books and toys. Find natural and recycled products for mothers, babies and kids at Milagros Boutique — from bath toys to carriers.