The many independent retailers of North Mississippi and Williams avenues reflect the city’s eclectic tastes and DIY ethic.
Gourmet chocolate, wine, flowers — The Meadow stocks everything you need for a romantic picnic, along with specialty salts from around the world.
Worn Path equips wilderness wanderers with sleeping bags, beanies, slingshots and other woodsy essentials. Urban gardeners will find terrarium supplies, glassware, pottery and apothecary goods at Pistils Nursery.
The analog era is alive and well at Mississippi Records, which specializes in international, blues and soul recordings. The shop has turntables, listening stations and even its own line of releases on vinyl and cassette.
The wide selection of comics and graphic novels at Bridge City Comics attests to the number of comic book publishers and professionals in Portland — thought to be second only to that in New York City.
Even if you’re not in the market for a new door or bathtub, stop into the 40,000-square-foot ReBuilding Center to marvel at the array of recycled home materials, as well as the impressive tree sculpture surrounding the front entrance.
Clothes & accessories
At Animal Traffic, the emphasis is on new and vintage pieces for men and women from heritage brands like Pendleton, Levis and White’s Boots. Browse heritage-brand boots at sister shop Annex. Founded in 1996, Queen Bee Creations is a progenitor of the local craft scene, producing adorable and durable purses, wallets and bike bags in its North Williams Avenue studio and store. The retail space, expanded in summer 2013, also stocks accessories and apparel from other local designers.
As the name implies, Gypsy Chic caters to the free-spirited with affordably priced tunics and breezy dresses.
Complete your outfit with shoes, boots and accessories from pedX North, stocking men’s and women’s styles from brands like Camper, Cydwoq, Seychelles and Swedish Hasbeens.
Is it art?
Chock-full of locally crafted wall prints, tees and vintage-themed jewelry, Land makes it easy to curate a P-town aesthetic. (You may also recognize it as the place where over-zealous craftsters “put a bird on it” in the first season of Portlandia.)
The eclectic Paxton Gate deals in exotic plants, taxidermy, animal skulls, curios and mounted insects — basically, everything you need to outfit your home like a Victorian naturalist.
Over on Williams, Lark Press produces its wares on-site, using a century-old letter press to print note cards and ephemera. They also carry hand-silk-screened goods, many adorned with delightfully Portland-themed designs.
Dedicated to a pro-clutter aesthetic, Flutter offers a “delightful disarray” of home décor, jewelry and fragrances.
For the discriminating toddler, there’s Black Wagon, a boutique that stocks high-end clothes and gifts for babies and kids.
Spielwerk sells new children’s toys, but it transports shoppers to a simpler time. Filled with classic playthings crafted from natural materials, the shop’s simple, kid-powered toys like jump ropes, tea sets, dress-up kits and musical instruments promise timeless fun.