Northwest Portland shopping

National retailers, local boutiques and specialty shops line Northwest 23rd Avenue.

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    Kate Madden

    In the Northwest neighborhood (also known as Nob Hill or the Alphabet District), century-old Victorian and Craftsman-style storefronts housing unique boutiques stand alongside national retailers, interspersed with coffee shops and on-trend restaurants and bars. In short, it’s a shopper’s paradise.

    National brands

    Northwest 23rd Avenue’s national retailers, which include Brooklyn Industries, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn and Urban Outfitters, offer great opportunities to score big-name purchases with no sales tax.


    Lena Medoyeff is known for her modern, elegant bridal designs, but her boutique also stocks her distinctive fair-trade silk “Lena dresses” ideal for any (special) occasion. Nearby Sloan Boutique sports a savvy sales crew and up-to-the-minute alt-designer dresses, jackets and accessories at reasonable prices. And Urban Edge outfits discerning men with leather oxfords, wooden sunglasses and stylish button-down shirts.


    Best known for its lines of Portland bridge-inspired bracelets, Betsy & Iya handcrafts each sought-after piece right on-site. Will Leather Goods Family House transforms vintage rugs and rags into one-of-a-kind bags for its thrifty-meets-trendy Found collection. Also part of the family: Will’s signature leather backpacks, belts and leather heirlooms.

    Gatsbys, derbies, ball caps and fedoras are just a few of the vintage and updated hat styles to try on inside one of only three Goorin Bros. locations in the Northwest. Vibrant colors and fine Italian leather distinguish the locally designed handbags and wallets at Ellington.

    Oregon-based gallery and boutique Twist stocks an impressive array of handcrafted jewelry and art pieces, and Gilt, a go-to spot for estate engagement and wedding rings, is also a great place to treat yourself to a vintage or locally designed bracelet, necklace or pendant.

    The vintage dresses, jewelry, accessories and knick-knacks in eclectic resale shop Three Monkeys just beg to be browsed.


    Sample a full range of cosmetics from local and national brands at Blush Beauty Bar, a welcoming cosmetics boutique that also offers services like eyebrow threading.

    Heritage skin care brand Kiehl’s has an outpost on 23rd Avenue, as does Lush, purveyor of richly scented, handmade bath and body products.


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