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.
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. At Oddball Shoes, size matters — specializing in men’s footwear sizes 13 and up, their ample name-brand selection would put a smile on Big Foot himself.
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.
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.