PDX Pop-Up Shops popped up again this year, transforming downtown Portland’s vacant retail space into a temporary store where local designers and artists set up shop for the holiday season. This 2016 program (its seventh iteration) showcased Portland’s local design talent, encouraging shoppers to seek out one-of-a-kind gifts for their family and friends. Pop-up Shops were open for business at 606 S.W. Ninth Ave. from Nov. 11—Dec. 24, 2016.
In 2016, former PDX Pop-Up Shop alum (now brick and mortar) Boys’ Fort, supported their fellow local entrepreneurs at their very own Pop-Up, “Beyond the Fort,” featuring local brands Adelina, Amara, Menagerie, and Frock.
2016 pop-up shop lineup
Faith Hats offered reclaimed luxury cashmere sweaters, along with cashmere hats and scarves hand-made from 100% recycled fabrics. The shop also featured a new collaboration with Swiss brand Tallis, combining hand-dyed cashmere and ethically sourced fur.
Via Raiz was a concept store dedicated to modern Mexican craftsmanship. The shop showcased the work of contemporary designers who reinterpreted traditional Mexican craft in jewelry, textiles and homewares, bridging the divide between ancestral craft and modern design.
Blanchet House of Hospitality
Located in Old Town, Blanchet House offers food, shelter and aid to all of those in need of a safe place to be nourished and restored. In 2016, they also offered high-quality custom wood products, including Adirondack chairs and picnic table benches. All of the wares for sale were made at the Blanchet Farm in Carlton, which offers woodworking training for men in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
Micro Enterprise Service of Oregon (MESO)
MESO assists small businesses with economic opportunities through empowerment, education and entrepreneurship. During the 2016 holiday season, MESO’s diverse group of business owners hosted a collective shop offering their handmade, natural and one-of-a-kind products.
PDX Pop-Up Shops were open Friday, Nov. 11 through Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. The program’s partners included Portland Business Alliance, Clean & Safe District and the Portland Development Commission.