Tuck Woodstock

Tuck Woodstock wrote and edited content for Travel Portland from 2014–2020. Read More

Fantastic Feminist Businesses in Portland

These female-focused bike shops, bookstores, boutiques and tattoo parlors are worth celebrating.

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Tuck Woodstock

Tuck Woodstock wrote and edited content for Travel Portland from 2014–2020. Read More

If you’ve ever watched IFC’s Portlandia, you’re probably familiar with Women and Women First, the fictional bookstore staffed by Tori (Carrie Brownstein) and Candace (Fred Armisen). But did you know that the scenes were inspired by — and filmed at — a real local feminist bookstore? In fact, Portland is full of businesses created for women and women first. Here are a few of our favorites:

Portland is full of businesses created for women and women first.

She Bop

Founded by Portlanders Evy Cowan and Jeneen Doumitt, She Bop goes beyond the traditional sex store experience to create a safe space for all genders and sexual orientations. The inviting adult boutique specializes in non-toxic, sustainable toys and female-focused products, and offers sexual education in the form of workshops, classes and expert staff at their two locations (in Southeast and North Portland).


The self-declared “home for bad-ass women,” clothing boutique Wildfang was founded by Nike vets Julia Parsley and Emma McIlroy in 2013 and quickly earned a formidable online following. Tired of searching in vain for blazers and button-downs that fit female frames, the duo launched their own clothing store filled with “tomboy fashions” like wingtips and bow ties. The carefully curated collection of androgynous threads, which pulls from both menswear and women’s lines, has won the love of celebs like Kristen Stewart, Elliot Page and Janelle Monae.

Finger Bang

If the raunchy name didn’t clue you in, Finger Bang is a far cry from your typical nail salon. Through unorthodox hours (noon to midnight) and a raucous ambiance (expect kung fu movies and cups of champagne), owner Glynis Olson has created a new style of nail parlor — one that welcomes dancers, punks, trans youth, new moms and, yes, men, too. Whatever your style, Finger Bang’s epic nail art is guaranteed to turn heads; their manis may feature tiny pizzas, Frida Kahlo or the Powerpuff Girls.

Freeland Spirits

Established in 2017 by Jill Kuehler, Freeland Spirits produces delicious and gorgeously designed spirits that celebrate the women of the craft. (In addition to being woman-owned, their Free Spirit Program honors Oregon women that are busting through the glass ceiling.) Bottles of their signature whiskey and gin are shaped like a teardrop, with an etching of a woman with her arms raised, head tilted back and arms outstretched to grasp a stem of a single stalk of grain. Freeland offers tours and tastings on select days at their headquarters in Northwest Portland.


Founded in 1993, Portland-based GladRags is one of the country’s leading purveyors of reusable menstrual products, from eco-friendly moon cups to colorful fleece pads and organic cotton pantyliners. Although the woman-owned company doesn’t have a retail store, you can stock up at many local shops (including She Bop) or order online.

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