‘Tis the Season to Shop Local

This holiday season, there are lots of ways to support Portland makers.

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While in-person marketplaces are off the table in 2020, there are still lots of ways to shop directly from Portland businesses and makers.
Credit: Tojo Andrianarivo, tojofotos.com

The holidays may look and feel different this year, but there is still a merry myriad of ways to embrace this season of giving. For holiday presents, shopping local provides a gift for loved ones, a gift for small businesses in critical need of support right now, and a gift for yourself, helping ensure the vivacity of a city you love. Online shopping — as well as safe in-store options following state guidelines — lets you support Portland’s small businesses and maker scene while simultaneously conquering your holiday shopping list.

Online Marketplaces

Browse these online marketplaces and virtual versions of annual holiday events for easy ways to purchase thoughtful, locally made gifts.

Built Oregon Marketplace

The Built Oregon online platform is a collective hub for products made in Oregon with a commitment to craft and community. In addition to shopping by interest and theme, the My People’s Market section features products from over 80 local multicultural entrepreneurs.

Bindle

Created in response to evolving consumer needs during the pandemic, Bindle is a hyper-local online marketplace. Bindle’s model cuts down on delivery costs and carbon footprint by streamlining drop-off and pick-up sites, which provide benefits for both sellers and consumers.

City Shoppe

Portlander Ashley Cintas created City Shoppe to help consumers replace big box shopping with purchases from local shops, while also empowering small retailers to automate their businesses and grow their revenues. City Shoppe is being piloted here in Portland, and will soon expand to other cities, including Austin, Los Angeles and New York. 

Crafty Wonderland Month of Makers

In lieu of its traditional in-person market, Crafty Wonderland will host two virtual markets on Nov. 28 and Dec. 12. During the markets, makers will be on Instagram live sharing demos, answering questions and reveling in all things crafty. Throughout December, Crafty Wonderland will also share gift guides, interviews and DIY projects to inspire local shopping. Visit the Crafty Wonderland blog and follow them on Instagram or Facebook for the latest.

Give the Gift of Oregon

This holiday season, give the gift of Oregon. With thousands of inspired makers and businesses across the state, you don’t have to look far to find the perfect present made in Oregon. Plus, supporting local is now more important than ever before. Find gift ideas at www.traveloregon.com/giftoforegon.

#pdxtogo: More Ways to Shop Local

Join in supporting local businesses by ordering take-out or delivery and purchasing gift cards and certificates online.

Guardino Gallery’s 20th Annual Little Things Show

For 20 years, Northeast Alberta Street’s Guardino Gallery has challenged artists to create works that are no more than 7 inches on any side. The resulting pieces are affordable and easy to wrap and transport — in other words, perfect for gift-giving! This year, you can shop in person or browse all of the works online and place your order by phone.

Hopworks’ Holiday B Store

Hopworks Urban Brewery has opened a seasonal online store with some of its local B Corp partners. The B Store features products from Brew Dr. Kombucha, GloryBee, Rogue Creamery and Nossa Familia Coffee, as well as a gift bundle featuring all the items. Shop online through Dec. 31 and get curbside pickup or contact-free delivery from either of Hopworks’ pubs. 

PDXSOS

A coalition of small, independent retail businesses called Bricks Need Mortar created PDXSOS in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Calling on Portlanders to “Save Our Shops,” they encourage shoppers to take the Portland Pledge, buying all holiday gifts from local businesses this year. Participating businesses are listed on the PDXSOS site.

Portland Bazaar

A holiday tradition since 2011, this year the Portland Bazaar is hosting an “e-bazaar” featuring 90 favorite local vendors. Shop online and select shipping (available nationwide), or low-contact pickup at the 811 Shops, available through Dec. 23. Offerings include custom-curated gift boxes and gorgeous gift wrapping.

Portland Indigenous Marketplace

Founded in 2018, the Portland Indigenous Marketplace quickly pivoted to an online-only format in 2020, holding several virtual markets to connect shoppers with Native makers, and to connect the Native community while in-person powwows aren’t possible. Visit their shop page to buy directly from Native makers this holiday season. On Saturday, Dec. 12, they’re hosting a virtual market on Facebook Live.

Portland Saturday Market

While nothing can top the in-person energy of the Portland Saturday Market, marketgoers can continue to support the artisans that have made this event so special since 1974. Simply peruse the market’s online platform for unexpected finds that span from sashimi-shaped catnip toys to gorgeous original paintings.

Shop Small PDX

Shop Small PDX is ringing the holiday bells and sounding the alarm with a clear message: Portland’s small businesses are the soul of the city and they need help during this public health and economic crisis. Now is the time to support local businesses, which is easy to do with the site’s small business directory.

In-Person Holiday Shopping

The most up-to-date information about safe in-person shopping is available from the Oregon Health Authority. Multnomah County, where Portland is located, is currently in the “Extreme Risk” category, meaning on-site shopping is allowed but limited to 50% capacity and curbside pickup is encouraged.

When shopping in person, avoid lines and crowds and follow these safety precautions:

  • Stay at least six feet away from people who don’t live with you.
  • Wear a mask or face covering.
  • Don’t try on items that are worn over the face.
  • Wash or sanitize hands before and after trying on clothes.
  • Use entrances and exits as marked.
  • In checkout lines, follow the store’s instructions.

COVID-19 FAQ

Get answers about the current "freeze," travel restrictions and safety measures in place.

Local window shopping and art initiatives encourage safe exploration of Portland’s neighborhoods while supporting local businesses along the way — there are always ample opportunities for holiday shopping and takeout food at your fingertips.

Free Parking Saturdays

Parking is free at the five central-city SmartPark garages every Saturday from Nov. 28 through Dec. 26, 2020. Learn more.

Coopers Hall-iday Market

Central Eastside winery Coopers Hall has reinvented itself for the holidays, hosting 30 diverse local vendors, including Aesthete Tea, Tiny Feminists, Woodblock Chocolate and A Kids Book About, which made Oprah’s Favorite Things 2020 list. You can shop online anytime or in person every Thursday–Sunday through Dec. 20. While you’re there, you can also get a growler fill from the 36 wines on tap!

Portland Window Shop

One of the three Window Shop 2020 locations, at 1538 N.E. Alberta St.

Portland Made and Makers Union PDX have teamed up to take over three vacant storefronts around the city. Each window display will feature products from local makers from Shop Small Saturday (Nov. 28) through December. Anyone can purchase the items directly from the makers via the Window Shop 2020 website.

Winterland PDX

Winterland PDX invites individuals to safely explore art pieces at window locations throughout downtown, the Central Eastside and Old Town neighborhoods Dec. 1–26. Visual artist Mike Bennett and local artists of color will repurpose plywood that was installed over downtown businesses’ windows into winter-themed art pieces.

Woonwinkel Window Shopping

Beloved West End decor and lifestyle shop Woonwinkel is dedicating its window displays this season to no-contact shopping. Simply scan the QR code in each window (or visit the website directly) to buy the hand-picked gifts on display. They’re also hosting collections from 11:11 Supply, Tender Loving Empire and House Dogge.