With its many boutiques, galleries and indie shops, Alberta Street is made for leisurely shopping strolls.
Clothes Shopping on Alberta
At boutique Amelia, the feminine, vintage-inspired apparel — including dresses, blouses and skirts — and jewelry are all made in the U.S. by designers, artisans and small production facilities. In addition to being able to tell customers all about every individual piece, they also produce a small-scale clothing line in-house and offer on-site tailoring, as well as a wide selection of body and skin care.
Head to Tumbleweed for a constantly changing (but reliably hip) selection of locally made dresses and vintage slips. Frock offers an eclectic mix of vintage and locally designed fashions and accessories.
Underneath it all, nothing beats a bra that fits perfectly. Portland ladies sing the praises of The Pencil Test, a friendly shop whose small stock is almost guaranteed to include the best-fitting bra you’ve ever worn.
Self Care Shopping on Alberta
Blendily is a handmade skincare kitchen where you can watch owner Ivy Chuang craft all-natural skincare, bath products and herbal remedies with fresh, organic wild ingredients. Indulge in the “Glow Up” facial steam for some sweet-smelling self-care. (For added relaxation, head to the outdoor soaking pool at nearby McMenamins Kennedy School.)
Footwear Shopping on Alberta
PedX Shoes offers women’s shoes and boots from brands like Camper and Jeffrey Campbell, and boasts a year-round sale loft that’s become a go-to stop for savvy bargain-hunters. Be sure to make room in your luggage for stylish handbags, jewelry and other local and handmade accessories.
Eco-conscious, vegan-friendly shoe shop Pie Footwear sells socially responsible brands and even recycles used shoes.
Arts Spots on Alberta
The focus at Monograph Bookwerks is on art books, but it’s also a stylish gallery with prints, paintings and midcentury ceramics. A couple of blocks away, Ampersand Gallery & Fine Books is a similar hybrid, offering collectible new and used books focused primarily on visual content, vintage photography and monthly art shows.
Guardino Gallery — one of the founders of the Last Thursday art/street fair — specializes in contemporary Northwest art and highlights fine crafts in its gift shop. Another gallery on the street includes Antler which showcases both contemporary art and handmade craft.
Crafting Shops on Alberta
Do-it-yourself craftsters will find plenty of raw materials and inspiration on Alberta, from Close Knit, one of Portland’s favorite yarn stores, to Collage, where you’ll find art supplies as well as demonstrations. Modern Domestic sells sewing machines and fabric and offers sewing classes; more fabric is on offer around the corner at Bolt.
Shopping for Kids on Alberta
For families, Green Bean Books makes a great rainy-day escape thanks to colorful walls, plush couches, weekly storytimes and frequent author readings.
Cute and creative are the watchwords at Grasshopper, which carries kids’ clothes, books and toys. Find natural and recycled products for mothers, babies and kids at Milagros Boutique — from bath toys to carriers.
Diverse Alberta offers food for every taste (vegan to carnivore), craving (foie-gras to fried chicken) and budget (PBR to Dom Perignon).
Famed for its monthly Last Thursday street fair, this northeast Portland street offers entertaining options any day of the month.
Northeast Portland’s Alberta Street is best known for its colorful monthly street fair, Last Thursday, but this vibrant avenue is worth exploring any day of the month.