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 Lucky Brand, 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. 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.
Make sure Rover looks just as fashionable as his owner by picking up one of Cycle Dog‘s stylish, eco-friendly collars, which are handmade made from the soft rubber of recycled bicycle tire tubes.
Oregon-based gallery and boutique Twist stocks an impressive array of handcrafted jewelry and art pieces, and Gem Set Love, 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. And a pinnacle of Portland’s thriving DIY scene, Tender Loving Empire presents a plethora of gifts, t-shirts, jewelry, local music, housewares, cards and much more.
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. Heritage skincare brand Kiehl’s has an outpost on 23rd Avenue, as does Lush, purveyor of richly scented, handmade bath and body products.
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