Portland Neighborhoods: Fall in Love with 16 New Shops
In Portland neighborhoods, small business is booming and new local shops, restaurants, and firms are opening up like Waterfront Park’s cherry blossoms in spring. We asked Lisa Frisch, Retail Portland Director for the Portland Business Alliance, what types of new businesses were most popular.
The delicious news? There’s an abundance of new, cool places to eat downtown. “This year, we are seeing heavy emphasis on local, small-scale restaurants downtown building off our national reputation as a foodie haven,” said Frisch. “Chefs and restaurateurs are taking advantage of Portland’s relatively low startup costs for restaurants, compared to other cities nationwide, and know that a downtown Portland location will deliver the best mix of workers, tourists, and locals to their establishments.”
Portlanders know that local shops and businesses add to a community’s well-being. As the Institute for Local Self-Reliance notes, “Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes.”
So, take advantage of small business growth in Portland neighborhoods: Shop for new places to shop, and taste test some of the new restaurants. We’re happy to help, with a roundup of some of the new and very cool boutiques and businesses that have popped up in PDX over the last year.
New Favorites in Portland Neighborhoods
Well Made Goods
1136 SW Alder St.
Well Made Goods has carefully curated a selection of clothing, natural skincare, jewelry, home decor, and much more. The shop “admire[s] makers of beautiful, clean, and functional pieces and love sharing our finds with you.”
217 NW Couch St.
Dogwood PDX is going through a bit of a transformation and will soon have a new name—San Johnny—and a new look. This sweet lil’ home furnishings shop is located two blocks from the downtown waterfront, in the heart of Portland’s up and coming and historical Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood.
325 NW Couch St.
At Kiriko, fabric is everything. Their motto: “Create stories, not massed-produced goods.” To that end, the owners of this incredible Portland boutique searched all over Japan for centuries-old denim, hand-dyed shibori, and vibrant kasuri. Each item sold here showcases traditional craftsmanship and care and can be treasured forever.
By The Collective
322 NW Sixth Ave, Suite 200
A modern-day haberdashery, By the Collective is a full service production boutique: a pop-up barber shop, clothing manufacturing services and visual content production. Every town should have one.
Hello From Portland
514 NW Couch St.
Located in Old Town, Hello From Portland is filled with incredible gifts and souvenirs; cards, candles, sweets, children’s and adult apparel, kid’s toys, wallets, mugs and glasses, magnets, model kits and mobiles, books, and even soaps for you and your pets—all produced by local vendors and artists.
926 NW 13th Ave. #160
Pregame is the new headquarters for entrepreneurs and experienced professionals dedicated to growth, collaboration, and personal and professional development. This modern space is an ideal headquarters away from the hustle where you can plan your strategies and meet like-minded players. If you’re creating an extraordinary business, it’s time to get in the game!
516 NW 9th Ave.
A speakeasy wine den, Thelonious Wines focuses on introducing its patrons to little-known wines, presenting them alongside a carefully chosen portfolio of cellared wines from traditional European regions, and a well-curated, hand-picked selection of local producers from the Willamette Valley and West Coast.
Adore Day Spa
1023 NW 11th Ave.
This new spa is striving to have the best in customer service in an industry focused on it. All tools and equipment are cleansed and sterilized after every treatment and are packaged individually per client. And, all nail treatments at Adore Day Spa come with new nail kit.
1609 NE Alberta St.
Designed and handmade in Portland, Oregon, Grayling pieces are beloved by locals and celebrities (actors Courteney Cox and Amanda Seyfried are fans). Grayling is committed to creating affordable nickel-free jewelry that is safe for sensitive skin. Designs are timeless with an edge, with emphasis on quality.
At Grayling, jewelry is more than just an accessory—it’s a reflection of individuality, confidence and inner beauty.
PDX Gold Dust
3012 NE Alberta St.
PDX Gold Dust specializes in reclaimed wood furniture, as well as rebuilt and redesigned lighting and chandeliers. The full-time treasure hunters and furniture builders at PDX Gold Dust polish up their finds and put them out for purchase. “A little Mid-Century, a little Hollywood Regency, and a touch of Farmhouse Chic,” PDX Gold Dust is all Portland.
5001 NE 30th Ave.
Serving as a retail store for ready-made ceramic pieces perfect for the home and kitchen, Vitrified also welcomes customers to drop by and place a custom order for anything that they would like made but isn’t have in stock. Additionally, the studio offers a selection of other housewares for the table: table linens, placemats, tea towels, wooden spoons, trivets, bronze salt spoons, and more.
Sound Grounds and R.A.M.A (Rainbow Arts Medicine Alliance)
3701 SE Belmont St.
Sound Grounds is in the process of moving into the Sunnyside Community House at 35th and Yamhill. They are reopening together as one collective non-profit gathering space now as Thunder Grounds in the basement dining hall area of the building.
2324 SE Belmont St.
Belmont District’s first store dedicated entirely to jewelry Gem Gem recently opened in the 2300 block of Belmont. Check out work done on site by Allison Bartline and Honeyfox as well as other jewelry from other off site sources.
4243 SE Belmont St. #200
In case you needed (more) proof that you can never have too much coffee: Portland’s newest coffee shop, next to the food carts at 42nd and Belmont, Never Coffee is already packed.
NORTH/Mississippi and Kenton
4125 N Mississippi Ave.
Nectar PDX consists of a team of expert growers, master curers, educated bud-tenders, and many more passionate and dedicated members of the cannabis community. In addition to an extensive variety of strains, they offer customers equipment and many other quality products from extracted cannabis nectar, bubble hash, low-dose edibles, topicals, a selection of locally-sourced glass and other merchandise.
8202 North Denver Ave.
Karen McClelland founded Mantel to celebrate artists, their work, and the creative process. After ten years of teaching art and helping students grow as ceramicists, Karen brings an eye for design and craftsmanship to curating a collection of homewares and lifestyle products to this incredible new store. The store’s eclectic mix of products ranges from modern ceramics and jewelry to rebuilt mid-century radios. Stop by, explore Mantel, and find a maker you love.