Portland Neighborhoods Guide: Deck the Town with Local Pop-Ups

November 8, 2016 • 6 min read
Byron Beck

Byron Beck

PDX Correspondent

Our first local business guide to Portland neighborhoods was so popular, a second installment was a no-brainer. This time around, our Portland neighborhoods guide focuses on festive holiday pop-ups featuring local brands.

In Portland neighborhoods, small business is booming with new local shops and restaurants. And this fall—just in time for the holidays—we are seeing the return of several local, small business-friendly showcases including pop-up shops, night markets and seasonally-timed events.

So, take advantage of small business growth in Portland neighborhoods: Scout for new places to shop, taste test some of the new restaurants and make sure to check out one of the pop-up shops. It’s all just waiting for you.

Pop-up shops go downtown

PDX Pop-Up Shops has popped up again this year, turning Portland’s vacant retail space into temporary stores where local designers and artists can set up shop for the holiday season. In its seventh year, this season’s Pop-Up Shops will open at 606 SW 9th Avenue starting on Friday, November 11.

boys fort

The program showcases local design talent, encouraging downtown shoppers to seek out unique gift offerings this holiday season. Past Pop-Up Shop PDX participants, now permanent stores in downtown Portland, include Crafty Wonderland, Boys Fort, and Bridge and Burn.

Boys Fort is supporting other local entrepreneurs by hosting its own Pop-Up Shops this season: Beyond the Fort features local brands Adelina, Amara, Menagerie, and Frock.

This year’s local talent includes:

Faith Hats offers reclaimed luxury cashmere sweaters, as well as cashmere hats and scarves, handmade locally from 100% recycled materials. The shop will also feature a new collaboration with Swiss brand Tallis, combining hand-dyed cashmere and ethically sourced fur.

Via Raiz is a concept store dedicated to modern Mexican craftsmanship.  Showcasing the work of contemporary designers who are reinterpreting traditional Mexican craft in jewelry, textiles, and homewares, Via Raiz bridges the divide between ancestral craft and modern design.

Blanchet House of Hospitality, located in Old Town, offers food, shelter, and aid to all those in need of a safe place to be nourished and restored. Blanchet Farm in Carlton works with men in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction; as a part of their rehabilitation, the men are trained in woodworking, constructing high-quality Adirondack chairs, picnic table benches, and other custom wood products.

Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO) assists small businesses with economic opportunities through empowerment, education, and entrepreneurship. MESO‘s diverse entrepreneurs will host a collective shop with their handmade, natural, one-of-a-kind products.

What’s new in the Pearl?

Pizzicato Pearl (1075 NW Northrup Ave.)

One of Portland’s most beloved pizza-makers Pizzicato Pearl has opened a new outlet at the base of the brand new Cosmopolitan Building, in the heart of the Pearl District.

Cryo PDX (1128 NW 13th Ave.)

Cryo is Portland’s first state-of-the-art cryotherapy clinic. Cryotherapy is a non-invasive way to reduce pain and inflammation, and speed up recovery from muscle fatigue and injury. Founded in 2016, Cryo PDX’s mission “is to promote healing, recovery, and wellness in people from all walks of life.”

The Portland Night Market comes back to the Southeast

One of Portland’s most unique and creative local events celebrates its one-year anniversary and the approaching holiday season this November. The Portland Market “Holiday Edition” will take place Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19th from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm and Sunday, November 20th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Night Market is located at 100 SE Alder St. Admission is free and open to all ages.

The Portland Night Market is an ideal spot for small businesses to sell their wares and engage with customers, and some of the Pacific Northwest’s best small businesses will be there. Visitors will be able to shop prominent local brands produced by MadeHere PDX, Wildfang, Hammer + Vine, Sparrow and Sundry, Portland Gear, and Cargo. For a complete list of vendors, visit PDXNM.

pdx night marketPortland entrepreneur Emma Pelett founded the Portland Night Market in 2015 to give Portland’s creative community a place to showcase their growing businesses. The first market was an instant success with thousands of guests visiting the Central Eastside Industrial District to eat, shop, drink, and celebrate Portland’s quirky, creative, and entrepreneurial spirit.

“My idea was to bring the region’s makers together to meet each other and sell their unique goods to the public in a raw, industrial setting that is the perfect backdrop for creative expression,” said Pelett. “I travel the world as a buyer for my family’s business, City Liquidators, and was inspired by the night markets in Beijing and S.E. Asia, and wanted to recreate this in my own city.”

New for the holiday event is the addition of a third day of shopping and eating on Sunday, November 20, with a pop-up Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar outside under the viaduct. For the upcoming holiday market, Union Wine will partner with Marshall’s Haute Sauce for their version of a Red Haute Pinot. The Bible Club’s Speakeasy returns to the upstairs mezzanine lobby with their unique craft cocktails. Popular food vendors will include Pastrami Zombie, Dump Truck, PDX Sliders, Koi Fusion, Pip’s Original, Bunk, Boke Bowl and more.

Division & Clinton Street pop ups and eateries

SE Pop-Up: Southeast Division and Clinton Street business will celebrate Small Business Saturday by hosting a pop-up shop next to Bridge City Mercantile at 33rd and SE Division St. They’ll be selling and giving away Division/Clinton t-shirts and bags. Folks just need to patronize two separate Division Clinton Business Association (DCBA) member businesses and show their receipts at the pop-up booth to get a free gift, while supplies last, 11 am to 5 pm Saturday, November 26.

Musubi (2134 SE Division St.)

High-quality Hawaiian comfort food, Musubi, otherwise known as onigiri in Japan, is an unseasoned rice ball with a savory layer, wrapped in a succulent sheet of nori, or seaweed. In modern day Hawaii, musubi has become a lunch and snack time ritual to hundreds of thousands of hungry locals. Dedicated to ending hunger in Oregon, Musubi puts 10 cents from every musubi sale into a virtual coin jar. At the end of the year they will be taking their collection of “coins” to an organization working on the frontline of hunger in our communities.

Casa Mia (3035 SE Division St.)

This smallish eatery puts an emphasis on classic Italian dishes like spaghetti and lasagna, but Casa Mia also reaches beyond the borders of Italy to offer dishes influenced by chef Benito Omana’s Latino heritage.

Belmont Street boutiques

Parcel (4243 SE Belmont St. #300)

Kim Moran owns and runs the very sweet gift box business Parcel, which specializes in gift boxes that are 100% locally sourced. Parcel is committed to providing a memorable gift giving experience for their clients and to support makers and artisans from the Pacific Northwest.

Naked City Clothing (2701 SE Belmont St.)

Recently relocated and thriving in their new digs, Naked City Clothing is now drawing its fans and devotees to a bit quieter block of Belmont. Owner Julian Recanzone is enjoying the change. Naked City offers campy clothing for that girl and boy with attitude that lives inside of all of us.

Alberta Street’s Pop-Up Shop

pop up shopsNortheast Alberta’s Pop-Up Shop PDX is a curated market featuring clothing, home goods, accessories, vintage goods, and artwork all by local designers. The Pop-Up will be at 1408 NE Alberta St. on November 12, December 2 – 3, and the following two weekends before Christmas.

Imelda’s Shoes (1416 NE Alberta St.)

No precious showrooms and ornate display racks for Imelda’s. No mysterious inner-sanctum stock rooms; it’s a more fun, full-disclosure place. With boxes on the floor alongside a deeply knowledgeable, non-commissioned, sales staff, Imelda’s and Louie’s Shoes for Men is less school, more recess. It’s also apparent: this is a place for shoe lovers, by shoe lovers.

Urdaneta (3033 NE Alberta St.)

Urdaneta is a chef-driven, regional Spanish tapas restaurant. The casual environment brings back the old-world fun of tapas and libations, encompassing what the food is meant to be. Urdaneta combines big and bold Spanish flavors with a modern interpretation.

Upsource (1737 NE Alberta St., Ste. 201)

Based in the Pacific Northwest, Upsource combines cutting edge creativity with technical expertise to build online brands.

Last but not least: Kenton Street

Kenton Food Carts (8433 N Interstate Ave.)

A new food cart pod has just opened at the old Paul Bunyan Plaza. There are currently two carts operating at this North Portland space, with the hopes of adding more in the next month. The space offers a gazebo, tables and chairs, and an outdoor propane heater to warm its guests up in the colder months.

Dehomis offers the tastiest Japanese comfort food.

Local Killa Dilla offers amazing seasonal cuisine with an emphasis on killer seafood.

images courtesy of Boys Fort, Portland Night Market, and Pop-Up Shop PDX

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