Grab an organic latte, hop a streetcar and shop this famously alternative—and beautiful—city's surprisingly worldly boutique scene. (Bonus: There's absolutely zero sales tax.)
The best of the
West is packed into this local vintage haunt,
a converted dance
hall featuring a blend of old (’60s Pendleton blankets, ’70s fringe vests) and new (chunky wool
socks, Minnetonka moccasins). Bonus: in 2012, the owners opened a second location in downtown Portland that's packed with the perfect selection of rough-hewn workwear, as well as an online shop for farther-flung fans.
This new-and-vintage downtown Portland plus-size shop grew out of a sale that cofounder Annie Maribona once held in her apartment. It takes a playful approach to sizing: Ally (size 12 and under), Plush (12 to 14), Hot (16 to 20), Divine (22 to 24) and Fun (size 26 and up).
Named for the owners’ family matriarch, a former schoolteacher, this downtown indie-designer boutique offers uniform-hip wearables (Wood Wood smock dresses, A.P.C. slickers, Dieppa Restrepo oxfords) with dangling price tags that look like grade-school flash cards. Even cuter? The proprietors are a grandmother/granddaughter dream team.
With its jet black walls and trippy light-table display shelves, this local shoe shop (already a heavyweight in the e-commerce world) could double as a disco. To Be Announced glitter booties and Jeffrey Campbell velvet platforms enhance the nightclubby tone.
Portland’s blossoming DIY movement is
on full display at
this locavore shop, featuring Orgeon-made Betsy & Iya chandelier earrings, rugged Wild Man bath products, and music
from bands like Typhoon and Radiation City, both of whom are signed to the in-house record label.