Shopping for the Home
A move to a new city almost always includes running lots of errands—from buying new curtains to replacing mops and brooms that didn’t make it into the moving truck. Portland offers plenty of shopping choices, from major national department stores and big-box behemoths to hole-in-the-wall thrift shops and unique local boutiques. If you’ve moved from somewhere other than Alaska, Montana, New Hampshire, or Delaware, you’ll be delighted to find that Oregon does not (yet) have a state sales tax. (If you’ve moved to Washington, you’re out of luck; see Money Matters for more details.)
Shopping Districts and Malls
Neighborhood Shopping Districts
Portlanders are rightly proud of the variety and distinctiveness of their city’s neighborhood shopping districts. While almost every city neighborhood has its own commercial node, some of these districts are larger and more diverse than others. The following are the main shopping districts that draw visitors from beyond the surrounding neighborhoods. Most of these districts have formal business organizations with websites.
- Alberta Arts District, NE Alberta St between Martin Luther King Jr Blvd and 33rd Ave, albertamainst.org; since about 2000, this area has blossomed from a somewhat sketchy neighborhood into a thriving zone of cafés, boutiques, wellness centers, and art galleries. This mile-long strip offers a funky mix of businesses—including such unusual attractions as a grilled cheese–vending school bus (the Grilled Cheese Grill, NE 11th and Alberta, 503-206-8959, grilledcheesegrill.com) and a high-end vegan gourmet prix fixe restaurant (Natural Selection, 3033 NE Albert Ave, 503-288-5883, naturalselectionpdx.com). The neighborhood hosts an evening art fair on the last Thursday of each month.
- Downtown Portland, downtownportland.org; downtown Portland has about every kind of good and service you might need, in almost every price range. Unfortunately, the stores are scattered all over the place, not in a nice little row, although the traditional center of gravity for downtown shopping is the area surrounding Pioneer Courthouse Square. Downtown shopping options include independently owned establishments; national chains, including some upscale chains such as Tiffany & Co.; and such department stores as Nordstrom, Macy’s, and H&M. Most downtown stores are an easy stroll from transit; if you’re driving, many downtown merchants will validate parking at certain garages.
- Hawthorne District, SE Hawthorne Blvd between 12th and 58th Avenues (greatest concentration of businesses between 32nd and 39th/César Chávez), thinkhawthorne.com; the Hawthorne District has long had a reputation as Portland’s hippie shopping district, but the area actually offers a quite diverse shopping experience (the occasional bong store and tie-dye establishment notwithstanding). For several blocks, restaurants, bars, cafés, theaters, and many gift and specialty shops line the street. The district is on the whole quite laid-back and unpretentious (especially compared to, say, the Pearl), although chains are moving in and a few new, somewhat incongruous lofts have been built. A similar but slightly more compact shopping district extends along Belmont Street (belmontdistrict.org), which runs parallel to Hawthorne Boulevard a few blocks to the north. Paralleling Hawthorne a few blocks to the south is the burgeoning Division Street/Clinton Avenue district (divisionclinton.com), which has a few boutiques but is best known for its restaurants, several of which are among the very best in the city.
- Multnomah Village, centered on the intersection of SW Capitol Hwy and 35th Ave, multnomahvillage.org; the “Village in the heart of Portland” harbors an eclectic range of specialty shops, antique stores, and restaurants, cafés, and pubs. Its Southwest Portland location means it tends to be less hipster-focused and more family-oriented than some Eastside shopping districts.
- North Mississippi, North Mississippi Ave between Mason St and Fremont St, missisippiave.com; like the Alberta Arts District, North Mississippi Avenue was a down-and-out neighborhood not many years ago. Its subsequent transformation into a vibrant commercial district is, depending on your point of view, either an urban success story or an example of relentless gentrification. Either way, the result from the visitor’s perspective is an eclectic and booming collection of restaurants and interesting shops, including a comic book store, a gourmet salt shop, a small nursery, a pizza joint/pub that hosts a weekly spelling bee, and a light bulb superstore.
- Northeast Broadway, NE Broadway between Grand Ave and 28th Ave (nebroadway.com); Northeast Broadway businesses cater both to residents of the adjacent (and generally affluent) Irvington neighborhood and to people from other parts of the city who come to shop and dine here. This district runs eastward from the Lloyd Center shopping mall area towards Hollywood, and includes a mix of unassuming old-line businesses such as Helen Bernhard Bakery (since 1924; 1717 NE Broadway, 503-287-1251, helenbernhardbakery.com), trendy bars, a variety of dining establishments, and some hot boutiques.
- Northwest Portland (Nob Hill), NW 21st and 23rd Avenues, from Burnside St north to Vaughn St, nwpdxnobhill.com; Northwest Twenty-Third (sometimes derisively called Trendy-Third) Avenue (and, to a lesser extent, Northwest Twenty-First Avenue, which runs parallel two blocks east) is one of the brightest stars in Portland’s shopping firmament. The street is lined with a dazzling range of stores, with an emphasis on clothing, household goods, antiques, and knickknacks of all kinds, as well as restaurants and cafés that cater to all tastes and budgets. Chains such as Pottery Barn, Urban Outfitters, and Restoration Hardware have made inroads here in recent years, but many stores remain locally owned (or at least small-scale). Street parking can be hard to find on weekends and evenings, but the area is eminently walkable and easily accessible by bus and streetcar.
- Pearl District, north of West Burnside St, between 8th Ave and Interstate 405, 503-227-8519, explorethepearl.com. Call it frou-frou, call it trendy, call it spendy—and you’d be right. The Pearl is not a neighborhood in which to seek bargains. Barring a few businesses such as Powell’s Books that predated the neighborhood’s transformation into a playground for the affluent, options generally range from upscale independent stores to upscale chain stores, although a few shops, bars, and restaurants do actually cater to patrons with an average income. That said, the Pearl offers lots of unique merchandise that cannot be found anywhere else in Portland. Shops and restaurants are sprinkled liberally throughout this expansive but densely built-up neighborhood, which makes the Pearl a great destination for a walking/shopping/gourmet food sampling expedition.
- Sellwood/Westmoreland, centered on SE 13th Ave and Tacoma (Sellwood) and SE Milwaukie Ave at Bybee (Westmoreland) (sellwoodwestmoreland.com); Sellwood and Westmoreland are two separate districts only half a mile apart, and both offer a mix of interesting boutiques, popular restaurants, art galleries, and plenty of antique stores. Although it is not particularly far away from the city center, the area remains off the radar screen for many Portlanders, and so is (on the whole) less self-consciously trendy than some close-in shopping zones.
- St. Johns (stjohnsmainstreet.org); the “downtown” area of St. Johns along North Lombard St at the east end of the St. Johns Bridge is a funky blend of businesses: places that seemingly have not changed since the Eisenhower presidency stand next to quirky, hip boutiques, vegan and ethnic restaurants, laid-back coffeehouses, and two different independent movie theaters. Still, everyone seems to get along just fine. This area still draws relatively few shoppers from the rest of Portland, but its splendid isolation is definitely coming to an end.
Shopping districts in most communities outside Portland tend to be of the strip mall variety, but some of the older, more established suburbs such as Milwaukie, Beaverton, Forest Grove, Troutdale, Hillsboro, Oregon City, and Gresham (gresham.org) have walkable downtown shopping districts; Vancouver’s Uptown Village district (uptownvillage.com) is also worth a visit.
While not a shopping district per se, the Portland Saturday Market (503-241-4188, portlandsaturdaymarket.com) functions as an outdoor weekend bazaar from March through Christmas. It is located under the west end of the Burnside Bridge and in a specially built plaza stretching southward, along the river.
Although Portland’s neighborhood shopping districts are fantastic, that doesn’t mean the vast seas of pavement surrounding the area’s malls are empty. Indeed, at the more popular malls it can be hard to find a parking space at all on weekends or during the holiday shopping season. If nothing else, malls are a great place to stretch your legs (and your credit limit) if you fear going out in the winter drizzle.
In addition to its ongoing love affair with traditional indoor malls, Portland is getting plugged into the one of the country’s newest shopping trends, the “lifestyle mall,” which features upscale retailers in faux–Main Street settings:
- The Streets of Tanasbourne mall in Hillsboro (NW Cornell Rd at Stucki Ave, 503-533-0561, streetsoftanasbourne.com), which opened in 2004, was the local avatar of this trend.
- Perhaps the area’s prime example is Bridgeport Village (503-968-1704, bridgeport-village.com), which opened in 2005 at Lower Boones Ferry/Bridgeport Rd and Interstate 5 (exit 290), straddling the Tigard-Tualatin border and across the freeway from Lake Oswego. In addition to national retailers such as Anthropologie and Crate and Barrel, Bridgeport Village has attracted several local retailers, including Mario’s (clothing). The complex also includes spas, salons, several restaurants, and cafés, with a Whole Foods supermarket across the street. Bridgeport Village is popular enough to cause traffic backups on I-5.
The success of these initial developments is likely to spawn imitators, and indeed, older indoor malls such as Washington Square, Clackamas Town Center, and Cedar Hills Crossing have revamped their exteriors to make them more open and accessible from the outside and less forbiddingly featureless.
Here’s a list of the major traditional shopping malls in the Portland area:
- Cedar Hills Crossing, 3205 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, 503-643-6563, cedarhillscrossing.com; once upon a time this was the nearly moribund Beaverton Mall. Following a major redesign several years ago, it is now Cedar Hills Crossing, and boasts a crowded multiplex and such indicia of relevance as a Powell’s bookstore and a New Seasons supermarket.
- Clackamas Town Center, 12000 SE 82nd Ave, Clackamas, 503-653-6913, clackamastowncenter.com; Clackamas Town Center is one of the area’s primary suburban shopping centers. Anchored by a Macy’s, Sears, Nordstrom, and JC Penney, Clackamas Town Center offers few surprises. The mall proper expanded by some 250,000 square feet in 2007, adding a “lifestyle center” zone, and several satellite shopping centers have sprung up around it, including Clackamas Promenade just across the street.
- Lloyd Center Mall, NE Multnomah St at 11th Ave, 503-282-2511, lloydcentermall.com; one of the first enclosed malls in the country, Lloyd Center, in close-in Northeast Portland, is Portland’s primary “urban” mall. In addition to the usual mall shops, department stores (Nordstrom, Macy’s, Sears), discount stores (Marshall’s, Ross Dress for Less), a food court, and a multi-screen cinema, Lloyd Center houses an ice skating rink smack-dab in the middle of the mall.
- Pioneer Place, 700 SW 5th Ave, 503-228-5800, pioneerplace.com; this downtown Portland mall is fairly unobtrusive (partly because it lacks an adjacent surface parking lot, and partly because much of it is underground). As a result, Pioneer Place manages to function reasonably well as part of the downtown shopping scene. Most of the stores are relatively upscale, and the only department store anchor is H&M. A new Apple Store, on the site of the former Saks Fifth Avenue, is a striking addition to the downtown streetscape. The underground food court gets ridiculously crowded during weekday lunch hours.
- Washington Square, 9585 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, 503-639-8860, shopwashingtonsquare.com; along with Clackamas Town Center, Washington Square is one of the two dominant traditional suburban malls in the Portland area. Both malls have the same four anchor department stores (although Washington Square’s Nordstrom is the largest in the state). Washington Square’s overall retail mix is somewhat more upscale than most other area malls, reflecting the relative affluence of its Washington County surroundings.
- Westfield Vancouver, 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr, Vancouver, 360-892-6255, westfield.com/Vancouver/; better known as the Vancouver Mall, this mall near the intersection of Interstate 205 and State Route 500 is a pretty standard issue suburban shopping complex.
Outlet Malls and Factory Stores
Factory discount stores often stock overruns and imperfect goods. While they can offer great bargains, shoppers should pay special attention to merchandise quality. There are two major outlet malls within a 45-minute drive of Portland. Columbia Gorge Premium Outlets (450 NW 257th Ave, Troutdale, 503-669-8060, premiumoutlets.com/columbiagorge/), with 45 stores, is just south of Interstate 84 at exit 17. Woodburn Premium Outlets (1001 Arney Rd, Woodburn, 503-981-1900, premiumoutlets.com/woodburn/), a 100-plus store complex of “craftsman-inspired” storefronts at exit 271 on Interstate 5, sometimes backs up traffic on the freeway for miles.
In addition to the outlet malls, several local companies operate stand-alone factory outlet stores:
- Columbia Sportswear Outlet Stores, 1323 SE Tacoma St, 503-238-0118; 3 Monroe Pkwy #H, Lake Oswego, 503-636-6593
- Danner Factory Store, 12021 NE Airport Way, 503-251-1111
- Hanna Andersson Outlet Store, 7 Monroe Pkwy, Lake Oswego, 503-697-1953
- Nike Factory Store, 2650 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, 503-281-5901
- Pendleton Woolen Mills Outlet Store, 2 Pendleton Way, Washougal, 360-835-1118
Most Portland-area department stores are attached to malls, although there are a few stand-alone establishments.
- JC Penney, Clackamas Town Center, 503-653-8830; Washington Square, 503-620-0750; Vancouver Mall, 360-254-3800; Columbia Tech Center, 19005 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, 360-253-9550; jcpenney.com; JC Penney sells everything from vacuum cleaners and mattresses to clothing and cosmetics.
- Kohl’s, seven Portland-area stores, 866-887-8884, kohls.com; Kohl’s competes with Sears and JC Penney, and runs sales almost continuously on everything from clothing to coffee makers.
- Macy’s, six Portland-area locations (including downtown Portland), 800-289-6229, macys.com. In 2006, Macy’s, which had never had a Portland presence, bought long-time Portland department store chain Meier & Frank. To some local consternation, it changed the names of all Meier & Frank stores to Macy’s (as it had done with other acquisitions, such as Marshall Field’s in Chicago) and “Macified” the stores and their product lines. Many Portlanders still refer to Macy’s stores as Meier & Frank.
- Nordstrom, 701 SW Broadway, 503-224-6666; Lloyd Center, 503-287-2444; Washington Square, 503-620-0555; Clackamas Town Center, 503-652-1810; Vancouver Mall, 360-256-8666, nordstrom.com; thanks to its reputation for superb customer service, Nordstrom dominates the local market for high-end clothing and shoes.
- Sears, Lloyd Center, 503-528-3200; Clackamas Town Center, 503-786-5200; Washington Square, 503-620-1510; Vancouver Mall, 360-260-4200; sears.com; known for Craftsman power tools, Sears no longer sells the Craftsman bungalows and other kit homes that are scattered around many of Portland’s early–20th century eastside neighborhoods. The store is a mainstay for family clothing, appliances, and home electronics.
Discount Department Stores
Some upscale departments stores (such as Nordstrom—see Nordstrom Rack, below) have their own outlets where they sell discontinued, overstocked, or slightly irregular merchandise at reduced prices. Such goods are also sold through discount outlets such as Marshall’s, Ross Dress for Less, and T.J. Maxx. Other discount chains—Target, Kmart, and Walmart—carry name-brand goods, but generally not the designer labels available at upscale department stores.
- Fred Meyer; most Fred Meyer supermarkets have an attached department store for non-grocery items. See “Supermarkets” below for details.
- H&M, five Portland-area stores, 855-466-7467, hm.com/us
- Kmart, four Portland-area stores, 866-562-7848. kmart.com
- Marshall’s, Lloyd Center, 503-287-6441; 16200 SW Pacific Hwy, Tigard, 503-620-7230; 881 NE 25th Ave, Hillsboro, 503-547-2841; 10257 NE Cascade Pkwy, 503-249-8132; 2077 NE Burnside St, Gresham, 503-492-7121; marshallsonline.com
- Nordstrom Rack, 245 SW Morrison St, 503-299-1815; 18100 NW Evergreen Pkwy, Beaverton, 503-439-0900; 8930 SE Sunnyside Rd, Clackamas, 503-654-5415; 9175 SW Cascade Ave, Beaverton, 971-327-6161; nordstrom.com
- Ross Dress for Less, 17 Portland-area stores, 800-945-7677, rossstores.com
- Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth, 7455 SW Bridgeport Rd, Tualatin, 503-620-6536, saksoff5th.com
- Target, 14 Portland-area locations, 800-440-0680, target.com
- T.J. Maxx, 604 SW Washington St, 503-224-1417; 2135 N Parker Ave, 503-240-9412; 11370 SE 82nd Ave, 503-653-7913; 3805 SW 117th Ave, Beaverton, 503-641-1828; 8635 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Rd, Tualatin, 503-612-0000; 8101 NE Parkway Dr, Vancouver, 360-256-9606; tjmaxx.com
- Walmart, nine Portland-area stores, walmart.com
And don’t forget membership warehouse stores such as Costco and Bi-Mart. They offer low prices on food, electronics, cameras, small appliances, housewares, and automotive supplies. Membership fees apply, and you don’t get—or pay for—the level of service you expect from a regular department store. See the “Food” section below for more details.
In addition to the businesses listed below, most department stores (and many discount department stores) carry a wide range of household goods, from mattresses and sheets to home electronics and appliances. A category-defying option for furniture, accessories, and Swedish ginger cookies is IKEA, which is located just off I-205 at the Portland International Airport exit (10280 Cascades Pkwy, 888-888-4532, ikea.com). The store’s ridiculously large sign is hard to miss from the freeway, especially at night.
Appliances, Computers, and Electronics
Although many of the national big-box electronics chains with Portland stores have gone “el foldo” in the last couple of years, Portland nonetheless boasts an impressive array of electronics and household appliance stores. In addition to the stores listed below, for appliances, you might consider home improvement retailers such as Home Depot and Lowe’s (see “Hardware and Paint” below) or department stores like Sears. For computers, also check prices and offerings at office supply chains such as Office Depot (13 Portland-area stores, 800-463-3768, officedepot.com), Staples (five Portland-area stores, 800-333-3330, staples.com), and OfficeMax (seven Portland-area stores, 800-283-7674, officemax.com); all three of these companies frequently place advertising inserts in the Sunday Oregonian.
For specialist or smaller-scale computer dealers, look online or check the Yellow Pages under “computers”; look for other home electronics and appliance retailers under “Appliances,” “Stereo & Hi Fi-Dealers,” and “Television-Dealers,” or try one of these stores:
- Apple Store, Pioneer Place, 450 SW Yamhill St, 503-265-2010; Bridgeport Village, Tigard, 503-670-8400; Washington Square, Tigard, 503-495-2080; apple.com
- Basco Builders Appliance Supply Company, 1411 NW Davis St, 503-226-9235, bascoappliances.com
- Best Buy, eight Portland-area stores, 888-237-8289, bestbuy.com
- Bose Showcase Store, Pioneer Place, 503-224-5772, bose.com
- DeWhitt Appliance, 12518 NE Airport Way, 503-546-4212, dewhittappliance.com
- Echo Audio, 1015 SW Washington St, 503-223-2292, 888-248-3246, echohifi.com
- Fred’s Sound of Music Audio/Video, 3760 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 503-234-5341, fredsoundofmusic.com
- Fry’s Electronics, 29400 SW Town Center Loop, Wilsonville, 503-570-6000, frys.com
- The Mac Store, 700 NE Multnomah St, 800-689-8191; Cedar Hills Crossing, Beaverton, and Clackamas Town Center, Clackamas; themacstore.com; as the name suggests, this Pacific Northwest chain is another Apple retail specialist.
- NW Natural Appliance Center, 2610 SE 8th Ave, 503-220-2362, nwnaturalappliances.com; this is the gas company’s appliance showroom, so don’t come looking for electric cooktops here.
- Pearl Audio Video, 1038 NW Johnson St, 503-222-2599, pearlaudiovideo.com
- Radio Shack, 800-843-7422, radioshack.com, has 18 stores in the area.
- Spencer’s Appliances, 7115 NE Glisan St, 503-254-7977, spencersappliancesonline.com, sells new and used appliances.
- Standard TV & Appliance, 1205 NE 33rd Ave, 503-542-5120; 5240 SW 82nd Ave, 503-777-3377; 3600 SW Hall Blvd, Beaverton, 503-619-0500; standardtvandappliance.com; Standard has one of the area’s widest selections of major appliances. Standard also sells used appliances at 5240 SE 82nd Ave, 503-777-3377, stvausedappliance.com.
- Stark’s Vacuums, eight Portland-area locations, 800-230-4101, starks.com
- Stereotypes Audio, 1401 SE Morrison St, 503-280-0910, stereotypesaudio.com
- Vern L. Wenger Company Video/Audio, 5904 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, 503-292-9211, wengersvideoaudio.com
- Video Only, 1900 N Hayden Island Dr, 503-283-3400; 8200 SE Sunnyside Rd, Clackamas, 503-653-8200; 12000 SW Canyon Rd, Beaverton, 503-520-0520; videoonly.com
Carpets, Rugs & Tile
Portland has scores, if not hundreds, of carpet and tile retailers, ranging from discount warehouses to small stores that specialize in antique Persian rugs. For a complete list, look online or in the Yellow Pages under “Carpet & Rug Dealers” or “Tile-Ceramic-Contractors & Dealers.” If you’re in the market for gorgeous, high-end designer tile, be sure to check out the showroom of Portland-based Pratt & Larson Tile and Stone (1201 SE 3rd Ave, 503-231-9464, prattandlarson-or.com).
A home furnishings showroom may be one of the first places you visit as you try to fill the empty spaces of your new home or apartment. There are plenty of furniture stores waiting for you, both in the city and in the strip malls and shopping centers of almost every suburban community. Simply do an online search or check the Yellow Pages under “Furniture-Retail” for a complete listing. Many department stores also offer good selections of traditional home furnishings. If you’re looking for something beyond standard pieces in traditional styles, Portland has a plethora of options, with a heavy concentration in the Pearl District and on the Inner East Side. Here’s a partial list of stores to try:
- Altura Furniture, 3500 N. Mississippi Ave, 503-288-2228, alturafurniture.com, sells locally crafted, contemporary solid wood furniture.
- Beam & Anchor, 2710 N Interstate Ave, 503-367-3230, beamandanchor.com, sells “warm industrial” housewares.
- Design Within Reach, 1200 NW Everett St, 503-220-0200, dwr.com; offers a wide selection of modern furniture, including authorized reproductions of classic designs such as the Eames lounge and ottoman.
- Eclectic Home, 2259 NW Raleigh St, 503-224-0551, eclectichome.com, sells “sustainable” furniture and organic mattresses.
- Eco PDX, 2289 N Interstate Ave, 503-287-8181, ecopdx.com, offers hand-crafted furniture from salvaged tropical lumber.
- Hip, 1829 NW 25th Ave, 503-225-5017, ubhip.com, specializes in the kind of clean-lined Euro-style furniture that’s perfect for your new condo in the Pearl.
- Hive, 820 NW Glisan St, 503-242-1967, hivemodern.com, carries a wide selection of modern furniture, lighting, and accessories.
- The Joinery, 4804 SE Woodstock Blvd, 503-788-8547, thejoinery.com, builds beautiful dressers, tables, and other pieces from certified sustainably harvested wood.
- Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, 1106 W Burnside St, 503-972-5000, mgbwhome.com, sells furniture best described as “modern traditional” from a highly visible showroom on West Burnside.
- Natural Furniture, 800 NE Broadway, 503-284-0655, naturalunfinishedfurniture.com; Natural Furniture sells ready-to-finish tables, chairs, bookcases, and other wood furniture.
- Portland Furniture, 908 NW 23rd Ave, 503-546-5468, portlandfurnitureonline.com, has a wide selection of living room, dining room, and bedroom furniture in styles ranging from respectably traditional to uber-modern.
Hardware and Paint
As they do nearly everywhere in America, Home Depot (homedepot.com) and Lowe’s (lowes.com) dominate Portland’s home improvement market. These stores offer everything from paint and wallpaper to lumber, lighting, flooring, countertops, appliances, and plumbing fixtures under one very expansive roof. But the big boys haven’t yet put neighborhood hardware stores and specialty retailers out of business; Portland and the surrounding communities still have quite a few traditional hardware stores, many of them affiliated with Ace (acehardware.com) or True Value (truevalue.com). Do a web search look in the Yellow Pages under “Hardware-Retail” or “Building Materials-Retail” or go for a walk in your neighborhood to find more options. Most hardware stores (as well as Home Depot and Lowe’s) now carry paint and can match colors, but for the best quality and a wider (or at least different) selection you may want to try a specialty paint store (listed in the Yellow Pages under “Paint-Retail”). Here are a few paint and hardware options:
- A-Boy Plumbing & Electrical, 503-287-0776, aboysupply.com, is a locally owned chain with three locations in the Portland area.
- Chown Hardware, 333 NW 16th Ave, 503-243-6500, chown.com, has knowledgeable staff members and a vast selection of hardware and fixtures.
- Green Depot, 819 SE Taylor St, 503-222-3881, greendepot.com, sells no-VOC paints and stains.
- George Morlan Plumbing Supply, 2222 NW Raleigh St, 503-224-7000, 5529 SE Foster Rd, 503-771-1145, 12585 SW Pacific Hwy, Tigard, 503-624-7381, georgemorlan.com; this is a veritable supermarket of plumbing fixtures, supplies, and related items.
- Miller Paint Co., 503-255-0190, millerpaint.com, is a local company with more than 20 stores in the Portland area.
- Mr. Plywood, 7609 SE Stark St, 503-254-7387, mrplywoodinc.com, is a basic, close-in lumber yard and building supply store.
- Parr Lumber, parr.com, is a local hardware company with nine Portland-area retail yards.
- Rodda Paint, roddapaint.com, is another local paint manufacturer with multiple stores in the Portland area; among the featured paint lines is Devine Color, a unique “color from the Northwest” high-end specialty interior paint designed by Gretchen Schauffler, a nationally recognized Portland-area artist, color consultant, and entrepreneur.
- WC Winks Hardware, 200 SE Stark St, 503-227-5536, winkshardware.com; chased out of the Pearl District several years ago by gentrification, Winks stocks obscure hinge types, door pulls, and other hard-to-find hardware. It is also closed on weekends.
- Woodcrafters, 212 NE 6th Ave, 503-231-0226, woodcrafters.us; a woodworker’s Disneyland, Woodcrafters sells tools, blades, and cabinet hardware, and has probably the city’s best selection of millwork and moldings.
Housewares, Kitchenware, and Linens
If the department stores don’t have just what you’re looking for, one of these specialty stores might:
- Bed, Bath & Beyond, eight Portland-area stores, 800-462-3966, bedbathandbeyond.com
- Crate & Barrel, Bridgeport Village, Tigard, 503-598-9005, crateandbarrel.com
- French Quarter Linens, 530 NW 11th Ave, 503-282-8200, frenchquarterlinens.com; luxuriate in high thread counts and the silkiness of fine Egyptian cotton at this purveyor of European bedding and towels.
- Indigo Traders, 7878 SW Capitol Hwy, 503-780-2422; 6532 SW Capitol Hwy, 503-972-6020; indigotraders.com; this store specializes in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern textiles and glassware.
- Kitchen Kaboodle, 800-366-0161, kitchenkaboodle.com; this local kitchenware chain has four stores in the area, and also sells furniture.
- Mirador Kitchen & Home, 2106 SE Division St, 503-231-5175, miradorkitchenandhome.com, sells an eclectic collection of natural (e.g., made from organic fibers) linens, kitchenware, canning supplies, and other items for the home.
- Natural Spaces, 5331 SW Macadam Ave, 503-695-6177, naturalspaces.com, offers natural linens and products made from recycled glass.
- Please Be Seated, 8309 SE 13th Ave, 503-595-1736, pleasebeseatedpdx.com, has a little bit of everything for the table: linens, china, glassware, and more.
- Sur la Table, 1102 NW Couch St, 503-295-9679; 390 N State St, Lake Oswego, 503-636-2181; Bridgeport Village, Tigard, 503-968-8015; surlatable.com
- Williams-Sonoma, 338 NW 23rd Ave, 503-946-2300; Washington Square, Tigard, 503-684-2784; williams-sonoma.com
Lamps and Lighting
Many building supply stores, hardware stores, and furniture stores sell light fixtures. In addition, lighting “superstores” such as Lamps Plus (9369 SE 82nd Avenue, 503-788-7772; 8748 SW Hall Boulevard, Beaverton, 503-641-7546; lampsplus.com) and Globe Lighting (five Portland-area stores, 800-689-1000, globelighting.com) carry thousands of different light fixtures. For something a bit out-of-the-mainstream, or for historical reproduction lighting, try one of the following stores:
- Ferguson, 824 NW 18th Ave, 503-222-1144, ferguson.com, stocks not only lighting, but bath and kitchen fixtures and appliances.
- Porteco Lighting, 1401 SE Morrison St, 503-719-5011, portecolighting.com, carries an assortment of low-voltage and energy-efficient lighting.
- Rejuvenation, 1100 SE Grand Ave, 503-238-1900, rejuvenation.com; this Portland-based company manufactures reproduction light fixtures from periods ranging from the early electric era to the “atomic age” of the mid-20th century.
- Schoolhouse Electric, 2181 NW Nicolai St, 503-230-7113, schoolhouselectric.com; another period lighting maker, Schoolhouse Electric casts many of its shades from the original early–20th century molds.
- Sunlan Lighting, 3901 N Mississippi Ave, 503-281-0453, sunlanlighting.com, stocks almost every conceivable type of light bulb, including a range of full-spectrum bulbs to brighten up those pesky Portland winters.
Mattresses and Futons
For a standard, mass-produced mattress, your cheapest options are generally department stores or such chains as BedMart Mattress Superstores (888-840-4282, bedmartmattresssuperstores.com), Mattress World Northwest (503-594-0550, mattressworldnorthwest.com), and SleepCountry USA (888-887-5337, sleepcountry.com), all of which have multiple Portland-area locations. At any of these establishments, you’d be very unlucky to drop in on a day without a mattress sale in progress. For a futon or custom-made mattress, try one of the following stores:
- Cotton Cloud Futons and Mattresses, 701 NE Broadway, 503-335-0758, cottoncloudfutons.com
- Eclectic Home, 2259 NW Raleigh St, 503-224-0551, eclectichome.com
- Mulligan Mattress Co., 1200 SE 7th Ave, 503-222-3723, www.mulliganmattress.com, offers custom-built mattresses made with natural latex and organic cotton.
- Rock Soft Futon, 3200 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 503-236-0921, rocksoftfuton.com
Garden Centers and Nurseries
Thanks to Portland’s mild, maritime climate, many kinds of plants thrive here. A single small urban yard might contain a rose bush, a windmill palm tree, an alpine rock garden, a eucalyptus tree, a dwarf Japanese maple, a yucca, and an ancient rhododendron. As you might imagine, gardening is a popular pastime here, and there are plenty of in-town garden centers, both large and small, that cater to the horticulturally inclined. Beyond the urban fringe, horticulture is a major part of Oregon’s agriculture industry, and Portland’s hinterlands are dotted with tree and plant nurseries. Some of these nurseries are highly specialized, and many sell directly to the public.
Here are a few of the more popular local garden centers and nurseries:
- Cistus Nursery, 22711 NW Gillihan Rd, Sauvie Island, 503-621-2233, cistus.com; billing itself as “the home of zonal denial,” Cistus sells hardy subtropicals and southern hemisphere plants that can (and do) grow in Portland.
- Cornell Farm, 8212 SW Barnes Rd, 503-292-9895, cornellfarms.com, has a wide selection of shrubs and annual and perennial garden plants.
- Dennis’ Seven Dees and Drake’s Seven Dees, four Portland-area garden centers, dennis7dees.com, 503-777-7777; drakes7dees.com, 503-292-9121. (The “seven dees” stand for the first initials of the founders’ children, not the era of disco and bell bottoms.)
- Garden Fever, 3433 NE 24th Ave., 503-287-3200, gardenfever.com, sells specialty plants, seeds, and garden accouterments.
- Joy Creek Nursery, 20300 NW Watson Rd, Scappoose, 503-543-7474, joycreek.com; this nursery 18 miles north of Portland is worth the trip to buy unusual cultivars and hard-to-find plant species.
- Livingscape Nursery, 3926 N Vancouver Ave, 503-248-0104, livingscape.com; this small urban nursery stocks ornamentals, edible plants, and a wide range of Northwest natives.
- Pistils, 3811 N Mississippi Ave, 503-288-4889, pistilsnursery.com; this small neighborhood nursery focuses on locally and sustainably grown plants, and carries chicks in spring for urban poultry farmers.
- Pomarious Nursery, 1920 NW 18th Ave, 503-490-6866, pomariousnursery.com, focuses on boxwood and textural plants.
- Portland Nursery, 5050 SE Stark St, 503-231-5050, 9000 SE Division St, 503-788-9000, portlandnursery.com; Portland Nursery has huge selections of both garden-variety and unusual plants, and is one of the best close-in sources for trees and large shrubs.
Shopping for second-hand stuff is a thrifty, sometimes quirky, and generally environmentally sound activity, and consequently is a favorite pastime of many Portland residents. What better way to spend a drizzly afternoon than searching for treasures that (usually) cost so little?
Portland is chock-full of stores that sell original and reproduction antiques (and that generally identify which is which, so you don’t need to fear embarrassment when you show up with your treasure on Antiques Roadshow). The city’s largest concentration of such stores is on Antique Row, an extended parade of stores and antique malls that stretches along Southeast 13th Avenue in Sellwood, but dozens of antique dealers are scattered throughout the city, with additional notable clusters in the Hawthorne District, the inner East Side, the Pearl District, and Northwest/Nob Hill. Many suburban communities, especially historic communities such as Aurora and Forest Grove or affluent suburbs such as Lake Oswego, also have antique stores.
You never know what you might find at Portland’s architectural salvage stores; a single establishment could have everything from Victorian oak mantels to rows of 1950s movie theater seats. Inventories change often, so you may need to check in frequently if there’s something in particular you’re looking for.
- Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage, 14971 1st St NE, Aurora, 503-678-6083, auroramills.com
- Habitat ReStore, pdxrestore.org, operated by Habitat for Humanity, has three Portland-area stores.
- Hippo Hardware, 1040 E Burnside St, 503-231-1444, hippohardware.com
- Northwest Salvage and Second Hand House, 7402 NE St Johns Rd, Vancouver, 360-694-0662
- Old Portland Hardware and Architectural, 700 NE 22nd Ave, 503-234-7380, oldportlandhardware.com
- Rejuvenation, 1100 SE Grand Ave, 503-238-1900, rejuvenation.com; best known for its reproduction light fixtures (see Lamps and Lighting, above), Rejuvenation also sells original salvaged hardware and house parts.
- The ReBuilding Center, 3625 N Mississippi Ave, 503-331-1877, rebuildingcenter.org, markets high-quality salvaged, surplus, and green building materials and provides jobs for residents of North Portland. Because they are often called in to dismantle and salvage reusable building materials from homes, you have a good shot at finding a match for your own old doors here.
Garage Sales and Flea Markets
If your idea of the perfect Saturday afternoon is spending a few hours poking through tubs of other people’s flotsam, you’re in luck. Most Portland garage and yard sales take place from May through September, but there are always at least a few sales on any given weekend. In addition to the widely used sign-on-the-utility-pole method, garage sales are advertised in the Oregonian classifieds (available online at classifieds.oregonlive.com under “Garage-Yard and Estate Sales”) and on Craigslist (portland.craigslist.org/gms/).
Portland’s flea markets come and go, and some of the more fleeting flea markets seem suspiciously like clearinghouses for stolen goods, but the legitimate versions can offer good deals. Keep an eye on the classifieds for large semi-regular events at such places as the Memorial Coliseum. Two established weekend indoor markets to try are M & M Swap Meet, 346 SW Walnut St, Hillsboro, 503-846-0691, which is largely geared to Hispanic shoppers, and the diverse Fantastic Flea Market, 19340 SE Stark St, 503-618-9119, fantasticfleamkt.com.
Vintage and Second-Hand Stores
There is a fine line between “antique” and “vintage.” There is an equally fine line between “vintage” and “junk.” Portland has an abundant selection of places to try your hand at distinguishing between the two qualities, as well as plenty of ordinary second-hand stores. If you poke around any Portland neighborhood, you’re bound to find at least one or two vintage or second-hand stores where you can try your shopping luck. Online maps listing some (but by no means all) Portland vintage stores are available from shopvintageportland.com/maps. Be aware that the stock at most vintage and thrift stores turns over frequently, so be ready to buy if you find something you want. (Conversely, if you like the store but didn’t find what you were looking for, try again in a few days.) Here are a few suggestions to get you started, although these really just scratch the surface of Portland’s vintage scene:
- Bombshell Vintage, 811 E Burnside St, 503-239-1073, bombshellvintageclothing.com, is a great place to look for vintage dresses and World War II–era fashions as well as absurd ’70s duds.
- City Liquidators, 823 SE 3rd Ave, 503-230-7716, cityliquidators.com, carries everything from a rotating stock of used and new commercial furniture (very useful if you need to furnish an office) to boxes of artificial flowers. Several other unrelated businesses in the immediate area also sell used office furniture.
- Decades Vintage Company, 328 SW Stark St, 503-223-1177, decadesvintage.com, sells everything from original 1950s eyeglass frames to vintage men’s Hawaiian shirts.
- Goodwill, 1943 SE 6th Ave, 503-238-6165, plus more than two dozen other Portland-area locations, meetgoodwill.com; you’re unlikely to find a cheap Matisse now that Goodwill has started selling its most valuable donated goods on eBay, but you can still find some good used stuff here. Goodwill’s three area outlet stores, a.k.a. “The Bins,” which overflow with jumbled masses of cheap, unsorted goods, are infamous for their treasure hunting possibilities.
- Red Light Clothing Exchange, 3590 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 503-963-888, redlightclothingexchange.com, has many racks of used (although not necessarily vintage) clothes.
- Xtabay, 2515 SE Clinton St, 503-230-2899, xtabayvintage.blogspot.com, primarily sells mid-century clothing and accessories.
Major Supermarket Chains and Warehouse Stores
Almost every neighborhood in the Portland metropolitan area is only a short distance from one or more major chain supermarkets. Fred Meyer (800-576-4377, fredmeyer.com) probably has the most pervasive presence; known to three generations of Portlanders as “Freddy’s,” the chain was indeed founded by a man named Fred G. Meyer in downtown Portland in 1922. Most Fred Meyer stores offer one-stop shopping for food, hardware, toys, sporting goods, small appliances, low-end household furniture, and the like. The chain is now owned by Ohio-based Kroger, as is the more upscale and less ubiquitous QFC (Quality Food Centers) supermarket chain (800-576-4377, qfc.com). Safeway (877-723-3929, safeway.com) runs neck-and-neck with Fred Meyer for local market dominance. Both Albertsons (877-932-7948, albertsons.com) and Thriftway (thriftwaystores.com) also have numerous stores in the area. (Thriftway stores are individually owned, and their names often bear identifiers, as in Bales Thriftway or Lamb’s Thriftway.) Walmart has opened eight Walmart Neighborhood Markets, walmart.com, in the area, primarily in suburban locations, with more on the way; these stores have much smaller footprints than the company’s better-known superstores, and focus on food rather than non-edible plastics. Bellingham, Washington–based Haggen (haggen.com) has expanded into the Portland area in recent years, with stores in Beaverton, Hillsboro (Tanasbourne), Oregon City, and Tualatin.
A few discount supermarkets such as WinCo Foods (12 area stores, wincofoods.com, no credit cards, bag your own groceries, open 24 hours) and Grocery Outlet (14 area stores, groceryoutlet.com) can be found in outlying neighborhoods and in surrounding communities.
Two warehouse store chains in the Portland area, Costco (seven Portland-area locations, 800-774-2678, costco.com) and Bi-Mart (nearly 20 Portland-area stores, 541-344-0681, 800-456-0681, bimart.com) offer good deals on bulk foods and other household items. (Sam’s Club does not have any local stores.) Both stores have membership requirements. Call ahead or check out their websites for details.
Small and Specialty Supermarket Chains
Low prices and convenience are consumers’ most-cited reasons for shopping at large chains. However, don’t miss out on the unique offerings of Portland’s smaller supermarket chains, most of which boast larger selections of natural and locally produced foods, organic and specialty produce, and esoteric wines and cheeses than the big chain stores do—for a modest price premium, of course.
Zupan’s Markets (3301 SE Belmont St, 503-239-3720; 2340 W Burnside St, 503-497-1088; 7221 SW Macadam Ave, 503-244-5666; 16380 Boones Ferry Rd, Lake Oswego, 503-210-4190; zupans.com) and Eugene-based Market of Choice (8502 SW Terwilliger Blvd, 503-892-7331; 5639 Hood St, West Linn, 503-594-2901; marketofchoice.com) both focus on relatively affluent shoppers, and the food selection reflects this fact. Market of Choice has one of the best supermarket cheese selections in town.
Portland is an ideal breeding ground for natural foods supermarkets. Locally owned New Seasons Market (newseasonsmarket.com) has 13 supermarkets in the Portland area, with more on the way. New Seasons focuses on natural foods, but still stocks staples such as Hershey’s chocolate syrup. New Seasons has higher prices than the major chain stores, but its customer service is outstanding and the wheels on the shopping carts actually revolve freely. National natural foods supermarket chain Whole Foods (eight area stores, wholefoodsmarket.com) boosted its meager local presence when it purchased erstwhile competitor Wild Oats, then promptly rebranded or closed that chain’s seven Portland-area stores. (A bit of history: Wild Oats had itself purchased local chain Nature’s Fresh Northwest in 1999; after the acquisition, disaffected refugees from Nature’s started New Seasons.) Natural Grocers (naturalgrocers.com/), a Colorado-based newcomer to the region, currently has stores in Beaverton, Clackamas, and Gresham, and plans to open a market in Northeast Portland as well.
While it’s not really a full-service supermarket, California-based Trader Joe’s (eight Portland-area stores, traderjoes.com) is an indispensable stop for many foodies, pleasing both gourmets and gourmands. Famous for its inexpensive wine (so-called two-buck chuck, now up to $3), Trader Joe’s offers a giant selection of packaged and frozen foods and specialty items, many branded under its own private label. It offers a wide selection of bread and dairy products, but its fresh produce selection is relatively limited.
Besides offering unsprayed produce and the gamut of “free” foods—gluten-free, pesticide-free, cruelty-free, free-range, etc.—co-ops sell many foods in bulk, allowing you to buy the exact one tablespoon of celery seed that you need to make your favorite tempeh marinade. Co-ops sell shares to members, and some allow you to volunteer at the store for a discount on groceries, but non-members are welcome as well. There are three co-ops with four locations in Portland:
- Alberta Cooperative Grocery, 1500 NE Alberta St, 503-287-4333, albertagrocery.coop, offers a diverse selection of foods.
- Food Front Cooperative, 2375 NW Thurman St, 503-222-5658; 6344 SW Capitol Hwy, 503-546-6559; foodfront.coop, has some of the city’s best and freshest produce, and stocks many specialty foods from local vendors.
- People’s Food Co-Op, 3029 SE 21st Ave, 503-232-9051, peoples.coop, is probably the kind of place you think of when you think of a co-op. Besides its vast bulk foods section and selection of organic foods, this venerable co-op (which has expanded into a “green” remodeled space) hosts a year-round farmers’ market on Wednesdays.
Portland and its suburbs harbor many specialty food stores. Here are some of the best-known examples to get you started:
- Beaumont Market, 4130 NE Fremont St, 503-284-3032; a classic neighborhood market, Beaumont Market provides a fine selection of groceries, produce, meat, beer and wine.
- Benessere, 907 SW 9th Ave, 503-206-5317; 1428 NE Broadway St, 503-281-6389; benessereoil.com; these two locations sell a mind-boggling selection of olive oils, and also offer a great place to start a balsamic jihad.
- Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store, 5000 SE International Way, Milwaukie, 503-607-6455, bobsredmill.com; this is basically the factory store for this nationally known miller of whole and stone-ground grain and seed products. And yes, Bob is a real person.
- Cacao, 712 SW Salmon St, 503-274-9510; 414 SW 13th Ave, 503-241-0656; cacaodrinkchocolate.com; Portland has a fine selection of chocolate makers, many with their own storefronts. Cacao sells chocolates from several of these local chocolatiers, plus various gourmet and single-origin chocolates from around the world.
- Cheese Bar, 6031 SE Belmont St, 503-222-6014, cheese-bar.com, has the widest cheese selection in town, with a focus on artisanal cheeses; don’t come here looking for Velveeta and cans of Cheez Whiz.
- City Market, 735 NW 21st Ave, 503-221-3007, offers an outstanding (but expensive) selection of imported cheeses, fresh fish, fresh pasta, and sausages and pâtés from multiple vendors.
- Food Fight, 1217 SE Stark St, 503-233-3910, foodfightgrocery.com, is an only-in-Portland (OK, maybe it would work in a few other places, but not many) phenomenon: a vegan convenience store.
- Foster & Dobbs, 2518 NE 15th Ave, 503-284-1157, fosteranddobbs.com, sells artisanal food products, with an emphasis on cheese, wine, and cured meats.
- Gartner’s Country Meat Market, 7450 NE Killingsworth St, 503-252-7801, gartnersmeats.com, is one of the city’s most popular non-nightclub meat markets. Gartner’s not only sells meat but will also butcher your dead moose, elk, or deer.
- Lamb’s at Stroheckers, 2855 SW Patton Rd, 503-223-7391, lambsmarkets.net; while it sounds like a vendor of young sheep, Stroheckers is actually an upscale grocery store perched high up in Portland’s West Hills, with a specialty and imported foods selection that reflects its affluent surroundings. The store basement features a well-regarded wine cellar.
- Pastaworks, 3735 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-232-1010, pastaworks.com; best known for its fresh pasta, Pastaworks also sells meats, cheeses, produce, wine, and various local and imported grocery items.
- Penzey’s, 120 NW 10th Ave, 503-227-6777; 11787 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, 503-643-7430; 11322 SE 82nd Ave, 503-653-7779, Clackamas; penzeys.com; this Wisconsin-based spice chain has three Portland-area outposts.
- Proper Eats Market and Café, 8638 N Lombard St, 503-445-2007, propereats.wordpress.com, sells local organic produce and vegan groceries; its kitchen serves prepared vegan and vegetarian food.
- Sheridan Fruit Co., 409 SE Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd, 503-236-2114, sheridanfruit.com; this Portland institution dates back more than 90 years. Besides fruit (and vegetables), Sheridan’s stocks wine, meat, and bulk and specialty food items.
- Stone Cottage Herbs, 8609 SE 17th Ave, 503-719-6658, herbsspicesteas.com, sells nearly 1000 types of spices, herbs, and teas.
Make-and-Take Meal Assembly
An option that might be more of a bargain than you’d expect is make-and-take meal assembly, where the store does the prep and all you do is the assembly. The now popular national concept actually originated in the Pacific Northwest in 2002. A couple of the more popular companies follow. You can also go to the website for Easy Meal Prep Company (easymealprep.com), an industry association, for updated lists and locations.
- Dream Dinners, 360-804-2020, dreamdinners.com
- Thyme Management, 503-380-5775, thymemanagement.com, operates out of a commercial kitchen in Old Town.
Farmers’ Markets, Community-Supported Agriculture, and Community Gardens
If you’re searching for the freshest fruits and vegetables, your best bet is to buy directly from the growers. Portlanders enthusiastically support local farmers’ markets, which are generally open one day a week in season (usually Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, or Sunday). Most local farmers’ markets are generally open from May through September or October, although some remain open through November or December and a handful, such as the Hillsdale and People’s markets, operate year-round. In addition to fresh produce from local farmers, offerings typically include locally produced cheese and cured meat, fresh bread, and fresh meat or seafood. Arts and crafts vendors are common at some markets, banned at others. For a more or less complete statewide list of farmers’ markets, visit oregonfarmersmarkets.org.
The following farmers’ markets are located in the city of Portland:
- Cully Farmers’ Market, 5027 NE 42nd Ave, 503-284-6823, cullyfarmersmarket.com; open June–September, Thursdays, 4 p.m.–7 p.m.
- Hawthorne Evening Market, SW César E Chávez Blvd at Lincoln St, 541-602-9730, hawthorneeveningmarket.com; open May-October, Saturdays, 4:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
- Hillsdale Farmers’ Market, Wilson High School–Rieke Elementary School parking lot, SW Capitol Highway at Sunset Blvd, 503-475-6555, hillsdalefarmersmarket.com; open May–November, Sundays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., and December–April, two Sundays per month, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Hollywood Farmers’ Market, NE Hancock St between 44th and 45th, 503-709-7403, hollywoodfarmersmarket.org; open May–September Saturdays, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.; October-November, Saturdays, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.; and December-April, first and third Saturdays of the month, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
- Lents International Farmers’ Market, SE 92nd Ave and Foster Rd, 503-282-4245, lentsfarmersmarket.org; open mid-June–October, Sundays, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
- Lloyd Farmers’ Market, NE Holladay St between 7th and 9th Avenues, 503-730-8637, lloydfarmersmarket.net; open year-round (except between December 25 and January 1), Tuesdays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Montavilla Farmers’ Market, 7600 SE Stark St, 503-810-7413, montavillamarket.org; weekly late June–October and the Sunday before Thanksgiving, Sundays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Moreland Farmers’ Market, SE Bybee Blvd at 14th Ave, 503-341-9350, morelandfarmersmarket.org; open mid-May–late October, Wednesdays, 3 p.m.–7 p.m.
- OHSU Farmers’ Market, MacKenzie Hall Courtyard, OHSU, 503-494-8792, ohsu.edu/farmersmarket/; open June–September, Tuesdays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Parkrose Farmers’ Market, 12505 NE Halsey St, 503-341-1402, parkrosefarmersmarket.org; May–October, Saturdays, 8 a.m.–2 p.m; also open Wednesdays, 2 p.m.–7 p.m., July-early September.
- People’s Farmers’ Market, People’s Food Co-Op, 3029 SE 21st Ave, 503-232-9051, peoples.coop/farmers-market; open year-round, Wednesdays, 2 p.m.–7 p.m.
- Portland Farmers’ Market—Buckman, SE Salmon St at 20th Ave, 503-241-0032, portlandfarmersmarket.com; open May–September, Thursdays, 3 p.m.–7 p.m.
- Portland Farmers’ Market—Downtown, Winter Shemanski Park, South Park Blocks at SW Salmon St, 503-241-0032, portlandfarmersmarket.org; open, May–November, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; and January–February, Saturdays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Portland Farmers’ Market—Kenton, N Denver Ave at McClellan St, 503-241-0032, portlandfarmersmarket.org; open June–September, Fridays, 3 p.m.–7 p.m.
- Portland Farmers’ Market—King, NE 7th Ave at Wygant, 503-241-0032, portlandfarmersmarket.org; open May–November, Sundays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Portland Farmers’ Market—Northwest, NW 19th Ave at Everett St, 503-241-0032, portlandfarmersmarket.org; open June–September, Thursdays, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
- Portland Farmers’ Market—Pioneer Courthouse Square, Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW 6th Ave at Morrison St, 503-241-0032, portlandfarmersmarket.org; open mid-June–August, Mondays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Portland Farmers’ Market—PSU, South Park Blocks between SW Montgomery St and SW Harrison St, 503-241-0032, portlandfarmersmarket.org; open April–October, Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m., and November–mid-December, Saturdays, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
- St. Johns Farmers’ Market, St. Johns Plaza, N Lombard St at Philadelphia Ave, 503-877-5368, sjfarmersmarket.com; May–October, Saturdays, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
- South Waterfront Farmers’ Market, Eliza Caruthers Park, 3508 SW Moody Ave, 503-972-3289, southwaterfront.com/farmers-market.html; open June–October, Thursdays, 2 p.m.–7 p.m.
- Woodstock Farmers’ Market, Key Bank, 4600 SE Woodstock Blvd, 971-208-5522, woodstockmarketpdx.com; open June–October, Sundays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
In addition to the markets in Portland proper, there are farmers’ markets in the following surrounding communities:
- Battle Ground (bgvillage.com)
- Beaverton (503-643-5345, beavertonfarmersmarket.com)
- Boring (503-293-5016)
- Bull Mountain (503-314-2955, tbmfm.org)
- Camas (360-838-1032, camasfarmersmarket.org)
- Canby (503-263-5151)
- Cedar Mill (503-913-7733, cmfmarket.org)
- Clackamas-Sunnyside (503-704-4212, windancefarmsandart.com)
- Damascus (503-929-9482, damascusfreshandlocalmarket.com)
- Estacada (503-309-0846, estacadafarmersmarket.com)
- Fairview (503-704-4212, windancefarmsandart.com)
- Forest Grove (503-992-0078, adelantemujeres.org/fg-farmers-market/),
- Gresham (503-341-4153, greshamfarmersmarket.com)
- Happy Valley (503-504-8615, sunnysidefarmersmarket.com)
- Hillsboro (503-844-6685, hillsboromarkets.org)
- Lake Oswego (503-675-3985, ci.oswego.or.us/parksrec/lake-oswego-farmers-market)
- Milwaukie (503-407-0956, milwaukiefarmersmarket.com)
- Oregon City (503-734-0192, orcityfarmersmarket.com)
- Sandy (503-489-2173)
- Scappoose (503-543-3469, scappoosefarmermarket.com)
- Sherwood (503-971-998-6431, sherwoodmarket.blogspot.com)
- Tigard (503-619-6048, tigardfarmersmarket.com)
- Troutdale (503-704-4212, windancefarmsandart.com)
- Tualatin (503-333-9192, tualatinfarmersmarket.com)
- Vancouver (360-737-8298, vancouverfarmersmarket.com)
- West Linn (503-349-0015westlinnfarmersmarket.org)
- Wilsonville (503-778-0261, wilsonvillemarket.com)
As a supplement or alternative to your nearest farmers’ market, you might consider community-supported agriculture (CSA). In CSA, you buy “harvest shares” from a local farm, and in return you receive a proportionate amount of the farm’s production, usually on a weekly basis during the growing season. For information about CSA and a list of local farms that participate in CSA programs, visit the website for the Portland Area CSA Coalition (portlandcsa.org).
Interested in growing your own, but don’t have a yard? Check out the Community Gardens page on the Portland Parks and Recreation website, portlandoregon.gov/parks/39846.
If you’re after supermarket goods but don’t want to fight supermarket crowds, Safeway (shop.safeway.com) offers home delivery to some areas. For bins of fresh organic produce and natural groceries delivered to your door, try Organics to You, 503-236-6496, organicstoyou.org, or Grocery Getter Organic, 971-285-3270, ggetter.com.
The small grocery stores full of delicacies from other parts of the world that are scattered around Portland and its surrounding communities reflect the region’s growing ethnic diversity. Interestingly, the majority of ethnic food stores of all kinds are located in suburban communities, a fact that mirrors the current pattern of immigrant settlement in Oregon (as well as the generally high housing prices and rents in close-in neighborhoods). Although many local supermarkets offer a selection of foods for ethnic cooking, try some of the stores below for a more authentic experience (and remember, this is a very incomplete list):
- Portland World Foods, 9845 SW Barbur Blvd, 503-244-0670; 830 NW Everett St, 503-802-0755, portlandworldfoods.com; it initially seems like an ordinary supermarket, stocked with a standard range of groceries and produce, but a few minutes spent perusing shelves filled with such Middle Eastern products as carob molasses and candied mulberries, not to mention the tasty baklava at the deli, will cure you of your delusion.
- Caribbean Spice, 4516 NE 42nd Ave, 503-493-2737, sells groceries produced throughout the tropical world, from West African fufu flour to Caribbean hot sauces.
- Dashen International Groceries, 3022 NE Glisan St, 503-234-7785; formerly Becerra’s, this store sells hard-to-find Mexican and other Latin American groceries.
- Fiji Emporium, 7814 N Interstate Ave, 503-240-2768, fijiemporium.com, sells East Indian and Australian (!) foods.
- Fubonn, 2850 SE 82nd Ave, 503-517-8899, fubonn.com; this complex of shops, restaurants, and a supermarket bills itself as the largest Asian shopping center in Oregon.
- India Supermarket, 17235 NW Corridor Ct, Beaverton, 503-617-9999, cheenibori.com, is one of several Indian markets in the Beaverton/Hillsboro area.
- International Food Supply, 8005 SE Stark St, 503-256-9576, internationalfoodsupply.com, concentrates on Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods. It shares owners with the Portland World Foods markets.
- Martinotti’s, 404 SW 10th Ave, 503-224-9028, martinottis.ypguides.net, has an eclectic selection of European (especially Italian) imports; put your Christmas marzipan order in early.
- Merkato Ethiopian Music and Food, 2605 NE MLK Jr Blvd, 503-331-9283, is one of several East African markets in this part of Northeast Portland.
- Roman Russian Food Store, 10918 SE Division St, 503-408-7525, is one of numerous stores on the east side that sell imported food from Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Caucasus.
- Uwajimaya, 10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, 503-643-4512, uwajimaya.com; the sole Oregon outlet of a Seattle-based chain, Uwajimaya offers a vast selection of Asian groceries and goods, as well as some of the area’s best fresh seafood. A potential second Portland-area store in Old Town-Chinatown has been rumored for years.
Fifteen years ago, really high-quality artisan bread was as scarce in Portland as two weeks of sunny days in January (which is to say, quite scarce). While the climate hasn’t changed much since then, the city now boasts an enviable collection of places to buy truly outstanding bread and other baked goods. Here are a few of the most highly regarded bakeries in town:
- Baker & Spice, 6630 SW Capitol Hwy, 503-244-7573, bakerandspicebakery.com; the bakery’s Cakery is a few doors down in the same complex, 6306 SW Capitol Hwy, 503-546-3737, bakerandspicecakery.com
- Grand Central Baking Company, seven Portland locations, grandcentralbakery.com
- Ken’s Artisan Bakery, 338 NW 21st Ave, 503-248-2202, kensartisan.com
- Pearl Bakery, 102 NW 9th Ave, 503-827-0910, pearlbakery.com
- Roman Candle Baking Company, 3377 SE Division St, 971-302-6605, romancandlebaking.com
- St. Honoré Boulangerie, 2335 NW Thurman St, 503-445-4342, 3333 SE Division St, 971-279-4433; 315 1st St, Lake Oswego, 503-496-5596, sainthonorebakery.com
- Little T American Baker, 2600 SE Division St, 503-238-3458; 1022 W Burnside St, 503-894-8258; littletbaker.com
A growing number of dedicated gluten-free retail bakeries have opened in and around Portland the past several years, including Kyra’s Bake Shop, 460 5th St, Lake Oswego, 503-212-2979; New Cascadia Traditional, 1700 SE 6th Ave, 503-546-4901, newcascadiatraditional.com; Petunia’s Pies and Pastries, 610 SW 12th Ave, 503-841-5961, petuniaspiesandpastries.com; and Tula, 4943 NE MLK Jr Blvd, 503-764-9727, tulabaking.com.
Wine, Beer, and Liquor
In both Oregon and Washington, wine and beer are sold at convenience stores and supermarkets, but in Oregon hard liquor is only available at bars and state-licensed liquor stores. Washington voters approved privatized liquor sales in 2012, and many grocery stores now sell hard liquor. (Washington has one of the highest tax rates on distilled spirits, so privatization has not led to lower prices, and many liquor-loving Washingtonians travel to Oregon liquor stores to buy in quantity.) Most markets of any size carry a good range of domestic beer (including microbrews) and the most popular import brands; for one of the city’s best selections of bottled beers, try Belmont Station, 4500 SW Stark St, 503-232-8538, belmont-station.com. While some supermarkets also have surprisingly good wine selections, the area’s wine shops are great for more esoteric offerings, and usually offer personalized recommendations and in-store wine tastings. Here’s a partial list of Portland wine shops:
- Blackbird Wine Shop, 4323 NE Fremont St, 503-282-1887, blackbirdwine.com
- Cork, 2901 NE Alberta St, 503-281-2675, corkwineshop.com
- E & R Wine Shop, 6141 SW Macadam Ave, 503-246-6101, erwineshop.com
- Great Wine Buys, 1515 NE Broadway, 503-287-2897, greatwinebuys.com
- Liner & Elsen, 2222 NW Quimby St, 503-241-9463, 800-903-9463, linerandelsen.com
- Mt. Tabor Fine Wines, 4316 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 503-235-4444, mttaborfinewines.com
- Oregon Wines on Broadway, 515 SW Broadway, 503-228-4655, 800-943-8858, oregonwinesonbroadway.com
- Portland Wine Merchants, 1430 SE 35th St, 503-234-4399, portlandwinemerchants.com
- Sip D’Vine, 7829 SW Capitol Hwy, 503-977-9463, sipdvine.com
- Vino, 137 SE 28th Ave, 503-235-8545, 888-922-8545, vinobuys.com
- Vinopolis Wine Shop, 1610 NW Glisan St, 503-223-6002, vinopoliswineshop.com
- Wizer’s Fine Wines, 330 1st St, Lake Oswego, 503-636-1414, wizers.com
- Woodstock Wine & Deli, 4030 SE Woodstock Blvd, 503-777-2208, woodstockwineanddeli.com
Perhaps you prefer to cut out the middleman and go directly to the source—i.e., wineries and brewpubs. For a list of wineries in the region check out the online directories of Willamette Valley Wineries (willamettewines.com) or the Oregon Wine Board (oregonwine.org); for Portland-area craft breweries, go to the Oregon Brewers Guild’s Portland brewery list (oregoncraftbeer.org/breweries/portland-area/). If your taste runs more to hard cider, there are several cideries in the region; Wandering Aengus Ciderworks (503-361-2400, wanderingaengus.com), near Salem, has occasional open houses. There is even a sakery in the western suburb of Forest Grove: Saké One, 820 Elm St, Forest Grove, 503-357-7056, sakeone.com. Portland is also a center of the burgeoning craft distillery movement. The granddaddy of local distillers, Clear Creek Distillery (2389 NW Wilson St, 503-248-9470, clearcreekdistillery.com, tastings available), produces some of the world’s best fruit eaux-de-vie and brandies. Most of the dozen-plus new kids on the block occupy warehouses in inner Southeast Portland, in an area known (to some) as distillery row, and focus on gin, vodka, and other spirits. Several companies, including House Spirits Distillery (2025 SE 7th Ave, housespirits.com) and New Deal Distillery (900 SE Salmon St, 503-234-2513, newdealdistillery.com), have tasting rooms. Check out distilleryrowpdx.com for a complete list of distillers.
A comprehensive listing of Portland restaurants would double the size of this book. Since you’re interested in a guide, not a paperweight, suffice it to say that Portland has restaurants for every type of palate and pocketbook, with more opening all the time. For current restaurant reviews and recommendations, try Willamette Week’s Restaurant Guide, published each fall in print form and available online at wweek.com. The Oregonian online restaurant guide is available at oregonlive.com/dining/; the paper’s Friday A&E section includes full and capsule restaurant reviews. Citysearch (portland.citysearch.com) is another popular, if not always reliable, site for restaurant listings; Yelp (yelp.com) and Urban Spoon (urbanspoon.com) also feature user-generated reviews and ratings.
Don’t forget Portland’s ridiculously eclectic food cart scene; the highest concentrations of food carts are located downtown to serve the lunch hour crowd, but they can also be found in scattered “pods” around the eastside. Local blog foodcartsportland.com maintains an up-to-date list of food carts.
- Blick Art Materials, 1115 NW Glisan St, 503-223-3724; 2710 Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, 503-646-9347; dickblick.com
- Collage, 1639 NE Alberta St, 503-249-2190; 7907 SE 13th Ave, 503-777-2189, collagepdx.blogspot.com
- Columbia Art & Drafting Supply, 1515 E Burnside St, 503-232-2216, columbia-art.com
- Muse Art + Design, 4220 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 503-231-8704, museartanddesign.com
- Oblation Papers and Press, 516 NW 12th Ave, 503-223-1093, oblationpapers.com
For a list of local bookstores, see the Cultural Life chapter.
If you must indulge, Rich’s Cigar Store (820 SW Alder, 503-228-1700, 800-669-1527, richscigarstore.com) is the long-time source for fine tobaccos. Established in 1894, Rich’s has a walk-in humidor and, for nonsmokers, stocks more than 2,500 periodicals from around the world. Broadway Cigar Company (locations in Northeast Portland, Lake Oswego, and Camas, broadwaycigar.com, 503-473-8000) sells cigars and accessories, includes a walk-in humidor, and provides a well-appointed smoking lounge.
Children’s clothing, furniture, and toys are available at most department stores and discount stores. Such spelling-challenged national retailers as Babies “R” Us, Toys “R” Us (both at toysrus.com), and Gymboree (gymboree.com) all have multiple stores in and around Portland. Portland also has many independent stores that specialize in children’s stuff. Here are a few:
- Black Wagon, 3964 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, 866-916-0004, blackwagon.com, serves up large helpings of hip designer clothes, toys, and bedding for the 0–6 crowd.
- Child’s Play, 2305 NW Kearney St, 503-224-5586, childsplayportland.com, has a wide selection of toys and books.
- Finnegan’s, 820 SW Washington St, 503-221-0306, finneganstoys.com, is the largest non-chain toy store in town, with a truly tremendous selection of toys and games.
- Grasshopper, 1816 NE Alberta St, 503-335-3131, grasshopperstore.com, sells an eclectic assortment of children’s books, clothes, and toys.
- Kids at Heart, 3445 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 503-231-2954, kidsathearttoys.com, sells high-quality children’s toys and books.
- OMSI Science Store, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 SE Water Ave, 503-797-4626, omsi.edu/science-store; not exactly a children’s store, the gift shop at OMSI nonetheless carries a huge selection of science-related toys, kits, and assorted gadgets for kids of all ages.
- Polliwog, 234 NE 28th Ave 503-236-3903, polliwogportland.com, offers clothing and accessories for newborns to first-graders.
- Posh Baby, 916 NW 10th Ave, 503-478-7674, poshbaby.com; not for bargain hunters, this Pearl District store sells strollers, toys, furniture, and accessories.
- Spielwerk Toys, 7556 SE 13th Ave, 503-736-3000, 3808 N Williams Ave, 503-282-2233, spielwerktoys.com, specializes in classic, old-school wooden toys and creative aids.
- Thinker Toys, 7784 SW Capitol Hwy, 503-245-3936, thinkertoysoregon.com, in Multnomah Village, sells a large selection of toys, games, and kits for preschoolers to high schoolers.
The quality and range of music sellers in Portland is truly astounding. In addition to the standard assortment of mall chain stores, big-box retailers, and book/record/DVD purveyors, there are nearly two dozen independent record and CD shops in the city of Portland alone. Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard boasts the largest concentration of these shops, but every Eastside neighborhood seems to have at least one claustrophobic but much-loved used record store. Many of Portland’s indie record shops specialize in specific genres—punk is a particular favorite—while others practically define the word eclectic; virtually any music store in the city is worth a browse. The biggest, best-known independent store is Music Millennium, 3158 E Burnside St, 503-231-8926, musicmillennium.com, which hosts frequent in-store shows.
Got balloons for that housewarming party? If not, you could visit your local supermarket’s customer service desk. Better yet, pay a visit to Lippman Company, 50 SE Yamhill St, 503-239-7007, lippmancompany.com. This festive establishment offers 12,000 square feet of party favors, pirate gear, balloons, costumes, and other party supplies in the Eastside Industrial District. Come for the helium tanks, stay for the practical joke selection.
Photo Supplies and Processing
When your photo processing needs go beyond 35mm prints, Blue Moon Camera and Machine, 8417 N Lombard St, 503-978-0333, bluemooncamera.com, in the heart of St. Johns, processes all kinds of arcane and rare film types. As a further gesture to iconoclasm, Blue Moon also sells refurbished manual typewriters. The more mainstream Pro Photo Supply, 1112 NW 19th Ave, 503-241-1112, 800-835-3314, prophotosupply.com, also has a photo lab and sells cameras, lenses and other accessories, photo paper, and ink.
At some point, you’ll need good rainwear. You should be able to find something appropriate at any discount or full-service department store, at sporting goods stores (see Sports and Recreation for a list), or from mail order suppliers such as Land’s End (landsend.com) or L.L. Bean (llbean.com). Or you might try one of the following sportswear retailers:
- Columbia Sportswear, 911 SW Broadway, 503-226-6800, columbia.com, is the company’s downtown flagship store; also consider checking out Columbia Sportswear’s outlet stores in Sellwood, Lake Oswego, and Woodburn Premium Outlets. (See “Outlet Malls” above.) If you’ve just arrived from a desert clime, Columbia has a store at the airport.
- The North Face, 1202 NW Davis St, 503-727-0200, thenorthface.com, has lots of high-end mountaineering gear, as well as a selection of jackets made from expensive waterproof/breathable fabrics.
- Patagonia, 907 NW Irving St, 503-525-2552, patagonia.com, has pricey, nicely made activewear, including rainwear.
Odd and Hard-to-Find Goods and Services
Unless you plan to wash ‘em yourself, Tidee Didee (503-777-3856, tideedidee.com) is the only game in town for handling non-disposable diapers.
Furniture Restoration and Repair
Did you unpack the moving truck only to find that it was a bad idea to pack your unpadded “claw” sculpture next to that Stickley dresser? Portland has many furniture hospitals, most of which are listed online in the Yellow Pages under “Furniture-Repair and Refinish.”