Three Wise Shoppers: Mayor Sam Adams, Santa and Macy's Downtown Store Manager Emily Flint
IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE YOU KNOW WHAT: City and business leaders came together today to celebrate the kick-off of downtown’s holiday shopping season. Portland Mayor Sam Adams, joined by retailers, downtown property owners and representatives of the Clean & Safe District, announced the opening of the four pop-up shops, the annual “Holidates” promotion, a “pin it and win it” interactive Pinterest campaign and SmartPark free parking days in December. Attendees also launched the annual holiday lighting program.
“Today’s event highlights the festive shopping experience downtown Portland has to offer this holiday season,” said Mayor Adams. “We’ve got the entertainment, the restaurants, and of course, the local and national stores for everyone on your list.”
“The Clean & Safe District is proud to be part of today’s holiday kick-off and celebrate all of the hard work we do throughout the year to make downtown such a special place for the holidays,” said Dave Hamilton, chair of the Clean & Safe District. “Each year, downtown retail and property owners, the city and our arts community continue to find new ways to attract more people to experience downtown and this year is no exception.”
HOLIDATE WITH DOWNTOWN: From 4-7 p.m. every Thursday in December, stay after work or go downtown to cross things off your to-do list and have some fun! Enjoy special events in stores and restaurants and listen to live merry music in the Pioneer District, sponsored by Portland Mall Management, Inc.
PDX POP-UP SHOPS: Downtown will have four new shops for the holiday season. The four pop-up shops showcase local independent artisans and designers, encouraging shoppers to seek out unique gift offerings downtown this holiday season. Here's a little bit of information on each, including my favorite NoPo store, Boys Fort.
902 SW Morrison St.
An homage to the wisdom of times past, Wolf’s Apothecary features local health and beauty products with a collection of turn-of-the century and modern home goods.
Owner Jewelie Randall’s depth of experience with the natural world, from growing up in the wilds of Washington State combined with twenty years of plant wisdom as a city herbalist inspired the vision for Wolf’s Apothecary where you can enter a time that is both past and present at once.
Old Apothecaries often were named after the Apothecarist themselves, Randall means Wolf’s Shield, so in keeping with tradition, we offer Wolf’s: Strong, Bold, Cool. Inherently Portland. Products include: Tea, Facial Care Products, Lotions, Body Butters, Body Scrubs, Lip Butters, Bath Herbs, Potions, Perfumes, Solid Perfumes, Candles, Soap, Body Wash, Men’s Barber Line. The owner of Wolf’s also operates Flora, a gift store located in the West End of Downtown Portland.
535 SW Sixth Avenue
Emit blends performance fabrics and modern silhouettes to create bold, distinctive women's apparel and accessories that allow you to feel beautiful and confident in any situation.
Co-Owners Ben Hermel and Monica Cullen bring years of design and branding experience to their latest project. Using a laser cutter and a designer's eye they've crafted one of a kind dresses that are as fashionable as they are functional. The design is distinctly modern with an easy elegance that catches the eye.
They execute on a simple, but innovative idea: Our lives are demanding and our clothing should rise to the occasion.
902 SW Morrison St.
A family-run, field-to-fashion adventure, the Enchanted Alpaca Boutique offers stunning clothing made of alpaca and natural fabrics for men, women, children and babies. See live alpacas at the store every weekend!
The Enchanted Alpaca Boutique in Hood River Oregon opened in 2008. Owners Carol Thayer and Rick Daugherty have raised alpacas for 17 years and have their annual clip of alpaca fiber (and other local alpaca ranches) processed by local hand fiber artists as well as mini-mills here in the USA.
Rick hand-looms scarves from yarn made in US alpacas in mills. Carol has designed several lines of clothing for the store - blending baby alpaca with bamboo and silk for blends that are feather-light yet warm and cozy, great for travel or office day-wear. Some products are created by native Quechea hand artists in the high Andes mountains (13-15,000 ft elevation - where alpacas are raised), women who are drop-spinning, knitting, laughing and talking in fluid motion, all while they are shepherding flocks of alpacas with children in tow. More complex textiles (not yet available in the US) come from fair-trade mills the owners have toured in Peru. The store provides an outlet for about a dozen incredible local hand-fiber-artists, including 91 year-old Margaret Boytz, who knits and felts amazing hats from alpaca! Truly a family-run, Field-to-Fashion adventure!
614 SW Eleventh Avenue (Governor Hotel)
Boys’ Fort showcases custom-built furniture, reclaimed lighting fixtures and men’s bags, wallets and jewelry, as well as bespoke personal fragrances and other trophies of modern-day living.
Boys' Fort is a virtual "manthropology." A store for grown up boys and their friends.
Boys' Fort showcases a wide array of products and services for the savvy shopper. Products range from custom built furniture to one of a kind irreplaceable artifacts from bygone eras. Candles, soaps, wallets, messenger bags, jewelry, home decor items and other trophies of modern-day living are front and center, all designed and hand crafted by Portland Artists with the grown-up boy in mind. Boys' Fort specializes in quirky eclecticism - style with a sense of humor. Like what you see? Let them help you interpret it for your own home. Have a little patina with your table.
Boys' Fort offers a variety of design services from color consultation to full home make-overs. Need to feel more at home in your home? Boys' Fort will work with you to bring your own distinctive style to the surface - unique, confident and livable. Richard Rolfe and Jake France are the creators and designers behind Boys' Fort. With their backgrounds in theatrical set design, they offer a different way of looking at your design dilemmas.
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