Few Portlanders do not appreciate the comfort of Birkenstock sandals. This earthy downtown store was the first of its kind to open in the River City, way back in '76, and has stood the test of time through the tremulous 80s, the flippant 90s, and has moved confidently into this century. Though not cheap by any means, Birkenstocks are virtually indestructible. There are endless styles for every lifestyle, from trendy to workwear. The supply of socks will ensure toasty feet during inclement weather. Repair services are available, too.
A good place to find comfortable, fashionable light clothing, Changes is popular with the older women of Portland. Hand-painted silks, dresses and ensembles come in women's sizes. There are plenty of coordinating accessories to go along, including scarves and shawls. Any sharp dresser will appreciate the artful dying techniques and patchwork. Located near downtown's Galleria and some great shoe stores, you are sure to find a fabulous outfit. It is only steps from the MAX line, too.
Shan Maloy has been running his shop for more than 30 years. Working with vintage watches and jewelry, he repairs, sells and trades. Choose from original pieces or new jewelry with a vintage look. Everything at Maloy's Jewelry Workshop is one of a kind. You will see lots of art deco, but there is a lot of variety crammed into this small downtown shop. There are other jewelry stores located nearby, so if you are pricing something, it could be worth your time to stop here.
A variety of women's styles, from sandal to shoe clogs in every color, crowd the walls of this little shop Clogs-N-More. Any clog you could imagine, including Swedish, German, Danish and others with lots of suede, leather and weaves, can be found here in styles and sizes for men and children. The shopkeepers are so friendly and helpful that you will want to spend your afternoon with them. If you forgot to pack your slippers, stop in and get some cozy feet-warmers.
Take MAX light rail downtown and shop till you drop. This upscale Pioneer Place shopping center sparkles with glass and brass. Many large windows make the interior bright and welcoming. A wealth of specialty stores includes Coach and H&M. If you get hungry after all that shopping, visit one of the many restaurants or the food court. For entertainment, you can visit the Regal Cinemas and watch Hollywood blockbusters on one of its screens.
Mario's is an upscale specialty store that is bright and cheerful. Men with plenty of cash and great taste are known to shop here. The expert staff hand selects the premier clothing line, and it shows in the reputable selection of designer clothes, including apparel by Robert Comstock, Calvin Klein, Armani and Alberta Ferritti. Zegna Sport provides great casual attire.
A local company with a reputation for excellence is what you will find here. While you can find Columbia Sportswear at more than 10,000 different retailers, this downtown Portland flagship store has the widest selection. Stepping into the inviting store with wood floors and several levels will make even the most anti-outdoor person reconsider. From parkas to sweaters, pants to footwear, the quality is indisputable. Owning one of these products will ensure you years of durability and stylish fashion.
Flutter is a charming addition to the Portland shopping scene. Owned by Cristin Hinesley and Sara Kolp, this boutique features an organized clutter of antiques, vintage items and artifacts. Peruse the eclectic collection of clothing, jewelry, perfumes, candles, taxidermy, furniture, home decor, books and stationery. Every purchase makes for a great gift and is a guaranteed one of a kind.
Specializing in contemporary, chic styles, House of Lolo knows what it takes to give you the clothes you want. The inventory features top brands from all over the world. Cultivating the stylish woman is all about the detail and all of the pieces in their selection are tailored to perfection. There is an edge of pizazz that distinguishes House of Lolo's collection from similar others. Find handbags, women's accessories, and clothing that can transition from day to evening wear. Helpful stylists and staff make sure clients leave the premises with a look that will make heads turn. -Cathryn D. Blue
Rebel knows no boundaries. Standardizing itself as a jewelry store, Rebel caters to the alternative in style and concept. Staff members fit the archetypal goth image, complete with cheeky grin. However, the clientele is quite diverse. Offering a selection of punk chic apparel, jewelry, tattoos and piercings, their edgy style attracts people from far and wide. The Rebel staff has a bit of community presence as well. With their stickers being posted everywhere, folks are often stopping through the shop to find out more. -Cathryn D. Blue