Easily one of Portland’s most desirable neighborhoods, the Pearl District is home to some of the city’s best known chefs and restaurants, world class art galleries, and vibrant shops and boutiques. Located in the heart of downtown, businesses ranging from finance and real estate to renowned advertising agencies and software firms can be found here, nestled among family-friendly parks that attract visitors and locals, many of whom call the neighborhood’s iconic residential buildings home. Formerly a neglected corridor of abandoned warehouses and railways, the Pearl District has earned a worldwide reputation for urban renaissance.
Browsing numerous shops and galleries, three of my faves are:
Thea's Vintage Living
Oblation Paper and Press
In the retail boutique you will find distinctive papers from around the world. In addition to an assortment of eclectic gift items, Oblation Papers & Press also carries Italian correspondence cards, French wax seals, fine fountain pens, photo albums and journals, raw materials for bookbinding, designer office supplies, and an unrivaled selection of handmade and local artist greeting cards.
This shop is a must-see and experience.
There are even vintage typewriters for sale and for use. Fun!
Oblation Papers: website
A mix of old and new, Porch Light offers everyday objects both useful and beautiful. We feature rustic furniture, handmade jewelry, glassware, ceramics, wool blankets and throws, stationery and books, perfumes, candles and all manner of curious and useful objects for your home.
I fell in love with the vintage zinc letters and industrial goods.
Porch Light: website
Of course I walked through the ginormous Powell's Books. WOW! Book lovers beware! You can spend a whole day inside there.
Two shops on my list, Cielo Home and Hunt & Gather, were closed on Monday, so I'll check them out today.
Portland, like Seattle, is such a friendly pedestrian city. It is so walkable.
Day 1 in Portland, y'all!