You may have already heard that the Pearl District has no shortage of fine fashion boutiques, and that the neighborhood is home to a number of first-rate, cutting-edge art galleries. What you may find a bit surprising is the sheer eclecticism of goods, gadgets, and gifts sold in this vibrant district that has steadily developed over the past decade into Portland’s preeminent destination for holiday shopping.
Of course, an advantage to shopping anywhere in Portland is that Oregon has no sales tax, but for bargain hunters the Pearl has plenty of additional appeal. Sure, you’ll find high-end home-furnishing shops and swanky specialtyfood stores, but the colorful mix includes retailers carrying reasonably priced books, art supplies, sportswear, pet products, decorative accessories, and thousands of other captivating wares that make perfect gifts during this season of giving. Here’s a selection of items that reflect the tremendous diversity of the Pearl District’s retail offerings. – Andrew Collins
See the Pearl District Directory for the contact and location information of all shops featured on the pages below. Click each image for a larger pop-up view.