We love supporting the incredible independent businesses in the Portland community. The sheer amount is amazing and inspiring. In our organizers alone, there’s Redux Wrapping (a gift wrapping service that uses all reused materials), Portland Button Works (a shop on Interstate Ave that sells & makes buttons, zines, patches, books, and more), and Antiquated Future (an online shop that sells zines, music, notebooks, handmade cards, and beyond).
Below is a short list of some of our favorites. Many of them have online storefronts as well, so whether you’re in Portland or not, check them out when doing your holiday shopping.
The best place to go and buy comics and zines in this town! The racks and shelves are overflowing with local and international contributions, and there is a large selection of street art/grafiti interest books as well.
400 NW Couch St
Give creatively! Sponsor a membership for the friend who needs that extra push. Or treat yourself to a membership to the coolest club in town. (After all, PZS is only 7 months away!)
1001 SE Division St
People come from around the world for the selection at this tiny record shop. Their mixtape series (which spans from noise pop to early rhythm & blues) make great gifts.
5202 N Albina Ave
A hidden little bookshop in inner SE. If you are lucky enough to find the door open, you will find walls and shelves chock full of used books big and small. You won’t be able to shop online here, as “Mother Foucault’s is old-school: no computers, no email, no voicemail, no credit cards (cash or check only). Just magnificent books.” (from their unattended facebook page).
523 SE Morrison
Art store with lots of paper goods. I love how everything is displayed in little stacks! Muse has a little of everything, and I often run into creative people stocking up!
4220 SE Hawthorne
Book press located on SW Ankeny around the corner from Mary’s Club. Run and operated by two very able and creative ladies – you can buy book projects from local authors and artists, find blank journals to put your ideas in, as well as publish your own work in collaboration with PS. Many of these creations are made with lovely reclaimed materials.
717 SW Ankeny St
Another precious little book press. Scout makes thousands of little brown books out of their bright yellow studio in SE, and also accepts custom orders. I personally carry one with me at all times!
2130 SE 10th Ave
Get crafty with your gifts and hit up this local go-to spot for reused materials and oddities.
2915 NE MLK Blvd.
A shop and record label carrying everything Portland ever. Music from Portland favorites, (like their latest compilation Friends and Friends of Friends Vol 5) and many other delights. Especially for those who love special little things. Visit shop Downtown Portland or online.
412 SW 10th Ave