On your way in or out of town, this could be a necessary stop. Located near three of Portland's main roadways (Interstate 5, State Highway 26 and State Highway 217), Washington Square is a convenient place to shop. Saturdays get fairly crowded, but the five major department stores, 100-plus specialty shops and well-kept landscape make it worthy of a visit if you like the mall thing. Be sure to grab a bite in one of the many restaurants.
Summer Saturdays are special in the City of Roses. Not only is the Saturday Market in season, but so is all the beautiful produce that is traded at this farmers market. Spread out in the South Park Blocks near Portland State University, the market features fresh plants, flowers, herbs, breads, cheeses and organic meats. From May through October, the country harvest is brought into the city. Visitors should check out the Oregon History Center while in the area. If you are feeling adventurous, there are many other locations- one for every day of the week.
One of the biggest toy shops in the city, Finnegan's Toys and Gifts has been selling interesting games and toys for children for over 35 years. It is the place to find some of the best gift options for a child. From the best new games to time-tested classics, this shop has it all. What's more, the friendly staff are always happy to pitch in with advice and suggestions to help you pick out the perfect toy. This is a great place to bring a child and gift him a world of happiness he will cherish forever.
Lloyd Center Mall has been a popular shopping destination since it opened in 1960. It was the biggest of its kind in the state during that time. Spread across three levels, it is a fine place to window shop, enjoy movies, dine and actually shop. The ice skating rink provides great entertainment for adults and kids alike and makes for a great spot for family fun.
Grasshopper is a storehouse of surprises for children and adults. It offers a range of toys, games and merchandise alongside clothes, books and children's accessories. The tunics and blouses sport youthful designs, while non-toxic toys ensure a good time for children while making sure that they stay safe. With a staff that goes out of their way to help out their customers in choosing gifts, Grasshopper is worth a visit if you're on the look-out for a special treat for your little ones.
A huge store full of toys in every corner, Thinker Toys contains in itself a world of fun for children. With a plethora of toys to keep the children busy, this is one place where you will definitely want to splurge. Browse through shelves stocked with brightly colored and interesting new games, and reminisce your childhood. You can also pick out a few gifts while you're at it and have them wrapped for free. The toys are moderately priced to suit most budgets.
Floating World Comics is an exciting bookstore for artists and readers that showcases books that are a treasure to own and read. Curated books that are rare but make for a great read are also available at this store. Art shows held on a monthly basis at the store invites talented cartoonists to share and display their craft. A record store is also housed in the premises and is a great place to find music from across genres.
The styles and colors that emerge from the designer's offices at Hanna Andersson are simple, bright and fun. Established in 1983, this Portland-based business is known for quality clothing and accessories for children. Now, the business has expanded to include clothing, shoes and accessories for women and toys as well. After over three decades in the business, Hanna Andersson's easy to wear and stylish creations remain a favorite amongst the city's discerning shoppers despite competition from newer children's boutiques.
This Portland area store has been providing customers nationwide with the finest in sheepskin products for more than two decades. Look for comfy slippers, seat covers, hats, bedding, rugs and scads of accessories. The durability and comfort of sheepskin is obvious. It also helps to maintain consistent body temperature, no matter what the weather. Reasonable prices and customer satisfaction are guaranteed.
Scrap is aptly named so for it deals in reused items that can be fine pieces of stationery and craft supplies. It was started by a few teachers who wanted to reuse their art supplies. Thus, an idea was conceived, and today Scrap has become a leading store with an adjacent boutique displaying the creative works of artists. This eco-friendly store also organizes classes to teach people various hobbies that help in creatively recycling old materials.