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For those who constantly keep a watchful eye for quirky fashion, a visit to the Upper Playground is must. When you step inside this store, you are sure to be surrounded by vivacious colors, its every wall has graffiti and the selection of clothes and accessories complement the theme of the place. T-shirts are their highest selling items, these come designed with whimsical art and their quality is top notch. Upper Playground also has quite a selection of pullovers and bags, and they also sell footwear. The place boasts of a distinctive character; it's an art gallery that comes with a store or could also be described the other way round. It all depends on what you are here for!
A veteran in all kinds of skateboarding needs, Cal Skate Skateboards is supplying enthusiasts with equipment since 1976. It enjoys the status of being Oregon's oldest skateboard shop, and also the largest, with a whopping collection of 400 decks that include old school boards, long boards, pro models, beginner completes and cruiser boards. Nouveau skateboarders as well as stalwart enthusiasts spend quite some time at this impressive shop which also sells its wares online. The shop is located in close proximity to the Burnside Skate Park.
Venture down Stark street to 2nd Avenue and find 2nd Avenue Records. Portland is a city full of record stores, but this one is unique. Upon entry, customers don't know if they're in a record store or a DJ's basement. Furthermore, one glance at the music on display, shows people they've come to the right place. There's an international pop music section, a full Hawaiian section, and enough reggae music to have to distinguish between reggae, rock steady, and ska. T-shirts and strange art hangs from the ceilings. Much of it is for purchase. All records and sales are kept on pieces of paper and in actual flippable books. Products are new and used and the staff is open to carrying independent artists' work.
Portland is known for its book stores. For those who are serious book shoppers, Cameron's Books and Magazines is a must visit. Most of the books are used and some are priced as low as 35 cents. From the outside, Cameron's looks pretty bleak, with a large sign that looks like its been there for a long time. The setup inside is not fancy or chic. There's no coffee shop and it's a bit dusty. If customers are willing to dig, they can spend hours searching for all kinds of wonderfully odd books that may have been forgotten about. The graphic novel section is quite impressive and elements of history can undoubtedly be found among the periodicals and journals. The helpful staff enjoys sharing their knowledge of the city and reading.
Be the bride no one will forget, by dressing up in the most lovely gown from AniA Collection. Located in downtown Portland, this bridal boutique is one of the best in Northwest and designs exclusive high quality gowns and dresses. You will have to seek an appointment first for a sitting with the consultants who will help you select your dream wedding gown. The gowns and bridesmaid dresses can be coordinated according to the theme of the wedding; and the boutique will also help you choose the right accessories and jewelry.
This Downtown Portland/City Center jewelry and precious metals store is the place to go for rock bottom prices. You will find a wealth of exquisite jewelry—from gold lockets to Italian mesh jewelry. Jewelry is only the beginning. This establishment also buys and sells gold, platinum, and silver bars and coins. Ask about custom minting for keepsake medallions. If you love precious metals and fine jewelry, they may now be within your reach.