Conscious Shopping IRL: The Pearl & Downtown Portland


New year new us? Not really, same old same old over here. Preaching without being preachy. Generally letting you know where to buy the cool shit that also does good shit, for the environment, people. You know the conscious drill. But we were thinking, whilst we’re online, there’s still brave folks out there in the world of brick and mortar. Not only are they braving the real world, but they’re making it better by flogging stuff that’s much better for the real world than your average, well, Forever 21 and what not.

To honor these brave souls we’re starting a new series. Conscious IRL. Neighborhood guides for shopping (and eating and drinking) consciously. We’re kicking things off in the world of conscious cool – Portland. On the west side of the river in The Pearl and downtown area.


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Backtalk is probably one of our favourite Portland stores. Curated by color and filled with local and indie designers, it’s a colorful haven of conscious finds. Pay particular attention to their accessories collections – they’re out of this world.

Conscious Labels: Laurs Kemp, vintage, local, handmade.
Where: 421 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Frances May

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Frances May is your classic high end shop – think of it as a locally driven Barney’s Co-op. It’s has your classic high end delights mixed in with local and conscious finds.

Conscious Labels: Ulla Johnson, Ace & Jig, Jesse Kamm, Ilana Kohn, Kate Towers, Raquel Allegra.
Where: 1003 SW Washington St, Portland, OR,  97205

North of West

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North of West is a gem of a store run by the folks behind Make It Good, Nell & Mary, & Pigeon Toe. They showcase their flagship lines alongside other handpicked labels including accessories and beauty goods.

Conscious Labels: Make It Good, Nell & Mary, Pigeon Toe, Wray, Baggu
Where:203 SW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Spruce Apothecary

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Looking to extend your conscious routine to the bathroom? Spruce is an excellent stop. With a full selection of Fig and Yarrow amongst other hard to find beauty and grooming brands, it’s a great stop for stocking your shower and purchasing gifts (organic beauty is totes a gateway drug for conscious living)

Conscious Labels: Fig & Yarrow, Otter Wax, African Botanics, Baxter of California, D.S & Durga.
Where: 1022 W Burnside St, Unit K, Portland, OR 97209


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Woonwinkel has a delightful variety of home goods, beauty products, accessories and gifts, most of which hail from local and/or US and European based artisans. It’s an ever evolving treasure trove, frequently featuring pop up collections.

Conscious Labels: Tracy Tanner, Bend Goods, Coral & Tusk, Favor Jewelry.
Where: 935 SW Washington, Portland, OR 97205

Map It: Find even more shopping and plus bonus eats and drinks on our handy Google Map!

Bonus Shopping

Steven Alan
1029 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205
1022 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
Powells Books
1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
Billy Goat Vintage
200 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
Bridge & Burn
1122 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205

Bonus Eats and Drinks

SuperBite: Best for small plate dinners (get the Spaghettios!)
1215 SW Alder St, Portland, OR – 97205
Tasty n Alder: The best restaurant in Portland (bar their sister spot Tasty n Sons)
580 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Sizzle Pie: Best for a quick slice of pie
926 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97205
Kenny and Zukes: Best for Chicken Soup
1038 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205
Rogue Brewery: Best for Beer and Beer Cheese everything
1339 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97209
Clyde Common: Best for Happy Hour
1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205
Blue Star Donuts: Best for Artisan Donuts
1237 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205
Voodoo Doughnuts: Best for Novelty Donuts
22 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Barista: Best for a Great and Quick Coffee
539 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Lauretta Jean’s: Best for a slice of pie (that’s not pizza)
600 SW Pine St, Portland, OR 97205



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