Downtown has it all this holiday season: art, ambiance and local artisans

Pop-up shops, art installations and LED holiday lights deliver a complete downtown shopping experience this holiday season.

Nov 9, 2011

PORTLAND, Ore. – City and business leaders came together today to celebrate the kick-off of downtown’s holiday shopping season. Portland Mayor Sam Adams, joined by retailers, members of the local arts community and representatives of the Clean & Safe District, announced the opening of the four pop-up shops and an art installation celebrating Portland. Attendees also launched the annual holiday lighting program.

"Once again, downtown Portland is the place to celebrate the holidays,” said Mayor Adams. "We’ve got the cultural attractions, the restaurants, and of course, the local and national stores for everyone on your list.  Today’s event highlights everything downtown Portland has to offer."

"The Clean & Safe District is proud to be part of today’s holiday kick-off and celebrate all of the hard work we do throughout the year to make downtown such a special place for the holidays,” said Dave Williams, chair of the Clean & Safe District. "Each year, downtown property owners, the city and our arts community continue to find new ways to attract more people to experience downtown and this year is no exception.”

More information about the holiday attractions – pop-up shops, art installation and holiday lighting - starting today is below.

PDX Pop-Up Shops:

The four pop-up shops showcase local independent artisans and designers, encouraging shoppers to seek out unique gift offerings downtown this holiday season. In addition to supporting local talent and emerging retail entrepreneurs, the shops temporarily activate vacant storefronts, which improves the pedestrian environment downtown and allows property owners to showcase their vacant space for future, permanent tenants. The pop-ups will remain open through December 31. This is the third year of the program.

Pop-up shop locations:
• Boys’ Fort:  600 SW 10th Ave., Suite 114
• Portland Saturday Market Annex: 600 SW 10th Ave., Suite 101
• Downtown Artistry: 940 SW Morrison St.
• Trillium Artisans: 318 SW Taylor St.

Pop-up shop partners include downtown’s Clean & Safe District, Portland Business Alliance, Portland Development Commission, Downtown Retail Advocate, Downtown Marketing Initiative, City of Portland, Vizwerks, Bill Naito Company, and S-N Properties.

Last year’s five pop-up stores’ sales totaled more than $150,000 during the eight-week period, and two of those shops remain open today:  Crafty Wonderland at 802 SW 10th Ave. and Portland Design Collective at 902 SW Morrison St.

Holiday Lighting:

Each year, festive holiday lights light up more than 700 trees along 63 blocks in downtown Portland. This is the fourth year the program has used LED lights. The ‘green’ holiday lighting program reflects the city’s commitment to sustainability and reduces energy costs by 80 percent compared to traditional lights. The lights will remain up through February 15.

Property owners and managers in downtown’s Clean & Safe District cover the full costs of the lights installation, maintenance and electricity costs. The Alliance has been managing the downtown holiday lighting program for eight years on behalf of the Clean & Safe District. Portland’s holiday lighting program is one of the largest tree-lighting programs in the nation. Lights are installed using techniques that are approved by the Urban Forestry Department.

Portland Storefronts – the new art installation:

Portland Trivia storefront art installation by Steven Fort celebrates all of the ways our city is special and unique. Portland Trivia is part of the Portland Storefronts program, bringing temporary art installations to Portland’s downtown retail core.

Portland Storefronts Location: 731 SW Morrison (corner of SW Morrison & Park)

Portland Storefronts partners include the Travel Portland, Portland Business Alliance, downtown’s Clean & Safe District and the Portland Development Commission.


Downtown Clean & Safe District
Downtown’s Clean & Safe District was created more than 20 years ago to support additional cleaning and security in the central city. The district, funded by downtown property owners, includes 213 blocks in the central city, and also supports market research and retail recruitment and retention efforts. The district is managed by the Portland Business Alliance under the direction of the district’s board of directors.

The Portland Business Alliance
The Portland Business Alliance is Greater Portland’s Chamber of Commerce. With nearly 1,200 members, we strive to promote and foster an environment in the Portland region that attracts, supports and retains private sector jobs, spurs economic vitality and enables quality educational opportunities for the region's residents. Learn more at