Every day, throngs of neighborhood folk, wayward youth, buskers and tourists fill the narrow sidewalks of this quintessential Portland boulevard. They come to eat, they come to drink, they come to ask you to sign their various petitions, and they come to shop the many funky indie shops and edgy boutiques. Come one, come all, and may you find that perfect meditation cushion, samurai sword, designer cargo jacket, bottle of bergamot oil, Telekinesis album, and/or pair of Sennheiser headphones. (If you become hungry, please see my companion guide, "From Head Shops to Hand Pies: Best Spots For A Hawthorne Blvd Snack Break."
Love browsing the crazy jewelry selection at this jam-packed import shop, so many big fun pieces, sourced from Tibet, India and Nepal. Awesome spot to gift shop for your globe trotting friends.
This hip, funky, affordable shop is just right when you're having a rockabilly phase, and way more relaxing and curated than comparable mall stores. Good for accessorizing a costume too. Great shoes!
Imelda's is overwhelming--to the shoe-loving mind, to the shoe-loving feet, to the shoe-loving budget, because there are simply too many cute desirable fashionable shoes in one place, which is exactly the opposite of how the Portland dating scene works. It's nice that all the shoe boxes are stacked under the display pair so you can see if they have your size at a glance and not have to endure the agonizing pause when the staff person has to check, but they don't really like you rifling through the boxes, so ask for help.
Fred knows his stuff, and everyone I know with big expensive speakers bought them here. The shop's a little dodgy looking from the outside, but it's the best around. Even our neighbors who won the lottery and are completely remodeling their house had a Fred's van pull up the other day.
This shop doesn't look like much from the outside, but it's FULL of interesting albums, CDs and posters, many that are hard to find elsewhere. This is due in part to its antique mall-like setup, with nearly 40 dealers combining their wares to form one big hootenanny of an inventory.
It might look like a bibliophile's house, but Hawthorne Boulevard Books is actually a shop, so go on in (during business hours) and have a look around. Lovely, knowledgable owners, lots of unique used books, especially historical and scientific ones, good for your inner nerd or the nerd in your life. Smells like a real book shop should.
Kind of like what your house would look like if you could do all the traveling to exotic lands you've ever dreamed of, this kaleidoscope of a shop has enough shiny, colorful bits and baubles to keep you wandering around the display cases for days.
Forget the doggie in the window, I always want the sofa/table/chair/coffee table in the window of this reasonably-priced vintage shop in the epicenter of the Hawthorne hustle. Lots of unique home decor things, and I love their tiny metal music boxes.
This store is a well-oiled machine, and the buying team members are ruthlessly efficient--they know exactly what they want and they're picky, so don't be like the girl I saw last time I was in who took a cab over with all her stuff to sell, only sold one bag's worth, then had to sit on the curb with six other bags calling another cab instead of walking home empty-handed like she'd planned.
Get lost in the orderly rows of used clothing and shoes at this popular secondhand shop; the perfect shopping ground for Halloween, the Red Dress Party, 80s Prom, or just everyday wear. They buy clothes too!
I might be a kid at heart but it's a long time since I've been a real kid so I try not to buy too many plush animals these days...but it's hard when you walk by this Hawthorne toy shop's front windows and see the giant teddy bears and sock monkeys. Games, puzzles, Legos, princess dresses and tutus, science kits--they've got all those wondrous things that make a kiddie's ticker thump.
You're hard-pressed to come out of this shop empty-handed--between the excellent card selection, delicious smelling lotions and candles, gag gifts, clothes and jewelry, stickers and local books, you must need something. I always do my Christmas card shopping here, but if you see a box you like, buy it quick, because they go fast.
Since I've gotten more health-minded this year, I've been doing a lot of reading about the value of aromatherapy and essential oils, and how important it is to get high quality ones that haven't been cut with inferior oils, so it's great having this lovely shop around. Loving lemongrass and lavender lately--dab the latter on your pillow at night to sleep better.
Cooks and gardening afficionados could spend hours, weeks probably, wandering the aisles of this bright and cheerful bookstore. It's also packed with every sort of gift imaginable, and when I'm in a holiday/birthday shopping pinch, it never fails.
I love any place that adds an extra pe to shop, so I had to pop into this cute alternative apothecary. If you're into healing yourself with organic herbs and supplements, this is your spot--it's owned by a practicing naturopath, so you can get treatments and remedies all in one place. Great tea and essential oils selection too.
Don't fall in love with the handbags in the window, because sometimes when you ask how much they are, they are as much as half your rent. You'll just have to settle for one of the great Amy Burgess necklaces.
Well organized and discerning about what they stock, this used clothing shop (and its Northwest Portland sister store) stocks lots of top brands like Frye and Jeffrey Campbell and buys with the latest trends in mind. They buy clothes and will work on consignment with you too.
The signs outside this old-fashioned cutlery shop make bold Best Of claims, but they aren't blowing smoke--I get all my kitchen knives sharpened here and the owner does a bang-up job, and has them done in a day. Beautiful stock of knives, kitchen cutlery, and daggers, and I love the big sword labeled Samurai Divorce.
If I had a proper jewelry box, instead of a battered Ziploc bag filled with tangled strands of fake pearls and earrings that have no mate, I would want it to look like Cassidy--all those immaculately-placed necklaces and earrings and watches, sigh. Excellent spot to gift shop, for yourself and others. If you like the shop, definitely stalk them on FB and Twitter because they often announce spontaneous deals like 30% off on a whim.
This small but mighty music shop has a really well curated selection, all the new releases and loads of used albums too. My bf is in advertising and often shops here when he needs unusual music for a work spot. They put on special events and sell concert tickets too.
I buy so many things here--books, gifts, cards, mustache soap, day planners, and even tea at the adjoining Fresh Pot coffee shop. Once you go in, you don't need to leave for a while. They buy books at this location too.
If you like boutique shopping but the prices send you into the arms of the nearest H&M, this fun, affordable boutique (and its Northwest sister store) are a great compromise. Unique finds and a relaxing shopping experience, without the sticker shock.
Trendy threads and clean aesthetics at this cool corner shop right on Hawthorne. Nice variety of brands (I want all the Dear Creatures stuff), not too spendy. I usually stop in around bday/holidays to look for gifts for my picky boyfriend.