My parents owned a small computer store located in the small downtown of a small city where everyone knew everyone. The entire city was no more than five square miles.
I guess you can say that because of their beginnings, I have a strong connection to supporting small businesses.
Buying from small businesses doesn’t just add more money to their pockets or pay the salaries of their employees. This was how my parents put food on the table, paid for summer camps, soccer jerseys, baseball equipment, and so much more for my brother, sisters, and me. Their store was the exact definition of a mom & pop shop. Selling and repairing Apple II’s at the time was good business but difficult to compete with larger corporations.
Shop Local, Shop Small
Today, their store is long gone, but their entrepreneurship and connection to small businesses remain.
Whenever possible I shop small and spend my dollars where it’s most meaningful. I want to help you do the same which is why I put together a list of local Portland, Oregon businesses on Shopify. I hope you find this helpful.
Of the following Shopify stores, none of them are my clients. My only connection to them is that I want to introduce you to some amazing products.
Kids and Kids at Heart
By far one of the best new companies in Portland is A Kids Book About. They were also recognized with 10 of their books being selected for #OprahsFavoriteThings in 2020. We personally own 6 of their books and can recommend A Kids Book About Racism as a great start to the conversation. They are ready.
Finnegans Toys and Gifts has old-school classics, the latest in whimsy, and Toy of the Year award-winner board games, puzzles, dolls, science kits, and more.
Support your little ones emotional learning well-being with Slumberkins. Their stories use research-based techniques to teach little ones important social-emotional skills.
Hands 4 Building provides the opportunity for trial and error learning with real tools, real blueprints, and sustainable basswood sticks and strips. Students build their own model parts to create real-world structures.
Iltopia Studios creator Steven Christian is changing the way we interact with art, technology, books, and storytelling with his handmade creations. My favorite is the Black Superheroes Matter Artbook aimed at redefining popular superheroes through the eyes of black children.
Not only does Crafty Wonderland sell handcrafted goods and art made exclusively by Portland artists, they also host a twice-a-year market featuring 200+ artists at the Oregon Convention Center.
A non-profit, Built Oregon is a collection of sellers from all over Oregon that comes together to make Oregon the leader in consumer product innovation and development. Make sure you take a look at Momo Cocoa company. Their Momo Mint Cocoa Mix is my all-time favorite.
Sending a care package to a loved one isn’t just for when the kids go off to camp. With Made Here, you can build a customized care package box fit for anyone on your list.
Ames & Oates makes the gift-giving process simple, easy, and memorable with their curated gift boxes.
Fetch Coffee Roasters combines two of my favorite things with their passion for great coffee and their love of dogs. I personally recommend the Muddy Paws blend.
I was first introduced to Pan’s Mushroom Jerky in 2018 at VegFest and instantly loved their product. Pan’s jerky is made of shiitake mushrooms with a delicious umami taste and satisfying meaty texture. My favorite is their Original and Applewood BBQ flavors.
Crafted from a small production kitchen, Hot Mama Salsa hand produces fresh salsas, hot sauces, and chili oils using traditional ethnic cooking methods and fresh local ingredients.
Nossa Familia Coffee is a farm-to-cup coffee company.
Share Coava Coffee vibes this holiday with high quality, freshly roasted specialty coffee.
Jacobsen Salt Co. was the first company to harvest salt in the Pacific Northwest since Lewis & Clark built their salt works in 1805 and is a nationally recognized brand as America’s leading salt maker.
The Meadow has limited edition salts inspired by their love of Portland.
Seisuke Knife promotes Japanese culture by carrying high-end cutlery made by some of the top bladesmiths in the country.
In a city saturated with coffee and very few tea shops, Tea Bar sets to create a new experience focusing on quality over quantity.
Surprise your taste buds with a diverse range of bold flavors and bright colors with Stash Tea.
Portland Syrups brews exquisitely flavored lower-sugar mixers using whole botanical ingredients. Their mixers contain 40% fewer sugar calories than a typical cocktail mixer.
As a Smith Tea maker, you know — in the cup, it’s all or nothing. You must have good tea, carefully handled, and made with imagination.
Tea Chai Té has been a joyful staple for Portland area tea drinkers and visitors alike. And, if you mention you visited a wonderful tea shop in the Portland area, your friends are likely to respond with, “Oh, are they the ones in the caboose?” That’s them!
Handmade & Crafters alike
Looptworks re-purposes and upcycles abandoned, pre-consumer, and post-consumer materials into limited edition products.
Ullimouu Studio handcrafts jewelry and adornments
Moments Have You is a boutique gift store with their own greeting cards, original paintings, home accessories, and more who is a self-proclaimed Crazy Cat Lady.
The Vital Element features handcrafted jewelry, decor, and local educational workshops, featuring carefully curated materials with unique attributes.
Portland Pet Food Company cares as much about the health of your dogs as they do their own.
The Poco Pet is a lightweight pet carrier that you can carry with you all the time.
Olander Earthworks designs handcrafted, interactive products focused on imaginative play to support your journey to wellbeing.
Clothing & Apparel
Ink & Spark exists solely for the purpose of supporting underrepresented communities in tech, aiming to provide funding for organizations that create pathways into tech for these communities, as well as support advancement and leadership development opportunities for those already in tech.
Kevia allows you to enjoy the world’s treasures, one journey at a time. A convergence of jewelry design and sustainability, Kevia jewelry and accessories are designed in Portland.
Grafletics is a retro-modern inspired lifestyle brand that blends sports, the outdoors, nostalgia, and local sentiment. Every piece is designed, printed, and finished in Portland.
Pizza Party HQ brings the fun flavor of Sizzle Pie to kick ass apparel.
LAUNDRY is a vintage clothing store specializing in sports and pop culture. Hailed by Willamette Week as “the most original vintage shop Portland has seen in years,” LAUNDRY features Rip City’s best selection of curated sportswear and vintage Trail Blazers attire.
Findlay creates hats built for good times.
Fastlane is an independent clothing brand and creative label bringing you premium streetwear and lifestyle apparel.
For customized Elite Socks, Custom Arm Sleeves, and other apparel, look no farther than HoopSwagg.
Skincare & Wellness
The Braid Releaser is conquering the world one braid at a time with their revolutionary tool that keeps hair from breaking when taking down braids.
Wooly Beast Naturals makes soy wax candles, all-natural soaps, beard oils, unisex perfume oils, and more. Their candles, soap, beard oils, and perfume oils are crafted and poured by hand in the Pacific NW.
Live Botanical products are herbalist formulated using a holistic approach to topical skincare. Products are designed to be layered and work together harmoniously to help balance a variety of skin types.
The Bee Lucia Wellness Candle is made by a small family team and is individually hand-poured.
Athletes & the Outdoors
Sellwood Cycle is a full-service bike shop that specializes in bicycle repair as well as both new and consignment bike sales.
Soccer city wouldn’t be complete without the PTFC Authentic’s store. Portland Thorns FC and Portland Timbers FC gear for the ultimate soccer fan.
Tursi Soccer is Portland’s soccer specialty store where you can find the latest in footwear, apparel, and equipment.
Airblaster makes premium snowboarding outerwear for the mountains, travel, and daily life.
Oros apparel uses the same stuff NASA uses to insulate spacecrafts and science’d it into max-warmth, zero-bulk apparel destined to take you beyond.
Looking for that perfect stocking stuffer? Look no further than Fancy That.
11:11 Supply brings beautiful office supplies and organizational tools from all over the world to boost productivity and happiness. One of my favorite places to nerd out!
Look no farther than Goodwell for sustainable, revolutionary oral-care.
All Things Real Estate elevates the look and feel of real estate by providing realtors with creative, well-designed products and conversation starters.
Green Bird Press is a small letterpress printing and bindery operation with a modern, minimalist, often geeky approach to design. Letterpress printing and bookbinding are both ancient crafts and as such present unique challenges and characteristics.
Support Small Businesses In Your Neighborhood & Beyond
If you’ve made it this far, I hope you spend time visiting a few of the amazing shops listed above. I’m sure you know how important it is to support independent businesses and hopefully, you found the gift for you or your special someone.