The best way to spread holiday cheer is shopping local and investing here.

For Them: Shop Local For Everyone on Your List

For Them: Shop Local For Everyone on Your List

While you may have a few predictable persons on your holiday gift list, sometimes you could use a little assistance with all the others. Need some ideas? Never fear, we've got your inspiration here. In the spirit of shopping local, Neighborhood Notes has sourced gift ideas from Portland businesses to help you find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list this year. These unisex, color-blocked gloves ($28) more...

14 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in November

With just one month remaining in 2013, restaurateurs are showing no signs of slowing the clip at which they open new places to eat and drink. November was once again dominated by new restaurant openings, including spots that serve coffee, Scandinavian fare, and vegan Indian dishes, as well as bowls of ramen and wood-fired pizza. But, it wasn't all food, all the time. November also brought us all-natural handmade more...

Get to Know Portland's Indie Retailscape

Shop Local: Queen Bee Creations

Shop Local: Queen Bee Creations

Rebecca Pearcy caught the "sewing bug" at the age of 13 and spent her subsequent high school and college years reclaiming vintage materials from thrift stores and sewing them together into a personal wardrobe of her own design. Throughout the years, she scoured the market for specific things she wanted, like custom-built bags, only to realize that the only way she was going to get what shereally wanted was more...

Get to Know Portland's Indie Retailscape

Shop Local: Bonnet Boutique

Shop Local: Bonnet Boutique

After moving to Portland from Sonoma County—where she owned clothing and interior design shops—Patricia Zanger found herself in a mild quandary once the leaves fell and the rains began: She was cold and needed a hat, but after searching the city, couldn't find one she liked. So, she went about finding that hat and then opened a new shop so that others could find theirs too. At present, Zanger's more...

Make the Little Things Count Big This Holiday Season by Shopping Small!

Gift Ideas for Holiday Party Hosts and Hostesses

Gift Ideas for Holiday Party Hosts and Hostesses

We all know it’s the little things that count, so when you’re shopping for a token of appreciation for the host or hostess of a holiday party, we hope you’ll support the little things that make Portland neighborhoods great: our small, independent businesses. Make the little things count big this holiday season by shopping small! At $42.90, this 64-ounce stainless steel growler is definitely more more...

Get to Know Portland's Indie Retailscape

Shop Local: Tilde

Shop Local: Tilde

In the words of owner Debbe Hamada, Tilde "feels like a home more than a shop." Decorated in bright, brilliant, can't-miss colors, Tilde is a modern lifestyle shop where you can find accessories, handbags, jewelry and scarves to augment your personal style, as well as hip mugs, glasses, placemats, and locally produced rotating art to spruce up your home. "Chances are, if you like one thing in more...

Because There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays

Made in Portland: A Guide to Locally Made Gifts

Made in Portland: A Guide to Locally Made Gifts

This holiday season, give the joy of Portland to everyone on your list. With goods crafted in neighborhoods all over the city, the money you spend at independent, locally owned businessesstays here in our economy, but when you buy somethingmadehere, thatamount of money increases even more. And that's a gift for all of us! Delight in the flavor that started it all for Rebecca Moore'sSweet and Salty's more...

Help Spread the Local Love This Holiday Season!

Home for the Holidays: #shopPDX

Home for the Holidays: #shopPDX

We all know there’s no place like home for the holidays—especially when your home is Portland, Oregon. Seeing that the Rose City is full of bakers and builders, coffee roasters and crafters, chefs and creators of all kinds, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t look to spend your money locally this holiday season. Shopping at independent businesses gives you the chance to create relationships more...

DOWNLOADS: Local-Themed Holiday Banners

Download our free holiday banners for your social media accounts, newsletter or website,and help spread the local love this holiday season! We'll be rolling out a new set of banners each week during our six-week #shopPDXcampaign (during which we'll feature local shops and business districts, sharegift guides, offerdeals to you, and giveaway weekly prizes!), so feel free to freshen up your online presence more...

Get to Know Portland's Indie Retailscape

Shop Local: Mabel and Zora

Shop Local: Mabel and Zora

Tiffany Bean says the Doris Day movies she watched as a child dazzled her. Each film's costume design was "always so colorful and cheery." Even household items from that era like toasters were exciting to behold, she says. As a nod to those films, and the stylish boutique her grandmother once ran in East Texas, Bean and her husband, Corey, aim to bring those bright colors to the City of Roses and spread more...