Its own little municipality within the City of Portland, Sellwood-Moreland feels this way not just because its distinctive borders of the Willamette River to the west and McLoughlin Boulevard to the east fortify it, but because it was once incorporated as its own city (and ultimately annexed by the city six years later in 1893). Perched atop a bluff overlooking the Willamette, riverside you’ll find a two-mile section of the walking-jogging-cycling Springwater Corridor trail running the length of Sellwood’s western edge, along which sits both the century-old Oaks Park Amusement Park and Roller Rink, as well as 140 acres of wetlands and woodlands in the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge where more than 185 bird species make their nests or stop off during migration. Just up the hill you’ll find the nondenominational Oaks Pioneer Church, which, since 1851, is the "oldest Oregon church in continuous use" (and that includes river transport from St. Johns to its current locale), and the main drags of Tacoma, Milwaukie, and 13th (which turns the corner and becomes Bybee). Wandering along any of these, you’ll discover a self-contained community with its own retail boutiques, library, pet and garden supply stores, independent movie theater, barber shops, a selection of casual restaurants and cafes, and antique malls aplenty—plus secondhand shops like The Bins (Goodwill's infamous bulk outlet where you pay for your treasure—or trash—by the pound). In the evening, you can even find live music on select nights—if you know where to look—and if not, take a tour of the local social scene by visiting the bevy of welcoming dive bars.

Shop

  • Tilde

    7919 SE 13th Ave.
    Portland OR 97202

    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 here," Hamada says, "you'll probably like just about everything." 

  • Sellwood Dog Supply & Cat Annex

    8334 SE 17th Ave.
    Portland OR 97202

    There's basically one reason it took Mary and Charlie Gibbs so long to retire: dog lovers. The couple used to design and sell horse blankets in Colorado and entered the dog coat-making business at the request of dog-loving horse owners. They soon found it wasn't just Coloradan dogs that needed protection from the elements, and their Gold Paw Series coats can now be found in more than 1,500 stores in three countries. But, just because the Gibbs have finally retired doesn't mean that dog lovers are out of luck—the Gibbs have passed on their coat-making business and pet shop torches to their daughter, designer Becky Gibbs-Gadd, and shop manager Kathleen Kramer, respectively. Inside the store, you can find Gibbs-Gadd's dog coats as well as dog toys, beds and food, including healthy treats and chow for pups on raw food diets. And, because Sellwood loves its kittens too, the shop has all kinds of goodies for felines, including toys, food, litter and catnip. The shop has even partnered with a groomer (who'll spruce up your dog or cat) and the folks at Multnomah County Animal Services in an effort to adopt out a pair of kitties each week. Most importantly, Kramer says, one of the shop's primary focuses is to carry goods made by locals. She tries to stock the stores shelves with products made in the Pacific Northwest, and welcomes artisans who make cat or dog products to contact Kathleen via email.

Important Links

Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League
Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance
Coalition Office: Southeast Uplift
Neighborhood Map
Capital Improvement Projects
Crime Stats
Parks
Schools
Zoning Designations