Pop in to downtown 'pop-up' stores this holiday season

Pop in to downtown 'pop-up' stores this holiday season
Jake France of Boys Fort readies a window display at the home furnishing store's holiday pop up location at the Governor Hotel. (Photo courtesy of the Portland Business Journal)

With the election finally out of the way, downtown Portland is revving up for the holiday season.

The Portland Business Alliance, the Downtown Clean & Safe Coalition and retail groups on Thursday announced four temporary pop-up stores for the 2012 holiday season, along with special offerings and events to entice shoppers to bring their wallets to the central city.

The four pop-up stores will operate through New Years Eve. They are:

  • Wolf’s Apothecary, 902 S.W. Morrison St., carries local health and beauty products and both vintage and modern home goods.
  • Enchanted Alpaca, 902 S.W. Morrison, carries elegant clothing made from alpaca and other natural fibers. The store features live alpacas over the weekend.
  • Emit, 535 S.W. Sixth Ave., The store carries bold apparel and accessories for women.
  • Boys Fort, 614 S.W. 11th Ave. The masculine-skewing home furnishings store was such a hit in 2011 that it returns in 2012, though in a new location, the Governor Hotel.

Boys’ Fort and its three fellow pop-ups in 2011 rang up $225,000 in sales.

Special offerings are:

  • Holidate: Portland Mall Management Inc. sponsors entertainment and other events from 4 to 7 p.m. every Thursday in December to entice shoppers to stay downtown after work.
  • Free Parking: Parking is free for those who enter Smart Park garages between noon and 2 p.m. on Sundays, Dec. 2 and 9. Elves will give parking vouchers at the garages at Southwest Third and Alder, Southwest Fourth and Yamhill and Southwest 10th and Yamhill.
  • Finally, more than 700 trees in downtown will be lit up through Feb. 15

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