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Heading out shopping this weekend? Get to know the Alberta Street, West End, and Pearl District business districts with our handy neighborhood guides.

Pearl District

In the 1980s, the Pearl District was home to warehouses and rail yards. Today, it’s home to families and young professionals who have a vast array of activities at their fingertips—from shopping at the neighborhood’s indie clothing boutiques to visiting art galleries to getting fit at a number of yoga studios, spin classes and gyms. Anchored at its south end by Powell’s City of Books and moored by Bridgeport Brewerymore…

Alberta Street

Another northeastern business district on the rise since the early aughts, NE Alberta Street has transformed over the last decade with artists, boutiques, bars, businesses and restaurants now filling once-shuttered storefronts. Most recognized (sometimes notoriously) for its monthly street party, Last Thursday is “an amorphous celebration of art in all its forms” that peaks during the summer months more…

West End

Less polished than the abutting Pearl, Portland’s West End maintains a bit of its viable grit as it experiences a rebirth of sorts. Representing the craft and culture that’s become the definition of Portland, the district is a den of fashionable boutiques containing handmade goods and art, where dining, drinking and dancing abounds at night, and a quiet corner, good book and mug of coffee awaits in the morning.more…


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