Mall Partner Messages
PDX Pop Up Shops
Head over to Old Town/Chinatown where PDX Pop-Up Shops have popped up this year, turning Portland’s vacant retail space into temporary stores where local designers and artists can “set up shop” for the holiday season. The program showcases local design talent, encouraging downtown shoppers to seek out unique gift offerings this holiday season. After a brief hiatus in 2013, the shops are re-opening!
This year’s local talent includes: Draplin Design Co., North St. Bags, and Omiyage
PDX Pop-Up Shops open at 11 NW 5th Avenue, now through December 24, 2014. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 am- 7pm, Sunday 12-5 pm, and closed on Monday.
Be sure to stop by past PDX Pop-Up Shop participants, now permanent stores in downtown Portland: Crafty Wonderland, Boys Fort, and Bridge and Burn. PDX Pop-Up Shop project partners include Portland Business Alliance and the Clean & Safe District, Portland Development Commission, Downtown Retail Advocate, Downtown Marketing Initiative, Travel Portland, and Beardsley Building Management. For more information please click here.
IKEA Portland Pop-Up Toy Shop
Also opening a Pop-Up shop is
IKEA Portland! Beginning December 10th andrunning through the 14th, IKEA Portland will be selling IKEA toys in a geometric dome at Pioneer Courthouse Square. When you buy an IKEA soft toy, the IKEA Foundation will donate $1 to UNICEF and Save the Children to help educate children. For toy shop hours please click here.
Peoples Art of Portland, Po Boy Art/Jason Brown, Chris Haberman, Mark Woolley present The Big 500 – Art Show
beginning Saturday, December 13th at Pioneer Place Mall on Level 3 in the Atrium Pavilion. This month at the Peoples Art of Portland's annual major group show, over regional 600 artists (age 4 – 80) will be showcasing original artworks on 8”x8” wood panels. All pieces will be for sale at $40/each, with part of the proceeds to benefiting the Oregon Food Bank. Over 6,000 works are for sale between 4 galleries (Peoples Art of Portland Gallery, Mark Woolley Gallery at Pioneer, A.I.R. – Artist In Residence Gallery and PoBoy Art Gallery). For more information and hours please click here.
Pioneer Courthouse Square Holiday Events
And estimated 15,000 people braved the rain and filled the Square and adjacent blocks downtown the Day After Thanksgiving to join the community tradition of lighting the Tree. The Tree was lit with more than 14,000 multi-colored LED lights followed by a holiday sing-a-long with Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini, "Oregon's Own" 234th Army Band, the Pacific Youth Choir and the NW Community Gospel Choir. In case you missed the event you can watch a video here and download the Songbook curated by Thomas Laudedrale
here. The Tree will be on display through January 1st.
Throughout the holiday season, guests downtown can enjoy musical performances all month long from local schools, choirs, dance groups and more in Downtown Portland! Join us under the Tree at the Square for free entertainment featuring Dance Fusion NW, the SugarPlum Elves, Buckman Elementary and more. The full schedule can be found by clicking here.
Dine on SW 5th & 6th Avenues
SW 5th and 6th Avenues not only continue to serve as prime locations for downtown businesses to reside but most recently have become a hot spot for dining. From fast food to fine dining, the transit mall has a multitude of restaurant options.
Joining the newly expanded Old Town China Town district on SW 5th is the Mexican restaurant Mi Mero Mole. Mi Mero Mole whose first location is on SE Division, opened its second location earlier this month. Now serving Mexican stews and stir-frys and house-made tortillas, Mi Mero Mole is located at 32 NW 5th Ave. To learn more click here.
Opening on the transit mall earlier this May, the Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chao continues to thrive. Located at 930 SW 6th Ave and seating nearly 250 people, Fogo de Chao would be the perfect spot for your holiday party or Christmas Eve dinner. For reservations or to purchase holiday gift cards click here.
And if you'd like to warm up this holiday season, transit mall guests can dine al fresco by an open fire at Nel Centro.
Sitting at the corner of SW 6th & Columbia, Nel Centro is a perfect location for a pre-show dinner or an after-show dessert. Serving Italian wines and dishes, PDX Eater recently named Nel Centro as the 7th best restaurant with an outdoor fireplace. Click here to learn more.