If you’ve got a case of the mid-winter blues, we have the perfect cure — retail therapy on Alberta Street in Portland’s northeast quadrant. With dozens of unique storefronts and plenty of options for great food and drink, you’re sure to find just the pick-me-up your spirits need.

For a morning start, Fuel up at Helser’s on Alberta. Might we suggest the smoked salmon hash? If lunch is the meal in question, stop in at Pine State Biscuits (also good for breakfast, dinner and late night snacks on the weekend). Try the McIsley — fried chicken on a biscuit with pickles, mustard and honey. Wow.

Adequately fortified, it’s time to hit the shops. Start at Shoe Shangri-la pedX for gorgeous shoes, boots, handbags and jewelry. Browse an elegant collection of women’s clothing at Tumbleweed Boutique and pop in next door at Grasshopper for kids books, toys and clothes. Garnish, a stylish boutique in a petite storefront, offers its own line of lovely hand-made dresses, skirts jackets and tops. Red Sail Boutique, Frock, Abrahams & Duffy, and BillyGoat Vintage complete the fashion itinerary.

Feeling crafty? Check out Close Knit for the yarn of your dreams and Bolt Neighborhood Fabric Boutique for colorful cloth to inspire your next sewing creation. Collage is the place to buy arts and crafts supplies as well as a creative space to get down to work.

Wind down from your shopping adventure with an espresso at Barista or a steaming pot of tea from Townshend’s Teahouse. If dinner is on the horizon, try the delightful Italian fare at Ciao Vito or much lauded, recently reopened Aviary and celebrate your victory over the winter blahs.

About the Author: Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.

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  1. Dennis Anderson says…

    And soon to make Alberta Street even better, the third
    location of the distinctively Portland coffee house, Anna Bannanas (the same one that has loyal followings in Northwest and St. John).

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  2. Sandy Carpenter says…

    Try the polenta on bed of spinach at Ciao Vito – so good! Halibut’s at 25th & Alberta is one of the best for fish & chips.

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