Portland's West End gets national nod

Portland's West End gets national nod

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by Joe Smith, KGW Business Reporter

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Posted on March 25, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 25 at 7:48 PM

PORTLAND -- Vintage clothing, classic cocktails and historic ballrooms. It's all part of Portland's West End.

It's an area now getting national attention as one of Portland's hottest neighborhoods. Variety is the key word for this electric enclave sitting just west of downtown and south of the Pearl District.

The streets are dotted with small boutiques and loads of trendy dining spots. The New York Times recently took note of the area, highlighting several businesses that are helping make this area a must-stop for locals and tourists.

On Southwest 12th Avenue sits Petunia's Pies and Pastries. It's been open just a year and half. The cases are filled with vegan and gluten free sweets.

Owner Lisa Clark said a national mention has been very good for business.

"People have called, emailing, inquiring about shipping," said Clark. "Folks traveling, coming in with a copy of the New York Times, saying, 'We read about you we had to come in.' It's been great."

Around the corner from Petunia's is a door leading to one of the sought-after nightspots in Portland. It's the Multnomah Whiskey Library. The walls are lined with 1500 bottles of spirits from around the world.

The West End continues to be redeveloped. Just a decade ago, storefronts were empty and buildings were rundown.

Not anymore.

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