PORTLAND – New restaurants and boutique shops are popping up in downtown Portland’s West End neighborhood, thanks in part to new development project called Union Way.
Engineered by Lever Architecture, Union Way is a 10,500 square foot retail corridor that runs from Southwest Stark Street and West Burnside Street parallel to Southwest 10th Avenue.
“What we’re doing is creating a new type of retail experience in Portland,” said Thomas Robinson of Lever Architecture.
The project cost $4.5 million. Robinson said he drew inspiration from Parisian passages and Japanese alleyways.
Ten shops will eventually line the pedestrian walkway. Quin, a candy shop created by St. Cupcake’s Jami Curl, was the first store to open in the space.
“I’ve never been one to wait around for other people to take the lead,” Curl said.
Other shops set to open include Danner Boots and a new restaurant called Boxer Ramen. Most of the shops will open in August.
KGW Business Reporter Joe Smith contributed to this report.