PORTLAND, Ore. — This time of year, we tend to think of the bigger companies to do our shopping.
Maybe it’s Target, Nordstrom or Macy’s, but at Pioneer Place in downtown Portland, there’s a pop-up shop that is featuring two dozen local artists and designers. The shop, called Alshiref and Friends, is only going to be at Pioneer Place until the end of the month. Many of these businesses are hoping to find success and have their own storefront.
Alshiref Eskander has a small studio in St. Johns where he works as a graphic designer. He designs everything from canvas bags to shirts.
Many of the artists selling from the shop are hoping they’ll find success after the holidays, too. They’re also getting help from the Portland Business Alliance.
The business alliance has been funding the program for the last 10 years, including paying for the rental space, store fixtures and decorations. The same program launched Crafty Wonderland and Boys Fort, which have been in downtown for nearly 10 years now.
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