If three's a trend, four is too many to ignore. Four of Portland's higher profile independent clothing(-ish) shops have either recently moved or are in the process of doing so, so in the interest of supplying you with the two hands needed to find one's own ass, please note the following:
—Stand Up Comedy is leaving its 811 E Burnside digs at the end of September, and expect to be open October 1 at 511 SW Broadway—aka the Morgan's Alley building. Says owner Diana Kim, "The new spot will be quite different, aesthetically speaking, as it has its own powerful architectural presence... And Broadway has a big appeal for us, being the traditional/historical retail block, but being sort of deeply unsexy in its current state." Ha!
—Speaking of 811 flight, Nationale is also pulling up stakes to head into the pandemonium of 3360 SE Division this fall. It's bigger, and the gallery will have its own separate space, with more room to fill out the product offerings as well.
—Poler has vacated its flagship store in the Blackbox at 1300 W Burnside, with Aesop quietly taking over. Their new home will be just around the corner, in one of the most coveted buildings in downtown (as seen from SW 11th & Washington):
- Poler via Facebook
—Also afoot in the West End are talks of Frances May looking at a potential move to a larger location, and a new tenant for the current space hot on its heels, with more to be announced next month.
A change could do you good, you know?