It's been an eventful week for Portland's small businesses, with two new shops celebrating their grand openings over the weekend, Communion and Backtalk. Meanwhile, Stand Up Comedy has doubled in size to better be the the more-than-a-shop concept project it has always meant to be.
Backtalk opened on Saturday night, a cute little shop mixing a celebration of Portland's creative scene, from clothing to apothecary, accessory, small press to art:
Meanwhile, SUC has acquired the studio space directly behind it, giving the formerly tiny space room to grow. It now takes on a "department store" vibe, with designated areas for jewelry, bags, knits, etc, and incorporates a workspace, library/back-stock area, and a rather roomy dressing room that you need to navigate a narrow, clever ferret run to enter. With a big emphasis on paring down excess in terms of decor and merchandising, in a way to be less about charming the customer into buying rather than being straightforward about an object's bare characteristics, SUC's presentation has a bit more room to breathe. It's this close to being finished.