Last week, when it was announced that Fashion's Night Out is canceled for 2013, we weren't sure what it meant for Portland, which has been participating in the international retail event for the past three years.
Then again, who said we need FNO's blessing in the first place. Says the Portland Business Alliance's Lisa Frisch, "In the next few weeks, we will be meeting with past participants to discuss options moving forward, but our plan for now is to stage something similar: a fashion show that is free and open to the public in a central downtown location such as Director Park or Pioneer Courthouse Square, during the early part of September, showcasing the very best independent and national retailers in downtown Portland."
So basically, we win. We'll still get a huge event/party to celebrate downtown retail, which Portland can now brand in its own right. Major props are still owed to FNO, of course, for getting Portland on this train in the first place. I'm looking forward to seeing how the new vision shapes up.