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.

I've written before of Communion's local retail pedigree—read it here—and Backtalk is a mélange of clothimg, accessories, small press, and art right out of the gate. (more on both here and here).

Communion on Fridays opening night debut.
  • Communion on Friday's opening night debut.

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:

  • Backtalk

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.
the expanded SUC
  • the expanded SUC

The handbag department
  • The handbag department