Nov 25, 2014

Shop it: Holiday Pop-Ups

Black Friday is just around the corner. And whether you have a tradition of heading to the stores at midnight and waiting in line, or grabbing a latte the next day and braving downtown, it’s the official start of the holiday shopping season. It’s no secret that we’re advocates of all gifts local, so we’ve rounded up a list of the must-stop pop-up shops opening this weekend across the Pacific Northwest.

Score something really great? Post it on Instagram and let us know (@gray_magazine). It’s a great way to support local shops and designers, and pick up something completely unique for all those on your ‘Nice” list this year.


When: Sunday, November 30, 11am-6pm
Where: Melrose Market Studios, 1532 Minor Ave (entrance through Minor, not Melrose)

This independent, creative market features at least two dozen Seattle designers and makers, and will leave you with the title of “Best Gift Giver of the Year.”

Brands: MakrBox, Fresh Tangerine, Blk Pine Workshop, Ampersand As Apostrophe, Fantagraphics, and many more.

Bonus: Get your caffeine pick-me-up with coffee by Slate Coffee Roasters, and cocktails by Still Liquor with a happy hour from 4-6pm. The first 50 people in the doors get a free copy of GRAY.

What: Shop the Square
When: November 29, December 6, December 29, 11am-6pm
Where: Various locations in Pioneer Square, Seattle

Whether you’re into fashion or art, shopping Pioneer Square is always a safe bet.

Brands: Pipe + Row, Joanna Morgan Designs, Juan Alonso Studio, E. Smith Mercantile, Velouria, Clementine’s and dozens more. For a full list of vendors, click here.

Bonus: At the Fresh Tangerine Studio (89 Yesler Way), the first 20 shoppers will receive a free tote bag filled with goodies.

Double Bonus: Print out a Shop the Square passport and explore the neighborhood’s participating shops on any of these Saturdays, collecting stamps as you go. Collect five stamps and enter your passport into the weekly raffle for gift cards and other prizes from Pioneer Square retailers.


When: Through December 22, Wednesday-Sunday 11am-7pm
Where: 196 Kingsway, Vancouver

This beloved B.C. fashion stop has turned itself into a long-term pop-up, open through the end of December. Featuring on-point seasonal trends and new stock every week, Hey Jude warrants more than one visit, and is the perfect place to pick up a little holiday gift for yourself.

Brands: Broken Promises, Hand+Sew, Wolf Circus, Woodlot, Hand and Sew, Reassembly With Love, and more.

Bonus: They have a dreamy Instagram that’s worth a follow (@heyjudeshop). With gorgeous inspiration pictures and trendy brands, we hope this pop-up becomes a permanent brick-and-mortar staple. New stock announced via Instagram every few days.

What: Portage
When: November 24-30, 11am-7pm, Sunday to 6PM
Where: 222 East Georgia St., Vancouver

A pop-up that brings together designers with a passion for sustainable design, AW by Andrea Wong transformed a Chinatown storefront into a Pacific Northwest cabin. Shop everything from clothing to candles, and delicious baked goods to boot.

Brands: Hendrik Lou, AW by Andrea Wong, Forest and Waves, Nettle’s Tale, Plenty and Space, and more.

Bonus: Our Bread and Butter have planned a cozy cabin dinner for Friday and Saturday night featuring cured salmon, slow roasted pork loin followed by dessert and winter cocktails, of course. Tickets are $35. Last minute, but TONIGHT is the opening party until 10pm.


What: The Makery Winter Market
When: Saturday, December 13, 12-7pm
Where: Holocene Portland, 1001 SE Morrison St.

Find an array of ceramic, glass, jewelry, textile, and fashion at the second annual Winter Market. Hosted by The Makery, a multi-brand studio collective, this pop-up features handcrafted goods from two-dozen Oregon brands.

Brands: Pigeon Toe Ceramics, Caravan Pacific, Studio Olivine, Nell & Mary, Make it Good, Vitreluxe, and more.

Bonus: The Winter Market features a bar and is just a few blocks from Distillery Row, which boasts a handful of local craft distilleries. Take a break from shopping with some vodka, gin, rum, and/or whiskey.

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