With the always present coffee and foodie scenes maturing and the likes of established cultural influencers like The Ace Hotel moving in, Portland seems to be growing up. The most significant sign of which is the opening of Union Way, a renovated alleyway turned shopping haven for menswear enthusiasts. Playing host to high profile names like New York's Steven Alan, San Francisco's preeminent denim authority Self Edge and Portland's Danner boots, the shopping center is an absolute power house. Not to mention the quirky all natural candy shop QUIN and the newly founded Spruce Apothecary—founded by the same group behind pioneering design and outdoor shop Canoe.
For a full dose of local culture head across the street to the north to hit famous book store Powell's or south to grab lunch at Kenny & Zuke's Delicatessen, dinner at local haunt Clyde Commons or a coffee at Portland-born and raised Stumptown Roasters. With coffee in hand swing into the shared lobby space of The Ace Hotel and snap some pictures in the vintage photo booth.