Originally, I discovered Palace of Industry through a post from Portland Picks. I felt obligated to pay a visit after I learned that this vintage store is not only a haven of unique classic and antique items, but a café and friendly neighborhood establishment as well. So, after spending time in the store, I have decided the following best illustrates my recent outing at this North Portland shop:
Definition of Palace of Industry n. [Pal-ace of In-dus-try]: An eatery, vintage shopping store, and friendly, entertainment experience.
Upon entry into Palace of Industry, one can proceed directly to the counter to order delectable treats or alcoholic beverages (champagne, cocktails, wine, and beer) or immediately begin perusing the store for odds and ends. But, if neither of these options satisfy at the moment, Palace of Industry offers several other entertainment options including card games, music/DJ’s, and various themed parties (as advertised at the store and on their Facebook page).
Vintage shopping is often a very fun experience; however, some vintage stores can be overwhelming, pricey, and filled to the brim with an excess of items. However, the words “cluttered” or “overwhelming” or “pricey” are not be associated with Palace of Industry. This local business provides a clean and vibrant store that is cleverly filled with a plethora of items (clothes, books, jewelry, handmade goods, games, furniture, lighting, etc.); however, it is not in the slightest bit intimidating or daunting. In addition, I was absolutely shocked at the extremely low prices of many of these items. In fact, I couldn’t help but take a few pictures of neat things I found while navigating through the store:
Adorable Mid-Length Skirt
(Fabulous Find — Only $20)
Matches From Everywhere & Badminton Balls
(With Real Feathers Inside)
I plan on bringing a friend to my next visit of Palace of Industry so we can shop together and converse with the welcoming shop owner. Perhaps we will even find ourselves sipping on champagne at the café while eyeing vintage clothing items from the rack. We’ll make an afternoon out of it!