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Like Target, pop-up shops find homes downtown

A Target store is coming to downtown Portland - yes, really, it's not just rumor this time.

Mayor Sam Adams, representatatives from the Bill Naito Co. (owners of the Galleria Building) and Bill Frerichs, group director for Target stores, were set to make the official announcement Thursday morning, where they'll share long-awaited details about the multi-level 'urban concept' store.

The city hasn't abandoned the 'buy local' movement, however.

Just seven blocks from the Galleria, Trillium Artisans moved last week into a downtown storefront (318 S.W. Taylor St.) after enjoying successful holiday season as a city-sponsored pop-up shop.

Trillium is a nonprofit with a mission to help low-income artists develop sustainable small businesses. They sell items made by local artists such as jewelry, handbags, home décor, garden art and children's clothes, all of which are made from at least 50 percent recycled or reclaimed materials.

Since 1999, the store been located at Southeast 92nd and Foster Road, a site they've now decided to close.

'We've received feedback from artisans for years that they'd love to see us have a more central location,' says Trillium Program Coordinator Christine Claringbold.

During the eight-week pop-up shop season, which ended Dec. 31, she says, 'We had lots of customers, great sales, a great space, and decided to go for it.'

Claringbold says the buzz about Target isn't something she's paid much attention to; she doesn't consider it direct competition. 'Maybe that'll be good for the bargain shoppers,' she says.

Two other pop-up shops, Crafty Wonderland and Portland Design Collective, have also opened permanent downtown spots after high sales during the holiday season.