It’s no secret that downtown Portland has been ravaged by the pandemic – hollowed out and forever abandoned by some buyers and businesses. But a beloved sports institution trusts the neighborhood, so much so that it has decided to open a clubhouse in the urban core about 10 miles from its current ball field.
Today, the Portland Pickles announced the launch of the Pickle Jar at 130 SW Taylor St., located right next to the World Trade Center buildings, in a space that was once a Starbucks. The bright green and blue space, reflecting the team’s bold colors, opens to the public on November 16.
Fans of the collegiate wooden bat club that plays in Lents’ Walker Stadium will be able to stock up on Pickles gear, from baseball caps and scarves to T-shirts featuring images of the oval-headed green mascot named Dillon. . The store will also feature new, limited-edition merchandise not found on the team’s website.
The Pickle Jar won’t just function as a retail outlet, however. On select Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the boutique will become an event venue, hosting live music, sports broadcasts, holiday parties and art exhibitions, for adults 21 and older.
“The Pickles are committed to helping rebuild downtown Portland and revitalize our creative community,” said Alan Miller, owner and operating partner of the Portland Pickles and founder of COLLiDE Sport, in a press release. . âWe want to show Portland the same love and support that they have shown us for years. With the opening of The Pickle Jar, we not only want to give fans a permanent place to get the latest biggest merch, but also bring the community together through baseball, beer, cultural events and more.
The Pickle Jar will operate from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. A grand opening celebration, with live DJs and pickle juice tours, is scheduled for November 20.
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