The Portland Pickles Will Open a Team Clubhouse and Retail Store in Downtown Portland

On select nights, the shop will transform into an event venue, hosting live music, sports broadcasts, holiday parties and art shows.

It’s no secret that Portland’s downtown was ravaged by the pandemic—hollowed out and forever abandoned by some shoppers and businesses. But one beloved sports institution has faith in the neighborhood—so much so that it decided to open a clubhouse in the urban core some 10 miles from its actual ballfield.

Today, the Portland Pickles announced they are launching The Pickle Jar at 130 SW Taylor St., right next to the World Trade Center buildings in a space that was formerly a Starbucks. The bright green and blue space—reflecting the bold team colors—opens to the public Nov. 16.

Fans of the collegiate wood-bat club that plays in Lents’ Walker Stadium will be able to stock up on Pickles gear—everything from baseball caps to scarves to T-shirts emblazoned with images of the green, oval-headed mascot named Dillon. The store will also offer new, limited-edition merchandise not found on the team’s website.

The Pickle Jar won’t just function as a retail outlet, though. On select Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, the shop will become an event venue, hosting live music, sports broadcasts, holiday parties and art shows—for adults 21 and over.

“The Pickles are committed to helping build back downtown Portland and revive our creative community,” Alan Miller, owner and operating partner of the team and founder of COLLiDE Sport, stated in a press release. “We want to show Portland the same love and support they’ve shown us for years. With the opening of The Pickle Jar, we want to not only give fans a permanent place to get the latest greatest merch, but to also bring the community back together through baseball, beer, cultural events and much more.”

The Pickle Jar will operate 11 am to 7 pm Tuesday through Sunday. A grand opening celebration—complete with live DJs and rounds of pickle juice—is scheduled for Nov. 20.

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