Fun Fact #57 What is the oldest retail business in Northwest Portland?

Display cases inside Chown Hardware Co. There are guns under the glass in the case on the right. Possibly fishing reels or maybe door knobs in the case on the left. Display of riffles in the background. In the foreground boot and rain gear.
Chown Hardware Exterior C. 1900 Courtesy Chown Hardware Pinterest Page

The oldest retail business in Northwest Portland is Chown Hardware dating back to 1879.  Still a family owned business that has evolved to meet the community needs.

Northwest’s Legacy Businesses

1875 Good Samaritan Hospital

1879 Chown Hardware

1885 Fruit & Flower

1903 Besaw’s (Not in Continuous Operation)

1926 Friendly House

1941 Joe’s Cellar

1944 Ring Side

1958 Radio Cab (founded in 1946, moved to headquarters on NW Kearney)

1962 Cinema 21 (Theater operations in space since 1926)

1965 William Temple House

1973 Food Front Co-op

1975 Kitchen Kaboodle

1978 Inn at Northrup Station (Carriage Inn)

1979 Twist, Child’s Play (Mud Puddle Toys founded 1987 merge 2017)

1980 Elephant’s Deli

1983 Jim & Patty’s (Coffee People), Papa Hayden, Escape From NY Pizza

1984 Tavern & Pool (McMenamins)

1985 Kornblatt’s NY Style Deli, Dazzle

1986 Nob Hill Bar and Grill (Nobby’s), NW Examiner

1989 Anna Bannana’s

1993 West Coast Bento

1994 The Marathon Tavern

1996 Coffee Time, Istanbul Rug Bazaar

1998 NW International Hostel

1997 Kelsall Chiropractic

2000 Vivace, Le Happy Creperia & Bar, Baue Thai, August Moon

2001 Ken’s Artisan Bakery, Yurs

2005 Dragonfly Coffee House

(Pending 21st Grill, Marrakesh, Nob Hill Shoe Repair, Ling Garden, Uptown Barber Shop, Delphinos/Serrotto)