Storefronts and Shop Windows From Around the World

A collection of shops and storefronts from around the world.

A wondrous cheese shop in Dublin, Ireland. A wondrous cheese shop in Dublin, IrelandBright market on the island of Pangkor in Malaysia. Bright market at Pangkor, MalaysiaHow gasoline was sold on our bike trip around Inle Lake in Myanmar. How Gasoline is Sold in MyanmarI overheard a tour guide saying that this restaurant was the best ‘siaopao’ (steamed bun) vender in Vancouver, Canada.Chinese New Year, Siaopao vendersWindow shopping for desserts in Brugge, Belgium.  Window Shopping for Desserts in Brugge, BelgiumWindow shopping for desserts in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Window shopping for desserts in Santiago de Compostela, SpainBench outside a deli in Amsterdam, Holland. Bench outside a deli in Amsterdam, HollandMonarch Butterfly storefront of an art shop in Bucerias, Mexico. Monarch Butterfly storefront of an art shop in Bucerias, MexicoA shop window displaying jewelry you can buy for your horses in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A shop window displaying jewelry you can buy for your horses in Buenos Aires, ArgentinaBrightly-coloured general store in the counter-culture area of Copenhagen called Christiania, Denmark. Brightly-coloured shop in the counter-culture area of Copenhagen called Christiania, DenmarkA row of shops in Hong Kong with sign overload. Sign overload on a busy street in Hong KongThe Shark Fin Trading Company storefront on a street in Singapore. The Shark Fin Trading Company storefront on a street in SingaporeA shopkeeper in a tea shop in Udaipur, India. A shopkeeper in a tea shop in Udaipur, IndiaNow for three from Portland which we visited in 2017. It is a place very much on my mind amidst the current troop attacks on the people of the city. From CNN, September 1, 2020: “Businesses remain shuttered and Portlanders are held hostage by the daily violence that has gripped the city with no end in sight,” Wolf said in the letter to Wheeler, urging him to accept federal law enforcement assistance. Here are some of those businesses…

Por Que No is actually a restaurant but I chose it for its exuberant pink exterior, and the signs that make sure everyone knows that this is a safe place and open for everyone. Along with the signs that advertise ‘Taco Tuesdays’ and ask people to ‘Please order before taking a seat’ there is a ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign and another sign saying ‘WE WELCOME ALL races, ALL religions, ALL countries of origin, ALL sexual orientations, ALL genders. We stand with YOU, you are SAFE here’, something that many stores and restaurants in the city posted to welcome anyone into their space if they for any reason felt unsafe in Trump’s new America of 2017. The situation has only gotten worse since then. The pink, open for everyone, Por Que No in PortIand, OregonTrump-inspired underwear (from 2017) in a shop in Portland, Oregon. Trump-inspired underwear in a shop in Portland, OregonUnique entryway and door to the Portland Rebuilding Center in Oregon, USA. Unique entryway and door to the Portland Rebuilding Center in Oregon, USAMore of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Storefronts and Shop Windows.

11 responses to “Storefronts and Shop Windows From Around the World

  1. Great variety of photos. As to the comment at the end…thank you, spot on and necessary. I’ve not been to Portland but what I’ve heard from friends is that the protests are taking place in about a two block area as opposed to what Trump is peddling that makes it sound as if the entire city looks like war torn Berlin i in 1945

    • For me the scariest part is that people were grabbed from the street and put into unmarked vehicles. It reminds me of the time we were down in Buenos Aires videotaping material for Spanish classes when we came upon the ‘Mothers of the Disappeared’, all wearing photos of their missing children around their necks.

      Since we were already set up to videotape we interviewed a few of the women. I remember the shock I felt when one of the women told us the story of her missing daughter and I realized her daughter was the same age as me. Very scary…

    • We were in Udaipur about 10 years ago. The shop only sold tea leaves, there was no testing of the product, not surprising as It was one of those extremely narrow but long stores that only had room for one person inside.

  2. Hi, great photos, especially the butterfly shop. I’m from Portland and get reports from family. It’s true, the whole city is not involved, but sure a mess in the area that is. Prime business areas, and store owners may never recover, especially if people in charge don’t help them out by stopping this. Lots of legitimate Black Lives Matter peaceful protesters who have been overwhelmed by paid rioters. Shameful situation.

    • Portland is one of my favourite nearby cities to visit, great for a long weekend getaway. Of course they are now dealing with the wildfire disaster – up here in Vancouver we are only dealing with smoke and taking turns with Portland and San Francisco in having the worst air quality in the world. Here’s hoping that Portland comes out of this triple disaster more or less intact – everything is changing around us so fast it’s hard to keep track.

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