'I'm ready for the next chapter': Imelda’s Shoes to close after 29 years in business

The independent shoe store opened in Southeast Portland in 1994.

PORTLAND, Ore — Imelda’s Shoes has long been a beloved Portland fixture. Pam Coven first opened the independent shoe store 1994.The adjoining shops on Southeast Hawthorne boulevard include an apparel store, women’s shoe and accessory store, and a men’s store, Louie’s.

“This has been a big part of my identity,” Coven said. ” I’ve been in Portland for 31 years and I’ve had the business for almost 29 years.” 

But now she is closing up shop.

“It’s a bittersweet decision,” Coven said. “I think I’m ready for my next chapter.”

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