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Inspired by Andersonville: The book shop on "Portlandia."

From bespoke boutiques filled with chic personalized jewelry in the neighborhood’s north end to an Etsy-inspired shop offering handmade clothes and handbags in the south, Andersonville has successfully resisted a big-brand takeover. (Does the world really need another Lululemon?)

Now a new app, LoLo, is capitalizing on Andersonville’s homegrown appeal with a rewards program for loyal customers of its indie businesses.

Unlike other programs, which make you carry a card, scan a bar code or go otherwise out of your way to reap benefits, LoLo lets you shop like you always do.

When you sign up, you’ll connect your debit or credit card to the app. Buy from participating shops, and you’ll automatically rack up 5 percent of your purchase amount in rewards. Later, use those dollars like gift certificates.

Our faves in Andersonville’s LoLo lineup so far? The iconic bookstore Women & Children First (it inspired Portlandia's Women & Women First), chic vintage haunt Room Service and burger mecca Hamburger Mary’s.

We hope more of our neighborhood must-shops join LoLo’s ranks soon--we’re looking at you, plaid paradise. For now, you can find the enterprising early adopters here.

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