The Beam & Anchor collective shop is serious about local goods: they source their products from upstairs.
A few weeks ago, we posted on the Beam & Anchor Studio, a collective of nine artists and counting located in a converted warehouse in North Portland. Co-founders Robert and Jocelyn Rahm opened the studio in response to the creative renaissance taking place in Portland; as Jocelyn says, "we wanted to figure out a way to catalyze that and support that artist movement." To convert the street-level floor into a shop, Rahms worked with Currie Pearson of Spartan and partner Patrick Newell to curate the 2,500-square-feet space.
The Beam & Anchor shop stocks everything from Wood & Faulk canvas bags made by Matt Pierce to rose and peppermint soap from Maak Soap Lab. But choosing local is not the only deciding factor for featuring products, as Jocelyn says, "we're looking for an interesting narrative," like their barber scissors hand forged by a single family in India for generations to grass baskets made by a collective of Tanzanian women. "There's a family of things in here," says Jocelyn: "it's not just about people, but how people relate to things and one another."
Photography by Michael A. Muller for Remodelista.
Above: Beam & Anchor is located at 2710 N. Interstate Avenue in Portland, Oregon; an online shop is on the way.
Above: A 1920s canoe hangs over the shop's counter; a piece that Robert and Jocelyn had held on to for years waiting for the right use.
Above: Robert Rahm, the creative visionary behind the shop, spent nine months redesigning the interior by building out shelves and countertops.
Above: A pair of handwoven baskets from Tanzania sits on blue antique file drawers.
Above: Robert sources materials from a local rebuilding center; here, an entire wall is built out in reused wooden laths.
Above: A second wall is half hidden in randomly painted laths and an antique flag.
Above: The ends of a white dream catcher by Brooklyn-based Electric Love; contact Beam & Anchor for pricing and availability.
Above: Fabric scissors (left) and barber scissors (right) made in India; contact Beam & Anchor for pricing and availability.
Above: Robert and Jocelyn worked closely with Portland-based branding team Official Manufacturing Company to collaborate on signage for the building.
N.B.: For more haunts in Portland, Oregon, see our City Guide.