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The Shop Downstairs: Beam & Anchor in Portland, OR

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The Shop Downstairs: Beam & Anchor in Portland, OR

October 4, 2012

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.

700 beam and anchor entryway

Above: Beam & Anchor is located at 2710 N. Interstate Avenue in Portland, Oregon; an online shop is on the way.

700 beam and anchor canoe long desk

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.

700 beam and anchor store interior

Above: Robert Rahm, the creative visionary behind the shop, spent nine months redesigning the interior by building out shelves and countertops.

700 beam and anchor baskets

Above: A pair of handwoven baskets from Tanzania sits on blue antique file drawers.

700 beam and anchor wall of slatted wood

Above: Robert sources materials from a local rebuilding center; here, an entire wall is built out in reused wooden laths.

700 beam and anchor flag on wall

Above: A second wall is half hidden in randomly painted laths and an antique flag.

700 beam and anchor white feathers

Above: The ends of a white dream catcher by Brooklyn-based Electric Love; contact Beam & Anchor for pricing and availability.

700 beam and anchor scissors

Above: Fabric scissors (left) and barber scissors (right) made in India; contact Beam & Anchor for pricing and availability.

700 beam and anchor door sign

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.

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