Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - Treasurer Ted Wheeler meets with Oregon Business Owners to Help Kick off #ShopYourValues.
Numerous restaurants, a busy farmer’s market, a quirky history, and it still hasn’t been “discovered” by Portlandia.
Today, State Treasurer and Portland Mayoral candidate Ted Wheeler, and six Main Street Alliance of Oregon business members toured through Montavilla’s pedestrian-friendly businesses as they helped kick off The Main Street Alliance’s #ShopYourValues campaign
Portland’s historic Montavilla neighborhood, near Mt. Tabor, has experienced unprecedented growth in the last decade. But small business owners, instead of being pushed out, have taken part in the economic expansion. The reason? A community that has shown a commitment to shopping locally and supporting their small businesses.
The tour began at Re Fashion'd vintage clothing and housewares where Wheeler met with shop owner and Main Street member, Theresa Fredericks (and her puppies!). They talked about the development of the Montavilla neighborhood, and how there's been a clear commitment from the business owners and the community to keep the district strong and vibrant.
Wheeler then left with Peter Emerson to head down Stark to his shop, the Bipartisan Cafe. Emerson and Wheeler talked about the need for raising the minimum wage in Portland and statewide, noting that when customers have more money in their pockets, they can buy more pie at the cafe -- just like Wheeler did!
The tour then stopped at Union Rose, where owner/designer, Rita Hudson-Evalt, and one of her employees, welcomed Wheeler to her women's clothing store. Hudson-Evalt features Pacific NW designer's wears to fit women of all sizes.
Heading further down Stark, Wheeler and the tour stopped into Beanstalk, a children's quality resale store. Owner, Carmen Ripley Wilson just opened this second location 2 short weeks ago. There, Wheeler reminisced about his daughter's monkey pjs, while the tour swapped Santa & Elf-on-the-shelf stories. Ripley Wilson talked with Wheeler about the growing need for affordable housing in Portland, and how business owners can work together with policy-makers to create more economy boosting jobs -- namely by increasing access to paid sick days, and raising the Oregon minimum wage.
Leaving Beanstalk, Wheeler and the tour headed around the corner to Rowen's newly opened The Lucky Mermaid. The salon and tattoo shop opened its doors right across the street from where Rowen worked as a tattoo artist for the last seven years. There, Wheeler and Rowen talked about the homeless problem in Portland. As a homeless youth, Rowen fought to get by and create the life she has today. Now she advocates for the homeless; she and Wheeler brainstormed innovative ways to tackle the growing problem in Portland, coming up with some common sense solutions. Keep an eye out for more to come!
The tour finished at the Oregon Bike Shop, where Jim and his partner talked shop with Wheeler--a triathlete himself--while he admired their collection of race bibs and jerseys.
It was a drizzly, great morning in Portland, and The Main Street Alliance of Oregon was proud to spotlight these six businesses for their commitment to their communities and for promoting highroad business practices. This year, as you consider where to do your holiday shopping, be sure to make it a Main Street Holiday, and #ShopYourValues!