Our favorite events usually involve pop-up shops, filled to the brim with different makers and designers. Something about the collaborative spirit of pop-ups just clicks with us. That’s why we absolutely love Maven Collective, a permanent pop-up shop of sorts, in the Montavilla neighborhood. Four local Etsy proprietresses—Rebekah Dortmund (of Little Byrd Vintage), Sue Teso (of Solstice Home), Kim Ludy (of Ethanollie) and Jacklyn Arvin (of TaborVintage)—have come together to create a brick-and-mortar space that seamlessly blends their styles and aesthetics. Though the storefront features a range of items like vintage clothing, succulents planted in ceramic vessels and beautiful woven blankets, it doesn’t feel cluttered. The white walls and natural light, paired with the expert styling of products, results in that perfectly “lived-in-yet-organized” balance that we all strive to strike when decorating our own homes. Keep reading to find out what the future holds for the collective (hint: it involves mimosas). Also, make sure to say hello to the mavens, who will be showcasing some items at the Portland Flea this Sunday (1/20) from 10AM-4PM.
E+E: What was the inspiration behind Maven Collective?
Maven Collective: Our vision for Maven was fairly simple: to share an experience that we all had imagined doing alone, with a group of like-minded women. It was mostly a lifestyle choice—we wanted a career that would fulfill us, but we didn’t want to be doing it 24/7; it was important that our families and friends didn’t take a back seat through the process. We wanted each aspect of the business to be enjoyable and not burdensome. We share the highs, but more importantly, the lows and insecurities that come along with owning a business too. In a collective, we have a profound investment in each other’s happiness and ability to succeed.
E+E: What is the collaborative process like between the four of you?
MC: We are fortunate in that our styles and individual aesthetics overlap fairly seamlessly. But more importantly, we are accepting of the differences. We feel this makes for a more multifaceted shop and bringswarmth and eclecticism where it could easily become stagnant.
E+E: Are they any upcoming events or exciting projects in the works for Maven Collective?
MC: With four creative minds coming together, you can imagine our ideas are bursting at the seams. We already partner with makers and artisans across the US in the form of monthly pop-up shops within the store. We will be vending at the Portland Flea this month, and sporadically in the months to come. A special Valentine’s shopping event will be held on Sunday, February 10th—think mimosas and red velvet cupcakes! And we are excited to launch a series of community events and classes geared toward empowering women in crafts that are typically male-focused (look for those soon).
E+E: We love all of those events + ideas! What is your favorite thing about Portland?
MC: It’s hard not to love Portland. Here’s what we said:
Rebekah: the strong sense of community and the constant support it gives to small business owners.
Sue: the amazing view from the bridges every time I come and go from home in NW.
Kim: the importance of craftsmanship and pride in one’s work. From the barista at my local coffee shop to the checkout girl at the grocers, people really elevate the mundane around here. It’s hard not to love that.
Jacky: just about everything. The indie spirit, art and topography—I love everything about the Northwest.
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Written by: Lauren Kodiak
Photo Courtesy: Lauren Kodiak