Monday, October 20, 2014

Make. Believe. Market.!

Two of Portland's retail carts, Menagerie and Lodekka, will be hosting Make. Believe. Market., a pop-up night market featuring local handmade and vintage vendors, on Friday, October 24 from 6pm - 9pm. Parked at Tidbit Food Farm and Garden, these two groundbreaking businesses are excited to see their shared vision of a night market come to life. This inaugural event will feature some of the best makers and vintage dealers in Portland, and a few special visitors from afar. The market is happening in conjunction with OpenFest, the grand re-opening of SE Division Street after many months of road construction.

This month's roster of vendors:

Airs + Graces: airs & graces is all about being pretty and fun, and feature combinations of colors and materials that are out of the norm - from glass to plastic to precious stones. With a focus on keeping her jewelry affordable, Rebekka Cole uses durable base metals alongside precious metals, such as sterling silver.

BT Livermore: BT Livermore has been screenprinting and self-publishing comics and art books since 2005. His work is heavy on typography, tongue-in-cheek humor, and with recurrent themes of “kind capitalism.” It has also been described as "a modern take on a drug-crazed, 1930s brain" and "vaudeville awesome."

Chula Mina: Josie Cantu's newest Chula Mina line features ultra feminine sterling silver jewelry with an antique finish. The shapes and symbols are meant to be simple but evoke emotion. Each piece is made by hand and every care is taken to ensure durability and beauty.

Coast to Coast Mobile Vintage Shop: This traveling vintage shop was realized in 2013 as an antidote for its owners’ burning desire to travel and work for something they were passionate about. Each item in the shop is carefully hand selected by Jaimee Dormer and Adam Lodynsky, and their inventory continues to grow as new treasures are discovered across the expanse of the good ol' US of A.

Lewton Press: Blank journals dedicated to the memory of a depression prone, weak-hearted producer of gloomy, literate, 1940's era B horror movies.

The Living Room: These visitors from Bellingham sell vintage wares and the creations of local designers from a refurbished trailer they bought for $50 on Craigslist. Shopkeeper Ashley Roseand photographer Elizabeth Engle are documenting their adventures on a Tip to Tip Tour, starting in Bellingham and heading toward San Diego.  

Lodekka: Lodekka is the brainchild of Erin Sutherland, who bought a 1965 British double decker bus after losing her job back in 2010. She transformed the bus into a clothing store featuring vintage and modern clothing for men, women and kids. Lodekka spent four years on North Williams Avenue, and recently moved to its new home at Tidbit. Lodekka will be offering 10% off everything in the shop and spiked cider for grown-ups.

Lyon Falls: Lyon Falls was named for the hometowns of its creators, Jessica Comfort and Jevon LaBar. Their shared love of treasure hunting, researching and curating is the driving force behind this project. They can be seen trekking around Oregon (and beyond) searching for unique home goods and clothing items in their vintage army green Econoline van. 

Menagerie: Located inside a restored 1979 vintage Airstream, Menagerie features small batch beauty and apothecary, artisan jewelry, specialty art pieces, unique vintage finds and well-crafted goods. The mission of Menagerie’s curators is to provide products that are good for the body, the environment and the people who make them. They carry non-chemical skincare with ingredients you can pronounce, cosmetics and grooming products from companies who pay attention to quality, and hand-made goods that help support the small businesses that craft them. Menagerie will be offering 10% off the entire store for the night!  Mulled wine will be served inside the shop for customers who are over 21. 

Monarch Designs: Jessie Averill likes to think of her pieces as "wearable art." Using materials like feathers and antiqued metals, her vintage-inspired jewelry and hair accessories harken back to the days of glamour and Gatsby.    

Naughty Knickers: Naughty Knickers is a collaboration between Rebekka Cole and Melissa Rau, who have been "panty-slinging" since 2010. These ladies create screenprinted undies for men and women that feature images and messages ranging from cheeky to hilarious.

Scout & Whistle: Scout & Whistle combines modern design, natural history, and cabin life, making housewares for their imaginary A-frame in the woods. Owners Darren and Vanessa are inspired by old thrift shops in tiny, dusty towns, hiking in the Columbia River Gorge, camping in redwoods, road-tripping down Highway 1, Wes Anderson’s worlds, This American Life and as much music as they can get their paws on.

Smartie Pants Baby: Amy Suleski creates leg and neck warmers, dresses and cardigans, hats and gloves and baby blankets from repurposed sweaters. Her experience as a mom also inspired her to create dresses and pants for kids that can hold up in the drizzly Portland weather.

Treehouse Chocolate Co.: Treehouse is a chocolate company that does justice to the craft and spirit of cacao farming. Owner Aaron Koch uses only premium organic cacao, sustainably sourced direct from the farmers. Treehouse foregoes unhealthy substitutes in favor of simple, natural deliciousness. They will be serving up samples of drinking chocolate at the market!

Various Sundries: Sarah Godding is a maker at heart. Various Sundries highlights her creative eats, knits and threads. This month, she'll be bringing her pickled veggies and handmade dish towels to the market.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

We're open for business!

Hi friends!

I'm so happy to report that the bus is nestled safely in her new home at Tidbit Food Farm and Garden on SE 28th Place and Division. It took a few years off my life, and it practically broke my precious bus, but we did it.

We opened for the first time yesterday morning to a healthy breakfast crowd, and watched the foot traffic increase steadily until after dinner. At Tidbit, working at the bus doesn't really feel like work. It feels like I'm opening up my bus during a big backyard party. I think I'm going to like this place.

My new neighbors are all very generous people, and they're as grateful as I am to be in this new bustling space. I'm slowly but surely eating my way through every single cart. So far, I've eaten at Pyro Pizza, Ingrid's Scandinavian Food, Potato Potato, Namu (Hawaiian + Korean) and Scout Beer Garden. I can say (without bias) that every single meal (and beer) has been delicious. This is going to be dangerous.

Now that all the towing, schlepping, repairing, cleaning, pricing and worrying is over, I finally have a chance to take a deep breath and reflect on how lucky I am. This opportunity fell into my lap right as I was about to give up on my dream. My friends and family have been so supportive, when they could have easily encouraged me to sell the bus and move on. I realize that I just moved in to this new location, but I can honestly say that it's the spot I've always dreamed of. After almost four years of struggling, I feel like things are getting easier for Lodekka. Hell, I have access to bathrooms, water, garbage service, covered seating and other cart owners to commiserate with. It's Lodekka's version of Shangri-La!

Please stop by and visit this great space when you have a chance. It's kind of a magical place. My friends who have visited so far have all made the same observation about Tidbit: "I've been to a lot of food cart pods, and these guys got it right."

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

We have officially moved!

You heard me right. It took almost all day, but we got Ginny to her new home. Check out our Facebook page for photos of the move. See you soon!