MUSICEYES & EDGE

BEAM & ANCHOR - Here Comes the Neighborhood

MUSICEYES & EDGE
BEAM & ANCHOR - Here Comes the Neighborhood
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Standing in the middle of the newly opened Beam & Anchor is kind of like standing among the perfect holiday gift list. There is not one item in this amazing space that you wouldn’t be overly excited to receive. As co-founder Jocelyn finished watering the plants placed around the store, we drooled endlessly over beautifully crafted furniture, jewelry and works of art.Jocelyn and her husband Robert Rahm opened the downstairs just weeks ago after years of envisioning a communal space for Portland’s creatives - a touch rustic, a touch raw, gorgeous prints and wood galore. The upstairs has been in place for over six months and houses artists, upholsterers (Revive), carpenters (Earth Bound IndustriesPhloem Studio) and even soap makers (Maak Soap Lab), and Matt from Wood&Faulk which leaves the entire floor smelling like a rich mix of cedar and lavender. Let’s just say, we didn’t want to leave.After a tour, we sat down with Jocelyn and Robert to find out how this all came to be. Their main objective and driving mission was to create a communal space with good people who love what they do. With Beam & Anchor just over 7,000 square feet, they wish there was more – but at the moment it’s at capacity.The idea for the business stemmed from Robert’s desire to create a collective project for things he delights in. Even though the space had to be completely reworked, he had the whole layout and design already envisioned. “I had it in my head what I wanted to look like and Jocelyn and Currie, our partner, were both great and just said, ‘Well good, do it then!’”While Jocelyn gives her husband a lot of credit, she has multiple art degrees and a corporate business background. Both have a keen sense of style, and Robert loves restoring old pieces, and his true passion is the search for those special artifacts that he brings back to life. His newest find is a 1900s green filing cabinet that sits among the upstairs projects.The couple’s love for the local creative community and their similar design sets gave them the everlasting drive to see their dream to the end.While the North East is their home, they’re both big supporters for all of Portland’s neighborhoods. When asked about Jocelyn’s favorite area, it was hard for her not to deny her roots. “I’m partial to North. That’s where we landed, that’s where we live. I like the texture of it and it’s a little less dense.” While they are both big fans for the North, they believe it’s the folks themselves making up the magic that PDX harbors. As Jocelyn puts it, “Good people, forward thinking, conscious, creative – and I think everything else in the City is a byproduct of that. The dynamism and what creates Portland is the people, and I think it is special and unique because of them.”As Beam & Anchor celebrates their seven months on North Interstate, they want to open it up to the community and hold some summer events, and get some of their great merchandise online. The couple talks about a summer music series with food carts and beers on the roof after a hard day’s work. Don’t have to tell us twice.Beam & Anchor2710 N Interstate Ave.Portland, OR 97227503.367.3230WEBSITEFollow Beam & Anchor of Facebook + Twitter