VISIT: 8202 N. DENVER AVE PORTLAND OR 97217
STORY BY RACHEL SCHWARTZMANN – SHOP MANTEL – PHOTOS BY NICHOLAS PETER WILSON FOR THE STYLE LINE
“I didn’t open Mantel to make it big,” says shop
owner Karen McClelland, “I opened it to challenge myself and to do something for the community while staying true to my most important job of raising a child. I feel lucky that Portland is so supportive of female entrepreneurs like myself.” It’s true that Portland as a city lends itself well to those looking to shop small and still make a big impact – case in point, today’s story with the inimitable Karen McClelland whose intentions have translated into something special for the local community. To put it simply her shop, Mantel, pays homage to artists and their respective works by championing a broad mix of old and new perspectives from makers of just about any kind. As she put it in our interview below, “My hope is that Mantel can support artists as they offer these new perspectives and that it will continue to play a part in facilitating conversations that are such a large part of the human experience.” Speaking more to this idea, the shop itself provides the perfect canvas for Karen’s thoughtful curation of products to exist in a way that is creatively stimulating and downright inspiring. So without giving too much away Discover more from our visit with Karen (featuring exclusive photos from our immensely talented contributor Nicholas Peter Wilson) who kindly shared more on her professional background, how it informed the inception of Mantel and her honest thoughts on creativity’s role in the world.
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