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MDS Portland Workshop Vendor Feature: Union/Pine

MDS Flower Workshop Vendor Feature Union/Pine

 

After a busy start to the year, we’ve taken a little break from our MDS workshop tour to enjoy the summer. But as this season comes to a close and we enter the fall season, we’re gearing up for our next workshop in Portland in October!

One of our favorite parts about this tour has been the diversity in venues, and how each space has really been a representation of its city. Our venue in Portland is no different, so we’re excited to share a little bit about Union/Pine, a true reflection of the Pacific Northwest.

The evolution of Union/Pine and how it came to be is a special story, and we can’t wait to be a part of its story in just two short months!

 

THE HISTORY OF UNION/PINE

 

MDS Flower Workshop Vendor Feature Union/Pine

 

The 10,000 square foot warehouse we now call Union/Pine was built in 1960, designed by the remarkable Margaret Fritsch, who was the first female architect in the State of Oregon. The building served as a storage facility for the Volunteers of America for its first 30 years, and shifted between a few other businesses throughout the 90’s before the main floor became a sign shop. The 2nd floor on the other hand came into the loving hands of Todd Fadel, who converted it into the legendary all-ages venue, Meow Meow. Hosting a slew of local and traveling talent from Death Cab and Modest Mouse to Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Meow Meow was the go-to spot for countless teens and twenty-somethings for a handful of super fun years until they were forced to move locations and eventually close their doors.

 

MDS Flower Workshop Vendor Feature Union/Pine

MDS Flower Workshop Vendor Feature Union/Pine

 

After another few years getting tossed around, 525 SE Pine was worse for the wear. A terribly leaky roof created massive puddles upstairs, rendering it completely uninhabitable. The sign shop crew had built rooms and cubicles throughout the main floor and covered them in sawdust and stuff for 20 years, and along the way, reinforced the rickety plexiglass windows with big wood doors, blocking out nearly all natural light. The exterior was a dingy white with rotting wood framing and stucco badly in need of repair when the building went up for sale in 2011. One Spring afternoon, Patrick Triato, a fresh transplant from Ohio, rode by on his way to work at his product design firm, and he fell in love.

Patrick inked a deal days later that countless architects and developers had passed on because it was “too much work”, and the building was officially his. Now all he had to do was to power through the remodel, and find a roommate to help pay the rent.

Meanwhile, Summer Killingsworth was hunting for a live/work loft, and answered a vague Craigslist ad for a place in Central SE. When she set eyes on it the next day, something bigger than a cool home started brewing as they began scheming an idea for an art gallery and event space that they hoped would serve as a hub for the Portland creative community. The list to get the place in shape was miles long, so Summer and Patrick got straight to work.

 

MDS Flower Workshop Vendor Feature Union/Pine

 

After demolishing all the walls and taking down all the fluorescent lights, they tackled the bar, using pallets they foraged from the neighborhood. The list continued to grow as evenings and weekends were spent lowering the ‘sunken’ living room floor, building the stage, replacing the windows, fixing up the bathrooms, building the rolling doors, and painting every square inch while they fine-tuned their business plan. Work parties turned into rooftop parties, as their amazing friends rallied to support their crazy project.

 

MDS Flower Workshop Vendor Feature Union/Pine

MDS Flower Workshop Vendor Feature Union/Pine

 

Brainstorming names for their venture on a rare weekend outside, they came up with “Union” as a word that symbolized joining people together, which was at the heart of the business. Looking for a word to compliment, “Pine” popped out, and it clicked. It wasn’t until months later that they discovered that the cross street (Grand/MLK) was once Union Street – adding a very cool element of destiny to the tale.

 

MDS Flower Workshop Vendor Feature Union/Pine



Once they had a name, the rest fell into line. The calendar was booking up, the parties were a blast, and the roommates were tired and happy. 

Many lists, and 4 years later, Summer and Patrick were married.

 


 

So there you have it! A beautiful space with a story to match. If you’re in the Portland area, don’t miss your chance at signing up for our workshop on October 17th. Hope to see you there!

 

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The Bloom Project

The Bloom Project

 

You may remember a little while back, we highlighted some amazing organizations around the country that repurpose flowers to give back to their community in our SAF Petal it Forward blog.

One of those organizations was The Bloom Project in Bend, OR, founded in 2007 by Heidi Berkman. Mayesh Portland is a proud contributor to this project by donating product at the end of each week for them to turn into beautiful bouquets for hospice and palliative care patients. This week they were featured on KGW, a local news station in Portland, OR. Check out the video below to find out more about this inspiring organization.

 

Field to Vase Dinner / Woodland, WA

Field to Vase Dinner

 

This past Sunday, some of our Mayesh Portland branch continued a busy, flower filled weekend (following their amazing grand re-opening party, more on that to come!) and attended the Field to Vase dinner at Holland America Flowers in Woodland, WA.

 

Portland manager Amy Gebhardt described it as a wonderful evening with amazing food  as well as drinks, some of which which were provided by one of the few distilleries in the US run by a women, Eastside Distilling in Portland, OR. As with the rest of the dinner tour, American Grown Flowers described the event as having a focus on “celebrating the idea that the flowers at the center of the table should be as fresh, local and sustainable as the food on your plate.”

 

Check out some of the beautiful photos from the final Field to Vase dinner of 2016!

 

 

Mayesh Portland: Meet & Greet w/ BloomNation

 

Join Mayesh Portland for a meet & greet with BloomNation! Light refreshments will be served, and seating is limited.

 

WHEN:  

Thursday, November 10th at 6pm

 

WHERE:

Mayesh Portland  | 3622 N Leverman Portland, OR 97217 | 503-289-9831

 

Please call 424-222-8210 or email rsvp@bloomnation.com today!

 

Hope to see you there!

New Digs for Mayesh Portland!

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We have some big news in the Pacific Northwest… Mayesh Portland has MOVED! Don’t worry, we’re still in the Portland Flower Market , but we’ve taken over a much larger space inside the market, and we’re loving it. It’s fresh, open and oh so spacious. Check out these photos taken throughout the move last week, and if you’re in Portland, pop in and say hi!

 

Portland Flower Market Spring Wedding Show

Portland Flower Market Wedding Show

 

This past weekend, Mayesh Portland hosted the Portland Flower Market Spring Wedding Show! Mayesh employee Jocelyn Kehrle reported on the show, keep reading for her recap!

 

Guest Blogger: Jocelyn Kehrle

 

The market was abuzz at 8am to see the much anticipated Franky Bollingh and Carolyn Shepard AIFD. Franky Bollingh started the show with an hour and a half segment of breathtaking designs! He has very innovative ideas which include dipping flowers and petals in wax, drizzling wax on arrangements, bending and manipulating wood and bark, and a really ingenious sprinkling of flower food on top of flowers to give the illusion of snow or frost on the flowers.

Carolyn Shepard AIFD was the second half of the show ending the day with a spectral bang! Bright and large arrangements kicked off her show with gorgeous summer colors. Adorned with wire and beads, it was a breath of fresh summer air! Beautiful Phalaenopsis orchids and Gloriosa from Mayesh took the stage, and our French tulips were to die for!

 

A big thanks to all of our vendors who donated and helped make this event so successful!

Hosa International
Liberty Blooms
Eco Rose
Oregon Rose
Monte Carlo
GeoFlora
Alexandra
Tuning
Anne Flowers
Smithers Oasis
Syndicate Sales

 

Portland Spring Wedding Show

Portland Spring Wedding Show

 

Tis the season for wedding shows! Announcing another spring show, this one in Oregon! Mayesh Portland will be joining its fellow flower market vendors in hosting the Portland Flower Market Spring Wedding Show in April.

 

WHEN: Sunday, April 3, 2016 from 8am – 2pm

WHERE: Portland Flower Market – 3624 N Leverman St, Portland OR 97217

COST: $40 per person

WHAT: Spring Wedding show featuring guest designers Carolyn Shepard AIFD & Franky Bollingh! Catered lunch provided.

 


 

Register today! Call Portland Flower Market 503.289.1500

Hope to see you there!

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