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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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Mayesh Portland’s Grand Re-Opening

 

Please join us for Mayesh Portland’s Grand Re-Opening in their beautiful new space at the Portland Flower Market!

It will be an evening filled with good eats & drinks, learning and networking.

 

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

Katie Davis of Ponderosa & Thyme

Debra Prinzing of Slowflowers.com

David Schwartz of BloomNation

 

WHEN: Saturday November 5th from 5-9pm

 

WHERE: 3622 N Leverman Street Portland, OR 97217

 

RSVP: 503.289.9831 | portland@mayesh.com

or talk to your local Portland sales rep!

Field to Vase Dinner in Portland Recap

 

Have you ever wanted to have dinner at a flower farm? The Field to Vase dinner tour gave many that very opportunity in 10 different cities serving up local flowers and fare. Mayesh was a sponsor for the Carpinteria, Carlsbad, and Portland dinners along with with the upcoming final date in Detroit (complimenting The Flower House installation happening during the same week)!

Amy Gebhardt, our Portland branch manager, attended and said that “it was cool to bring together customers, wholesalers, vendors, growers and end users all at the same table.  Sitting next to someone you do not know and striking up a conversation about how you came to be at the dinner was great.”

Take a peak at the pictures Amy took at the dinner and stay tuned for a post on the dinner tour finale in Detroit. Tickets for the dinner are unfortunately sold out, but you can still get tickets for The Flower House, which is going to be amazing!

 

Mayesh Portland – Fall Open House & Design Show

Mayesh Portland Fall Open House

 

Mayesh is participating in the Portland Flower Market Fall Open House event coming up this October.  Read on to get all of the details below.

When: Sunday, October 12, 2014 @ 9 AM – 3 PM

Where: Portland Flower Market 3624 N. Leverman, Portland

Schedule:

  • 1st Design Show: 9 – 11 AM
  • Lunch Break: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • 2nd Design Show: 1 – 3 PM

Registration (including lunch) $25 per person
Closing date for pre-registration Sept. 29, 2014
Registrations after closing date will not include lunch

 

Mayesh Portland Fall Open House

 

Also, Mayesh will be hosting a design program with Brian Vetter AAF, AIFD, PFCI at 2 different times – 9:30 am and 1 pm.  Be sure to stop by!

Brian’s Bio:

Having spent 40 years in retail floral, Brian is now a freelance designer specializing in merchandising, design & education. He is an active member of the American Institute of Floral Designers, (chairing their CFD committee), the American Academy of Floriculture, Professional Floral Communicators International, as well as the Director of the Arizona Master Florist Certification Program. Teaching AIFD education programs both on-line and in person, he works to help develop future industry professionals.

Brian has been on the board of the Arizona State Florists Association for 15 years, serving as president the past 4. He currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Phoenix Art Museum’s Arts and Flowers Program, and the Metro Tech Vocational School’s Floral Program. He is active in his cities Community Outreach Program, a member of the Design Team for the Society of American Florists, and received the American Federation of Garden Clubs Public Service Award, as well as the Honorary Lifetime Member, GreenLeaf Award, and Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions to the floral industry by the Arizona State Florists Association.

 

Mayesh Portland Fall Open House

 

Hope to see you at Mayesh Portland on October 12th!

Press Release: Mayesh Wholesale Florist, Inc. Acquires Portland-Based Billingsley Wholesale Florist

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On Friday, March 14, 2014, Mayesh Wholesale Florist of Los Angeles, CA and Billingsley Wholesale Florist of Portland, Oregon announced that Mayesh will acquire the business operations and certain assets of Billingsley, effective March 31, 2014. The Portland unit will begin operating under the Mayesh name on March 31 and will be its 17th branch.

“Billingsley has long been recognized as a terrific operation with a passion for quality flowers and great customer service,” said Pat Dahlson, CEO of Mayesh. “We are absolutely thrilled to partner with the Eichorn and Billingsley families in this transition and believe that the culture and values of our two companies are aligned and a great fit with one another. We are anticipating a smooth transition and look forward to working with the Billingsley ownership, management and employees in the coming months to ensure a successful integration.”

Joe Eichorn of Billingsley commented, “I am very pleased to welcome Mayesh to the Portland market. Mayesh brings an exciting blend of new ideas and product lines that will impact our Portland market in a very positive way. Their passion for the industry and commitment to excellence make this transition an amazing fit and we are confident that our customers will continue to enjoy superb service and exemplary product.”

For more information about Mayesh Wholesale Florist, please visit www.mayesh.com.

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