Portland, Oregon: Lowell
Words & Photographs by Joanna Han
Shop new and used objects, trinkets, clothing and goods at Lowell.
Sitting on a small hilly street in industrial North Portland, Lowell is a gem of a shop filled with an assortment of textiles, rugs, ceramics, folk and Native American art, jewelry and hand-carved wooden bowls and utensils.
“Our inventory is constantly changing since most of the things we carry are rare or one-of-a-kind,” says Maya Rose, who co-owns the store with her partner Dino Matt. “We were both born and raised in Arizona, which has influenced our taste quite a bit. What we’re most excited to share with others is our knowledge of fine art and craft and our appreciation and respect for objects and how they’re made.”
In an effort to keep the store a source of inspiration, they use the space to give other people an outlet for their art and craft. “In addition to a shop, Lowell is a gallery, music venue and jumping-off point for a lot of creativity and community involvement,” says Maya.
A trip to Lowell inevitably results in nice conversation over freshly brewed Water Avenue coffee, which they offer each visitor. In addition to sourcing and selling vintage objects and art by contemporary artists, the couple has been working on several in-house projects, including a custom room spray (rosewood, spruce, bergamot and rose petal) from Portland Apothecary and a line of candles from Lumi Objects. An online shop featuring a small selection of their favorite things is set to launch this summer.
819 North Russell Street
Portland, Oregon 97227