Category: Business Relocating

INVOKE Moving Outside of Portland

After five years in Montavilla, INVOKE is relocating outside of Portland. In a message to customers posted online, Owner Kristie Williams announced the shops move to historic downtown Silverton. The current location will close its doors permanently on July 17th, with the new shop expected to open in August.

INVOKE will expand into a larger space located at 106 N 1st Street, Silverton, Oregon. The new location’s ample space enables Williams to transform the shop’s offerings while continuing to provide unique, intentionally crafted, and found items. Although excited for the move, Williams will miss the relationships formed over many years in operation. Customers are encouraged to make the one-hour drive from Portland to the new storefront when they open later this summer. However, they are always accessible remotely via the website or by calling (503) 577-9395.

The soon-to-be-vacant shopfront is located at 414 SE 81st Ave, next to the Oregon Bike Shop. The retail space should be available to lease in the coming months. Make sure to visit INVOKE before the 17th to wish them success in the new location.

Transitions Project Building For Lease

The prominent red-brick building on the corner of SE 81st Ave and E Burnside Street is available to lease. Most recently, the building housed the Transitions Project‘s Veteran Services team. The building contains two rentable office spaces that rent separately or as one continuous property.

Located at 8028 E Burnside Street, it also carries the address of 8032 E Burnside Street. Fronted along Burnside Street, this one-level building would support both retail or office use. The property includes an adjacent eight-stall parking lot accessible off SE 81st Ave, where a rear door provides additional entry to the building. A roll-up door accessed off the parking lot allows vehicle and freight entry to the building.

Since 2017, Transitions Project used the build to offer Veteran Services that support individuals who have served in the military and are experiencing houselessness or are in imminent danger of losing their residence. That group outgrew the building and has relocated to a larger office in the Mt. Scott area. Roma Peyser, the Director of Development at Transitions Project, explained the Montavilla location served the organization well over the years. “Our programs and services are always located in buildings that are easily accessible to public transportation and are often placed nearer to where our participants (clients) are finding permanent housing.”

Urban Works Real Estate is leasing the eighteen-year-old building. It is vacant and available for immediate occupancy. Within the leasing-flyer are interior images and a floor plan of the space in its current configuration. Interested renters should contact Tyler Bruss at 503-228-3274.

PGF Arsonist Apprehended

The same week that demolition crews finished tearing down the fire-damaged building at 408 SE 79th Ave, Portland Police apprehended the person they believe set that building ablaze. The early morning fire from April 19th consumed the two-story building that housed the Portland Garment Factory, forcing that business to close until they can relocate. The arrest of the accused arsonist should alleviate community concern over a repeated incident.

On June 9th, Portland Police took a 48-year-old woman into custody on charges of second-degree arson and reckless burning related to the April 19th incident. Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) said an executed search warrant yielded evidence connecting the suspect to the fire. According to a June 10th Willamette Week story, investigators received a tip from a community member who had witnessed the accused’s activity near the fire. In addition, that same witness identified the person in the surveillance video of the incident by her clothing and gait.

Although authorities have found a suspect in the incident, the damage caused by that fire is significant. Montavilla now has a vacant lot where a historic building once stood, and a business lost everything overnight. Fortunately, Portland Garment Factory will reopen in a new location, thanks in part to a GoFundMe campaign that collected over $118,000. Eventually, a new building will replace the one lost, and the damage suffered in the community will fade from memory. Until then, residents can consider the incident resolved and look to better events in the future.

UPDATE – Earlier today, the editor took this article offline while investigating a reported error. A reader said that the accused person was no longer a suspect and released. However, an official confirmed that the person arrested for this crime was released on pretrial supervision. The DA is proceeding with the grand jury.

Montavilla News will not publish the accused person’s name until convicted.

Flipside Hats Moving to Stark Street

Portland-based hat manufacture Flipside Hats is relocating to Montavilla later this year. In late February, the company purchased 7850 SE Stark Street to become the new production hub and retail showroom for the nineteen-year-old clothing maker. Upgrades to the company’s future location are in the planning phase, with a tentative opening date in the fall.

Although the hat maker sells most of its products through wholesale channels, the showroom will offer direct-to-consumer sales. Flipside Hats owner Jacob Wollner expressed his enthusiasm for the new location, “We are super excited to move to Stark Street and the Montavilla area.” The showroom’s placement at the center of Montavilla Town will increase walk-in traffic, spotlighting the American-made and sustainably produced work from this apparel manufacturer.

Efforts to restore the former home of Electronic Claims Services into a retail location are already underway. Issued April 8th, permit 20-227665 changes occupancy for the building from Business to Mercantile and proposes a reconfiguration of interior walls. Demolition of two front rooms will create an open area street-side, eventually becoming the showroom. Crews will remove the drop grid ceiling above the front area and expos the entire vertical space to the retail floor below. New LED track lighting replaces the older fixtures to create commerce-friendly lighting. Other alterations are likely as the new owners begin the redesign process.

People interested in a preview of Flipside Hats’ showroom should visit their current location at 4438 SE Belmont Street. They are open seven days a week, from 11 AM to 6 PM on weekdays and weekends from 11 AM to 4 PM. That location will stay in operation until the business and its eight staff relocate to the renovated building on Stark Street.

Mixed manufacturing and retail historically perform well in the area. Located just a block away from Flipside Hats’ building, Union Rose successfully combined clothing production with an existing storefront business. Montavilla retail is known to favor locally created products, and this latest addition strengthens that reputation. Look for activity at the site to increase over the summer as staff prepares the space for opening.

American Agriculture Relocating

Indoor garden and hydroponics supplier American Agriculture will relocate to Oregon City later this month. The current store is located next to Stark Street Pizza at 9220 SE Stark Street. They operated from this location for over a decade, having started the business in 1982.

The 4000 square-foot storefront is currently for lease through Hanna Realty. Businesses interested in this space should call 503-774-8893 or message info@HannaNetwork.com about seeing the space. Look for information regarding American Agriculture’s new location on the company’s website. After the move, Montavilla residents can continue to shop with them through their online store or a short drive to Oregon City.

Trendsetters Truck and Auto Relocating

Trendsetters Truck and Auto is relocating to a new service shop later this year. For ten years, the custom automotive tire and accessory specialist has operated out of the building at 145 SE 82nd Ave. Having outgrown the space years ago, the company wanted to secure a larger facility in a better location.

Within the next few months, vehicle repair and installation operations will move to the new site, located at 13018 SE Stark Street. Beyond gaining a larger space, the company is looking forward to moving out of the area. Citing problems with hypodermic needles and houseless people near the property, a Trendsetters Truck and Auto representative expressed disappointment in their current location. They described the 82nd Ave building as affordable but poorly maintained and the neighborhood as in-decline.

The building at 145 SE 82nd Ave should be available for lease by another automotive business when vacated. However, that day is months away. Until then, Trendsetters Truck and Auto will continue to work from their current shop. Keep an eye on the company’s website for information on the official move date.

Union Rose Open in New Location

Union Rose completed the move one block east to a new location. Now at 8029 SE Stark Street, the longtime Montavilla retailer has doubled the shop’s footprint. The storefront exchange, completed two days ago, was briefly documented on the shop’s Instagram account with pictures and a video tour.

The new location also has update hours of operation. The store is open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday, and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sundays. The store is now closed on Mondays in alignment with the neighboring children’s retailer Beanstalk.

The impending move was previously reported at the beginning of December 2020. The former location of Union Rose will soon be available to rent. Located at 7909 SE Stark street, the vacant shopfront is between Vintage Cocktail Lounge and Redwood restaurant. Union Rose owner, Rita Hudson-Evalt, describe the previous space as “a fantastic location” that the store just outgrew.

The paper is down from the windows at the new Union Rose location. Stroll-by the shop and peek in the expansive storefront windows anytime. Shoppers can drop in to see some of the new items filling the larger store, and everything is also available online for local pickup.

Union Rose Moving Locations on Stark

Union Rose is moving down the street to a new storefront at 8029 SE Stark Street. Currently, they are located a block east on the same side of Stark Street. The larger space will allow for more onsite manufacturing of women’s clothing and expanded gift-items available in the shop.

Owner Rita Hudson-Evalt was excited to find a new place nearby. “I love being in Montavilla,” remarked Hudson-Evalt when describing the short move. Staying in the neighborhood is essential for the business and staying on the street ensures minimal disruption for customers. Union Rose has been in its current location since before Hudson-Evalt bought the store in 2014. The original owner, Nicole Prevost, opened the store on Martin Luther King Jr Blvd in 2007 and moved to Montavilla not too long after that. Hudson-Evalt was a designer, selling to the store when Prevost was looking to leave the business. “I couldn’t handle the place not being around,” explained Hudson-Evalt when describing why she bought the shop.

Six years later, the store is continuing to survive in the pandemic thanks to a loyal customer base and the online store’s success. “We are going to make it through,” Hudson-Evalt said with a tone of relief. Doubling the store’s floor space affirms the businesses’ health and positions the company to be more flexible as the economy changes and recovers.

The rough outline of the future storefront

The store will shut down its old location on December 28th and reopen in the new storefront around January 6th. Hudson-Evalt will bring clothing production entirely onsite, moving from the basement studio where much of the work happens today. The back portion of the new shop becomes dedicated to product creation. A curtain behind the counter will hide overly messy projects, but most times it will remain open to show customers the process.

Union Rose’s location at 7909 SE Stark Street will become available in the new year. “It was a fantastic location,” according to Hudson-Evalt. Growing out of the space was the only issue for the company. Montavilla retail space is affordable with accommodating building management. “Both landlords have been great,” said Hudson-Evalt about the process of switching locations. For instance, the new owner of 8029 SE Stark Street upgraded the front windows to new energy-efficient glass, retaining the old appearance with improved comfort.

Sanborn Map 1924

The future home of Union Rose previously housed Tanuki and other restraints. The building’s history began in 1924. This particular space had an address of 2019 E Stark Street before the street renumbering of the 1930s. The first business listing at that address was for The Pastime pool hall. A 1926 advertisement in the Montavilla Times declares it “Where All Good Fellows Meet.”

Montavilla Times March 25th 1926

This move is an exciting shuffle of Stark Street businesses. Carmen Ripley, the owner of Beanstalk Children’s Resale Clothing, expressed excitement about Union Rose’s future move to the storefront next to her shop. The two apparel stores should complement each other’s business with minimal overlap in offerings. The new year will bring many changes to the neighborhood, and Union Rose’s move seems to be only positive for the community.

Wix Insurance Opening on Glisan

Wix Insurance is moving off of SE Stark and into their own building at 7300 NE Glisan Street. The once red brick building on the corner of NE 73rd and Glisan, now features a fresh coat of paint. Inside only cosmetic updates are being worked on.

Already a Montavilla business, Wix Insurance Agency plans to vacate their current Montavilla location at 8037 SE Stark Street. Gabe Kieselhorst, an owner of Wix Insurance, said they hope to have the new location open by the end of June. That timeline is not firm, due to the unknown reopening date for businesses in Oregon. With their lease expiring in August for the Stark Street location, they had to find a new office space. Kieselhorst said that they were excited to find this building for sale, just at the right time.

Kieselhorst lives within walking distance of the building on Glisan. They were looking for an ADA compliant building with parking. This building met all the requirements he could think of.

Kieselhorst bought the building on Glisan Street using the newly formed company, Wix Building Portland LLC. Ronald Laughlin Jr. originally owned the building and used it for his law practice until 2011. That year he started the installment sale of the building, often called a real estate contract sale. The buyer of the building has shifted over time. Recently the buyer was 1st Choice Tax Service, Inc.

7300 NE Glisan Street before painting

Because Wix Insurance does most of its business by appointment, there will not be much opportunity for the public to visit the new office. However they are putting considerable effort into upgrading the exterior appearance of the building. Kieselhorst said they are just happy to stay in the neighborhood and continue to be part of this community.

Updatedthis article was updated with confirmation from the owners about the move. The Original article is below.


Wix Insurance may be moving off of SE Stark and onto NE Glisan. There is good indication that Wix has entered into an agreement to buy the building at 7300 NE Glisan Street.

Ronald Laughlin Jr. owns the building on NE Glisan and used it for his law practice until 2011. That year he started the installment sale of the building, often called a real estate contract sale. The buyer of the building has shifted over time. Recently the buyer was 1st Choice Tax Service, Inc. When called for comment, Laughlin said he had sold the building and the new owner was Wix Insurance.

A Multnomah County property records search shows an amendment for the property, stating the new buyer is Wix Building Portland LLC.

Wix Building Portland LLC is listed the City of Portland Revenue Division new business list, for January 2020. Sean Mcguire is listed as the principal party in the LLC. Mcguire is the Chief Executive Officer at Wix Insurance Agency.

7300 NE Glisan Street back of building with new paint

The distinct, all brick building, is placed tight on the corner of NE 73rd and Glisan. It now features a fresh coat of paint, covering its once natural red color.

What is not know is, if Wix Insurance Agency is going to vacate its current location at 8037 SE Stark Street. It is possible, 7300 NE Glisan Street will become a second Montavilla location or act as an investment property for the company. When reached for comment, by email and phone, Wix Insurance Agency didn’t reply.