Tag: 7819 SE Stark

Harashay Opening on Stark Street

Harashay is the creation of owner Renee Greif. It is the latest evolution of her 30-year hairdressing career. Inspired by a spiritual awakening, Greif is offering a beauty experience deeper than hair and skin. Located at 7819 SE Stark Street, Harashay will provide a range of body and mind wellness services.

Greif was working at a salon in NE Portland when COVID-19 shut down that business. Already possessing an inclination to find her own space, this seemed to be ideal circumstances for branching out and creating something new. Having taken a reiki certification class recently, she imagined hair and reiki would form the core of the new location. That idea soon expanded to include many other offerings, and the scope of Harashay continues to grow.

Harashay will additionally offer stretch mediation, parties, and classes based around different instructors and communities. The recently cleared and graveled yard behind the shop will host Red Tent Gatherings and other outdoor events.

As the business grows, Greif intends to bring on more hairdressers, expanding to three hair stations. However, the immediate goal is to set the proper environment for the shop. Although “hair will be cut” at this location, said Greif, this is not a salon. It will be a place less worried about schedules and more concerned with how the customer feels about themselves. “Harashay is a place you come to relax and have fun. Where time doesn’t exist, and you do not want to look at your phone.” Said Greif.

Renee Greif at the front counter of Harashay

Beyond services, Greif intends to bring in independent makers to provide items for sale. “I want to have other people selling products here… a place to sell their wares.” Some products may also be packaged and sold under the Harashay name when the product creators don’t have an existing brand. For hair and skincare, Harashay will have some conventional brands. They will use Kevin Murphy hair products and the Dermalogica skincare line.

The official opening date is not firm but should be in a few weeks, depending on the business license’s finalization. They will have some COVID-19 restrictions to work around, but Greif is anticipating a gradual development of the business. Much of the furniture is on wheels and will move and shift as Harashay takes form.

Look for the paper to come down from the windows soon and keep an eye on their website for more information on this unique addition to Montavilla town.

Coworking Space Consolidated

Collective Agency has moved out of its coworking space located at 7819 SE Stark Street. This was one of three locations for the Collective Agency, and the only one that has been permanently closed. Customers of the coworking space, called Members, will now have to relocate to another location.

All three locations have been closed during the statewide restrictions surrounding COVID-19. Alex Linsker, the owner of Collective Agency, is keeping the Member community engaged with outdoor meetups, Zoom calls, movie nights, and soon a July 4th barbecue..

Member movie night

With a tagline of Coworking Spaces with Cozy Community, being open during the age of social distancing was not an option for the small Montavilla space. The Montavilla location would have been the hardest location to reopen, and “the Montavilla community is the least tied to a physical space.” Said Linsker. Closing the Montavilla location resulted in only three Members leaving.

Starting in Phase 2 of Multnomah County’s reopening, Montavilla Members will be able to use the location at 3050 SE Division Street. The downtown location will also reopen at the same time as the Division Street location. However, they are looking to sublease the space soon.

Downtown location with new spaced out configuration

Linsker describes the Montavilla Members as being “very” support of the changes needing to be made by the Collective Agency. The consolidation of locations seems like a sound business decision. Alex Linsker is a proponent of Small in this Together and hopes for some relief for businesses affected by COVID-19 closures. Regardless of what assistance businesses receive, tough choices are required. This closure is a prime example of the tough decisions many business owners are making.

Montavilla location after closing