Shoe retailer Clogs-N-More is opening an outlet store in Montavilla. They are currently renovating the former Pottery Fun space at 7821 SE Stark Street, with an anticipated opening in September.
Clogs-N-More operates a few locations in the Portland area. Last May, they had to close their Hawthorne location after 20 years on that street. Many of their regular customers live in Montavilla, and moving to the other side of Mt. Tabor was a logical choice, according to Julia with Clogs-N-More.
The back portion of the shopfront will house a separate business, providing made-to-order pottery. That business is making use of the former Pottery Fun infrastructure but will not be open to the public initially.
Julia commented that Montavilla has some of the feeling Hawthorne had two decades ago and is happy to join the neighborhood. They had initially wanted the former Collective Agency space next door, however that space rented quickly. Fortunately the pottery company wanted to share their space, allowing Clogs-N-More to move into the building.
All the new businesses taking hold in recently vacated spaces is a good sign for Stark Street. Short term vacancy is an indication that Montavilla has maintained its reputation as a supportive location for small businesses.
Opening dates for Clogs-N-More should become public next month and look for construction to start soon. When open, they will use the old Hawthorne location’s phone number 503-770-0842. Until then, they have an online store with free delivery in Portland.
Pottery Fun on Stark Street is closing permanently. All remaining items in the store are for sale, starting this weekend. The sale runs from Noon to 4 PM on both Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th.
Located at 7821 SE Stark Street, Pottery Fun offered craft activities creating personalized painted pottery. The sale should include many craft supplies as well as some shop fixtures.
Closing a decades-old business is a financial and logistical challenge. Support from the community in purchasing the items from the store will help with both difficulties. Consider a final visit to Pottery Fun this weekend to say thank you. Perhaps you will also find some part of Pottery Fun you want to take home with you.
Disclosure: The author’s daughter once worked at Pottery Fun.
Pottery Fun is closing its store in Old Town Montavilla. For Rent signs are now posting in the window of the longtime staple of Stark street. Located at 7821 SE Stark Street, Pottery Fun offered craft activities for individuals and groups.
Pottery Fun temporarily closed March 16th, in response to COVID-19 containment efforts. The website and voicemail for Pottery Fun have not yet been updated to reflect any change in business location or closure of this location. They have been at this spot on Stark street since October of 2010.
During their years in business, Pottery Fun has been featured in both the Portland Tribune and SE Examiner. They will certainly be missed as a family-friendly entertainment option in the neighborhood.
Disclosure: The author’s daughter once worked at Pottery Fun, many years previous.
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