Robert and Jocelyn Rahm have a passion for great designs and an appreciation for the local folks of Portland who make them. Along with Currie Person, they've turned a 7,000 square foot neglected warehouse into working space for local makers and a retail space to showcase their wares.
This is one abandoned warehouse that was lucky to have been given a new life. An oversized building sitting adjacent to noisy train tracks, it could have remained derelict forever if not the Rahm's vision. Beam & Anchor has restored the space to its former glory as a hub for industry. From upholsterers and furniture designs to a soap lab, local makers and designers are housed on the upper floor of the building. Downstairs, in a wonderfully warm industrial space, you'll find their work for sale. There's a sense of pride in this place – not only in the products but in the building as a community. A recent entry on the store's blog sums it up nicely:
Being adjacent to a train yard is one of the many romantic things about working in the Beam & Anchor building. We have become accustomed to the blaring horn signaling an approaching train and it barely phases anyone anymore. Even amidst a steady flow of distractions, the general vibe in the building is one of focus and intention. Our shop remains a buzz with new inventory, new customers and lots of fun events. The businesses upstairs are thriving without exception and it has been a total joy watching the friendships deepen and the collaborations increase as the B&A community continues to establish itself.