The Bindery: Grayling, a woman-owned retail jewelry store moved from Southeast Portland to the recently remodeled Bindery at Northeast Sandy Boulevard and 31st Avenue. Owner and designer Katy Kippen said Grayling has expanded its line, hired more employees and is establishing itself in the Hollywood District. Since opening in 2009, Grayling has grown from a one-woman shop to five employees.
Proletariat Butchery: Delaying its opening until late January/early February, owner Zeph Shepard has engaged an intern and drafted his business motto: “Craft butchery with agrarian practices.” Shepard is aiming to keep the shop simple and is busy taking orders from customers wanting whole or parts of animals that have been organically raised. The object is to keep the price of meat low while eliminating wasted parts. Shepard plans to dedicate part of his profits toward the butchering of meat to allow local agencies to make quality cuts available to the needy, and he is also working on a plan to raise a hog in a nearby backyard while involving the community in the project.