Longtime Northeast neighbor Megan Bocci has opened a vintage housewares showroom called Wares Shop at 5027 N.E. 42nd Ave., Suite 3, behind Old Salt Marketplace and across the parking lot from Roses Ice Cream. Bocci opened her doors in early May and plans to hold an “official” grand-opening party soon.
Wares offers a curated collection of new and vintage housewares. Alongside the vintage items, Bocci offers a made-in-Portland apothecary line called Midnight Collective and a limited amount of new jewelry from local designers.
“I try to incorporate new and vintage together to complete a cohesive look,” said Bocci, who grew up in the neighborhood and attended Alameda, Beaumont and Grant.
“Since a very young age, I’ve always wanted my own retail store and I’ve always wanted to be my own boss,” said Bocci. “For the last ten years I have been collecting vintage items, from furniture to ceramics. A couple years ago I decided to start an Instagram shop. I had a great response with that and Wares Shop was born.”
“For a couple years now, I’ve worked at Miss Zumstein bakery a couple days a week and that is how I stumbled upon this space,” she said. “Originally, it was a storage ‘closet’ for Old Salt Marketplace. The first time I walked in, I couldn’t see beyond the back storage, linen bags and cinder block walls. A week or so later I started to envision a very small brick-and-mortar, with a loft for my office. I could see the potential with the walls painted white to soften the space and a collection of plants, so I signed a lease and here I am. Marcus, one of the owners, built the loft for me and I hired someone to paint the place white. That’s all it took!
“I have always seen so much potential on the street, and within the last couple years it seems as though 42nd Avenue is turning into what I had always wished for,” she said, “a place to hang out with my child, whether it’s getting tacos at Santo Domingo, a slice of pizza at Pizza Jerk, coffee at Miss Zumstein or a scoop of ice cream at Roses. It’s starting to feel like a community and I really wanted to be a part of that movement. I also just moved back into the neighborhood six months ago, so it felt like everything was falling into place. Being able to open a business in my old/new neighborhood felt like the right road to take.”
“I also just found out that in the 1950s and 60s my grandfather rented the building that now houses Deans Car Care. It was comforting to learn that this street has always been a part of my childhood and family history!”
Bocci’s showroom is currently open by appointment only and her hours may expand after the farmers market opens in June and foot traffic in the area begins to build.
For more information, call (503) 740-4902 or visit @thewaresshop on Instagram.