Business partners James “Blest” Weter and Sarah King have opened a housewares and home decor store called PDX Gold Dust in the Alberta Arts district at 3012 N.E. Alberta St. Previously the home of Exclusive Threads, the small shop in the Alberta Rose Theater building opened on Last Thursday in April and specializes in curated vintage pieces, sustainable design and locally made goods, including reclaimed wood furniture and rebuilt and redesigned lighting and chandeliers.
“The majority of our product at this point is vintage,” said Weter, “but we have reclaimed-wood furniture that I’ve built and gorgeous throw pillows by local designer Jenn Bueller. As we move forward, we are looking to carry more locally designed goods. We carry a wide range of beautifully curated items for the home, inspired by the patina of age, American industrial heritage, rustic wood and a quirky sense of glamour. After seeing the redesign we’ve done for our space, other businesses in the area have approached us to provide design services for creating beautiful interiors.”
Weter and King have been in business for about four years, but this is their first storefront together. Weter previously owned a store on Alberta Street, back in 2001, called the Dandy Lyon. King is best known in the neighborhood for her work with the Nowhere Band, performing in the White Album Christmas at the Alberta Rose for the last eight years. She also performs with the band Love Gigantic.
“We originally started this business as a booth in Red Fox Vintage on Woodstock, having met the ladies there through their store up the street at Northeast 30th and Killingsworth,” said Weter. “We moved to Monticello on Southeast Stark, and recently have had two spaces in the Grand Marketplace. We owe those three businesses a huge debt of gratitude for providing us with the space to incubate our business, and for getting us to the point of opening our own store.”
The shop is currently open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
For more information, call (503) 288-4610 or visit www.pdxgolddust.com.