On January 25, Andrea and Leonard Allen officially opened the doors on the second outpost of their EcoVibe Apparel business at 1408 N.E. Alberta St. in the King neighborhood. The shop had to delay their “soft” opening in the former Modern Domestic space for nearly a week due to winter weather. A grand opening party with refreshments and introductory pricing is planned for February 17. Modern Domestic’s sewing studio and retail space moved about ten blocks west in November to 422 N.E. Alberta St.
“We are extremely happy to be taking over the space that Modern Domestic had such great success in,” said Chelsea Mettille, EcoVibe’s director of marketing and sales. “EcoVibe focuses on soft, sustainable, stylish women’s apparel, and we carry local and handmade jewelry and accessories. We are conscious of who is making our clothing, where it is made and the materials it is made from. We recently became members of the One Percent for the Planet network and we donate one percent of all of our sales to nonprofits that create a positive environmental impact.”
EcoVibe was launched in 2010 as a collaboration between the Allens, who go by Len and Dre. Len is a Portland native and veteran of the apparel and fashion industry with over 30 years of experience, from buyer to runway model to personal stylist. Dre has a background in natural health and wellness and brings her sales and marketing experience to the business, along with an eye for aesthetics and a commitment to sustainability.
“EcoVibe is the culmination of our dream to blend our talents and passions,” said Dre. “We are very fortunate to have taken over an already stunning space. The small improvements that we made include building our dressing rooms and a display wall, fresh paint throughout and installing clothing racks, fixtures and signage. Thanks to our talented contractor, Ian Mayer from Lorax General Contracting, this only took about three weeks.”
Len has a long family history in the neighborhood. His great grandfather and two of his uncles founded and ministered to three neighborhood churches. The family has been in the community for several generations and still own and live in some of the neighborhood’s historic homes.
“We have always wanted to have a store on Alberta Street because this is our neighborhood,” said Len. “In fact, we had hoped to open our flagship store here in our original business plan eight years ago. We are thrilled to have a second location close to home with the space that we need to grow. As a black American who grew up in the area and has seen so many changes in recent years, it is encouraging to have the opportunity to participate in the growth of our community. We are inspired by many of the neighborhood’s businesses, including Salt & Straw and Bamboo Sushi – who are also our neighbors at our other shop on Northwest 23rd – and we’re excited to be reunited with Cupcake Jones and Imelda’s Shoes and Louie’s Shoes for Men, who were former neighbors at our original location in the Pearl.”
For more information, call 971-888-4015 or visit www.ecovibeapparel.com.