In April, Inger McDowell-Hartye moved the headquarters of her gifting service company, With Love, From PDX, from the GO42 incubator space on the corner of Northeast 42nd and Sumner to a space one block south, inside the former Portland Tissue Labs building at 5012 N.E. 42nd Ave. in the Cully neighborhood. Both properties are managed by the Our 42nd Avenue neighborhood prosperity initiative.
Our 42nd Avenue purchased the Tissue Labs building from the Eddie Robertson family last May with an eye toward developing or selling the property for a project that would benefit the community. The status and name of the building are still in play but, for now, neighbors have taken to calling it the Robertson building.
“We’ve relocated to the Robertson building because it’s a smaller space and we discovered that gifting isn’t necessarily set up to do retail,” said McDowell-Hartye. “Plus, I work for a nonprofit during the day and that takes up much of my time during the week.”
With Love, From PDX will continue as an online enterprise, but McDowell-Hartye has set aside the retail component of her business for the time being. Established in 2015, her business works directly with local companies to offer gifting services and has now expanded to include marketing and branding.
“We work with small and large companies to help them reach their audience and we do events, conferences and weddings,” said McDowell-Hartye. “The company has benefitted from Portland’s growing maker movement by working directly with over 75 local companies to create gifts. By working directly with local makers, we’re able to provide unique gifting options for clients with special occasions and life’s most meaningful moments. We’ve done the exploring and shopping and have gathered some of our favorite products from around the city. I’ve been fortunate to build a successful business and work with companies that really value locally-made goods from Portland.”
For more information, visit www.withlovefrompdx.com or email moc.x1501000950dpmor1501000950fevol1501000950htiw@1501000950regni1501000950.