Did you know that your dollar goes three times further when you spend it locally? This holiday season, it's more important than ever to support the many small businesses that bring forth so much creativity and passion in our communities by curating their special shops.
So, to jump off our Stockist Spotlight Series, we are honored to feature one of the very first shops to carry Sea Witch Botanicals, Union Rose in Portland, Oregon! The wonderful owner Rita Hudson-Evalt, took the time to share how she got her start and what drives her to this day. We hope our interview reminds you just how much power you hold in your purchases this holiday season.
Note: All photos courtesy of Union Rose.
Q: What is the name of your business and where are you located?
A: Union Rose located at 7909 SE Stark St, Portland OR.
Q: How do you signify ownership?
Q: What kind of shop do you have? What kinds of goods do you carry?
A: A lovely local-centric shop with women's apparel, jewelry and gifts.
Q: Describe your shop in three words.
A: Eclectic, Sustainable, Heartfelt
Q: Are there any goods you carry, in particular, that you want to point your customers towards this winter/holiday season?
A: Our selection of great gift items- lots of little treats for your family and yourself!
Q: Besides shopping with you, are there any other ways folx can support you?
A: Support your local shops and makers. Even if it's not us- check out your local shop before buying on Amazon. We're all here for you, and we're in this together!
Q: What inspired you to open your store? Feel free to share a how you got started story here if you please!
A: I have been a clothing designer for over a decade, and when one of my favorite shop owners confided in me she wanted to step away from her biz and she wanted me to take over - all of my being said DO IT! So I took ownership of Union Rose about 6.5 years ago because I just couldn't see our city and our makers without this magical little space!
Q: Are there words you live by or wisdom you'd like to share?
A: "Just Keep Making!" When you realize you can make objects- you incrementally realize that you have individual power to make bigger changes.
Q: How do you practice self-care?
A: Ignoring my phone and playing with my kiddos!
Q: Where can people follow along with you on social media?
Shop with Union Rose this holiday season online or in person! Current operations are 10-6 Wednesday-Saturday & 10-4 Sunday and Monday.