I discovered Menagerie just over a month ago in Tidbit Food Farm & Garden, a food cart pod on SE Division Street in Portland, Oregon. I knew right away that this shop was something special so I scheduled a coffee date with the owner, Casey Shagena, to chat about her inspiration for Menagerie.
After a weekend visit to Portland Casey knew she needed to get out of Chicago and into this west coast city full of small businesses, artisans, and makers surrounded by nature. Casey had always wanted to open a brick and mortar shop when she “grew up” and her discovery of Portland’s food cart scene inspired her to make that dream a reality. In a whirlwind of excitement Casey and her partner Lou hunted down a vintage Airstream trailer, renovated it in two weeks, spent two more weeks setting up displays and opened their doors for the first time in the fall of 2014.
Casey and Lou successfully transformed this old Airstream trailer into the most adorable shop full of handcrafted jewelry and natural, eco-friendly beauty products. She carries goods crafted by makers from Portland and around the world insuring her shop holds treasures you are unlikely to find anywhere else. Casey carefully selects natural beauty products, taking the time to learn about the ingredients and connect with the makers before testing each one herself. One of her favorite products carried in the shop is Meow Meow Tweet’s all natural deodorant cream. She says it’s the “best ever!” and that it actually works, a bold and welcome statement for those of us on the hunt for a good natural deodorant.
Below you will find a few images from Menagerie full of treasures I would love to call my own. The shop is ever evolving, with new products coming in every week making Menagerie my first stop whenever I find my self in SE Portland.
You can visit Menagerie in person at: 2880 SE Division Street Portland, OR 97202
Or shop online at: Menagerie-Shop.com