With its eclectic, no-filler edit of new and vintage furniture, home décor and personal effects, Beam & Anchor has become a destination for creative types in search of inspiration and interesting product.
Much of the selection is locally sourced, but “Portland-made” is not a prerequisite. As cofounder Robert Rahm says, “more than anything, we're looking for great design and a compelling narrative—something that strikes a chord, even if we’re not exactly sure why.”
Housed in a converted 7000-square-foot warehouse in industrial North Portland, the first floor store and upstairs studio is the shared vision of spouses/founders Jocelyn and Robert Rahm, who opened Beam & Anchor’s doors in April 2012 after spending the better part of a year renovating the 1924 building.
Says Robert: “We’re big fans of old warehouses, which is the predominant building structure in this part of town. We’re across the street from a train yard, and the views of the northwest hills are stunning.”
Prior to opening Beam & Anchor, Jocelyn worked in education consulting and Robert was a therapist working with at-risk youth. This has informed their approach to creating a community-centric studio and retail environment that’s both warm and experiential. “It’s important for us to have a very direct connection to the community, our customers, and the artisans who create the products we sell," says Jocelyn. "Beyond being a destination for beautiful things, we want our customers to feel at home in our space.”