Mini Business Pod on Lombard St. Behind Consign Couture

I've owned 7400 N Lombard St for 8 years and have dreamed of ways to successfully occupy the empty space behind the shop for all those years. I'm finally ready and super excited to move forward with my plan to create a mini business pod (AKA boutique trailer park) in the space.  

  • I've hired a landscape architect who lives in the neighborhood and we've decided to manage the project in 3 steps:
  1. Identify the 2-4 trailers and sizes we want in the space 
  2. Design for the trailer sizes going in and plan the landscape design for the common areas (August 17)
  3. Plant the landscape design, put the final touches on the landscape (September 17)
  • The goal for the space is to have 4 small businesses that already own or can acquire their own trailer for their business to operate in the pod behind Consign Couture. The 4 businesses would be like minded and collaborative and we could all share customers!
  • After brainstorming with other peers and a PR firm we agreed that the types of business best suited for the space would be: 
    • Blow out bar
    • Eyebrow threading
    • Nail Salon
    • Alterations/Shoe Repair (could share a trailer space)
    • Esthetician or Massage Therapist
    • Other beauty, gift or service related business 
  • We plan to offer coffee, tea, juices and kombucha in some form as part of the pod when the plan for the space unfolds more. We will work with the food cart pod located next door and offer options that they don't currently offer!
  • Trailer specifics: after talking to the city the trailers need to be on wheels and no longer than 26 feet. The space is already zoned commercial.
  • There will be a separate side entrance accessible from Lombard and great signage space visible from Lombard St. on the side of Consign Consign Couture
  • Rent for the spaces will be determined soon, in the ballpark of $550 per space.  I am planning on offering a sliding scale that will go to full rent after 3 months. Lease terms will be for a minimum of 1 year.  The rent will include water, power and ground maintenance. 
  • On the block currently: A very popular Portland/St. Johns food cart pod and farm stand next door, a tire factory, a fair trade gift store with things from all around the world (Zumbido), an art gallery (AKA) and a fantastic tap house (Lombard House)
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  • Consign Couture has been open 6 years and has a wonderful community of customers, vendors and neighbors. There is a steady stream of traffic all day long. Lombard St is a very busy street and St. Johns is a growing area!

If you are interested in applying to be part of this project please send me your idea and/or a proposal to Tamara@Consign-Couture.com.