Reflections on a Speedy Summer

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Wow, that went quickly. Looking at the back-to-school information on my desk, it’s crazy that we’re already here — looking autumn squarely in the face. This summer has been both challenging and amazing, and, as sad as I am about the days getting darker and the weather getting colder, I am so excited about what it means for the studio.

The challenges this summer have included a move (both awesome and difficult, as moves are often full of surprises) and having my kids out of school. While they did a few camps, we also tried to also keep things exciting by having them home more often this summer. That also meant having them in the studio with me while I whipped up various concoctions; they even attended a Mini-Camp or two. While I think I have mostly survived, there are still a few days left for me to change my opinion on that.

The amazing things have been the new location (yay HUB building!), booking some truly great parties and events, the fantastic campers who attended Mini-Camps throughout the summer, and getting to enjoy the Portland sunshine here and there. I’ve also started in on a few secret projects that I am super excited about, but those will have to wait for their official reveal!

Last year, summer was a slower season but - as soon as the weather turned - people wanted to get cozy with all the crafty goodness! With that in mind, I am planning out a pretty intense workshop schedule! If you have a class offering you’d like to see, drop a line and we can make it happen! That said, there’s currently only one or two weekend openings left for September, and October requests are coming in, so reach out asap.

You may have noticed that online scheduling has switched to Acuity Scheduling, which has so far made the workshop sign-ups soooo much easier. That said, it’s still a new (to us) system and there may still be some bumps in the road; please send a note if you run into any troubles.

As always, the people who come through the door are some of the very best — thank you for making it through another season and we’re looking forward to fall with you!

On the Move... to N Williams Ave!

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Well! Here we are, on the cusp of a transition to a new location, so it seemed a great time for an update. It’s also pouring rain outside at the moment (ahhh… Portland) and not exactly a weather situation handy for moving furniture, so here we are, indoors and ready to type.

Here’s the backstory on The Big Move. I knew the space of the current Frigg’s/Make + Take experience was going to be unavailable as of summer 2019, so I have been on the lookout for awhile to find a location that would work. I needed three things: a reasonable amount of space (but not too much), a sink, and an overall great vibe. This is surprisingly hard to come by in Portland commercial real estate. Given that the studio is more of a destination than a foot-traffic-reliant business, my hopes were that I would find something still in a commercial area but without paying the added premium for street-front retail. I was open to second-story opportunities, behind-a-store spaces, or similar concepts. After keeping my eyes peeled for several weeks, I was becoming a little concerned that I wouldn’t find a new location for the next rendition of Frigg’s/Make+Take, and grew increasingly worried about the future of the business.

One night, after dinner, I was casually perusing Craiglist. This is one of the ways I relax. I don’t know, it’s a thing. At any rate, like lightening, I saw THE POST that would change the course of this business forever. Listed was a space in the very building I spent years wandering on weekends. Inside the corridor I made a destination on the regular with my toddler son. Down the street from my former home. I knew without doubt exactly which space it was and what it was like inside. Even better, I knew it was located next to several other maker spaces and a few delicious restaurants/cafes. On a whim, I contacted the current tenant and she shared with me that the landlord was hopeful to find a maker to fill the space. It was like a dream.

From that point, everything moved quickly. I stopped by the next day to visit the space. I’ve always loved the current location’s paint scheme (one wall blue, the rest white), tall ceilings, and wood accents. Once in the space on Williams, I was delighted to discover similar features: tall ceilings (20ft!), wood accents, and - YES - white and blue walls. It felt immediately like home. It’s smaller than the current location, but the space is well-used. It smells good. The current tenant was not leaving due to space or rent issues, but because she had sold her business and was ready to move on after nearly a decade at the location. Even weirder: the two of us had once been neighbors, living just a few doors down from one another on the same little street, but not knowing it at the time.

The biggest battle was that once the paperwork was signed, my insurance needed to get sorted out before I could receive the keys, and there was a two-week delay in making that happen. While I had once had the entire month of May to move, we now need to get everything moved in two weeks, so things are a little chaotic. Still, we should be up and running in the new space as of June 5.

Lots of people have asked if there will be a grand re-opening or anything of the sort. The answer to that is a very strong MAYBE. There had been, at one point, a plan to do a grand opening event at the original location, but I quickly was booked up with parties and events and eventually the idea fizzled out. Is it necessary? Probably not. Would it be fun? Probably! Will it happen? 50/50!

For now, I’d simply appreciate your patience over the next two weeks while the dust settles and I can’t wait to update everyone on the new space once it’s ready!

3808 N Williams Ave #134
Portland OR 97227

Huge Announcement!!!

Make + Take Studio/Frigg’s Mercantile is moving to a new location!!!

It will soon be time to say goodbye to this lovely space!

It will soon be time to say goodbye to this lovely space!

Our home on NE MLK has been amazing; it’s bright, clean, and open. However, when I signed the lease for the space, I knew that summer 2019 was a deadline for finding a new location, and I am delighted to share we will soon move to N. Williams avenue! The new space also shares some of my favorite aspects of our current location: it’s clean, with big windows and huge ceilings. In fact, it even has one blue wall (and the rest white) much like the space on NE MLK!

Come check out the new digs starting on May 15!!!

About the new location: Located in the "spine" of the HUB building, Make + Take Studio will be located alongside other crafty maker spaces (Klum House, HipCooks) and right behind the awesome Spielwerk Toys. The building is home to a coffeeshop (Ristretto Roasters, so yummy!) as well as several restaurants. Plus, N Williams is a great place for a stroll beyond the HUB building!

The new address will be:
3808 N Williams Ave #134
Portland OR 97224

Make + Take Studio Becomes Official Name

With the big move comes a few changes to our little shop/studio. First, we are phasing out the Frigg’s Mercantile name outside of the retail portion. This means handmade goods and our own product line will still fall under the Frigg’s Mercantile umbrella, but signage at the new space will be all under the Make + Take Studio name. Over the last year, it’s become clear that the workshops, parties, events, and camps are the focus of the space, and, as such, the Make + Take Studio name just makes a lot more sense to most customers. Don’t worry, we’ll have some signage up for the die-hard Frigg’s fans so everyone knows where to go. :)

Also! The new location has a loft area which will be dedicated to zero-waste goods and bulk purchases. If you have come to Frigg’s in the past in search of zero waste products, we will be expanding this portion of the space to better suit your needs!

Moving Sale: May 5, 1-3pm

The new space is smaller and will be more focused on workshops, so we will be liquidating a good amount of retail before the move. We will continue with DIY kits, bulk purchases, handcrafted supplies, and other goodies, but we are discontinuing carrying items for heesemaking and kombucha as well as most books. We also have some tables and other fixtures who won’t move a few blocks away with us. Stop by on May 5 to grab some goods at 20-50% off!

We can’t wait to see you at our new location! If you have any questions about the move, please reach out!

Big things coming soon!

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Hey there. It’s been a stretch, but for good reason! The holidays came and went in a flurry of workshops and custom creations. Instead of hunkering down in January and February, it appears the Portland crowd likes to get their hands dirty in a series of crafty events. Having never been through a winter season yet,, it was incredible to experience the influx of humans into the shop and studio simply due to cold air and rainy days. Thank you, gloomy weather.

But… sunshine is great, too! There are some big, big changes ahead for Make + Take Studio/Frigg’s, and you’ll know all the details in March. For now, here are few things to know are on the horizon:

  • We have two days of Spring Break Mini-Camps scheduled,, and will open a third if the other day sell out! 10-3, and even open to having an hourly rate for time before/over for an additional fee. $49/kid, sign up on the shopfriggs site here. Reach out if you need more hours for your kiddo(s), limited to six kids per day.

  • We’re booked for almost every weekend in March and the first weekend of April. If you’re looking to celebrate a non-rainy party in Portland, check out our birthday parties and other events info!

  • Cooks and food experts of all kinds have been hosting events in the studio since October, and we’ve held our own cheesemaking events. For reasons that can’t quite yet be shared, we’re going to be ending the food-related happenings around here at the after April, so be sure to sign up for the chocolate calligraphy and truffles classes hosted by Oh Honey Cookery in early March and the cake decorating workshops hosted by JamCakes. Going to be awesome!

  • With that, we’ll also be liquidating our cheesemaking inventory (except kits and small equipment). All perishables are now heading out the door at 40-50% off!

  • We’ll also be selling off a lot of our book inventory, so come on by and grab some good ones for 20-30% off! They make great gifts and, of course, fantastic inspiration for makers of all sorts.

  • Out goes the old but in comes the new! As part of our move toward being a low-waste shop, we’re including more inventory in that vein. Check out the beeswax wraps from Heather’s Treasures, zero waste deodorant, elderberry syrup kits, shampoo and conditioner bars, or the all-time awesome complete zero waste kits!

  • Coming soon: we’ll be offering drop-in preschool-age fun intermittently for parents looking for hands-on activities to do with their littles. Easy concoctions for smaller people to do with mom or dad — make the mess in the studio and walk away! Details on the way…

Those are just a few of the exciting things happening around here. This has been one of the most amazing seasons and great things are around the corner. Looking forward to seeing everyone in the shop/studio soon!

Happiest of Happy Holidays!

Oh boy! This has been a wild ride and it’s only just begun. It has been AMAZING to see the response of our community as we head into the colder season. Birthday parties, special events, and ongoing workshops are booking up so quickly! This being our first season, we had no idea what to expect, and have been completely blown away!

So now we know. Cold weather means more workshops, more parties, more fun! Yahoooo! Here are some of the other updates we have in store for you this holiday season:

KIDS’ MINI-CAMPS

Our School Closure Mini-Camps have been selling out over the last few weeks, and we are looking at creative ways to offer more of these in the future. While we generally go by the PPS and Beaverton school calendars, we’re happy to set up school closure camps for kids who aren’t in those systems! Mini-Camps are available for a maximum of 6 kids and are generally in 3-hr or 5-hr increments. Let us know if you are interested in setting something up for a group of kiddos while school is not in session!

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HOLIDAY GIFTS + STOCKING STUFFERS

Keep Frigg’s in mind when looking for some amazing holiday gifts! We’re stocked up on affordable options for stocking stuffers (bubble bath dough, whipped soaps, etc) as well as holiday-themed towels, plates, and body care. Stop on by!

PRIVATE EVENT SPACE RENTALS

We've also had a rise in inquiries to use the space for workshops outside of those offered by Make + Take Studio. There is nothing better than opening the doors to other small businesses who are excited about sharing their craft or expertise with the community. In the coming weeks, we’ll have jewelry-making, vegan cooking, art therapy, cake decorating, and gift-making events! We’d love to continue to grow in this realm, so if you are looking for a flexible space to host your next workshop or event, please reach out! Shoot an email to hello@maketakestudio.com and we can take it from there.

CHILDREN’S BUSINESS FAIR PORTLAND

We’re kicking into high gear in 2019 to get the word out about the first ever Children’s Business Fair Portland, happening April 6, 2019 at Tucker-Maxon School. This event is in partnership with Acton Business School, and will feature kids 8-14 who make something and would like to sell their product at a real-life business event. We’d love to bring your kiddo on-board! Applications are now open. Participation is $15 and kids get to keep their profits!

HOLIDAY HOURS

We’ll be closed for retail from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day, as we celebrate the season with our family and friends. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday!

Children's Business Fair Portland

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We’re delighted to partner with Acton Business Academy to launch Portland’s first-ever Children’s Business Fair! The event will take place on April 6, 2019 at Tucker-Maxon School, and it will bring together entrepreneurial kids from around the Portland metro area.

If you know a kiddo who has a craft, business idea, or something pretty awesome to share with shoppers, encourage them to apply to be vendors at the fair! There is a $15 vendor fee (refunded if the application is not approved for a vendor spot); kids get to keep all profits made at the fair!

With all of the mini-entrepreneurs who have worked their way through the Make + Take Studio over the course of this past year, we know the Portland maker community is brimming with young minds who are ready to launch their own start-ups! This is the space to give it a try and share their vision with the city.

More information and applications are available at the CBF PDX website or on the brand-new Facebook page.

Introducing Make + Take Studio at Frigg's Mercantile!

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Frigg’s Mercantile opened in April of 2018, with the concept of being a retail shop with occasional events. Since opening, there has been an unexpected - yet awesome - demand for workshops and private events. As such, we’ve decided to alter things around here just a bit, and we wanted to let you know about the changes being made.

Our events have always had a make-and-take aspect to them; nobody leaves a Frigg’s event empty-handed! Because of this, our studio offerings started casually getting referred to as Make-and-Take events, and eventually the name stuck.

To clarify to folks looking to book events, we’re introducing Make + Take Studio, an official second branch of the Frigg’s Mercantile empire. The name Frigg’s Mercantile simply didn’t make sense for birthday parties, baby showers, and other private bookings.

As event requests started truly ramping up (it’s been wild!!), we decided to make the switch sooner rather than later. You’ll also notice that the site banner and URL are now Make + Take Studio, though the Frigg’s brand is still represented on the website (and friggsmercantile.com all resolves to this same place). It made sense to focus on the studio portion of the business as most folks on our website use it for event inquiries. Additionally, because our Instagram feed has always primarily focused on studio events, we renamed it to @maketakestudio, and we started a new, fresh @friggsmercantile account to focus on products and goods available in the retail portion of our space. We’d love for you to follow us there, as well!

Speaking of the retail portion, we’ll be reducing some aspects of it while growing others. With so many events happening, we’re cranking out soaps, bath bombs, whipped butters, and candles at an alarming rate, and will soon offer them for purchase. We’ve got a slew of vendor events coming up, and will be featuring Frigg’s-labeled goodies! On the flip side, we will be reducing some of our cheesemaking inventory, and will feature some pretty fantastic sales in the process this holiday season.

We’ve also had to reduce retail hours by necessity. With events comes evening and weekend hours, and there has been a huge interest in booking Make + Take Studio/Frigg’s events off-site. We simply can’t keep the shop open consistent hours with so many off-site happenings, as each week brings a new adventure. As such, we’re letting folks know that we are mostly open 11-5 Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, and Sat, but that it’s ALWAYS a good idea to call or text ahead of time to be sure we’re there. Saturdays are particularly dicey, as those are heavily booked days, both in the Make + Take Studio and off-site.

Lastly, we’d like to say THANK YOU for your patience through this transition. As mention, the success of our events was not entirely expected, but it’s been wonderful. We’re dedicating more resources to that aspect of our business and needed to change our game plan a little. We’re fortunate to be a young company that can adapt without too much difficulty, though we recognize it might be a little confusing at first. Thanks for toughing it out and please reach out with any question you may have. Email addresses hello@friggsmercantile.com or hello@maketakestudio.com both head to the same place, so pick your poison and say hello!

New site, new season

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We are thrilled to have our new website up and running! One of the difficulties was that we were having a hard time editing and updating events with the old format. The popularity of our events, and the need to be able to repeat them, prompted a swift website change. So... ta-da! This current rendition was born.

A few updates around these parts:

- The Summer Kid Makers Mini-Camp series will have its last rendition on Wednesday, August 22. From that point forward, our 3-hr drop-in camps will morph into a 5-hr drop-in camp available on school closure days and school breaks. Same concept, longer day, and only slightly higher price ($45). We anticipate these will sell out so book your Mini-Camp asap if you are a planner-type!

- We've had a fair number of people ask about private parties. We list our standard packages with prices on our website, but we're always happy to arrange for special events for smaller groups, depending on availability! If you have a group of people you'd like to get together for a fun evening making cheese, or soap, or whatever you please, get in touch and we'll sort it out. It would make for an awesome Ladies' Night!

- We are working on putting together our calendar of fall and winter festivities. Think spooky Halloween candles and homemade gifts! What is something you'd like to be able to give your people this season? Soapmaking is a great skill to learn because homemade soap makes a fantastic present. But don't forget: you need to let your soap cure for a minimum of four weeks before it can be used, so you'll need to start learning your skillz in October and November!

- We're also gearing up for a big event on Small Business Saturday! Cannot wait to share the details, but for now, we'll leave it mysterious... :)