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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!

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!