Posted November 03, 2018 06:02:00 The Valentine Craft station is one of the newest additions to Valentine Craft in Portland.
Founded in 2015 by former Portland Timbers player and local craft enthusiast, Kevin Farrar, the Valentine Craft store opened last year, just a few blocks from the Rose Quarter, and the first of its kind in the city.
The station offers a selection of craft, wine and beer.
“The Valentine Craft is the place where we can have a drink together,” said Farrad.
“[The store] has become one of my favorite places to hang out with friends, and it’s also a great place to do all sorts of different things, from craft beer and wine to painting with paint.”
The Valentine craft store was also a launch pad for a brand new craft station, The Valentine Station, that is being developed by Portland-based Portland-area developer and developer of Portland’s newest, and possibly the biggest, residential development, the Rose District.
According to Farrac, the new station is the result of a collaborative effort between Farrard and the owner of a local craft store, the Portland Design Collaborative, a group of creative individuals who create and sell a range of art and design products.
Farrar said that the Valentine station will be the second of its sort in the region, joining a small space at Portland Design Studio, a small office space on Portland’s west side.
Portland Design Studio co-owner and co-founder, Mike Breen, said that he hopes to add the Valentine craft shop and the new Valentine station to a growing list of places in the Portland area where the craft community can come together.
Breen said that when he and his partners, Mike Poulton and Andrew Poulson, launched the Valentine Station concept in 2015, they were looking for a space to showcase their work and to get a taste of the craft culture in the area.
He said that in 2016, he decided to add The Valentine craft to that list.
In 2017, Poults family and friends bought a property on the west side of the Rose Quad to start the Rose Station project.
It’s the first time the two groups have ever built a space together, and they say they’re committed to creating an experience for the community to share and enjoy.
Poulton said that while the Valentine stations are meant to be a gathering place for the city’s craft community, they’re also intended to be places for the people who create them to showcase the works they’re creating.
They’re also a place to celebrate the work of their friends, who are working hard to bring their creativity to the public eye.
For now, the craft store is a showcase of Portland-inspired products, including a range made by Poultons favorite partner, Portland artist, Kevin Rafferty.
While the station is a little different than the existing Valentine station, Breen said he hopes that The Valentine will grow and expand in the future.
With the addition of a Valentine craft, Bourners vision is that Portland can truly grow and become a more vibrant city.