Menagerie a small batch beauty, men’s grooming products, gift, plant and flower shop was established in 2014. Proprietor Casey Shagena renovated a 1979 vintage Airstream to house her shop which is located in Tidbit market in Portland. The 250 SF space was renovated to feel open and airy with reclaimed hardwood floors and custom displays. Given the petite selling space Casey is careful to select products that are ethically sourced and made in small batches. The skincare, beauty and shave products are very popular with Menagerie’s customers, many of which are made locally. Jewelry and gift items are sourced from artisans across the USA. The Tidbit is the perfect location for Menagerie, an open air market filled with delicious food offerings and interesting shops it is a destination for creative Portland residents and tourists alike.
Casey Shegena moved to Portland from the Midwest to study fashion design. She found the beauty industry more intriguing and after graduating worked as a package designer, product developer and art director in a beauty company. After working on accounts for many large brands, Casey switched gears, deciding to start her own business offering people products where the ingredients are more important than the brand names. She enjoys sharing the stories and processes of the products she sells with her customers, and discovering what’s important to them. Casey is inspired by other hardworking shop owners, and loves being a part of the Portland community. Some of her favorite local shops are Portland Homestead Supply, Work/Shop, Field Trip, Monticello Antique Market, and School House Electric.
On The Future of Retail
“Maybe I’m bias living in Portland, but I think the future of retail is going to be more about inspiring small shops with beautiful experiences. Big box stores have had their time and people are looking for quality over excess these days. I see so many people paring down their lives to live more simply and that leads them to buy more consciously and carefully. With our generation making a whole lot less money than our parent’s generation, we are paying attention to what we buy and how it effects our health and the earth. I think that’s a beautiful thing.”
2880 SE Division St., Portland OR
Photos Courtesy of Menagerie