A popular merchant on S.E. 13th has decided to close the doors and rent the building

RITA A. LEONARD - At Portland Homestead Supply Company in Sellwood, employees Kristin Laus and Heather Orton say they will miss their customers when the store closes this month. Doug and Kristl Bridge, owners of Portland Homestead Supply Company, have decided to close their shop at 8012 S.E. 13th Avenue on September 15. "It's been a fantastic six years here, and we've loved every minute of it," reflects Doug, "But we've decided it's time to have some time for ourselves."

The couple owns the building, which a plaque in front states is an Historic Sellwood site: "The Williams House, Bartholomew's Optometry, Est. 1905." Doug confirms, "It has a long history of various retail establishments, including a couple of antique stores. We'd love to see another retailer go in here. Call us at 503/233-8691 for information."

Portland Homestead Supply has evolved as a "go to" resource for information on "homemade" – cider, cheese, soap, cosmetics, candles, cleaners, and home canning supplies. For the past couple of months, they've offered free demonstrations for interested folks.

Customers have also enjoyed purchasing How-To books there, and visiting the goats and chickens living out in back of the building. The animals will now return to live at the Bridges' home, around the corner. "The neighbors are sure going to miss them," says Doug.

The store currently has four employees, and until it closes it will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Counterperson, and Sellwood resident, Kristin Laus observes, "We also carry fermenting supplies, pickle crocks, handmade brooms, and a few gardening supplies."

The shop is in the midst of offering graduated "percentage-off" sales to clear the inventory in these last few weeks before closing.

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