greenHAUS gallery + boutique

Infuse your life with art at greenHAUS gallery + boutique.

greenHAUS gallery is an art gallery and boutique with artisan-crafted goods and gifts, alongside industrial salvage and vintage goods. It was built to positively impact the local community. greenHAUS is a fusion of functionality, art, and designs mixed with warm customer care and good vibes.  

PRESS RELEASE - greenHAUS relocates to Alberta Commons with 2 other established businesses

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Three Established Businesses to Relocate to Alberta Commons

- Local entrepreneurs choose to set up shop in the heart of the community -

PORTLAND, Ore. (April 17, 2019) – This spring, several successful, established entrepreneurs are relocating their businesses to Alberta Commons, located in the Alberta District of Northeast Portland. Together, the owners of the trio of businesses decided to open their doors on the same block in the heart of the community on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard––what they call “Dream Street.”

Cason’s Fine Meats, Champions Barbershop and greenHAUS gallery are all family-owned, family-friendly businesses. The owners––Theotis “Uncle Theo” Cason, Jamaal Lane, and Cole and Dayna Reed––offer different products and services, yet they all value the importance of cultivating community. This shared purpose is what brought them together to open businesses at Alberta Commons.

Champions Barbershop is opening on Saturday, April 20. greenHAUS gallery is slated to open in May, and Cason’s Fine Meats will open in June. A grand opening celebration for Alberta Commons as a whole is planned for Saturday, June 22, 2019.

Alberta Commons is located on the block bordered by Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Alberta Street, Garfield Avenue and Sumner Street. Other current tenants of the shopping district include Natural Grocers and Wingstop.

The historically Black Portland neighborhood was created largely due to redlining real estate policies in the early 20th century, then was negatively impacted by urban planning in the 1950s and ‘60s, and was gentrified by builders and new renters and home buyers in the 2000s. The transformation of the neighborhood has been difficult on its residents—the once-majority Black neighborhood is now only 14% African American. According to a Portland State University study, more than 10,000 Black community members have left Central Portland recently, largely due to the increase in housing prices.

“This is a momentous time for our community. The relocation of my butcher shop, as well as the relocation of Champions Barbershop and greenHAUS gallery, is our effort to collectively replant our roots on MLK,” said Cason, who was born and raised in Northeast Portland. “It is time for us to celebrate our return to the heart of the neighborhood.”

“These business owners have chosen to locate their businesses in the Alberta neighborhood which has changed dramatically over the years,” added Roslyn Hill, who was born in Vanport, has owned businesses in the Alberta Arts District and is known as “The Queen of Alberta.”  “It is not enough to just believe in our community, it needs to be supported, physically, economically and culturally. Together, we can support Alberta Commons as a community, a place of gathering.”

Trio of Business Profiles

A legendary Portland institution, Cason’s Fine Meats was founded in 1975 as a family-owned, first-generation company, and has transitioned through five different storefronts over its lifetime––with a sixth about to open in the new Alberta Commons. For more than 40 years, Theotis “Uncle Theo” Cason has provided flavorful and fresh, all-natural products at Cason’s Fine Meats.

Champions Barbershop is a community barbershop that offers a haven where people can experience grooming from highly skilled professionals who are passionate about their craft and understand the legacy it holds. With a focus on quality over quantity, the barbershop is an advocate of creating artistic barbering services while cultivating community relationships.

greenHAUS gallery is an art gallery and boutique with artisan-crafted goods and gifts, alongside industrial salvage and vintage goods. It was built to positively impact the local community. greenHAUS is a fusion of functionality, art, and designs mixed with warm customer care and good vibes.  

Not only are these business owners successful, they all understand the role they play in lifting up other members of their community and inspiring them to recognize and pursue their dreams. Uncle Theo Cason mentors youth in the community, training and developing them as future butchers. Jamaal Lane and his wife, Christina Lane, opened the Champions Barbering Institute with a mission to serve as mentors to the community, teaching them about professionalism, customer service, cultivating relationships and hard work. Cason and Jamaal Lane both grew up in Northeast Portland. Cole and Dayna Reed actively promote women, and artisans and business owners of color at their gallery.

About Alberta Commons

Alberta Commons is a shopping district located in the Alberta District of Northeast Portland, Ore., on the block bordered by MLK Jr. Boulevard, Alberta Street, Garfield Avenue and Sumner Street. The Alberta Commons project was originated through a program at Prosper Portland. Please visit www.alberta-commons.com to learn more, and stop by to shop at these businesses.


Alberta Commons Overview

Location

Alberta Commons is located in the Alberta District of Northeast Portland on the block bordered by MLK Jr. Boulevard, Alberta Street, Garfield Avenue and Sumner Street. Other tenants of the shopping district include Natural Grocers and Wingstop. alberta-commons.com

Shops

Cason’s Fine Meats

A legendary Portland institution, Cason’s Fine Meats was founded in 1975 as a family-owned, first-generation company, and has transitioned through five different storefronts over its lifetime––with a sixth about to open in the new Alberta Commons. For more than 40 years, Theotis Cason has provided flavorful and fresh, all-natural products at Cason’s Fine Meats. casonsfinemeats.com

Champions Barbershop

Champions Barbershop is a community barbershop that offers a haven where people can experience “Champion Level” grooming and customer service, within a respectful and family-friendly environment. With a focus on quality over quantity, the barbershop is a champion of creating artistic barbering services while cultivating community relationships. championspdx.com

greenHAUS gallery

Owned by Cole and Dayna Reed, greenHAUS gallery is an art gallery and boutique with artisan-crafted goods and gifts, alongside industrial salvage and vintage goods. It was built to positively impact the local community. greenHAUS is a fusion of functionality, art, and designs mixed with warm customer care and good vibes. greenHAUSgallery.com

History

The historically Black neighborhood was created largely due to redlining real estate policies in the early 20th century, then negatively impacted by urban planning in the 1950s and ‘60s, and gentrified by builders and new renters and home buyers in the 2000s. The transformation of the neighborhood has been difficult on its residents—the once-majority Black neighborhood is now only 14% African American. Business owners Theotis Cason and Jamaal Lane both grew up in the Alberta neighborhood. The relocation of Cason’s Fine Meats, Champions Barbershop and greenHAUS gallery represents an effort by these local business owners to collectively replant their roots in the same block of MLK Jr. Boulevard: Dream Street.



Letter regarding MLK and our leaving

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    On this weekend of remembrance of one of the key figures in the campaign for human rights we are compelled to write and decided to share our thoughts and experiences with you. Thank you for taking the time to read and please, share with everyone you know.  Back in the 1960’s when a group of Americans were denied the right of equal education, the right to vote, the right to be protected in their cities and states we stood up as a people and fought. Most of the fighting was done from within the African American community, but like all these types of struggles throughout history when the group in power, the white Americans in this case, stood beside their black brothers and sisters change was quicker to follow. When it was finally acknowledged that it could not a case of, “it’s their problem, let them deal with it“ change followed.  Fifty years later we are still in the midst of a human rights struggle. Racial issues persist, gender issues persist but at the very least there are laws in place to protect and support the people who find themselves in the persecuted group. The human rights struggle that we are currently dealing with is gay rights and it can no longer be a case of, “it’s their problem, let them deal with it”. We all need to stand up against the injustice that persists in our communities.  Finally, in AZ and many states across our union (but not all), gay marriage is recognized as a legal institution. This is a huge success. But this is not the end of the road. We still have battles to fight and win so that all our neighbors and their families are offered equal protection and rights.  As you may have read in The Arizona Republic or The New Times or heard on Channel 11 or Channel 3 news, our family is leaving Arizona because there is no legal protection for our growing family. There is no way for us to both be legal parents to the same child because we are both woman. We are joined in marriage and share the joys and challenges of that institution but that is not enough in this state (and many others). We shared our story with the media not because we like the attention and not to make it about us, but to make it known among the broader public that our fight for humane rights is not over. Our family is blessed with the opportunity and willingness to move to a place where more of our rights are protected but many do not have this choice or option. We spoke for them.  The process of us moving also has led to many discussions about the building that has housed us for many years. We are the first to share its tremendous history and to revel in the special qualities that go beyond the bricks and concrete from which it is constructed. There are many champions for this building, these bricks, the ones that have housed us and protected us as our home, our place of business and creativity. To us, they are more than just bricks. What we don’t understand is how a building, a collection of things, even tremendously valuable things, can incite petitions, steamrolling media coverage and protests yet the knowledge that our neighbors and friends, colleagues and associates don’t have the same protections and rights as others in the state incites a, “oh that sucks” response but no call to action, no impassioned pleas for change.  It seems to us the story has lost perspective.  The people of a community are by far our greatest asset and we ask that you stand up and join the fight for equal rights for all people.  Show up, vote, use your voice, make a change.  There have been many misquotes and untruths put out there about who we are. We love our community, we have worked hard for our community and regardless of what your interpretation is, we wish you the best.  Namaste,  Cole, Dayna and our unborn son   

On this weekend of remembrance of one of the key figures in the campaign for human rights we are compelled to write and decided to share our thoughts and experiences with you. Thank you for taking the time to read and please, share with everyone you know.

Back in the 1960’s when a group of Americans were denied the right of equal education, the right to vote, the right to be protected in their cities and states we stood up as a people and fought. Most of the fighting was done from within the African American community, but like all these types of struggles throughout history when the group in power, the white Americans in this case, stood beside their black brothers and sisters change was quicker to follow. When it was finally acknowledged that it could not a case of, “it’s their problem, let them deal with it“ change followed.

Fifty years later we are still in the midst of a human rights struggle. Racial issues persist, gender issues persist but at the very least there are laws in place to protect and support the people who find themselves in the persecuted group. The human rights struggle that we are currently dealing with is gay rights and it can no longer be a case of, “it’s their problem, let them deal with it”. We all need to stand up against the injustice that persists in our communities.

Finally, in AZ and many states across our union (but not all), gay marriage is recognized as a legal institution. This is a huge success. But this is not the end of the road. We still have battles to fight and win so that all our neighbors and their families are offered equal protection and rights.

As you may have read in The Arizona Republic or The New Times or heard on Channel 11 or Channel 3 news, our family is leaving Arizona because there is no legal protection for our growing family. There is no way for us to both be legal parents to the same child because we are both woman. We are joined in marriage and share the joys and challenges of that institution but that is not enough in this state (and many others). We shared our story with the media not because we like the attention and not to make it about us, but to make it known among the broader public that our fight for humane rights is not over. Our family is blessed with the opportunity and willingness to move to a place where more of our rights are protected but many do not have this choice or option. We spoke for them.

The process of us moving also has led to many discussions about the building that has housed us for many years. We are the first to share its tremendous history and to revel in the special qualities that go beyond the bricks and concrete from which it is constructed. There are many champions for this building, these bricks, the ones that have housed us and protected us as our home, our place of business and creativity. To us, they are more than just bricks. What we don’t understand is how a building, a collection of things, even tremendously valuable things, can incite petitions, steamrolling media coverage and protests yet the knowledge that our neighbors and friends, colleagues and associates don’t have the same protections and rights as others in the state incites a, “oh that sucks” response but no call to action, no impassioned pleas for change.  It seems to us the story has lost perspective.

The people of a community are by far our greatest asset and we ask that you stand up and join the fight for equal rights for all people.  Show up, vote, use your voice, make a change.

There have been many misquotes and untruths put out there about who we are. We love our community, we have worked hard for our community and regardless of what your interpretation is, we wish you the best.

Namaste,

Cole, Dayna and our unborn son

 

getting to know you - Lauren Lee

The art speaks for itself, but read here to see what Lauren has to say about herself.

What do you most look forward to when you wake up in the morning?

"I look most forward to coffee. And then painting."

What mediums do you find work best with your artistic style?

"I love oil paint, the blending that you can get with oil painting is the best, all of my studio work is in oils. But murals generally are painted in acrylic, so I have learned to love that medium as well. It has led to a more illustrative style, because it dries so fast, I began doing mark making to add to the light and shadow, it has opened up a whole new world for me."

What do you do to keep the creative juices flowing?

"I pretty regularly do "The Artists Way" which is a workbook that helps deal with creative blocks and keeps you moving forward. After doing it every year for the last seven years, I can generally see a creative block for what it is, fear. And I just keep making work despite that. I also am a very visual person, I am constantly seeking out art, looking at art, talking about art. So my life has pretty much become about self expression." 

Where else can we see your work or connect with you?

"My website is www.laurenleefineart.com, I'm also on Facebook and instagram, Facebook.com/laurenlee222 and @loveleelauren on instagram."

What sets your work apart from others?

"I think that my work focuses on the mystical, supernatural and spiritual. It's been said that my work has a very feminine feel, and I love that. I want my work to be rich and emotive. I think what sets my work apart from the rest is the my use of light, color and content that enhances it's surroundings. I like what my art stands for, I like how it transforms a space.

What is your favorite poem, novel or song?

"Hmmm. My favorite novel is Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson, my favorite songstress right now is Lana Del Ray, I feel like she witnesses all of these past and present female lives, and then creates these songs around their world. Songs about mobsters wives, abandoned women who become famous, drug addicted women in love with men in jail. Her work is so gritty, and operatic. I listen to her often when I paint. 

One of my favorite poets is Andrea Gibson, her poems really speak to me, here is a part of one of her poems; I had to unlearn their prison speak 

Refuse to make wishes on the star on the sheriff’s chest
I started wishing on the stars in the sky instead
I said to the the sun
Tell me about the big bang'
The sun said
'it hurts to become'."

What is your favorite thing about being an artist in Phoenix?

"My favorite thing about being an artist in Phoenix is that there is room for artists here. I have been a full time artist for the last three years, and I have been able to support myself. That means that there is a market here for artists." 

What is your least favorite thing about being an artist in Phoenix?

"My least favorite thing about being an artist in Phoenix, is that I think patrons of the arts don't know the times galleries and the art district is open. I think that deters people from coming downtown, I think if we had a stronger art district that is open and being patroned all week and weekends, it would be a more thriving market. Which is really a walk ability issue."

What is your favorite quote?

"My favorite quote is "Allow every action to be a prayer, and every experience a meditation." from my spiritual teacher Jeniffer, who passed over the spring. That one always stayed with me."