Visit: 3725 SE Division St, Portland, OR
Story by Rachel Schwartzmann – Shop Field Trip – Photos by Nicholas Peter Wilson for The Style Line
When asked what question she’d like to be approached
with more often, Kara Green (the owner of beloved Portland-based boutique Field Trip) responded with, “‘Can I help?’ I love when people reach out and offer their products or services or connections. The whole basis of Field Trip is community and working together and supporting each other.” For those of you who don’t know, as a shop Field Trip’s values are rooted deeply in fostering authentic connection while catering to one’s creative curiosity. When deciding on the store’s name, Kara and her husband found their way back to memories of childhood field-trips and the sense of wonder that came with discovering something new. “We both have such great memories of going on adventures when we were kids and exploring with our school and friends,” Kara shared in our interview below. “It is a break from the daily grind and a chance to reconnect to that fun carefree part of ourselves we can lose in our day to day responsibilities.”
Kara herself has endured this sense of discovery in her personal and professional endeavors – she ended up in Portland from Brooklyn after her husband accepted a job at Nike and recently she took a trip to Ojai, California (as you’ll learn more about in our interview with her below). Yet what piqued our interest the most, was Kara’s ability to not only cultivate a sense of community but engage with them to get out of their comfort zone and try something new. While Portland’s retail landscape may be filled with beautifully curated small shops and thoughtful experiences, Kara wanted to take Field Trip one step further with the introduction of workshops to bring people together in real-time. We spoke more with her about this element of the shop, and how it humanizes Field Trip’s shopping experience along with some lessons she’s learned from other small business owners in the city. Read on to take a virtual field trip of your own and go inside this truly special boutique, and discover more insight from Kara featuring moments of our afternoon captured by Nicholas Peter Wilson for The Style Line.
*THIS STORY WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN FEBRUARY 2016 AND REFLECTS UPDATED CHANGES TO THE LAYOUT AND INTRODUCTION
Hello! I’m Kara, a shop owner, wife and also a mama
to two little ones. We moved to Portland four years ago from Brooklyn, NY because my husband was offered a job at Nike. The job came up when our son was eight months old and living the NY dream was proving to be much harder than we thought. So, we got on a plane, having never visited, and took a chance on this great city. It took us a minute to slow down and appreciate a calmer pace of life, but I am thankful we did. I love all things otherworldly including astrology, tarot and energy medicine (I’m a Pisces, so half the time I am living in a dream world). I am a 200hr certified yogi and meditate daily, which can sometimes turn into a power nap if the sleep has been tough with the kids. I really value the process of self-awareness and personal evolution. I think I’m attracted to these more mystical topics because it helps me figure out my place in the world. I am forever on the path of looking inward, finding the things that are working and (trying) to let go of the things that are not. I get to stay home with my kids during the week and work the shop on the weekends, which has given me a perfect balance between being a creative entrepreneur as well as a mom.