Portland’s iconic Presents of Mind, 3633 SE Hawthorne Blvd. celebrated 25 years in business on Oct 1. In honor of this momentous achievement for the family-owned business, they invite you to the 25th annual Holiday open house (with refreshments and a prize walk) November 8 and 9. It’s a chance to get first look at their famous and very limited Holiday selection as well.
Hawthorne was a different Boulevard in 1989 than it is today. Dive bars, gas stations, and adult movie stores made up the heart of Hawthorne. A few pioneering souls saw the potential and began opening small boutiques.
Cinnamon Chaser opened the area’s first cards and gift store, aptly named Presents of Mind. The neighborhood responded immediately, and word of mouth spread far beyond the neighborhood to draw traffic from all over the country.
The business quickly grew and soon her then-teenage daughter Seasons Sparks Koll came on to help run the store. After five years, Presents of Mind expanded to more than twice the original size.
Presents of Mind is considered one of the pioneer businesses that directly influenced the revitalization of Hawthorne Blvd. Cinnamon has been mostly retired for many years and the store is now run by her daughter with the help of an amazing team of employees, many of whom have been with the store more than fifteen years.
The shop has maintained the concept of being a one-stop gift shop in a quintessentially Portland way. Carrying as many locally- made and environmentally-friendly products as possible, the store stays on trend with the latest in national and international brands.
While many local card and gift stores have closed in the last 25 years, cards are still the number one item sold at Presents of Mind.
The other secret to the store’s success is the jewelry, which includes work from local designers Tasi, Amira, Rubygirl, Frawn and Luscious and a large T-shirt selection, including Headline Shirts, Ames Bros, Fluffy Co, Little Lark and Seasons K Designs. Many of these items have been featured in magazines such as InStyle, Lucky and Real Simple as well as on the TV show, Portlandia.
Presents of Mind has enjoyed a great reputation for friendly and helpful staff, due to the work environment this Mother and Daughter team have created.
The store has offered health insurance to full time employees for more than 20 years, as well as provided snacks, paid breaks, vacations and profit sharing.
They donate a percentage of their holiday sales every year to a charity chosen by the staff. Past charities supported are Outside In, Children’s Cancer Association, Habitat for Humanity, CASA and Portland Food Bank. They donate heavily to the community at various auctions around the city and at donation-based events set up at the store.
Being involved, giving back, and taking good care of their employees have always been a large part of the business model.
3633 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 503.230.7740 www.presentsofmind.tv.