About a year ago, Robert and Jocelyn Rahm, a self-described "furniture reclaimer" and "painter, seeker, finder," respectively, decided to corral their creative energies into a physical space. The Oregon-based couple located a 7,000-square-foot industrial building in North Portland, and together with fellow collaborator Currie Person—a design retailer whose interesting background includes location scouting for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, serving as a stage manager on The Producers and being a P.A. on the seminal Office Space—they christened the space Beam & Anchor (presumably after filing cover sheets on all of their TPS reports).
A year on, Beam & Anchor is a combination workshop and retail space, populated with "custom-made furniture, art, ceramics, jewelry, home goods, and beautifully crafted items for travel, work, and living" downstairs; upstairs, the tools, machinery and people who make these things.
Numbering nine creative types spread across seven individual brands in total, B&A is a community that holds local gatherings and events as much as it is a workplace:
The 100 year old farm table in our shop kitchen has become a gathering place for collaboration, bread breaking and story telling. We find as many excuses as we can to welcome the community into our space with the intention of fostering the exchange of ideas, the appreciation of craft and good, old-fashioned fun.
Here's a video (put together by fellow Portlanders Shwood Eyewear, as part of their Portland-based Makers series) that shows what B&A does and why: