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Portland's North St. Bags moves to new workshop

Published March 8, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — North St. Bags, which makes bike panniers and bike accessories in addition to backpacks and other gear, is moving its headquarters and production workshop to Portland's Hawthorne District.

"I'm thrilled at the opportunity to grow North St.," said North St. Bags' founder, Curtis Williams. "This expansion will allow us to hire more talented makers and increase our production volume so we can better serve our customers. Our new location just off of Hawthorne will mean better access and visibility. It will make it easier to get more quality bags out there. We build most bags to order which allow us to have less storage, inventory and waste, but at a certain point, it became clear that we've outgrown our Clinton Street shop."

North St. Bags began in Williams' basement on Portland's Woodward Street, with a single sewing machine and a few bolts of fabric.

"I couldn't be more thrilled at the scale we've reached these past 8 years since I worked in that basement shop, and at the chance to continue our mission at our new space on Hawthorne Boulevard," he said.

North St. Bags planned to close the Clinton Street shop on Thursday. The new shop is planned to open Monday at 11 a.m. The new shop is at the corner of SE Hawthorne and Poplar Ave (1551 SE Poplar).

Once the team settles into the new space they plan to celebrate with a new product launch and a grand reopening party. 

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