How does one go from being a high school ceramics art teacher of ten years to concept store retail entrepreneur? For one, it takes a lot of guts. But more than anything it takes a willingness to reinvent. I got to talk to Karen McClelland, the boss lady behind MANTEL in Kenton, Portland during my visit earlier this Fall. I recall immediately being drawn to the brick and mortar’s sleek , modern curb appeal while wandering the neighborhood. After stepping inside and meeting Karen there was an obvious warm connection between the store and its owner.
Check out our chat below.