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Do Tell – Karen McClelland | Mantel PDX

Sunday, November 20, 2016

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. Continue reading “Do Tell – Karen McClelland | Mantel PDX” »

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Do Tell – Alley Olivier of Brooklyn Buttah

Friday, October 7, 2016

Alley Olivier | Brooklyn Buttah


Not familiar with Brooklyn Buttah? You might want to get acquainted. With names such as, XONecole and Caribbean Life under her belt, it’s no wonder Alley Olivier chose to channel her entrepreneurial spirit and Brooklyn swag in establishing herself as a digital influencer and founder of

I got the opportunity to sit down with the tanned-skin girl boss for a transparent conversation, and by the end of our interview I could sum up Alley in one word. Passionate. Continue reading “Do Tell – Alley Olivier of Brooklyn Buttah” »

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“Do Tell” Episode 1 – Asha Kay B, Founder of The Dinner Table (Doc)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The “Do Tell” series sheds light on creative, artistic, entrepreneurial, millennial women.

Feminists, listen up! By now, it’s no eye-opener how black women are portrayed on reality tv. We’ve all seen our share of uncut, raw ratchedness sadly surrounding women of color. Asha’s and my friendship stemmed from a simple Instagram DM, and I have yet to encounter someone who unapologetically speaks and acts on the portrayal of black women in media the way this girl does. Continue reading ““Do Tell” Episode 1 – Asha Kay B, Founder of The Dinner Table (Doc)” »