If creating unconventional and avant-garde music isn't enough, Honey Owens is making another contribution to Portland's artistic community. The sole musical force behind the ambient trance project Valet (and a sometime member of Jackie-O Motherfucker and Dark Yoga, and also founder of Northeast venue Dunes), last week Owens' opened Rad Summer, a clothing store on Southeast Division Street.
Even though Rad Summer sells handmade, vintage, and found threads, calling it a “clothing store” doesn't do it justice. Rad Summer is more of an artistic hodge-podge. It's collectively owned by four people, sells local records and used bikes, and has a mural painted by local musician and artist E*Rock. Plus, Owens and the three other owners liveblog most going-ons at the store.
Here's what Owens told LocalCut about her newest project via email:
it's run collectively between 4 people right now. we have a blog that sort of spans over a larger group and someday we would like to have a connecting cafe or some sort of other way to connect to the community and each other. it's been really exciting to have so much help and input from our friends.
we're inbetween Lived In Lover (a vintage shop, very nice girls) and the Reptile store (an amazing guy who has been there for years)
i should add…when we moved into the store front we really had no idea how strong and positive the se division neighborhood and business association is. we feel extremely welcome and honored to be apart of their vibe.
Go check it out. Everything Owens musically touches turns to gold, so chances are Rad Summer is going to be equally cutting edge.
And here's another picture of the shop for good measure. There are tons more on the blog (where these pics are from) and MySpace page:
Rad Summer is located at 3611 SE Division St. Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am-7 pm.
If shopping isn't your thing, Honey Owens plays Monday, Nov. 15, at Rotture. 9 pm. $8 advance, $10 day of show. 21+.
Rad Summer at MySpace
Rad Summer's blog
Valet at MySpace