227 Congress


After last fall's studio nightmare, I am happy to announce that after months of searching emilie inc. has found a home. The space is not as lofty and grand as the other, but it's a well-lit, newly-renovated gem and the landlord is someone J and I feel we would be friends with, not just business partners. That counts for a lot in my book.

It's at the base of Munjoy Hill in Portland's East End on the second floor above the North Star Cafe (a chill vegetarian cafe with live acoustic music every night of the week, and sometimes tango lessons!) and next to The Snug (a new trendy Irish pub). Within a block is Angela Adams (the infamous rug and handbag maker), a yoga studio, a few salons, trendy clothing shops and yarn stores. It's definitely the "up and coming" part of Portland, and I'm proud to be a part of the resurgence (up next is the transformation of a building around the corner into a multi-level restaurant and rooftop martini bar. Sweet!). And the best part? There are no meters! Gasp! Yes, there actually is free street parking in Portland and I've found it!

My space is 1,300sf and includes an open area for meeting with clients and hosting workshops, a kitchenette (I purchased the cabinets yesterday- chocolate brown to match the emilie inc. branding), an office nook, a small shooting space (with exposed brick walls), a full bath and private rooftop deck (the deck will be completed this summer). There are filtered views of the harbor and the bay from either sides.

Remember a few weeks ago I wrote about not knowing how I should celebrate my 30th birthday? Well, this is the perfect present! My lease starts April 1st... my birthday!

The renovations are still going on, but I took a few pictures with my iPhone this morning when I signed the lease. They aren't the best, but give you an idea (I know this is going to sound crazy, but I didn't want to take any with my professional camera just yet, so as to not jinx myself with what happened last time!).

Tracy Davis from Urban Dwellings is helping create a gorgeous interior space. Check back for updates as everything comes together. And expect a fabulous opening reception sometime in May! Hooray!


  1. Congratulations! That is really so exciting - you must be thrilled. I'll keep my fingers crossed that everything gets signed without a hitch!

  2. WOOHOO! This is the place sweets! The North American headquarters of Emilie Inc :) I am looking forward to many good time in this space and helping to grow the Emilie Inc. brand!

  3. Anonymous9:21 PM

    yippee em. we are so proud of you always.
    it will be so GREAT!!!!
    April 1st, perfect date for great new beginnings!
    love, mom and steve xoxo

  4. Congratulations Emilie! I'm so happy for you! I think 2008 is going to be a great year for you.

  5. Its perfect! I am so glad you decided to wait, it all worked out so well. Can't wait to come and see it!


  6. Sweet space! I love the exposed brick and it sounds like there's no shortage of cool places surrounding you. Cheers!

  7. I love it! Congratulations on this. Good luck!


  8. It looks like a fantastic space Emilie! And you are right, that is an up and coming area in Portland. Keep us posted on an open house.

    The Kitchen Chicks

  9. Congratulations!! Looks perfect...I can't wait to see it when it's all finished.

  10. Anonymous11:02 AM

    CONGRADULATIONS Em. I can't wait to see it. I am sure the space will be a great move for you. Let us know when we can paint! Love, P.

  11. Sweet! Let us know when the grand opening party is!!

  12. Anonymous8:29 AM

    gotta tell you -- i like the look and feel of this space much better...whew so glad you paid attention to your gut in october -- hopefully, it's a weekend it may for your reception cuz i'd love to get barb and greg to plan on it with my guy and me...and please keep me posted on any workshops you do! (entry level, like ok, barely entry level for me) -- congrats!

  13. Yay! Glad you finally found a place! Have fun with it!

  14. Em,

    Congratulations! Sounds like a lovely place in a great neighborhood! Count me in for the opening!


  15. love that area! i hung out at the snug the last time i was in portland. sounds exciting!!!


  16. Congratulations! It looks like a great space even before renovations. I hope we have a chance to come up and see it in person some day :)

  17. YAY, Em! So excited for you and so happy that you will have a great space! It looks terrific!

  18. Anonymous1:07 PM

    Congratulations!! I really can't wait to see how things come along with your design for the space. I can't think of a better way to kick off your thirties!

    Will there be a grand opening party?


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