Fifth retail location will open at Bridgeport Village Summer 2018
Tender Loving Empire (TLE) the 11 year old retailer of handmade goods and local music, announced today the signing of a long-term lease with Bridgeport Village for a new retail location in Tigard. The new store will be an 1300 square foot space near the core of the outdoor center. TLE plans to on open for business at Bridgeport Village in Summer 2018. This will be TLE’s fifth location, and the first outside of the city of Portland
TLE will carry a wide selection of handmade and locally made, apparel, jewelry, housewares, music, food and beverages, and its own signature line of products, all presented in a fresh, bright and inspiring retail space. When asked about the decision to open at Bridgeport Village, TLE’s co-founder Brianne Mees had this to say:
“Our mission is simple: To support and empower creatives, to inspire and delight communities, and to enrich and fulfill our employees. Opening a location at Bridgeport checks all those boxes. We are thrilled to provide an opportunity for the hundreds of artists we represent to be discovered by a new group of people that might not have otherwise.”
In reference to TLE’s recent growth, Brianne’s co-founder Jared Mees said “As TLE continues to grow, hundreds of other small businesses that we represent grow with us. By representing makers, musicians and their small businesses we are together stimulating the local economy in meaningful ways. We’re excited and honored to be able to bring people in Tigard some of our favorite local handmade art and music.”
For the design and build of the space TLE will again work with the award winning Fieldwork Design, who has worked with TLE on its Hawthorne, NW 23rd and PDX locations.
About Tender Loving Empire
Tender Loving Empire (TLE) was founded by Jared and Brianne Mees in 2006 in Portland Oregon. TLE’s goal is and has always been to make connections with visual artists, designers, musicians and craftspeople—and then connect them to new fans, and listeners. TLE has expanded from its humble beginnings as a mom and pop operation in a tiny out of the way location to a thriving multi-vertical company that employs 40+ people via 4 Portland retail stores: downtown (in the West End), on SE Hawthorne, on NW 23rd and most recently in concourse D of the Portland Airport. They also have an e-commerce website, a line of signature products and an internationally distributed record label.
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