The home in Homebetty
Forest Grove's Main Street puts the home in Homebetty's, a new consignment retail shop downtown.
Owner Lisa Landgraf is not a stranger to operating a business in town. She and her partner run The Old Town Vault, which shares a building with Landgraf's newest shop at 2004 Main St.
Earlier this month, Homebetty's opened its doors and hosted its first fashion show, soon to be a monthly event for customers to look forward to.
Landgraf, a Minnesota native, moved out to the West Coast after her family made the big move.
Landgraf is a big supporter of recycling fashion and thinking about buying used clothing first before buying new, she said.
"I've been a thrifter since I was a little kid," she said. "I've made a point when I travel to stop at stores. When the opportunity arose to open my own, it felt like a great idea."
When thinking of the name of her dream shop, Landgraf was inspired by her own experiences.
"A good friend of mine in high school said, 'You can hang with us guys or homeboys, but since you're a girl, you're a homebetty,'" she said. "It stuck."
Homebetty's is home to many vintage and one-of-a-kind pieces. It's similar to Red Light Vintage and other shops along trendy Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland, bringing that scene to shoppers in western Washington County.
About 20 different consigners have their products at the shop, including woodworking and handmade clothing, a sign that the shop is about community involvement first, Landgraf said.
Homebetty's large windows allow Landgraf to make eye-catching displays, she said. Currently, pink and denim clothing are on display alongside posters for Theatre in the Grove's production of "Legally Blonde The Musical."
"I want to grow the shopping vibe downtown. It is a goal I have. With the vibrant windows, I want people to stop and meander around downtown a bit if they are passing through," Landgraf said.
The fashion show brought together customers, family and friends to show off vintage clothing and used the shop's spiral staircase as the runway.
"It was so fun," she said. "There was so many people there I didn't recognize. ... I want to do it once a month, including accessory and clothing exchanges, or chances for people to get together and have a nice time."
Cherie Savoie Tintary is one of the consigners at Homebetty's under the name Bettye Jeanne Vintage. She runs Tint Salon above Landgraf's shop.
Tintary helped do some of the hair for models for the fashion show. She loves being a vendor for Landgraf, she said.
"I loved her staircase in there, and I said it would be perfect for a fashion show," she said. "She is having fun and learning as she goes."
While Homebetty's does not carry children's consignment clothes, it accepts seasonal and vintage clothing, which anyone can come in to show the shop desk to potentially sell.
"Homebetty's is funky and fun, and there is a lot of people laughing and trying things on, which I love," Landgraf said. "There is a lot of items for everyone."
Homebetty's is on Facebook and Instagram. The store can be reached at 971-263-3163.
By Janae Easlon
Forest Grove News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune971-762-1166
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