Entrepreneurship is in the blood of the newest small business owner to move into downtown Gresham — which is why her curated store filled with vintage pieces was named for family.
Courtney Vanderberg's grandfathers were both successful business owners. Robert "Poppy" Vanderberg operated an auto shop for many decades, while Dale Sleeman owned the Gladstone Baskin-Robbins ice cream store. Both shared their passion for business with their granddaughter, who displays their pictures up on the wall and named her new vintage store in their honor — Poppy + Dale Vintage.
"Family is really important to me," Vanderberg said.
Poppy + Dale opened on Nov. 27 in the historic Amiton Building, 218 N. Main Ave., which is more than 100 years old. Nine vendors have their own sections in the store, with Vanderberg displaying pieces in the front. There's furniture, homeware, clothing, knickknacks, artwork and more.
She describes the pieces as mid-century, eclectic and boho, with many of the items coming from the 1950s to 1980s. While all of the vendors have their own flair, it all flows through the store and works together, curated by Vanderberg's careful eye. And the pieces are restocked and changed daily, meaning there is always something new to discover when visiting Poppy + Dale.
"You can come in one day later and it will look completely different," Vanderberg said with a laugh. "We want customers to feel at home when they visit and get a sense of how everything would look in their own homes."
Vanderberg has spent the past two years displaying vintage items in a shop in Vancouver, but she always wanted to open her own business in downtown Gresham. She grew up locally, living in Damascus and graduating from Barlow High School. So when the historic location came available late last year, it was a no-brainer.
"It's been so sweet in our first month, people have been welcoming and kind," Vanderberg said. "I am happy to be a part of downtown."
Poppy + Dale is all about celebrating the past. The store still has the original brick wall of the Amiton Building by the register, and there are plans to restore the front façade that has been worn down by time and weather.
Visitors to the vintage store might bump into one of its namesakes. Poppy, who lives down the road on Roberts, loves to swing by his granddaughter's shop and chat with customers.
"Shopping vintage is so important for the planet and it is a way to fill your home with unique pieces," Vanderberg said.
Poppy + Dale Vintage
• 218 N. Main Ave.
• Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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