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A new art shop has opened, with limited hours so far, in the Foster-Powell neighborhood on Holgate Boulevard

RITA A. LEONARD - The new Higher Self art shop on S.E. Holgate Boulevard is owned by Bill Eckerson and Janet Lackey. Its currently open only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons.As PP&R's renovation and upgrade of small Laurelwood Park continues, between Holgate Boulevard and Foster Road, a new art shop, "Higher Self", has opened just north of the park – at 6315 S.E. Holgate, in the Foster-Powell neighborhood. The small shop, opened in late summer, is owned and run by Janet Lackey and Bill Eckerson. The rear of the business serves as Lackey's own art studio, where she creates paintings and illustrations. There is also shared space with an adjacent plant store, Larkspur.

The colorful front of Higher Self was painted by Lackey herself, who says, "The name refers to our personal guiding energy. I wanted to carry items that refer to our highest ideals. Prior to opening the shop, I sold art online for five years under the name 'Woke Face'. This whole building used to be a flex-space for different uses."

She continues. "I've also sold other artist products by mail. I hope the shop evolves into something that the neighborhood needs. Currently we're only open Fridays through Sundays, 1 to 6 p.m., but in November we'll expand our hours to Thursday through Sunday, at the same hours. 'Post-Covid', we also hope to hold art events and workshops."

The shop carries original local art, apparel, and accessories. There are prints, stickers, hats, candles, mugs, jewelry, T-shirts, sunglasses, Tarot & Oracle decks, as well as some used books, journals, and coloring books. "We change stock frequently," says Lackey.

Higher Self currently has no phone, but can be contacted through e-mail at – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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