Portland lawful types retail store Stevens-Ness to close just after 100 yrs downtown

Enika Vania

Lawful sorts and office provides keep Stevens-Ness Regulation Publishing Co. will shut completely at the end of the 12 months after 100 several years performing business enterprise in downtown Portland.

Operator Elizabeth Snow-McDougall mentioned the store’s profits plummeted this year as a lot more staff members started doing work from household thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and downtown companies experienced significantly less of a need for workplace supplies.

Stevens-Ness is two blocks from the Multnomah County Justice Heart where by protests have taken location routinely since May well. The keep has been spray-painted and was forced to put boards up right after its home windows ended up smashed adhering to protests.

Scores of other corporations have faced comparable worries but Snow-McDougall claimed it was not the critical element in her choice to close. She reported the problems additional “insult to harm,” but that the retailer was previously struggling to continue to be afloat in advance of it was vandalized.

“We’re just a further victim of 2020 and the pandemic,” Snow-McDougall mentioned. “Our enterprise depends on persons currently being downtown and getting merchandise from us.”

Stevens-Ness will run as an on line-only business enterprise by means of stevensness.com beginning Jan. 1, 2021, continuing to promote electronic sorts, but no more time publishing paper varieties or advertising place of work materials. The retail outlet is giving a 20{5565a835e8436fceab45047feb07d9b08a17131f67bfa451fc3dea7831c5a73d} price reduction to shoppers on anything in inventory when it remains open.

A longtime fixture in downtown Portland, Stevens-Ness has been a family-owned and operated organization for 3 generations. Snow-McDougall is the granddaughter of Pat Ness, who founded the authorized types retailer with Laurence Stevens in 1920. In advance of the pandemic hit, Stevens-Ness experienced hoped 2020 would be a celebratory year as it marked its 100th anniversary downtown.

Stevens-Ness thanked clients for their support in excess of the years in a Facebook post announcing the closure past 7 days. They also urged Portlanders to make an effort and hard work to store neighborhood and assistance modest businesses struggling to stay afloat amid the pandemic.

“Small regional organization is the heart of any city,” Snow-McDougall said. “It tends to make Portland what it is.”


Objects from Stevens-Ness’ early times are showcased in an antique case within the retail store in 2010 in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the business (Photograph courtesy of Stevens-Ness)

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