Dear Friends, Squareholders, & Supporters,
Thank you for sharing our campaign, telling a friend and all your social and financial support! Thus far North St. Bags has reached over $6K of our $10K goal. We are so close to new machines we can practically hear the buzzing sound of success! As a company North St. strives to produce the highest quality handmade products, from US Made materials. That's precisely why we are participating in Community Sourced Capital, we are looking to attain the funds to improve production line, shorten our lead times and continue to grow as a local business.
North St. Bags is expanding into new markets; obtaining additional machines and bulk materials will allow our business to increase production of US Made products in the active and outdoor industry. Please consider becoming a Squareholder before Oct. 28th to help our company grow.
We absolutely love our customers and hearing feedback is what keeps us motivated. Thank you for all your support!
The North St. Team
"I bought a Route Nine bag earlier this year and use it every day. I love it and had a great experience with the staff when I ordered it. I would love to see this product more widely available--there's definitely a need! I've known & loved CSC for a while now, but this was the first campaign I contributed to, mainly because I know and love the product and think the company has great growth potential." - Seattle, WA
"Making a quality product that's required for day-to-day life is a good thing. Since its hand made i see the efforts and skill put by the team both in design and manufacturing it. Good luck with the business and eventually I hope to see "large volume, descent cost, high quality" variety bags (e.g camera,lens bag)." - Allentown, PA
"Big thanks on the panniers - I am LOVING them. They are super nice, very roomy, the colors are fabulous, and I really love all the tightening mechanisms - particularly the shoulder strap on the Route Nine. It is a whole new world after struggling with my Timbuktu bag tightening mechanism for years. I love the little "made in USA" tag on the inside - a great reminder, as the local aspect is part of why I'm so psyched to be using your bags. Thanks to all the folks there at North St. I will proudly be spreading the word about your stuff, and your extremely nice and helpful service throughout the deciding and ordering and buying process." - Portland, OR
The SWITCH Program will be taking a winter hiatus until spring of 2015. The end of this week, October 18th, will mark the last day to turn in any gently used panniers you may have.
In keeping with the strides of sustainability & community outreach, all donated panniers that pass our inspection get turned over to the Community Cycling Center where the bags will then be used in CCC's 'Create a Commuter' program.
The 'Create a Commuter' program provides low income adults with a complete commuter kit (bike, helmet, lights, rack, lock and tools) to ensure a successful commute to work. All participants are required to take a 5 hour safe commuter and bike maintenance training course before hoping on their new ride.
Your gently used bike panniers are added as a wonderfully helpful perk to complete each kit. In return for your donation, SWITCH program participants receive 20% their next full priced North St. Bags purchase.
The SWITCH program has been one of our proudest community out reach projects and we are excited for it to return next spring! If interested in participating before 10/18, please contact us for the online promo code [ info @ northstbags.com
In 2009, Curtis Williams started North St. Bags on one sewing machine in the basement of his home. Since then, his convertible lifestyle solutions have made commuting extra easy with sensible designs that do not sacrifice functionality, but are enhanced by it. Today, his dream is no longer a one man operation. The company has grown into a tight knit staff of eight, hand producing the highest quality waterproof bike packs and panniers, from US Made materials. As the company continues to expand, North St. is creating jobs in the community and in the United States.
Expanding is exactly what we are doing! At North St., we are now selling bags locally, nationally, and internationally through our wholesale accounts and direct to consumer through the website. In order to keep up with demand of sales and the quality of our workplace, we have joined Community Sourced Capitol to help fund a small business loan.
Community Sourced Capitol is a loan that is funded by the community. It's a way to support local business and get paid back!
We are inviting you to become a CSC Squareholder, a Square is a $50 unit of the larger loan for North St. Bags. Squares are really simple loans and they act like this: $50 loaned and $50 repaid. Our campaign ends on October 28 and we hope you will help take us all the way to $10,000!
Buy Squares and Help North St. Bags Grow: A Stitch in Time Saves Nine!
Once you’ve purchased a square, you join a beautiful community of other local funders. We’ll keep you up-to-date about the loan you funded and you can cash out re-payments at any time or recycle them right back into another loan.
Thank you for your support,
Curtis, Elizabeth, JoAnn, Aleia, Sarah, Grace, Thu and Ba
The North St. Team
This weekend will mark the 4th year North St. Bags has been invited to participate in the OBCA's Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show and this year there's a rad twist - handmade beer. What a better way to celebrate two of Oregon's staple pastimes, bikes & beers!
This hand-made themed pairing will combine Hopworks Urban Brewery's annual 'Biketobeerfest' event which highlights local, hand crafted beers and the OBCA's Handmade Bicycle Show that promotes Oregon’s handmade bike framebuilders and bicycle manufacturing companies.
This two day event will take place at HUB starting Saturday 9/27 at 10AM. Plan to enjoy bikes, beers, great food, and live music!
Stop by our booth as we unveil a new color in our stock color offering, check our the custom swatches & try on our latest Route Nine for size!
We hope you're enjoying summer just as much as we are! One of the best parts of bike commuting around this lovely city is all the stops you get to make along the way. In PDX, you could throw a rock and hit multiple watering holes in any given neighborhood, but why throw rocks when you can just take our word for it. Our shop is located in inner SE (23rd Ave & Clinton St.) and since we want you to get the most out of biking this summer, we've complied a handy guide for your Portland Summer Patio tour starting in Inner SE.
In no particular order, here is a list of 5 Inner SE Patios we suggest to pedaling to.
1216 SE Division St., PDX, OR 97202
Apex is a neighborhood legend when it comes to their enormous patio. Their open door policy to dogs, food, and bike parking make enjoying their beers that much more rad. With a rotation of over 50 taps at any given time, it'd be a summer bummer not to U-lock up with them.
Apex Bike Score: 91
1305 SE 8th Ave, PDX, OR 97214
White Owl Social Club, where quality food & drink meets nightlife & one of Portland's largest outdoor fire pits. Their patio is consistently being voted in the top-notch of local rankings and we couldn't agree more. Check out their events calendar, grab a grip of your friends, hop on your rides, and enjoy the rest of your evening at one of the coolest spots in town.
White Owl Social Club Bike Score: 100
1000 SE 12th Ave, PDX, OR 97214
Roadside Attraction is one of those 'blink and you'll miss it' type of places. With large vines covering tall shed like patio walls, it's hard to tell from the outside if this is a hoarder's home or a magical bar. It's the latter. Lock your bike under some fairytale vines, grab the cash out of your pack and enter Roadside's trinket ridden saw dusted patio, you'll be there for a while.
Roadside Attraction Bike Score: 98
939 SE Belmont St., PDX, OR 97214
Cascade Brewing Barrel House isn't your average brewery. CBBH is putting it's stamp on tart, barrel- aged beers in the NW and doing a pretty darn good job at it! "Our brewery currently houses more than 750 French oak, Kentucky Bourbon and Northwest wine barrels filled with wheats, blonds, quads, reds, browns and porters..." blah blah, what!? Amazing! If you enjoy unique provisions (including 18 rotating sour taps) pedal on down! With a cute 'lil patio located directly across from the infamous goat lot, how could you deny yourself this treat?
Cascade Brewing Barrel House Bike Score: 100
12th and Hawthorne Blvd., PDX, OR 97214
What's that saying, "All good things must come to an end" or is it "urban sprawl"? Either way you cut it Portland, you have until October 2014 to enjoy this community staple of late night cheap eats. Food cart culture has put this city on the map, GRAB YOUR BIKE AND GO TO CARTOPIA FOR A BURRITO, PULLBOY, PIZZA, OR ANYTHING FROM POTATO CHAMPION, NOW, BEFORE YOU CAN'T. After October, instead of a late night social gathering spot where at any given night you can spot famous musicians, artists, comedians, or local hula-hooping friends sitting patio style with delicious eats... you'll find super hip brick and mortar apartments. *sigh*
Cartopia Food Carts Bike Score: 97
Hey! Remember how much fun this past 4th of July was? We do too! Our good friends Amanda and Colin took Independence Day weekend by the rack and pedaled some pavement with our recommended touring bags. Here's their Route report!
Day 1: Overnight at Champoeg State Park.
Champoeg features historic acres of forest, fields, and wetlands. It is the site where Oregon's first provisional government was formed by a historical vote in 1843. (FUN FACTS!)
Day 2: Overnight at Willamette Mission State Park
Day two was treated with free wine tastings at scenic valley vineyards in Gervais, OR (just outside of Willamette Mission State Park). All white wines. While there we met was a nice Labrador retriever named Cindy, who had a mole on her face and was decidedly named after Cindy Crawford.
Day 3: Overnight at Corvallis KOA
Day three was also greeted with more scenic vineyards. Before headed towards Corvallis, we biked to Willamette Valley Vineyards, right off of I-5 in Turner, Oregon. We stopped on top of a huge hill for a photo op. The hill was large enough that we had to push our loaded bikes up it. However, with mid 90's weather and gorgeous views, it was well worth it!
Day 4: Took the train back to Portland.
Here's a map of our 12.5 hour route!
Overall the terrain was hilly but mostly flat on the way to Eugene. Nothing like spending Independence weekend with Pete's mountain, swimming holes, scenic views, local vineyards, sturdy gear, and good friends.
Thanks for sharing, Amanda and Colin!
Hope you enjoyed the Route!
Saturday July 12th, 10AM - 5PM
North St. Bags is stoked to have a booth in junction with one of the cities best street fairs. This Saturday we'll be posted up in the Designer Flea at Lot 13 at the intersection of Mississippi and Shaver. Stop by, say HI, check out our merch and enjoy some sunshine. We'll bring the Discount Trunk, you bring the good vibes!
If you've never been before, this should be your year. The 13th annual Mississippi Street Fair is a community driven event that highlights local business, bands, and residents in the North/ Northeast Portland community.
Proceeds from the day are going to Boise-Eliot Elementary, the Boise Business Youth Unity Project, and Self Enhancement, Inc. Brought to you by the Historic Mississippi Ave Business Association (HMBA)
For more information about the days events, click the link below.