OPH&A has a small, but dedicated cast of characters!
When Bret was a kid, he REALLY wanted to be an archaeologist. There was just something awe-inspiring about investigating mysteries from the past and unlocking their secrets! It's over 30 years later and Bret, while not technically an archaeologist, is living the dream. Almost every day he is struck by awe and wonder over something he has never seen before, whether it is an unusual, rusty wingnut or a cut-crystal window reflecting rainbows across the room. Bret is a native Oregonian and is very knowledgeable about Oregon's architectural styles.
Fred has been knee-deep in old house projects for as long as he can remember. Growing up, his mother was an antiques dealer and he was raised in an 1800's Victorian. Fred has been a Portland resident for 62 years. He lives in a beautiful 1892 Victorian house with his wife Lucy and dog Barlow. Fred has been maintaining old houses for the past forty years and been in the "old stuff" business for the last fifteen. When asked what keeps him in the business, Fred says, "I never tire of rediscovering the integrity and craftsmanship that was involved in creating much of the 'old stuff'. It's also very interesting to see what used to be made in the USA." Whether looking for antique lighting or hardware, or seeking knowledge about old houses, Fred is a excellent resource.
Tyler was raised by antique lovers and spent much of his childhood in antique stores or working on old houses in his home town of Oregon City. After college, Tyler found himself back in the vintage business mastering knowledge of all things antique plumbing. Tyler joined the Old Portland Hardware team in an attempt to further his knowledge about all things antique. Stopping by the shop you will likely find him marching across the shop on a mission to restore some bit of history or other, likely wearing a vintage tie and a smile.
Melinda has geeked out on historic architecture since her first visits to a Victorian estate as a child. She brings her talents of all things "interweb" to Old Portland. Social media, web design, event planning, marketing and more, she has it! She also has a passion for antique doorknobs, letterpress printing, and unique décor. Melinda's time is split between charming customers with her historic know-how and working with online presentation and marketing in the back workspace.
This is Lucky. "Lucky" is Old Portland's stalwart work horse! He may not be fast, but he can haul a heavy load and look good doing it! Look for him out and about in Portland representing Old Portland and searching out treasures to bring back to the store.
Lucky is a fire engine red, 1963, White Motor Co. "PDQ - A8" step van. He's made by the same company that made your grandmothers "White" brand sewing machine. They went on to become White Freightliner and on again to just Freightliner, which is now headquartered in Portland.