Who are you?
I am the creator and business owner of Schmidt’s. I work from my home near Mt. Scott Park.
What do you do?
Schmidt’s is a producer of all natural body care products. I sell my brand through local grocery co-ops, food buying clubs, salons, alternative health care clinics, street festivals, and farmers markets. In addition to the Schmidt’s product line, my business offers bulk and custom made products for private businesses.
What is your inspiration? (Why do you do what you do?)
I am a strong believer that the products we use on our bodies largely affect our overall health. Discouraged by the synthetic ingredients in many conventional body care products, I was inspired to craft my own. A lot of love, research, and testing goes into my work, and to see others using and benefitting from the finished products is the greatest reward. I’m inspired by feedback from my customers, and my business is continuously evolving as I learn more and develop new ideas. Having tested the waters of many career paths that fell short of fulfillment, I am now very driven by the desire to make a living working for myself. There is never a real vacation or break from my work; it is something I carry with me always, and I like that.
What brought you and/or your business to the Foster-Powell Community?
Since moving to Portland over 5 years ago, I’ve always lived in Southeast. I was drawn to Foster-Powell / Mt. Scott-Arleta for its healthy mix of long-time and new residents and businesses, along with a well-rounded character different from the trendier, more developed SE neighborhoods I had lived in.
What is your favorite way to enjoy Foster?
A walk through the neighborhood reveals a mystique otherwise missed by driving through. I’m always discovering someplace “new” …residences and businesses with a story to tell and a prominent history in the area. There is a lot to uncover here if you pay attention.
3 Ways to unite the Fine Folks of Foster
1. I think a food co-op would have a lot to offer: a central location for community classes, pride and connection through member ownership, and, of course, healthy food options. Until then, I think area businesses should look at ways of offering incentives to locals.
2. I often think about the Foster Indy Mart. Despite its shortcomings, this was a step in the right direction for Foster-Powell. The Mart offered a meeting place for the neighborhood and an opportunity to promote the talent of its people. Perhaps a few years down the road the concept may be more viable.
3. An online presence through efforts like the Foster Powell PDX blog will strengthen a sense of identity for the community, promote local businesses, and keep residents informed on what’s available to them.
How do you envision the future of Foster?
I think Foster-Powell will always have an appeal you can’t pin down. I don’t see it becoming the next Alberta Arts District, and I don’t think that’s what most residents want for the neighborhood. I would like to see places like Queen of Hearts Tavern continue to thrive with business from its seasoned regulars, while welcoming fresh faces in the community, for example the artists who hold their revolving shows at the bar. I am disheartened by the 7-11 opening on Foster, as I saw different potential for the old Blockbuster building; however, I’m optimistic it will create jobs for area residents.
Some top fives to appease the list lovers……
Your Top Five Songs to get you through life?
Shady Lane- Pavement
Shake It Up- The Cars
It Was a Good Day- Ice Cube
Cure for Pain- Morphine
Eye in the Sky- Alan Parsons Project
Your Top Five Haunts in Portland
Food Cart Pods
Mt. Scott Park w/my son, Oliver
Music Venues w/my husband, Chris