SHOPKEEP: Kara Green, Field Trip

August 18, 2016 BY WATM STAFF


Husband-and-wife team, Kara and Steve Green, are the masterminds behind Portland lifestyle shop Field Trip. Kara spent over a decade in New York working as an apparel designer for brands like Gap and Club Monaco, and her long-term dream was to have her own shop. After leaving her corporate career behind and then dedicating six years to staying home to raise her children, she decided it was time to live out her dream.


“I saw a lot of potential in the space and the backyard,” said Kara. “It needed a bit of work, but once we got the new floors down, opened some walls, and painted everything white it all came together as I had envisioned,” she said. Having just celebrated their one-year anniversary, Kara and Steve run the shop together in true family business fashion: “As well as our two kids, ages 4 and 5, who also like to say it’s their shop!” she said.


The shop stocks everything from Dana Bechert planters and Norden candles to Herschel backpacks and duffel bags. They have a solid apothecary assortment, including botanical fragrances from Reassembly and Fiele, and handmade ceramics of all shapes and sizes. They consider their shop-and-workshop combo to be a community space.


“I wanted outdoor space for the workshops, which is hard to come by,” she said, “And a bright, open feeling, but nothing too industrial like a lot of the new buildings popping up around Portland. We loved how SE Division Street is evolving with more and more great shops and cafes. It was a community I wanted to be a part of!”

Field Trip

3725 SE Division St


Her go-tos:

Amazing food + vibe: Sweedeedee (5202 N Albina Ave) and Maurice (921 SW Oak St)

Coffee: Woodlawn Coffee (808 NE Dekum St), Good Coffee (1150 SE 12th Ave), and Upper Left Roasters (1204 SE Clay St)

Lunch: Tasty N Alder (580 SW 12th Ave), Harlow (3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd), and Por Qué No? (4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd)

Shopping: Solabee (801 N Killingsworth St) and Pistils Nursery (3811 North Mississippi Ave) for plants, Frances May (1003 SW Washington St) for clothing, Woonwinkle (935 SW Washington St) and Beam & Anchor for home (2710 N Interstate Ave)