Beam & Anchor
Robert and Jocelyn Rahm are two individuals with a vision. They are bringing together truly talented crafters, makers, and artists in the city and placing them all under one roof. This magical place is known as Beam & Anchor. It’s a fitting name that encompasses their downstairs retail space and workshop/studio space they provide in their second story. Their shop is a well crafted poem to all the beautiful things a person with a passion for adventure, a flair for style and an appreciation for good old fashioned craftsmanship could ever want. They make and sell refurbished and newly designed furniture with the help of expert woodworkers and upholsters. They have designers and leather-smiths. They even have soapers: individuals who make amazing natural soap. The list goes on and on. What Robert and Jocelyn have created is a community which fosters creativity and artistic ideals.
I had a chance to chat with Robert about what it’s like to work among these types of creative people and he said it’s like being fortunate enough to be presented with new, and beautiful ideas every single day, but not in only one perspective. When you have that many artistic people under one roof, you get a lot of good feedback; some fantastic, and some that makes you reconsider some choices you’ve made and forces you to challenge yourself to become better at what you do. Their shop has been open for just over a year, but the type of response they’ve gotten from the community is more than what they dreamed. They have people coming in from out of town, locals who discover their shop and wonder why they never knew about it before, and they have their regulars, who have been there supporting them since the start. It is always awe inspiring to see two people making their ideas and dreams a reality. Jade and I always love to see how the love between two people can fuel them to work together and make a life for themselves through shared creative aspirations.
Both Jocelyn and Robert hold collegiate degrees in things completely unrelated to what they are endeavoring to do with Beam & Anchor, but that is not to say that their education and skills are being wasted. They are using their expertise with working with people, their knowledge of craftsmanship and ideals of how a business should be run to their advantage. They are presenting their patrons with gorgeous wares from simple table settings, well crafted and restored furniture, to notebooks and panchos. All items have a handpicked, eclectic style. I found about 40 things just walking in the door that I immediately wanted to add to our home. I suppose I will just have to pace myyself and frequently visit their shop to quench my artisan goods thirst…