Some of you may have noticed someone new here at Something Borrowed Portland. Its no secret we’ve expanded and are in the process of adding more services to our vintage rentals. Please join me to officially welcome Kellie Guess to Something Borrowed Portland.
I first met Kellie a couple of years ago volunteering in our small neighborhood of St. Johns. After a long and crazy day of volunteering, we hit it off immediately. Promising to hang out, life got in the way. Fast forward to winter of 2012 when our paths crossed again for the same neighborhood volunteering, this time we decided to not let opportunity (and an endeared friendship) pass by. I can’t say enough how excited and happy I am to have Kellie on board. She brings with her years of event planning experience, in addition to her warm heart and patience.
Without further adieu, let’s welcome Kellie and get to know the woman behind the hugs and smiles!
What made you want to be involved with the eco-event and vintage rental industry?
I have been devoted to sustainable living for quite some time and have wanted to bridge that commitment with my passion for creating and coordinating special events. I am really enamoured with our inventory and the creativity it sparks in me and others.
What do you love most about your role with Something Borrowed Portland?
Being part of something that I am truly proud of and can stand behind 100%. I feel like Something Borrowed Portland is an expression of the conscious business model that I have wanted to participate in and share with others for a very long time.
How would you describe your DIY skills?
I am a student of self-sufficiency and resourcefulness. I do prefer things made from scratch and from materials on hand to more consumptive alternatives. I think I am pretty handy and also realize how much I still want and need to learn!
What inspires you as a businesswoman and as a person?
I find inspiration in so many things. I think one of the things that inspires and influences me greatly both professionally and personally is the Iroquois concept of seven generation sustainability which asks us to think about the decisions we make today and the effects they may have hundreds of years in the future. When I need to find some inspiration I definitely look to nature.
What is your philosophy for ensuring a happy client?
I am somewhat old-school when it comes to customer service but with a progressive twist. I believe in professional and friendly customer service. A community feeling of warmth and hospitality is also important to me. I truly want to foster the spirit of collaboration, co-creation and service with our clients. I tend to look and strive for win-win scenarios.
Do you have a favorite type of event to plan and if so what?
All events are joyous and special. If I had to pick a favorite I would say anything connected to a social cause is especially exciting for me to plan and execute.
Do you have any advice for people trying to throw events in the Portland area?
Think outside the box. There are lot’s of ways to celebrate and share sacred moments. We live in a naturally beautiful area and utilizing what is at hand and on hand creates a truly unique event. Do your planning and your research and if you need some assistance and guidance call Something Borrowed Portland!