Last December we spent an afternoon at Beckel Canvas with Kathy and Stephanie Beckel. Canvas goods will always be a timeless and utilitarian must have and in Portland Beckel Canvas has been at the forefront of the canvas industry for 50 years. The company is full of history, started in 1964 by Bob Beckel who made canvas tents. We love that the “Eena” portion of Beckels branding comes from the Chinook name for beaver. Because beavers make great shelter and Beckel makes great tents! They have expanded their line of canvas over the years to totes, duffels, log carriers, dop kits and even horse accessories. Bob Beckel’s daughter Kathy runs the company along side with her daughter Stephanie keeping the business in the family. We love the simplicity and utility of all of their product! Their storefront and production space is located on Southeast Clinton and 23rd, make sure to pick up a tote or duffle while you watch them being made.
1. Tell us about Beckel!
Beckel Canvas Products was started in 1964 by Bob Beckel here in Portland, Oregon. Kathy Beckel Darnielle took over in 2010.
2. What made you decide to open a store front?
We’ve always had our shop open to the public. But when we moved to our current building in 1982 we had more space to welcome customers.
3. What is the concept behind the store?
We like the outdoors environment.
4. How did you come up with the name Beckel?
It is our last name.
5. What are your top 3 favorite things in the store?
Wall tent, luggage, trees.
6. What’s a funny shop story you have?
When little kids come into the store, they like to pretend cook our plastic fish.