“I wanted to bring a little bit of Germany and Austria here. I wanted to bring unknown companies to the US because of their high quality,” Catherine Hyde told mhn.com last Wednesday afternoon. Hyde’s business had just popped open for the month of February at 93 Washington Avenue on the East End of Portland.
She looks for more visibility for these stunningly handsome, must have at least one Alpine Wool coats, gorgeous scarves from Nepal and beautiful Austrian watches than they have received on-line previously.
As a special incentive to customers, there is a storewide sale of 30% off the price tag during pop-up February.
“The climate of that area is similar to the climate here in Maine. That’s why we think they will be popular here in Portland,” said Sophia Hillgraf, a volunteer at the fledging company owned by her mother, Catherine S. Hyde. It works for Sophia until she finds a position in her field of communications.
Another import from Austria are the distinctive watches. They are created in the Austrian Alps by a small family business that crafts “authentic, sustainable and beautiful wooden products.” For sale at the pop-up are beautifully crafted watches made from vintage wine barrels from the Alps. The price range is from $100. to $200. – and don’t forget the 30% discount reminds Sophia!
Hyde, who summered in Blue Hill, earned an MBA in International Business, while studying in Paris, France. She lived in Germany for fifteen (15) years and became familiar with these companies – particularly as a skier in the Alps.
These repurposed shipping containers were the brainchild of Jed T. Harris, former owner of the historic J. J. Nissen building. Harris envisioned retail spaces where business owners could test a business concept to see if they were successful without a large financial investment to begin with.
There ia an abundance of Valentine’s Day gifts for the Lady in your Life here at CS Hyde Imports!
CS Hyde Imports is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00 – 5:00 pm through February 2021.
Please visit post herein dated August 13, 2018 for more background on the black boxes on Washington Avenue.