Lodestar Goods (formerly Maiden Astoria)
255 14th St.
Mon 11 - 5
Emily Geddes, Owner
Where are you from? What is your background?
Originally from the inland empire of Northeastern Washington, I ended up here in 2013 to be closer to family and to be a part of an artistic community. I'm a musician, artist, and maker with a background in cultural anthropology and community development.
How did your business begin? Why Astoria?
The business was started in 2015 by Staci Daniels and Sara Knighton as a gallery and outlet for their screen printing and candlemaking businesses, as well as a clothing store. Through a stroke of luck and timing, I was able to take over the business from Sara in December of 2017. It was a 10-year plan of mine that was crunched into about six months, so I'm learning as I go.
Who is your ideal customer?
Any and all are welcome. We specialize in fair trade and American-made clothing, handmade goods, art, jewelry, and housewares that are useful and interesting. We try to keep prices affordable so that everyone can access good art and quality products.
What makes Lodestar Goods stand out?
The ethos of the business is that you know your goods are sourced well, and the artists and craftspeople are compensated properly for their work. We also feature a lot of local goods that are not found at other locations in the area.
What is your vision for Downtown Astoria?
I'm looking forward to expanding my own brand this spring and to working with more local artists/makers to promote their work and provide a space for them to make a decent living off of their products. I'm happy to be a part of the Ferry Street neighborhood and look forward to collaborating more with the other amazing businesses nearby.