Our company is guided by the following quote from Michael Wilson Becceril, board of directors at Our Climate……
“Only when society values black lives can we truly confront the current system of economic and environmental exploitation that is deeply rooted in racism, sexism and colonialism. Only when society values characteristics gendered as feminine such as nurturing, sharing and caring for each other- instead of traits viewed as masculine such as aggression, accumulation and competition can we finally develop the social structures needed to preserve life on Earth, including an economy based on social needs and not individual greed"
Simple Sundries, and the communities we serve, are on land that was brutally stolen from the Clackamas & Cowlitz people. We vow to be stewards of this land and to protect its sustainable future with the respect and responsibility we’ve seen demonstrated by the traditions of the Clackamas & Cowlitz people and support efforts of land reclamation for our native communities.
Mandy Hurley, Owner & Founder of Simple Sundries, on the inspiration behind the Simple Sundries logo:
" I knew I wanted the logo to look like a 1980s Midwest grocery store. And when I think of 1980s grocery stores, I think of Dahl’s. It was a local grocery in Des Moines, Iowa. I remember when you checked out they gave you a number from your cart then you’d get in the car, drive up and they’d load the groceries in the car. They had ashtrays at the end of the aisles. They had a deli that served breakfast to the church crowd. If you had a tootsie pop wrapper with a star on it, they actually gave you a free one. It took them years to stubbornly switch from paper to plastic bags.
Dahl’s closed in 2015 after struggling to adapt to the bargain, convenience shopper.
But its spirit lives on here in Portland, where we put a bird on it. "
Before the opening of Simple Sundries, Mandy worked for 12 years at IRCO (Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization) as the SUN Community School Site Manager at Gilbert Park Elementary in the David Douglas School District. For five of those years she also managed the IRCO Hunger Relief Program which operates school and community food pantries in East Portland. In early 2018, she and her husband bought a home in East Portland.
Discouraged by the limitations that come with non-profit funding, Mandy felt she could better serve the community as a small business owner who is dedicated to the revitalization of our neighborhood and community.
Also pictured: Jay Gerwe, who does most of the heavy lifting. And Dillon the pickle because GO PICKLES!