MERCATUS MAGAZINE & DIRECTORY

Mercatus Magazine Vol. 1

Ain’t No New Thing

Entrepreneurs of color have a long history of business ownership. Mercatus Magazine’s debut issue re/claims entrepreneurship as a part of the collective past, present and future. It builds on historic contributions and how their legacy has informed the next wave of entrepreneurs and business owners of color.

Editor: Joy Alise Davis, Design+Culture Lab
Creative Directory: Savian Fierro, Savina Monet
Printed by: Jamaal Hale, Good Green  

Mini Mag Vol. 2

The Mercatus Mini Mag highlights the stories of diverse business owners in Portland, OR. My People’s Market is a celebration of entrepreneurship, culture, and diversity in Portland, featuring businesses for Mercatus.

Editor: Jamie Melton, GridNotes

Mini Mag Vol. 1

The Mercatus Mini Mag highlights the stories of diverse business owners in Portland, OR. My People’s Market is a celebration of entrepreneurship, culture, and diversity in Portland, featuring businesses for Mercatus.

Editor: Jamie Melton, GridNotes

Mercatus Magazine Vol.1

Aint No New Thing

Pick up your copy at any of these locations: 11:11 Supply, Revolución, Bison Coffeehouse, Elevated Coffee, Blendily, openHAUS, Akadi PDX, Green Hop, Tattoo 34, Portland Mercado.

 

About the Magazine

As Mercatus has grown, those involved have maintained its steady emphasis on ensuring that it is driven by people of color and that it is grounded in a vision for a more inclusive narrative of Portland’s entrepreneurial landscape. The dream of a tangible print publication – a bold move in a world dominated by screens and virtual information – came from Mercatus members.

Mercatus Magazine tells a more complete story of Portland, Oregon, inclusive of diverse communities, businesses, art, and culture. Through sections labeled Food Culture, Nature, Immigration, Audio, Fashion, Art, Throwback, Wellness, and Business Resources,

the Mercatus Magazine acknowledges the different histories of communities of color in Portland, including Native Americans, and the many areas of Portland where gentrification led to the displacement of marginalized populations and specifically the Black community.

Editor in chief Joy Alise Davis developed the theme of the debut magazine, “Ain’t No New Thing,” based on the poem by Gil Scott-Heron. She writes, “I reimagined this title for our magazine theme, to actively push back on cultural appropriation, but also celebrate the long history of entrepreneurs of color in Portland. This publication re/claims entrepreneurship as a part of our collective past, present, and future.”

Mercatus Mini Mag

In the fall of 2018, we introduced the Mercatus mini mag to highlight businesses and stories from Mercatus businesses participating in My People’s Market a
twice-annual event that draws thousands of Portlanders to purchase from the Mercatus community. The mini mag was a collaborative project with My People’s Market partner, Travel Portland, and guest editor Grid Notes