Within and Beyond the Borders of Eliot—Women-Owned Businesses

This column features businesses in Eliot and just beyond our neighborhood’s borders to help our residents learn what exciting businesses and opportunities are located in and around our amazing neighborhood.

This issue we focus on women-owned businesses in and around Eliot. See the list below for other women-owned businesses to check out.

Jayah Rose Salon -Turning Up the Heat on Beauty

By Shireen Hasan

Jayah Rose Salon in NE Portland is one of the busiest and most popular salons here in the “Great Northwest”. Folks from all around Oregon and Washington flock here to address their beauty needs!


“Beauty and Brains” are just the tip of the iceberg for this brilliant woman! Joy, who is the owner and operator of Jayah Rose Salon, was born in Portland, Oregon, received her BA in Sociology through Portland State University, and also attended Virginia State University. Later on, she graced the State of Oregon where she worked certifying foster care and case management for teens. She also ran a non-profit youth program called “We Reign”, where she assisted teens with scholarship applications, the college process, personal development, and leadership at high schools.

Unbeknownst to Joy, at age 11, she had begun her destiny into the beauty field. After realizing how hard her mother worked braiding her sister’s hair, Joy had convinced her mother to teach her how to braid and apply extensions to her sister’s hair. This way, Joy could accommodate and allow her mother some relief. Joy had done such an amazing job with her sister’s hair, that her mother had to admit that Joy had surpassed her teacher (her Mom). Joy’s sister was very delighted with the results, and this prompted Joy to begin doing other folks hair, and they too, were astounded and happy with their results. Joy became an entrepreneur at age 11 making money from satisfied and happy customers and continued to make money up through her teen years, whilst attending college, and in her spare time when she was working for the State. The experience with her sister’s hair caused Joy to become more involved with beauty and helping people to feel good about themselves. Joy’s beauty and brains did not stop there.

In 2008, Joy started Jayah Rose Salon where she has 16 contractual members and they compliment how relaxing and welcoming the environment is – not full of gossip, as some salons … and we all know how that is! When clients visit they can expect to come in and feel comfortable, yet leaving looking like a million bucks or stepping off the cover of Vogue! These stylists know their stuff and they are no joke. Jayah Rose Salon offers services to all ethnicities, all hair types and styles, specializes in hair loss, and caters to cancer patient survivors, which is a huge plus! Joy is very passionate about her work and her contribution to the community. She performs esthetic work, make-up, hair extensions, and lash extensions. Other services offered are waxing and hair removal.


Though still operating her present location at 320 NE Failing Street, in October of 2018, Joy had expanded her salon at a second location with 6 new stations at 3735 NE MLK. Jr. Blvd. Joy is currently hiring barbers and hair stylists to fill this space.

With the new year slowly moving into full swing, I would suggest looking into something new or different for yourself. You owe it to yourself – maybe some personal pampering is just what you need. Joy has just the antidote! Contact Jayah Rose Salon ‘right now’ and take your beauty needs to the next level.

Microcosm Publishing—Unique Bookstore in Eliot

By Thursday Bram

After outgrowing rentals in Southeast Portland, Microcosm Publishing bought the building that now houses the publishing company’s store and offices (it was previously home to the first NAACP credit union west of the Mississippi River. Co-owner Elly Blue started out as one of the authors published by Microcosm, while also running a small press of her own. She joined Microcosm in 2015 as co-owner when the two publishers merged. Blue and her co-owner, Joe Biel, love being a part of the Eliot neighborhood. Blue says the people are her favorite part of the community: “Folks who live in the neighborhood, or who wait for the bus outside our door, come in all the time and everyone seems to find something on our shelves for them. We’re grateful that the cartoonish development further north on Williams hasn’t crept down this far and that there are still some affordable housing and retail options here, as well as there being room for a weird bookstore

Other Women-Owned Businesses in and around Eliot:


Bee Creative PDX
Facebook: Bee Creative PDX


Bella Flora
Facebook: Bella Flora Studio

Body Quirks

Bread and Honey Café

Bridges Café and Catering

Broadway Books

Bushel and Peck Bakeshop

Cotton Cloud Futons

Eb & Bean Organic Frozen Yogurt

Lloydean Presents Gallery

McConnell’s Boxing Academy

Pamela Chipman Photography

Pocket Pub

Portland’s Culinary Workshop

Sea Grape Bath + Body

Union Knott Gallery
Facebook: UnionKnott