Recognized for it’s red and white exterior, the store has transitioned ownership over the years, but much of the staff has remained, proving just how much they love the work they do.
Combining their years of experience, the Naomi’s team is skilled in design, restoration and repair and they keep a strong focus on custom solutions and customer care.
With a clear decision to carry U.S.A. made products whenever possible, current owners Celina and Mark Williams see to it that Naomi’s still carries the highest quality lampshades, lamps and accessories.
“We not only offer high-quality lamp products, we share the store with extremely creative staff members who are also very friendly,” says Celina.
“There is a reason why we have leaders in the interior design and hospitality industries who trust and refer to us. Many return over and over and we know them by name. I’m proud that our team provides excellent service.”
Mark adds, “Our vision is to continue the legacy of this history-rich business. We want to see it thrive and continue on as a family business well after we’re gone.”
History of Naomi’s Lampshades and Lamps
Naomi Blodgett was a pioneer. Known for being extremely insightful, not many would think of starting such a creative business, but Naomi saw opportunity and set out to see make a living.
During World War II, Naomi began teaching lampshade-making classes in the basement of her Lake Oswego home. Quite the seamstress herself, Naomi had a strong personality and was “quite the character”, as some would recall. She and her husband learned how to fix lamps and began offering lamp repair, but even with only two tiny bedrooms, the couple lived in the house and raised her two sons there.
After 28 years building the business and running the repair shop, Naomi retired in 1974 and sold the business to Linda Hannum. But even after her time as owner, Naomi would be known for stopping in to check on the team and make sure they were running the store right.
Today, there are still no other lamp stores in the Greater Portland Metro area that offer the same services that Naomi’s does, to the scale they are able to offer.
Custom Lamp Request Hall of Fame:
Tied for 5th place: French horn; little glass face; Grandmother’s sterling teapot and creamer
#4. A beautiful pre-1934 sterling silver pirate ship was a very unique piece and one of Betty’s favorites
#3. Many handguns have been brought in and transformed into lamps in our shop.
#2. We made a lamp out of a prosthetic leg, which started a manikin leg lamp trend at the time.
#1. A man once brought in a pin that had been removed from inside his leg, which he wanted to have made into a lamp base… and we did it.