Jenny Jenkins, owner
Jenny's dream to own her own business didn't come without a lot of research, anxious nights, and family discussions. The opportunity to open this location in Old Town while she was working on the new building the cafe is located. As an architect for 20 years, the design team insisted a coffee bar in the lobby of the mixed-use building would be a perfect addition to the overall story of a new mixed-use building coming into the neighborhood, complete with office, residential, retail, and education. Knowing the developer/landlord, and being intimate with the building design, it was an opportunity to amazing to pass up. Fast forward a few months with Jenny attending coffee industry business school (locally!), and getting a coffee bar built out, all while continuing her 'day job' as an architect. The mother of two young boys, Jenny also enjoys spending time with her family, the outdoors, wine tasting, & being about as sarcastic as you can get. While not at Even Keel every day, she is looking forward to seeing where this next chapter will take her!
Emily Barr, Manager
Emily has been working in the coffee and restaurant industry for over 10 years, primarily in San Francisco, CA. New to Portland, she’s looking forward to exploring the city (and inevitably getting lost), tasting her way through the multitude of coffee shops, and hiking as many local trails as possible—all when she’s not behind the scenes of Even Keel working excitedly to build partnerships and serve quality products to the neighborhood.
Originally from London, England, Will recently moved to the US with his lovely wife, Al. A musician by trade, he is also passionate about speciality coffee and trained as a barista at the London School of Coffee. He loves Japan, Tolkien, classical poetry, and slide guitar. His favorite drink is a well extracted Americano!
Beth has been working as a barista for over 3-years now, and is new to Portland by way of Denver, CO. Along with her passion for coffee, she loves belting out Meatloaf songs at karaoke night, watching old-school slasher films, relaxing nights in the woods camping, dancing at live local music shows, and cooking food for whoever will let her feed them. She is thrilled to be part of the team at Even Keel!