Stories From Oregon's Economy: 52nd Ave. Hardware Thrives – Because of Oregon Film & TV

Steve and David Besaw from Portland's 52nd Avenue Hardware

When we talk about Oregon’s film and TV industry benefitting local businesses, people often think about businesses directly involved with the industry – equipment rental houses like Pacific Grip and Lighting,  Casting agencies like Lana Veenker Casting, Catering services like Artist Center Catering

It’s important to remember, though, that film and TV production needs hundreds of services from several businesses sectors… and when productions shoot in Oregon, they go to businesses here in Oregon for those services.  Oregon Film intern  Michal Orczyk learned about one of these businesses first-hand when he interviewed David and Steve Besaw from 52nd Avenue Hardware about their involvement with Oregon’s film and TV industry… and how our industry did more than help their business survive the recession!

The recent recession dragged many American businesses through stress, sacrifice, and sometimes even greater losses. Because the housing market was at the center of the downturn, Steve and David experienced an especially rocky period for their business… But the brothers credit the high demands of the film industry in recent times to a reversal of fortunes -the store in fact added two full time employees, and retained all their benefits. (Read More…)

You can find the full article on the Governor’s Office of Film and Television’s Oregon Confluence blog.  Be sure to watch that blog for future entries in Michal’s exploration of Oregon business – and how the film and TV industry hasn’t just helped it survive, but grow!

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About Haroldphillips

Harold Phillips has worked professionally in theatre, film and television for over 20 years. In that time, he's built a reputation for his commitment to the characters he plays and his efforts to strengthen the film and theatre industries in the cities he's worked in. Harold has gained prominence in the quickly growing world of digital media, with appearances in the wildly popular web series Lady Wasteland, Animus Cross, and the interactive movie The Outbreak. In addition to appearances in commercials and independent films (including the comedic Crackin' The Code and thrillers Sum Of The Parts and Dark Horizon), Harold has spent many years working on stage in the Pacific Northwest. To learn more about Harold, please visit his web site at or follow him on Twitter at
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