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James & The Giant Market

By Tracey Henkels, September 18, 2018

In the world of Real Estate, there’s nothing worse than diligently searching for the perfect home, only to remain empty-handed. Since 2014, Fred Granum, Executive Director of the highly anticipated James Beard Public Market, has been doing just that.

Locations have been scouted, secured, and abandoned more than once for the daily, year-round, indoor-outdoor brainchild of Portland’s infamous Chef James Beard. As the public market aspires to create 350 new jobs, house more than 100 vendors, 30 day tables, multiple full-service restaurants, a teaching kitchen, and a community event space, it’s no surprise Granum has struggled to secure sufficient real estate in the heart of the city. Much to the delight of locals and vendors alike however, it appears the James Beard Public Market has finally found a home.  

Fred Granum and the team at Snøhetta, an international design firm specializing in architecture, landscape, interior, product, and graphic design, have teamed up with OMSI and its partners to develop the massive venue on the city’s east side, in South Portland’s Innovation Quadrant, near Tilikum Crossing.

While design plans are whispered to be near completion, Portlanders anxiously await confirmation of the market’s impending construction. Will Chef Beard’s dream of recreating the city’s historic Portland Public Market, which closed its doors in 1942, finally come to fruition? Or will the team woefully raise a white flag, admit defeat, and call off the hunt for good? Unfortunately, only time will tell. 

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Tracey Henkels

Earth Advantage Principal Broker

Tracey Henkels attributes her disciplined nature and relentless work ethic and to a childhood spent rising and retiring by the light of the sun, on her family’s apple orchard in Iowa. Gratefully, that Midwestern mentality has served her well over the years, and Tracey continues to deliver excellent customer service, superior technical skill, and a wide array of industry knowledge both directly and on behalf of her clients. While Tracey wouldn’t trade her career as a Real Estate broker for any other, her first love was actually Architecture, a craft she studied at Iowa State University during her undergraduate years. After receiving her degree, Tracey worked as an Architect for over 6 years before deciding she wanted to forge a new professional path. In 2004, Tracey jumped heart-first into the world of buying and selling houses, and is proud to say, she’s never looked back.   When you meet Tracey, one of the first things you notice is her positive energy, and zest for life. One of her favorite things about being a broker is the ability to help people make powerful transitions in their lives. Tracey’s natural patience, unwavering professionalism, and optimistic attitude make her a both a compassionate broker, and tough negotiator. Tracey is committed to serving others, being involved in her community, and giving back. When she isn’t working hard to best serve her clients, you might find her tending to her garden, growing fresh vegetables, exotic plants, and beautiful flowers, apprenticing a professional woodworker making fine furniture, or planning her next exciting adventure with her wife, Bernadette. Contact Tracey at or 503-715-6140
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