We had the good fortune of connecting with Montana Walsh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Montana, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Creating things, ideas, media, art and design have been a passion of mine since I can remember. In everyday life, I see design; both good and bad. How the entryway to a store works so people can easily get in and out. How a paper cup is crafted so that it feels good in your hand but doesn’t burn you. The window display outside of a store that makes you go inside and spend money… all of these things are the results of creativity and design working hand in hand. I have always felt that a person who is creative will always be in demand. There are limitless opportunities in business, entrepreneurship and in life for those who understand the importance of creativity and design in just about everything we do.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Sweet Boards by Montana is the perfect blend of my passions. Creating, working with kids, and making people smile have brought me the most fulfillment in life. When I made a tray of treats for my 6 year old neighbor’s quarantine birthday, I had no idea it would be something people would actually want to buy. Suddenly, people were asking me to make boards for their upcoming events and parties.
My business turned into my creative outlet and gave me something to pour myself into. It evolved during the lockdown and was one of the brightest spots of the past 18 months.
What sets me apart from others is my high standards. I don’t like doing things the quick way. It may take twice as long but in the end, the results are worth it and even the smallest details can make a big difference. Choosing to take the time and effort to make a superior product has become our mission statement.
I’m very excited for not only where this business has taken me, but the doors it continues to open and will lead to. If there is one thing I have learned from this venture, it is that hard work is both personally fulfilling and financially rewarding.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’ve lived in Portland my whole life and love everything it has to offer. First, I would take my special guest downtown to the iconic food scene. Cha Cha Cha for a taste of Mexico, Jake’s Crawfish for seafood, and Salt and Straw for ice cream, just to name a few.
Next we would venture out to experience the picturesque, jaw-dropping views of the Columbia River Gorge. Then, the rugged Oregon Coast is a must see. Not just hiking in the summer at Short Sands or to the top of Falcon Cape, but in the winter to storm watch, too.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I owe a big shoutout to my parents. They have encouraged me every step of the way. My dad started his own business exactly 20 years ago. Seeing him work on his own terms, with no bosses, setting his own hours and travel schedule opened my eyes to looking beyond a traditional career. My mom is my sounding board and always makes me feel like I am not in this alone. Her organizational and problem-solving skills have taught me a lot and have saved me from many mistakes.
Images From Amy, Montana Walsh