In the summer of 2015, Northwest Portland’s mindfulness startup Hush Meditation quietly closed its doors to regroup. After marketing serenity by the hour to the city’s corporate execs, business owners, and tech gurus, the company struggled to find its stride. Founder Kristin Reiter found herself torn between nurturing the young business and dedicating energy to her job as a concept director at Nike. Luckily, Hush community member Chanel Carlascio stepped up to head the company, relocate, and refresh with a goal of inclusivity and affordable community offerings.

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This article appeared in the Balance blog at Portland Monthly.