Seahorses is a place for modern dads and their kids. Opened in June 2015, by a former stay-at-home dad, Seahorses was created to celebrate the unique needs and challenges of parenting as a father in a culture that more often caters to mothers. From versatile strollers and top of the line car seats to shaving kits and matching dad and kid tees, Seahorses products are carefully selected to meet our core values of being innovative, durable, functional, and fun. You’ll find well known brands along with unique products from local artists and businesses. Our welcoming space on SE Hawthorne offers an enclosed play space with seating, free wifi and a community space for classes, workshops, and events.
We love products that apply new thinking to old problems and take a step outside the box.
Kids are hard on things. We offer well-made products that hold up to the realities of daily life.
We carry products with purpose. Making your life easier makes us happy.
No batteries here. We believe imaginations need exercise and our toys encourage engagement and creative play.
Don Hudson, owner of Seahorses, has 24 years of experience as a dad. After his family decided he would stay home when his son was born in 2011, Don was thrust into a world that has traditionally focused on moms. While out shopping, he became frustrated that he was most often addressed as a placeholder, “What did mom send you in for?” or a babysitter, “How nice of you to give mom a break!” As the primary caregiver for his son, Don recognized the need for a place for men like him (the number of male at-home parents is growing at a rapid rate, especially in Portland!), to find the support and community offered elsewhere to mothers. And thus Seahorses was born in June 2015, shortly after the birth of Don’s fourth child. Paving the way for a new paradigm in parenting, Don (and his baby girl) can be found at Seahorses most days. Don is a lover of motorcycles, music, cooking and irreverent humor. Make sure to stop in and ask him for a quick lesson in shaving or bring your guitar for an impromptu duet!
Don Hudson, the owner of Seahorses with his 3 youngest children.