Littlestar started the Perlene because she wanted a sense of community. After all, it’s hard to make friends as an adult. People don’t always have a “sense of community and support,” Littlestar noted, when they don’t have families who live nearby or third spaces – like churches and community centers.
With the Perlene, Littlestar wanted to address that deep human need for community while creating a co-working space. She was reassured by women in the Portland area who craved a place similar to what she had been envisioning, where ambitious women could hang out and build authentic, meaningful relationships with one another.