Chalk of Fame

We’re so excited to be a sponsor of the Gresham Arts Festival this year, and what a great year it will be! They’re going for a world record! A Guinness World Record, that is!! A one-time addition to the Gresham Arts Festival held July 18, Chalk of Fame will bring together friends, families, individuals, businesses, churches and community groups to color in 350 chalk drawings-the most ever put to pavement on any street anywhere, ever. They’re still looking for anyone who wants to take part to reserve a spot and color your piece of the Chalk of Fame! It’s going to take all of us to make this happen. The squares are already outlined with a scene, you just color it in. What a great way to spend a couple of hours!! If you’d like more information or to sign up, please visit GreshamOregon.gov/ChalkofFame! Join us for Gresham’s Chalk of Fame, where we’ll color our way to a Guinness World Record!

Another fun event that is happening this weekend is the Gresham Optimist’s Beat the Heat Benefit Cruise. This is a fundraising event held every year to support Gresham Community Projects. There will be food, raffles, music, 50-50 drawing, pretty much fun for the whole family! And, you’ll get to see some really great cars from all eras, vintages, makes and models! Come join the fun, Sunday, June 28th from 1pm to 5pm at Reynolds High School. For more information, please call: Gary Helzer 503-730-2811 or Joe Anderson 503-313-2417.

Get out there and enjoy your summer!! So many fun things to do here in East County!

Clothing store Nextt big thing at Burnside Commons plaza

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Jana Volk, left, and her daughters Mayci, 12, and Tori, 20, enjoy working together as a family and helping to match customers with clothing to match their style preferences and personalities.

What’s Nextt?

What: Nextt — Style for Young Adults, specializing in new and used youthful fashions and accessories

Where: 1636 N.W. Fairview Drive, Gresham

Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

Facebook page: facebook.com/NexttResale/info?tab=page_info

Call: 503-667-8806

A lot of the clothing Jana Volk buys and sells at her Nextt: Style for Young Adults store appeals to teenagers, but you don’t have to be a high schooler or college student to find something that suits you.

“We gear more toward teenage (styles), but we don’t put an age on it,” she says. “Young is not an age, it’s an attitude.”

Gresham resident Volk, 38, and her husband, John, opened Nextt on May 22 in a previously vacant space at 1636 N.W. Fairview Drive in the Burnside Commons plaza.

With a motto of “Recycle, Reuse,” the bright, neatly organized shop features new and good-condition used clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories and other items, which are priced from around $1 to $65, an average of $3 to $10.

Volk, a 14-year Gresham resident works with her Nextt employees — daughters, Tori, 20, and Mayci, 12 — to focus on variety and affordability as well as quality. The store highlights major designer brands including Miss Me, American Eagle, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister and Victoria’s Secret.

“What sets us apart is that we buy and sell,” Jana says. “This brings an outlet (to Gresham) for clothes in good condition. Customers sell their clothes, we give them money for it to spend in the store, or they get a little bit of cash. (New) clothes are just expensive. People can’t afford it.”

So far, the shop seems to be a hit, no doubt helped by its location in an increasingly thriving shopping plaza just a stone’s throw from Gresham High School.

“I love that we’re next door to Flying Pie Pizza,” Volk says. “That brings in a ton of people. Being on Burnside, of course, is great, and being across from the high school is a major factor. It’s great for high school kids.”

Volk found her new calling after being laid off last year from Stimson Lumber Co.’s downtown Portland office after 16 years on the job.

Taking the downtime to reevaluate her goals regarding career and family, she decided to pursue a retail shop based on the Nextt store her husband’s family operated in Green Bay, Wis.

“Job hunting was insane,” she recalls. “I said, ‘Forget that,’ and took matters in my own hands. I made a decision that this was what I was going to do. It was a blessing in disguise.”

Volk visited John’s sister and her husband in Green Bay for some retail training before returning home to find a location she liked for a second Nextt outlet.

“When we started, it took three months here to fill the store. I was just strictly buying,” she says, adding that after a few weeks, rotating a variety of stock is not a problem. “We get new inventory every day. It’s a huge part of the business. It’s the circle of life here — we buy and sell.”

On a recent Thursday afternoon, customers Loretta Moyak and her daughter McKenzie said Nextt is quickly replacing their shopping trips to the mall for stylish, affordable clothing.

“They have good prices, they’re friendly and it’s convenient,” Loretta says. “It’s so cheap for teens on a budget.”

McKenzie, an 11th grader at Reynolds High School, concurs with her mom.

“I’ve been here three times,” she says. “I always find a new treasure.”

Our Little Local Hero!

Trenten West, you may remember, was instrumental in awarding a vehicle to a veteran and her family this past Valentines Day. What a great experience, and we were so blessed to be a part of that. Lately he has been on the road helping as a volunteer at the various Veterans’ Stand Downs that are happening at different locations around the state every weekend. Another venture he’s involved in is a fundraising effort for the Gresham Gopher Football team. These funds will go towards helmets, shoulder pads, uniforms, team meals and travel expenses. If you would like to help our little local hero and the Gresham Gopher Football team, please go to: >app.snap-raise.com/fundraisers/3675/participant/89481 or call Amy and Gresham Ford 503-407-6764.

Also, don’t forget the Gresham Ford Art Contest going on now! Entries are due by July 15th! We have had some amazing entries already! It’s going to be difficult to pick a winner. The 1st prize winner, by the way, will receive $500 towards the purchase of their next set of tires!! Now that’s worth a little creativity, don’t you think? So, get those cameras out, paint brushes, sketch pads, sculpting clay or event quilting squares! Anything centered around the “Ford” products is what we’re looking for! The winner to be decided by July 18th and displayed at our booth at the Gresham Arts Festival!

So, there you have it! Support for our littlest local hero and all his endeavors and a chance to win $500 towards tires from Gresham Ford! And please bring a jar of peanut butter for SnowCap to Gresham Ford, while you’re at it! Have a great weekend!!

Gresham Ford's Gone Fishing!

This past weekend was National Fishing & Boating Week and we are fortunate to have Ed Chin, a local Gresham resident and professional fishing sportsman, to heighten our awareness. Being a representative of the FLW (Fishing League Worldwide) and TBO (The Bass Federation of Oregon) Ed is just returning from a national tour where he won awards and recognition for his expertise and knowledge in the world of fishing, (Bass fishing to be more precise). Partnering with Walmart, he visited regional Walmart stores in Hood River, Wood Village and St. Helen, Oregon. At each of these locations he displayed a truck and the boat he was pulling, visited with customers about fishing tackle and answered questions on where to fish. Traveling over 250 miles over the week end, the truck and boat combo were a huge hit with the store’s employees and customers generating lots of questions concerning the boat, truck and fishing.

We were happy to supply Ed with a 2015 F-150 on this journey and we feel privileged to be a part of this glimpse into the world of fishing. If you’d like to know more or ask some serious questions of Ed yourself, please visit www.tbforegon.com or his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/edward.chin.9822?fref=ts.

Here’s a quote found on the TBF website;

"With every trip I collect new mementoes, though few are collected in scrapbooks. And all who fish for bass across the land collect them too. They are the images from first light to last and from first fish to last. And we'd share them in a minute. Some recall particular triumphs, often preserved in snapshots and clippings, while others we tend to hide, at least until we're ready to laugh about them. Daybreak, canebreaks, heartbreaks, muggy nights and foggy mornings. A hundred things that worked, and a thousand more that should have. That's bass fishing."-George Krame

Calling all Artists, Photographers, Quilters and the like...

We’re looking for the best “Ford” art in East County! Do you have an eye for photography and a passion for Ford products? Are you a painter with a fondness for that old Ford parked in the driveway? Get your camera and your paint brushes, or your quilt patches or sculpting tools out and create a work of art and enter to win! It can be anything you desire to create centered around the Ford Oval logo.

There will be three prize winners with 1st place receiving a whopping $500 towards your next set of Tires from Gresham Ford-Quick Lane. 2nd place, a Spa Day for your car ($185 value). And 3rd place, a Works Package ($39.95 value)

To enter; please visit www.greshamford.com and click on the banner ad, “Art Contest” and fill out the entry form. Bring your art accompanied by the form to Gresham Ford. Ask for Amy Tipsord or call 530-407-6764.

On another note, Northwest Ford Dealers Advertising Association is again launching their annual Peanut Butter Drive. The summer months are the hardest on low income families as their children are home and having good nutritious food on a consistent basis is difficult. With the help from the local food banks, many families are assisted through the summer to keep their kids happy and healthy. Drop a jar by Gresham Ford or bring it to our booth at the Gresham Arts Festival, July 18th. All peanut butter collected at Gresham Ford will benefit our local food bank, SnowCap Community Charities.

Every little bit helps!

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