Ladies and Gentlemen, Can I Please Have Your Attention: Our Portland Store is Open
evo OPENS TODAY IN PORTLAND
[Update]: Buy tickets to the Portland Grand Opening party here>
– SE store includes gallery and gathering space for the community –
Portland, OR – October 30, 2014 – Seattle-based action sports retailer evo is expanding its retail presence with today’s 2 p.m. opening of a second brick-and-mortar location in Portland, Oregon. The 11,000-square-foot Portland store is located at 200 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in the historic, 120-year-old former Salvation Army headquarters. The three-story brick building, freshly painted a deep blue, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Founded by former professional skier and native Oregonian Bryce Phillips, evo is an action sports and fashion apparel retailer with deep roots in the Pacific Northwest. Started in Seattle in 2001, evo has a thriving online business with a dedicated fan base. It also operates an 11,000-square-foot flagship store in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood.
evo selected Portland as its second brick-and-mortar location because it was a leading source of customer traffic to the company’s website, and the area aligns with the company’s vibe and values. Portland’s outdoorsy culture and proximity to ski areas at Mount Hood cemented the deal.
Founder and CEO Bryce Phillips, who grew up in Roseburg, Ore. said, “Portland is a natural extension for us, part of our broader community. The opportunity to create an extraordinarily unique customer experience in a beautiful building with such a deep history is remarkable. We want to establish evo as a place for people who share a passion for skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, biking, music, art, travel and the lifestyle that we live and breathe.”
evo in Portland features a ski, snowboard and bike service shop in the basement, with retail space on the first and second floors. The store will offer an expansive selection of more than 150 brands in action sports gear and apparel for ski, snowboard, wakeboard, skate, surf and bike. Featured Portland launch partners include Adidas, Armada, Burton, Dakine, Line Skis, Nike, Quiksilver, Saga, The North Face, YES., Arc’teryx, Lib Tech and Smith… See all of evo’s brands here.
Designed as a community gathering space, the store will regularly host events, monthly art shows featuring pieces from action sports athletes and brands, fundraisers, movie and music premieres, and parties. evo works directly with organizations like the Northwest Avalanche Center to provide free Avalanche Safety clinics throughout the season and hosts a series of Ladies’ Nights throughout the year.
Opening Night Gallery featuring art from Eric Pollard. Thursday, October 30 Details> Bacon Brunch with Eric Pollard and Line Skis. Saturday, November 1 Details>
Opening Event on Saturday, November 15
evo will throw a grand opening party at the store on Saturday, November 15, 2014, featuring live music, food, drinks, a silent auction and dancing. The party will benefit The Chill Foundation, an organization that uses board sports to motivate and challenge youth to accomplish goals. The program teaches participants life lessons about patience, persistence, responsibility, courage, respect, and pride. Buy tickets for evo’s Portland Grand Opening PARTY HERE>!
The store is open Monday – Thursday from 11am – 7pm, Friday from 11am – 8pm, Saturday from 10am – 8pm and Sunday from 11am to 7pm. For store events and happenings, check out evo.com/Portland, follow twitter.com/evoportland, Instagram.com/evoportland and like fb.com/evoportland.
evo is an innovative action sports and fashion apparel retailer with strong roots in the Pacific Northwest. While the main focus is delivering value to customers, evo is also very active in the community and the sports it represents. evo has built a strong online presence in the last 12 years and also operates a successful flagship store in the Fremont/Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. Its second store opened in Portland, Ore. in October 2014. evo also supports organizations that are dedicated to helping kids in need. It partners with local non-profits, plus supports regional and national non-profits.
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