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SE Portland’s Cargo and Evo Celebrate Openings With Treats and Bacon

Sunday, November 02, 2014



Wooden warriors available at Cargo in Southeast Portland. Photo By Byron Beck.

The hard-to-define world furnishings store Cargo and Seattle-based action sports retailer Evo have just opened HUGE, new multi-floor shops in Southeast Portland.

To celebrate, this Saturday and Sunday, they are serving up free treats and bacon!

Portland-based, globally-sourced Cargo has moved operations from the middle of the Pearl District to a super hot, industrial-friendly inner Southeast neighborhood. The new Cargo is located at 81 Southeast Yamhill Street, just across the street from party supply store Lippman Company.

Speaking of parties, Cargo will host a grand opening on Sunday, November 2 from 4 to 8 pm. The party will incorporate Cargo's traditional Day of the Dead celebration and feature sugar skull decorating and button making. Nibbles will include Mexican treats, slices of pizza from Sizzle Pie and Chiclets. Yes, Chiclets.


evo's new store in Southeast Portland in the historic, 120-year-old former Salvation Army headquarters. Photo by Byron Beck.

Another nearby Southeast Portland store that just celebrated an opening is the Seattle-based action sports retailer evo (yes, they spell it with a lower case "e").

Evo expanded its retail presence with the Thursday 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. 

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 retail 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, biking, surfing, music, art, travel and the lifestyle that we live and breathe.”

The Portland evo store features a ski, snowboard and bike service shop in the basement, with retail space on the first and second floors. It 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. 

Saturday only evo will be offering "free brunch" to "people who like bacon"  served to you by professional skier, Eric Pollard at 10 am. It's free and open to the public.


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