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It sounds like an excersize machine or a drawing tool, but it's actually the name of a clothing and gift shop

RITA A. LEONARD - Rick Gilbert is the owner of Westmorelands new Grafletics sportswear and gift store, on Milwaukie Avenue. "Grafletics", a shop specializing in Portland and Oregon themed apparel, gifts, and accessories, has opened at 7013 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue – in a space that was formerly part of the adjacent "Coco & Toulouse Go Shopping" store. Owner/Designer Rick Gilbert advises, "We're the first local sportswear brand to have officially partnered with all three major sports teams: the Trailblazers, Timbers, and Thorns."

Grafletics specializes in Portland and Oregon-branded sweatshirts, crew-necks, and hats for both men and women – as well as mugs and other gifts decorated with Mt. Hood and other prints.

"I started out in 2013, in my garage in Northwest Portland," Gilbert tells THE BEE. "Currently our top seller is waffle beanies, and we're also designing face masks upcycled from our T-shirts. Those are fully adjustable, have four layers of protection, and are made right here in the neighborhood. The vibe here is 'old school meets new school', as we work to form a unique perspective of the Oregon lifestyle.

"We have a curated collection of hoodies, sweatshirts, crew-necks, and retro sneakers, alongside custom-built fixtures such as sport benches and hanging basketball hoops built by local craftspeople," he continues. "I also sell display copies of an array of my trademarks and designs. We have a staff of three. We love the walkability and friendliness of this area." The shop is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at on SE Milwaukie Avenue a few steps south of Bybee Boulevard. The phone number is 503/780-8784. Grafletics also offers deliveries or curbside pickup for items you can order online – www.grafletics.com


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