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Shades of the past come into focus

It's a flash of retail style along the growing row of restaurants and wine bars on Southeast 28th Avenue near Burnside Street. Open for just over a year, the Glamour Gallery is crammed in a closetlike space that is sublet from Lady Luck Vintage by Jeffrey Kyle and business partner Jill Nicholson, who have collected a treasure trove of vintage sunglasses.

Nicholson Ñ who is, says Kyle, 'allergic to retail' Ñ scours the globe for rare eyewear during breaks from her job teaching at Portland Community College. Kyle runs the shop with New York flare leavened by decades of

experience in collectibles.

Despite the economy, vintage eyewear is a hot ticket with Portlanders these days, and they're investing anywhere from $15 to $350 a pair.

'If people want cheap costume glasses, I will politely send them elsewhere,' Kyle says.

An older woman, who told Kyle she was at an age where she needed to scare young people, recently bought a pair for $350. 'Let's just put it this way: There wasn't an eye case big enough to carry those glasses,' Kyle says.

ÑÊAmanda Pennelly