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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.”

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