Last month, Ali-Zane opened at 7521 NE Glisan Street, offering sought-after pre-owned clothing and shoes. Owner Ali Sheikh sells a wide selection of collectible jerseys, hats, fashion accessories, and shoes. Although this shop is a new venture for Sheikh, he has over 15 years of experience selling collectible and vintage items online. Sheikh attributes the quality of the store’s inventory to his teenage son, Gio. Over the last nine years, the pair have worked together to build a collection of valuable used items, and Gio has developed a knack for finding quality vintage items.
Although heavily stocked with sports-related merchandise, the store will rotate in new items weekly and introduce more everyday vintage clothing. The store does not buy from the public but will trade sneakers under the right conditions. Most of the stores’ inventory comes from abandoned storage lockers and thrift-store marketplaces.
As more than just a vintage storefront, the shop offers new unique items. The shop sells “exotic” snacks and drinks that are hard to find in the Portland area. Equipment in the back rook allows the staff to make custom jerseys or shirts with same-day delivery. The store is currently expanding its offerings of new, hard-to-find shoes, and later this summer, Gio intends to begin selling Pokémon cards alongside other collectible game items.
Sheikh lives down the street from this store and was happy to find affordable retail space in his neighborhood. He expressed excitement for the store’s location and the public’s strong interest in the shop’s offerings. Located next door to Kingdom Kuts, foot traffic from their customers has already driven sales. Before officially opening, people were peaking into the shop and making offers on items.
Next week the store will transition to an extended summer schedule of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Gio will be off from school and spending more time with his father at the store. Ali Sheikh encourages people to drop by often. New items are constantly rotating in with recently acquired pieces and back-stock inventory. The shop will soon have a website to promote and sell its most desirable items. However, an in-person visit will expose a shopper to the best selection.