Yellow, black, and blue — Portland’s certainly taken a few bruises in recent years, but these three colors will soon accompany a message of hope, recovery, and togetherness.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced Old Town Pizza and Brewing to close its doors for 15 months. As the neighborhood (and city as a whole) continues to pick itself up off the mat, its owner Adam Milne went looking for a way to bring the community together and connect local businesses and nonprofits with a message of positivity.
He came up with an apparel line featuring T-shirts, each emblazoned with the message “Believe In Portland.” Credit for the slogan goes to Lakayana Drury, the leader of Word is Bond, which helps young Black men reach their full potential. Throughout July, $10 of each sale will benefit his organization. In August, those proceeds will go to Central City Concern, with more nonprofits to come.