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Shop Review: NVS Glassworks

“We have a consistent clientele, regardless of the time of year … with many more collectors.”

Photos by Diana Thompson

On the corner of 91st and Beaverton Hillsdale Highway, there’s a quaint shop that’s relocated since its 2010 start. “A younger crowd was more predominant in the beginning … Since recreational legalization, the crowd is much more diverse,” Owner and Operator Josh Bergman tells us. Having the ultimate location and exclusive distribution deals with several artists – including Seed of Life, US Tubes and Leisures – it is no wonder NVS has two stores in high-traffic areas around the metropolitan area.

Walking into the store brings a unique sensory experience with an eclectic vibe, where you’ll be met by Binx the cat, and a couple of signs warning you not to pet him. Having an emphasis on individuality, a great variety of American-made glass and a newly-added gift shop at the front of the store, it feels more like a boutique than a typical storefront. The environment is sleek and natural, scientific and functional, featuring carefully curated displays of exquisite and intricate pieces, with sunshine gleaming in every direction. 

“We have a consistent clientele, regardless of the time of year … with many more collectors,” Josh tells us of his customer base. The glass industry has continued to rise in price, but the constant contact that Josh keeps with artists and the nonprofit-style events that he puts on factor into why his prices remain below many other virtual marketplaces and brick-and-mortar stores. 

While many glass stores focus on heady, higher-end pieces to attract customers, NVS has developed a slightly different approach over the years – holding events and exclusive drops every five to seven months that brings lines out the door. Their 4/20 celebration, where proceeds are donated to humane societies and animal rescues, is a highly recommended time to stop by and get stocked up for your festivities this month.  

Photos by @dude.diana

This article was originally published in the April 2023 issue of Oregon Leaf.

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