Holiday Shopping in Lake Oswego

With supply chain issues threatening holiday shopping, the call to “shop local” has never been wiser. And luckily for Lake Oswegans, local retailers are well stocked and ready to help you check everyone off your list. Here’s a roundup of some of the treasures you’ll find.

ADORN. This Portland based shop features brands like Emerson Fry, Sanctuary Clothing, Favorite Daughter and Prairie Underground. You’ll find everything from jackets to jumpsuits along with accessories like jewelry, masks and shoes. Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 369 First Street. 503.303.5614.

DREAM CLOUD BOHEMIAN MARKET.Walking into this store feels like walking into a cloud—everything is soft and dreamy. You can also feel good about shopping here as the collections hail from independent and small-batch artisans who focus on sustainability and ethical faire trade practices. During the holidays Dream Cloud is partnering with Thinker Toys to support the Toys for Tots gift drive. Pop into Dream Cloud with an unwrapped new toy OR simply make a donation online. They will use your donation to purchase a toy from Thinker Toys (to help support other local businesses) and give you 10% off your next purchase. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 364 1st Street, 503.477.9798.

MAPEL BOUTIQUE. This locally owned boutique carries national brands like Z Supply, 7 for All Mankind and as well as local favorites like Ford & Wyatt, The Great PNW and Saressa Designs. Mixed in there are fun and festive discoveries to make your holiday shopping much merrier. You’ll find Pacific Northwest-themed puzzles, holiday graphic tees, and Puffin beverage holders that make any drink look merry. They also offer personal shopping appointments with their stylist either before the shop opens, during store hours and even virtually! Could be just the ticket for finding the perfect gift or for leaving a list for the Santa in your life.  Check them out online or visit their store at 390 N. State Street, Suite 124. Hours Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 503.344.4573.

LUCKY ME. This store gets its name from the expression shoppers say when they visit. It’s filled to the brim with lots of bling and holiday décor including ornaments, pillows and stockings. Speaking of stockings, consider this stocking stuffer central with Oregon keychains, Oregon winery playing cards, finger puppets, jewelry and themed bandages to dress up anyone’s owie. Their usual PJ Salvage offerings are joined by festive holiday-themed PJ sets. Be sure to visit them the day after Thanksgiving for their Black Friday specials! Hours: Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 385 First Street, Suite 115. 503.636.9595.

RAIN SPARK GALLERY.This seasonal art gallery has returned this year after a year of going virtual and moved into the former Sur La Table space on the corner of A Avenue and State Street. Explore the varied collections of art created in ceramics, metal, fiber, glass, paper, paint, photography and more. You’ll find unique gifts for family and friends and if you’re lucky, decorative and functional works of art for yourself and your home.

In addition, Rain Spark is carrying on its tradition of hiding 45 handmade porcelain ornaments throughout Lake Oswego as part of the Lake Oswego Community Treasure Hunt.  Look for clues on Rain Spark Gallery’s website starting December 1. Solve the riddle, find the laminated hummingbird card, bring it to the gallery, claim your hummingbird ornament and have your photo taken for the Finders Wall. Hours: Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving. 390 State Street, Suite 120.

HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE. Stop by the Arts Council of Lake Oswego’s Holiday Marketplace for a unique gift for yourself or someone on your list. Select from fine art, ceramics, jewelry, handmade one-of-a-kind items, and wonderful prints and cards, among many other fine gifts and home goods. Marketplace is open NOW through Saturday, December 24. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 380 A Avenue, Suite, A, Lake Oswego, OR. For more information, visit the website at http://www.artscouncillo.org or call 503-675-3738.

GRAPEVINE. Name dropping is encouraged here. That’s why you’ll find fashions by Splendid, 7 for all mankind, Rails, Vince, Michael Stars and Eileen Fisher just to mention a few. And don’t worry—they stock small runs so you don’t have to worry about showing up at the holiday party with the same outfit as your neighbor! Check their social media pages for new arrivals and DM them if you want them to hold something for you. Hours: Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 310 N. State Street, #112, 503.635.6009

GLASSYBABY.  Glassybaby sells hand-blown votive holders that each come with a story. With names like Home, True Love and Wisdom, I imagine there is a votive that would speak to the friends and family on your list. A portion of all sales go towards the glassybaby foundation to support causes close to glassybaby’s mission: organizations that promote hope and healing. Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 390 N. State Street, 503.804.5415.

CHICO’S. Whether you’re looking for holiday red, all that shimmers or comfy and cozy, Chico’s has it. Lake Oswego managed to garner one of the 600 locations of this franchise and the location seems to be a good match—Chico’s was one of the original Lake View Village tenants. The company prides itself on personal stylists who work with you to select the right style with the right fit. Share a little with one of their stylists about your recipient—what colors does she like…are there certain styles she gravitates towards…is machine washable a requirement…and let her go to work for you, letting you look good when she opens her gift. Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 385 1st Street, #119, 503.675.6655.

WISHBONE HOME DESIGN. Be sure to stop by here on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for a “Sip and Shop” experience with a little mimosa to start your day. Dress up your home for the holidays with seasonal décor that includes elegant ornaments, festive pillows, wreaths and holiday candles. Gift items include jewelry, candlesticks, frames and gift cards. Pick up a little decorating advice while you’re at it from the experts on hand. Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 385 1st Street, 503.636.1229.

CITY HOME. This is one of those places that makes shopping fun with its blend of vintage, repurposed and reclaimed furnishings and decorative home pieces. Hostess gifts include holiday soy candles in scents like gingerbread. For all those pet lovers out there, a “Reserved for the dog” or “Reserved for the cat” pillow might be the perfect gift. Other finds include a Christmas tree-shaped cheese board, boat in a bottle kit, terracotta wall planters and a host of furniture and wall art to choose from. Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 180 A Avenue, 503.519.7712.

THE GROVE.  It pays to stop in regularly at this neighborhood spot as new merchandise with local makers and exclusive lines are always arriving. Mer Sea’s casual wear is a popular line and has recently been joined by Danish brands Ilse Jacobsen and Henrietta Steffensen. The Grove will be featuring their local makers throughout the holidays with Pop-ups in the store. They also offer to add a little holiday shopping to any private party you may be planning –just give them a call to schedule. Be sure to check their Facebook page for updates.  Hours: Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 4473 Lakeview Boulevard, 503.697.9999.

PAPER CAPER. From stocking stuffers to hostess gifts, you can check a lot of people off your list at this store. Holiday aprons, Duck and Beaver ornaments, a book of Kid Jokes, head warmers, holiday crackers and holiday scented candles (Gingerbread and vanilla sound yummy?) are just some of the treasures you’ll find in addition to their wide selection of greeting cards and wrapping paper. Speaking of wrapping paper, they provide that service during this busy holiday season. Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 16829 65th Avenue, 503.620.9460.

If a new home is on your holiday shopping list, well, I can help with that! I’ve been a top-performing Realtor in Lake Oswego for over 30 years and would love to put some Ho Ho Ho into your home buying and/or selling experience. Give me a call at 503.939.9801, email me at costellok@hasson.com and/or check out my website.

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The 2021 Search for the Perfect Christmas Tree in Lake Oswego Starts Here

If you’re hoping to cut your own Christmas tree this year, best to get an early start.
It appears that many of the popular u-cut spots are dealing with a tree shortage in a variety of ways: closing for the season, shortening hours, and/or limiting the size of trees available. The growth cycle for Christmas trees is anywhere from 7-12 years from seedling to harvest so growers and harvesters like us have to be patient.

Below you’ll find a roundup of Christmas tree lots and farms (both u-cut and pre-cut) in and around Lake Oswego. I’ve tried to list the restrictions here but best to call ahead and/or check their Facebook page for the latest updates.

Boy Scout Troop 127. Local Boy Scouts have been selling trees as a fundraiser since 1947, starting at the local Piggly Wiggly before moving to George Rogers Park. Once again, Scouts will be on hand in George Rogers Park. Over the course of about 2½ weeks that the lot is in operation, they will get three fresh shipments for a total of 700 trees, and usually sell out by the end.
Address: George Rogers Park, 611 S. State Street, Lake Oswego
Hours: Opens the weekend after Thanksgiving from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday November 26 through Sunday, November 28. Following that, hours are: Wednesday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through Sunday, December 12. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Varieties: Pre-cut Noble Fir
Cost: $40+
Other: Scouts make a fresh cut, carry it to the car and tie it on. Wreaths and garland by the foot are also for sale.

Parsons Farms. The family that brings us local produce also brings us trees. Pre-cut and close-in makes this spot very convenient.
Address: Lake Bible Church (Tree Lot), 4565 Carman Drive, Lake Oswego
Hours: Opens the day after Thanksgiving, November 26. Hours TBD. Check their Facebook page.
Varieties: Noble, Douglas, and Nordmann Fir.
Other: In the past, they have also offered handmade fresh wreaths, fresh cut greens, pine cones, and centerpieces also available.

Stroupe Christmas Tree Farm. This year, the family is selling pre-cut trees (probably Noble and Douglas Fir) from their other family business: S&H Landscape. Check online for recent updates as plans were still in the making at publication time.
Address: 20200 SW Stafford Road, Tualatin
Varieties: Noble and Douglas Fir
Cost: Check online and/or call S & H: 503.638.1011
Other: Handmade wreaths and swags

Ron’s Christmas Tree Farm. There is no address posted but look for the sign that says, “Christmas Trees.” It’s at roughly 4400 Borland Road, between Stafford and SW 65th. And it’s worth seeing out if you’re looking for a bargain. Ron is the cheapest guy in town!
Address: See above. (about 3 miles from Lake Oswego) Phone: 503.475.7576.
Hours: Open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily starting November 26 until about the week before Christmas
Varieties: All Nobles, more on the natural-looking side
Cost: $6/foot
Other: This place is u-pick, Ron-cuts. He has rope to tie it on to your car.

Little Z Christmas Tree Farm. This family farm prides itself on quality and service. This year trees ranging from eight feet to eighteen feet tall are available for purchase and are mainly the classic tapered Noble Fir variety; however, there are also Nordmann, White, Shasta, Fraser, and Douglas Firs. There will also be a good supply of pre-cut 6-9 foot Douglas Fir. Tree preview and tagging day is Saturday, November 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Address: 842 Rosemont Rd., West Linn. 503.453.0573 (about 4 miles from Lake Oswego)
Hours: Opens Friday, November 29 at 9:00 a.m. through December 22. Hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a full crew on hand to help you, especially needed for trees taller than 10 feet and Wednesdays through Fridays from noon to 4:30 p.m. with a skeletal crew on hand. Cost: Price varies, but generally $10/foot
Other: The Zerkels run a u-pick, they cut farm so once you’ve selected your tree, they will cut down your tree with their chainsaws, carry it to your car, and load it or tie it down.

Lee Farms. Talk about tradition! The Lees have been farming in Tualatin since 1869 over seven generations with three generations currently involved in the family farm. This is a year-round operation so if you want to get out there early to tag your tree, you can. This year there is a 8-foot minimum on u-cut to preserve their field trees. No minimum on already-cut trees. Trees will go fast this year, so come early (starting November 19) for the best selection!
Address: 21975 SW 65th Avenue, Tualatin. (about 4 miles from Lake Oswego). 503.638.1869.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; noon to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (closed Mondays) beginning November 19 through December 23. Closed for Thanksgiving.
Varieties: Fresh cut and u-cut Noble, Grand, Nordmann & Douglas Firs
Cost: Price varies. Check website.
Other: They will cut, shake, bale and load your tree free of charge. Will also install Davis Tree Stand. Also available: wreaths, garlands, swags, centerpieces, custom wreath and centerpiece orders, ornaments, decorations. Visit the bakery for donuts and espresso and place an order for a Christmas pie.

Frog Pond Farm. Out goes the pumpkin patch, in come the trees. The Farm is closed November 1 through the 18th to make the transition. Lots to take in here if you make the short trek down to Wilsonville.
Address: 2995 SW Advance Road Wilsonville; 503.475.5997
Hours: Opens November 19. Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Fridays through Sundays 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Varieties: Pre-cut Noble and Douglas Fir
Cost: Call ahead
Other: The animals will be on hand to greet you: camel, llamas, goats, donkeys. Garland and wreaths are also available. On the weekends enjoy the bonfire, farm store and coffee shop and check the social media pages for updates on when Santa will be visiting.

Sleighbells. This is a one-stop-shop for Christmas with a gift shop packed with holiday décor and Santa on hand on weekends starting after Thanksgiving.
Address: 23855 SW 195th Place, Sherwood. 503.625.6052 (10½ miles from Lake Oswego)
Hours: 7 days a week, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Varieties: Noble/Nordmann and Douglas/Grand Fir and some Frazer
Cost: Prices vary so check online.
Other: Pre-tagging is currently being offered. Pick out your tree, mark it, pay for it, and let them know when you want to pick it up. For an extra $10, they’ll have it cut, shaken, and baled for you when you arrive. Food carts are open on Saturdays and Sundays. Complimentary cocoa and coffee.

Merrywood Farm. Plans were to have a “no-frills” opening the weekend before Thanksgiving but call to be sure. Luckily many of Merrywood’s trees bask under the shade of some of the more mature trees, sheltering their crop from much of the burn that damaged other farms. In addition, they have three other tree-growing fields which will supply freshly pre-cut options for visitors.
Address: 12328 South Casto Rd., Oregon City. 503. 307.2495 (20 miles from Lake Oswego)
Hours: Open 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends. May open the weekend before Thanksgiving, November 20-21, for a “no-frills” opening but be sure to call first. Open while supplies last.
Varieties: Normally The Keysers grow a variety of trees including Noble, Nordmann, Grand, White Pine and Douglas.
Cost: Check online.
Other: Complimentary hot cider and warm fire. Twine and hand saws are provided but no baler. Free pony rides for the kids on weekends.

Mt. Hood Tree Farm. Head here on a clear day and get a view of Mt. Hood as an added bonus.
Address: 17472 S. Harding Road, Oregon City
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays; 11:00 a.m.. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays from November 29 through December 15.
Varieties: Douglas, Grand, Noble, Nordmann and Turkish up to 12 feet. Some pre-cut.
Cost: Check online or call ahead: 503.932.7967.
Other: They’ll provide help cutting, transporting and loading your tree. Saws, baler and shaker available. Enjoy hot cider, candy canes and cookies around a warm fire. Wreaths and garlands also available.

Hemphill Farms. This farm opens for business the day after Thanksgiving, November 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and offers carefully harvested trees along with a lot of other holiday festivities to make your trip out memorable.
Address: 20324 S. Redland Rd., Oregon City; 503.307.0181
Hours: After opening day hours will be 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Varieties: Noble, Douglas and Grand Firs
Cost: Noble $12/foot; Grand $10/foot; Douglas $8/foot; Limited selection of pre-painted trees for an additional $25 fee
Other: You can also enjoy complimentary hot drinks, train rides, hayrides, a warming fire, Santa visits, handsaw and knee pads and free shaking and baling.

Misty Ridge Tree Farm. Owner Allison Bruns is considered a “youngin’” in this industry, entering her sixth season as a grower but she has created the holiday experience that visitors rave about. She’ll be open for business the weekend after Thanksgiving but indicates that u-cut supplies are limited.
Address: 19400 and 19304 S. Mosier Road, Oregon City; 503.789.3511
Hours: Weekend after Thanksgiving 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After that 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Weekends and 12;00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Weekdays.
Varieties: Noble, Nordmann and Turkish
Cost: check online or call
Other: Visit the farm animals – pig, miniature donkey, cattle and horses. They will bale, wrap and help load your tree. This year’s “Cowboy Christmas” will feature Western-style rope wreaths, Western art and ornaments.

Furrow Farm. The trees here are celebrities having appeared in several episodes of Grimm’s TV series and also Better Homes & Gardens and Fred Meyer ads. Due to this summer’s heat, the selection of u-cut Nobles and Grands will be limited this year but as always, reflect the loving care by third-generation owners, Matt and Dana Furrow. Be sure to check out their fresh-cut Nobles that they grow in higher elevation (Nobles do best higher up) and harvest daily for your convenience.
Address: 25877 NW Union Rd, Hillsboro (20 miles from Lake Oswego) 503.647.5288
Hours: Opening Friday, November 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Then hours will be Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. while supplies last. Please do not enter for u-cut after 4:30 p.m.
Varieties: Noble, Nordmann, Grand, Douglas
Cost: All trees are $10/foot except for Douglas Fir which are $8/foot
Other: Free tree baling and twine provided. Mistletoe, wreaths, garland and tree stands also available. Farm animals will be there to greet you. Tractor rides TBD.

Plumper Pumpkin Patch and Tree Farm. This popular pumpkin patch has done a quick transformation and will be ready for Christmas tree seekers starting Saturday, November 20 and Sunday, November 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You’ll find lots of seasonal fun to enjoy here.
Address: 11435 NW Old Cornelius Pass Road, Portland (about a half-hour away from Lake Oswego) 503.645.9561
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fridays through Sundays beginning the Saturday before Thanksgiving, November 20 for three to four weekends.
Varieties: Noble Douglas, Grand , Nordmann and a few Blue Spruce
Cost: Douglas are $9/foot; All other varieties are $12/foot
Other: Saws provided. Free shaking and baling. Visit the store for hot drinks and pumpkin donuts, garland, wreaths and mistletoe. Feed the animals and rent a firepit for ½ hour complete with a s’mores kit to enjoy.

Helvetia Christmas Tree Farm. This popular spot was also hit hard by the summer heat, losing 1/3 of its seedlings. As a result, it will only be open for one weekend this year, November 26, 27 and 28 but it may be worth the trip because it looks like quite the experience. They will also have a selection of natural untrimmed pre-cut Christmas trees to choose from also.
Address: 12814 NW Bishop Rd., Hillsboro; 503.334.0905.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. November 26, 27, and 28 only
Varieties: Noble Fir, Grand, and Turkish
Cost: U-cut $65 any size; Pre-cut $50 any size; Douglas Fir $40 any size
Other: tractor-train rides, tree field pick-up, an open fire pit with free marshmallows, snow (artificial) every five minutes, photo-op with The Grinch in his sleigh, a shop full of unique gifts and lavender products.

JTB Christmas Trees. This is another farm that is looking at a shortened season due to limited supply of trees, so once, again, the early bird gets the tree! Check their website after closing on Sunday, November 28 for updates going forward.
Address: 18124 SE Richey Road, Gresham
Hours: Opens November 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and then weekends only
Varieties: Noble, Grand and Douglas Fir
Cost: U-cut $60/Noble and Grand any size; $50/Douglas
Other: They will shake, bale them and supply saws and twine to tie down the tree to your car. Candy canes for the kids. Cash or Checks with ID only!

Christmas Mountain Choose and Cut
At 1500 foot elevation, you may get a little dusting of snow along with your Christmas tree at this farm. Last year Christmas Mountain instituted a reservation system that worked well to manage traffic flow so they are bringing that back this year. Tickets are $4.95 per vehicle Monday-Friday and $8.95 per vehicle Saturday and Sunday for two-hour visits.
Address: 25470 NW Dixie Mountain Rd. in Scappoose. 503.621.3169.
Hours: Opening November 27 through December 12. Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with last time slot at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with last time slot at 3:30 p.m.
Varieties: Noble, Nordmann, Alpine and White Pine ($11/ft. up to 11 feet; $13/ft. for 12-14 and $16/ft. for 15-17) Douglas and Grand Fir $8/ft. up to 11 feet Other: Santa will be visiting from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on November 26,27,28 and Decem ber 4,5,11 and 12. The farm has wagon rides and beverages on-site for purchase. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Christmas Mountain on November 27, 28, 29 & December 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 13 until 3 p.m. Wagon rides, gift shop, saws provided, free shaking and baling and twine provided for tying the tree to your car.

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7 Ways to Pay It Forward in Lake Oswego This Holiday Season 2021

For those of us blessed enough to live in Lake Oswego, our gratitude list runs long this time of year. November is a perfect time to pay all that gratitude forward.

Here are a few ways for you to do just that in and around our community.

FILL A STOCKING, FILL A HEART. You can become part of this all-volunteer army providing more than 3,000 handmade Christmas stockings to families, seniors, teens and homeless living in Clackamas County. For many people, these stockings (filled with much-needed items and special gifts) are the only presents they receive. Stockings are available for pickup at City Hall, 380 A Avenue with a list of items you may purchase and then return to the City Hall donation site.

WITH LOVE. This non-profit’s mission is to support foster families by providing safe, clean and quality clothing and supplies for children ages 0-6. They are holding their annual Season of Giving drive to provide holiday stockings to children placed in foster care in Oregon. You can participate in a variety of ways, one of which is to shop their Amazon Holiday Wish List.  Be sure to click “With Love Holiday’s Gift Registry Address” for free shipping and order ahead of holiday shipping delays. Please skip the gift wrap, as a volunteer team at Nike, Ind. is creating handmade pillowcases for gifting that the children can use well beyond the holidays.  

TUALATIN SCHOOL HOUSE PANTRY. This Oregon Food Bank affiliate serves families each month living in Tualatin, Durham, Lake Oswego, West Linn, and Wilsonville. Cash donations are welcome to buy essentials and can be done in person or online. Canned food donations are wanted and can be dropped off at the pantry during normal business hours. Currently, the most needed items are peanut butter, canned chili, canned pasta, canned beans, canned meats, pasta other than spaghetti, shampoo, powdered laundry detergent and dry pet food. Hours are Monday 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Volunteers are also needed in the food pantry as well as for delivering and picking up donations. If you would like to volunteer, complete the online form. The pantry is located on the lower level of Rolling Hills Church, 3550 SW Borland Road, Tualatin. 503.783.0721.

LAKE OSWEGO TOY DRIVE. Drop off new, unwrapped toys to the Lake Oswego Fire Department Main Station (300 B Avenue) or the Lake Oswego Public Library (706 Fourth Street) by noon on Friday, December 21. Donations will be delivered to families in need by the Tualatin Valley Elks Club. 503.635.0275.

HUNGER FIGHTERS OREGON. In 2014 when students at Lake Oswego Junior High realized that food insecurity is an issue even for Lake Oswego families, they started a club to address it. Today this official nonprofit distributes food from a pantry located at 2301 Hazel Road in the green house garage on the east side of the Lake Oswego High School campus. Nonperishable food donations can be left anytime in the container outside the pantry. Perishable as well as nonperishable food can be dropped off on Saturdays between 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Check online for a list of needed items and please note, they ask that you ensure your products are not expired. Cash is always welcome too which you can donate in person or online. Right now they are looking for $25 donations to help provide a turkey for each family. Just Venmo your donation to @hungerfighters or mail a check to P.O. Box 2215, Lake Oswego, OR. 97035. Volunteer help is also needed as a shopping assistant helping clients select their items and/or a gleaner, picking up donations from grocers and restaurants in the area as well as helping to stock the pantry. You can sign up online.

HANDS-ON PORTLAND. Check their calendar for ongoing as well as one-time volunteer opportunities. Many occur year-round such as serving at Grocery Shopping for Homebound Seniors or Serving Meals at a Transitional Home.

ONGOING WINTER COATS, GLOVES, FOOD AND NEW UNWRAPPED TOYS DRIVE. City Hall is also accepting donations for used, clean items for families in need throughout Clackamas County as well as new toys. You can drop them off at City Hall, 380 A Avenue. For more information call the Public Information Office at 503.635.0257.

If you’d like to count living in Lake Oswego as one of your blessings, give me a call at 503.939.9801. I’ve been a Realtor in Lake Oswego for over 30 years and would love to put my experience to work for you. Check out my website or get in touch below.

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10 Holiday Activities We Love in Lake Oswego in November

‘Tis the beginning of the season but also ‘tis Covid so remember that things could change, should conditions change. Be sure to check websites before heading out for any of these activities. ENJOY!

  1. RAIN SPARK GALLERY. This artist’s collective returns this year to a larger space in the former Sur la Table location at the corner of A Avenue and State Street. That means more artists and more artwork for you to choose from! Collections include garden art, cars, jewelry, ceramics and pottery, wall art, wearable and decorative fiber, glass, metal art, paper arts, painting, printing, photographs, and 3D Mixed Media. Enjoy shopping in person or online. Opens November 1 with regular hours: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sundays. 390 N. State Street, Suite 120.
  2. ELF: THE MUSICAL. The Lakewood Center is bringing this hilarious fish-out-of-water musical to its main stage and is guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit pronto! Opens November 5 through December 19. Times: Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and some Wednesdays; Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Tickets: $42/Adults; $40/Seniors 65 and over; $25/Students 25 and under. Please note that guests 12 years of age and older must provide proof of full vaccination in order to attend by showing your vaccination card in physical form or as a photo on your phone. Masks are required while indoors at all times. 368 S. State Street, 503.635.3901.
  3. BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE: A VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION. All are invited to honor the bravery and service of all our U.S. military veterans and First Responders at Lake Oswego’s Veterans Memorial in Foothills Park. Festivities include a flyover from the West Coast Ravens, a Presentation of Colors from the Lake Oswego Police Honor Guard and more. Military vehicles will be on display too. Thursday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. 199 Foothills Road.
  4. ARTS COUNCIL OF LAKE OSWEGO HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE. Looking for that special gift or something unique for yourself? Stop by the Arts Council of Lake Oswego’s Holiday Marketplace for a unique gift for yourself or someone on your list. Select from fine art, ceramics, jewelry, handmade one-of-a-kind items, and wonderful prints and cards, among many other fine gifts and home goods. Market runs from November 12 through December 24. Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 380 A Avenue, Suite A, in the new city hall building. 503.675.3738.
  5. VIRTUAL WINE TASTING. Professional wine instructor and owner of The Portland Wine Cellar will show participants how to celebrate the season with festive, easy to make low alcohol cocktails. Recommended shopping lists and recipes will be provided and each registration comes with more than 750ml of wine. Sunday, November 14. Register for Class #23274 through the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department. Fee is $74/Resident; $93/Non-Resident.
  6. ARTS COUNCIL OF LAKE OSWEGO HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE. Get a head start on your holiday shopping by stopping by the marketplace in its new location in the new city hall building. This all-media showcase will feature fine art, wood, ceramics, jewelry, handmade gifts, ornaments, cards, textiles, accessories, soaps and candles, along with hand-crafted confections and more. Open November 16 through December 24 on Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 380 A Avenue, Suite A.
  7. LAKE OSWEGO REUNION FARMERS’ MARKET. By November, most of us will be going through farmers’ market withdrawal, so here’s your cure. Plan on picking up some fresh goodies for your Thanksgiving feast and take in the festive atmosphere with live music, local artisans and horse drawn carriage rides. Saturday, November 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Millennium Plaza Park, 200 1st Street.
  8. HORSE DRAWN WAGON RIDES. Here’s an opportunity to slow the season down and take in the sights as you enjoy a 20-minute ride through downtown Lake Oswego and the First Addition neighborhood while the Reunion Farmers Market is taking place. Saturday, November 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The limited reserved seating is available on the hour and has already sold out; however, the rest of the seats are first come, first served for rides on the half hour: $9/adults; $6/children. Millennium Plaza Park, 200 First Street.
  9. LAKEWOOD IN CITY LIGHTS. This year’s hybrid event will be held in Lake Oswego’s new venue, Ironlight. Only 250 tickets are available to the in-person event featuring incredible performances, dinner, auctions and a cash raffle to fundraise for the Lakewood Center’s Rising Star and education programs. Ticket sales close November 12. Participants must also register online for the virtual event. November 20, 5:30 p.m. (Pre-show begins at 5:00 p.m.) 525 3rd Street.
  10. 55TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING. Enjoy one of Lake Oswego’s longest standing traditions which includes tree lighting, caroling, performances, treats, and a visit from the big guy decked out in red and white. Friday, November 26 at 5:30 p.m. Begins at Bigelow Plaza on the corner of 5th and A Avenue and proceeds down to Millennium Plaza Park.

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Lake Oswego Housing Market Update

Reading the headlines about the current Lake Oswego housing market can make your head spin. Is it slowing down? Continuing to heat up? Is it a good time to buy or should you wait it out? Should a homeowner cash in now on what seem like historic profits? Or should you stay put because where will you go?

I work with buyers and sellers everyday moving to and around Lake Oswego and so am in the trenches seeing things firsthand. Here are a few of my insights.

  1. Inventory is still tight. In September the Month of Inventory (MOI) index was only one month meaning it would only take one month for the current inventory of homes on the market in Lake Oswego to sell given the current sales pace. Five to six months of inventory is considered to be a normal or balanced market with anything over that a buyer’s market and anything under, a seller’s.
  2. Open houses seem to be returning and in a couple cases, I’ve seen them cancelled the day before scheduled because the sellers have accepted an offer. I wonder if the open house triggers potential homebuyers to get in there with an offer before the house is seen by more people. If so, open houses may become a good marketing tactic for sellers.
  3. Another thing I am seeing is that with all the hysteria about the tight market, some buyers are assuming homes are going to sell way over asking price and as a result, don’t even bother writing an offer. They aren’t entering the ring, so to speak, in anticipation of being priced out of the market. As a result, it can take a home longer to sell than it has been and some folks may be missing out on an opportunity.
  4. Another thing I ran across just this past week was a home whose sale price was based on an outdated comparative market analysis. And by “outdated” I mean by using prices of homes that sold just a couple months ago when the market was overheating. And it wasn’t just that. The agent who priced the home was using homes as comparison that sold for several hundred thousand more than the asking price, for example comparing a house that was originally listed for $925,000 and sold for $1,125,000 to a house with the same characteristics in the current market. With the overheating cooling down, one should look at the initial sales price as the better comp which is what I advised my buyers to do. Looking at the house through that lens, the house did not look like a good buy.
  5. I am also seeing some price drops which could be a combination of overzealous sellers and bidding war weary buyers.

So as you can see, even in the trenches, trends are still hard to nail down. There are cases of bidding wars and there are cases of price drops. But I think there is one overall trend we can be sure of. If you are a buyer waiting for housing prices to go way down, I think you may be waiting a long time. In fact, Goldman Sachs is forecasting U.S. home prices will soar another 16% in 2022.

While things may be mellowing a bit, I think the appreciation we have seen in the Lake Oswego housing market is here for the long run. Lake Oswego has been “discovered” so the best time to jump in is NOW.

If you’d like to make sense of the current housing market in Lake Oswego and try to decide whether you should buy or sell at this time, please give me a call at 503.939.9801, email me at costellok@hasson.com and/or check out my website. I’d love to put my 30+ years of experience as a top-producing Realtor in Lake Oswego to work for you.

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Where to Satisfy Your Pumpkin Cravings in Lake Oswego

One of the best things about fall is the abundance of pumpkin and luckily for us in Lake Oswego, it comes in all varieties, not just the gourd you perch on your doorstep.

If you are a pumpkin enthusiast, here are a few places in Lake Oswego where you can savor this flavor that makes the loss of summer somewhat bearable.

LA PROVENCE. Their seasonal offerings come in sweet and savoring offerings and include:

•Pumpkin Cheesecake

•Pumpkin Croissant

•Pumpkin Spice Macaron

•Pumpkin Batard Bread (that actually comes in a pumpkin shape!)

Hours: Sunday through Monday 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 16350 Boones Ferry Road, 503.635.4533.

TOO SWEET CAKES. Gluten free pumpkin lovers can have their cake and eat it too. This local bakery offers an Instagram-worthy pumpkin cake filled with cream cheese buttercream and cinnamon crunch pieces in both a gluten-free and classic version. Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily. 5755 Willow Lane B1, 503.305.8381.

KYRA’S BAKE SHOP. This award-winning gluten-free bakery makes gluten-free treats that even gluten lovers come back for. October’s lineup has plenty of yummy options for pumpkin lovers including dairy free Pumpkin Spice Latte cupcake (pumpkin cake with espresso meringue), Pumpkin Eggnog Cream cupcake (pumpkin cake with nutmeg cream cheese frosting) and a Pumpkin Spice Crumb doughnut. Offerings change weekly so make sure you visit when pumpkin is on the menu. Hours: Monday through Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 599 A Avenue, 503.212.2979.

ZUPAN’S. No matter the season, this gourmet grocery store in town always manages to create themed displays with treats to tempt you. Pumpkin lovers may find it hard to resist:

•Pumpkin Spice Malted Milk Balls

•Pumpkin Caramels

•Pumpkin Pie Jelly Beans

•Pumpkin Spice Espresso Beans

•Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Roll from Gem Bakery

•Pumpkin Pies from Blue Raven

•Caramel Pumpkin Cake

•Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chai Cake

•Pumpkin It Up! Cookbook by Eliza Cross

SALT & STRAW. If you don’t have the courage or the stomach for their Creepy Crawly Critters flavor riddled with toffee brittle mealworms and chocolate crickets, then Jack O’Lantern Pumpkin Bread might be a safer choice. Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily. 100 A Avenue, 503.305.8267.

STICKMEN’S BREWERY. If you’re looking to celebrate happy hour with a pumpkin inspired libation, head over to Stickmen’s Brewing Company where a pumpkin pie PA called “Squishing of the Squash” will soon be offered on tap. Call ahead to make sure it has arrived. Hours: Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 40 N. State Street, 503.344.4449.

AVA ROASTERIA AND OVATION COFFEE. Of course, a pumpkin spice latte is a true pumpkin lover’s favorite way to start the day and that can be found at your closest Starbucks and Peet’s as well as some of our own local homegrown coffee shops like Ava Roasteria. Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 4847 Meadows Rd., #147, 503.305.6328. And you can order up a Pumpkin Spice Scone at the new coffee place in town, Ovation in Mercato Grove. Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. 17510 Provost St., #105, 503.342.6602.

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Here’s Why Money.Com Ranked Lake Oswego as One of the Best Cities to Live in the United States

If Money staff writer Leslie Cook had come to me when researching her story on the Best Places to Live in the U.S., I could have saved her a lot of running around.

All she needed to do was read my blogs, all 542 of them which tout the reasons why I love living in Lake Oswego and why you might too! Here are the qualities she lists as evidence that Lake Oswego is the 14th best city to live in the U.S.

•Outdoor activities thanks to 460 acres of natural and open space areas, including access to the Willamette River

•The beauty of the Pacific Northwest accentuated by all the tall fir trees

•Gallery Without Walls public art program

•Our resident Salt and Straw ice creamery

•Affordability of homes relative to the Portland area and local income levels

•Its namesake 405-acre lake

Here are some of the qualities she missed:

Award winning schools – Lake Oswego School District was named the #1 school district in Oregon by Niche.com in its latest annual ranking and also the Oregon school district with the best teachers.

Award winning library. From its annual Lake Oswego Reads program to its Waldo Project that pairs a popular kids program with a way to deliver free, new books to families in our community, The Lake Oswego Library is a much-loved resource and enriches our town in so many ways.

Award winning Farmers’ Market. Oregonian readers picked the Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market as their favorite Portland metro area market in a 2016 survey and the market has maintained its reputation, even with the challenges that Covid has presented. From a wide variety of vendors to entertainment, it’s understandable why Millennium Plaza Park becomes a local gathering place every Saturday from May to October.

Lake access. From boat easements to swim parks, Lake Oswegans not only get to look at the natural beauty of our lake but also enjoy recreating in it.

Location. While our town is great with lots of reasons to stay in, its proximity to so many other amenities the area has to offer is another big plus. Skiing on Mt. Hood is only 85 miles away and you can catch an Oregon Ducks game in the infamous Autzen Stadium in less than two hours.

I could go on and on, which I have now every week for over ten years in this blog. But it’s always nice when someone else validates what you’ve known all along.

If you’re thinking of moving to Lake Oswego, congratulations! Please give me a call at 503.939.9801, email me at costellok@hasson.com and/or check out my website. I’ve been a Realtor in Lake Oswego for over 30 years and would love to help you make this your home. And if you currently live here and are thinking of selling, let’s talk. I know the market and would like to put my expertise to work for you to help you with your next move.

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Pumpkin Patches Near Lake Oswego

‘Tis the season of all things pumpkin from Kyra’s Bake Shop Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Crumb Doughnuts to the ubiquitous Pumpkin Latte found at your favorite coffee shop. But what about a pumpkin cannon that catapults the season’s favorite orange gourds as far as 400 feet away or a pumpkin pyramid? You can find all things pumpkin both edible and fun at many of the pumpkin patches located within a short driving distance from Lake Oswego.

Be sure to check the websites for Covid-19 policies – some require masks; others recommend them. And in many cases, admission is limited each day so you need to purchase your tickets online and in advance. Hours are subject to change also so be sure to check the websites before heading out.

Here are some spots to check out:

FIALA FARMS. You won’t have to travel too far to hunt for pumpkins at Fiala Farms. Located in West Linn, it’s the closest pumpkin patch to Lake Oswego. And it comes with a five-acre corn maze that’s designed to challenge you. Expect it to take at least 35 to 40 minutes. Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission to corn maze is $7/adults; $5/ages 6-12; Free for kids under 6. 21231 SW Johnson Road, West Linn. 971.777.3727.

LEE FARMS.  Located in Tualatin, Lee Farms is also close by. The Fall Harvest Pumpkin Patch Festival is underway with lots of activities for kids to enjoy. Admission to the farm is $12 for ages 3 and older with access to hayrides, corn maze, play area, and animal viewing pen. By purchasing an activities wristband for $24, you can enjoy those activities as well as unlimited time on: hay maze, slide, bounce pillow, jump pad, barrel wagon rides and tricycle rides. Hours: Noon to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 21975 SW 65th Avenue, Tualatin. 503.638.1869.

FROG POND FARM. This location has plenty to get you in the autumn vibe with over 20 farm activities and attractions like Hay Slides, a Maze and Hamster Rollers (for people) in addition to the pumpkin patch and close to 80 animals on site. There is a Spooky Farm Trail for those who are brave enough to venture out on it which is open Fridays through Sundays from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The farm is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and admission is $10/person for ages 2 and older. Admission to the Spooky Trail is $15 and times can be reserved online. 2995 SW Advance Road, Wilsonville. 503.475.5997.

THE PUMPKIN PATCH. Unlike many locations, there are a few activities you can enjoy here for free including the daily hayrides out to the pumpkin patch, visiting the animal barn and the giant hay pyramid.  The corn maze will cost you $8 for ages 13 and older; $5 for children 6-12 and seniors, and should take 30-40 minutes to complete. Rides on the Cow Train (operating on weekends only) are $3/person. Hours: Pumpkin patch and most activities 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., daily (hayrides don’t begin until 10:00 a.m.); Maze: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, ‘til 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday 15611 NW Gillihan Road, Portland. 503.621.3874

TOPAZ FARM. If you like your mazes haunted, you’ve come to the right place. The corn maze that challenges folks by day will frighten them by night on Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30 from 6:50 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance. The rest of the time, visitors can choose from two different mazes – one geared more for small children and a giant one for folks who like puzzles. If you’re competitive, you can post your time on their scoreboard and see how you rank among the fastest puzzle solvers. Admission is $10, ages 13 and up; $5 for ages 6-12 and seniors. Hayrides on Fridays through Sunday to the pumpkin patch are free.  Hours: Maze Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. And there are lots of goodies: pumpkin bread, caramel apples, pumpkin ice cream, apple cider donuts and apple cider ice cream. 17100 NW Sauvie Island Road. 503.621.3489.

BELLA ORGANIC PUMPKIN PATCH AND WINERY. The corn maze comes both ways here as well depending on whether you catch it by day or by night. Should take you about an hour to complete. Tickets are $8/adult; $7 children and seniors during the day; $25 for the haunted experience on Friday and Saturday nights. Enjoy free hayrides to the pumpkin patch. Other activities come with a fee: cow train, grain train, hay maze, duck races, petting zoo, face painting. Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 16205 NW Gillihan Road. 503.621.9545.

PLUMPER PUMPKIN PATCH. If you want to wear your kids out, this is the place. Activities included in the $12 admission price are the corn maze, playgrounds, animals, walking loops, hobbit house, hay pyramid and access to the pumpkin patch. Pony rides and pumpkin cannons are extra. Reserve your time slot online. Season passes are available for $30. Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. 11435 NW Old Cornelius Pass Road. 503.645.9561.

FIR POINT FARMS. Weekends is when this place kicks into high gear with Harvest Festival activities including a corn maze, pumpkin painting, cow train, paint ball gallery, bounce houses, hay rides, nature trail path, pumpkin patch, petting zoo. Free admission but fees for activities. Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Monday. 14601 Arndt Road, Aurora. 503.678.2455.

BAUMAN FARMS. This family farm turns into a fun zone for its annual Harvest Festival complete with 40 acres of pumpkins to choose from as well as over 25 ativities including mazes, animal barn, apple cannon, giant slide, hayrides, pumpkin hill, and the popular apple cider dumplings. General admission  is $10 or $25 which includes unlimited activities. Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday through October 30. 12989 Howell Prairie Road, NE, Gervais. 503.792.3524.

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Coffee Shops in Lake Oswego To Check Out

September 29 is National Coffee Day followed by International Coffee Day on October 1. So I thought I’d revisit and update my coffee roundup guide as the coffee scene in Lake Oswego has changed a bit since I wrote it. A few shops have closed their doors while others have opened.

While I’ve tried to list current hours of operation, the changing rules pertaining to Covid may affect them so be sure to check before heading out.

First, with the casualties. Both Chuck’s Place and Blue Moon Coffee have poured their last cup. Add a couple Starbucks locations to the list as well—those on Meadows Road, McVey Avenue and one on Boones Ferry Road.

New kids on the block include:

MORSE COFFEE COMPANY. Opening its doors on April 22, this is one of the newest additions to our Lake Oswego coffee shop lineup. But owner, Sam Morse, is no newcomer to coffee and his new business reflects his 20-year background in the specialty coffee industry. Featuring Upper Left Roasters beans, every cup is a work of art, both in how it tastes and how it looks—they take latte art seriously here, which if you’re like the coffee drinkers in our family, adds to the enjoyment. Help yourself to one of their pastries as well that hail from Jen’s Bagels and Pastries. We can vouch for the morning bun and pesto and cheese croissant—they pair deliciously with one of their coffees! There are lots of seating options too so indulge in a sit-down coffee experience which is something you haven’t been able to do in a while. And while you’re at it, take a look around at the art on exhibit. Besides coffee, Sam loves art and is an artist himself (hence that great latte art!). The shop plans to feature work by local artists for free, providing them with another venue to display and sell their art. Hours are 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. 417 1st Street in downtown Lake Oswego.

LOLA’S CAFÉ BAR. Whether you’re health conscious, vegan, gluten-free, caffeine-seeker or not, this café has something on the menu to satisfy you. And the outdoor patio has been a real hit for coffee drinkers preferring to sit and savor rather than take out and gulp. Breakfast and lunch offerings include healthy-sounding bowls served over tri-color quinoa, smoothies, burgers sandwiches with gluten free bread option and salads that taste as fresh as they look. The café bar has all the usual suspects joined by some specialty lattes like the caffeine free Blue Butterfly Pea with lemongrass, orange peel, vanilla, butterfly pea flower powder, and steamed milk and the Pink Hibiscus Rose with hibiscus tea, rosewater, cinnamon, ginger, honey, and steamed milk. Come back for Happy Hour and enjoy $1 off draft beer, $2 off wine along with a choice of appetizers. Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Happy Hour: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 525 3rd Street, 503.780.8279.

OVATION COFFEE AND TEA. You can tell coffee is king here because the beverage menu lists 53 items. Granted, a lot of them are tea and blended drinks but there’s no messing around with “Eyes Wide Open” –two shots of espresso added to any coffee drink or any of their Moroccan coffees infused with aromatic Moroccan spices. Lake Oswego is home to two locations. The Marylhurst location at 17510 Provost Street, Unit 105 is currently open seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 503.342.6602. The newest addition is in the Mercato Grove development 4055 Mercantile Drive and open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. Check the website for updates.

And here are the old-timers with updated hours as of posting time.

Peet’s Coffee. Full disclosure—my wife and I are Peetniks. She actually trained with Alfred Peet back in the day when all they served was drip coffee. If you like your coffee rich and full-bodied, this is your place. Hours: Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 345 1st Street, Suite 111, 971.236.9140.

Kyra’s Bake Shop. If what you have WITH your coffee is as important as the coffee itself, then you might want to try Kyra’s which serves gluten-free breakfast and lunch until 4:00 p.m. Don’t let the gluten-free dissuade you. This place cranks out award-winning pastries, winning the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars four times! There are muffins, doughnuts and cinnamon rolls to vie for your attention as well. Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. seven days a week. 599 A Avenue, 503.212.2979.

Nola’s Doughnuts. The doughnuts are the stars here but if you’re in the mood for something different in your cup, try their chicory coffee from Urban Grind. It ties in with their New Orleans vibe (hence their signature La’ssants) where chicory coffee is standard fare. Seems chicory was used to stretch coffee when it was in shortage but managed to gain enough respect on its own accord to hang around. Hours: Thursday through Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 365 N State Street, 503.278.7312.

Ava Roasteria. This is an upscale specialty coffee chain, but on a much smaller scale than the giant mentioned at the end of this post with the roastery and tasting room in Beaverton, and other locations in Portland and Hillsboro. Hours: Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Located in Kruse Village at 4847 Meadows Road, #147 503. 305.6328.

Café Marzocca Italian Espresso Bar. Don’t be surprised if you see a Vespa parked out front. This place takes its Italian heritage seriously serving Illy coffee from Trieste and offering a Bocci court and outdoor seating popular during the summer. It also doubles as a wine shop with tastings offered every second Saturday of the month from noon to 3:00 p.m. for $10. Hours: Monday through Saturday from 6:30 am. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Located across the parking lot from Riccardo’s Ristorante at 16045 Boones Ferry Road, 503.636.5001.

Coffee Plus. This neighborhood spot has been helping locals kickstart their day for over 15 years featuring Panache coffee in all its offerings. Loyalists love supporting this local ma and pa business and praise the grilled breakfast sandwiches. Hours: Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Sunday from 7:30a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Happy Sparrow. Want a kolache to go with that coffee? What’s a kolache you ask? It’s a soft, sweet, yeasty bun borrowed from the Czechs and stuffed with sweet and savory fillings like bacon, sausage, cheese, salmon, scrambled eggs and nutella. They are popular enough to sell out so get there early. Hours: Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 503.305.5968.

Too Sweet Cakes. Cakes and pastries are a work of art here, so much so the coffee may take a back seat to the sweet stuff. Presentation is big from the feel of the space to the display case to the artfully crafted coffees. And, having tasted a few morsels, I have to say they have the goods to back up the looks. This place is tucked away off the main drag so you’ll have to seek it out. Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. seven days a week. 5755 Willow Lane, 503.305.8381.

Starbucks. What hasn’t been said? You’re either a fan or you’re not. But one thing’s for sure, you’re never too far from one in Lake Oswego.
47 S. State Street, 503.699.8581
1175 McVey Avenue, #7, 503.675.1334
401 A Avenue, inside Safeway, 503. 675.4480
3 Monroe Parkway, #2, 503675.9097
8 Centerpointe Drive, 503.624.7065
15645 Boones Ferry Road, 503.635.2266
16199 Boones Ferry Road, inside Albertson’s, 503.635.3429
17779 SW Lower Boones Ferry Road, inside Safeway, 503.675.2500
17771 Boones Ferry Road, 503.534.2938

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5 Things We Love About Lake Oswego in October

ART SALE BENEFIT. Local artists have donated a variety of pieces including paintings, photographs, ceramics, jewelry and garden art to benefit the Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine, a free health clinic serving uninsured and low-income residents of Clackamas County. The sale will take place on Saturday, October 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Oswego Heritage House, 398 10th Street. Visitors can purchase artwork while enjoying Brenda Liu on the viola. This event coincides with the last day of the Lake Oswego Farmers Market so you can make a day of it and maybe take a piece of artwork home along with all your fruits and veggies! It’s all for a good cause with 100% of the proceeds going to support the work of these volunteers to provide free and inclusive medical care to Clackamas County residents who are underinsured or uninsured.

THE WALDO PROJECT. The Lake Oswego Library never ceases to amaze me with its creative programming. And I have a particular fondness for this one, The Waldo Project, as my kids were big “Where’s Waldo” fans once upon a time. The library has hidden a 5-inch tall Waldo in the Lake Oswego Children’s library for years much to young readers’ delight. Now, they have partnered with the Kiwanis Club of Lake Oswego and Hunger Fighters Oregon to add a helpful bonus to each child’s discovery.  Now when a child finds Waldo in his hiding spot, they can retrieve a wooden token from a vintage gumball machine, and drop it in a jar, adding to the number of books (purchased by funds donated by the Kiwanis Club and matched with grant funding from the State Library) that will be distributed to clients of Hunger Fighters Oregon. Research shows that children who grow up surrounded by books have greater success when entering Kindergarten so this is a win/win for children on both sides of the Waldo search. The Waldo Project will be offered every other Wednesday for 10 weeks starting October 6.

FALL FOLIAGE CANOEING ON ESTACADA LAKE. Fall in Oregon is pretty spectacular and this sounds like a wonderful way to take it all in. The Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department is offering this outing through Adventures Without Limits. Sounds like a great way for a family to spend the day – the colors should be beautiful and the waters gentle enough for you to be able to enjoy them. Life jackets and canoeing equipment will be provided. They suggest packing a lunch. Check registration for more details. Cost: $76/Residents; $95/Non-Residents. Saturday, October 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Meet at McIver State Park, S Springwater Rd, Estacada, only about a 40-minute drive from Lake Oswego. For more ideas of where to catch fall colors in and around Lake Oswego, check out one of my previous blog posts.

LAKE GROVE HARVEST MARKET. Get your Farmers’ Market fix on the other side of town on Sunday, October 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Hallmark Drive next to Mercato Grove. Besides checking out the foodie culture and fresh produce, you can also check out all the new restaurants and goodies at Mercato Grove.

MONSTER MASH DRIVE-THRU SPOOKTACULAR. Treat your kids to an afternoon of fun on Sunday, October 31 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A scavenger hunt will guide you through town to over 8 trick-or-treat locations where your little ones, ages 0-12, can collect sweets, toys and trinkets.

For more October things to love in Lake Oswego, check out last year’s blog.

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