Get Your Holiday Shopping Off to a Merry Start at Lake Oswego’s Holiday Market

Who’s on your holiday list? Out-of-state relatives? Vegans? The person who has everything?

Do yourself a favor and head over to Lake Oswego’s Holiday Market this Saturday and Sunday at the West End Building where unique holiday crafts, gifts, ornaments and treats will make your gift-giving so much easier and well….merrier.

Here’s a sampling of who and what you’ll find:

SOPHISTICATED BEADS: The fact that Lea McWhorter is bringing her handcrafted jewelry back to the Lake Oswego Holiday Market for the sixth year in a row says something about the event. “It’s a festive and upbeat market,” McWhorter explains.

Who can you check off your list thanks to McWhorter’s designs?

Accessory savvy women. McWhorter’s collection features Austrian Swarovski crystals, accented with semi-precious stones, pearls and sterling silver. And because of all her repeat business, she is constantly coming up with new designs.

Out of state relatives and friends. She incorporates the Oregon sunstone (Oregon’s official gemstone) into many of her designs so send your sister a piece of Oregon that she’ll love wearing.

Someone who has been touched by cancer. Sophisticated Beads carries an entire line of Cancer Jewelry—designs whose purchase helps to support these local organizations: OHSU Knight Cancer Institute for Colon Cancer Research, American Cancer Society, Susan G Komen for the Cure, Oregon and SW Washington Chapter, Jessica’s Hope Foundation for Ovarian Cancer and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

MARSHALL’S HAUTE SAUCE: Last year’s Lake Oswego Holiday Market was Sarah Marshall’s first market as a “small batch hot sauce” entrepreneur. “They do a great job of having a mix of vendors,” she explains, “so there is a real variety.” Her offerings fall under the “gourmet foods” category and would perfect for these recipients on your list:

Food sensitivity prone. All of Marshall’s sauces are vegetarian and gluten free and most are vegan as well.

Sustainability minded. Marshall buys local ingredients for her sauces as much as she can in order to support local businesses like herself. Her seasonal offerings: Cranberry Red Jalapeno and Ghost Chili Apple feature locally grown honey crisp apples and cranberries.

Some like it hot. Marshall’s sauces register at different points on the “hot” scale, combining ingredients to crank up or tone down the sweatometer. The sweetness of the carrots in her Habanero Carrot Curry, for example, soften the hit of the habanero chilis. And her Ghost chili apple features what the 2006 Guinness Book of World Records deemed the hottest pepper in the world.

Market hours are Saturday, December 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The West End Building is located at 4101 Kruse Way. Call for more information: 503.675.2549.

HEAD DOWNTOWN FOR HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDES

Enjoy an old-fashioned sleigh ride through downtown Lake Oswego. Rides start and end at Millennium Plaza Park from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, November 30; 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday December 1; 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 9; 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, December 14; and 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 15. Get there early to sign up as 15-minute rides are on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost is $3 for ages 11 and older; $1 ages 10 and younger; free for children under 2. 503.675.2549. Corner of First and Evergreen.

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About lovelakeoswego

I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at costellok@hasson.com or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right hand column. I would love to show you around.
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