Simplify Holiday Shopping by Shopping in Lake Oswego

HOLIDAY SHOPPINGOne way to simplify your holidays is to shop local. Lake Oswego businesses have decked their halls with all kinds of goodies for loved ones on your list. Take a look at what they have to offer.

Soletta Shoe Boutique. 390 N. State St., Suite 116. 503.210.4125. Owner Carrie Elliott has lots planned this holiday season to make your shopping easier and merrier. This week (December 11-12) she’s helping husbands out with her “Hints for Husbands” sale featuring 20% off selected items and “Wish Lists” for the ladies. And all month long, she has new items arriving so be sure to check in on a regular basis. In addition to a sophisticated shoe selection, you’ll find handbags, belts, jewelry, and scarves…all with a designer touch.

Accessories From the Heart. 220 A Avenue, Suite 100. 503.675.1144. Owner Carol Winston is out to make your gift giving easy by bringing some of the best that over 100 vendors have to offer. There is clothing by Sympli, sleepwear by PJ Salvage, fine leather Hobo handbags, clutches and wallets. Got a traveler on your list? A Mycra Pac designer packable travel coat would be perfect! Simplify the life of the entertainer on your list by getting her a Nora Fleming platter which she can personalize for each occasion with interchangeable mini ornaments that snap on to the dish.

Grapevine. 310 N. State Street. 503.635.6009. Sweaters are always a good fit under the tree and Grapevine has them in all price points from brands like Wooden Ships and Sanctuary to Repeat, Vince and Eileen Fisher. Check out the selection of scarf and mitten sets, warm winter hats, and one of their top sellers—plaid shirts from Rails. Grapevine is partnering up with the Lake Oswego Mother’s Club to help people in need by offering a $25 store credit for every gift you bring into the store—that’s quite a return on your holiday giving.

Holiday Gallery. 510 First Street. 503.675.3738. Choose from handcrafted art by 30 local artists, many of whom could be your neighbors. Choose from a variety of mediums including ceramic lamps, hand turned exotic wood bowls, paints, prints, woven scarves, glassware, jewelry, candles and greeting cards. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through December 23. Friday receptions with wine and treats are scheduled for December 12 and 19 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and December 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

R Blooms. 267 A Avenue, 503.636.5876. You’ll feel like you walked into Santa’s workshop once you make your way past the 12 foot Nutcracker greeting you at the entrance to this more-than-a-florist-shop-florist-shop. This is the Christopher Radko headquarters with almost three walls devoted to his collection. For home décor you’ll also find interactive wall art that lights up when you press a button as well as Lifetime Liquid Candles. Inside the glass containers holding the replaceable oil, are beautiful preserved natural and man-made accents such as bright red apples, greens, orchids and hand painted butterflies, making this a work of art whether the candle is glowing or not. And check out the Hot Skwash collection of pumpkins all decked out in holiday colors as well as the silk velvet strawberries accented with Swarovski crystals seeds.

SnapCurate. 460 Second St. 408.750.4888. Rose Laughlin is an art lover who wants to share her passion with others by providing a venue where artwork and those who appreciate it can come together. Just in time for the holidays she has moved into Graham’s Book & Stationary’s former space and lined up an offering of art pieces from both local as well as national artists. You’ll find greeting cards designed by a Lake Oswego high school student, jewelry, sculpture, a rare Ed Hardy poster, work by Portland visual artist Arnold Pander and lavishly decorated Christmas trees ready to bring the holidays to your home.

Lucky Me Boutique. 385 1st St, Suite 115. 503.636.9595. There’s lots to choose from here and lots to just make you stand back and smile. How about a bedazzled bracelet for your Laker or Pacer fan? There are twistable scarf accessories to embellish this popular cold weather wardrobe must-have. Stocking stuffers include a melting snowman, PDX carpet socks and undies, and wish bracelets. Lucky Me also offers a colorful jewelry collection as well as Pandemonium faux fur vests, scarves, hats and gloves, and bSoft sleepwear.

Wishbone Home and Design. 41 B Avenue, 503.636.1229. Dress up your home for the holidays with seasonal décor that includes fresh or preserved plants, rugs and holiday candles. Gift items include jewelry, Oregon Olive Mill products, candlesticks, frames and gift cards. Pick up a little decorating advice while you’re at it from the experts on hand.

Nic & Figs Makery. 425 Second Street, Suite 120. 503.479.8596. Everything here is handmade and much of it locally in Lake Oswego and Portland. For kids, you’ll find “maker kits” so they can create their own dream catchers, hot chocolate or cupcakes. Hands-on adults might like cheese making supplies or a starter package of Kombucha. There’s also a selection of books, jewelry and art prints for you to choose from.

Lady Di’s British Store and Tea Room. 430 Second Street. 503.635.7298. Load up for the anglophile on your list with mince pies, shortbread, Christmas crackers, English bone china and Christmas pudding. And grab some respite for yourself with a pot of tea and crumpets in the tea room.

Paper Caper. 16829 65th Avenue. 503.620.9460. From stocking stuffers to hostess gifts you can check a lot of people off your list at this store. You’ll find a large assortment of adult coloring books which seem to be a craze this season along with different shades and sizes of colored pencils. Other selections include holiday salt and pepper shakers, wine tags, ugly beer sweaters, and knitted head warmers. For ambiance, include some Fraiser Fir products in your shopping bag—candles, mist, and sachet will ensure your home will smell like Christmas.

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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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