Shopping local is always encouraged but especially this holiday season as our local businesses continue to pivot to accommodate for the changes mandated by the pandemic.
The city of Lake Oswego has even developed an “Open for Business” map to help shoppers in their quest. Pamplin Media is also offering “Shop Local Challenges” each week and encouraging shoppers to post photos of themselves at local businesses on their website. Each week, they’ll draw one lucky winner from all the entries to win a $50 gift card.
If that isn’t enough incentive, take a look at all the treasures local retailers offer. Here’s a roundup of some of the favorites.
ADORN. This Portland based shop features brands like Rails, Bella Dahl, Sadie and Sage and Sam Edelman. You’ll find everything from jackets to jumpsuits along with accessories like jewelry by Portland artist Ayumi Angel. Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 11:00 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. This new kid on the block has been calling Lake Oswego home since November 12 after moving from their Portland location. Hopefully we can give them a warm welcome. They specialize in artisan-made goods from apparel to handmade rugs with a focus on fair trade and all-natural fibers and sustainability. Unique gift items include meditation, self-care and wellness kits. From now until December 15, you can receive 15% off one item when you donate $10, $15 or $20 to the Toys for Tots drive which the store is supporting. They are also offering curbside pickup or local drop-off if you live within eight miles of the boutique. Check them out online or visit their store. Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. 364 First Street, 503.477.9798.
MAPEL BOUTIQUE. This locally owned boutique carries national brands like Z Supply, 7 for All Mankind and BB Dakota as well as local and independent designers like Sela and Sage 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 are also offering free same-day/next day shipping on all local web orders. 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, Christmas attired stuffed dogs and naughty and nice pillows. Their usual PJ Salvage offerings are joined by festive holiday-themed PJ sets. If you prefer a private shopping experience, you can book an appointment with Marie, the owner, to peruse the shop all by yourself. Times are available Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. before the store opens. Just email her at email@example.com. Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. As Christmas approaches, hours will be extended so call for updates. 385 First Street, Suite 115. 503.636.9595.
RAIN SPARK GALLERY. This seasonal art gallery has gone virtual this year displaying the work of 30 member-artists. The wide selection includes glass, ceramics, fiber, paper, metal, wood and mixed media. You will find throws, rugs, and wearable art, jewelry, sculpture for the garden, and a wide range of art for the wall including paintings, woodcuts, photography, and more. In addition, Rain Spark is carrying on its tradition of hiding 60 handmade porcelain ornaments throughout Lake Oswego as part of the Lake Oswego Community Treasure Hunt. This year all ornaments can be found in city parks and outside of local businesses. Look for clues on Rain Spark Gallery’s website and Facebook page.
HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE. The Arts Council of Lake Oswego will be featuring over 30 artists’ work in its ARTspace Gallery as part of its fourth annual Holiday Marketplace running until December 30, 2020. Choose from fine woodworking, ceramics, fine art, wearable textiles, handcrafted soaps and lotions, candles, jewelry, confections, and more! Shopping will be available in person with safety protocols, along with online offerings. Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5::00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 510 First Street, 503.675.3738.
GRAPEVINE. Name dropping is encouraged here. That’s why you’ll find fashions by Splendid, 7 for all mankind, Rails, Vince, Citizens of Humanity and Eileen Fisher just to mention a few. Visit the store during regular hours or schedule an appointment for a private experience by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Hours: Monday through Saturday 11L00 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 Miracle, Cream and Silver Lining, 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: support organizations that promote hope and healing. Social distancing has made the hand-blowing process even longer so the selection is more limited than usual as they strive to produce enough of each color. 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. 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. They’ve taken their personal service virtual so you can get all that advice from the comfort and safety of your home! 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. Right now they’re offering special deals every day as part of their 12 Days of Chic through December 13. Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 385 1st Street, #119, 503.675.6655.
WISHBONE HOME DESIGN. Dress up your home for the holidays with seasonal décor that includes elegant ornaments, festive pillows, wreaths and holiday candles. Gift items include jewelry (including statement pieces by Julie Vos), candlesticks, frames and gift cards. Pick up a little decorating advice while you’re at it from the experts on hand. Hours: Monday 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 spirit-themed tea cups, a boat in a bottle kit, a Made with Love stoneware baker, and holiday soy candles in scents like tree farm, peppermint and homemade gingerbread. For all those homeschool teachers these year, a light-up vintage sign that spells out Classroom or Class in Session might be the perfect gift. Other finds include a six foot kid’s growth ruler, Sun Please lumbar pillow 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. Instead of their evening Holiday Party, The Grove is highlighting its makers with popup displays all month long. Follow the Instagram and Facebook accounts for announcements as to who will be showing up and when. This past week featured Heather McMaster, owner of the Girl in the Pearl, Obsessed Home with a pillow popup and Mary Martinez with Paper Moon Shop helping customers order custom note pads. Owner Molly Walton reports that Christmas décor and home accessories are popular this year as well as gift baskets which are perfect for contact free delivery on recipients’ front porches. Hours: Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Also offering private shopping during closed hours and curbside and local front porch delivery. 4473 Lakeview Boulevard, 503.697.9999.
PASTICHE FRAME SHOP AND GALLERY. Located just around the corner from The Grove, this spot is for the adventurous shopper who likes fun surprises. Walking into this eclectic mix of repurposed and new home décor and gift items, you can rest assured the person on your gift list is going to receive something unique. Hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 16780 Bryant Road, (503) 636-0208.
PAPER CAPER. From stocking stuffers to hostess gifts you can check a lot of people off your list at this store. Children’s pop-up books, holiday face masks, ornaments, scarves and head warmers, and Christmas chocolates 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 Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 16829 65th Avenue, 503.620.9460.
When looking to buy or sell a home in Lake Oswego, be sure to work with a local Realtor like myself who knows the area best. Give me a call at 503.939.9801 and/or check out my website. I’d love to help you with your next move!