As a visitor, it is easy to fall in love with Oregon's lush green beauty and abundant wilderness, available to all within a short drive. It is also easy to really enjoy wandering up and down Portland's streets and pocket neighborhoods shopping for small and big treasures.
What I also loved was discovering different boutiques and stores which were for the most part not in the most obvious of places. They are hidden gems within towns built on community. The charm is in the special treasures they offer without being mass produced or over-advertised.
Nikki Jane's Boutique - Newberg (www.nikkijanes.com)
This is a Super cute boutique located in Downtown Newberg with great knit tops from Lush and Pol as well as high end denim from Citizens of Humanity. Owner Amy goes to Magic and Project shows every year to work with the labels to curate an assortment for the store. This season, her best selling color is anything olive.
Pulp & Circumstance - Newberg (http://www.pulp-circumstance.com)
Predominantly a stationary store with bespoke gifts such as earrings, journals, and kids toys. In the back of the store is an entire old-fashioned candy store that is stocked with special treats and sweets. The store is in a house. As you walk in, the main store is where the majority of the stationary items are. The second room is a dining room in the house and is stocked with kitchen type accessories and items. The last room is in the back, which is a kitchen which has been converted to a candy store. Perfect place to purchase gift items.
Social Goods - Newberg (http://www.vinooregon.com/social/#socialgoods)
I loved this place! Imagine a General store that feels like a throw back to the days of Leave it to Beaver and Main Street USA. The market stocked specialty food items such as Carlton homemade macaroons as well as Ellenos homemade yogurt. I originally stopped in for regular Fage yogurt and owner/ founder Danny Sikkens informed me they only carried Ellenos, which was quite popular. I have to say Ellenos Marionberry yogurt was in fact one of the most delicious yogurts I have ever tasted! Danny was so funny and charming, telling us many stories about the store and town. What a delight it was to discover this market! Check back for an interview with owner Danny Sikkens!
Jovi - Newport
Jovi doesn't even have a website, but this store is an absolute must every time I visit Oregon. We drive to the coast which is an hour away just to stop in. The store has curated goods from all over the world - windchimes from Japan, ostrich feather ornaments from Thailand, soap dishes from Singapore. My favorite are soaps from France. Yes, they are FROM France. This trip, I bought a pair of delicate chandelier earrings with crystal drops - I absolutely adore them!
Corvallis Farmers Market - Wednesdays and Saturdays April through November
There were so many vendors here that were selling fresh produce, honey and baked goods and homemade soaps and lotions. Here are a few of my favorite:
Iddell Dew Gardens owned by Amy Lynn Tucker and Anthony Meier Iddell_Dew_Gardens@aol.com
I purchased Lavender sachet packets as well as mutiple jars of picked carrots and cauliflower from Mr. Meier. The Lavender sachets are so fragrant I place them underneath my pillow at night and the pickled goods were absolutely delicious!
Fair Winds Acres owned by Lee and Becky Cornforth facebook.com/fairwindsacres
Lee and Becky are very proud of their Goat Milk Bath soaps and lotions produced by their well - loved goat. At the Farm market, there were over 20 different soap fragrances which are natural and just smell so darn good! I bought a ton of soap, probably more than I needed. They will last me a long time, but I can't wait to try out the other fragrances! See my separate interview with Becky about Fair Winds Acres.