I live in a small town east of Portland, Oregon. Highway 26 runs through the town and carries many people to Mount Hood and the mountain communities. Not a lot of people stop in town and support our local businesses. Except for a few restaurants and gas stations.
I believe in supporting my local businesses. They are the backbone of this country, and in this economy, we need all the small business we can get. Here are three links to a few of my favorite places. If you're ever in my area, first, let me know, and then do a little shopping. You won't be disappointed.
Dita's Chocolates. THE BEST chocolates in Oregon, all in one place. I can't tell you my favorites because they are ALL so good! To go along with the wonderful chocolate, you will also find great wine from Oregon and Washington. What could be better?
Designer Yarn is right around the corner from Dita's. Sherrie's litte shop has as much yarn as she can pack into all the walls and corners. All the colors and textures are a joy for the senses. She has everything you need to knit/crochet those winter socks, a warm shawl or a hat to keep your head warm. Classes will teach you everything you need to know about how to work those knitting needles or crochet hooks. Specialty yarns can be found on the shelves or ordered for something specific you are looking for.
A couple blocks down from Dita's is Chariteas. A bright and cheery tea shop. A great place to go for lunch, or a snack, and a warming cup of tea. Many different teas line the shelf behind the counter and you can ask for just about any kind of blend. So nice! After lunch, walk around and scope out the beautiful teapots they have for sale. If you liked that blend they made for you, order up some loose tea to take home to brew yourself.
I have just scratched the surface of the places I like to shop and support. I hope you feel the same about your local small businesses. And if you haven't been out to see what might be new in your town...what's stopping you?