Long known for its scenic beauty and laid back lifestyle, Oregon’s capital also offers quaint shops, local markets and unique stores that are sure to help you solve your gift buying dilemmas. Skip the mega-malls this year and take a stroll through Salem, Oregon
to discover these 5 best kept secret spots for specialized gifts sure to surprise and delight most anyone on your list.
Greenbaum’s Quilted Forest
240 Commercial Street, Ne
Salem, Oregon 97301
Hours: Mon., Fri., Sat., 9:30am – 5:30pm
Tues., Wed., Thurs., 9:30 am – 8:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm – 5:00pm
“Our goal is to inspire and to have fun while we’re doing it!” is the motto of Greenbaums’s Quilted Forest and it shows. The first thing you notice as you step into their store, is the vast array of vibrant color and warmth displayed on their high-reaching brick walls. Bolsters of vivid fabric seem to be tucked into most every nook, bringing to life the charm and comfort of their quilts and wall hangings.
Each quilt and hanging is individually and skillfully hand crafted to produce works of art, which is sure to add style and warmth to any home. They also offer all you could possibly need to meet the needs of quilters at any level of experience: kits, patterns, notions, quilting hoops, and a wide selection of beautiful fabrics. To make your gift giving even easier, take advantage of their gift certificates in amounts (starting at $25.00) or sign someone up for one of their popular and ongoing classes.
E. Z. Orchards
5504 Hazel Green Rd NE
Hours: Mon. – Fri., 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sat., 9:00am – 5:00pm
If you have driven by E. Z. Orchards, dismissing them as a simple farm stand, you owe it to yourself to stop in and browse the store. In true farmer’s market form, the produce changes with the season, but what remains constant is their open commitment to high quality products. You’ll find an extensive selection of kitchen tools and decorative items such as fine table linens and handcrafted vases sure to please the people on your holiday list. For elegant stocking stuffers, they offer hand made soaps, lavender sachets and toiletries.
E. Z. Orchards makes holiday gift giving a breeze with their “Taste of Oregon” gift baskets featuring hazelnuts, cheeses, and fruit butters. Or create your own holiday basket, by choosing items from their wide selection of gourmet jams, baking mixes, pickles, syrups, and other artisan foods that focus on the bounty of the Salem area.
Salem Clock Shop
1085 Broadway Street NE,
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: (503) 581-3803
Hours: Mon – Fri., 9:00am – 5:30pm
Family owned and operated for over 36 years, Salem Clock Shop offers more clocks than you can shake a pocket watch at. From German made grandfather clocks, to cuckoo clocks, and even clocks that play a tune, you’ll be sure to the perfect design and style to appeal to anyones interest. Check out their railroad clocks for the train enthusiasts or consider their maritime clocks for the boat devotees. For the little ones (or the child inside all of us) you can choose one of their antique reproductions of Coca-Cola clocks, or ones featuring Looney Tunes and Disney characters.
Complementing their vast collection of clocks, are music boxes, antique reproduction toys, models, and figurines. The Salem Clock Ship also offers complete restoration and repair services by qualified staff who are ready to spiff up that garage sale find just in time for gift giving.
The Blue Pepper Gallery& Framing Company
241 Commercial Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
Phone: (503) 371-4600
Hours: Mon – Sat., 6:30 am – 9:00pm
Sunday 7:00am – 7:00pm
Covering more than 6,400 square feet this gallery displays the works of contemporary local and international artists. The staff at Blue Pepper will be happy to help you track down the works of a favorite local artist or they can help you choose the perfect gift from their on-site selection of hand blown glass, jewelry, sculpture, and paintings.
Their services don’t stop there. There are 2000 different quality frames for the art you’ve been meaning to frame or you can have their professional framers do it for you using only conservation and archival quality materials. They will also help you bring your ideas to life with shadow boxes, decorative mattings, and glass etchings.
When you’re done shopping head over to their full service espresso and Internet cafÃ?Â© to grab a bite to eat. They invite you to take advantage of one of their 12 computers complete with up to date software such as Microsoft Office R, Adobe Photoshop R and web publishing tools. For the laptop users, there is Complimentary high speed Wi-Fi access. Through out the week, you can often enjoy live music, art classes, and other special events.
Double “H” Western Wear, Ranch & Feed Store
4198 Silverton Rd NE, Salem, OR 97305
Phone: 503-362-4973 1-800-508-4973
Hours: Tues. – Sat., 9:00am – 6:00pm
Boasting the largest complete selection of western wear in the entire Pacific Northwest, the family owned and operated Double “H” Western Wear has been helping buckaroos bring the cowboy way of life into homes for the last 30 years. Kitchenware, statues, furniture, and lamps abound that will inspire and delight your gift recipient and help them feel like they have stepped into the west right in their own home.
Mosey on over to their extensive western wear section, as cowboys and cowgirls alike will be sure to enjoy receiving one of their high quality boots, hats, and vests this holiday. To complement the new wardrobe, check out their western accessories that include buckles, jewelry, belts, and money clips.