Tomorrow morning, I am headed out with my sister-in-law and a friend to support Small Business Saturday!
When I started talking about shopping small this weekend, I was super excited to find out that my friend Stacie (from Staying Me) was already planning to head out herself to support local businesses in Salem, easy driving distance from our home.
We have been blogging-friends online for 2 years, living less than an hour from each other…and this is the FIRST time we will meet face-to-face! I am so excited!
Along with Stacie, my dear sister-in-law, Rebekah, is coming along. She is always game for shopping and one of my best pals. In fact, she and I were just out today for a few Black Friday sales. (We showed great restraint, for the record.)
Last year, Rebekah and my sister, Susannah, and I went to Salem for Black Friday.
To me, a hardcore country girl, Salem is “The City” but to many, it would still be considered a “town.” I literally need a massage after driving in Portland, (Oregon’s largest city.) STRESSES me OUT.
We don’t have any strict schedule or plan for tomorrow, but there are a few places that I want to make sure we don’t miss!
We’ll be meeting up at the Reed Opera House, an historic building downtown, that is now the home to several wonderful shops and restaurants. I am hoping that the little Scottish specialty shop is still there – I would love to browse there for a possible gift for my Scotsman-husband. (Shh!)
Rebekah just told me about a cool toy store, The Elephant’s Trunk, that I am really hoping to stop by and get a few things for Christmas gifts for our girls and some nieces and nephews!
When we wrap up our shopping, we’ll be able to walk over to The Wild Pear, a wonderful little cafe that has become pretty much my favorite place to eat. John used to work in Salem, so I was in in town more often. Now that he works closer to home, I almost never get up there, so I haven’t been to The Wild Pear since my mama took me there for my birthday back in June! I am yearning for their Beef Vegetable Pho. (Pardon my drooling while I think about that for a moment…)
During each of our numerous visits to The Wild Pear, we have received amazing service, eaten delicious, from-scratch food, and left as very happy, satisfied customers. I can’t wait to go back tomorrow. Maybe we should just skip straight to lunch first…
While at The Wild Pear, I may just happen to end up in Cook’s Stationary next door. I am a complete sucker for paper and notebooks, special pens and art supplies. I can think of several people on my Christmas list that would love gifts from Cook’s Stationary.
I am honestly more excited about Small Business Saturday this year than I have ever been about Black Friday! Besides getting to support the community with our holiday shopping, I anticipate enjoying the creative and flavorful atmosphere of the small shops and diving into the Christmas spirit together with good company!
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