Shop locally for unique items from friends and neighbors


What's unique about all the items is they come from local individuals, vendors or businesses.

I like to shop locally whenever possible. Besides finding items that Ruthie couldn't possibly get near her home, my purchases benefit local people in their own ventures. It doesn't take much looking around to find arts and crafts, products and services in the Raymond-South Bend area that are unique as well as good deals. Take a look!


St. Lawrence Altar Society Annual Bazaar Friday: Dec 6, 9-4; Saturday, Dec 7, 9-2; 1112 Blake St.; Raymond. Vendors include: Swags and cookie plates by ladies of the church, crafts and hand-made items. Lunch available.

Raymond High School's 5th Annual Hope for the Holidays Bazaar: Dec. 7, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the RHS Commons, 825 Commercial St., Raymond.

South Bend's Lighted Boat Parade, Dec. 12, parade with Santa begins at 5 p.m.; window seating available from Elixir Coffee Shop or 101 Public House. Tree-lighting at 6pm with Santa, carolers and more. Some vendors; if interested call 503-544-1150 (Russ) or 360-550-6273 (Aimee). Would like more boat participation; if interested, call the same numbers. Prize basket for best-decorated boat.

Willapa Red and White Open House Dec. 14, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., including L'bri; 4041 Willapa Rd. Also: Scentsy products, Pampered Chef, jewelry, aprons and more made by local craftspeople. Ask for gift certificates for gourmet ice cream and specialty coffees.

People and Places

Larry Bale's Photography features local photos including sports, sunsets, the river, the harbor– framed or unframed; 942-3661;

Canary Cottage, between Raymond and South Bend on Hwy 101. Spirit Gallery and Studio Room: Jorja Halpin's glass, silver, and bead art, primarily 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday; call for appointment, 875-5117. Pirate Pete's: noon-4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. Just Beachy: Dena's Hypnosis, health and energizing. Music lessons by Susie Forsman, by appointment. Check the different shops for specific hours and contact information.

Carving Against the Grain: Chainsaw art by David Bale, 942-3626 or cell 942-7340.

Cedar and Sage, listed on Facebook, natural and handmade cedar bark and beargrass baskets by Val Rowe. Seasonal wreaths can be ordered, delivered by Dec. 1.Also available at Valerie's, 1050 Robert Bush Drive (old Boondocks building); 942-7422.

John Hampton's wood turning items: bowls, ring boxes, decorative items – mostly from local woods. 942-3468;

Willapa Valley High School cheerleaders: Poinsettia plants, $15; and FFA: Christmas wreaths and swags, $10-$25. Call the school, 942-2006 during school hours, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Specialty Businesses

101 Public House, Robert Bush Drive, South Bend. Open Wednesday-Thursday, 12-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 12-9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., including brunch. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday brunch. Gifts and gift certificates.

Eastpoint Seafood Market, 313 E Robert Bush Dr., South Bend, 875-5419. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Fresh and canned items; gift certificates available.

Flowers by Lynne, 320 6th St., Raymond; 942-2110. Open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday. Retail florist, gifts, toy room with plush animals; candy; masculine items; handmade jewelry; candles. And, of course, fresh flowers.

Fosse Farms products: Dressings, dips and marinades. Available at Pioneer Grocery or call 942-3027;

Jayden's German Store, 608 Robert Bush Dr., South Bend, 875-8043. Late holiday hours Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Dec. 7, noon to 5 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 20, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 21, noon to 5 p.m.; LMS (Last minute shopping) Dec. 23, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Lions Club pecans, almonds, macadamia nuts, cashews, walnuts now available; proceeds benefit the Lions Club scholarships for local schools. Available at the Public Market and other places in the area.

Northwest Carriage Museum Gift Shop, 314 Alder St., Raymond: 942-4150. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; 12-4 p.m. Sunday. Gift shop with jewelry, books, old-fashioned toys.

Pacific County Historical Society also books for sale about this area: logging, railroads, mining, fishing industry; cookbooks: “A little bit of everything about this locality.” 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; 1008 W. Robert Bush Drive, South Bend.

Public Market on the Willapa, 4th & Heath, Raymond, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Local vendor items include seasonal produce and added-value food products; holiday crafts and décor; knitted and sewn aprons and baby items; artisan glass, sculptures and upcycled vintage items; jewelry; hand-woven linens; metal art; handmade goat soaps; local and historic photography. Bird houses, feeders; wooden toys. Handcrafted dolls and felted items.

Sagen's Pharmacy, a variety of gift items: 515 Commercial St., Raymond; 9am to 6pm, Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

South Bend Pharmacy, a variety of gift items: 101 Willapa Ave., South Bend: open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. M-F; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 12-1 p.m. Sunday.

Willapa Seaport Museum gift shop, 310 Alder St., Raymond. Open 12-4 p.m.  Monday-Saturday.   

Gift Certificates

Grocery stores, local restaurants, beauty shops, auto shops, and any favorite business.

Pacific County Senior Center/CCAP, 324 Jackson St., Raymond. Open 10-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. 942-5739. $17.50 for packet of 5 tickets for meals, for 60 and older. Can be sold through the mail.

Raymond Theatre, 323 ½ Third St., Raymond: Movie tickets. 942-4127.

Sunday Afternoon Live: Tickets for individual events. 875-5831; email or

You get the idea. This list is far from complete. Just shop where you normally shop so you can share local products and opportunities with your loved ones. It's a good way to celebrate the commercial part of the season.

By the way, please don't tell my sister-in-law Ruthie what I'm sending. One time we told her we were sending fish; she bought cream cheese and red onions then made arrangements with a co-worker to freeze the package if it came in when she was gone. The package contained a shrink-wrapped life-size salmon pillow.