Let’s Celebrate a Non-Profit on National Non-Profit Day!!!!

My Copy of May 2020 Graphics  (1) copy 5Today is National Non-Profit Day therefore the business of the week this week is just that, a non-profit.

If you are a gem hound the Rice NW Museum may just be a must see place.  Founded in 1952 by Richard & Helen Rice as their family home.  Richard was a logger who incorporated many rare Oregon woods into their home.  They built a gallery in their basement to display their personal mineral collection.  In 1997 the entire building was turned into a public museum and in 2005 an additional gallery building was also constructed.

One of the things that is so unique about this building that Richard built is that the architectural style incorporates natural stone work as well as extraordinary natural Oregon wood work which given Richard’s profession isn’t a surprise.  I wonder when Richard and Helen began their personal collection if they ever thought that their home would be on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Rice Museum offers on site tours (appointments are required to visit), off-site Portable Earth Science Programs, and educational tours.  If you are looking for something unique to go do maybe a visit to the museum is just what you need.

You can find them on Facebook at Facebook @RiceNWMuseum, and they are located at 26385 NW Groveland Dr. in HIllsboro.  Phone number to make those appointments to visit is 503-647-2418

Take A Day Trip

Untitled design-2 copy 12One of the things that I love most about living on the Westside of the Portland Metro area is that there are so many places to go that can be done as a day trip.  It’s a great starting point to go and explore.  Of course my favorite place to explore is the Oregon Coast.  If you aren’t a beach lover here are a few other ideas.


The Mighty Columbia – Scappose & St. Helens


Just a short drive from Hillsboro, Oregon you can have some fun checking out the Columbia River or visit these places –


Crown Zellerbach Trail – It’s located on the North side of Scappose and follows the historic railroad between Scappose and Vernonia.  The trail is 27 miles long and features both asphalt and gravel sections.


Sauvie Island – Located 10 miles North of Portland, Oregon Sauvie Island used to be called Wapato Island and is the largest island in the Columbia River.  You can enjoy biking, hiking, and more.


Sand Island – Is a 31.7 acre offshore overnight camping experience offers docks, nature trails, beaches, picnic tables, campsites, restrooms, kayak connections, water adventure rides and more.


Visit filming locations for Halloween Town and Twilight.


Northeast – Living Volcanos


Silver Lake – It sits in the shadow of Mt. St. Helens in Washington and offers amazing views.  You will enjoy fishing and relaxing by the lake.


Toutle – Part of Cowlitz County.  It is also near Mt. St. Helens and the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.


Johnston Ridge Observatory – It is located at the end of Highway 504 in the heart of the blast zone for Mt. St. Helens.  The observatory hosts an interactive display that discusses the biology, geology as well as the human story of Mt. St. Helens.


Wine Country


McMinnville – You can enjoy a brewery tour, take a vineyard wine tour, visit the antique mall, enjoy Meadows Woods and so much more.  McMinnville is also the home to Linfield College – Go Wildcats!

Carlton – Home to 22 wine tasting rooms, Carlton is a wine lovers dream.  The small downtown area is quaint and only 3 short blocks, but there is a lot to see.  It is filled with restaurants, boutiques and tasting rooms.  You will also enjoy amazing views as you sip wine and relax.


While there are many more Oregon day trips to take, this blog post would go on forever if I listed them all.  I hope this gives you a desire to go visit someplace new.

Celebrating a Local Woman Owned Business!

My Copy of May 2020 Graphics  (1) copy 5This month I decided that I would focus on local Hillsboro businesses.  This week’s business just also happens to be a woman owned business so for me it’s even more special, because I believe it is so important for women support other women.  Therefore I am excited to share some information with you about AnchorPointe Graphics

AnchorPointe Graphics serves the city of Portland and surrounding areas with graphics, printing and marketing needs for businesses.  They have been in business for 20 years, and in 2017 made the decision to branch out from the national franchise to become an independent company.  They are a brick and mortar business that uses state of the art printing and production equipment as well as design software and high speed digital printers.  They have high resolution large format machines perfect for those extra large projects.  If you’re looking to mail something they’ve got an automated mail prep system.  They have a clean, well-organized brick and mortar facility with state of the art printing and production equipment. They also use the latest design software, high-speed digital printers, high-resolution large format machines, automated mail prep systems, offset press, and full production, bindery, and finishing necessities, they have the skills and experience to help you achieve your printing goals.

Some of the services that they offer are graphic design work, digital and offset printing, mailing & fulfillment, signs, banners & display printing, as well as promotional printing.  They really do have you covered for all of your printing and graphic design needs.

AnchorPoint Graphics is located at:

7235 NE Evergreen Parkway, Ste. 100, Hillsboro, OR 97124


Who Doesn’t Love a Personalized Gift?

My Copy of May 2020 Graphics (1) copy 5Friends I love personalized gifts.  They show that you really thought about the person you were giving the gift too, and that you wanted to choose something you know they will love.  That’s why I just love this week’s local small business of the week, Olivia Grace Paper Company  Olivia Grace is owned by Courtney Gelbrich and is located in Happy Valley, Oregon, and if you’ve seen cute wall sayings and water bottles with your name on them or cool sayings then you will love what she has to offer.

She has the perfect decorations to make that birthday party extra special for  your  littles.  I mean who wouldn’t love some cute mermaid cake bunting, cake toppers and banners?  She’s also got some super cute personalized chore charts that I would have loved to have when my kiddos were littles.  One of my absolutely favorite pieces that she has in her shop has your last name, the name of the state you live in, the word home and then the longitude and latitude of where you live.  I just love this kind of stuff.

So, if you are looking for something to decorate for birthday parties, baby showers, teachers gifts (because they sure do deserve some extra love with all the online teaching they’ve learned to do on the fly), custom note cards and so much more please be sure to check out this great, mom owned small business over on Etsy.

A little bit of art to brighten your day

FB 4:13 postFor the past few weeks, I chose virtual hot spots for the hot spot/business of the week.  This week I decided it was time to get back to featuring local businesses, even if they may not be open, to show them some support.

I have always been a big fan of unique art pieces, and getting to see what different artisans make.  The Artfull Garden and Company was founded in 2002 and quickly became the anchor of the Downtown Hillsboro area.  Home to many unique gifts, The Candy Basket (founded in 1914) which is known for it’s large assortment of chocolates, international candy and nostalgic gift items also calls The Artfull Garden and Company home.

This unique shop prides itself on offering items from local artists.  One such artist is Kelly Nicodemus-Miller of Krelly Designs.  Krelly Designs is known for their unique umbrellas that line the front of The Artfull Garden and Company’s front.  In addition, Krelly Designs also features fine art and jewelry.

I am sad that I am not able to go and visit this unique shop in Downtown Hillsboro right now, as they are closed due to COVID-19, however be sure to follow them on Facebook because they have had a few opportunities for you to order items and go pick them up.

I look forward to the day when the stay at home order is lifted and I can go support this local business once more.  I love being able to purchase unique gifts for friends and family which is exactly what The Artfull Garden and Company carry.