Hello March & Welcome to Gardening Season Prep!

My Copy of  January 2021 Graphics  copyWow it seems like February flew by, however I think that I always say that due to it being such a short month.  With the longer days, and warmer weather I know you like me are excited for gardening season and seeing all of the beautiful flowers in your yard.  Well, I suppose I’m excited for my husband to do the gardening.  In our house it’s I point he plants.  So, because I’m so excited I’m going to share our favorite garden centers with you each week this month for the business of the week.

Up first is Starkey’s Corner Farm & Garden   I would have to say the main reason we love Starkey’s is because it’s on Glencoe Road literally 5 minutes from our home.  When we get into the yard and see that we need something for a pot or space in the yard it’s so quick and easy to jump in the car and make a quick trip.  Which in all honesty is pretty nice.  Do not get me wrong I know that some of you love your Fred Meyer Garden Center or other big box garden center and that’s fine, however often times the service and knowledge you get from a local nursery is AMAZING.

So what types of items will you find at Starkey’s?

  • Plants
  • Edibles – herbs, berries, fruit trees
  • Seeds
  • Fertilizer and Soil

My husband loves Starkey’s because he can typically get straw/hay for the garden to cover up our asparagus plants in the winter.  It’s honestly just a fun place to go and roam and get ideas of what types of plants are out there.  It gets you to thinking about what types of plants you may want to see in your yard or container/patio gardens.  As the days get longer and the sun is out I encourage you to take a trip and get some inspiration.

I Love Stores that Have Unique Gift Items

I have always loved local small businesses who have unique items for sale that you won’t find in the big box stores.  You know the type of stores I’m talking about right?  The ones that some people may think are full of kitchy gifts but you always find something for that hard to buy for person on your gifts lists.  It’s exactly why this week’s small business of the week is A Flair for Gifts & Home in Progress Ridge.

Owner and local Beaverton resident Michelle Bottaro followed her dream of providing a gift store in her community that was for her community.   She has created a place that is full of warmth and personality.  It’s a place where you can find anything from a gift for yourself (because who doesn’t love treating themselves) to a housewarming gift or birthday present, you are sure to find just the right gift.

I personally am a huge candle fan so I appreciate that they carry candles from several different candle companies and that the fragrances aren’t overpowering.  If candles aren’t your thing there are plenty of other fabulous home decor items to help your home feel warm, welcoming and reflect your personality.

With Love, From PDX

There is something truly special about being able to give that hard to shop for person on your list a unique and special gift that reflects where you’re from.  That is exactly what this week’s local small business With Love, From PDX will help you do.

Owned by the beautiful Inger, who also curates the fabulous gift boxes, With Love, From PDX combines her passion for the community and the fabulous locally-made goods you can find in Portland to make her gifts.  By doing so she is able to help support over 75 other local small businesses.  She launched her company in 2015 and her website makes it easy for you to curate a gift perfect for the person receiving it.

With Portland being such a diverse, innovative, creative community Inger can truly find some unique gifts.  It doesn’t matter if the person you are shopping for is into wine, snacks or loves things to bring a unique flair to their kitchen there is something that everyone will love.  My Copy of May 2020 Graphics  (1) copy 5

 

Fall Means Apples and Pumpkins and so much more

IMG_0454Fall is in the air and honestly we live in one of the most amazing places to enjoy this season.  As I drive around the area for work I truly enjoy seeing the fall foliage and pumpkin patches as they prepare for the season.

There are so many amazing activities too.  From hitting up the ever popular Roloff Farms in Helvetia to enjoying one more last warm day at Sauvie Island there is something for every one to enjoy.

The Red Tricycle has a list of 32 amazingly fun things that you can do during this time of year.  And if you live in the Hillsboro area be sure to check out their fall activities guide to learn about some fun activities that the Hillsboro Parks and Rec Department has going on.

I hope that you find something fun to go out and enjoy.

All You Need is Love……and A Dog!

hiveboxx-deX-KChuboY-unsplashWho loves those fun signs with all the cute sayings?  I totally love them especially the really funny ones like 10 out of 10 would Poop here again that can be found in some folks half bathrooms.  If you love these types of signs too then this week’s Local Etsy Business of the Week is for you…….

Dreamers & Doers.

Dreamers & Doers is located in Hillsboro, Oregon and they create sassy, fun, relatable prints!  She’s got so many cute designs that feature country music, dogs, cats, or a meaningful quote she’s got something for everyone on your gift list.

One of the things that I really love is that the prints are downloadable which means you get to really customize it to your decor or the decor of the person you are giving it to.  The prints are great for birthdays, holidays or closing gifts and will look fantastic in any room of in your home.