Fair Trade, Local Trade: Corvallis’ Finest Options

As you scramble to find Mom the perfect something, or prepare to treat her to a day on the town this Mother’s Day weekend, consider our local business picks, listed below.

Shopping local and buying fair trade is essential to a wealthy community. Statistics show that for each $100 you spend at a mom and pop close to home, $68 stays in the local economy, compared to a large or commercial business, which only gives back $48.

So, make your mother proud and show her much you care about where you live. Good job, you.

White Wind Superfoods
252 SW Madison Ave., Ste. 100

White Wind Superfoods is passionate about a life filled with healing. They strive to bring you kindness and love alongside their vegan, gluten-free drinks.

Tried & True Coffee Company
Downtown: 160 SW Madison Ave.
South Corvallis: 120 SW Cummings Ave.; 541-207-3246

Besides being one of the coolest establishments in town, Tried & True Coffee strives to support fellow local small businesses. All of their goods come from other Oregon-based companies. Damn fine coffee, too!

First Alternative Co-op
South Store: 1007 SW 3rd St.
North Store: 2855 NW Grant Ave. 541-452-3115

This cooperative grocery store sells mainly certified fair trade or locally made items in their gift shop area. The items they sell include an array of chocolates, soaps, candles, art, jewelry, wine, and greeting cards.

Many Hands Trading
SW Madison Ave.; 541-738-0808

Many Hands Trading carefully selects local and fair trade suppliers. Their designers include independent artisans and small, family-owned domestic companies. They have an amazingly large inventory.

The Golden Crane
114 SW 3rd St.; 541-758-8858

Store owner Ruby Moon works hard to source as much of the merchandise in The Golden Crane locally or from the U.S. that she possibly can. This eclectic boutique offers a truly one-of-a-kind shopping experience.

The ArtShop at The Arts Center
700 SW Madison Ave.

The ArtShop at the Corvallis Arts Center allows local artists to consign their work for sale in the shop. From pottery to fiber arts to jewelry and paintings, you are sure to find a fabulous, one-of-a-kind piece of original local art.

Corvallis Farmers’ Market
1st St. & Jackson Ave.

Locally grown and organic, sustainable, and conventional fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, meat, poultry, eggs, honey, jams, preserves, pickles, dried beans and grains, nursery plants, cut flowers, wool, and more. Also the best place to see the dogs of Corvallis.

Grass Roots Bookstore
227 SW 2nd St.; 541-754-7668

This locally owned bookstore is a book-lover’s dream come true. Alongside a wide variety of books by local authors, they also sell music, magazines, and greeting cards.

By Jennifer Moreland