Canby about to receive a gift...shop
Where can you go in Canby to select furniture and pottery as well as kids' and pet toys? Don't say "nowhere," because there's a shop going into The Dahlia building that has everything from cards to an old wheelbarrow filled with bird houses and old tools.
The shop, which doesn't have a name yet, has an eclectic mix of items and could be open in early November.
"We felt that a gift store would activate downtown and make downtown an active place to go," said Mary Hanlon, who with several family members and others started the new gift shop. "Our merchandise will be constantly changing. When Parsons closed, Canby needed a gift shop."
This gift store is more eclectic than most. It carries so many different items that it's a place for everyone, with an area of toys where kids can actually play and allow their parents to shop. Hanlon said she hopes to expand the toy area, which already takes over a big corner of the store.
The store has places for adults to sit too, on comfy couches with scads of throws and pillows that can be purchased with or without the stuffing. There's jewelry, wreaths, pottery, lavender from Mt. Hood, reusable washcloths from Sweden with designs from an artist in Portland.
"We want to have as many items as possible from local sources, but also provide unique items from all over the world," Hanlon told The Herald. "But we insist they be from fair-trade sources and want to keep price points at reasonable levels."
There are sets of knit baskets in vibrant colors and toys for dogs and for children. Hanlon laughingly called out her daughter for not ordering cat toys. Mirrors decorate one wall while locally-made wreaths decorate another. Hanlon's friend took photos of Canby and is turning them into two-sided cards. Several sections feature gift cards and renewed older book covers filled with blank pages for journaling.
Pudding River Chocolates are available as is local honey, some in test-tube like jars that are just the right size for use without allowing the honey to get hard and brown. Some of the furniture is antique and from stores in The Dalles. There will be tablecloths and pottery vases, and sets of dinnerware made by a local woman. There also are candles and lavender sachets.
Holidays will feature holiday decorations. The store itself is large enough to have space between its features providing room to look without getting in anyone's way.
But the perks don't end there. Free gift wrapping is available, and as Hanlon stated, she's adamant about keeping the prices reasonable.
The store will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. located at 115 Northwest 2nd. There's more information at Canbygifts.com. or call 503-263-gift (4438).
Hanlon wants the shop to be a place to draw people downtown as well as serve as a spot for people to shop and play while waiting for lunch or dinner at Wayward Sandwiches. She wants to hire local folks as sales people.
She expects the shop to open in early November once she has the permits.
"We've been ready since the beginning of October," she said.
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