Sandy offers several ways to shop local, give back
From the kids, to your artsy aunt, even the dog, you can find a gift locally in Sandy. So, before you head online to shop, here are some options for shopping locally this holiday.
Every year, Sandy Area Chamber Director Khrys Jones and The Post take a walk around town to see what the options are for shopping local for Christmas. This year, we dropped in on a few nonprofit businesses as well, meaning our money spent on presents would also go to a good cause in the community.
The Sandy Community Action Center, 38982 Pioneer Blvd., offers multiple secondhand items for the home, along with clothing, jewelry, books and much more. Though the merchandise is thrifted, it's fairly high quality, and you're likely to find something unique that you wouldn't find at a chain retailer. Jones was lucky to find a gift for both her daughter and her ferrets in the shop. If you have that one person in your family who seems to have everything, make a donation to the center in their name.
Also a nonprofit with multiple gift options is the Sandy Historical Museum, 39345 Pioneer Blvd. The museum acts as not only a resting place for many pieces of Sandy's past, but a visitors center and a gift shop. In the gift shop, many of the items are locally sourced, including lotion and soap from Hood Soaps and Boring Goats, artwork from local artists, honey from Sandy-area farms and more. Big on stocking stuffers? The museum is a great place to find gifts for the mantle or the tree. And, once again, if you have that one person in your family who seems to have everything, you can make a donation to the Museum in their name.
Aside from their assortment of baked treats, the Tollgate Inn Bakery, 38050 Highway 26, is home to a gift shop as well. Specializing in items for the home, the Tollgate offers an assortment of mugs, kitchen accessories, indoor and outdoor decor items, figurines, cards and more. Right now, they even have some seasonal decor items to brighten your home for the holiday.
Practical gifts can be especially appreciated, and what better practical gift than something to help the man in your life check a task off of his honey-do list? ACE Hardware, 39181 Pioneer Blvd., besides offering a full gamut of tools and building supplies, also has holiday decorations for your home and hunting calendars for the outdoorsmen in your family.
For your furry family members (or scaly, we don't discriminate) Anna Judd at Dolly's Pet Shoppe, 38963 Pioneer Blvd., has coats and beds for all sizes of dogs and cats, treats galore and much more. Plus, Judd is still doing a 12 Days of Christmas promotion with new deals every day through Dec. 24. Stop in to find out how you could save on presents for your pets.
Everyone seems to have that one family member who keeps them dipping into the holiday spirits. Make sure you're fully stocked with the adult beverages of your choice by stopping by Sandy Liquor Store, 38755 Pioneer Blvd. Sandy Liquor has a wide assortment of wines, whiskeys and other libations, including some in special holiday flavors.
While giving to family and friends is great, if you're able to, giving to others can also be a great holiday tradition. Every year, the Chamber adopts multiple families from the area who otherwise might not have food or presents for Christmas.
One way you can help with this effort is to stop by Ascent Physical Therapy, 17420 Meinig Ave., Sandy, to pick a tag from the Giving Tree. All tags tell you the gender of someone in need of a gift. Gifts can be returned to Ascent between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Friday, Dec. 20. Call 503-427-0118 for more information.
"Business is not just a way to extract money out of the community," said Ascent Physical Therapy co-owner Jonathan Rice. "It's a two-way street."
"My kids all go to school in the Oregon Trail School District," receptionist Katelyn Leathers added. "I think it's really important if you're going to do business in the community to be a part of the community."
Prime tips from Timberline Meats
If purchasing prime rib from Timberline Meats this holiday, try this recipe from Manager Ben Kolibaba:
Garlic and Rosemary Crusted Prime Rib
4-6 pound bone-in standing rib roast
3 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons minced shallots
2 tablespoons finely chopped rosemary
1 tablespoons finely chopped thyme
3 tablespoons Kosher salt
4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
n Remove the roast from the fridge at least an hour before cooking
n Preheat oven to 425 degrees
n In a small, bowl mix together the garlic, shallots, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper
n Spread an even layer of garlic mixture on all sides of the roast
n Place the roast on a sheet pan or roasting rack bone side down
n Cook in the oven at 425 degrees for 20 minutes
n Reduce the heat to 300 degrees and continue to cook for 1.25 hours
n Check the internal temperature with an instant read thermometer
n Pull the roast out at 120 degrees; if roast is not at 120 degrees continue cooking and checking every 10 minutes
n Once roast has an internal temperature of 120 degrees remove from the oven and drape a piece of foil over the top
n Let the roast rest for at least 20-30 minutes; after resting the internal temperature should read 130 degrees and be medium rare in the middle
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