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November 22, 2017 01:00 AM

Trillium Clothing has succeeded where few other small businesses in Eugene have succeeded. The co-op minded partners uprooted themselves from the Saturday Market and started a thriving storefront operation.

Karen Kross, founder and one of the two people who create the hemp clothing and accessories under the name Trust Hemp, can be found working at the small store on Wednesdays. 

November 22, 2017 01:00 AM

To you, it’s a gas station. To me, it’s a one-stop party shop. Between my job as a journalist and my hobby as an equestrian, I spend a lot of time on the road. 

And because I tend to be really busy, I also tend to suck at shopping for gifts. One minute it’s Monday and I’m on the way to work, and the next it is Christmas or Hanukah or someone’s birthday and I’m in the car or my nearly 20-year-old truck, speeding down the road, late and giftless.

November 22, 2017 01:00 AM

Artists should be easy to buy presents for, right? They all live in poverty and are pleased to receive anything of value. A $5 gift certificate to Dutch Bros. Coffee should do the trick for the thoroughly impoverished Warhol in your life. But if you want to win karmic points, think art supplies.

November 22, 2017 01:00 AM

When shopping for the people you love during this season of giving, shopping local can bring joy to every party involved. In Eugene, I like nothing better than to stop at Down to Earth: Home, Garden & Gift. 

Down to Earth is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, but the heart behind the products has always held true.

November 22, 2017 01:00 AM

If you have a friend who lives in the woods or in a bunker for much of the year, you know how difficult it can be to pick a gift: What do you buy for the person who has, and needs, nothing? 

Stuff that makes it easier to have less, of course!

November 22, 2017 01:00 AM

The guys at Back Forty Woods in Eugene handcraft Oregon wood into products that capture the beauty and grit of the Pacific Northwest’s countryside while also pairing well with an urban aesthetic. 

November 16, 2017 01:00 AM

Nothing ignites the holiday spirit like music — and you can find plenty of festive music happening around town between now and the start of the New Year.

November 16, 2017 01:00 AM

“But you were always a good man of business, Jacob,” faltered Scrooge, who now began to apply this to himself.

“Business!” cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. “Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”

November 16, 2017 01:00 AM

Oregon’s south coast — we’re talking Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston — provides a great holiday getaway for the hardy, with a range of activities from wet weather hiking to candy treats, a holiday light fest like no other, and serious knee-slappin’ live cornball entertainment.

Here’s the plan for your two-and-a-half-day adventure.

June 29, 2017 01:00 AM

Thirty minutes east of Salem, the Oregon Garden in Silverton hosts weddings, movie screenings, seasonal events and, this year, a weekend-long eclipse celebration in the 80-acre botanical garden. One of the garden’s biggest annual celebrations is the Oregon Garden Brewfest. 

June 29, 2017 01:00 AM

I had my first sip of beer around the age of 14. I curiously asked my dad for a taste of his IPA. He raised an eyebrow, handed me the bottle, and I cautiously took a sip. 

The bitter hoppiness of it deterred me from beer, and alcohol itself, for a few more years.

June 29, 2017 01:00 AM

Beer scientist Dana Garves brewed her first batch of beer with her dad in their Seattle home’s basement when she was 17. Garves says her mom was furious, but the memory has fueled her love for craft beer ever since. 

Garves studied chemistry at the University of Oregon, where she put together a database of chemistry experiment resources for teachers from K-12 through grad school. She then took a job doing water quality testing at a local company in Eugene, but quickly found it unsatisfying.

June 29, 2017 01:00 AM

Just when you think this town can’t get any more into beer, or any more into hoppy beers, Eugene is like, “Hold my beer.”

In our annual State of Suds issue, we dive into the beer scene as we look at non-hoppy beers, Oregon hops’ immigrant history and brewfests and talk to a beer scientist about brews and feminism in the beer industry. 

June 29, 2017 01:00 AM

The bitter fruit of the hop plant is at the heart of Oregon’s burgeoning microbrew industry. Oregon is second in the country only to our northern neighbor in terms of hop production. While hops are ubiquitous in the crafting and marketing of Oregon brews, the history of hop cultivation by Chinese immigrants in the Northwest is largely an untold story.

May 4, 2017 01:00 AM
May 4, 2017 01:00 AM

Wine has been around for 7,500 to 10,000 years — scientists dither — probably starting with the harvest of wild grapes. The juice fermented and, for thousands of years, was stored in open containers where it quickly oxygenated, turning into vinegar. Folks celebrated the new wine and mostly drank it up before it turned.

May 4, 2017 01:00 AM

“I served in restaurants, and I was one of those people who asked, ‘Do you want red or white, lighter or bolder?’” says Madeline Puckette, wine blogger at Wine Folly, the site she started with her partner, Justin Hammack, six years ago in Seattle. “Figuring out what people’s sweet spot is can be useful and informative.” But, it’s also an easy path to what you typically drink rather than a map for discovering something new.

May 4, 2017 01:00 AM

Sitting 15 miles west of Junction City, Antiquum Farm bursts with life. In the spring, this gorgeous site, nestled in the foothills of the Coast Range, dappled with oaks and cut by Ferguson Creek, becomes a veritable farmyard nursery. 

May 4, 2017 01:00 AM

For lots of people, wine tasting means driving long distances to the countryside to bucolic wineries like King Estate or LaVelle Vineyards.

But in the center of Eugene’s fermentation district is an artery of urban wineries and tasting rooms, connecting the Whiteaker neighborhood to downtown. And they’re all within walking or biking distance from one another — an urban wine tour, if you will. 

March 9, 2017 01:00 AM

Crystal Gerig has three rules for successful bartending:

Fake it until you make it.

Being able to multitask is huge.

And be aware of everyone. “Make sure people are in a safe environment,” she says. “Make sure people are happy. And still take care of your work.”

March 9, 2017 01:00 AM

Looking for a bar in Lane County? 

You shouldn’t have to look too hard. According to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, as of Feb. 7 Lane County had 331 licensed establishments where you can buy distilled spirits by the glass. That number includes 193 in Eugene and 53 in Springfield.

March 9, 2017 01:00 AM

To our squealing delight, craft distilleries are on the rise. In the last six months, a number of brand-new spirit operations have popped up in and around Eugene, and they’re all great at what they do. Here are a few for you to try.

March 9, 2017 01:00 AM