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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.

November 16, 2017 01:00 AM
August 24, 2017 01:00 AM

From the homemade corn tortillas to the whimsical cartoons painted on the side, the Mi Patio food truck is an authentic Mexican restaurant on wheels.

August 24, 2017 01:00 AM

Carlito’s Pupuseria’s modest cart sits on the lot of a used car dealership at Sixth and Polk. A newcomer might be overwhelmed by the expansive menu, but when in doubt, try a taste of its namesake: a pupusa.

August 24, 2017 01:00 AM

Southern beer-can chicken with cilantro jalapeño pesto, fish marinated in orange and lime for a perfected citrusy bite and Cuban pork sweet potato fries are among the many Latin specialties served out of a 1970 Metro step van driving around Eugene. 

August 24, 2017 01:00 AM

A sizzling combination of flavors, cultures and communities is spreading throughout Eugene as one local restaurant — Novo Modern Latin Table — is bringing “Latin flavors and local goodness” to the area. 

August 24, 2017 01:00 AM

Nestled against a pink shopping complex, Lonches To Go’s green truck may look a touch out of place. But don’t let the color clash put you off; this is some of the most authentic Mexican food at some of the lowest prices in Eugene.

August 24, 2017 01:00 AM

Across from Ninkasi, on a nice little patio, you can find Adriana Cruz sharing her homemade Mexican food. Adriana’s features traditional Mexican food as well as fan-favorite breakfast burritos.

August 24, 2017 01:00 AM

Membrillo seems to be the best of all worlds — a quirky, cozy, modern interior, chill music and attentive wait staff. And when the head chef and the owner of a restaurant are the same person, it’s my bet the place will be tasty. It’s a plus if it’s well-run, too.

August 24, 2017 01:00 AM

The Taqueria El Trenicito taco stand is tucked away in east Springfield and worth the drive through construction and the slight bit of traffic along Franklin Boulevard.

August 24, 2017 01:00 AM

Walking up to Mama Mayra’s, the first thing you might notice is that it seems to be attached to someone’s home. The next thing you see might be a full-sized metal suit of armor holding a sword and wearing an apron.

August 24, 2017 01:00 AM

Since he was a 19-year-old pantry chef working at what was then Red Agave, Mikey Lawrence has been telling anyone who would listen that the restaurant spot at 454 Willamette Street would one day be his. Twelve years later, his prophecy is about to come true.

August 24, 2017 01:00 AM

Tacovore’s atmosphere is like its salsa: fresh and laid back. Whether you sit on the breezy patio or at the well-stocked bar, it’s a vibrant place for a leisurely meal and a casual drink.

August 24, 2017 01:00 AM

Erica's Meat Market isn’t owned by anyone named Erica any longer, but the sign is unlikely to change anytime soon. Behind the large green sign saying Erica’s is a smaller, more colorful sign that says “Tienda Mexicana,” and that tells more of the story.

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.