There is an abundance of locally-made goods from talented and crafty folks in the Mid-Willamette Valley.
But sometimes finding those goods is the hardest part.
While farmers markets and websites such as Etsy are the primary destination for some entrepreneurs, it can be a richer experience seeing the items in person, perhaps even meeting the maker.
Here is a roundup of some stores with vendors selling products ranging from self-care goodies and cosmetics to home decor, clothing and more:
Halicuna Bay Mall
Driving along Commercial Street SE, you probably have gone by Halicuna Bay Mall with its brightly colored signage. Though the name sounds like a tropical paradise, it is actually a treasure trove of over 100 local vendors’ products inside, including clothing, pickled foods, home decor, kitchen goods, self-care products, jewelry and more.
Halicuna Bay is a made up place that “sounded fun,” owner Randy Fetsh said. He and his wife, Teri, opened the gift store last June. Inside, you’ll immediately be in front of a golden 1929 Ford, which has been in Fetsh’s family for 35 years. If you can take your eyes away from the impressively preserved car, you’ll see “street signs” above the aisles. These help with folks remembering where certain vendors may be as they weave through the large store.
Fetsh said the reason for opening Halicuna Bay was to see how many skilled people had crafts and items to sell but no ability to pay for space in big stores.
Most of the vendors within the space are stay-at-home moms making a side income or retired folks.
“The vendors just love doing it and it’s fun for them,” Fetsh said. Even one of the couple’s grandsons makes art which is hung in a “grandkids corner” and available for purchase for $1. The area was made to inspire him and other young people that they can create things, have fun and see people buy them.
Come here if: You’re looking for a wide swath of products, with nothing in particular in mind, or on a lower budget.
Address: 3969 Commercial St. SE, Salem
Shaya Lynn Jewelry & Gifts
Shayla Lynn Jewelry & Gifts is owned and run by Shayla Lynn Davis, who also makes some of the beautiful, dainty jewelry in the store. Located in Silverton, the store offers jewelry and gifts from vendors across the Pacific Northwest, primarily from Oregon.
Classic in-store staples include jewelry, candles, woven baskets, art prints, card and soaps.
Davis said people who stop in usually want to buy something with a distinct “Oregon vibe/aesthetic.” This vibe can be described as eco-friendly or upcycled, less flashy, more earthy and minimalistic.
The jewelry she and other vendors offer are “demi-fine.” This means they’re not cheap, plastic jewelry but are handmade, detailed and made of quality materials. Davis said the price points for these items are not as high as fine or high jewelry, and are at a more accessible price because of it. If something in the shop is not quite to your taste, Davis also can make customized pieces, like birthstone pieces.
For those looking to buy seasonally specific items, Davis does rotate every season and also brings in trendy items. If you’re not quite sure what to buy or are buying for multiple people, Davis is happy to help with creating bundles and working within your budget.
Come here if: You’re looking for items with an eco-friendly, minimalistic aesthetic, from demi-fine jewelry and self-care products to decor and accessories, with a larger budget of $50 to $100.
Address: 210 S Water St., Silverton
The Wild Dandelion
Owned by Sarah Sampson, the Wild Dandelion in Silverton offers a mix of locally-made goods as well as ones from around the world.
The shop has been in Silverton for the last four years, featuring candles from Flowers in the Alley and macrame from Peridot and Peonies, both from Salem, stickers from Ryan’s Custom Signs in Silverton and more from around the town.
Come here if: You’re looking for something more neutral tone, hip and family friendly. Stylized as modern or bohemian and with a price range of $50 to $100.
Address: 108 S Water St., Silverton
Made in Oregon
Made in Oregon sells items from craftsmen all over Oregon, not exclusively made by folks in the Mid-Valley.
Items in the store range from jams and jellies, clothing, home decor, accessories and more.
Come here if: You’re not looking for something that screams “Oregon” but not necessarily needing it to be a product from the Mid-Valley and able to spend more on individual items.
Address: 401 Center St NE #2268, Salem
Entrepreneurs with shops
Rose Cottage Gifts: Primarily porcelain pieces designed by Sue Gates, with paper flowers, natural soaps and pantry items made by Mary Ann Staton sold in-store. 226 S Main Street Suite B, Independence
Bearded Oregon: The men’s beard and body product store is located inside the Reed Opera House. Products include beard oils and stache wax, amongst others, with scent combinations named after areas in Oregon. 220 Commercial St. NE, Salem
Shops that sell some locally-made goods
Top Drawer Boutique: The boutique and thrift shop has a limited selection of locally-made items, which can be found on shelves and consists of accessories, candles, home decor and knick knacks, among other items. 198 Liberty St. NE, Salem
The Freckled Bee: The shop sells locally-sourced clothing, toys and stuffed animals, primarily items for children and babies, among other items sourced elsewhere. 105 Liberty St. NE, Salem