SHOPPING IN BEND
Just because you’ve traveled to the high desert doesn’t mean you’ve left civilization behind. Bend offers all of the stores you’re used to seeing plus unique specialty shops and boutiques you won’t find anywhere else.
The two big shopping nexuses are Cascade Village Shopping Center at the north end of town and the Old Mill District just south of downtown along the Deschutes River.
Cascade Village features stunning views of the Cascade Mountains and many mainstream stores and eateries.
The Old Mill District takes it up a notch. What is now a premiere shopping area once was home to the lumber mills that were the economic backbone of the town. Where logs filled the river in decades past, the water now flows freely past up-scale shops, dining and entertainment. It’s home to Bend’s largest movie theater and an REI.
People looking for bargains should visit the Bend Factory Stores on South Highway 97.
Some of the best shopping is found walking the streets downtown. You can’t step far without passing a gallery, boutique or clothing store. Each new window holds surprises, from comic books to gourmet salts and olive oils to designer eyeglasses. A few favorites…Gypsy Soul, Hot Box Betty’s and Jubeelee and in the back alley behind Wall Street Cowgirl Cash is a pleaser.
For groceries and daily needs, Bend has typical grocery stores, including a rare craftsman-style Safeway and a Whole Foods. True local tastes, however, are served by specialty local markets, including Newport Market on the west side and even a grocery store featuring foods only grown in Central Oregon, called Locavore.
Commerce isn’t just about stores, either. Bend’s many festivals and farmers markets feature crafts, artwork and more throughout the year.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone, something special for yourself or just daily staples, you’re bound to have fun shopping for it in Bend.