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Shopping for your Sweetheart this Valentine's Day

Find meaningful and thoughtful gifts for your loved ones this Valentine's Day.  The Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce has gathered locally owned and operated businesses in one location to help streamline your local shopping experience.

Join us Tuesday, January 28th at Clear Creek Events Center located at 376 NE 219th Avenue in Gresham.  From 5pm to 6:30pm there will be samples and treats available.


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Participating local Gresham Businesses include:

  • Nectar -- Gresham
  • Core Coffee
  • Costco
  • Hope’s Bakery
  • Shop Girl Consignment
  • iCandy
  • Migration Brewery
  • Healing Treasures Massage
  • Premier Designs Jewelry
  • Visual Impressions Photography
  • Revealing Radiance
  • Tany’s Bakery
  • Mt. Hood Senior Solutions
  • Clear Creek Events
  • Shari's
  • Mt. Hood Community College Jazz Department

Shopping local is a great way to help make the Gresham and surrounding community stronger and better.  When you spend you money locally those businesses pay taxes locally and employ staff locally.  The more we spend in Gresham the better our schools, emergency services, roads, etc.

Bess Wills, General Manager of Gresham Ford is passionate about Shopping Local and is the Try Local First Program sponsor.  When you purchase at locally owned Gresham businesses rather than nationally owned, more money is kept in the community because locally-owned businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms. Purchasing local helps grow other businesses as well as the local tax base.

Click to read 8 Reasons Shopping Local is Important

In 2018, the US alone had 30.2 million small businesses in operation, which accounted for 99.9% of all businesses in the country.  Small businesses have a huge impact on our communities.  Many Americans still choose to shop from online retailers instead.  About 1 in 12 businesses close each year, with low sales being the leading reason.


Small Business Owners are More Likely to Give Back to Our Community

At the Chamber we know that Chamber Businesses give back to our community in spades.  Cities and towns with a higher number of local businesses are proven to have stronger social ties and more participation in civic affairs.  When you are choosing to spend your hard earned money consider how supportive the businesses you frequent are to the Gresham Community.  Gresham Ford encourages you to Contribute to the Community whenever possible.

Try Local First events are held monthly.  Check back for details on our next event.