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The Box Factory

Photo by Sydney Goodman

Photo by Sydney Goodman

Let's say you have some friends coming through town and they only have an hour to spend before they head out. How do you show your friends the essence of Bend in 60 short minutes? Do you take them downtown? To the east side? Out to the lakes or some super sweet mountain biking trail?

The answer to all those questions is a hearty NAY! You take them... to the Box Factory.

So much of what Bend is, was, and is becoming is situated within its massive parking lot. It's one-stop shopping for everything Central Oregon. There's Immersion Brewing for the craft brew connoisseur, Atlas Cider for those looking for some fermentation with their fruit and the Brown Owl, Blackened Dragon and other food carts for those who feel brick and mortar is too 2014.

There's also The Bend Tour Company for Segway and cycle pub tours, Recharge for athletic recovery and training, Yoga Lab for all your namaste needs, Gear Fix for used outdoor stuff, A6 Studio & Gallery, a construction firm, a ski and cyclery store, plus a hair and skin parlor. For the relaxed kids there's the tabletop gaming spot and Strictly Organic Coffee around the corner.

The Box Factory is a true microcosm of Bend. For better or worse.

The Box Factory

550 SW Industrial Way

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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