Little Boxes

These are the (tiny) businesses in your neighborhood
By government standards, retailers only need to have fewer than 500 employees to be classified as "small." But in a town like Bend, small businesses may have as few as one employee.

Small Business Saturday

Give Guide 2015

A gift is a gift, no matter how small
Give Guide's Nonprofits--Click Here To See Our Full List The word philanthropy often calls to mind high society galas and multi-million dollar endowments, but at its core, it's much more simple and down-to-earth.

Give Guide

Winter Wellness 2015—Unconventional Cures

The road less-traveled through our Winter Wellness Issue
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Bundle up or you'll catch your death!

Winter Wellness

Breakfast + Lunch Guide 2015

As Bend continues to grow, so too does its food scene. And while dinner tends to get all the attention, we think breakfast and lunch are equally worthy of celebration.

Breakfast & Lunch Guide

Drink Guide—Summer 2015

Yes, it is good to have routines, like James Bond always ordering the same drink, shaken, not stirred. But, we also think that it is a wide world of beverage choices out there and not worth limiting the horizons completely.

Drink Guide

Snowriders' Guide 2015

It's never to soon too start thinking about hitting the slopes. Whether we're due for a winter full of fresh powder and blue skies, or an unpredictable and patchy season, it never hurts to be prepared.

Snowriders Guide

Fall into Fun

Autumn brings an array of activities for indoor and outdoor types
After the hectic clip of summer, fall brings a slower pace. Parents get a reprieve from constant contact with children, river traffic thins out, and stopping to step in a pile of particularly crunchy leaves seems like a perfectly good reason to take a detour.

Falls Events Guide

Indulge a Little

Top-of-the-line treats
With the craziness of summer behind us, the days are getting shorter, and we find ourselves settling back into a daily routine. After the frenetic energy of summer, now is the perfect time to relax a bit and indulge.


2015 Best Of Central Oregon

As voted by Source Weekly readers
Central Oregon has a particular manner of evolving: It likes its classics—like, Phil's Trail and breakfast at McKay Cottage (this year's winner of Best Breakfast, for the sixth year in a row). But it also accepts newcomers, and quickly embraces and absorbs them.


Canine Colleagues

Local shop and office dogs share their stories
This June marked the 17th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day. (By comparison, Take Your Daughter To Work Day started 23 years ago.)

Dog Days of Summer

The Prince & the Pauper

Bikes are for everyone—and every budget
by erin rook Petie Thom, sales manager at the Eastside Hutch's Bicycles, says she usually starts by asking customers a series of basic questions to guide their search for the perfect bike, components, and accessories: Have you done any research?

Bike Issue

Summer Events Guide

A selection of the season's hottest events
On June 21, the sun will rise at 5:21 am and set at 8:51 pm, the so-called longest day of the year. But really?

Summer Guide


Feel the music in your feet
Sometimes, a concert is more than an opportunity to hear a beloved band, throw a few back, and socialize with friends. Sometimes it's about spending time with music that moves you—literally.

Outdoor Music Guide

Word to Your Mother

A host of ways to celebrate Mom
SATURDAY 9 Crazy Mama Craft Faire—Mother’s Day CelebrationSupport local independent artisans.

Modern Moms

Are We There Yet?

Why women are still fighting for equality
Are We There Yet? By many accounts, 2014 was a banner year for women, and it isn't hard to see why.

The Women's Issue

The 2015 Restaurant Guide

It has been an odd year for restaurants in Central Oregon. While the economy has blossomed and the population has steadily grown along with tourism, the number of new restaurants over the past year has been relatively low.

Dining Guide

A Sign of the Apocalypse

Droughts, droughts everywhere, but how many drops are being conserved?
One of the impacts of global warming is the prolonged droughts on the West Coast—and the corresponding shortage of water for growing food and flushing toilets. In California and Oregon, snow packs have traditionally been critical water sources when they melt in the springtime.

The Green Issue

Taking The Economy's Temperature

Housing sales are warming up. Is that good?
Like predicting the weather in Central Oregon during the finicky spring months, economic forecasts are tricky; sunny afternoons do not necessarily promise warm and dry evenings. Likewise, in the mid-2000s, thousands in Central Oregon were basking in a booming housing market.

State of the Market

Brewer in the Woods

Ale Apothecary brews eccentric elixirs
Ale Apothecary began as a gamble. After leaving his job at the area's most established brewery, Paul Arney had to make a choice—either find a way to go it on his own, or sell the house and leave town.

The Beer Issue

The Cowboy's Six-Pack

Want to be as rugged as possible? Drink this.
What's the difference between a beer...and a cowboy beer? A sort of weather-beaten, leathery manliness, perhaps?

Made in Bend

Feeling Hot Hot Hot

The 2015 Lust List
It's been an unseasonably warm winter, and we think we know why. The mercury is rising in cafes and classrooms, bars and hospital waiting rooms.

The Love Issue

Put a Warrior on It

Gregg Swanson makes a career out of giving strength advice for others' careers
Gregg Swanson didn't start as a fitness coach. As a kid, he says he was "uncoordinated," and asthma kept him away from many sports.

Guide to Getting Fit

How Bend Is Still Bend a Year Later

With the population booming and a four-year college campus on the doorstep, Bend is quickly changing. But really, does it seem that different from the year before?

Year in Review

Gift Guide: The Adventurer

Burly Gifts for Adventurous Souls
There is an irony that shopping for those guys and gals in your life who are the biggest adventurers doesn't require traveling much distance. Along a few-block stretch on Century Drive, there are three prime stops to completely equip a Sir Edmund Hillary expedition—or, to do even better.

Gift Guide: Ice

Gift Guide: The Cook

The kitchen is an ever-expanding universe, with endless opportunities for welcomed gifts, from basic equipment for beginning chefs, like a collection of quality knives, to specific tools for the most advanced cook. Ginger's Kitchenware (Old Mill, 375 SW Powerhouse) has a varied collection of knives, including everything from a paring knife to butcher cleavers ($29.99-$280, Wisthof).

Gift Guide: Fire


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