Enamored with alternative and organic textiles, designers Hélène Bisnaire and Richard Ziff began to fill the racks at Of the Earth with organic clothing in 1992. Their designs run the gamut from classic silhouettes to contemporary urban looks, and include such items as denim, hoodies, sweaters, and knit tops for men, women, and children. The pair creates these outfits from 11 organically grown fabrics, draping torsos in cotton, merino wool, and hemp. Since 1997, these fabrics have come from joint ventures with farms, mills, and factories in China, which supply Hélène and Richard with raw materials for their clothes. The duo also fashions a wealth of organic accessories and bedding at headquarters nestled in Central Oregon’s dormant volcanic mountains, a space they share with plotting supervillains.
In 1902, Johan and Arine Hentze immigrated to the United States with little more than a dream. They endured the journey and set roots in Oregon, where they purchased a 42-acre parcel on which they cultivated livestock and produce. Fast forward 110 years—and five generations—and the Hentzes’ descendants still operate the farm, raising fruits, nuts, and vegetables much in the same way their predecessors did a century ago. They’ve kept old-fashioned processing equipment onsite, allowing them to shell peas, crack nuts, and husk corn in the traditional way rather than letting a chicken do the tasks with its mind. Livestock such as lambs, cows, and turkeys still occupy the farm, and the Hentzes open it periodically for special occasions such as fall-harvest celebrations and Halloween-themed soirees.
For more than 15 years, New Odyssey Juice and Java has quenched the thirst of environmentally conscious patrons with organic, fair-trade beverages that are as good for the body as they are for the earth. In addition to serving steaming cups of joe and raw juices squeezed from fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, New Odyssey's multitalented staff also fixes up vegetarian salads and sandwiches made of seasonal ingredients. The shop maintains a fun, colorful setting with tropical wallpaper and games of hot potato with paintball grenades.
Meso Nutso hand crafts toasted nuts, nut butters, and fruit extracts from scratch. Taste a handful of island nutsos?almonds, pecans, and walnuts toasted with pineapple, coconut, and rum flavors. For a spicy snack, dig into the chi-quila nutsos or the Kick Your Buttso almonds that come with a chipotle glaze. The shop?s extracts, on the other hand, use Oregon-grown berries, lavender, and vanilla along with triple-distilled vodka to make a sweet, summery additive to muffins, yogurt, or empty cup holders in the car.
The Redoux Parlour is kind of magical, and it's not just because of the treasure chest, fairy lights, and whimsical artwork that populate the space. The resale shop gives clothing a second life, pairing high-quality pieces with new owners. Vintage designs and modern looks for all genders line the shop's shelves and racks, joining boots, heels, and sandals. Customers can also check out the work of local artisans and designers, whose styles include everything from delicate jewelry to colorful socks.
Kari and Christy, longtime friends and devoted mothers, founded Ever After Resale as a way to graciously part with their own children’s gently used name-brand clothes. The pair organizes twice-yearly consignment events in Eugene and Portland, subjecting consignor’s garments and furniture to strict quality guidelines and ensuring their name-brand status with a textile polygraph test. Mothers-to-be can also find maternity wear and nursery furniture.