Without local shops, shoppers would buy gifts exclusively from in-flight catalogs, forcing fathers to sneak into airplane wheel wells on Black Friday to order spy-camera blenders for their children. Enjoy earthbound browsing with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of artwork, clothing, and international handcrafts at Stone Buddha in Silverton.
Stone Buddha’s shelves abound with a multicultural mélange of fair-trade, sweatshop-free handcrafts, clothing, and artwork. Vietnamese silk lanterns and Chinese paper lanterns infuse homes with an exotic ambience ($2.50–$48), and hand-poured candles ($2.50–$24) and Indian and Japanese incense ($2.50–$10) elegantly mask the smell of couch-surfing fishmongers.
Embrace the artful union of form and function in antique Afghani and Pakistani tribal clothing and tribal dance jewelry ($14–$300) or slip on a pair of Chinese Mary Jane shoes ($10) and tromp about town in chic Eastern style.
Owners Renee Bianchi and Celia Stapelton exhibit their own artwork in the store, in addition to works garnered from local and international artists ($10+).