Ah, Florence, Oregon. A beautiful town on a beautiful coast in the most beautiful state. You may well know all of the outdoor activities available or places to eat, but how about all the places to shop in Florence?
Everyone loves to pick up a fun remembrance while they’re away from home, and Florence has no shortage of options! Whether you take a walk through the historic old town district, or take a drive down the coast, you’ll come across plenty of delightful stores and beautifully curated galleries alike. Buy a t-shirt, a unique antique, a kitschy trinket, a rare book, a masterwork of art, or just window shop and take in the sights.
Even though all the shops are worth a gander, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite local places to shop in Florence, Oregon. Take a look below to choose which places you need to take the time to visit.
1. Beach House Gifts on Bay Street
This little store on Bay Street gets a lot of foot traffic. Situated snugly right across the street from Mo’s restaurant, Beach House Gifts is a must-see for those waiting in Mo’s infamous line for lunch. Independently of course, it’s an adorable shop begging to be walked in to.
Take a look at the quintessential beach home decor and select your favorite artisanal soap or blown glass platter to take home.
2. BJ’s Ice Cream Parlor
Need a break from all the shopping? Stop by this local institution for a cone! Or some fudge, or some famous saltwater taffy. BJ’s has something tasty for classic vanilla lovers to those who want something a little crazier. With more than 50 flavors we know everyone will discover a new favorite.
You won’t have to worry about the saltwater taffy being tough or the ice cream being freezer burnt because BJ’s takes pride in the fact that their sweets are some of the best in Florence.
3. Bonjour Boutique
Say “oui” to Bonjour Boutique! Beautiful and well-made items made to please are perfectly displayed all around this unique woman-owned woman’s clothing store. You’ll find interesting pieces that you’ll want to wear all the time and their customers rave about the compliments they get.Bonjour is devoted to bringing you fabrics and textures from around the world and is known for having items made in the USA. Their clothing is cut- and dyed-to-order thus creating one-of-a-kind wearable expressions. Bonjour has been in business for 36 years and caters to their customers with wonderful fashion, beautiful jewelry, and scarves. They carry all sizes, organize by color, and from their many online reviews obviously pride themselves on great customer service.
4. Books n’ Bears
Books ‘n’ Bears is an eclectic book store stuffed with old and new books, and of course, bears! Fluffy reading buddies available for purchase adorn the organized shelves and employees are eager to help. It’s said that Books ‘n’ Bears has something for everyone, and with a selection as curated as they have, it’s easy to see why!
5. The Chicken Coop on Maple
Handcrafted leather, fun home decor, and trendy accessories all with a country flair. What more could you ask for? The Chicken Coop on Maple shows visitors a country-loving time at the coast.
6. Kitchen Klutter
Who doesn’t love an array of eclectic kitchen tools? Kitchen Klutter has all the kitchen supplies you’ll ever need and more. In fact, you’ll likely walk out with an armful of colorful corers and unusual tea steepers. One thing’s for sure: when you wander into the Klutter emporium, don’t plan on walking out empty handed. Even if you know in your heart you’re not much of a cook, Kitchen Klutter will make you feel like you’re a chef.
7. Periwinkle Station
For the young and the young at heart, Periwinkle Station is a joy to visit. Vintage games, coloring books, activity books, arts and crafts, and greeting cards all meet your eyes when you step inside.
Candy is another perk of this store. Focusing on nostalgic sweets, everyone will be able to either find a favorite or try something new.
8. Wind Drift Gallery
Step into this shop and take in the view everything you’ll need for your souvenir needs. Award-winning chocolates and candies galore, local art for sale, kites, hand-made ceramics, t-shirts, rare stones for collectors, and of course, salt water taffy.
You can get these kinds of items at other stores in Florence, but we think Wind Drift is the best one. Their organization, display techniques, and layout of the store are just too inviting to pass up. You’ll definitely want to make this place a regular stop when you visit Florence.
9. Wind Drift Kites
Get ready to take flight with Wind Drift Kites! The sibling of Wind Drift Gallery, this kite shop features a plethora of colorful and whimsical kites begging to take flight in the salty breeze. Take a walk around the store and you will absolutely find a kite that you’ll like. Some people even say that the kite chooses the person.
Something for Everyone
No doubt the places to shop in Florence, Oregon will leave you with too much treasure to choose from. It’s a surprise there’s no history of pirates hiding their booty here! Take our advice and incorporate a little shopping time into your beach trip itinerary because believe us, you won’t regret it. From unique clothing to eccentric antiques to a quick ice cream pick-me-up, you’ll have a blast exploring this town by the sea.
Don’t forget! When you need a place to stay and kick back after a day on the town, River House Inn is your home away from home. Make a reservation today!