One of the finest collections of boutique shops along the Oregon Coast is found in Historic Old Town Florence. A stroll along Bay Street offers the traditional taffy and t-shirt shops along with unexpected specialty stores including a store dedicated to olives, one jam-packed with kites and another brimming with geodes, shells and crystals.
Come here for beach toys, kites, logo-wear, glass floats, sunglasses, polished agates, gourmet foods, artisan crafts, fashion brands and more. A few favorite "must-visit" shops are shared below. Enjoy the fresh ocean air and the river views while making some rewarding shopping discoveries of your own.
All About Olives
If you love olives, pickling and preserves; All About Olives will make your mouth water. Luckily there are free samples! In fact, you can pretty much taste whatever you'd like. Discover an amazing array of olives and other gourmet goodies that add flavor to coastal picnics, complete your home pantry or shine as social gifts. Besides the amazing olives stuffed with peppers, garlic, almonds and blue-cheese; favorites include quail eggs, asparagus and balsamic vinegar.
Every culinary enthusiast's dream, Kitchen Klutter is full of specialty kitchen items and tableware for cooking and entertaining. Pick up all the things you need to make Scandinavian aebelskivers (a Scandinavian Festival favorite), the best holiday gingerbread or a feast of fresh Dungeness crab. Shop here for gag gifts (a purse that doubles as a wine dispenser), host/hostess gifts (hand-forged artisan knives) or souvenirs (a beautiful Oregon-shaped bamboo cutting board). From travel mugs and aprons to espresso machines and crockpots, this kitchen store is well-equipped.
Wind Drift Gallery
Part fine art gallery, part gift shop and part candy store, Wind Drift Gallery is often filled with customers looking for a fun souvenir. Find novelties from driftwood and glass wind chimes to shifting sand art. Take home an Oregon Coast logo sweatshirt and a bag of saltwater taffy. Visit their sister store across the street for an array of colorful kites.
Books 'N' Bears
For book lovers, nothing delights more than cozy bookstores like this one. With both new and used books, browsing the Books 'N' Bears shop is the perfect thing to do when the coastal fog rolls in.
The Jolly Egret
Duck into The Jolly Egret for a variety of coastal gifts. If it's a rainy day on the coast, fill your time with their amazing 3D puzzles from VW buses to castles. Pick up guidebooks on Oregon and the coast, local postcards of Heceta Head Lighthouse to send to friends or a Christmas ornament to remember your Oregon Coast trip.
This treasure trove of polished stones, sparkling crystals and lovely sea shells offers everything from natural curios to artisan creations. Explore the beauty of the earth and sea and take home bowls, cups, lamps or arrowheads fashioned from onyx, crystal or shell. Crystal Aloha appeals to kids and collectors!
Socks To A T
Fancy footwear and sassy statements make Socks To A T the shop to find fun, comical, beautiful and quality fashion for the feet. With the right socks for every personality and style, you'll easily check off your gift list.
Bonjour! Inc. Boutique
This international clothing store is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. Shop for women's smart styles, sophisticated jewelry and accessories. Please note that Bonjour! Inc. is closed on Saturdays.
Plan to spend at least one full afternoon shopping in Historic Old Town Florence — or better yet, make it all day with a start at River Roasters for coffee overlooking the Siuslaw River Bridge. (Most shops open at 10 a.m.) In addition to the wonderful boutiques, explore the bountiful antique stores and art galleries you'll find on side streets. Lunch at one of the great local restaurants — or enjoy a full tea experience at LoveJoys and shop for fine teas from around the world to take home. Choose wine over tea? Stop in Bodega Wine Parlor for small plates, tastes and a cellar selection of excellent wines from around the world.