If you want to do something really great for our local economy, spend your money locally, especially at locally-owned businesses. A locally-owned business takes the money you spend at their business and spends it in turn on other local businesses such as craftspeople and artists, accountants, construction firms, office product companies, grocery stores, clothes stores, lawyers, etc, who then spend their income locally. This multiplier effect makes our whole economy wealthier so that we can afford to keep our roads repaired, our parks maintained, our schools fully funded, our public safety departments efficient, and so on.
When we spend our money at chain stores, less of that money circulates (mostly as wages) because giant corporations use other giant corporations that are almost never locally-based for their business needs.
But the absolute worse place to shop if you want a vibrant local economy is online. Then virtually none of your money stays in the local economy. It's actually better to shop at Walmart than to shop at Amazon as at least Walmart is paying local residents some wages. Shopping online is draining our local economy of uncounted millions of dollars every year (uncounted because no one has investigated the impact online shopping has on local economies).
Portland's Local Alternative
Since 1999, Mirador has been offering products for the "natural kitchen and home" that are oriented to helping people live more sustainably by encouraging home cooking and food preserving, and supplying natural products for bed, bath, and home. We are proud to be the first store in Portland to focus on food preservation equipment (canning, drying, fermentation, and more), and were a pioneer in the "shop local" movement.
For the kitchen, we carry a full array of cookware, gadgets, small appliances, food preservation tools (some of which we rent out), juicers, grain mills, sprouting equipment, and lots of glassware for food storage. Cooking healthy meals at home helps us lay a foundation for good health.
We offer bamboo and organic cotton towels for the kitchen and bathroom, organic cotton sheets and blankets, cookbooks as well as books on gardening and the outdoors, gift items, hemp bags and wallets, paraffin-free candles, yoga mats and tools, clothes drying equipment, and much more.
Where possible, we carry US made items and Fair Trade products. We offer a wedding registry service as well as video rental and sales.
Use the menu to find out more about what products we carry, as well our gift registry, information about us, and the amazing but true story of our mural.
Mirador was recently awarded the City of Portland's Sustainability at Work Silver Certification. Sustainability at Work Certified businesses are recognized for taking concrete actions to strengthen our economy, community and environment. We started this business in 1999 with these goals in mind and have continued to do our best to support them.
Also check out our other Community Partners.
Mirador has been recognzied in Travel Oregon’s Bike Friendly Business program! We’ve demonstrated our commitment to serving visitors who ride bikes and to providing specific amenities they may need. See RideOregonRide.com for great bicycle resources and more Bike Friendly businesses!