It’s hard to imagine Manzanita, Nehalem and Wheeler without any of their small businesses. Coffee shops and bakeries are gathering spots for friends and neighbors; restaurants host birthday and holiday parties; hotels and vacation rentals bring families together from all around the world; gift shops sell local items unique to this area. When you shop at the small businesses in our area, you are joining our local family.
But it’s so much more than shopping. When you patronize a small business in Manzanita, Nehalem, and Wheeler, you are helping someone realize a dream. You are supporting a local family who took a leap of faith and struck out on their own, people who enjoy nothing more than putting a smile on their customer’s faces.
By buying your groceries in Manznaita, or dining out in Nehalem, or fishing in Wheeler, you are also helping the local workforce. You are supporting working moms and dads, helping kids save for college, and keeping the lights on in your favorite shops year-round. You are helping local businesses keep their staff and maintain a high level of customer service.
Small businesses in Manzanita, Nehalem and Wheeler are also well-known for paying it forward. The money you spend in our shops, hotels and restaurants often supports local school programs, sports teams, special events, and charities. It’s a tangible result of choosing to patronize our local merchants, a personal touch your’e not likely to experience at a Big Box retailer.
Most of all, the familiar faces you see when you fill up your gas tank or check into your favorite hotel stay or dine out are our friends and neighbors. They live here, raise families here and pour their time and talents into our communities. They are the faces of our towns. They are your friends and neighbors, too. Stop in and say ‘hello.’