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Van Conversion & Custom Vans in Bend Oregon – The Van Guys

Van Conversion & Custom Vans in Bend Oregon – The Van Guys

It’s an understatement to say that “van life” is in its renaissance period. Everyone and their mothers is either funneling loads of $$$ into a van conversion, or buying one of the already (meticulously) built custom vans in Bend Oregon. Indeed, the van craze has been occurring in cities across the globe for some time now. Bend just happens to have Sprinter van conversions for sale all over the place and be a hotspot for DIY van customization. Given the city’s large population…

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Vintage Couches And Fresh Coffee In Downtown Bend: Holing Up At Crow’s Feet Commons

Vintage Couches And Fresh Coffee In Downtown Bend: Holing Up At Crow’s Feet Commons

Want to disappear into one of those sink-y couches your grandmother used to cover in plastic (before they lost their spring)? How about about a steaming mug of Stumptown to go with your nostalgically upholstered furniture? If you want coffee in downtown Bend, there are a number of solid spots. But for a downtown Bend coffee spot with equal parts good espresso, sweet indoor/outdoor seating options, and vintage couchery, Crow’s Feet Commons is it. Crow’s Feet Commons – Coffee, Beer, Cider,…

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Bend Oregon Coffee Shops That Don’t Blow

Bend Oregon Coffee Shops That Don’t Blow

If only my mother read some of the titles of these blog posts (actually, she does)… she’d giggle. Or ask me to clarify what they meant. To which I’d offer: we’re referring to the Bend Oregon coffee shops that make some of the best damn espresso you’ve ever had, that employ or are run by generally good people, and that don’t suck. Then she’d pronounce espresso expresso and go back to sipping her mug of hot water mixed with generic-brand…

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Your New Best Friend: Debbie Fred of Paleo Eats

Your New Best Friend: Debbie Fred of Paleo Eats

Since the BGTB blog is, in part, about supporting the people, places, and businesses of Bend Oregon that we would bring home to our mothers, it doesn’t hurt that Paleo Eats owner Debbie Fred is as sweet as a pie sourced from locally grown fruits, honey, flour, and eggs. Maybe you know her name from local PTA involvement, or from local fundraising efforts for someone in the Bend Community who had cancer or some rare disease or just lost their…

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East Side Bend Story

East Side Bend Story

Everyone and their mother wants to live on the “Bend Westside.” Contrary to popular belief, however, East Side Bend is a gem all its own. But shhh, don’t tell too many people. We intend on keeping it real over here in East Side Bend for as long as possible. People, places, and house prices included. *** I love the Chase Bank branch on Greenwood Ave, near the REgroup Thrift Store (benefits: Hospice, Bend Spay & Neuter, & Together for Children) and…

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Bars in Bend: The Stihl Whiskey Bar

Bars in Bend: The Stihl Whiskey Bar

The Stihl Whiskey is one of my most favorite bars in Bend. It’s no secret that I love a well-made cocktail, and the newly opened Stihl delivers. I’m partial to the Kerouac on the cocktail menu: Cazadores tequila, agave syrup and fresh-squeezed lime juice. I know it’s a ‘whiskey’ bar – and yes they have a damn impressive list of whiskeys, bourbons, scotches and ryes – but sometimes I just don’t feel that macho. Luckily, they’re not whiskey snobs, so they have a…

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Gift Guide 2012 — 14 Rad Gifts Under $25 in Bend, Oregon

Gift Guide 2012 — 14 Rad Gifts Under $25 in Bend, Oregon

You live in Bend, you’ve procrastinated (blame the storm) and now you need to do some turbo shopping. Here are 14 ideas for mostly local gifts and/or stocking stuffers — all under $25 — for the awesome carnivores, lushes and cyclists in your life. For the Carnivore   Primal Cuts Baseball Hat $22 They can sniff out frying bacon from roughly 2.3 miles away. They believe in the food chain but also in humane and ethical treatment of the animals…

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The Good in Bend — Artist Jesse J. Lockwood

The Good in Bend — Artist Jesse J. Lockwood

Seeing is not the same as noticing. I’ve been brunching at CHOW for three months and while I’ve seen Jesse Lockwood’s art on the walls, I didn’t really experience the work of Jesse J. Lockwood, or notice it until last week. Shrinks call this phenomenon “selective perception.” Perceiving the Artist: Jesse J. Lockwood Every day, we’re bombarded with stimulus, so we limit the information we take in.  One of the ways we limit our “noticing” is through our personal filter of…

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Random "I Love Bend" Moment #1

Random "I Love Bend" Moment #1

It took 3 minutes to set up garbage and recycling service for the apple-tree house. THREE MINUTES. The woman who answered the phone at Bend Garbage and Recycling actually took my order. No phone tree, no transfers, no hold times. My bins will be delivered a week from today.  It took 2 minutes to change my address with my car insurance company. My agent, Lisa Niemeyer at AAA Oregon, answered my call immediately — I have her direct line, so…

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