Local Love: 8 Must-Visit Small Businesses in Clark County

The monotony of mass-produced products and click-to-order life pales compared to the excitement of finding a hidden gem that sells unique items. Our small businesses aren’t just shops, they’re stories waiting to be discovered.

Looking for a handmade masterpiece? Yearning for a coffee brewed with passion by someone who remembers your name? It’s all here in Clark County and here are eight such businesses that make us love our county even more.

Most Everything Vintage

815 Washington St, Vancouver, WA 98660

Most Everything is a vintage lifestyle boutique in downtown Vancouver. This store is filled with men’s and women’s vintage clothing and accessories, mid-century furniture, original art, vinyl records, and collectibles.

With a passion for uncovering old treasures, each item in the store was carefully curated and has a rich history waiting to be discovered. Most Everything takes pride in giving these unique curated items a second chance. Moreover, the boutique is situated just a block from Esther Short Park so it’s surrounded by vibrant restaurants and galleries that contribute to the revitalization of the downtown area.

Richland Hub

2420 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98660

Richland Hub offers single-origin African coffee, cashews, tea, and cocoa to the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Their focus is on supporting local farmers and underrepresented communities. The café also features a selection of pastries, while the décor reflects Tanzanian culture, adorned with art from the owner's hometown.

A portion of every sale goes back to the community. Through Project "Sharity," Richland Hub aims to share the benefits of each sale by funding essential healthcare services in Tanzania's remote areas. This commitment to community-driven initiatives has garnered support from customers, who return knowing their purchases contribute to a greater cause.

Birdhouse Books

1001 Main St Suite B, Vancouver, WA 98660

Birdhouse Books is a locally owned and operated vintage and used bookstore in downtown Vancouver’s arts district. They specialize in antiques, classics, philosophy, sci-fi fantasy, and poetry, but they have a diverse selection and you’ll definitely find something you’re interested in.

The bookstore is located in the space below Short and Sweet and a block from Kiggins Theatre. For a better shopping experience, you can grab a boba tea and a sandwich at the cafe upstairs before strolling downstairs to browse works from local artists and their curated collection of used and vintage books.

Camas Antiques

305 NE 4th Ave, Camas, WA 98607

If you’re looking for a good antique mall, you’ll adore Camas Antiques. They offer a curated selection of vintage and antique treasures housed within a historic building in downtown Camas. Co-owner JoAnn Taylor, drawing from her experience as a vendor in antique malls, envisioned the transformation of the Farrell building into a vibrant marketplace.

With over 70 unique vendor spaces spanning 10,000 square feet, the shop boasts an eclectic array of merchandise, including home décor, gift items, and garden pieces. Each item is thoughtfully displayed, creating an inviting atmosphere for shoppers. Additionally, the shop's ever-changing inventory ensures that every visit is a new adventure because you’ll never know what you will find.

The Soap Chest

521 NE Everett St, Camas, WA 98607

The Soap Chest crafts artisanal botanical soaps using locally sourced ingredients like honey and goat milk. From a humble home workshop to a bustling retail space, this dream-turned-reality boasts an array of handcrafted products.

At this store, you'll find countless natural skincare products including soaps, lotions, bath items, and lip balms. By using homegrown herbs and purchasing ingredients in bulk, they offer exceptional natural products at a low price without sacrificing their quality. Moreover, their commitment to minimizing waste ensures that every purchase is eco-friendly.

Kindred Homestead Supply

606 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98660

Kindred Homestead Supply is a low-waste, bulk refillery for home and personal care. They offer a diverse range of products aimed at promoting mindful living and reducing waste.

Beyond the bulk refillery and sustainable home goods, they also feature a collection of secondhand vintage items and artworks from local artisans. This store prides itself on not only providing amazing products but also supporting local, sustainable, and community-driven businesses.

Champ Pizza

13317 NE 12th Ave Unit 105, Vancouver, WA 98685

Locally owned by a Vancouver native, Champ Pizza prioritizes quality and community. Apart from crafting pizzas with fresh, premium ingredients, they provide exceptional customer service, aiming to surpass expectations with every interaction.

In 2023, they donated $93,000 and 5,553 pizzas to local schools and youth programs. This demonstrates their strong commitment to giving back and investing in the future generations of the area. Supporting Champ Pizza not only means enjoying delicious, carefully crafted pizza but also directly contributing to the support of local youth.

Dandelion Teahouse & Apothecary

109 W 7th St, Vancouver, WA 98660

Dandelion Teahouse & Apothecary is a modern teahouse and apothecary in downtown Vancouver. As a women-owned establishment, inclusivity is at its core. In their eclectic space, you'll find an array of teas sourced globally, complemented by their own house-made herbal blends and small-batch skincare by Gifts From the Earth.

Additionally, they proudly support local artists by showcasing their art in the shop, adding to the vibrant atmosphere and community spirit. Besides their unique offerings, they host various events like yoga sessions, moon circles, and even doggy fashion shows. Whether you're in for a soothing cuppa or seeking natural remedies, Dandelion Teahouse & Apothecary offers a holistic experience for all.

Final Thoughts

While shopping at big-box stores and online can be somewhat more convenient, nothing compares to going into a local store, finding unique items, and receiving excellent customer service. The best part is that shopping locally puts money back into the community, so it’s a win-win for everyone. Give love and support to small businesses by visiting these and other local mom-and-pop stores that help make Clark County a special place.

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