A Tale of Two Hashtags

Field Report No. 20161123RC

Topic: #OptOutside and #ShopSmall
Conditions: Pristine

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COMMENTS: At F&C, we've noticed that our mission is somewhat encapsulated by a couple of viral hashtags that will once again make their rounds this weekend. There's #OptOutside, the suggestion by REI to skip the weird stampedes on Black Friday and walk a trail instead, and there's #ShopSmall in favor of Small Business Saturday, a nod to the Main Street Mom-and-Pops that American Express has championed in recent years. 

Sure: these efforts are, somewhat ironically, supported by a couple of big corporations, and that's not who we and our partners are. But even giants can make good partners from time to time (e.g., the Spokane REI is currently the fastest distributor of Field & Compass Magazine). And the sentiments behind both #OptOutside and #ShopSmall is perfectly in line with our mission to help locals and travelers enjoy uncommon experiencesin the woods, on the water, at the table, and with our dollars.

So, join us this weekend as we follow directions: choosing to get out in nature on Friday and giving local makers and sellers a big payday on Saturday. Below you'll find some suggestions across the territory of our seven short-lists. We're certainly proud of—and very thankful for—the wild, gorgeous places in our region and the co-op partnership with the small businesses and organizations we represent.

RECOMMENDATIONS: An #OptOutside and #ShopSmall pairing for each region... get out there and have some uncommon experiences.

BAKERY BY THE LAKE

BAKERY BY THE LAKE

TWISPWORKS CAMPUS

TWISPWORKS CAMPUS

TOP BIKE TRAILS IN WA

TOP BIKE TRAILS IN WA

AMERICAN SHOE SHOP

AMERICAN SHOE SHOP

DOMA COFFEE ROASTING COMPANY

DOMA COFFEE ROASTING COMPANY

MINERAL RIDGE LOOP

MINERAL RIDGE LOOP

ALLISON'S OF MANSON / THE UNDERGROUND

ALLISON'S OF MANSON / THE UNDERGROUND

ESMERELDA PEAK LOOP

ESMERELDA PEAK LOOP

LOLO: UNIQUE BY DESIGN

LOLO: UNIQUE BY DESIGN

SALTESE UPLANDS

SALTESE UPLANDS