Partner Spotlight: BELLA
Founded by Beverly Calder in 1997, BELLA Mercantile is poised to celebrate 25 years in Baker City and 12 years in La Grande, and it remains NE Oregon’s destination for providing an incredible shopping experience as a “farmer’s market every day of the week” along with extraordinary customer service. Starting out in Baker City as a wine shop, BELLA Mercantile has evolved to be so much more, offering kitchen gadgets, cookware, bakeware, linen, and even cards and socks!
BELLA Mercantile is proud to feature great Oregon products from every region of the state, including locally produced and organic garlic, fruits, veggies, nuts, honey, various jams and preserves, and other condiments, as well as locally produced grass-feed beef, local free-range chickens and local grass-fed lamb.
The wine, however, is still a prominent feature. With selections from almost 2,000 producers, there is something for every budget and palate, and a knowledgeable and caring staff to help each customer find the perfect bottle. This attention to detail and boosting local products are a part of the guiding mission of BELLA as it has grown and flourished in NE Oregon.
Along with being “the best little kitchen, wine, chocolate, and good food store that you never thought you’d find” (to quote their advert), BELLA Mercantile supports the region in many ways. In addition to small contributions, they have a “365 Community Grant fund. Ms. Calder and her employees pick 20 projects each year that directly benefit women and children in Baker, Union and Wallowa Counties and donate $365 to each. BELLA is also the sponsor of the Baker City Cycling Classic.
Staying true to her mission, Ms. Calder and BELLA Mercantile have guaranteed a bright and delicious future in NE Oregon.
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