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These are companies that we are currently boycotting. We urge you to join us.

  • Take your business elsewhere to show that you do not approve.
  • Write a letter explaining your action to the company being boycotted (although there isn't much point to this part if it's a national chain...)
  • Ask others to do the same.
Boycotted businesses Reason for boycott Suggested alternatives
  • Target
  • Rite-Aid
  • Fred Meyer
  • ShopKo
  • Home Depot
  • Office Depot
  • Office Max
  • Home Base
  • Waldenbooks
  • B. Dalton Booksellers
  • Borders Books and Music
  • Costco/Price Club
Big box retailers and/or national chain stores

These are the people who show up on the outskirts of town and build large, cheap concrete boxy buildings that they abandon after ten or twenty years.

Given comparable service and product, please give your business to locally-owned businesses. Keep the money you spend working in your community, not lining the pockets of stockholders and executives on the other side of the country. Don't contribute to your community looking just like everywhere else.


  • Bi-Mart for general variety store purchases and housewares
  • regional department stores such as Meier & Frank, local clothiers, consignment shops, etc. for clothing purchases
  • local supermarkets such as Roth's carry many housewares and variety store items, too
  • Cooke's Stationery for office supplies
  • Ranch Records, Tiger Music, and Groovacious Platters for music
  • Look in the Yellow Pages for video alternatives
  • Quisenberry's Pharmacies, South Salem Pharmacy, and Dave's Pharmacy are all locally-owned
  • Roth's and Jack's supermarkets for groceries
  • Keith Brown Building Materials for hardware, tools, and lumber
  • Look in the Yellow Pages for locally-owned nurseries, such as Thomspon's Garden Store
  • Cherry City Paint for paint
  • Jackson's Books and the Book Bin for new books
  • Reader's Guide to Recycled Literature and the Book Bin for used books
  • Waremart
Big box tendencies (even though they're a Northwest chain)

Poor labor practices

Roth's or Jack's supermarkets
  • Wal-Mart
Poster child for anti-urban sprawl activists everywhere.

Pays lip service to the desires of local residents and is generally out to make a killing, regardless of the long-term consequences.

Engages in unfair business tactics by low-balling local resellers in order force them out of business.

same as for Target, et al
  • The Olive Garden
  • Applebee's
  • Boston Market
  • Kenny Roger's Roasters
  • Sizzler
  • Red Lobster
  • Newport Bay
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Red Robin
  • Roadhouse Grill
  • Schlotzky's Deli
These are national franchise restaurants that masquerade as "dining out" destinations. The food and service is just barely above ordinary, the prices are moderate, and (worst of all), they are the same everywhere you go.

As with all chains, these businesses contribute greatly to making every place in America look just like every place else.

Wake up, folks! You can get better food than this at home! Support your local, unique restaurants!

Here are some of our favorite local restaurants in Salem:
  • The Arbor Cafe (bisto style and dessert)
  • DaVinci (modern Italian)
  • Allesandro's (classic Italian)
  • India Palace (Indian)
  • La Margarita (mesquite-grilled Mexican)
  • Thompson's Brew Pub (yes, I know this is a McMenamin's pub, but it does NOT fit the chain-store mold)
  • Court Street Dairy Lunch (old-style diner)
  • Boon's Treasury (pub)
  • Busick Court (breakfast & lunch only)
  • Chad's (breakfast & lunch only)
  • Cascade Brew Pub
  • Kwan's Cuisine (gourmet Chinese)
  • Fuji (Japanese, including sushi)
  • El Mirador (Mexican)
  • Gepettoe's (southern Italian)
  • Off Center Cafe (eclectic)
  • Tong King Garden (Chinese)
  • The Bree'z (deli and light dinners)
  • McGrath's (seafood - I know, another chain, but at least they're Oregon-based)
  • The Pointe (chic American)
  • Dahlia's (Northwest cuisine)
  • La Hacienda Real (Mexican)
  • Mike's (steak and seafood)
  • Rock-n-Rogers (50s-style diner)
  • Gerry Frank's Konditerei (bisto style & dessert)
  • Robert's General Store (American)

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Last updated 03/17/03 at 14:33.
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