Shop Tri-cities #shoplocaltc–Art in the Park, Beaver Bark & FreshPicks

Alicia Walters, @whenintricities

I’m so happy to share ways to Shop Local Tri-cities, WA this summer! Each of these places represents special memories for me, particularly as a mom, because they have become part of our tradition as a family as they provide so many visually enriching colors, tastes and experiences that give me and my children something to look forward to and enjoy! I hope you will take the time to share these experiences with your family and use #shoplocaltc to share what you discover locally together!


68th Annual Art in the Park – July 27th & 28th, Friday 9 am – 8 pm / Saturday 9 am -7 pm  Howard Amon Park, Richland, WA

Set up in beautiful Howard Amon Park, Art in the Park offers over 230 artists and artisans from the northwest and beyond. Admission to Art in the Park is free and guests are encouraged to attend as a family. There will be live entertainment from a variety of local talent. Concessions throughout the park will be supporting Tri-cities area non-profits. Art in the Park has an outdoor, public market feel like that of larger cities in the northwest.

Art in the Park is the primary fundraiser for Gallery at the Park: Allied Arts Association and supports the growth of arts in the Tri-cities area. Read more about this annual event in the Tri-cities Area Journal of Business. New to Instagram @artintheparktricities.

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Beaver Bark Gift & Garden Center  607 Aaron Dr., Richland  (509)946-1000

Beaver Bark is a must see for the Tri-cities area. Their stunning, 16,000 square foot showroom displays home décor, garden accents, holiday lighting, gifts and more! Beaver Bark offers over 50 bins of bulk materials for your landscaping and home garden needs. They have a large outdoor shop with trees, shrubs and plants as well as a 10,000 square foot greenhouse! Families love to see their Koi ponds and fairy garden section. Foodies love to check out what they offer for the kitchen and try their delicious chocolate treats.

Beaver Bark specializes in educating customers about plants and flowers that grow well in our region’s climate. Check out for a menu of plants that will add beauty to your yard. Find them on Instagram @beaverbark.


FreshPicks Smoothies & Fruit  8378 W. Grandridge Blvd. Kennewick, WA  (509)491-3252

FreshPicks Smoothies & Fruit specializes in providing customers with fresh, locally grown fruit and locally made fruit products. Their smoothies are delicious and good for you! Popular smoothies include their Blueberry Rush, a hearty smoothie made with perfectly ripe blueberries and oats and their Spinach + Antioxidant, a refreshing smoothie that hydrates and cleanses while giving you optimal nutrition for the day. Children can try a complimentary fruit while you shop!

FreshPicks recently celebrated its 5th Anniversary at the store! Summer smoothie is the Watermelon Splash. Summer cherries and peaches are available as well as their stand-bys like their Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate, Strawberry Salad and chocolate covered strawberries. Check out for a menu of their delicious offerings, now including coffee! Find them on Instagram @freshpicks_smoothies.


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by writer Alicia Walters, contributor to print and digital magazines.

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