Jackson's Corner: A Neighborhood Grocery Store and Much More in Bend, Oregon

Jackson's Corner: A Friendly Neighborhood Spot

Over the last 30-40 years, neighborhood grocery stores have slowly disappeared from the streets they used to serve. These days, you have to hop in the car and drive to the mega-chain grocer to grab your milk, bread and eggs.

Blame it on new zoning laws and alleged concerns about traffic to commercial uses within neighborhoods. Yet, when the neighborhood includes a grocery store to serve residents in the area, people often walk or ride their bicycles to run their errands.  Seems smarter, doesn't it?

At Jackson's Corner in Bend, Oregon, convenience is back in the neighborhood. Just a few blocks away from the renowned Drake Park in downtown Bend is a sunny, yellow building. A combination of corner grocery store, coffee shop and restaurant, its no wonder that the surrounding neighborhood has welcomed the new retailer, since its opening in 2008.

Jackson's Corner logo
Jackson's Corner logo

A New Store in Bend, Oregon in the Midst of the Recession?

Its no secret that Bend, Oregon has been one of the regions that has been hardest hit by the recession in the entire country. Housing prices in this community have seen the largest double-digit drop since the economic downturn began.

But Jackson's Corner has managed to fill a niche in a difficult market for this town of 80,000 on the east side of the Cascade Mountains. Walk into the brightly painted store any time of the day, and its filled with customers. On your left hand side is a wall of refrigerated items - mostly convenience selections like soft drinks and milk. A large selection of bottled beer and chilled wine also lines the shelves.

Jackson's Corner is conveniently located for those staying in and around downtown Bend to stop by at the end of a long day skiing at Mt. Bachelor, or floating the Deschutes River. My office is about 2 blocks away, and I've been known to dash in to grab a bottle of wine on my way over to a friend's house on Friday evening...

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What Makes Jackson's Corner Unique?

Jackson's Corner is the ultimate in local, and green! Eighty percent of its produce is from the Bend Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) chapter. Not only that, but Jackson's Corner has offered up its property to allow member produce pick-ups from the CSA on Tuesday evenings!

A green tip of the hat to the grocery/restaurant for using 100% biodegradable containers and utensils, as well. If you are staying in to eat, you will get your food served on real plates, coffee in real cups, and silverware is actually silver! Breakfast, lunch and dinner are offered, so any time of day you drop by, you'll have some great menu selections.

But perhaps the most unique aspect about Jackson's Corner is its location. As noted above, neighborhood grocery stores are a rare breed these days. Even restaurants and coffee shops are considered commercial uses that are not normally allowed in residential areas.  Even though I'm a land use attorney, I was not involved in the permitting for Jackson's Corner.  Whether it was grandfathered in as a permitted use, or merely recognized to be a smart use to site in this area of the city, success has proven the wisdom of the land use decision.

Right here in the midst of a residential neighborhood, 2 blocks from an elementary school, 3 blocks from a church and right off the beaten path is Jackson's Corner.

You can't miss it.

You'll be glad you didn't.

Perhaps convenience and a sense of community is exactly what this city has been craving!

Lovely latte and pumpkin bread at Jackson's Corner in Bend, Oregon
Lovely latte and pumpkin bread at Jackson's Corner in Bend, Oregon | Source
The interior of Jackson's Corner in Bend (photo credit: Bend Bulletin)
The interior of Jackson's Corner in Bend (photo credit: Bend Bulletin)

Information About Jackson's Corner

Address: 845 NW Delaware Avenue, Bend, OR 97701

Phone: 541.647.2198

Hours:  7:00 am - 9:00 pm, 7 days a week

Additional:

  • Street parking only
  • Kid-friendly
  • Free wi-fi
  • No reservations for restaurant
  • Take out, but no delivery
  • Beer and wine available
  • Indoor and outdoor seating
  • Competitively priced

How to Get to Jackson's Corner in Bend, Oregon

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845 NW Delaware Ave, Bend, OR 97701, USA
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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

This looks like a very inviting place. Thanks for the tour.


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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this and it does sound like a brilliant place. Thanks for sharing!!


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Rochelle and Eiddwen - its one of my favorite places! So cheery and welcoming. Best, Steph


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Now exactly how I missed going here I have no clue - I think I'd best just run in there today!


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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

What a unique and smart idea! Love the emphasis on local produce, and it's absolutely brilliant to host member pick-ups. I imagine CSA members would get some new ideas from the restaurant's menu for preparing their fresh produce when they take it home...and that means a loyal following. They are only in their second year, and no matter where you open, the restaurant business is tough. I wish them lots of success. Thanks for a super tour of Bend, too.


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Angela - hope you made it to Jackson's today! I am just home from running errands. One of these days we can make it a plan to meet there. :)


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Sherri - you are right about getting ideas from the restaurant's menu! I'm sure that's the point of arranging the CSA pick-ups at Jacksons. It is so nice to have a local business supporting other local businesses and farmers. Cheers, Steph


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

A new Title - The Bend Book and Why Lilly moved to Oregon! Keep Writing On! :0)


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

LOL Lilly - we are waiting for you to visit us in Bend, OR ;-)


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fundamentallife 6 years ago

Steph, I am sold on Bend! Have you got room for a Welshman, Bend looks like my perfect place to live.

It looks quiet, but with lot's going on - if you want it.

And you can earn a living by writing online, like yourself. Perfection.

Andy..


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Andy - yes, there is room for Welshmen too here in Bend! And yes, its just big enough to offer plenty of fun and much quieter than a large city. I'm not the only one supporting myself with an online, freelance, work from home job here either... :)


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ocbill 6 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

stop, you're killin' me. It sounds great there, fresh produce (non-chain store) and pumpkin bread are always a favorite of mine.


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

I was there (again) yesterday! Love it, just love it! (sorry Bill) ;-)


stessily 4 years ago

Steph, Wonderful photo of latte and pumpkin bread at the end! It is such a treat that food is "served on real plates, coffee in real cups, and silverware is actually silver!" Such a brilliant land-use concept; it's great that it's so successful --- but then, why wouldn't it be?

Thanks for sharing the paradise of Bend again.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Jackson's Corner is definitely a top notch place for coffee/brunch in the a.m. and wine/dinner later in the day. Definitely should come and visit Bend one of these days!


stessily 4 years ago

Steph, Bend is way up near the top of my Must-See List. I've never been to Oregon but have long admired its beauty in the media. I really enjoy my armchair travels for now via your beautiful travelogues, and I know that my visit will happen some day soon.

Thank you for sharing paradise.


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joaniebaby 4 years ago

I should have read this before writing my Hub about the maze you have to travel in the stores these days just to buy groceries. This would have made me feel so good. On a different note, my grandson moved to Portland right out of college for a new job and he loves it! Thanks for a great Hub about a great place. Wish we were closer, but Iowa would be a ways to travel.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Joaniebaby - yes, it is a definite maze in grocery stores these days. Increasingly, I find myself going to smaller, neighborhood stores like Jackson's Corner. Best, Steph


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cync crp 18 months ago

You may want to be careful of any To-Go orders. They just pour them in cardboard boxes. How apetizing!

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