This seems to be the local meeting place for us small town folk, as I always seem to run into someone I know. Price wise, I only shop here if theres a good sale or if I absolutely need more beer; otherwise, I do my grocery shopping either in Grants Pass or at the Ashland Food Co-op. Rays includes a deli counter, bakery, and a great selection of organic and health foods, but they charge quite a bit for the latter, something Im not happy about. The actual address for this business is 205 Watkins Street, but Insider Pages denies it exists. Oh well.
Sure, IV Video doesn?t have everything, but there?s enough DVD and VHS variety for even the most avid renter. I prefer foreign and independent films, something this store doesn?t have abundance of, but are plenty of titles for us more finicky movie watchers. Their prices are fair, but they don?t offer any frequent renter benefits.
Okay, so Wal-Mart is typically nuts. Frantic drivers encircle the parking lot like vultures, as they all attempt to park right in front of the store. Yet, even more astounding is the shopping frenzy is located in the electronics department, where people hoard and tear into the giant discount DVD basket as if the DVDs were free. It seems that people are at their most primitive when shopping at Wal-Mart. Should saving money be this dramatic? Want an alternative? There?s Fred Meyer just down the street.
Nearly every drive to Grants Pass involves a trip to Fred Meyer, as 90% of my normal shopping is done here. This location offers its own gas station (with three cents off per gallon discounts), a large outdoor department (including plants, pots, chairs, and other decorum), a decent-sized entertainment/media department, a huge clothing department, an even huger grocery department (including a tremendous selection of beer, produce, and organic/health foods), a Carls Jr. fast food restaurant, an espresso stand, a jewelry store, and a recycling facility.
I typically don?t have many nice things to say about post offices, and the Cave Junction Post Office is no exception. Because of the small community it?s housed, it doesn?t have ?normal? business hours and ?human? service is never available on the weekend. Most post offices have do-it-yourself electronic weigh machines, but this location doesn?t offer this convenience. Typically, this post office is understaffed, and its staff regularly appears negligent of customer, especially when people are attempting to beat the mail pickup trucks; however, a few of the longtime staff employees are very friendly ?on it? much of the time. I wouldn?t necessary recommend this post office; then again, this is Cave Junction?s only post office.
Bear Imagines is a small, novelty gift shop with definite new age flair, and most of the gifts I purchase come from this business. There selection of creative, unique greeting cards is the primary reason I shop there, yet they also carry womens clothing, jewelry, candles, incense, candles, music, and an array of novelty items. I would have liked it if they carried mens wear, but I guess nobodys perfect.
While they are no Barnes and Noble, the Book Exchange has the best supply books in town. There are other businesses that sell books nearby, but the books only offer limited subject matter. At Book Exchange, most of its books are used, but they will special order any book, new or used, available by its vendors. By the way, they also purchase used books, which go toward the purchase price of any used book in stock.
While I'm not too impressed with the front-end parking, you still cant find better prices on tobacco anywhere else in Grants Pass. News & Smokes sells inexpensive pipe tobacco, cigarettes, cigars, tobacco paraphernalia, and huge selection of magazines and other periodicals. Its not the most convenient stop for tobacco, as it sits on the north edge of Grants Pass, but I regularly go out of my way to get a good deal.
Market of Choice has something for everyone from the casual shopper to the finicky, higher maintenance shopper. Reasonably priced, MOC offer all the typical household staples to natural and organic foods. I especially like this place because of its unique selection of microbrews and wines, which you typically not available of most local grocery stores. The checkout lines are a bit odd though, having customers form two separate lines for every checker. Also, there is bottle/can deposit facility inside, but the self-feed machines are rather lame, because it regularly declines some bottles that were originally purchased at this location. This makes recycling an unnecessary pain in the neck.
Operated by the US Government, the Oregon Caves is the state?s only natural monument. The Caves opens for business during Memorial Day weekend, offering daily tours for until November. The entire tour itself is magnificent, lasting about approximately an hour and half; however, halfway through this ?underground hike? sits an early exit for those who can?t brave the entire tour. The tour guides are equipped with a vast knowledge of Cave?s history as well as ?formations? found inside. It?s a bit chilly on tour so it?s recommended that you add clothing layers for assured warmth. As part of the Caves experience, there also sits a majestic, locally built Chateau including a hotel, restaurant, and gift shop, protruding out over the mountain incline and steep ravine. From the Chateau, the view of the valley below is absolutely breathtaking, and no tour of the Cave is complete without at least a short hike around the premises.