There's this thing called Hannukah that happens once a year, around Christmas. Different people spell it differently, say it differently and celebrate it differently, but it pretty much revolves around latkes (potato pancakes), candle lighting and presents.
So here's the thing. Portland may not be overflowing with Jews--everyone says there aren't any minorities here--but we need a lot of candles and a lot of wrapping paper. Hannukah lasts eight nights, and we light more and more candles each day, and we exchange presents at the same time. And stereotypes be damned, we're willing to spend money to get what we need.
The fine folks at Freddy's get some points for having a selection of two (light blue and dark blue) designs of wrapping paper, but their fine staff didn't even seem to know that there were special candles for Hannukah. Safeway and Walgreens were woefully deficient in both the paper and candle departments.
I know that there are other places to get these things, but many of us visit your fine establishments already on a regular basis, and if you had these things on your shelves, we'd be absolutely thrilled.
Please? In 2010 could you all stock these things? The one with the best selection will be where I go for stocking stuffers for the goyim among my loved ones!