New Yreka gift shop puts spotlight on Siskiyou-made items and local adventures

Bill Choy
Siskiyou Daily News
Sam Bal opened Camp Siskiyou as a place to put a spotlight on locally made items, and to offer advice about all the things there are to do and see in Siskiyou County.

When someone purchases something at Camp Siskiyou, they're not only providing revenue to the store's owner, Sam Bal. They're also supporting local artisans, since much of what's sold there was made by Siskiyou County artisans.

The store, which opened last month at 1275 S. Main Street in Yreka, is also a resource to help people discover all the sights and attractions one can experience in Siskiyou County, including recommendations for campsites, hikes, motels, restaurants, attractions and events.

The store also sells its wares online.

“The ultimate goal here is to promote local businesses,” said Bal. The store "acts as a 24/7 marketplace for Siskiyou County artisans assisting the growth of our great communities and stimulating the economy on a local level," he said.

The gift shop Camp Siskiyou opened in June of 2021 in Yreka, offering locally made items and advice about things to do and see.

The shop features soaps from the Shasta Mountain Soap Co. based in Mount Shasta; beef jerky from StarWalker Farms in Fort Jones; and coffee from Mountain Roots Coffee Roasters in Weed as well as Northbound Coffee Roasters in Mount Shasta. 

Bal sells shirts with the Camp Siskiyou logo on them that were printed at The Golden Grotto Silk Screening in Yreka. Camp Siskiyou caps were made in Mount Shasta at Sportsmen’s Den.

Bal said he is always on the lookout for local artisans and vendors who may be interested in selling their products in his store and online. He's currently the store's only employee, but Bal hopes to hire more people as Camp Siskiyou grows. 

“I am so grateful for the positive support I've experienced from local residents that have come by to say hi or purchase a gift,” Bal said. “ My love for this county runs deep, and this business is simply an extension of that love. This is truly a dream come true, and I only wish to keep the momentum moving in a positive direction.”   

Bal began the Camp Siskiyou website while he was a stay-at-home dad. His son, River, is now 2 and a half years old. Originally, it started as an online resource for local lodging, hikes and events, but steadily grew to include local vendors. Bal decided there was a good opportunity to expand Camp Siskiyou and began work to open a storefront.

Soap by Shasta Mountain Soap Co. is one of many Siskiyou County-made items that are sold at Camp Siskiyou in Yreka.

Bal has lived throughout Siskiyou County, from Yreka to Dunsmuir, and said he loves all the recreation and outdoor opportunities here.

Camp Siskiyou is open seven days a week. Weekday hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the store is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Call 530-340-2525 or go to campsiskiyou.com.