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Veteran artisan Suzie Liles had already been a reputable figure in the fiber arts community for nearly 20 years—teaching, chairing conferences, and being active in several design and weaving guilds—when in March 2008 she and a partner decided to open Eugene Textile Center. An MFA in Fibers from the University of Oregon, Suzie channels her training, experience, and passion for all things woolly into making the center a craftsperson's paradise of name-brand supplies and instructional workshops in various forms of textile conjuring. Local hobbyists and professional fiber artists alike are able to rent spinning wheels and other equipment on a weekly or monthly basis. Suzie also welcomes visitors to weaving and surface-design studios, which are equipped with looms and a dye kitchen.
When it gave cd/game Exchange the title of Best Entertainment Shop in its annual Best of Eugene roundup, Eugene Weekly praised the store for its “poster-covered walls and wide variety of things with which to entertain yourself.” Those things have constantly changed over cd/game Exchange’s 20-year existence, and today, its shelves are stocked with customer-supplied used CDs, video games, movies, posters, and apparel, instead of Hammer pants and VHS copies of Wrestlemania’s Greatest Hits. Experts inspect each item to determine its condition, then decide on a cash value and trade value. With their store credit or cash, customers can stock up on lightly used Wii titles and DVDs ranging from Spider-Man to Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Glass doors line two lofted floors at The Lesson Factory's headquarters, barely able to contain the harmonies held within. In training rooms throughout the facility, instructors—some with degrees as high as the graduate level—guide aspiring musicians of all ages toward their music-making goals with programs geared to individualized learning. Students choose from rock and classical instruments, learning how to form chords on a guitar, keep steady rhythms on drums, or nobly play violin on a sinking boat. Thanks to a steady schedule of blues jams for adults and recitals for kids, all budding musicians get the chance to show off their skills to an audience on a regular basis.
Museum Quality Framing’s staff encases cherished photos, artwork, and three-dimensional objects in materials ranging from polished wood to leather. Ready-made photo frames ($10+) clasp snapshots in a wood-and-glass embrace, protecting them from wrinkles, stains, and the scratchy nuzzles of sentimental lumberjacks. Lackluster walls can find colorful companionship in preframed artwork and a vehicle for deep self-reflection in mirrors ($100+). Ensconce valuables in custom framing packages ($69.99+), which can accommodate sports memorabilia, or preserve fine art with archival mats and backing boards. Handcrafted frames add a Renaissance flair to photos, utilizing materials such as 22-karat gold leaf to create one-of-a-kind frames.
Sweet Thang Chocolates' seasoned confectioners whip up classic and unconventional sweets that eschew gluten, artificial flavors, and preservatives within a cozy, wood-floored storefront draped in turquoise hues and bucolic décor. Artfully arranged display cases and tables brim with handcrafted brittle, truffles concocted with deliciously unorthodox ingredients—including real bacon and cayenne pepper—and peppermint bark harvested from the vocal cords of candy-cane hounds. Staffers also stock a selection of berry-flavored jams and preservatives, as well as nonedible gifts, including spa bath products and holiday decorations.
When it comes to filling women’s wardrobes, Little Black Dress aims to be as ubiquitous as its namesake apparel. The consignment shop inches closer to its goal with every addition to its inventory, a meticulously curated collection of vintage designer clothing. Jimmy Choo shoes, Coach handbags, and apparel by Oscar De La Renta, Ralph Lauren, and Zac Posen fill the racks and shelves, which undergo constant makeovers as new items pour in. In addition to upscale items, Little Black Dress also stocks casualwear such as T-shirts and jeans, the official garments of weekends and National Blue Jeans Day.
An open studio for artists of all skill levels, The Glass Fuser welcomes guests to drop in and create fused glass art anytime during open hours. No experience is necessary. Resident artists lead a series of courses that – starting with a beginner class – build on skills and explore different techniques, such as three-layer plates and glass cutting.
As a Bullseye Resource Center, The Glass Fuser also vends a wide selection of sheet and accessory glass. Artists may opt to purchase their own glass, create their own projects, and pay a firing fee. All-inclusive project packages are also available.
The dungeon masters within Evolution Gaming's dragon-haunted walls lord over not only a board-, card-, and model-game depot, but also a stadium that hosts campaigns, tournaments, and one-off games. Miniature battlefields both urban and rural might be rolled over by Flames of War tanks and infantry, or invaded by the elves, orcs, and humans of Warhammer. Aspiring game masters can peruse several walls of rulebooks before stepping into alternate worlds or eras of the past such as in Founding Fathers.
Skip's Records & CD World's knowledgeable staff of discography aficionados guides musical interests through a 9,000-square-foot store housing more than 70,000 titles. Dig through well-organized shelves groaning under the weight of more than 4,000 DVDs, 15,000 records, and 18,000 pre-owned CDs priced as low as a few bucks a piece, and peruse the 'new arrivals' section for fresh pre-played media. A locally owned business since 1988, Skip's boasts a sizeable selection of hometown artists, and frequently hosts in-store performances on their custom-built in-house stage and PA system.
Trellis Clothing Boutique outfits fashionable females in an array of apparel and accessories from both local designers and popular brands such as BB Dakota, Knitted Dove, and Dean. International pieces and handmade local items share shelve space, complementing one another in spite of language barriers to create stylish outfits. Patrons can perk up lackluster wardrobes with a Parkhurst fedora ($28), a Bits of Envy headband ($28), or a Parisian-designed JPK makeup case ($26). An Echo visor ($19) wards off bright rays with finesse, and handmade rose hairpins ($9) from local designer All for you by Amy Lou accentuate locks and beguile apian admirers. Located in the outdoor Oakway Center, Trellis's warm lighting, wood-paneled walls, and creative displays foster a personable and comfortable atmosphere, conducive to browsing and strutting down dressing-room red carpets.
Merging state-of-the-art techniques with top-notch skincare products into comprehensive spa services, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery rejuvenates withered skin and enhances facial beauty. After entering the brightly lit office space, customers are greeted by a wonderfully furnished, sensually curved interior and friendly staff of medical aestheticians that offers complimentary advice on which treatments to seek and how to survive a zombie apocalypse. Marred mugs can benefit from a variety of facial therapies, such as dead-skin-slaying chemical peels ($90+), microdermabrasion ($125), and a deep-cleansing 75-minute European facial with pore refinement ($85).
ProCell, a Verizon Wireless-authorized retailer, equips chatting customers with basic phones, smartphones, and phone accessories. The Verizon Wireless Coupe ($129.95) ensures simple communication with fundamental functions, while more advanced smartphones such as the Samsung Gem ($259.95) come stocked with web browsers and walk-in closets. Reenergize a lifeless cell with an iPhone travel wall charger ($14.99), or protect Blackberries during
water-balloon storms with an Arkon water-resistant case ($19.99). Bluetooth headsets sync to mobile horns, allowing for hands-free jabbering ($12.99+), while memory cards ($17+) and USB cords ($9.99+) preserve digital pictures, videos, and files.
Style Connection's fashion-forward consultants help patrons cull ensembles from racks abounding with gently used designer labels such as Ann Taylor, Liz Claiborne, and J.Jill. Much like the Mona Lisa's facial expression, the resale boutique's lineup of jeans, shirts, and business wear changes frequently, arraying ladies for casual and formal correspondence. Shoppers can renew defunct wardrobes with the billowy frills of sultry dresses ($19.99+) or bestow no-nonsense business suits ($34.99+) with hospitable new homes. An assortment of necklaces, rings, and brooches complements garments with inlaid stones and dazzling bangles embossed with delicate patterns and shoe-pairing suggestions.
Valley Vintner & Brewer supplies budding and experienced home brewers all the equipment and recipes needed to concoct tasty batches of beer and wine from the comfort of their kitchens. Each home brewery basic starter kit contains fermenting necessities along with The Complete Joy of Home Brewing, an instructional tome chronicling beer’s mighty rise to prominence as America’s go-to shower beverage of choice. Your experienced vintner instructor will guide guests through a three-hour home-brewing class, answering all grain-related queries from, "How are hops grown?" to "Can I still drink my beer if it develops human emotions?" With gear and guidance from Valley Vintner's expert ale aficionados, beginner beverage barons can raise their glass-fulls from bottle-dependent infancy to full-flavored adulthood.
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