Though you might have seen one hiking Tamanawas Falls and the other helming the Doctor Zhivago –themed float as a Battle Ground Rose Princess, the self-described spankettes of Spanky's are typically found hawking consignment items or chatting enthusiastically with sellers at their shops in Vancouver and Beaverton. As managers at their respective locations, Rhonda and Erika train their eyes on the latest fashion trends and watch out for functional yet flattering apparel to resell to local women, men, and families. Their collections change frequently, though they are known to snag duds from major brands such as Armani Exchange, Ann Taylor, and Coach. They also manage consignment drives at schools where parents, teachers, and undercover cops posed as students can drop off their gently used clothing and accessories.
Sunset Lanes strikes a balance between the charm of retro aesthetics and the convenience of modern technology. A stint of more than 40 years in the bowling business has helped Sunset Lanes become a recreational staple in the Beaverton community, even hosting a sonic night of cosmic bowling. A collection of flat-screen televisions and an automated scoring system help keep the alley up to date, and the lanes include automatic bumpers that guests 12 and under can choose to raise or lower while they bowl. In between frames, the B-Town Bar & Grill reenergizes patrons with specialty cocktails and a menu of hearty comfort foods, which includes pizza, wraps, Angus burgers, and salads with freshly baked croutons. The expansive space is highlighted by a neon mural that stretches across all 36 lanes and also houses an arcade.
During the growing season, the gently sloped roofs of Hoffman Farms Store's historical barns and quaint country store barely peek out over the farm’s acres of lush fruit fields, as if politely looking for prospective visitors. Since its founding in 1983, the farm has seen a handful of renovations, including the building of raised vegetable beds and the conversion of an old silo top into portable shade for patrons who come to pick their own strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. The rustic country store is stocked with locally grown produce, including pre-picked berries, homemade salsas, and delectable cobblers, so visitors can leave with something sweet even on rainy days or days when it’s raining men.
Standard TV and Appliance has been equipping Oregonians with fridges, washing machines, televisions, and other home furnishings for nearly 70 years. Founded in 1947 by Clement and Hazel Gander, the appliance experts swiftly outgrew their original location and today boast four (soon to be five) locations in and around Portland. Besides selling new machines from top brands, they sling deals on quality used appliances, offer parts and repair services, and babysit lonely range-tops during long vacations.
Growing up on a farm granted Ryan and Shane Stonemetz a firsthand look at the injustices of the industrial-food market. The brothers watched their father and grandfather toil daily to make ends meet and subsequently swore off entering the family business. However, as the pair established their adult lives in Portland and Seattle, they realized that injustices live forever unless someone puts up a fight.
And so began ProFarm Produce, a small farm-to-customer enterprise that lowers prices for shoppers and increases wages for farmers by eliminating the middleman. The company started with nothing more than a 12-foot truck and a bed full of organic cherries, but it has since grown to a fleet of trucks thanks to an extra-potent fertilizer that's safe for automobiles' digestion. The expanding staff transports ProFarm's bounty to 20 area farmers' markets and various wholesale clients. ProFarm also participates in a CSA program that provides weekly boxes of fresh, local produce to participants in surrounding communities.
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