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.
Sustained by the mantra “real people, real homes”, editor Robin Doussard constructs bimonthly mags devoted to capturing first-person accounts of local home design, as recounted by everyone from homeowners to architects. Oregon Home¬’s staffers have dropped in on the likes of a young couple whose bungalow was featured on an episode of Portlandia and a husband and wife who gave a vintage-inspired makeover to a dilapidated 1969 Airstream motor home. Visits to locales such as Timberline Lodge teach readers how to domesticize large-scale design, and décor articles spotlight decorative punctuation in the way of table lamps and throw pillows. The garden section also digs up a spectrum of projects, from maintaining compact urban plots to hammering out gazebos and hostels for caravanning garden gnomes.
The Xtreme Edge gleams with row after row of cardio machines and a wall of free weights that would put Popeye's personal collection to shame. These are the tools that students use to help tone muscles and burn fat in high-intensity bootcamp classes. Beyond that, there's little you'd find in a typical gym. Flashing lights and pulsing music give the Zumba classes a palpable energy, as 75-foot screens display videos of Paul Bunyan?sized exercisers doing Zumba. Spin classes take place in a "theatre studio" that makes participants feel like they're biking through the great outdoors. You can also hone coordination in yoga sessions or exotic Bollywood dance classes. A team of experienced personal trainers is on hand at the gym to augment the enjoyability of these endeavors by motivating students and sharing pro tips for fitness and nutritional lifestyle changes.
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.
When stocking Silkwood Boutique, owner Sandy Varzarschi is equally concerned with how the clothes look and how they feel. A self-professed lover of soft fabrics, she strives to find comfortable styles from both local and national brands, including Neesha, Neon Buddha, and Moontess. Most pieces cost under $70, and the boutique's many gifts?ranging from candles and soaps to scarves and jewelry?are likewise affordable.
The artisans at Full Circle Wreath Company entwine branches of Oregon-grown noble fir, berried juniper, western red cedar, and other evergreens to create seasonal decorations for doors and hearths. Options range from traditional circular wreaths to University of Oregon-branded O's, troop-supporting ribbon wreaths, and a candy-cane shaped hook that's perfect for snatching up runaway Santas.