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.
Wisdom of Wool purveys comforters, mattress pads, pillows, and wraps made from chemical-free, environmentally conscious wool to promote better sleep. Chemical-free, sustainable wool maintains the body's optimal sleep-temperature zone and won't wake dozers with any nightmarish bleating. Sleepyheads dazedly sink into a regular wool pillow ($54–$72), a 100 percent eco-wool insomnia interloper encased in fully organic cotton sateen, while strained back muscles recharge within the waist wrap ($47¬–$54.50). Specifically engineered for summertime, Wisdom of Wool's light comforter ($135–$329) swaddles sleepers in a breathable covering that resists mites, mold, mildew, and dust from the sandman.
It's not every day that online shopping includes as much personal attention as you get from Stoneside Blinds. In most areas, their online-shopping process starts off with a free house call from a designer, who helps clients pick out materials and styles for their window dressing. Once the client has made their choices, the company will send out teams to measure the window frames and, later, install the final product for a flat fee. Their handiwork, and the blinds themselves, are backed by a rigorous guarantee that lets customers change their minds within 30 days and safeguards against defects up to a year later, so customers never have to cover up faulty blinds with a poster of their backyard. The only online part of their signature process, really, is placing the order. Minutes after the order is placed, the team at the production warehouse gets to work making it a reality, whether it's roller shades in a custom fabric, sleek solar shades, or classic wooden blinds.