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.
The doctors and staff of MediPro Direct Slim use a truly holistic approach to weight loss—that is, they target fat from both the inside and out. Their arsenal of noninvasive fat-reduction technology handles the job from the outside, calling on lasers, sound waves, and mechanical massage to flush fat from the body in treatments that can be performed in as little as a lunch break. The Cavi-Lipo system, meanwhile, uses ultrasound energy to painlessly perforate fat cells in a treatment that has been demonstrated in real-time at trade shows and featured on Dr. Oz.
To spur weight loss from within, the team offers a number of effective weight-loss programs. According to the client's body type and weight loss goals, the experts can devise a regimen that incorporates specialized protein or low-calorie nutrition plans to help bodies shed pounds and gain energy.
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.
The Honda-trained technicians at Canyon Road Auto Body dance through each procedure with grace and expertise, providing quick and quality repairs topped off with a complimentary car wash. Some jobs, such as paintless dent removal or body repairs, may take a little bit longer, so the body shop sets customers up with a cushy waiting room equipped free WiFi and a stack of reading materials, such as newspapers and old license plates.
Since the 1890s, the Dinihanian farmer family has nourished Portland-area families with produce bereft of genetically modified seed, pesticide, or chemical fertilizer. This Groupon provides a preview of the farm’s Community Supported Agriculture program, in which customers receive a share of the harvest by supplying two aliment-stuffed boxes. Full of crops harvested in the same week, the half-share box contains enough produce to sustain two people and the full share best suits a family of four or a peckish elephant. While the inventory shifts depending on season, availability, and tree mood, past boxes have included walla walla onions, squash, strawberries, bok choy, and peaches. The farmers tuck handy recipe sheets into each box to guide share-holders through cooking with unfamiliar edibles.