When it was founded in 1987, Frame Central was a social hub for artists, and was even curiously named for facial hair. However, Beard Outlet has since morphed into a seven-location franchise, dedicated to simplifying the framing process. The shops’ onsite stock of matboard, frame moulding, and other key supplies ensures speedy DIY framing projects—which visitors can complete in an hour—and single-day professional framing. An array of pre-framed mirrors and artwork allows shoppers to enhance their blank walls without taping a napping friend to them. Shoppers can also stock up on framing supplies such as case glass and hanging hardware.
At Live Laugh Love Glass, the hot shop and fusing studio are welcoming venues even when filled with molten glass. Open to students age 9 and over, classes in glassblowing invite tender-footed artists to cut their teeth by creating blown-glass pieces ranging from votives to colorful flowers. Those seeking something a little more low-key can head to the glass fusing studio, or partake in painting classes, which include all materials and easy-to-follow instructions to create a finished painting.
The entire Earth spins inside of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. It's as if visitors have launched into outer space, where they can see everything—clouds forming over North America, hurricanes churning in the tropics, and millions of animals in migration. Night falls, and the major cities light up Earth's continents like misshapen Christmas trees. Just then, the planet disappears, and in its place rises a spinning orb of fire and violent solar storms: the sun. The display, appropriately titled Science On a Sphere, is actually a 6-foot animated globe powered by a series of video projectors. It serves as the perfect centerpiece for OMSI's Earth Hall, which explores geology, tectonics, and everything else that makes Earth a living planet. The hall's exhibits let visitors control wind turbines and launch satellites into space.
Earth Hall is only one section of the museum, however. More hands-on activities wait within Turbine Hall, where kids design bridges and boats. Visitors can tour the USS Blueback, a U.S. Navy attack submarine that guarded the Pacific for 31 years, or gaze towards the heavens inside of Kendall Planetarium, which uses real-time 3D graphics to transport audiences into the very heart of black holes. Even Theory, the onsite eatery, has an educational focus. The restaurant's displays explore food sciences while Chef Ryan Morgan and his team use local ingredients to cook meals in full view.
Although every corner of OMSI sparks scientific curiosity, the museum's educational programs take things one step further. The faculty hosts astronomy camps and teaches 50-minute interactive labs in which kids might make soap or dissect a squid—a requisite skill for any future biologist or sushi chef.
Load up a pizza with all of your favorite topping at Portland's Backspace. Vegans can also enjoy the food at Backspace since they offer a number of animal product-free items. Backspace also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle. Gather the whole family for a trip to Backspace — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here. With its spacious interior, Backspace is a great choice for big groups and celebrations. For comfortable outdoor service, Backspace sets up a seasonal patio. Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Backspace's free wifi hotspot. Backspace frequently features a DJ or live music. Musical groups perform live at Backspace, so tables can perk up with some tunes. Backspace draws a crowd with performances from live DJs.
During the pizzeria's weekend rush, waiting in line is the name of the game (so avoid Friday and Saturday nights if you're looking for something quick). The pizzeria also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Backspace to your next party or event.
Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the pizzeria.
The food here is super budget-friendly, too, with most items costing less than $15. All major credit cards are accepted. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Backspace, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
Cruising along at a leisurely pace of about five miles per hour, the Brewcycle is entirely human-powered. With a minimum of 8?and up to 15?passengers aboard, it moves along at a steady clip, urged forward by the pedaling of each passenger. The on-board sound-system bumps as partygoers pedal from brewery to brewery, stopping along the way for pints and samples at Lucky Labrador, Bridgeport Brewing, Pints, and Lompoc Brewing during two-hour tours.
Twilite Limousine and Tour Company began in 2009 with a single stretch limo. Today, they provide Car and Limousine Services with some of the finest luxury SUV?s, Limousines, and Vintage-Replica Trolley Buses in the Portland Metropolitan Area at competitive rates for the region. Clients charter vehicles, such as 18-seat stretch SUV's, for private excursions, such as anniversaries, birthdays, and bachelorette parties, as well as guided tours to wine country and through the city?s holiday-light displays.