The spirit of Christmas is not lost; in fact, it thrives at Mitchell Christmas Tree Farm. Chad and Lisa—with their three boys in tow—run a fully functioning tree farm that grows impressive firs for the holiday season. They also make handmade wreaths and delight guests with weekend hayrides. In the true spirit of giving, visitors can enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and coffee while they are cutting their own tree or picking up a yuletide shrubbery.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
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.
BedMart furnishes restful sleep with an arsenal of slumber-inducing mattress sets. The solid support of King Koil’s Arlington model ($779.95–$1,199.95) relieves bodies of the aches accrued from overworking pressure points and napping in ball pits, and Serta’s Perfect Sleeper Arborwood ($979.95–$1,399.95) a memory-foam mattress that cradles snoozers with detachable arms. Three comfort options for Five Star Mattress’s Stanwyck ($479.95–$799.95) can accommodate sleepers of all persuasions, from the hibernation-ready extra firm to the fluffy pillow top.
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.