Though you might have seen one hiking Tamanawas Falls and the other helming the Doctor Zhivago ?themed float as a Battle Ground Rose Princess, the self-described spankettes of Spanky's are typically found hawking consignment items or chatting enthusiastically with sellers at their shops in Vancouver and Beaverton. As managers at their respective locations, Rhonda and Erika train their eyes on the latest fashion trends and watch out for functional yet flattering apparel to resell to local women, men, and families. Their collections change frequently, though they are known to snag duds from major brands such as Anthropologie, Ann Taylor, and Coach. They also manage consignment drives at schools where parents, teachers, and undercover cops posed as students can drop off their gently used clothing and accessories.
During the growing season, the gently sloped roofs of Hoffman Farms Store's historical barns and quaint country store barely peek out over the farm’s acres of lush fruit fields, as if politely looking for prospective visitors. Since its founding in 1983, the farm has seen a handful of renovations, including the building of raised vegetable beds and the conversion of an old silo top into portable shade for patrons who come to pick their own strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. The rustic country store is stocked with locally grown produce, including pre-picked berries, homemade salsas, and delectable cobblers, so visitors can leave with something sweet even on rainy days or days when it’s raining men.
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.
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.
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