With its wooden beams and mounted hunting trophies, not to mention its friendly staff and comprehensive inventory, Langlois Market seems a bit like a relic from the past. The place is a modern-day general store though, stocked with groceries and everyday essentials as well as savory ready-to-eat options. The main event are hot dogs made with signature sauce that are beloved by locals and visitors alike?a minister from Indonesia is rumored to have loved them so much, he shipped some back to his country. And with three different flavors of kombucha on tap, plus fridges filled with regional craft brews, fermentation-oriented foodies can get their liquid fix.
Full service fish market specializing in direct connections to local fishing families. Oregons largest independant retailer of Dungeness crab with a live tank in house which enables to cook fresh crab daily. Small kitchen with the biggest seafood menu around, from sturgeon fish & chips to crab dinners. Local draft ale
It may be called Body Now!, but as members transform their bodies, the studio's staff also wants them to shift their perspectives. Accordingly, they focus on all-around wellness, combining elements of world dance with cardio exercises during Now Fitness! group classes and emphasizing proper posture during Yoga Now! sessions. Wise Woman! classes help older women master functional movement patterns that enable them to win arm-wrestling matches against neighborhood kids. In the fitness center, exercisers can work up a sweat on Cybex and Life Fitness treadmills, elliptical trainers, and stationary bikes, or focus on strength with machines and free weights. Positive sayings unfurl in script across the deep purple walls, motivating members as they blast through 30-minute circuit training workouts.
The accolades accorded several of LaVelle Vineyards' wines in the pages of Wine Enthusiast magazine serves as evidence of the diligent work of founder Doug LaVelle and his son, Matthew, who tends the vines today. After taking over the winery?then one of the oldest in Southern Willamette Valley?in 1994, Doug took it upon himself to make a number of improvements to its antiquated technology and distribution network. He started the wine club in 1995, and just recently opened a brand new wine bar and tap room off of International Way in Springfield called the LaVelle Tap Room. The tap room serves as an in-town location for wine club members, but also to provide a new wine-bar-meets-tap-room experience with more than 30 wines to choose from and several local beers on tap.
Doug's investments paid off. Today, with Matthew as lead winemaker, the winery ferments grapes both from its original Willamette Valley location and another site in the Columbia Valley in eastern Washington. At the rustic Elmira winery, visitors can recline on the sunny deck, tour the winemaking facilities, or outsmart tipsy minotaurs in the garden's labyrinth.
Sweet Thang Chocolates' seasoned confectioners whip up classic and unconventional sweets that eschew gluten, artificial flavors, and preservatives within a cozy, wood-floored storefront draped in turquoise hues and bucolic décor. Artfully arranged display cases and tables brim with handcrafted brittle, truffles concocted with deliciously unorthodox ingredients—including real bacon and cayenne pepper—and peppermint bark harvested from the vocal cords of candy-cane hounds. Staffers also stock a selection of berry-flavored jams and preservatives, as well as nonedible gifts, including spa bath products and holiday decorations.
Even though Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has locations throughout the world, it still maintains the small-town candy-store feel envisioned by its creator and CEO, Frank Crail. Crail founded the original location in his adopted hometown of Durango, Colorado, filling the sweet-smelling space with homey accents, such as candy-making demonstrations and games of Pin the Tail on the Chocolatier. Behind the counter, staffers roll fresh granny smith apples in dense caramel and mold lumps of rich fudge on old-style marble slabs. Other fresh confections include mint bark, chocolate-dipped pretzels, and boxed chocolates.