At Hydroponics & Organics, a team of knowledgeable green thumbs equips progressive gardeners with the materials and tools needed to propagate plants in any environment. Nestle non-genetically modified fruit, vegetable, or flower Territorial Seeds ($2+) in natural, aerated Ocean Forest soil ($10.75) or add Roots Organic potting soil ($10.75) for better drainage and to sustain heavily feeding plants. Newborn sprouts can safely thrive away from the cruel taunts of Cabbage Patch Kids in 5–15-gallon Smart Pots—soft-sided containers that allow aeration of the plant's base to promote resilient, highly branched root-structures ($5.35–$8.95). The gardening shop also offers a host of stimulating plant foods ($29.99), seed mats ($22.95), and fans ($54.95) to simulate Mother Nature's nurturing need to continually keep children cool, comfortable, and full of ice cream.
The Best Western Agate Beach Inn boasts heart-racing views of the Pacific Ocean from its cozy guest rooms. The rooms each bear either one generous king-size bed or two equally giving queen-size beds, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows for watching early-morning whale workouts. Various electronic mechanisms offer creature comforts, such as a boredom-blasting TV/VCR, a work-enabling data port, and a meal-reinvigorating microwave supplemented by a refrigerator and a coffeemaker. The indoor heated pool and spa bask in the sun rays filtering through the glass-paneled west wall, and a fitness center and game room offer drier diversions. Two restaurants tempt vacationing palates with savory fare and eye-pleasing ocean views. The Starfish Grill serves upscale fare, such as the pan-seared salmon ($19), and Rookie's Sports Bar provides comforting pub fare, such as the Mile High Reuben ($12) under the glow of multiple large-screen televisions.
Signature service: Lifestyle photography
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
"I love being creative and seeing my visions come to life," says Briana Ryma, the professional photographer behind Bri Ryma Portraits. She lends her eye for detail to virtually any subject, from women strolling to the beach to cats hiding behind curtains plotting a coup against the dog. She actually particularly favors outdoor shoots. "Be prepared for rocky beach walks," she cautions adventurous clients. "I promise I know all the best spots, but sometimes it takes a bit to get there." Once on location with a client, Briana helps them relax and have fun in order to capture organic poses and memorable images. She plays with the angle of light and composition of the background, so each shot becomes a unique portrait of a person, time, and place.
Inn/ChaletYear Built 1972 Year Remodeled 2002Additional Property Description Corvallis Inn, Located Near Oregon State University In Corvallis, Nestled In The Heart Of Oregons Willamette Valley. With 100 Rooms And 20 Apartment Suites With Full Kitchens, Free Continental Breakfast, Meeting And Banquet Facilities For 5 To 500, The Corvallis Inn Is Your Best Value Whether Attending Osu Events, Visiting Local Oregon Wineries, Or Visiting Friends And Family. Our Courteous Staff Will Be Happy To Assist You And Make Your Stay As Pleasant As Possible. Complimentary ... Continental Breakfast ... Local Telephone Calls ... Outdoor Parking
"I have been reading comics since before I could read," quips Matt Ashland: EMT, sports coach, and eponymous owner of Matt's Cavalcade of Comics. Ashland began amassing his first comic-book collection in college, and he has kept at it ever since—even after opening his first full shop in 1993. Today, his store boasts a gallery of two million game cards, scores of action figures from TV and film, and an array of vintage—and modern—comic-book memorabilia. The shop also provides open gaming and demos, and it functions as a regular meet-up spot for "Magic the Gathering" league games.