We are a 19th-century business in a 21st-century world. We still use a card catalogue for trade credit, but our monthly newsletter is via email. We ignore the past century of retailing and merchandising techniques and remain a sort of messy store stacked with books, yet we have 10KW of solar panels!
Purchased in 1994 by Katy and Jim Vigeland, Art Department, Inc. endows artists with all the trappings and trimmings necessary for drawing, painting, or creating life's unanswerable questions. Customers are greeted by a tower of stretched canvas ($0.99–$98.99) and a wall boasting a breadth of choices in fine-art paper. Bristle with excitement over Art Department, Inc.'s selection of brushes ($1–$249) or manually change your mood ring's readouts with a rainbow of paint ($1.60–$29.65). Miniature Mondrians and petite Picassos will be delighted by Art Department, Inc.'s assortment of children's arts-and-crafts supplies ($1.79–$59.99).
The new paradigm of movie renting has come with an increase in convenience, but viewers now find themselves beholden to the fickle availability of new releases and inexplicable disappearances of favorite films. Mr. Video curates an expansive collection of movies both new and old, allowing visitors to take home freshly printed Hollywood hits and beloved classics. Multi-disc sets get fans caught up on television shows, and the children's section stands ready to keep kids occupied, giving parents the time to run potato-sack races. The shop also stocks rental video games for a variety of systems.
Veteran artisan Suzie Liles had already been a reputable figure in the fiber arts community for nearly 20 years—teaching, chairing conferences, and being active in several design and weaving guilds—when in March 2008 she and a partner decided to open Eugene Textile Center. An MFA in Fibers from the University of Oregon, Suzie channels her training, experience, and passion for all things woolly into making the center a craftsperson's paradise of name-brand supplies and instructional workshops in various forms of textile conjuring. Local hobbyists and professional fiber artists alike are able to rent spinning wheels and other equipment on a weekly or monthly basis. Suzie also welcomes visitors to weaving and surface-design studios, which are equipped with looms and a dye kitchen.
When it gave cd/game Exchange the title of Best Entertainment Shop in its annual Best of Eugene roundup, Eugene Weekly praised the store for its “poster-covered walls and wide variety of things with which to entertain yourself.” Those things have constantly changed over cd/game Exchange’s 20-year existence, and today, its shelves are stocked with customer-supplied used CDs, video games, movies, posters, and apparel, instead of Hammer pants and VHS copies of Wrestlemania’s Greatest Hits. Experts inspect each item to determine its condition, then decide on a cash value and trade value. With their store credit or cash, customers can stock up on lightly used Wii titles and DVDs ranging from Spider-Man to Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Glass doors line two lofted floors at The Lesson Factory's headquarters, barely able to contain the harmonies held within. In training rooms throughout the facility, instructors—some with degrees as high as the graduate level—guide aspiring musicians of all ages toward their music-making goals with programs geared to individualized learning. Students choose from rock and classical instruments, learning how to form chords on a guitar, keep steady rhythms on drums, or nobly play violin on a sinking boat. Thanks to a steady schedule of blues jams for adults and recitals for kids, all budding musicians get the chance to show off their skills to an audience on a regular basis.