Jewelry designer Richard Gretz stocks a blend of earrings, rings, pendants, and meticulously crafted custom pieces. Patrons can don an emerald ring ($752), perhaps to celebrate a May birthday, or choose from a large selection of earrings ($35+), such as a pair of tanzanite studs ($240), which leave ears sparklier than a disco ball after its daily glitter bath. Using gemstones gathered during trips to Asia, Richard can transform clients’ visions into a custom designpiece ($2,000–$3,000 on average), be it a dangly pair of earrings or a necklace depicting the family tree. The adornment experts at Richard Gretz Goldsmiths can also repair beloved heirloom pieces ($20+; $100 on average) or resize rings.
Wise oenophiles stock WineStyles' shelves with top-quality nectars and preside over tastings of reds and whites three days each week. Customers can skip over exhaustive grape stomping and lengthy fermentation processes and indulge in finished products by exploring samples ($5–$10) at Thursday-evening tastings and at Saturday events. A different theme characterizes each of the Thursday and Saturday tastings, which are often hosted by representatives from local wineries and heavily attended by satyrs. On Fridays, customers embark on featured flights ($10) before swilling an entire goblet of their favorite of the samples. Accommodating staff members stand by to assist customers who wish to purchase bottles of selections that titillated their palate's fermented fancies.
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!
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.
Miller Paint is a Northwest based company that has been supplying paint and coatings for the Pacific Northwest since 1890.
With 37 stores throughout Oregon and Washington, a healthy assortment of private dealers, and 40+ Fred Meyer locations, we most likely have a store near you if you're in Oregon or Washington!
"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.