Weight loss can be a challenge in many people's lives—including that of Dr. Eric Spencer. After shedding 40 of his own unwanted pounds, he founded Monarch Medical Weight Loss with a team of fellow doctors and now serves as chief medical advisor of the nonsurgical clinic system. Many of the practitioners and staffers have triumphed at their own slimming efforts, serving as both inspiration and role models to their patients. The diet programs at Monarch Medical Weight Loss range from quick jump-start plans to full, lifelong memberships, all incorporating healthy, educated eating and sensible behavior modification. Pound-dropping success stories can be found on the website, as told by firefighters, grandmothers, couples, and retired dumbbells.
On Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6, a sea of vendors and spa technicians transform the Lane Events Center into an escape for women of all ages. The Just for Women Expo's two days of sensory indulgence and shopping benefit visitors twice over, as 50% of ticket-sale profits are donated to organizations dedicated to women's health. This year, comedienne, stress-management expert, and author Leigh Anne Jasheway sets the expo's tone with a keynote speech and by filtering the audience's laughter through auto-tune, which then harmonizes with a number of personal-enrichment seminars. Winetasting and fashion shows punctuate hours of bargain hunting, and raffle tickets given to each guest offer a chance to win a Girlfriends Getaway for four.
Girls Night Out caps Saturday's events with four hours of catered spa pampering and revelry for those 21 and older. Gentlemen servers swing past makeover stations carrying trays of hors d'oeuvres, and 15-minute massages and bites from a chocolate buffet revive guests after belly-dance lessons. Guests to this event also take home goodies and enjoy two free drinks apiece to toast their superior toasting skills.
Trellis Clothing Boutique outfits fashionable females in an array of apparel and accessories from both local designers and popular brands such as BB Dakota, Knitted Dove, and Dean. International pieces and handmade local items share shelve space, complementing one another in spite of language barriers to create stylish outfits. Patrons can perk up lackluster wardrobes with a Parkhurst fedora ($28), a Bits of Envy headband ($28), or a Parisian-designed JPK makeup case ($26). An Echo visor ($19) wards off bright rays with finesse, and handmade rose hairpins ($9) from local designer All for you by Amy Lou accentuate locks and beguile apian admirers. Located in the outdoor Oakway Center, Trellis's warm lighting, wood-paneled walls, and creative displays foster a personable and comfortable atmosphere, conducive to browsing and strutting down dressing-room red carpets.
Named for the famed expedition that trekked across the continent in search of the country's tastiest arugula, Lewis & Clark Catering celebrates the culinary landscape of the Pacific Northwest with locally sourced feasts of succulent seafood, sustainable meats, and fresh veggies, each created in-house by gourmet-minded chefs. The company's ample banquet space provisions patrons with seating for over 200 guests, with a full service bar, dance floor, patio, two separate dining areas, and picturesque views overlooking the Willamette River. On Fridays, the caterers open their doors to individual diners for a seasonal four-course meal, bolstered by live music and wine pairings chosen for their complementary bouquets and the past entrée experience listed on their resumes.
More Of Everything's extensive sports salmagundi brims with Oregon Ducks merchandise and NASCAR collectibles. Upon entering the store, catch a rare glimpse of majestic Oregon Ducks– and Oregon State Beavers–themed cars in their natural linoleum habitat before surveying the sea of memorabilia, which includes NASCAR die-cast-model cars ($10) and OSU–themed toy cars ($9–$29). NASCAR hats stylishly protect hair from unexpected gusts of wind or hoards of nest-ready meadowlarks, and University of Oregon T-shirts ($15) swathe torsos in school spirit.