While living in Kenya, Leslie Mittelberg was amazed at the skills displayed by artisans and the vast variety of items that were sold in the community marketplace. After returning to the United States, she often longed for a way to access those rich textiles and beautiful sculptures, but found that very few African products made their way to the US. Guided by her passion, she began contacting sellers along the East African coast and encouraging them to export their wares. Today, she employs fair-trade policies to stock stores throughout the country, supporting artisans living in Kenya, Tanzania, the Sudan, Uganda, South Africa, Mozambique, Mali, Senegal, and Ethiopia.
Participants push their bodies to peak physical condition at Willamette Valley CrossFit with challenging strength and cardio exercises customized for every body type and level of ability. Owner and head coach Travis Hughes guides his clients by drawing from an extensive background in athletics and fitness, from training in dance and Muay Thai kickboxing to his certification from the American College of Sports Medicine as a health and fitness professional.Rather than parking bodies in front of a flatscreen and treadmill, CrossFit workouts fully engage bodies and minds with high-intensity drills such as box jumps, sprints, hang cleans, and aggressive flexing. Armed with the motivation and know-how of a qualified coach and the functional movement and muscle-building exercises of a CrossFit workout, students can become stronger, leaner, and healthier all around.
Urban Lumber Company’s woodworkers snatch still-viable wood from the mouth of the landfill and repurpose it into signature slabs of lumber or vibrant, handcrafted furniture. Operating an onsite sawmill and dry kiln, they shape pieces inspired by the natural colors and size proportions of each storm-damaged, dead, and chopped tree they use, blending different grains and edges into distinctive final products. Urban Lumber Company can equip builders with cabinet- and furniture-grade woods for their own projects, as well as instrument-grade tone woods for guitars, mandolins, or mannequin replicas of Duran Duran.
Rodda is the largest paint manufacturer in the Pacific NW with 48 stores in 5 states. We bring quality products and services to our customers & contractors in the residential, commercial, industrial & marine fields and partner with them to build successful businesses, because we believe "It's the finish that counts!"
Owned and operated by glass artists and collaborators Alejandro Hernandez and Ciara Cuddihy, Studio West houses a gallery of fine paintings and glasswork attached to a full glassblowing studio. The cream walls and bright lights of the gallery give way to the industrial metal and stony tile of the workshop, where artisans can be seen retrieving white-hot gobs of glass from the furnaces. These mounds of molten potential are regularly rolled and shaped into handmade trinkets and vases, which can be immediately smashed and melted, completing their life cycle. Visitors can experience the process for themselves during workshops, where they receive hands-on training from the glassworkers in how to bend the superheated silica to their will.