At My Little Children, parents discover a variety of new and lightly used treasures from such brands as Gymboree, Gap, and The Children’s Place, dressing their progeny in comfortable duds while keeping them occupied for hours with fun gadgets and whatchamacallits. A quality-controlling set of consignment guidelines ensures each item is spotlessly clean and meets the famously discriminating tastes in style held by all toddlers. Kids romp in colorful threads, aided in their playtime by the shop's ample collection of toys as parents stock up on strollers, highchairs, and kids' furniture.
Behind the sushi bar at Sushi Seoul, an ocean of fresh seafood acts as an artistic medium. Skilled chefs fold neat slices of freshwater eel, plump morsels of Dungeness crab, and colorful clusters of salmon roe into specialty rolls topped with dashes of color—crisp green onions, sweet mango, creamy avocado. And to highlight how much their finished works resemble edible art, they eschew lackluster names such as “Roll #2” or “Biology Homework” in favor of appropriately poetic titles such as “Red Moon” and “Rising Sun.”
Out of the spotlight, specialty chefs do something similar with the Japanese and Korean entrees they whip up in the kitchen. Five kinds of ramen simmer with cuts of tender pork or sprigs of scallions while pans flash-fry mushrooms and black tiger prawn tempura. What results are plates as pleasing to the eye as they are to the tongue. But to keep them from bearing the responsibility of the meal alone, they pair expertly with draft brews, fruity bubble teas, and bites of mochi—a sweet, traditional treat that has the soft consistency of a marshmallow or an incredibly ineffective bank vault.
The City of Eugene Recreation Services' dedicated staffers encourage locals to build strong relationships and muscles through diverse recreation programs offered year-round. They organize and lead snowboarding and kayaking programs for outdoor adventure-seekers, helm dance classes, and operate fitness facilities to provide indoor retreats for youth and families'. At Echo Hollow and Sheldon, staffers slip into indoor pools to lead aquatic fitness classes, or stay out of the water to monitor lap swims. In warmer months, the Amazon outdoor water arena allows swimmers to shoot down water slides at speeds faster than comets sprinkled with coffee. Aiming to make activities enjoyable to all partakers, the City of Eugene Recreation Services provides a bevy of adaptive recreation services for participants with disabilities as well as a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year.
When it comes to filling women’s wardrobes, Little Black Dress aims to be as ubiquitous as its namesake apparel. The consignment shop inches closer to its goal with every addition to its inventory, a meticulously curated collection of vintage designer clothing. Jimmy Choo shoes, Coach handbags, and apparel by Oscar De La Renta, Ralph Lauren, and Zac Posen fill the racks and shelves, which undergo constant makeovers as new items pour in. In addition to upscale items, Little Black Dress also stocks casualwear such as T-shirts and jeans, the official garments of weekends and National Blue Jeans Day.
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.
Fabulous Floors combines the personalized service of locally owned business with the advanced training, resources, and technology available to a national franchise. The company?s not-so-secret weapon is its proprietary, eco-friendly floor resurfacing system, which improves the appearance of hardwood floors without sanding away any of the wood. To begin a process that takes less than 24 hours, technicians buff away floors? imperfections by operating standing machines or tap dancing until exhausted. A chemical wash removes dirt and waxes and prepares wood for a water-based polyurethane, which is available in gloss, semi-gloss, or satin finishes. The system is dust-free and low-odor?it?s earned Greenguard?s indoor air quality certification?and it costs less than traditional resurfacing techniques, which can also take several days to perform.