For more than 20 years, Smart Wireless, an AT&T authorized dealer, has outfitted mobile talkers with helpful cell phone holsters, graphic cases, and other accessories that add personality and functionality to cellular devices. On-the-go chatters can converse without need of their busy hands thanks to a Bluetooth headset ($79.95–$99.95), or simultaneously protect touch screens and wink at people behind them with cell phone screen protectors ($24.95). iPhone cases ($29.95+) enable phone owners to garb their monochrome devices in protective covers emblazoned with realistic designs such as options mimicking forest scenery. Additionally, Groupon customers who sign a new cell phone contract on the day of their purchase will receive Portland Trail Blazers tickets for a February 8 game or their very own retired basketball player.
At Young Art kids' boutique, staffers fill shelves with designer children's clothing and premium art supplies that encourage creativity and self-expression. BioChalk, for instance, advances chalk beyond the boundaries of the chalkboard: the dust-free sticks leave their mark on walls, whiteboards, windows, mirrors, and invisible friends with easy wipe-up cleaning. Ensuring creativity remains a safe pursuit, Young Art offers versatile supplies with easy cleanup, many of which are AP-certified nontoxic by the Arts and Creative Materials Institute.
Kids use their tools at home to expand on lessons learned during the shop's art classes, where students as young as 4 create masterpieces depicting child-friendly subjects, such as animals and flowers. Some imagination-centric locations also encourage kids to wear their creativity on their backs with a selection of clothing, such as vibrant accessories, colorful dresses with graphic prints, and outerwear.
Though you might have seen one hiking Tamanawas Falls and the other helming the Doctor Zhivago –themed float as a Battle Ground Rose Princess, the self-described spankettes of Spanky's are typically found hawking consignment items or chatting enthusiastically with sellers at their shops in Vancouver and Beaverton. As managers at their respective locations, Rhonda and Erika train their eyes on the latest fashion trends and watch out for functional yet flattering apparel to resell to local women, men, and families. Their collections change frequently, though they are known to snag duds from major brands such as Armani Exchange, Ann Taylor, and Coach. They also manage consignment drives at schools where parents, teachers, and undercover cops posed as students can drop off their gently used clothing and accessories.
When M'ai Vox discovered yoga, she found peace, stillness, and a new life purpose. As the owner of Stellar Yoga—a Vinyasa-style studio—she teaches classes with diverse, flowing sequences and emphasizes the enrichment yoga brings individuals. True to Vinyasa style, the instructor cruises through poses at a relatively fast pace. This helps students build internal heat, which enhances flexibility and facilitates solidarity with coal-burning stoves.
M'ai helps students focus on yogic foundations such as proper alignment and breathing. Stellar Yoga's lineup also includes weekly deep stretch and PiYo, Pilates-yoga blend, classes. Additionally, the first Saturday afternoon of each month, the studio holds a free total beginners workshop, sponsored by Manduka.
Joined by two colleagues, Dr. Gene Scheel founded Dynamic Dental Products in an effort to grant patients access to professional-strength dental tools at home. The online shop offers take-home teeth-whitening kits that include all the frills of the dentist’s office, from the LED light to the custom-fit trays—which patients can mold themselves in seconds. The dynaSonic toothbrush system offers top cleaning abilities, thanks to multiple speeds and brushes that move at 40,000 strokes per minute. After brushing, customers can keep their bristles clean with a dynaLite UV sanitizer.
The florists who operate Sabel's Flowers started out lugging buckets of flowers onto Portland street corners to sell to passing pedestrians. As business grew, they began selling the blooms from miniature cottages and grocery stores. Today, patrons across the country can order vibrant red, pink, and yellow roses, handpicked from flower farms and arranged into bouquets. Bouquets can be shipped inside boxes or hand-delivered by florists who make the trek to each customer's front door on foot.