The workouts at Drenched Boot Camp get the blood pumping, the muscles working, and the fat burning in less than an hour. Each 45-minute high-intensity session is created and guided by Julie Arts, a National Academy of Sports Medicine–certified personal trainer and certified TRX suspension trainer who has the motivational prowess to power students of all skill levels through a challenging yet rewarding class. Her sessions at JJ Jump begin with a jump in the bounce house to get students' bodies warmed up, stretch out muscles, and wiggle into tight workout shorts. Julie then leads her charges through 25–30 minutes of obstacle-course races, squats, pushups, and burpees. The trainer happily modifies the workouts to make sure beginners and injured students are comfortable. After a five-minute cool-down session, students can strut out of class with a new sense of confidence and a souvenir jar of their own sweat. In addition to helping individuals reach their health goals, Julie has spent four seasons with Team in Training in order to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Minimal packaging is used in wrapping IQ Natural’s all-natural serums, just one of the staff’s many demonstrations of eco-consciousness. They operate on a five-tier commitment to organic ingredients, ensuring that all products are free from unwholesome fillers, parabens, or multiple-choice test questions for animals. Many items are vegan.
From among the product lines, peels, masks, and toners set complexions aglow under mineral makeup that's culled from deep inside the earth’s cosmetic counter. Massage oils and scrubs render softer, smoother skin, and specially formulated baby products leave freshly scented tots in their wakes.
Owned and operated out of Oregon City, Greenblade Lawn Care fields a team of professional landscapers who expertly tend to the lawns, trees, and shrubs that surround customers’ homes. The team aims to reveal the healthy and verdant yards lying beneath weed overgrowth and makeshift MMA cages through its custom plans, composed of fertilization, aeration, and disease and pest prevention. Homeowners may also opt for 100% organic treatments, which include fertilizer made from the nitrogen naturally found in fish and chicken.
The team at Mattress Warehouse USA understands that buying a mattress is a huge commitment, so they don’t want their customers to feel pressured to get it exactly right the first time. Though they’re confident in their wide selection of memory-foam, pillow-top, and encased-coil mattresses from brands such as Easy-Rest and Corsicana, the store gives buyers a 60-day sleep trial during which they can return their mattress if they decide they don’t like it. Something else customers can do within 60 days is check the price—if another store sells their bed for less than they paid for it, they can return to Mattress Warehouse USA and receive a discount for the difference. Most mattresses can be delivered the same day, and crews can also remove the old mattress for free and drop it off at a local shelter or at a farm upstate where it can play with other old mattresses.
The game of golf is rife with opportunities for children to build character, learn new skills, make new friends, and adopt healthy, active lifestyles. As the local chapter of a national nonprofit organization, First Tee of Greater Portland seeks to expose the community's youth to this fun pastime and plant the seeds of a lifelong passion. Unfortunately, a number of hurdles lie between the game and those kids who stand to benefit the most, ranging from equipment cost to course proximity to the inner city. The First Tee helps disadvantaged youth overcome these issues with programs dedicated specifically to their unique situations, including free rounds and lessons, educational programs, and mentorships with responsible adults who aren't just desperate for caddying gigs.
The Portland chapter of The First Tee operates at 6 locations around the city, but only one is dedicated solely to the development of junior golfers. The Children's Course is a 9-hole layout with different pars for different age groups: it's a par 3 course for anyone 13 and over, a par 5 course for ages 9-12, and a par 7 course for those 8 and under.
Embroidered sombreros. Vintage car parts and license plates. Framed photos and old electric beer signs. The cerulean walls at the locally owned Anvil Barber Shop brim with bric-a-brac that seems to tell stories from days when the shop’s strait-razor shaves and comfortable barber chairs were the norm. The staff errs on the side of traditional attention to detail at those retro seats. They administer precise haircuts and classic hot-towel shaves while their of-age guests sip at complimentary beer and whiskey.