Garden Thyme Nursery owner Patti Harris grows exclusively in unheated greenhouses, rendering her plants hearty enough to endure chilly spring mornings or the ice-cold glare of hungry vegetarians. Additionally, Harris selects only drought-tolerant and deer-resistant buds to join her nursery’s ranks, prizing perennials with extended bloom times.
Harris’s gardeners happily collaborate with customers to choose plants ideal for all types of gardens. But if green thumbs need further inspiration, Patti recommends a 1-mile jaunt to Oregon Garden, an 80-acre garden that grows many of the plants available at Garden Thyme Nursery.
Inside a historical brick building, Howard Hinsdale Cellars' wine pros select from international and Oregon-based small producers to fill glasses with potables, which diners sip between bites of creative and health-focused bistro fare. Tenders at the stained wooden bar pour each palate-pleasing blend, and the kitchen crew uses local, seasonal items as well as imported meats and cheese to craft more small plates than are spun by a circus school's kindergarten class. Beginning at 7 p.m., music fills the lounge-style dining area with groovy tunes from jazz groups and singer-songwriters. Visitors can also sip wine on a wooden deck overhanging a scenic creek or plan their visit to correspond with events such as tastings and movie nights.
HydroSports Dive and Travel’s certified scuba instructors tap into their enthusiasm for all things aquatic to train nascent sea explorers with thorough diving instruction. The staff formulate a roster of classes that includes a wide range of lessons, from basic tutorials that introduce essential skills to advanced courses that yield open-water certification and the ability to recite Keats underwater.
In addition to classes, HydroSports' onsite shop packs an arsenal of equipment from top-quality brands and ample rental gear for self-arranged dives. HydroSports Dive and Travel’s trainers also organize frequent diving excursions amid marine wonderlands such as Palau, Santa Catalina Island, and Poseidon's living room.
Signature service: Children's Arts and Crafts Studio
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Crayola, Play-doh, Rainbow Looms, Ikea, Art-Time, Legos
Pro Tip: Come in and take your time. There is no time limit for each session.
Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
We have only been open for three months, and I have already seen the some of our little artists 20?30 times, and they have grown so much as creative artists. With art being taken out of schools more and more, children feel a loss in their creative outlet. Young at Art creates a studio where artists can use their imagination and truly be involved in a hands-on experience.
Art is also a great way for our artists to show self-expression and to have it created in an art piece that they can take home. As an art advocate, I love seeing how much art and our studio have created a community of artists that are constantly exploring and expressing themselves with the world of art.
What's one tip for first-time customers that will make them feel like regulars?
Have your little artist in clothes that you don't mind them getting a little paint on. All of our paint is washable and nontoxic, but it's always nice when you don't have to worry at all how their clothes will look once they leave the studio.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
In 2005, I received my BA in art and performance, and in 2010, I received my master of arts in teaching from Willamette University. I have always had a passion for the arts and enriching children's lives.Thankfully, I now have a career that incorporates both. I'm very excited in sharing all that I have learned in the world of art with our community of little artists.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our studio is constantly changing and bringing in new artistic activities. Being innovative and ever-changing is one thing that our customers really appreciate. It helps to continue to expand our artists creativity.
Ever since Growl Movement opened, a rotating selection of craft beers, hard ciders, and kombucha teas have flowed freely through its taps. The various beverages are crafted at breweries around the Northwest, and most can't be found in a grocery store—normally, you'd have to journey to the breweries themselves to buy a supply for your home. The shop sells half-gallon growlers, quarter-gallon growlettes, pints, and taster portions. Growlers can be reused again and again with a quick wash between fills.
An ancient part of Chinese culture, crackling fireworks were once used to ward off evil spirits with their noisy display, which became a harbinger of a peaceful and prosperous new year. Black Cat Fireworks has upheld this explosive tradition since 1906, when the original company, Li & Fung, began refining and exporting firecrackers out of Canton and then Hong Kong. More than 100 years later—and since the 1940s in the United States—Black Cat continues to shell out everything from sparklers to roman candles to rockets.