Maximo Products is a Washington-based audio accessory developer obsessively dedicated to providing quality sound products. Airborne iPod listeners can shut out engine noise and the chatter of talkative travelling companions with Maximo's iM-590 enhanced-definition isolation earphones ($60), whose ergonomically-designed eartips snugly fit into even the most oddly shaped canals. Closer to the ground, the lightweight in-line mic and nearly invisible rubber cable of the iP-HS2 isolation headset ($50) make it easy for onlookers in city parks to mistake businessmen on conference calls for pigeon whisperers. A single-touch control button rests on the chest for easy access when you need to hang up or switch tracks. See the full selection of earphones and headsets on Maximo's website.
Everyone has to eat, but not everyone has the time to cook. That's where Dine In 2Nite, brainchild of chefs Claire Kats and Marcus Todd, comes in: They take the planning and preparation out of dinnertime. Every weeknight, Dine In 2Nite trucks travel to customers' doorsteps toting steaming hot entrees and side dishes crafted by gourmet chefs. The menu offers a mix of reimagined comfort foods, such as beef stroganoff, and ethnic plates, such as sesame beef chow mein. Each individually portioned meal is well balanced and chock full of vegetables and protein, giving you the energy to stay up past the Boogieman's bedtime. The chefs use local ingredients as often as possible, and never rely on foods laden with preservatives or artificial additives, so diners can rest assured their dinners are both delicious and healthy.
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.
Through high-resolution, exquisitely composed images, Fraley Photography captures the special moments that seem so fleeting. That means training their cameras on first birthdays, newborns, moms-to-be, and your baby hedgehog's first bath. To complete photo shoots, they offer packages with both prints and digital files, as well as extras such as gallery canvas wraps and greeting cards.
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 owners of Lil' Dudes and Divas are experienced when it comes to clothing children: they have five kids of their own. Visitors to their boutique can peruse gently worn apparel from newborn size through size 16 as well as new garments by brands such as Mud Pie, Hula Mula, and Rock Baby. The shop also stocks useful items such as car seats, children's books, and maternity clothes.