For a decade, the International Sportsmen’s Exposition has been summoning big-name big-game experts to share the latest developments in camping, fishing, hunting, and other outdoor pursuits. This year, the expo will attract hundreds of exhibitors—from outfitters to hunting lodges to wildlife societies—to set up shop alongside outdoor-themed attractions, including a 40-foot aquarium, a rock-climbing wall, and a 100-foot trophy of elk and deer. Catch one of the dozens of seminars with leading elk hunters, bass anglers, and wilderness survival experts, who’ll bestow knowledge nuggets upon eager audiences before a gang of wild badgers concludes with a thoughtful counterpoint.
One sunny day, Rob Kelley's kids did something characteristically adorable: they decided to make juice from berries they'd picked in the fields. Not so adorably, they spilled the pitcher of just-smashed berries all over one of his dining-room chairs, and the dark purple juice spread across the upholstery. Luckily for the kids, their father owns Sweet's Chem-Dry, and after a session with the company's hot carbonating extraction system, all evidence of the accident disappeared. Kelley documented his success in a small Facebook album.
His team employs the same carbonation system, along with a green, nontoxic cleanser, to lift dirt and debris from carpets, area rugs, and car interiors. Propelled by a truck-mounted machine, the system's microscopic bubbles delve deep into fibers to push grime to the surface, where hot-water extraction flushes it away. Since this system does not leave residue the way cleaning a carpet traditionally or just letting the birds have at it does, carpets stay clean longer. Fabrics dry in up to two hours, and optional protectant shields carpets and upholstery from future stains.
Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning was ranked #72 on Entrepreneur's 2013 list of the top 500 franchises, and for good reason. The carpet-cleaning company is completely eco-friendly, using a specially formulated, water-based cleaning solution that’s safe for pets, children, and nature. Riding this wave of popularity, the company sees new owner-operated franchise locations popping up like sudsy bubbles across the U.S. every year. Though the company specializes in carpets and area rugs, technicians can also use their cleaning expertise to lift stains from car upholstery, floor tiles, or a robot’s mohawk.
With nine locations throughout the region, Mattress World Northwest brings healthful relaxing sleep to thousands of Oregonian bedrooms. Sean Hathaway and Sherri Hiner display an unshakeable state pride through their long success as an Oregon-based company, curating a huge selection of pillow-top, memory-foam, and gel mattresses from brands such as Englander, Sealy, and ComforPedic, and sporting matching tattoos of the official state farm animal.
Staying true to Sherri's motto of "do right and sleep tight," Mattress World Northwest not only helps friends and customers rest easy with an abundance of brand-name mattresses, but also remains active in the community through support of the Portland Police Sunshine Division and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Since 1983, Moore’s Quality Cleaners has lifted stains from garments, reassured customers with a 100 percent guarantee, and made sure its staff is guided by its 8 Points of Perfection. The 8 Points mandate consultations about any spots, wrapping for delicate buttons, and recleaning of garments that do not meet customer expectations. Staffers apply these stringent guidelines not only as they dry-clean, but also as they launder garments or alter apparel with faulty straps or too-long pants legs common among retired stilt walkers. To cut down on travel time, the cleaners can pick up and drop off dry cleaning twice a week at clients’ doors.
Like fancy suits, sofa sets are sewn from the same cut of fabric. These matching sets provide a well-rounded look in living rooms, but near misses tend to clash due to their small differences. At 20 show rooms throughout the western US, Mor Furniture for Less arranges complete-room sets so customers can envision the collections in their own homes. Furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, and children's rooms can be found in each store along with individual lamps, tables, and entertainment centers. The stores also carry complete sets of beds, dressers, and nightstands so that homeowners don’t receive criticism from design bloggers in their dreams.