Overflowing with Czech glass, Swarovski crystals, and more than 150 varieties of freshwater pearls, Planet Bead's extensive bead collection furnishes DIYers and beading students with the tools create custom jewelry. The beads are available á la carte, along with a selection of beading kits and instruction books. Meanwhile, in a classroom stocked with comfy chairs and custom-built crafting tables, resident bead experts guide students through complex patterns during one-day workshops. Each class focuses on a single project, such as making an anklet from Czech seed beads or guessing the number of beads Hulk Hogan could thread into his mustache.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
In 1969, popular music was in the midst of a revolution, and Don MacLeod, his wife Loreen, and his brother-in-law Dan Lissy decided to carve out a permanent home for the ever-changing counterculture. That year, the three opened up a 800-square-foot record shop on the corner of 32nd and East Burnside, and Music Millennium quickly found a cult following for its collection of underground music and rare records, eventually expanding into an entire annex for classical music and a second location.
Over the past 40 years, Music Millennium has established itself as a regional institution, hosting in-store performances from celebrated artists as diverse as Matthew Sweet, Susanna Hoffs, Shonen Knife, Soundgarden, and Randy Newman. Visitors peruse an ever-expanding library of sound and video from a variety of genres and a wide range of formats, including CD, mini disc, cassette, vinyl, 8-track, reel-to-reel, and steam-powered wax cylinder.
The owner-artists at Portland Picture Frame summon a combined three decades of experience as they nestle paintings, photos, kids' art, tickets, and other wall cargo into custom-assembled frames. The store’s professional designers consult with customers to begin the decision-making process, choosing from hundreds of frames and mats, including deep shadow boxes, filigreed gold, mat-black finishes, and artfully arranged lincoln logs. Glass can also be customized, with options from regular clear to museum quality. Portland Picture Frame's staff also applies their expertise when meticulously restoring art. Their trained eyes offer complimentary in-home or office consultations in the Portland metro area.