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.
The family-friendly environment at Allegro Violin and Music offers a large selection of violins to suit each individual, which works out well because the violin has been hard at work producing quality sound in a manner that music instructors find easy to share with students. Kids can trade in violins to accommodate growth without any additional cost, and players of all levels can buy or rent violas, cellos, and upright bass instruments, in addition to violins. Students can also stock up on necessary accessories, from music stands and strings to clamp-on electronic tuners.
Frame Central, where the upbeat, fun-loving staff works alongside customers preserving their artwork and keepsakes. Frame Central prides itself on its expedient one-day framing. Staffers have devoted years to learning how to craft custom frames fast without sacrificing quality. For one thing, they keep all their materials on hand, saving on time spent sending off for special orders. For another, customers can design and make the frames themselves or meet staffers halfway by allowing them to professionally cut the materials for easy home assembly.
A team of experienced instructors at The Lotus Seed leads yoga classes for students at all levels of expertise, including sessions for children. Other courses range from Warrior yoga to introductory belly dancing and spinning. The studio was founded to help bring yoga to a broader audience within the community, and it has partnered with groups such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) program, Portland State University, and others.