The designers at Art Heads Custom Framing preserve portraits, paintings, collectibles, and family heirlooms. These aesthetic experts?who recently framed a pair of gloves formerly inhabited by Marilyn Monroe's hands?consult with clients to customize a frame based on clients' display preferences, the significance of the memorabilia, and whether soon-to-be-framed items might attempt escape. Using these designations, clients draw inspiration from more than 3,000 frame samples to craft frames that include such touches as decorative mouldings and UV-resistant glass.
At Paint N' Fire—a paint-your-own pottery studio—shelves of unfinished plates, mugs, and other ceramics wait to be adorned by walk-in painters of all skill levels. Artists work at tiled tables in an earth-toned studio to create imagery that's wildly innovative, beautiful, or commemorates the ancient Athenian victory at Marathon on pottery ready to be filled with flowers, pencils, or wishes. Pottery painters can also use an onsite copier to magnify or reduce graphics and apply those to ceramics. Within a week after studio sessions, glazed and kiln-fired masterpieces are ready for pickup.
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.
Stationed out of a quaint wooden cart, The Portland Soup Company ladles up liquid lunches—from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.—plus an eclectic selection of hearty gourmet sandwiches, sweets, and salads. The seasonally updated lineup works with fruit and veggie availability to handcraft freshly concocted bowl-fillers, such as Guinness lamb stew, applewood-smoked trout chowder, and roasted pumpkin soup ($4/cup; $6/bowl). The cart also serves up sumptuous sandwich fixins, creating handheld edibles such as the handmade whole-milk mozzarella sandwich ($4/half-sandwich; $6/whole sandwich), which is stacked with oven-dried tomatoes, arugula, and drizzled in extra-virgin rosemary aioli. Before heading back to nearby Portland State University for the Introduction to Hamster Internet Videos lecture, diners can nab a sugary snack, such as the dainty brown-sugar lavender tea-cake ($2).