Indecision is all part of the fun when it comes to visiting Yogurt Shack. Each shop features self-serve stations that patrons use to fill their cups with calcium-rich YoCream frozen yogurt?a frosty, certified Kosher treat made with a high count of live natural cultures and no high-fructose corn syrup. But choosing a yogurt may prove deliciously daunting, as the staff rotates the selection of flavors at every store and adds seasonal favorites throughout the year. The lineup can include everything from classic chocolate and vanilla to cake batter and fruity sorbets. Once their decisions have been made, customers can finish their personalized creation by topping the yogurt with fruits, candies, and edible name tags before paying by the ounce at the register.
Owned and operated by family members Glenn, Dave, and Shobi Dahl of NatureBake and Dave's Killer Breads, The Healthy Bread Store arms the Portland area with fresh, day-old, and frozen certified-organic baked goods. Dave's Killer Breads, Healthy Bread Store's featured line, offers a wide range of nutritious, whole-grain foodstuffs that are as delectable as they are nourishing. Emblazoned with a guitar-wielding rendering of its burly creator, each loaf of Dave's Killer Bread packs a satisfying punch of grains more beneficial to the body than an unsatisfying punch of clenched fingers.
Shoe Mill treats tootsies to an extensive selection of high-quality shoes and accessories complemented by a meticulous approach to finding the ideal fit. Like a plant in a sun chamber, foot-digits blossom under the possibilities of chic, versatile new styles for both men and women. Sassify soles in Rieker Sheila 54 boots ($179.95), or coddle cold feet in the warmth of sheepskin UGGs. Josef Seibel Men's Walth shoes ($70) provide dapper cover for mismatched socks, and a range of outdoor shoes] allow walkers to take on the elements with all the confidence of a candy thief in a room full of unarmed babies. An arsenal of care products is available to protect newly purchased foot wrappers from moisture, dirt, and other perils.
The Gourmet Man enlivens meals and snacks with signature MSG- and preservative-free gourmet seasonings and dips. With flavors such as Holy Jalapeno, Spunky Spinach, Lobster Lobster, Kickin’ Cajun Shrimp, PartyDipz add zest to dippable edibles from chips and crackers to veggies. The G-Gourmet line of all-natural gourmet dried spices blends natural sea salt with dozens of flavor-packed ingredients, giving pastas, meats, and vegetables a new life without legally changing their names.
Although most chefs have their own unique style of peeling, dicing, and julienning veggies, they all have one thing in common: they each require precise, sharp knives. At Excalibur Cutlery and Gifts, the staff ensures that tools remain as close to their factory condition as possible. During sharpening services, a water-cooled belt system and buffing wheels restore a piercing blade while removing a minimal amount of steel. They can sharpen kitchen, pocket, and hunting knives, as well as dull scissors and razors.
The shop also stocks premium models of nearly every edge they sharpen. The cutlery department stocks German-made Wusthof and Henckels, Swiss-made Forschner, and Oregon-grown Kershaw knives. Ideal for camping trips, pocket knives come in both blade and multitool varieties. More genteel wares include manicure sets and old-fashioned shaving kits. Excalibur also boasts a collection of swords for the collector or CEO whose business suit needs extra panache.