With more than 1,100 stores in 14 countries, Edible Arrangements brightens birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations with bushels of fresh fruit bouquets carved into myriad floral arrays. Fresh-cut fruit disguised as flowers or hand dipped in gourmet chocolates in 6- or 12-piece boxes make for quick gifts or edible apologies for eating the last piece of mistletoe. Selections include a dozen chocolate apple wedges that lie beneath salty and sweet sprinklings of coconut and almonds ($39), or 12 dipped strawberries that don creamy suits of semisweet or white chocolate ($32).
Urban Lumber Company’s woodworkers snatch still-viable wood from the mouth of the landfill and repurpose it into signature slabs of lumber or vibrant, handcrafted furniture. Operating an onsite sawmill and dry kiln, they shape pieces inspired by the natural colors and size proportions of each storm-damaged, dead, and chopped tree they use, blending different grains and edges into distinctive final products. Urban Lumber Company can equip builders with cabinet- and furniture-grade woods for their own projects, as well as instrument-grade tone woods for guitars, mandolins, or mannequin replicas of Duran Duran.
At each of Ace Hardware’s 4,600 locations around the world, attentive and knowledgeable associates oversee well-stocked shelves bearing domestic tools ranging from nuts and bolts to home goods and automotive supplies. As shoppers search for the right supplies to help with common projects such as finishing a basement or turning a mailbox into a working beehive, the shop’s hardware experts stand ready to dispense professional advice whenever it’s needed. They also deliver professional services—such as mower-blade sharpening, key cutting, and propane-tank refilling—that require more than just DIY oomph.
Come late July, plumes of lavender-scented steam arise from Mountainside Lavender’s still and drift through the cool mountain air. As the season winds down, the farm’s experts set to work extracting the essential oils from their crop via the millennia-old practice of steam distillation. With more than 20 varieties of french and english lavender dotting the side of Chehalem Mountain, farmers have more than enough buds to choose from for their small batches of oil, which many prize for its calming effects. What doesn’t end up bottled may debut in the farm’s selection of handmade soaps, massage oils, and eye pillows.
In addition to incorporating the potent herb into therapeutic goods, farmers open their fields to visitors, who can gather bunches of english and french lavender varietals that burst into purple, pink, and white blooms. They also welcome guests to pause from plucking, smelling, or explaining the concept of private property to bumblebees so they can savor a picnic lunch while soaking up views of Mount Hood and Saint Helens.
Paper & Petal Boutique invites clients to have a hand in their flower arrangements at their DIY flower lab that provides wholesale-price flowers, tools, and workspace to create beautiful arrangements. The staff members at the full-service florist also build their own arrangements and offer inspiration and advice for brides during wedding consultations. Locally handmade jewelry, gifts, and greetings also decorate the small retail storefront alongside flower arrangements blooming from mason jars. Clients may also create custom invitations for weddings or carpools by picking from a color palette and collection of designs and monograms to make each invite a personal one.
PoolTables.com stocks its clean, comfortable showrooms with Spencer Marston pool tables built from hardwoods and accented with details such as clawfoot legs or abalone inlays. Inch-thick, diamond-honed slabs of slate evenly line the tables' playing surfaces, making a smooth trajectory for pool balls or newborn bowling balls. Tables and chairs furnish pool or billiards lounges, and hanging table lights cast a classic glow on games. Patrons can also find accessories such as cue sticks with hard, leather tips or chalk that matches a particular color of tabletop felt.