He's served in the US Army Special Forces, has a degree in behavior modification, and instructs black belt-level martial arts classes. In a word, Walter Chase is tough. He founded Fighting Chance to give others the same amount of control over their lives, be it through self-defense classes or conflict-resolution programs. Walter also works with at-risk kids during 8-week gang-prevention programs, where he uses poetry readings and group discussions to increase their confidence and help them make better life decisions.
5 Star Cleaners is on a mission. In addition to using recycled plastics for hangers and reusable garment bags, the conscientious cleaners keep the earth and their clients healthy by eliminating any trace of the toxic, but common, chemical perchloroethylene from its solvents. Whether cleaning area rugs, repairing and altering garments, preserving wedding gowns, or performing any other service, the shop keeps toxins from seeping into the area water supply by using biodegradable soaps and hiring vigilante mermen to patrol water reservoirs. Customers can drop off their clothing to be cleaned or opt for pickup and drop-off services.
Skylor Powell isn't your typical health counselor. In case her turkey-bacon grilled-cheese recipe doesn't make it obvious, the yoga instructor/road-trip-taker/chef has no interest in forcing bland or difficult-to-plan meals onto plates. Instead, Skylor is passionate about making healthy lifestyles fun, delicious, and easy, and her expertise has gotten the attention of KATU news. Skylor’s nutritional programs range from single half-hour refresher discussions to three-week meal plans, and three-month coaching regimens.
Though they may include meetings, e-mails, and encouraging skywriter messages, Skylor's one-on-one wellness programs are mainly characterized by her recipes. Designed to be tasty and simple to assemble, these recipes guide clients through the creation of their own meals, which are primarily gluten- and dairy-free, and frequently incorporate vegetarian and raw foods.
Acupuncturist Siamak Shirazi has a secret that he’s dying to share—acupuncture isn’t just for aches and pains anymore. Guided by his learned hands, the therapeutic needles of the ancient Chinese treatment can also erase the fine lines associated with aging, boosting circulation and collagen production and leaving faces looking younger. So, when he’s not busy sharing his cosmetic acupuncture skills on television, he's treating clients at 2bwell Clinic, a holistic healing studio dedicated to easing clients’ needs through preventive care, community wellness. Practitioners including massage therapists, naturopathic physicians, dieticians, and a breath-work specialist work together to devise integrative healthcare solutions and bust vitamin smuggling rings.
With the Columbia and Willamette Rivers in its backyard and Mount Hood rising from behind a sweeping skyline, Portland boasts stunning views. Determined to give their customers front-row perches to these vistas is Portland Spirit, which launches a cache of brunch, lunch, dinner, and sightseeing cruises that put the city in the forefront.
With a quintet of vessels—Portland Spirit, Williamette Star, Crystal Dolphin, Explorer, and Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler—and myriad private events for guests, Portland Spirit Cruises also customize jaunts for any occasion. The company also operates a trio of terrestrial venues in Marine Park: the Terrace at Thunder Island, the Gorge Pavilion, and Locks Waterfront Grill.