Run by green-thumbed Michelle Clark, Goose Hollow Gardens brightens moods with fresh-cut flowers and kaleidoscopically diverse plants, ideal for those seeking to decorate their abodes or bequeath their loved one. Send a blossoming floral arrangement ($50-$85) to a significant other or flower-allergic enemy, or pick-up a bulb-housing terrarium ($12+) as a mansion for refined monocle-wearing dandelions. Outdoor and indoor plants ($2.95+) rotate seasonally, gracing drab dwellings with energetic flora such as daffodils, cherry blossoms, peonies, and calla lilies available in the spring and summer, and deep autumnal shades of dahlias and zinnias available during the fall.
Benjamin Blak's fashion fanatics stock their colorful boutique with locally created, skin-hugging products for both men and women. Men's square-cut underwear impress pants pockets, fly zippers, and stylish x-ray machines alike with clever themes and sturdily constructed style ($35). The Rugby line splashes preppy sport motifs onto its shorts, and the Spirit of Ecstasy line prepares its gentlemen for pants-free emergencies with belt loops prepped to hold keys or the hooked thumbs of a cowboy surveying the land. Lady anatomies can snag inspiration from men's traditions with women's boxers ($20) or don Chinese flora with lacy bamboo panties, woven from the sturdy grass into sustainably alluring shapes ($15). Shoppers can observe the creation of locally-made clothing from brands like Benjamin Blak, Storm, and Pulse while at the in-store studio.
Light prances across the hoods of gleaming rides in NW Auto Spa's sheltered bay, where technicians draw on extensive training to manually chase grit from finishes. Against a sonic backdrop of hissing water and raspberries blown on vehicular underbellies, crews polish windows and unleash vacuums in crumb-strewn interiors with services for all makes, models, and sizes of cars. In addition to basic details, crews bathe autos in luxury with additional services such as clay-bar treatments, fabric guard, headlight restoration, and tire dressing that leaves wheels with a sheen darker than Darth Vader's tuxedo.
From inside Union Hair and Skin Boutique, stylist Candice bestows clients with flattering new looks. She keeps features in mind while snipping hair into classic or trendy styles. During color treatments, Candice selects hues that complement skin tones and lifestyles.
Twist, Portland, is more than just a jewelry store. Owners Paul Schneider and Lauren Eulau have a special relationship with their professional designers. They credit their success to these relationships, who have helped make each piece into “wearable art.” Unlike cookie cutter jewelry stores who order their products online with no personal connection, Schneider and Eulau maintain regular contact with their designers. Portland has long been home to some of the nation’s most creative work and ideas, and its artsy vibe creates the perfect location for Twist. If you’re looking for art with a Twist, why not wear it?
When it was founded in 1987, Frame Central was a social hub for artists, and was even curiously named for facial hair. However, Beard Outlet has since morphed into a seven-location franchise, dedicated to simplifying the framing process. The shops’ onsite stock of matboard, frame moulding, and other key supplies ensures speedy DIY framing projects—which visitors can complete in an hour—and single-day professional framing. An array of pre-framed mirrors and artwork allows shoppers to enhance their blank walls without taping a napping friend to them. Shoppers can also stock up on framing supplies such as case glass and hanging hardware.