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.
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.
Urban Wine Works curates wines from across the world to fill the shelves of their shop and slosh into glasses in their tasting room. Frequent events highlight wines from regions such as southern France and southern Oregon or bring live music into the space. Sommeliers at the wooden bar also pour out a themed flight of the week featuring five related wines alongside a cheese plate. In addition, the shop stocks bottles from the owners' winery and vineyard, Bishop Creek Cellars, which grows pinot-noir grapes on pinot-noir rootstock for a purer expression of the grape's flavor.
Each weekday, fresh, hormone- and antibiotic-free milk arrives at the doorsteps of Portland Milk customers mere hours after milking at local grade-A family dairy farms. In between, it makes a short stop at Sunshine Dairy Farms, where personnel bottle each drop in half-gallon paperboard cartons to prevent oxidation and exposure to light, which destroys vitamins. The cardboard containers also ensure the milk has a pure flavor and won't adopt the plastic taste that plagues many supermarket brands or milk bottled by Fisher Price. The farm-fresh philosophy also extends to Portland Milk’s other products, including hormone-free and organic butter, cage-free brown eggs, and low-fat yogurt. The nocturnal delivery crew begins their rounds Monday through Friday at midnight, ensuring that products are ready to join the breakfast table by 8 a.m.