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.
When people are ill, they usually either make a doctor's appointment or lie in bed and wait it out. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy has created a third option. Visits to its stores, which are scattered across the western US, are more casual than a doctor's visit but less passive than bed rest. Each location's team of health experts, including credentialed pharmacists, naturopathic doctors, herbalists, nutritionists, and more, consult with customers?no appointment needed.
But Pharmaca aims to serve its customers every day, not just on sick days. Its stores have been drawing droves of clients since 2000, partly because they meet so many needs in just one spot. In addition to a full-service pharmacy, Pharmaca offers organic and food-based vitamins from MegaFood and New Chapter; professional-grade skin care and cosmetics from Jane Iredale, Sanitas, and Dr. Hauschka; and therapeutic-grade supplements from Metagenics and Thorne Research. Customers can also choose from an assortment of homeopathic remedies, herbal formulations, medical supplies, toiletries, gifts, and fair-trade chocolates.
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.
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?