City Farm facilitates fruitful and sustainable relationships between its customers and Mother Earth by filling personal gardens with an abundance of edible and medicinal plants. City Farm carries plant species both common and unusual to the area's climate, and dresses up gardens with ornamental landscaping and flowering plants. The center’s botanical experts embrace ethical farming practices by carrying only open-pollinated and non-GMO seeds and feeding dirt with organic fertilizers made from kelp meal, fish meal, and bone meal. Using these ingredients to sprout their own produce aisle, gardeners can transfer their hard work into pantries with City Farm’s home-preservation supplies such as cheesecloth and mason jars.
In addition to vending supplies, plants, and even baby chicks, City Farm holds workshops and classes throughout the year, focusing in on season-specific gardening topics. After perusing the wares or filling eardrums with tricks of the trade, patrons can enjoy coffee, tea, and fresh pastries at The Garden Well, an onsite food truck. The ever-changing menu includes peanut-butter cookies, egg-and-sausage empanadas, and caramel-apple-pie turnovers disguised as broccoli.
The two-time NCAA Division I champion Portland Pilots women's soccer team has kicked off its 2010 season on a high note, winning the first two matches. The female Pilots are ranked fifth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, and they once again have their eyes on the soccer-ball-shaped prize after dribbling their way to the quarterfinals in 2009. On the docket for this season is a crop of hard-kicking teams, including bouts with two Pac-10 rivals in early October.
Furnished with an antique vanity mirror and a vintage lime-green sofa, Chameleon Salon physically represents the staff?s laid-back, funky, and creative attitudes. In that upbeat environment, they cut and color hair and apply rejuvenating facials. A full-service spa, the list of indulgent services can fill whole days with waxing and teeth-whitening treatments. And, as an all-encompassing oasis, Chameleon also offers services customized to suit those of the male persuasion.
With nine locations throughout the region, Mattress World Northwest brings healthful relaxing sleep to thousands of Oregonian bedrooms. Sean Hathaway and Sherri Hiner display an unshakeable state pride through their long success as an Oregon-based company, curating a huge selection of pillow-top, memory-foam, and gel mattresses from brands such as Englander, Sealy, and ComforPedic, and sporting matching tattoos of the official state farm animal.
Staying true to Sherri's motto of "do right and sleep tight," Mattress World Northwest not only helps friends and customers rest easy with an abundance of brand-name mattresses, but also remains active in the community through support of the Portland Police Sunshine Division and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
At Young Art kids' boutique, staffers fill shelves with designer children's clothing and premium art supplies that encourage creativity and self-expression. BioChalk, for instance, advances chalk beyond the boundaries of the chalkboard: the dust-free sticks leave their mark on walls, whiteboards, windows, mirrors, and invisible friends with easy wipe-up cleaning. Ensuring creativity remains a safe pursuit, Young Art offers versatile supplies with easy cleanup, many of which are AP-certified nontoxic by the Arts and Creative Materials Institute.
Kids use their tools at home to expand on lessons learned during the shop's art classes, where students as young as 4 create masterpieces depicting child-friendly subjects, such as animals and flowers. Some imagination-centric locations also encourage kids to wear their creativity on their backs with a selection of clothing, such as vibrant accessories, colorful dresses with graphic prints, and outerwear.
Maximo Products is a Washington-based audio accessory developer obsessively dedicated to providing quality sound products. Airborne iPod listeners can shut out engine noise and the chatter of talkative travelling companions with Maximo's iM-590 enhanced-definition isolation earphones ($60), whose ergonomically-designed eartips snugly fit into even the most oddly shaped canals. Closer to the ground, the lightweight in-line mic and nearly invisible rubber cable of the iP-HS2 isolation headset ($50) make it easy for onlookers in city parks to mistake businessmen on conference calls for pigeon whisperers. A single-touch control button rests on the chest for easy access when you need to hang up or switch tracks. See the full selection of earphones and headsets on Maximo's website.