Veteran artisan Suzie Liles had already been a reputable figure in the fiber arts community for nearly 20 years?teaching, chairing conferences, and being active in several design and weaving guilds?when in March 2008 she and a partner decided to open Eugene Textile Center. An MFA in Fibers from the University of Oregon, Suzie channels her training, experience, and passion for all things woolly into making the center a craftsperson's paradise of name-brand supplies and instructional workshops in various forms of textile conjuring. Local hobbyists and professional fiber artists alike are able to rent spinning wheels and other equipment on a weekly or monthly basis. Suzie also welcomes visitors to weaving and surface-design studios, which are equipped with looms and a dye kitchen.
When it gave cd/game Exchange the title of Best Entertainment Shop in its annual Best of Eugene roundup, Eugene Weekly praised the store for its “poster-covered walls and wide variety of things with which to entertain yourself.” Those things have constantly changed over cd/game Exchange’s 20-year existence, and today, its shelves are stocked with customer-supplied used CDs, video games, movies, posters, and apparel, instead of Hammer pants and VHS copies of Wrestlemania’s Greatest Hits. Experts inspect each item to determine its condition, then decide on a cash value and trade value. With their store credit or cash, customers can stock up on lightly used Wii titles and DVDs ranging from Spider-Man to Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Glass doors line two lofted floors at The Lesson Factory's headquarters, barely able to contain the harmonies held within. In training rooms throughout the facility, instructors—some with degrees as high as the graduate level—guide aspiring musicians of all ages toward their music-making goals with programs geared to individualized learning. Students choose from rock and classical instruments, learning how to form chords on a guitar, keep steady rhythms on drums, or nobly play violin on a sinking boat. Thanks to a steady schedule of blues jams for adults and recitals for kids, all budding musicians get the chance to show off their skills to an audience on a regular basis.
The dungeon masters within Evolution Gaming's dragon-haunted walls lord over not only a board-, card-, and model-game depot, but also a stadium that hosts campaigns, tournaments, and one-off games. Miniature battlefields both urban and rural might be rolled over by Flames of War tanks and infantry, or invaded by the elves, orcs, and humans of Warhammer. Aspiring game masters can peruse several walls of rulebooks before stepping into alternate worlds or eras of the past such as in Founding Fathers.
Skip's Records & CD World's knowledgeable staff of discography aficionados guides musical interests through a 9,000-square-foot store housing more than 70,000 titles. Dig through well-organized shelves groaning under the weight of more than 4,000 DVDs, 15,000 records, and 18,000 pre-owned CDs priced as low as a few bucks a piece, and peruse the 'new arrivals' section for fresh pre-played media. A locally owned business since 1988, Skip's boasts a sizeable selection of hometown artists, and frequently hosts in-store performances on their custom-built in-house stage and PA system.