Serving gadget enthusiasts since 1978, Hear No Evil can equip any home or vehicle with the latest stereos, TVs, speakers, and sound- and vision-enhancing devices. The massive showroom boasts gizmos from brands such as Samsung, Krell, Alpine, and JL Audio. Enthusiastic employees help customers with challenges such as purchasing audiovisual electronics, figuring out which stereo system to buy, or cloning a doppelg?nger to help them watch every episode of The X Files. Versatile electronic experts draw from a wide range of knowledge to program and design custom sound systems for vehicles, businesses, and living spaces.
With sessions held every day of the week, winning a jackpot is almost always possible at B&G Bingo. The bingo hall has been open for 34 years, and though the name of the game has remained the same, the organization has adopted several modern conveniences, including electronic packages, a full-service deli, and rewards cards for frequent visitors.
A bright-yellow biplane soars through the sky, performs barrel rolls, and loops into the clouds—all while staying 10 inches above the ground. Across Imagine: Play's rooms and halls, a treasure trove of toy vehicles and themed areas lets children stretch their imaginations. Each pintsize visitor can transform into the captain of a 20-foot tugboat, conduct a 12-foot blue locomotive, or plunge down a bounce house's slides. Elsewhere, 50 puppets act out plays, and a 20-foot-long chalkboard hallway transforms into whatever scene springs from kids' minds. Imagine: Play's creators built each of these areas with low walls, which allow parents to keep an eye on kids from nearby picnic tables. The staff members' creativity also stretches to themed upstairs party rooms. Here, they hang colorful backdrops that can teleport guests into a jungle, a tropical beach, or a medieval-castle scene.
Bollywood Dreams? DJ and dance instructor Prashant expresses himself in the international language of dance with undeniable exuberance and contagious energy. Prashant teaches a variety of styles at local colleges and demonstrates his performance prowess with two Portland-area Bollywood bands. Prashant?s monthly dance parties at The Crystal Ballroom give students an opportunity to strut new choreographies while he spins Bollywood and Bhangra tunes.
Recently lauded by the Portland Mercury, Record Room invites the vinyl-obsessed and tape-enthused to lounge in its store and peruse the eclectic selection of new and used records and cassettes. Music-lovers can be paired with their favorite efficient producers of eight notes, such as Super Wild Horses, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Mars, Nathaniel Merriweather, and more. Prices range from $1 for used vinyl to $50 for special collectible records, with most records falling into the $10–$20 range, unless they’re signed by all four members of Jimmy Carter’s famed prog-Viking-metal band. Melody mavens can take spins at different listening stations and email poetic music reviews via Record Room's free WiFi.