In 1938, women ducked into the Knapp Family Restaurant carrying envelopes of cash. They weren’t looking for family-style eggs and hash, they were paying their gas bill. The restaurateur, Dwight Knapp, had unintentionally set up a second business by installing a propane pipeline underneath his eatery. His little business grew from supplying just a few neighbors to providing propane to the residents and businesses of nine markets in California and Oregon. Today, Blue Star Gas’s team of experts install and service tanks, fit pipes, and help convert cars or robot butlers to run on propane.
Oregon Green Pros helps customers grow hearty plants with wood ash?burnt wood that improves soil quality and contains calcium carbonate, which raises the pH of the soil. Slightly alkaline soil ensures that plants receive proper nutrients. In addition to using it on growing veggies such as tomatoes, Oregon Green Pros recommends sprinkling the ash on lawns to increase clover production and provide more nectar to bees, as well as spreading the wood ash around the base of hardwood trees.
Passengers on the Willamette Queen board the 87-foot sternwheeler at Riverfront Park in Salem and take a journey into the 19th century, an era when paddle steamers plied the waters of the Willamette. Wedding parties, birthdays, and company outings of up to 90 people climb aboard for gourmet dinners and lunches, dancing to live music on the solid oak floor, or sipping cocktails at the full service bar. Passengers gaze at the beauty of the river's tree-lined banks, play poker like an old-timey riverboat gambler, or watch a beautiful turtle wedding happening on the water.
Each of Hydro Zen’s heated Aqua Massage beds harnesses the power of the tides to relieve sore muscles, targeting areas of chronic tension with rolling waves and vibrating jet streams. Personalized controls allow each guest to dial up specialized sequences from 36 water jets that send ebbing and flowing currents of water pulsating across the full body. Unlike a traditional massage, the therapeutic aqua massage does not require clients to disrobe, sparing them the awkwardness of explaining away a past therapist’s tattooed signature.
An ancient part of Chinese culture, crackling fireworks were once used to ward off evil spirits with their noisy display, which became a harbinger of a peaceful and prosperous new year. Black Cat Fireworks has upheld this explosive tradition since 1906, when the original company, Li & Fung, began refining and exporting firecrackers out of Canton and then Hong Kong. More than 100 years later—and since the 1940s in the United States—Black Cat continues to shell out everything from sparklers to roman candles to rockets.
The Gourmet Man enlivens meals and snacks with signature MSG- and preservative-free gourmet seasonings and dips. With flavors such as Holy Jalapeno, Spunky Spinach, Lobster Lobster, Kickin’ Cajun Shrimp, PartyDipz add zest to dippable edibles from chips and crackers to veggies. The G-Gourmet line of all-natural gourmet dried spices blends natural sea salt with dozens of flavor-packed ingredients, giving pastas, meats, and vegetables a new life without legally changing their names.