Plato's Closet carries a wide assortment of gently used men's and women's clothing and accessories, ranging from affordable high-end retail brands to finer designer items. Surrounded by discounts of as much as 70% off retail price, uninhibited shoppers can construct a complete outfit or six without having to empty their wallets to pan for river diamonds. All of the merchandise that Plato's Closet stocks—including shoes, skirts, tanks, clutches, and more—is held to a strict quality standard and generally dates from the past 12 to 18 months. The racks of goods (individual items are often priced at less than $10) rotate constantly, and the front door goes ajar seven days a week, leaving a wide timeframe for store-crossed shoppers and garments to unite under seasonal practicality or astrologically illogical harmony.
Stocked with a smorgasbord of phone and tablet accompaniments, Cases 4 Phones facilitates countless 12-hour exchanges of Sesame Street quotes with cases, chargers, and headsets. Whether app-happy customers need a new case (starting at $15) for their Droid or a replacement charger (starting at $10) for their iPhone, Cases 4 Phones carries convenient contrivances for nearly any name-brand phone, new or old. Headsets range from the wired variety (starting at $10) to the Bluetooth catalogs of Jawbone, BlueAnt and LG (starting at $18), which are more conducive to the busy-handed lifestyles of master fencers and fast-talking street surgeons. Lovers of big, sloppy sandwiches and those afflicted with scissorhands syndrome will appreciate the safeguards provided by screen protectors (starting at $8 for a two-pack), and lonely devices can get to know the nearest USB port with a new data cable (starting at $10).
Everyone has to eat, but not everyone has the time to cook. That's where Dine In 2Nite, brainchild of chefs Claire Kats and Marcus Todd, comes in: They take the planning and preparation out of dinnertime. Every weeknight, Dine In 2Nite trucks travel to customers' doorsteps toting steaming hot entrees and side dishes crafted by gourmet chefs. The menu offers a mix of reimagined comfort foods, such as beef stroganoff, and ethnic plates, such as sesame beef chow mein. Each individually portioned meal is well balanced and chock full of vegetables and protein, giving you the energy to stay up past the Boogieman's bedtime. The chefs use local ingredients as often as possible, and never rely on foods laden with preservatives or artificial additives, so diners can rest assured their dinners are both delicious and healthy.
The florists who operate Sabel's Flowers started out lugging buckets of flowers onto Portland street corners to sell to passing pedestrians. As business grew, they began selling the blooms from miniature cottages and grocery stores. Today, patrons across the country can order vibrant red, pink, and yellow roses, handpicked from flower farms and arranged into bouquets. Bouquets can be shipped inside boxes or hand-delivered by florists who make the trek to each customer's front door on foot.
Joined by two colleagues, Dr. Gene Scheel founded Dynamic Dental Products in an effort to grant patients access to professional-strength dental tools at home. The online shop offers take-home teeth-whitening kits that include all the frills of the dentist’s office, from the LED light to the custom-fit trays—which patients can mold themselves in seconds. The dynaSonic toothbrush system offers top cleaning abilities, thanks to multiple speeds and brushes that move at 40,000 strokes per minute. After brushing, customers can keep their bristles clean with a dynaLite UV sanitizer.
The owners of Lil' Dudes and Divas are experienced when it comes to clothing children: they have five kids of their own. Visitors to their boutique can peruse gently worn apparel from newborn size through size 16 as well as new garments by brands such as Mud Pie, Hula Mula, and Rock Baby. The shop also stocks useful items such as car seats, children's books, and maternity clothes.