One of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of paints in the Pacific Northwest, Parker Paint has been sprucing up interiors and exteriors since 1945. The company has evolved over the years to keep up with the latest advancements in painting technology. Among the multi-hued fruits of this evolution are weather-ready exterior paints, whose modern formulas scoff at the elements and prove ideal for realistic yet unflattering outdoor murals of the neighbors. With more than 1,600 shades to choose from, painters will find it nearly impossible to settle, like a bowl of jello during an earthquake. Luckily, customers can take advantage of the handy virtual decorator to narrow their choices and forecast what color schemes should be applied to which room, such as aquamarine themes for the exotic-fish room, bright primary colors for the inflatable fire escape, and a variety of yellows for a basement filled with antique butter churns.
Organic apples, grapes, and naseberries layer atop paprika inside All About U’s studio—but this concoction isn’t meant to be eaten. These natural, organic ingredients are used to deeply exfoliate skin—the powerful combo of natural fruit acids, detoxifiers, and oxygen boosters leaves faces smooth and glowing. The rejuvenating, exfoliating AHA facial is just one of All About U’s custom treatments, all of which use specific blends of organic fruits, herbs, and spices to meet each client’s unique skin needs. All About U’s staff also removes hair through waxing, sugaring, and mind control, and massages, reiki treatments, and infrared-sauna sessions encourage the release of tension. :m]]
Set in Rosebud, a 19th-century mining town, Boom Town takes audiences 145 years back in time on a whimsical Old West adventure. World-class circus performers, including many drawn from the ranks of Cirque du Soleil, use mining equipment and other colorful props to execute a variety of stunts and maneuvers worthy of double, triple, and quadruple takes. The acrobatic action takes place within the fittingly historical walls of the venerable Pantages Theater, a former vaudeville venue and movie house. Before or after the show, head down the street to Pacific Grill, where chef/owner Gordon Naccarato oversees a menu rich in nautical delicacies such as weathervane scallops ($30) and turf-based tastes including grilled lamb T-bone chops ($32).
Although most chefs have their own unique style of peeling, dicing, and julienning veggies, they all have one thing in common: they each require precise, sharp knives. At Excalibur Cutlery and Gifts, the staff ensures that tools remain as close to their factory condition as possible. During sharpening services, a water-cooled belt system and buffing wheels restore a piercing blade while removing a minimal amount of steel. They can sharpen kitchen, pocket, and hunting knives, as well as dull scissors and razors.
The shop also stocks premium models of nearly every edge they sharpen. The cutlery department stocks German-made Wusthof and Henckels, Swiss-made Forschner, and Oregon-grown Kershaw knives. Ideal for camping trips, pocket knives come in both blade and multitool varieties. More genteel wares include manicure sets and old-fashioned shaving kits. Excalibur also boasts a collection of swords for the collector or CEO whose business suit needs extra panache.
The technicians from CSCP Insulation set their services apart from competitors' in three ways. First, they fully customize every installation, honing in on each home's unique needs and tailoring the work to the individual structure. Once it's time to get started, they gather a cache of green materials that allow them to insulate, soundproof, and remove rodents in eco-friendly ways instead of relying on Pied Pipers to do the work. Finally, once they're ready to get to work, they do so in ways that are effective, but not disruptive, to those actually living in the home. They're so serious about this last bit, they pledge to try their best to leave the home as clean as it was before they got there, if not cleaner.
To maintain lush, green yards, Steve's Yard Service powers lawn mowers with more than 10 years of experience. They spruce up home landscapes with services such as weekly mowing, flowerbed maintenance, and aeration, a process that inserts small holes into lawns to deliver nutrients to soil and increase the oxygen flow into earthworms' underground condos. Steve's staff also installs annual flowers, cleans out gutters, and trims hedges. They'll even paint a house with a color that best indicates its owner’s mood.