Gourmet foods, including cedar-plank salmon and flatiron steak, form the foundation of the dishes served by Divine Catering's licensed and insured crew. Chef and proprietor Alisa LaFurge helms the culinary team, which won Best Bite at the 2011 Taste of Portland. Adept at crafting fare for gatherings small and large, the crew pulls together menus for less formal events that call for boxed lunches and afternoon snacks to weddings that command epic feasts or rows of troughs, depending on the species of the bride and groom.
The gastro gurus at Portland Catering Company design menus and rental plans that capture an event’s unique tone, working with clients to develop arresting fare for weddings, parties, and corporate events. Seasonal menus keep cuisine current, and year-round offerings range from no-fuss turkey sandwiches to couture-dressed filet mignon. Breakfast items, hors d'oeuvres, and desserts fuel day-long appetites, and an alfresco menu for clambakes and barbecues brings the dining experience to hungry trees.
Recently snapped wedding albums, boutique squares, and coffee-table books grace Alyssa Westermann’s studio space, tucked in the back of the home where she lives with her high-school sweetheart, Corey. Comfy couches, nestled in the corner of the room, accommodate new clients during consultations, and the viewing room’s projector exhibits high-definition versions of every image during postsession ordering appointments. In between those meetings, the studio’s professional-lighting setup and bountiful backdrops and props enrich one-hour portraiture sessions, though Alyssa also frames her natural, rarely posed shots on location as well. In addition to family, high-school senior, and child portraits, Alyssa’s award-winning squad continues to increase its tally of more than 100 weddings photographed with extensive coverage of nuptial ceremonies and scavenger hunts for lost wedding rings.
Most women begin an exercise routine to lose their baby weight; NASM-certified personal trainer Renea entered a figure competition. She brings that same moxie to Bridgeport Fitness's women's boot-camp classes, which burn calories and tone bodies using high-intensity interval-training exercises. If you have agoraphobia—the fear of many sweaty people working out at once—she also offers onsite personal training.
In 1976, Joan Barnes—a California mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children's cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes for parents, newborns, and children under 1 year that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
Since 1988, Auto Care Super Saver has been helping car owners save cash with maintenance punch cards redeemable at local auto shops throughout the course of a full year. These cards come loaded with all kinds of prepaid services, including at least three full-service oil changes with up to 5 quarts of oil, lube, and a new filter. Depending on the location, punch cards may also feature tire rotations, brake inspections, engine-light readings, air-conditioning performance tests, and other repairs and inspections essential to a car's well-being. Customers can transfer the punch card's benefits to any ride, ranging from station wagons to sports cars to feral merry-go-round mounts.