Standard TV and Appliance has been equipping Oregonians with fridges, washing machines, televisions, and other home furnishings for nearly 70 years. Founded in 1947 by Clement and Hazel Gander, the appliance experts swiftly outgrew their original location and today boast four (soon to be five) locations in and around Portland. Besides selling new machines from top brands, they sling deals on quality used appliances, offer parts and repair services, and babysit lonely range-tops during long vacations.
Metropolis is a professional bicycle shop that specializes in road, commuter, and fixed-gear bicycles but offers services for every cyclist, from tandem off-roaders to vodka-sipping mailmen on grocery trikes. A basic tune-up includes truing wheels as well as adjusting the brakes, shifters, headset, and bearings. Metropolis Cycle's fleet of United Bicycle Institute–certified mechanics will also perform a general cleaning and safety check to further facilitate your rediscovered quest for transportational autonomy (parts are not included).
Specialists in temperature regulation, the licensed technicians at Home Comfort Design ensure cozy living spaces and thoroughly cooked meals with an inventory of fireplace insert, HVAC, stove, and barbecue products. The company’s founder has more than two decades of industry experience, and makes the trip to every client’s home to put his stamp of approval on each installation. Between his attentiveness and the store’s stock of products by such respected names as Luxaire, Heat & Glo, and Weber, homeowners can look forward to warm, comfortable interior spaces that allow them to repurpose blankets as everyday capes.
Like many of the world's most successful business ventures, Seven Brides Brewing began in a garage. It all started with a few home brews, but soon the guys behind the beer realized that they desperately needed a way to fund their seven daughters' weddings. That's when things got interesting.
The guys opened up the aptly named Seven Brides Brewing and haven't looked back since, crafting beers with locally sourced ingredients such as Oregon hops and Washington grain. To illustrate the dedication that goes into each beer, they named each of their flagship styles after one of their beloved daughters. Try any or all of them during lunch or dinner in the taproom, where you'll find sandwiches, fish tacos, nachos, burgers, and absolutely no wedding cake on the menu.
When M'ai Vox discovered yoga, she found peace, stillness, and a new life purpose. As the owner of Stellar Yoga—a Vinyasa-style studio—she teaches classes with diverse, flowing sequences and emphasizes the enrichment yoga brings individuals. True to Vinyasa style, the instructor cruises through poses at a relatively fast pace. This helps students build internal heat, which enhances flexibility and facilitates solidarity with coal-burning stoves.
M'ai helps students focus on yogic foundations such as proper alignment and breathing. Stellar Yoga's lineup also includes weekly deep stretch and PiYo, Pilates-yoga blend, classes. Additionally, the first Saturday afternoon of each month, the studio holds a free total beginners workshop, sponsored by Manduka.
The local McSteven's factory has churned out calendar-spanning holiday cheer with cocoa, cider, and other gourmet drink mixes for 30 years, earning a feature in the Columbian. Autumn-inspired flavors flood tins of Snoopy's harvest-spice cocoa mix ($7.95), each of which serves six imbibers or an infinite number of cartoon children with a chocolaty sip endorsed by the Peanuts gang. Breathe new life into floundering bashes with Tiki Drinks lime-margarita mix ($5.95) or a college-themed hot chocolate cloaked in colors to match the uniforms of champion football teams ($7.95 each). Caramel-apple cider ($7.95) warms fingers after jumping through piles of leaves or competing in hide-and-seek matches against scarecrows.