Expanding on a tradition of supplying firewood and landscaping supplies that stems back to 1968, the Stroupe Family gave the public a literal taste of their ranching lifestyle when they decided to start selling their locally raised meats in 2009. All meat??including tenderloin steaks, premium angus beef, all natural meat and pork products, pork spare ribs, and whole free-range chickens??comes from animals raised locally without antibiotics or hormones, which ensures a more peaceful upbringing unmarred by temper tantrums over the cattle's curfew. These animals are also pasture raised on a vegetarian diet of fruits, vegetables, grass, and hay, and all meat is dry-aged for 18-days, cut, and processed at a local USDA-approved facility to guarantee its quality.
Black cars are notoriously tough to keep clean. But the technicians at Elite Auto Spa have so perfected their detailing skills, that owners of black cars can rest assured there will be no visible swirl marks atop the paint job after the washing, buffing, and polishing has ended. Credit the techs vast experience—which has been honed over 14 years working with high-end vehicles—for the picture-perfect finish. That time has also led them to become experts in a slew of services, from removing bad odors, to steam cleaning engines, to scotch-guarding interior upholstery. Of course, their number one specialty continues to be their signature detailing service. This whole-car overhaul includes steam-cleaning carpets and leather, wiping down interiors and tires, and hand-washing and polishing the exterior until it shines like a diamond that's just been through a car wash.
It must be terrifying to watch 20 arrows speeding at you at once. Luckily, the only ones watching this are the yellow targets attached to hay bales in the indoor archery lanes at Archers Afield. The whoops of shooters pierce the air as they examine their targets, congratulating each other on shots well aimed. This pattern of arrow shooting and retrieving continues throughout the day, as archers young and old trying their hand at target practice. In addition to supervising solo pursuits, Archers Afield’s seasoned staff of instructors takes to the floor to bolster shots with private lessons. They teach pupils of all abilities essential archery skills, such as bow handling and how to maintain a passable British accent while robbing from the rich and giving to the poor.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze, fire, and de-genie it for them, and they may retrieve the finished piece after a few days.
The staff at Tigard Wine Crafters doesn't expect that visitors will know exactly what kind of wine they'd like to make when they set foot in the door. For that reason, they encourage people to sip samples of final products before beginning the process. Once visitors have chosen their varietal, one of the resident wine sages walks them through the steps to crafting a batch of wine, which will yield anywhere from 12 to 30 bottles. Customers then return to the shop eight weeks later when the wine has matured to bottle and cork their creations before personalizing labels with their names or with a tailored warning to freeloading roommates.
What could be better than a glass of artisanal beer or wine? How about that same glass, plus an expert to curate the experience, and also you have a talking dog? With Artisan Clubs, you can achieve most of that dream. Members of the World of Wine Club will receive select presses from established regions all over the world, and members of Artisan Beers enjoy similarly elite microbrews. And then there's the Pacific Northwest Wine Club, which propagates the varietals specifically from Oregon and Washington.