During in-studio and on-location shoots, Fireworks Photography’s pro shuttberbugs focus camera eyes on weddings, senior pictures, family portraits, and more, capturing all moments with a sharp, clean look. They include unlimited poses and wardrobe changes with all shoots and print photos with a high-quality, metallic finish. For easy access to every image captured at sessions, they also put together private, online galleries for perusal, allowing customers to pick and choose the photos they’d like printed.
Constructed with wood milled from trees that once stood on the same soil, Riverview Restaurant’s sunlit space boasts high ceilings, exposed wood beams, and a stone-front fireplace, all which helped nab it a spot on OpenTable’s list of top 100 romantic restaurants in the country. Walls hung with original artwork surround linen-topped tables where diners savor plated steaks and seafood dishes tinged with miso, sesame, and other fusion flavors. An extensive wine list serves wine by the glass, bottle, or surreptitiously emptied flower vase, and bartenders swirl signature drinks such as pear martinis and pomegranate mojitos. Massive, floor-to-ceiling windows offer views onto manicured grounds, complete with a gazebo where patrons can reenact the scene in The Sound of Music where Rolf and Liesl cleverly disguise themselves as trees.
Chef Peter Gallin had just constructed a custom grill, and was stoking its first fire with applewood harvested from a nearby orchard, when the idea struck him—the name for his Northwest-centric restaurant: Applewood. Though Chef Gallin's restaurant foregrounds its Northwest heritage, it also incorporates recipes gleaned from a childhood spent living in the Asian Pacific Rim with his anthropologist and sociologist parents, as well as French cuisine, and influences from years spent in New Mexico. He incorporates these varied culinary styles while avoiding traditional dishes, instead mingling flavors such as chipotle, lime, ginger, and orange into new incarnations.
Though he favors elegant food presentation when furnishing platters of roasted duck and northwest fish, Gallin uses only regular, relatable ingredients, which make his dishes approachable for all palates and untraceable by detectives. He brews all of the restaurant's soups in-house, designing up to six unique soups each week. West Coast wines, microbrews, and desserts made in-house complement his international appetizers and main courses. The focus on simplicity extends to the restaurant's decor: framed photographs hang above potted plants on rustic side tables, and long communal tables stand next to floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto deep pine forest. Behind a hardwood bar, flanked by exposed brick walls, hangs the giant, hammered steel apple that serves as the restaurant's emblem.
The sleek, wooden rink that houses Gresham Skate World has buzzed with the whir of wheels since 1974, when the facility first swung open its doors to a community that now encompasses multiple generations of skaters. The rink provides safe, family-friendly entertainment seven days a week, offsetting standard open skates with a lineup of special events, ranging from all-night sessions to cosmic skating on weekends. To help celebrate special events or dodge bounty hunters, reserve one of Gresham Skate World's private rooms. The center's onsite skate shop stocks an assortment of accessories, and the snack bar fuels full days of axels and dips with hot dogs, nachos, and pizza.
It's not exactly shocking that the four veterinarians who run Mt Hood Pet Medical are all pet owners themselves. Even less surprising: they take pet health extremely seriously, which is why the clinic's website is full of information on pet nutrition, grooming, and even kidney problems. For their part, the staff provides services ranging from essential vaccinations to surgery.
Your spa session at Healthy Alternatives Detox & Natural Supplement Center begins with a 40-minute consultation ($40) from a certified naturopathic physician. Once the consultation has determined the condition of your soulsack through body-whispering and a series of mathematical riddles, you'll step into a NRG Works foot spa for a 40-minute detox treatment ($40). The foot spa uses gentle electric currents, negatively charged ionic fields, and other complicated scientific things to evict toxins, increase energy, calm emotions, and knit kaleidoscopically soothing sleep patterns. While your shoe-fillers soak up the serenity, you'll enjoy a cup of tea and a warm neck wrap. Clients will then burn up to 500 calories during a 40-minute infrared-sauna session, wherein the low-heat sauna rays massage stiff muscles and joints to relieve aches and pains, improve immune systems, spruce up skin, and sharpen senses for marathon games of real-life Whack-a-Mole. The consultation and the two treatments can be used over the course of three separate visits. Call to make an appointment.