Quilter’s Corner Store grew out of owner Deb's drive to create her ideal sewing room. And though the shop stocks several hundred bolts of quality quilting fabrics, patterns, and books packed with ideas, it still feels as quaint as a sun-soaked hobby corner. The shelves, racks, and cupboards loop around an enormous work table inside the store-front space. Guests can pop in to grab anything from bobbin containers to full-blown kits or stick around and chat with Deb about their personal projects. Either way, they can leave knowing that whatever they've picked up at the shop has been hand-selected by the Deb and her staff for their quality, ease of use, and value.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
Slinging sequential art since 1979, Things from Another World distills its thousands of new and back-issue comics into grab bags for eager eyes and brains to devour. Each bag includes Angel Volume 5: Aftermath in hardcover (a $24.95 value), a riveting slice of Joss Whedon's anti-hero's post-TV incarnation. The sleek, 132-page volume ensures that Buffyverse devotees can soundly satisfy their brooding vampire action fix. Things From Another World sprinkles healthy doses of mystery to the other five grab bag selections by mixing up trade paperbacks into discrete groups of enticing randomosity. Click here for the full list of potential titles and values included in each grab bag.
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.
For more than 20 years, Smart Wireless, an AT&T authorized dealer, has outfitted mobile talkers with helpful cell phone holsters, graphic cases, and other accessories that add personality and functionality to cellular devices. On-the-go chatters can converse without need of their busy hands thanks to a Bluetooth headset ($79.95–$99.95), or simultaneously protect touch screens and wink at people behind them with cell phone screen protectors ($24.95). iPhone cases ($29.95+) enable phone owners to garb their monochrome devices in protective covers emblazoned with realistic designs such as options mimicking forest scenery. Additionally, Groupon customers who sign a new cell phone contract on the day of their purchase will receive Portland Trail Blazers tickets for a February 8 game or their very own retired basketball player.