AVA Roasteria is a relatively new coffee shop in down town Beaverton. Parking is problematic but the beverages are well worth it. And the people who work there know their coffee. If you want something that is not listed on the board, just ask. For sure, they'll know how to make it.
Crystal Heart is one fun store to browse and shop around in. They have lots of really great stuff and the people who work there are so enthusiastic about their store and merchandise. Plan to spend some time when you go.
The Peddlers Pack is a unique hobby/craft/gift store in the heart of Beaverton. I have found stuff in there that I wanted every time I go in. It is a bit chaotic in organization but that makes it more intriguing to snoop around. And the people who work there do know their inventory so they can help you find what you're looking for.
I spent quite a bit of time in the showroom of Beaverton floors looking at the displays and talking to them about my needs. They were very informative and freely discussed the pros and cons of wood flooring for my situation. I decided to wait but when I'm ready, I will go back to them.
I bought my last vacuum at the Starks in Beaverton. I found the salesman to be very helpful and no pressure. He answered all my questions and showed me everything that fit my requirements. I have gone back several times to buy bags and once to get my vacuum cleaned. Every time, they were most helpful.
Java Nation used to be Coffee People and is one of the shops that was sold. I understand some of the employees got together and bought this store. All the great Coffee People drinks are still there and just as good as before. Sometimes the pastries are stale, so if you're getting "take out", check it before you leave.
Amadeus is situated in a beautiful old house in Milwaukie that is fun to meander around. Lots of little nooks and crannies that make for a cozy or intimate meal. While everyone in our group enjoyed the setting immensely, we were disappointed in the greasy food. And we could hear a woman berating someone in the kitchen even though we were not close to the kitchen. When we asked, our waitress told us it was the owner and that she has a short fuse with the help.
Le Bouchon is a wonderful French restaurant in the Pearl district of Portland. It is cozy inside with a few tables outside for pleasant weather dining. The owners are in the kitchen and on the floor and they are personable and witty. The food is excellent...be sure to ask the owners for help with your wine selection as you will get a wonderful dissertation on wine. And do not pass up dessert!
A small group of us had dinner in the Orenco Station Grill. It resembles a pub inside and was clean. The waiter was attentive and the service was good. However, the food was just ordinary and when we asked if the beef was grass fed, we were told it was a commercial beef frozen from Idaho. We asked about the salmon and it too is a commercial farm raised and frozen food. The prices are too high for the quality of the ingredients.
The Edelweiss Bakery in Rancho Bernardo is a top notch European bakery that is responsible for more than just few extra pounds that I have had to work off! They specialize in pastries and cakes that are beautiful to look at as well as delectable. When you walk into the house with one of their boxes, you are going to be very popular