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Abraham Lee Fine Custom Tailor

How good is tailor Abraham Lee? In Beverly Hills during the early 1980s, discriminating Hollywood types like Johnny Carson favored Lee’s handiwork above all others (Lee even cut the cloth for the captain’s uniform worn by Gavin MacLeod in the classic television series The Love Boat). After relocating to Portland in 1985, Lee promptly became a favorite of bigwigs like former Senator Mark Hatfield, but lucky for us, Lee gives the A-list treatment to everyone. Each customer is granted an unlimited number of fittings to ensure his suit is a true knockout. Hand-stitched with silk thread and made from wool supplied by renowned mills such as Italy’s Ermenegildo Zegna and Britain’s Dormeuil, Lee’s suits wear like a second skin. Patience and a good chunk of change are required, however. Each one takes eight weeks to create, and can cost from $1,000 to $4,000. It might sound exorbitant, but considering Lee’s suits are meant to last a lifetime, it’s a small price to pay to spend the rest of your days looking like a million bucks.


Viande Meats & Sausage

Yes, all of its meats are hormone-free and free-range—but what makes Viande truly special is the craftsmanship that goes into each housemade sausage, salami, bresaola, and guanciale. Take the prosciutto, for instance, which is covered in salt for a month, then refrigerated for a week, and then hung on a rack to air-dry for another nine months, getting sweeter every day. And if you’re looking for salt-cured pork livers, chances are good that the folks behind the counter will actually know what you’re talking about (unlike most shops in town). In fact, if you can’t find the cut or kind of meat you want, just give Viande’s meat-meisters 24 hours—they can wrangle anything from alligator to wild boar from their network of local ranchers. But perhaps the most appealing part of Viande’s operation is that, like classic butchers of yore, they serve up a meatball sub better than any we’ve had. Word to the wise, though: This masterpiece—stuffed with beef, pork, veal, and sautéed bacon­—is offered only on Mondays.


Wash ’n’ Roll Mobile Pet Grooming

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After nearly seven years of experience in the dog-bathing biz, Wash ’n’ Roll Mobile Pet Grooming has its operation dialed in. With some 1,600 regular clients, the team of 12 groomers makes about 25 house calls a day in three fully stocked mobile homes. After rolling up to your house, two amiable employees will wash, dry, and clip your pet (including their troublesome nails!) in under an hour, and thanks to each vehicle’s 100-gallon water tank, not even a drop of H2O will be siphoned from your tap. A typical cleaning runs around $75 (which includes a $25 fuel surcharge), but for anyone who’s ever had to wrestle a soggy Saint Bernard into the back of a Volvo after a trip to the dog wash, it’s worth every penny. And should your hound emerge from the woods smelling like he rolled around on a dead squirrel, or a skunk decides to spray your curious tabby, no problem: Wash ’n’ Roll teams are on call seven days a week, and they’re accustomed to dealing with such olfactory emergencies.

Correction appended: In our Best of the City 2008 cover story in August, we misidentified the bridge nearest to Veritable Quandary. It is the Hawthorne Bridge. We regret the error.