As a young boy, John Blake learned the building trades from his father and great-grandfather. He quickly grew attached to the family business, though years passed before he finally accepted his calling to work full-time as a builder and fixer. Today, Blake owns Paladin Remodeling and spends his time making dream homes a reality. He and his team redesign homes inside and out, adding on decks, building new bathrooms, installing swimming pools, and transforming basements into impenetrable supervillain lairs.
Organic apples, grapes, and naseberries layer atop paprika inside All About U’s studio—but this concoction isn’t meant to be eaten. These natural, organic ingredients are used to deeply exfoliate skin—the powerful combo of natural fruit acids, detoxifiers, and oxygen boosters leaves faces smooth and glowing. The rejuvenating, exfoliating AHA facial is just one of All About U’s custom treatments, all of which use specific blends of organic fruits, herbs, and spices to meet each client’s unique skin needs. All About U’s staff also removes hair through waxing, sugaring, and mind control, and massages, reiki treatments, and infrared-sauna sessions encourage the release of tension. :m]]
Thousands of hand-blown ornaments and floats glint from the shelves of Tacoma Glassblowing Studio, which earned recognition as the No. 1 attraction in Tacoma by TripAdvisor, and western Washington’s Best Art Gallery by CityVoter. Shoppers browse a polychromatic panoply of 3- to 4-inch glass spheres blown onsite ($15–$25), which can adorn mantelpieces, float in ponds, or serve as attractive lane dividers in the kiddie pool. A husband-and-wife duo runs the studio, and deploys a dedicated six-person staff to help inflate the translucent orbs and assist customers with bauble selection.
Set in Rosebud, a 19th-century mining town, Boom Town takes audiences 145 years back in time on a whimsical Old West adventure. World-class circus performers, including many drawn from the ranks of Cirque du Soleil, use mining equipment and other colorful props to execute a variety of stunts and maneuvers worthy of double, triple, and quadruple takes. The acrobatic action takes place within the fittingly historical walls of the venerable Pantages Theater, a former vaudeville venue and movie house. Before or after the show, head down the street to Pacific Grill, where chef/owner Gordon Naccarato oversees a menu rich in nautical delicacies such as weathervane scallops ($30) and turf-based tastes including grilled lamb T-bone chops ($32).
Equipped with FDA-certified green cleaning products, Meridian Chem-Dry's team of carpet cleaners expertly extracts grime from underfoot upholstery with carbonating solutions and hot-water extraction. Square-inching their way across up to 600 square feet of carpetscape like janitorial inchworms, cleaners massage their bubbly, mineral-based solution—known as "The Natural"—deep into downtrodden pile, slowly lifting dirt and allergens to the surface. Scum is then thoroughly sucked away, leaving carpets brighter, softer, and free of chew-toy residue. Depending on the carpet's size, thickness, and levels of personal hygiene, the cleaning process takes anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour, with an additional two hours of drying time required before normal foot traffic can resume.
A branch of the umbrella company HomeTask, Yellow Van Handyman assists in the company mission of carrying out necessary maintenance, repairs, and improvements on customers' homes. Company founder Jerrod Sessler, dubbed a Veteran Small Business Champion at the 2010 Washington State Small Business Awards, designed Yellow Van Handyman to be endlessly adaptable to modern households’ ever-changing needs. Yellow Van Handyman's dedicated franchisers provide customers with a complete spectrum of home and office repair services, fixing leaky faucets, patching drywall, and replacing windows damaged by ultrarealistic 3-D sports broadcasts.