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Near the tracks of Auburn's train terminal, The Station Bistro feeds the soul and appetite with hearty, homey meals that capture the brawny spirit of bygone conductors and brakemen. Four-egg omelets, piled-high burgers, lemon-kissed Alaskan cod, and juicy steaks alongside scoops of garlic mashed potatoes stand ready to sate hunger no matter the time of day. Leafy palms and potted trees shade diners at red-clad tables, and a mural depicting an 18th-century locomotive harks back to a time when engineers kept trains humming by feeding engines shovelfuls of Reubens.

110 2nd St SW
Auburn,
WA
US

Don’t be surprised if you walk into Derm F/X Tattoo and find a fellow patron taking a nap on the couch. The shop’s regulars are known to come in and hang out, which is perfectly fine with the staff. Derm’s three artists—Cody, Scotty, and Chentelle—have spent 10 years making their studio the type of place where clients also feel like friends. It’s probably not hard for them to bond with their patrons: approximately 98% of their work is custom tattoos they’ve created by collaborating with clients. And they’re honest—if they feel a guest is asking for art that isn’t doable, they’re not afraid to say so. Unlike the key to never losing one's keys, Derm’s excellent reputation isn’t exactly a secret, as they have attracted clients such as Seahawks players Kam Chancellor and Marcus Trufant.

123 Anywhere
Auburn,
WA
US

U-Float's technicians offer a unique experience: the chance to escape the world adrift salt water in a private, person-sized tank. The experience belongs to the client and the 10 inches of heated water. Though not even a foot deep, the water inside every unit contains 1,000 pounds of dissolved, pharmaceutical-grade epsom salt, turning the liquid into the next best thing to a mattress. Heated to the same temperature as the skin, the water creates the sensation of simply floating in air, unfettered by gravity and finally able to turn off internal chatter. Other benefits include a reprieve from joint pain, insomnia, or stress.

124 E. Main St.
Auburn,
WA
US

Losing weight isn't as simple as counting calories. It requires a coordinated effort that may end up integrating everything from alternative medicine and personal training to nutritional guidance and hormone therapy. At Your Ultimate Nutrition and Wellness, the on-staff physicians recognize the importance of a multifaceted approach, so they meet with patients to design personalized programs that are tailored to account for each individual's needs, goals, and least favorite vitamin. With the help of continued exercise, a well-regulated diet, and medical guidance and support, these patients can learn to begin leading healthier lifestyles, which may facilitate weight loss, increased energy levels, and an improved sense of overall wellbeing.

202 Auburn Ave
Auburn,
WA
US

Cindy Ross was an unlikely person to found a scuba-diving school. Told by a commercial diving instructor at 19 that she was too small to scuba, Ross didn’t begin to explore the sport until she was in her 30s. Earning certification was a trial, and she spent her first four dives lugging 80-pound gear in the snow up and down a massive hill—and, adding insult to injury, the men’s equipment didn’t even fit properly. But the fifth dive changed everything. Held in Puget Sound, Ross felt a calling to the location's green waters and white anemones, and since then, the aquanaut has frolicked with such neighbors as a 1,200-pound sea lion, hundreds of Canadian seals, and a giant Pacific octopus.

At Scuba Shoppe, Ross and her team of instructors immerse guests of all ages in the sport of scuba. Try Scuba classes held in the center's 84-degree pool familiarize students with their equipment before they plunge into the water to practice. Alternatively, an open-water certification program from Scuba Schools International expounds on these pool sessions with shore dives in the rolling waters of Puget Sound, which let students hone their skills in a more realistic environment or find a dolphin pod to adopt them. As part of this training, they also have the chance to explore the briny depths aboard underwater scooters. For the more advanced,, Scuba Shoppe provides training for specialty certifications, including rescue diving, night diving, and underwater digital photography. An onsite dive shop outfits customers with all the necessary dive gear and accessories.

24 B St
Auburn,
WA
US

Clear your mind. Focus. For the next 60 minutes, nothing else matters. That's the state of mind yoga instructor Jessie Blayden achieves before each of her classes, and she helps her students instill a similar sense of clarity. Jessie practices ashtanga yoga, starting her students off with basic poses and then guiding them through more advanced routines. The instructor employs her therapeutic expertise as well. She can make recommendations for addressing back pain, minor injuries, or other issues related to the body.

306 Auburn Avenue
Auburn,
WA
US

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