With a total of 14 locations, sewing and quilting classes, and a cornucopia of handpicked sewing products, Quality Sewing & Vacuum offers needle wielders all the necessities for their projects. Experts helm free sessions that teach participants how to use their sewing machines to work toward reinventing an old skirt or craft an elegant canine wedding gown, while special events feature guest speakers who impart home decor, garment construction, quilting, and embroidery tips to audience members. Shoppers can peruse the cache of sewing machines from brands such as Singer, Pfaff, and Brother alongside accessories, embroidery designs, and vacuums that clean up rooms after testing out how easy it is to find a needle in a haystack.
Drugstore.com stocks thousands of items sorted by brand and popularity, including daily essentials such as vitamins, skincare products, and makeup and accessories, plus specialty products such as small appliances, pet supplies, and kitchen sinks. Stroll up and down the virtual aisles in search of a device capable of removing peanut butter from between a baby's toes, including the Colgate travel folding toothbrush ($1.99), or protect yourself from the ticklish rays sent to earth by artificial satellites with Banana Boat SPF 100 sunblock lotion ($10.99). Nature Made's 1200mg Fish Oil Softgels ($11.24 sale price for 180 capsules) lube up a body's interior and may reduce the risk of heart disease, and Viva paper towels ($10.99 for a six-pack) are strong enough to be strung together and used as a hammock for small children.
If the tongue-in-cheek staff bios, the colorful mission statement, or the laugh-filled video of its Bellevue store is any indication, Seattle Coffee Gear is run by happy folks. And why wouldn't it be? With two retail locations and a wealth of bright, accessibly written online resources, the company clearly loves coffee and has plenty of energy with which to share that passion. Should they choose, shoppers visiting the stores encounter interactive experiences. They can test over 80 espresso and coffee machine models, learn how to whip up the perfect latte, or put a leash around whatever floating cloud of frothed milk that they want to take home. The stores' new and refurbished gear ranges from simple electric kettles to restaurant-grade, multi-cup espresso machines. An on-staff team of technicians also maintains and repairs the machines that java fans bring in.
Countless do-it-yourself projects would never have seen the light of day were it not for Aurora Rents—gardens would remain untended, furniture unsanded, bedrooms unpainted. Luckily, the locally owned and operated business has rented tools and equipment—all properly cared for—to northwestern craftspeople for 50 years. Equally as vital, each employee carries industry expertise around in his or her tool belt, and delights in providing insights, safety tips, and techniques for refinishing floors or shellacking homemade Trojan horses.
Metropolitan Appliances has been showering homeowners with a bevy of brand-name domestic and office appliances for more than 60 years. Brothers Jim and Jeff Freedman oversee Metropolitan’s crackerjack staff of appliance aficionados, who stand ready to help you bedeck barren countertops or modernize your man, woman, or child cave. Punish misbehaving popcorn in a GE microwave ($89) or purée unwanted leftovers in a new Whirlpool garbage disposal ($89). Metropolitan also stocks a fleet of cleaning contraptions, including top-load washing machines from Estate ($349) and GE ($529), as well as Weber barbecues and grills for burning terminally unfashionable cardigans.
Madrid might be a long way from Seattle’s Western Avenue, but specialty food shop The Spanish Table is like stepping into a neighborhood market in Spain. The eclectic collection of pantry staples, hard-to-find wine and cookware are thoughtfully arranged for easy browsing. Great care has been taken to source paella pans in a wide range of sizes and price ranges, and nearly every ingredient needed to make the beloved traditional rice dish is supplied on the shelves. Just beyond the stacks teetering with unusual varieties of dried beans, canned sardines, jars of anchovies, salted capers and assorted olives is a deli case dedicated to imported charcuterie - including the famous Iberico ham, made from pork that feed on acorns - and a wide variety of European cheeses. The knowledgeable staff can steer you in the right direction, but they’re also adept at leaving shoppers free to explore the store.