Frommer's highly recommends the Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art, and KING5.com named it one of the top five museums in the 2010 Best of Northwest Escapes voters' poll. The Seattle Times also featured the museum. Five Insider Pagers give the museum an average of five stars, and four Yelpers give it a 4.5-star average.
In the lobby of Helen Wax Spa, a waterfall burbles down an etched glass pane and into a stone basin. The water’s quiet murmur sets the tone for a space that is at once bold and soothing—modern artwork hangs on yellow, orange, and red walls and soft rays of sunlight stream in from floor-to-ceiling windows. Just beyond the main space, Helen and her technicians administer body waxing and facials for both male and female clients. Their specialty treatments use vitamin C to brighten, glycolic acid to exfoliate, and seaweed to calm and soothe the skin. And inside the onsite boutique hair salon, stylists perform cuts, color treatments, and emergency hair extensions for balding Barbie dolls.
True to its name, A Bit of Europe Spa & Wax borrows elements from Europe to beautify and pamper its clients. The spa experts call on salt from Greece to detoxify and exfoliate the skin, and mud from Italy to draw out impurities. The spa’s collection of French aromatherapy wafts relaxing scents through the air while clients enjoy a facial, bask in a body wrap, or try to remember what lavender smells like.
The Dapper Baby renders luxury and eco-friendly clothing to vogue trailblazing infants and toddlers. Apparel comes in styles suitable for little guys and dolls from designers such as Little Marc Jacobs, Lotus Springs, and Kate Quinn Organics. Swaddle your little princess up in a pink dancing bunny infant cap ($11) and Julius striped onesie ($13) or have the little master gear up for prime-time philanthropic deeds down the road with a Save the Universe Tee ($17). The reversible mock neck pullover comes in sizes to fit baby girls from 6 to 24 months ($28), and the matching long-sleeve side rails and trinity pants (both $32) proudly maintain the advantages of being stain resistant, machine washable, and built for infantile envy.
Great American Casino brings a little bit of Vegas to the Northwest, gathering hooting and hollering patrons around table games such as baccarat, Texas Hold 'Em, blackjack, and other styles of poker, such as Progressive Fortune Pai Gow. Most tables have a betting limit up to $300, and aside from the top-shelf thrill of walking away with the pot, regular players can earn rewards redeemable toward electronics, meals, hotel stays, and Great American merchandise.
Like the best Vegas casinos, Great American brings more to the table than just gambling. There's live entertainment most nights, including local bands and musicians from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. There are full-service dining rooms where the menus also bear an Asian influence, with dishes such as pad thai and Kalbi ribs. The menus are slightly different at each of the four locations, but generally encompass an international spread that might include pizza, pub-style fish 'n' chips, and creme brulee, much like the meatloaf served in the United Nation's cafe.
Gini, the owner of Math 'n' Stuff, considers herself a math evangelist. That means that she preaches her love of numbers, but also strives to liberate math and other subjects from negative stereotypes. And Gini does just that inside her colorful, kid-friendly shop, where she and her staff host events and help visitors navigate a cheery labyrinth of more than 25,000 products. Math 'n' Stuff's expansive inventory, which serves the shop's strategy, includes subject-based games, toys, and anything the staff views as educational and fun. The store also acts as a resource for parents, teachers, and tutors, who might otherwise be stuck calling Archimedes' 1-800 number.
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