At The Sugar Shack, aestheticians neatly trim nails, wax limbs, pamper faces, and massage backs to help clients unwind from the stresses of daily life. To soothe skin that is inflamed, red, and itchy because of harsh weather or afternoon naps on a beehive, the beauty specialists slather it in a gentle cleanser and calming mask in the Environmental Control facial. Aromatherapy massages rely on essential oils to soothe aching muscles, and gooey paraffin hydrates hands and feet during mani-pedis. The spa exclusively uses Dermalogica elixirs—a product line free of common irritants and ingredients that can cause breakouts.
Warm, shallow water and steady winds make for ideal learning conditions at Locust and Hunter Beaches, where Bellingham KitePaddleSurf's instructors enlighten folks on all board-related sports. They teach students of all ability levels the skills they need to kiteboard, wakeboard, surf, and paddleboard. Their private lessons allow for one-on-one instruction, so new students can get the hang of basics, while more advanced students can master kite-boarding tricks, catch larger waves, and lasso orca whales for an extra-fast ride. Their shop, meanwhile, outfits visitors with a huge inventory of gear, boards, and accessories.
Since 1962, owner and U.S. Coast Guard?licensed captain Terry Buzzard has gotten to know the San Juan Islands and surrounding miles of water pretty well. Having hauled mail for the Post Office, salvaged wrecks, assisted in oil spill cleanups, and ferried passengers throughout the San Juan Islands, he has built quite a resum? of seafaring. This relationship with water isn't so surprising considering he began boating at the age of 3 when he was allowed to pilot a single-horsepower boat by himself with his trained rescue dog, Rusty.
Regardless of the actual job he's performing, Terry is always drawn to whales. By 1978, this fascination lead him to chartering trips specifically for whale watching, especially toward the schools of orca that made the region their home. Looking back, he's pretty certain his boat was the only one in the area at the time dedicated to the thrill of witnessing some of the world's largest and most beautiful animals. Today, the waters are spotted with various boats filled with passengers snapping pictures of the great aquatic beasts and shouting ululations whenever one smacks its enormous tail against the water, takes a playful leap, or belts a Mariah Carey song.
Terry's boat, the 110-foot Island Caper, provides generous sightlines to all passengers via its spacious outdoor deck and ample indoor viewing areas, and is decked out with a 34-speaker sound system. In business for 52 years, Island Mariner Whale Watching's unparalleled time and experience on the water offers cruise-goers an ideal experience, and also employs a seaplane to help spot whales and guide tours. With his chief navigator??a 7-year-old airedale terrier also named Rusty??Terry is right out there amid the excitement, ferrying whale watchers and sharing his life-long passion.
Basketball season isn’t the most important time for a player according to Coach Isaac Watson: it’s the off-season. To keep kids’ skills sharp, Coach Isaac hosts year-round clinics and camps through BBallers United. Though geared toward boys and girls ages 13–18, sessions are open to young athletes of all ages and experience levels looking to enrich their game. Under Coach Isaac’s tutelage, ballers exhaust themselves with drills that hone individual quickness, ball handling, and proper shooting technique. And since the game is as much psychological as it is physical, students learn tricks for handling the pressure that comes from playing intimidating players or teams. That being said, players do sample some on-court action during scrimmages meant to instill fundamental team dynamics.
Otion's experienced staff helps aspiring soap makers fashion customized bars using Bramble Berry products. During each instructive session ($8), guests venture to the soap bar to choose from a variety of fragrances, colors, and molds for their rubber ducky’s newest companion. Soap bases (average range of $3.25–$4 for 16 oz., or four bars of soap) amalgamate with your custom ingredients to form a take-home bar in less than an hour (soap bases are free for kids age 12 and younger), and a helpful soap master fields suds-related questions or ankle-hygiene-related concerns.
Since 2006, Mt. Baker Candy Co.'s chocolatiers have used a secret 50-year-old recipe as the blueprint for more than 40 flavors of fudge, all handmade in small batches. Now, through SendFudge.com, their gourmet confections can reach chocolate lovers in 48 states, including the ones where chocolate is illegal. Made with milk and soy, the rich, gluten-free fudges range from classics such as butter pecan and rocky road to lemon-meringue cheesecake fudge and caramel-infused fudge topped with sea salt. The dessert wizards also whip up 12 diabetic-friendly flavors of sucrose-free fudge, including mint-chocolate swirl and peanut butter.