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.
Luxury Bath's bathtubs don't spontaneously clean themselves—but they are built to resist bacteria, mold, and mildew. The company's SimplyPure bathtubs feature Microban, an antimicrobial product that makes products easier to clean. Homeowners can also choose from a variety of tub textures, and customize their tub's color without having to fill it with the closest color of Kool-Aid for a while.
For added convenience to the customer, the company's technicians can install bathroom furnishings. All handiwork is backed by a lifetime guarantee, whether they install a walk-in tub, a bathtub surrounds, a shower, or a simple grab bar. The installation team completes most jobs in a day or less.
The craftsmen at New Dimensions Frame & Mirror do not mess around when it comes to custom framing. Not only do they handcraft each frame in-house, they use museum standards and conservation materials to protect prized pieces. They also boast a constantly rotating collection of artwork to fill empty frames, as well as custom mirrors that range from ornate to contemporary.
What started as a 25-truck gathering in a small parking lot, the Mobile Food Rodeo has grown into an annual, multi-day celebration of small business and on-the-move eateries. Since that first powwow, the Rodeo has become one of the country's largest festivals of its kind, roping in up to 40 food trucks per event. In 2013 alone, more than 87,000 people dispersed through Seattle's neighborhoods?Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, and Fremont?to experience new flavors, all while avoiding having to thumb wrestle for a table at a restaurant. The Mobile Food Rodeo does more than just fill bellies, though, since it acts as a showcase for new culinary talents and creates a vibrant marketplace for small businesses to share their talents.
Armed with the inspirational power of more than 3,000 frame designs, the preservation experts at The Framery Inc have everything they need to help clients protect and accentuate their keepsakes. The team utilizes a vast variety of glasses, mats, and other components as they frame items such as photos and artwork, as well as larger memorabilia, such as sports jerseys, baby shoes, and first monster trucks. The image wizards also handle creative projects, such as image restoration, photo-to-art treatments, and canvas or fine-paper printing. And to make sure that each piece fits its surroundings, the shop extends a 30-day guarantee for all projects, vowing to redesign any creation upon request.
It?s hard to miss Columbia Center. Completed in 1985, the structure demands to be noticed?its three massive, interlocked concave facades stretch to a mighty 943 feet, making it the tallest building in Seattle and the 20th tallest building in the United States. The landmark occupies an entire city block, just like the Great Pyramid of Giza, and houses offices and a public observatory that treats eyes to views of the surrounding mountains and Puget Sound, where food and drinks are available for purchase. Inside, the behemoth building contains a panoramic 360 degree view, and the Columbia Tower Club, a private business and fine dining club located on the 76th floor.