It sounds just like a movie: a former Disney employee and a former mayor team up to run their own theater. That's exactly what Jeff Brein and Sam Granato did in 1988 with Bainbridge Cinemas, where they still spend Friday and Saturday nights tearing tickets and scooping popcorn. Besides Bainbridge Cinemas, their theater collection—Far Away Entertainment —oversees seven other local theaters, including the historic single-screen Lynwood Theatre. Opened in 1936, Bainbridge Island's first talking picture house now specializes in independent features and foreign films in which actors rearrange the English alphabet to make strange new sounds.
Over at the two-screen Admiral Theater, projectionists give newer Hollywood releases a second run, plus host screenings every year for the Seattle International Film Festival. Far Away's five remaining theaters, each with three to five screens, show digital versions of Hollywood's freshest celluloid. Lean back in the Anacortes' reclining seats, or scarf down an all-beef frank at Oak Harbor while taking in a flick or live screening of the Metropolitan Opera.
Timothy Stimac, owner of the Bremerton salon and spa that bears his name, has traversed the globe in search of new cutting and styling techniques. His thirst for knowledge and frequent-flyer miles led him to train in Italy, where he picked up some new coloring techniques before hopping over to London to work on his cutting skills. Timothy now shares his international knowledge with his team of stylists, who work with professional products to imbue their clients’ hair with rich color and volume. These products include all-natural selections from Aveda, which infuse strands with pure flower and plant essences. While the stylists condition or clip away at hair, nail technicians stationed nearby scrub hands with butter manicures and mango passion pedicures, gently reproving clients who attempt to lick their palms for a sample of the fruit-infused salves.
In 1987, indoor climbing was as unpopular in the Seattle area as breeding labradoodles. But Vertical World––a pioneer indoor climbing gym––introduced the city to the up-and-coming sport of rock climbing in a controlled environment. Since its inception, the gym has expanded to three other locations in Everett, Tacoma, and Redmond, the latter hosting eastside climbers for more than 20 years.
A team of experienced route creators challenges climbers with more than 200 bouldering, lead, or top-rope routes in a wide variety of difficulty levels. The gym hosts competitive youth teams that have gone on to national or world tournaments. The gym's staff of climbers and guides also leads outdoor excursions that build confidence and teach novices how to identify a rock wall in the wild.
Not content to conquer only the realm of family-style breakfast eats, Family Pancake House owner Robert Mathwig decided to try his hand at creating a classic sports bar with delicious eats and a variety of drinks. To that end, he helped his chefs assemble a menu of bar fare gussied up with fine ingredients, from asiago, parmesan, and romano mac 'n' cheese to beer-battered Alaskan cod served with chips.
The standard-with-a-twist dishes arrive at tables awash in the electronic glow of 15 flat-screen TVs and a jumbo projector screen broadcasting stimulating sports action or congressional-subcommittee meetings. Contests of skill play out on two pool tables, and outdoors, a patio with heated seating fends off Jack Frost's touch.
Located near the Bremerton Ferry Terminal, Bremerton Bar & Grill serves up fresh American cuisine for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, as well as lunch and dinner all week in a casual and family-friendly atmosphere. The menu includes entrees hot off the grill, including burgers and steaks as well as 18 draft beers, wine, and specialty cocktails. If the weather?s nice, diners can relax on the outdoor patio and heckle slow-moving seagulls.
Claywerks invites adults, children, and anthroporphic puppies to enjoy the creative outlet of painting and pottery in a friendly and comfortable studio. Get your feet wet with two hours spent glazing a ceramic object such as a plate, bowl, or figurine. The value of your Groupon includes a $7 studio fee plus $13 good toward an item to paint. Most items range from $5 to $45. Create a ceramic masterpiece to take home, give to a friend, or use as a counterweight when you purloin a golden idol from a booby-trapped pedestal.