Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
The flower experts at Hansen's Florist exert more than 60 years of experience to artfully configure beautiful blooms into meaningful gifts. Blossom brandishers compose an assortment of birthday flowers, including the Your Special Day bouquet($67.99) that shapes a cake of pink roses, hydrangeas, and chrysanthemums topped with hot-pink candles, making it ideal for celebrating the birthday of a beloved daughter or pet queen bee. All colors of classic roses brighten special occasions in arrangements such as This Magic Moment ($59.99), a clear glass bowl full of pastel peach and yellow beauties. Customers can extend congratulations to new parents or recently licensed clown-car drivers with pieces such as the Basket of Joy ($57.99), a pair of ivy plants and white and yellow kalanchoe bursting forth from a woven basket. For an additional $10 charge, flower finaglers deliver day-making masterpieces within Seattle and surrounding service areas.
The family-owned-and-operated Village Green Perennial Nursery helps customers nurture home gardens with earth-friendly practices. The formidable plant emporium boasts Seattle's largest selection of daylilies, hardy geraniums, hostas, and native Northwest plants, all reared on organic worm tea fertilizer. A dilution of liquid waste from the subterranean snake, worm tea safely promotes plant growth and can also be used in beating annelid drug tests. Many plants are cultivated on-site, including limelight hydrangeas ($32 for a two-gallon pot), sedums and other succulents ($2.95–$7.95 for 4-inch plants), and red dragon persicaria and maidenhair ferns (both $12.95 for a one-gallon pot). To help support the local economy, Village Green orders externally sourced plants from local independent growers. Wander the idyllic two-acre wooded lot, which also hosts honeybees, chickens, and classes such as "Making Your Own Medicine: Oils and Salves." Peruse accessories such as Vietnamese pots and vibrant sculptural items ($14–$350).
The founder of Moe's Home Collection, Moe Samieian, began his enterprise with a Vancouver rug store in 1985, eventually getting into the furniture business and steadily increasing his number of storefronts. Today, Moe's four locations boast a big selection of custom chairs, sofas, and desks, conversation-starting artwork and wall decorations, and rare cabinetware and Chinese antiques. Like a royal estate or lucky cow, the company has passed from father to son, with Moe Jr. sourcing exotic furniture pieces from as far away as Jakarta and Beijing, and consulting with homeowners to create one-of-a-kind Italian leather sofas or made-to-order contemporary pieces.
Wallflower Custom Framing owner Courtney Sievertson applies nearly 10 years of framing experience to every custom border she helps her clients design. She keeps her selection of more than 1,800 frames stocked with only trusted sources, gathering wrapped leather frames from saddle makers in Peru, frames with hand-carved corners and individual leafing from C&J in New York, and carbonite casings from expert makers in Cloud City. Her commitment to delivering excellent customer service often leads her out of the store after hours for consultations.
In addition to providing framing services, Courtney uses Wallflower to showcase the work of local artists in its gallery space, dubbed the Shooting Gallery.
The Copper Vine, unlike most metallic foliage, blooms with the life of fresh nature, which makes an indelible impression on any living space. Arranged within a charming two-tiered shop with a dark wooden stairwell and natural accents, a lush variety of attractive plants sit and hang for the admiring eyes of all customers. A very friendly and knowledgeable staff is happy to help patrons prepare for a new season of garden paparazzi with the aesthetic aid of pretty plants for all spaces and lighting conditions (ranging from $2.50 to $64). Sleek petals and leaves are grown sustainably and without pesticides ($2.50 to $8), along with a full stock of seeds and bulbs for customized plant arrangements.