Escape Outdoors stocks its shelves with an extensive wardrobe of apparel and gear designed to withstand the world’s harsh outdoor environment. With popular name brands such as The North Face, Patagonia, Helly Hanson, and others to choose from, customers will find themselves face-to-face with an ominously large list of options, not unlike the time they witnessed a troop of yetis materialize out of the mountain mist after hours of wandering over treacherous bunny hills. Guard your feet from the ground’s mood swings with a pair of men’s Reef AWOL sandals ($30), whose grippy outsole ensures optimal traction while freerunning to work. A women's Under Armour Proxima hoody shirt ($45) keeps female athletes cool, dry, and fresh-smelling with HeatGear moisture control and UV protection. Enwrap a gentleman’s noggin within the acrylic embrace of a Nixon Smoky beanie ($25), or keep your body’s precious heat from escaping through your navel by wearing a women’s ColdGear UA Base 2.0 crew shirt from Under Armour ($49.99), which comes in black, cornflower, or pink.
Spring Taste Vietnamese Food & Bar charms visitors with its authentic recipes, fresh ingredients, and relaxed atmosphere. Chefs prepare fragrant Vietnamese dishes of rice vermicelli, pho, and grilled pork chops with utmost care and simmer chicken hot pots with complex five-spice marinades. Not only does the menu promise feasts of pho soups and noodle platters, but also crusty banh mi sandwiches that enclose Asian veggies, grilled chicken, or pork and banh xeo rice crepes that exemplify humankind’s cross-cultural appreciation for the noble pancake.
In Focus: Brag Hair Salon
Specialties: modern haircuts, natural-looking coloring treatments, beachy waves, and updos
The staff: independent stylists with their own stations
Exclusive product line: Unite
The atmosphere: clean and modern, with hardwood floors, velvet chairs, and an accent wall featuring vintage-looking vector art
How to book a haircut: Every appointment is made via an online scheduling system, eliminating the need to call or hire a skywriter every time you need a trim.
Pro-Maids' insured cleaners leave no cushion unturned and no carpet unvacuumed as they tick off tasks from a 52-point checklist. During a regular housecleaning session, the maids run down the list and complete the basic work, wiping down baseboards, washing walls, scrubbing showers, vacuuming carpets, and dusting picture frames, knickknacks, and robotic butlers. Deluxe cleaning sees them hitting every single point on that checklist in six-hour sessions that include cleaning of the surfaces of appliances such as ovens, refrigerators, and dryers. To back up its work, Pro-Maids offers everyone a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Tucked into Bellevue's wooded landscape, East West Massage stands as a verdant haven from the stresses of city living. Trees surround the large homestyle spa, where open picture windows allow guests to look out onto the thriving landscape while sipping cups of one of 60 teas and enjoying relaxing foot massages. The therapeutic power of nature comes inside, as well: technicians infuse the spa’s footbaths with herbs chosen for their particular healing properties. During their time in the private-treatment areas, guests can also unwind with Swedish and deep-tissue massage to eliminate chronic tension, or sports massage to ease sore batting helmets.
EMP Museum is a tribute to cultural icons as well as a breeding ground for the next generation of musicians and societal shapers. Here, attendees don’t just stand before exhibits that explore Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones, but throw down their own musical chops in interactive exhibits such as Sound Lab, where they riff on an electric guitar, bang on drums, and tweak acoustics behind a mixing console. On Stage also gets guests to grip instruments, but under the hot lights of the stage, where they can pretend to entertain legions of fans or accompany their nephew’s birthday party.
The museum also curates rotating exhibits that celebrate modern cultural achievements. These have showcased the impact of Nirvana’s career alongside historic artifacts as diverse as Hendrix’s Stratocaster from Woodstock and Neo’s black futuristic coat from Matrix Reloaded. As home to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, the museum also spotlights luminaries such as Ray Bradbury and Steven Spielberg, who have shaped a generation’s imagination while warning people about the perils of suppressing ingenuity, ideas, and viewpoints.
All of the educational programming and special events unfold inside the architectural jewel that is the EMP Museum. Designed by Frank O. Gehry, the building’s 3,000 stainless-steel panels shimmer and seemingly swing through the air. This fluidity, which can alter its appearance depending on the time of day and light conditions, is about “reminding audiences that music and culture is constantly evolving,” as the museum’s website states.