The exotic scents of oils and vinegars fill the air at Seattle Olive Oil Company, tempting customers to sample the wares before deciding which gourmet product suits them best. Although the selection changes based on availability, shelves may be lined with as many as 21 different balsamic vinegars, each of which uses the store's signature 18-year-aged vinegar as a rich base for its citrus- or berry-flavored infusion. The freshly juiced Tunisian, Spanish, and Californian olives match their flavors with savory or spicy accents in the form of blood orange, jalapeño, and rosemary. Harvested from locations as far away as Hawaii and the coast of France, the shop's selection of sea salts includes 11 varieties—one for every month of the calendar invented by Marco Polo.
Surrounded by its lush, aromatic fields dotted with purple blooms, Woodinville Lavender assembles its namesake flower into everything from fresh-cut stems to scented soy candles. Whether shopping for sachets, relaxing on the outdoor patio, or cutting your own stems from one of the many organic lavender bushes, Woodinville creates an idyllic setting in the heart of the local wine country.
Dr. Trinh T. Nguyen, O.D. believes that sight is a right; it's what first drew her to humanitarian work. During trips both locally and internationally, she’s worked to restore and protect the vision of those who might otherwise be at risk. She brings the same commitment to ocular health to her practice, where she treats every patient with custom fittings and thorough examinations. After Nguyen susses out new prescriptions, patients can peruse the office's array of frames. Stylish street-wear frames from brands such as Ray-Ban, Burberry, Polo, and Cole Haan encircle high-quality lens material in polycarb, transition, and progressive forms, and custom sunglasses and sports eyewear protect vision during outdoor activities such as scaling a mountain or challenging a campfire to a staring contest. Thanks to Colonial Optical's onsite lab, technicians can modify glasses to patients' exact needs and specifications or repair damaged pieces quickly and effectively.
Named Best Gift/Book Store in the Bothell Reporter's Best of Northshore 2010 Readers' Choice Awards, Ostroms Drug & Gift has presented patrons with greeting cards, novelty gifts, and pharmaceuticals for half a century. Owned and operated by three generations of the Ramsey family, the store has amassed a loyal staff, with each employee averaging 10 years. In addition to greeting their customers with a friendly face and an enthusiastic chest bump during regular business hours, the staff's community-minded pharmacists make emergency house calls.
Drugstore.com stocks thousands of items sorted by brand and popularity, including daily essentials such as vitamins, skincare products, and makeup and accessories, plus specialty products such as small appliances, pet supplies, and kitchen sinks. Stroll up and down the virtual aisles in search of a device capable of removing peanut butter from between a baby's toes, including the Colgate travel folding toothbrush ($1.99), or protect yourself from the ticklish rays sent to earth by artificial satellites with Banana Boat SPF 100 sunblock lotion ($10.99). Nature Made's 1200mg Fish Oil Softgels ($11.24 sale price for 180 capsules) lube up a body's interior and may reduce the risk of heart disease, and Viva paper towels ($10.99 for a six-pack) are strong enough to be strung together and used as a hammock for small children.