Massage therapist Sandy Claflin's commitment to healing goes well beyond the walls of her studio. She volunteers regularly at local fundraising events, administering Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot stone massage to those in attendance. At Red Cedar, she also practices cupping therapy, a 5,000-year old treatment that uses suction from glass cups to remove toxins and apple juice trapped in tight muscles.
A lot of companies pledge to go the extra mile, but Fred Marcy and his crew from Suburban Painting Services take that pledge to heart. When Fred's team repainted the exterior of a client's home in 2010, she was sure she might lose a plant in the process, since they were planted so close to the house; yet to her great surprise nary a leaf was left out of place. That's the kind of care Fred and his team take with every commercial or residential job they undertake, always using premium paint, making sure edges and trim are neat, and promising to never to push duties off to a team of subcontractors or artistic lab mice.
Heartland Jiffy Lubes enjoy the benefits of being under the Heartland Automotive Services umbrella, putting them in good company along with more than 435 Jiffy Lubes nationwide that service more than five million customers each year. They specialize in the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change, which comes standard with a fresh-from-the-box oil filter and up to 5 quarts of quality motor oil, plus a comprehensive lineup of other vehicle maintenance checkups. Highly trained technicians also perform cosmetic and mechanical services including inspections, emissions testing, transmission service, and counseling for 1960s Corvettes that are going through a mid-life crisis.
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.
When it was founded in 1987, Frame Central was a social hub for artists, and was even curiously named for facial hair. However, Beard Outlet has since morphed into a seven-location franchise, dedicated to simplifying the framing process. The shops’ onsite stock of matboard, frame moulding, and other key supplies ensures speedy DIY framing projects—which visitors can complete in an hour—and single-day professional framing. An array of pre-framed mirrors and artwork allows shoppers to enhance their blank walls without taping a napping friend to them. Shoppers can also stock up on framing supplies such as case glass and hanging hardware.