Garden Gear & Gallery's resident green thumbs help patrons sculpt striking landscapes with a large assortment of gardening tools and indoor and outdoor artwork. Cultivate an unruly plot with the nine unyielding tines of a small hand rake ($12), or sling a stainless-steel sickle ($19.99) to hew ornamental grasses into the presidential likeness of your choice. A scintillating wind chime ($20) enlivens outdoor environs by clinking gaily at the first touch of a meandering breeze or clumsy dryad. Secure easily lost items within the confines of a five-pocket apron ($19.50), whose extra-deep pouches hold gloves, small tools, and ladybug eviction notices.
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.
City Hardware's inventory of about 20,000 brand name and independent home-improvement gizmos equips neighborhood handymen for a massive range of tasks. Experienced staff presides over LED flashlights ($5.99+), gallons of paint ($19.99+), and tool kits ($16.99+). Bags of garden soil ($3.49+) fuel agricultural endeavors or attempts to make mole dinner guests feel more at home. City Hardware also offers on-site services, including paint-color matching and key cutting.
The friendly, helpful staff at Urban Scrapbooker boasts an ever-changing array of memory-preserving materials, including colorful paper, embellishments, and accessories for card making and paper crafting. Use a Tombow Mono adhesive ($3.50) to stick photos of the family, the family dog, or the family microwave onto vibrantly patterned paper, featuring images of food, nature, or downtown Seattle ($0.69+). Bland, boring trips down memory lane detour onto the more scenic remembrance expressways with accessories such as ribbon ($0.15+/ft.) and 3-D stickers in more than 400 styles ($2.50+). Store photos of every cherished lost tooth in an 8"x8" album ($12.99–$17.50), or commemorate Mother's Day, Memorial Day, or Heckle A Pigeon Day with a handcrafted greeting card, designed using a BoBunny card kit ($17.99).
Working across 16 locations around Puget Sound, the friendly folks at Savvy Mattress Outlet showcase popular, name-brand mattresses from Simmons, Serta, and Sealy, aiming to help sleepers of all stripes find their ideal match. They also offer next- and same-day delivery service, during which hired staffers will remove your old mattress, take it for one last spin down the stairs, and break the hard news to the kids—who were originally told that it was going to a country farm filled with other mattresses.