Based in Everett, the Daily Herald's reporters have covered Snohomish and Island Counties' local news and culture for more than a century. Founded in 1901, the institution's print edition cover topics from politics to Boeing, as well as local arts, opinions, and sports. Specialty sections thoroughly highlight specific subjects, such as the Good Life section which insights recipes, local features, and critique of fine and popular culture. Featured advertising supplements throughout the year cover aspects from local sports teams to going back to school. The publication is also available on the web, and can be accessed on smart phones and tablets such as the iPad.
While living on Molokai, Bobby and Diane Nakihei couldn’t throw a stone without hitting a plate-lunch special. The classic Hawaiian dish—two scoops of rice, one scoop of macaroni salad, and an entree—is served at practically every fast-food restaurant and food wagon across the island. When the couple moved from Hawaii to the Pacific Northwest, they began to long for the once-ubiquitous island cuisine. So Bobby traded the stuffy shirt and tie of a bookkeeping career for the patterned, button-down shirts of his homeland and opened Bobby's Hawaiian Style Restaurant, drawing transplanted islanders and locals alike to his plate-lunch specials, which often come wrapped in taro leaves and seaweed.
His cuisine earned the restaurant a spot on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and praise from Scott Gorman of the Herald, who extols it as “prepared and presented with a good deal of authenticity and style.” Revered dishes include Kahlua pig, which Chef Bobby cures with hawaiian sea salt, covers in banana leaves, and roasts for eight hours. The meticulous preparation extends to the rest of the menu, which spotlights the leaf-steamed pork of laulau and the sushi-esque spam musubi. In addition to the cuisine, owners Bobby and Diane showcase Hawaiian culture by offering hula lessons, presenting live Hawaiian music and recycling diners' lawn clippings into grass skirts.
Nonprofit organization Citrine Health may sponsor Women's Wellness Center, but the women of Women's Wellness Center are the force behind it. Here, the all-female membership allows participants to work out comfortably while empowering themselves to get stronger, run faster, and bench-press loved ones more swiftly. The tools for all of this enhancement: classes including yoga, core-fortifying Pilates, and alluring, ab-strengthening belly dancing. After workouts, women can partake in the variety of spa services, such as hot-stone massages, honey foot rubs, or soothing facials.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We guarantee our programs and hold you accountable. With a deep understanding of struggles specific to women (hormones, orthopedic issues, stress, time) we educate our clients on how to balance these struggles in body and mind. You start strong and stay strong.
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
All of our programs are specific and ever-evolving. Our clients get results, and our fun atmosphere and supportive approach motivate women to be consistent. Our health and fitness expertise shines.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
As mothers with careers we have a strong understanding of the factors that contribute to women's health and fitness struggles. Our programs address women's wellness, teaching a lifestyle that creates everlasting change.
What do you love most about your job?
Inspiring women to take back their lives and live a life filled with energy, feeling amazing in body and mind.
In 1987, indoor climbing was as unpopular in the Seattle area as breeding labradoodles. But Vertical World––a pioneer indoor climbing gym––introduced the city to the up-and-coming sport of rock climbing in a controlled environment. Since its inception, the gym has expanded to three other locations in Everett, Tacoma, and Redmond, the latter hosting eastside climbers for more than 20 years.
A team of experienced route creators challenges climbers with more than 200 bouldering, lead, or top-rope routes in a wide variety of difficulty levels. The gym hosts competitive youth teams that have gone on to national or world tournaments. The gym's staff of climbers and guides also leads outdoor excursions that build confidence and teach novices how to identify a rock wall in the wild.
Blue Heart Art's passionate staffers hand-select every locally created treasure that they stock, which includes photo-enhancing picture frames ($5.99–$15) and fruit-themed towels, ideal for making soaps salivate and subsequently lather themselves ($6.99–$7.99). Like early morning office hours and turtle races, viewing the shop's art and home furnishings may be enhanced by the consumption of coffee. Blue Heart Art's on-site coffee lounge brews fair-trade, Seattle-roasted beans, and head barista Jordan crafts creative potables such as the smooth and sweet raspberry truffle latte ($3.95 for 16 oz.). The café's warm, lounge-like décor—replete with a couch and club chairs—encourages patrons to relax and hug throw pillows.