Helicopters Northwest's squad of certified flight Instructors and commercial pilots mans a fleet of Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters for training sessions and tours. Teachers team up with students for individualized new-pilot preparation or add-on sessions for experienced pilots eager to acquire additional ratings in one of five areas, including private pilot and certified flight Instructor – instrument.
Individuals interested in taste-sampling the skies can stick out their tongues during introductory 30-minute flights and aerial-photography flights, designed for snapping shots of boats in motion or breathtaking scenery below. Said scenery is also accessible via Helicopters Northwest's three Seattle tour packages, which hoist guests 500–1,000 feet in the air for bird's-eye views of cherished Seattle landmarks such as Snoqualmie Falls.
Within a 2,000-square-foot shop, Backdrop Sports maintains and sells equipment that can turn the area’s roads and backcountry into outdoor playgrounds. Ready to fix up rides that tackle snow, dirt, or asphalt, the crew of experienced technicians performs tune-ups that help to renew skis and snowboards and improve gear performance. Leaving no detail untouched, they tune skis and snowboards by hand, waxing and grinding bases before giving each board a much-needed hug. Paying similar attention to bicycles, mechanics tighten, adjust, and lubricate everything bikes need to operate smoothly on challenging trails. The staff also can build custom bikes, cut new splitboards, and help customers navigate the store's stock of men’s and women’s apparel, mountain bikes, and snowboards.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
At Hoglund’s, expert installers revamp cars, trucks, and even RVs and boats with a full line of electronics, custom upholstery, and other accessories. The team of techs can update interiors with the newest technology, ranging from heated seats and remote starters to back-up cameras and brand new audio and video systems. The shop specializes in custom-made convertible tops that are carefully tested for fit and seamless appearance. The techs can outfit seats with new upholstery in leather, suede, or bubble-wrap. Beyond the interior, Hoglund’s staff is also skilled in glass and windows, and they can install sunroofs or use SolarGard tints to block UV rays.
Sheltering feet and torsos since 1976, Work 'n More carries a colossal stockpile of boots, safety equipment, and work apparel from brands such as Carhartt, Georgia, and Wolverine. Deck out hardworking gams in comfy, functional Carhartt B73 dungarees ($44.85), with reinforced back pockets and both tool compartments and a hammer loop. The men's Georiga Giant Romeo ($64.95) encases phalanges in a full-grain leather and cushion insole. Dainty digits and profoundly confused genies breathe freely in the women's Georgia GR3118 ($64.95), a pink leather shoe with high-performance lining. Weed briar patches or challenge tool boxes to a duel with the Atlas fit rubber-knit gloves ($3.65), outfitted with a textured grip to keep your palm’s entourage in the finest fettle.
Interstate All Battery Center leads the charge in power outposts, providing lifelong electron-spendthrifts with brand-new batteries for their trucks, cell phones, computers, and more. With a vast storehouse of more than 16,000 products, Interstate carries batteries for nearly every brand of laptop and PC, as well as a bevy of automotive batteries to restore sedans, coupes, and station wagons after a long night of headlight staring contests. Household powerables are also available, including 24-packs of Interstate AAs or AAAs for bulk buyers ($12.99), a watch battery with installation ($7.99), and one case of Lite Brite fuel, distilled from corn syrup and Olympic silver medals. Old used batteries find comfy retirement at Interstate’s recycling center, allowing their former owners and well-meaning grandchildren to rest easy.