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.
Covenant Art Glass' talented and friendly staff helps patrons turn empty wine bottles into multipurpose pieces of art. Armed with an emptied, cleaned, and dried wine bottle brought from home, approximately 20 students at a time can work with teachers to slump bottles into cheese trays during the one-hour workshop. Students leave bottles behind after the class session, and skilled staff sends them on a transformative trip to the kiln, which leaves them ready for pickup the week following the class. Along with making a functional and non-explosive homemade gift, finished slumped bottles come with a complimentary stainless steel cheese-spreader. With the purchase of this Groupon, customers also receive a 20% discount on stained-glass classes.
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.
With spring bursting from the earth like a bony hand from a freshly dug grave and summer a pale horse on the horizon, there are any number of terrifying events to cope with: Mother's Day, prom, graduation, and May Day, to name but a few. All of these are best met head-on with floral arrangements, potted plants, or decorative containers heaped with treats courtesy of Stadium Flowers. A Sweet Bird Garden ($44.98) comes nestled in a woven basket adorned with a bird and filled with a palette of flowers. Treat mom or an open-minded dad to a vase of Spring Roses, garnished with raffia and butterfly. Non-traditional options also abound, such as a more-edible-than-flowers Nature's Bounty ($69.98) or a prettily practical Daisy Pitcher ($19.98, $44.98 with flowers). And just in time for prom night, a gorgeous four-rose wristlet corsage with kalanchoe ($34.98) makes a beautiful pre-apology for ruining a date's dress before she can return it to Nordstrom's.
The largest manufacturer and supplier of paints in the Pacific Northwest, Parker Paint enables new-hue-craving customers to roll and brush fresh coats of luscious pigments onto formerly drab and dreary household surfaces. To reinvent interiors, several options await including the semigloss Wall Glow ($34.27/gallon) and the Velva Kolor ($30.59/gallon), with a less-reflective eggshell finish. Parker Paint also carries a selection of weather-scoffing exterior paints, such as the flat-finish Flextron 100 ($33.03/gallon) to help homeowners paint a realistic yet unflattering outdoor mural of the neighbors.
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.
The design team at Lila's Scrapbooking conjures up artful strategies for preserving memorabilia, and transmits their techniques unto aspiring artists. Students burn creative fuels to produce eight cards using store-provided materials while learning a variety of decorative skills. Help homely pulp blossom into blooming paper flowers, or add impish sparkle to a card with a misting of pixie dust. Wet and dry embossing are sure to impress, and stamping allows artists to leave their mark without making incriminating fingerprints. Alcohol inks are on hand to imbue paper with the look of stained glass, and other techniques in Lila's arsenal include cutting and paper piecing. Class sizes are capped at 12 students, so each artisan can peep the step-by-step instructions and receive personalized feedback.