With a total of 14 locations, sewing and quilting classes, and a cornucopia of handpicked sewing products, Quality Sewing & Vacuum offers needle wielders all the necessities for their projects. Experts helm free sessions that teach participants how to use their sewing machines to work toward reinventing an old skirt or craft an elegant canine wedding gown, while special events feature guest speakers who impart home decor, garment construction, quilting, and embroidery tips to audience members. Shoppers can peruse the cache of sewing machines from brands such as Singer, Pfaff, and Brother alongside accessories, embroidery designs, and vacuums that clean up rooms after testing out how easy it is to find a needle in a haystack.
The Hardware City strives for the best with all products and customer service they provide. Whether you need a classic claw hammer ($3.76) or a sturdy pair of cotton work gloves ($0.73), Hardware City is known to provide complete, comprehensive assistance. They specialize in skylights and all sorts of not-so-natural lighting, and carry products in nearly all categories. Pick up a new circular saw ($57+), stock up on new spools of electrical wire ($6.85+), or replace the garbage disposal ($57+) that was accidentally fed too many butter knives.
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.
Stewart and Julie Patey ensure restful evenings in the Everett area with comfortable mattresses from Ergomotion, Reverie, and Restwell. With the help of their knowledgeable sales staff, they dispense advice and help outfit sleeping chambers with elegant bedroom furniture and accessories. They keep bedrooms safe and clean with an inventory of hypoallergenic pillows and waterproof Protect-A-Bed mattress protectors, which guard against stains, bacteria, and dust mites. Upon delivery of a new mattress, Stewart and Julie can also take away the old mattress, which they in turn donate to charity or use to build forts.
Molbak's hooks casual gardeners up with a wide selection of flowers and the means to manipulate them. The spacious facility shelters rows of plant life—with new batches brought in daily from Molbak's 40-acre farm 3 miles up the road—then keeps them healthy with a clear glass roof that lets them bask in the sun's lustful stares. As the floral selection evolves throughout the seasons, you'll be able to spice up your lawn's stale sensory gumbo with a variety of annuals, perennials, trees, edibles, and houseplants. Flowers start at $9.99 and go as high as $119.99, and Molbak's growers will do their best to meet specific requests if you absolutely have to have that special flower to get past the Goombas surrounding your house. Deck horticultural halls with Molbak's myriad holiday plants and accessories. More than 35 varieties of poinsettias are available to lend a blushing brilliance to homes and haystack houses, while the nursery's 14-foot-tall poinsettia Christmas tree elicits tears of jealousy from mere evergreens. Other holiday goodies available for purchase and perusal include ornaments, tree trim, wreaths, and lights.
Countless do-it-yourself projects would never have seen the light of day were it not for Aurora Rents—gardens would remain untended, furniture unsanded, bedrooms unpainted. Luckily, the locally owned and operated business has rented tools and equipment—all properly cared for—to northwestern craftspeople for 50 years. Equally as vital, each employee carries industry expertise around in his or her tool belt, and delights in providing insights, safety tips, and techniques for refinishing floors or shellacking homemade Trojan horses.