Accomplished swordsmen Serge Timacheff and Kevin Mar cofounded Washington Fencing Academy as a haven for fencing enthusiasts of all ages and abilities to hone their skills. Accompanied by skilled coaches—including 2011 veteran world champion Maitre Wang Yung—the duo delivers traditional Olympic-style instruction according to guidelines laid out by the United States Fencing Association and International Fencing Federation. Classes focus on two fencing styles: épée, in which fencers target their opponent's entire body, and saber, a more fast-paced style that targets the upper body only. Sessions unfold atop 11 fencing strips that span a modern sports floor, cushioning steps and comforting joints without the need to compose a knee-specific lullaby.
When it comes to garage doors, there hasn't really been a whole lot of innovation in the past 40 years. The best garage door is the one that opens, closes, and doesn't give you any guff in between. Sound Door Service?a Seattle-based, locally owned and operated company?understands this, and that's why a good number of their doors come with life-time warranties. But that's just the beginning. They stock a massive selection of doors that range from classic steel doors that get the job done to Heritage Classic carriage style doors, hand-crafted by retired race horses.
Of course, sometimes things go wrong, so Sound Door Service keeps a team of techs on hand. They can fix up damaged sections, install an entirely new unit, or swap out rusty springs for new ones. Techs can also correct door torsion and repair extension springs, and lend assistance and expertise to owners shopping for a new door.
Although often overlooked, the floor is the most important part of the home because without it, there would be nothing to walk on and nowhere to break dance. All Flooring Wholesalers recognizes this fact, and for the past 25 years has devoted much its 2,500-square-foot showroom solely to thousands of carpet, hardwood, tile, and laminate-flooring samples. Its inventory, which ranges from solid walnut planks to laminate tile, has options across all price ranges. All items can be installed by the in-house team of flooring installers who travel to homes within King and Pierce Counties and replace existing floors with fresh planks or layers of cushy carpet.
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.
Keystone Windows & Doors' entry artisans outfit homes with high-quality, name brand, and customized windows and doors. Keystone offers free estimates and consultations for all design projects and promises a lifetime warranty on all labor. Apply $600 toward any window order of 10 or more windows (total of 200 square feet or more) or a fiberglass-door system outfitted with french ($4,500) or french-rail patio doors ($4,500). A six-panel double-entry door system with new hardware, including a deadbolt ($3,500), can fortify homes, and new vinyl, fiberglass, or wood bay windows give couches a clear view of the neighbors next door ($7,500).
Dish it up! stocks shelves with a smorgasbord of kitchen utensils while filling its culinary classrooms with the aromas of creative and classic meals prepared by students and featured chefs from across the country. A class calendar brimming with weekly courses sends students on step-by-step tours through the creation of gourmet burgers, chocolate truffles, and far-flung fare such as Middle Eastern street food ranging from chicken fatta to baba ghannouj. Classes last up to three hours as featured chefs explain a particular culinary tradition or meal through demonstration, hands-on preparation, or a combination of both. During the Sustainable Sushi class on November 18, chef Hajime Sato of Mashiko Restaurant splits his time at the podium expounding on sustainable fishing and demonstrating techniques for using sushi-making tools to construct, roll, and cut the freshest sushi possible.