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.
Opened in Kirkland on Valentine's Day 2011, Palettes and Pairings celebrates the romantic interplay between art and wine. At each evening class, instructors offer tips on brushing life into a 15”x20” canvas while painters nibble appetizers and sip wine, beer, or nonalcoholic beverages. The studio also offers private parties for up to 75 guests, which can be completely customized from painting subject to dietary needs, and include smocks as well as plentiful opportunities to use the word smock.
Serving as a pensive counterpoint to the Kirkland location’s parties, the newer Issaquah studio holds open-house time for all ages four times a week.
Tastin’ n Racin’ attracts speed demons and foodies alike with a lineup of water races, food booths, and live music. Each year, Lake Sammamish becomes an aquatic racetrack as hydroplanes and speedboats zoom across the water's surface toward victory. On land, the festival hosts car shows, live music, and an arts and crafts market, where local artisans spin straw into stained-glass window trinkets. As the name implies, Tastin’ n Racin’ also always lines up an army of food booths and a beer garden stocked with pub grub and brews sourced locally and abroad.
For eight exciting weeks this autumn, children will flock to the fields of Marymoor Park to score some new skills and friendships, with all instruction designed and led by Seattle-native and USSF-certified Jacob Haney. In addition to providing a steady stream of professional instruction and individualized attention, i9 Sports works hard to maintain a positive, supportive environment that forbids negative language from both participating children and adult onlookers, and gives each player equal playing time. Over the course of the eight-week league, children will maneuver themselves through a throng of drills and exercises, sharpening both technical and teamwork techniques. Leagues meet for practice once a week on Saturdays, and are organized by age group to keep young ones safe and feeling confident. Call ahead to register your miniature proto-adult for an eight-week league, or enter your Groupon number during online registration.
Practitioner and registered nurse Keesha Ewers and her colleagues use principles of ayurvedic, modern Western, and functional medicine to bring the body back to its happiest and most natural state. Get essential pipes smooth and clear as a water-park flume with the warm infusion of colon hydrotherapy, which uses filtered water and abdominal massage to sweep out the corners of the colon’s untidy house until it’s fit for a Martha Stewart Christmas special. As you relax from the gentle cleansing, Fern Life’s practitioners will balance your chakras and release their pent-up confetti with affirmations, essential oils, and balancing techniques believed to foster an extended blissful sensation and better-behaved inner toddlers.
Suburban Soul outfits dapper does and savvy stags with elegant jeans, flattering tops, haute handbags, and more. The boutique stocks brands including jeans from Rock Revival, Joe's, and David Kahn (starting at $60) to sheathe legs in comfort and style. On-trend tops crafted by artistic adorners such as Michael Kors and Lucky Brand (starting at $38) ensure that torsos are draped to a T-shirt-free T. Along with feminine shoes, cosmetics, and jewelry, Suburban Soul carries a selection of men's clothing and home décor. Both lush locations stock eye-catching items amid gorgeous wood furnishings and chic log-cabin accents inspired by Davie Crockett's walk-in hat closet. Should modish options cause heads to spin, a friendly sales staff is on hand to answer questions and offer suggestions.