Named Best Gift/Book Store in the Bothell Reporter's Best of Northshore 2010 Readers' Choice Awards, Ostroms Drug & Gift has presented patrons with greeting cards, novelty gifts, and pharmaceuticals for half a century. Owned and operated by three generations of the Ramsey family, the store has amassed a loyal staff, with each employee averaging 10 years. In addition to greeting their customers with a friendly face and an enthusiastic chest bump during regular business hours, the staff's community-minded pharmacists make emergency house calls.
Heartland Jiffy Lubes enjoy the benefits of being under the Heartland Automotive Services umbrella, putting them in good company along with more than 435 Jiffy Lubes nationwide that service more than five million customers each year. They specialize in the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change, which comes standard with a fresh-from-the-box oil filter and up to 5 quarts of quality motor oil, plus a comprehensive lineup of other vehicle maintenance checkups. Highly trained technicians also perform cosmetic and mechanical services including inspections, emissions testing, transmission service, and counseling for 1960s Corvettes that are going through a mid-life crisis.
Lacey Yantis and Aaron Blank’s Hawaii wedding was more than a personal milestone for them—it was the beginning of a shared career in wedding photography. The duo now helm Visions of Romance, named Top Wedding Photographer by Real Simple and awarded a spot in The Knot’s Best of Weddings list in 2011. The studio’s shoots unobtrusively chronicle nuptials, from the bridal party’s primping to the reception, in a style that marries photojournalism with a touch of traditional wedding portraiture. Afterward, couples view and proof images in private online galleries, collecting physical photos in optional keepsake wedding albums from designers such as Graphistudio and La-vie Album. The photographers also capture couples’ connections in engagement shoots, or outdoor shoots in which brides "trash” their dress post-wedding by wearing it into the ocean or to a food fight.
For some, the urge to create delicious desserts far exceeds the willingness to eat stale candy and unwrap waxy chocolate. For those brave few, Dawn's Candy and Cake carries more than 8,000 molds and organizes candy- and confection-making classes that help candy connoisseurs craft their own confections. Instructors lead students through the basics of making treats such as hollow bunnies and chocolate piñatas in Chocolate 101, and delve into the worlds of truffles, liquor-filled chocolates, and chocolate-dipped fruit, pretzels, and cookies in other courses. Specialty classes investigate advanced topics such as icing, petit fours, and cake pops. Dawn's also hosts a cake club, during which members meet to enjoy snacks, guest demonstrations, and gossip sessions about why Little Debbie only wears one outfit.
Ensconced in a building dating back to the 1920s, Alexa?s Caf??s dining room is flanked by brick walls and wainscoting, and is filled with pine furniture where guests cozy up to platters of guilt-free comfort fare for breakfast and lunch. The caf??s hearty portions come compliments of owner Leigh Henderson?s deep-rooted love of feeding people, which is also the catalyst for the caf??s ever-evolving menu. In the evenings, Alexa's pairs heartier fare such as burgers with wines and tap beers from local breweries such as Mac & Jack's. Alexa?s also totes its fresh fare to special events, from business luncheons to Batman-themed bat mitzvahs.
Aiming to keep their clients looking and feeling great, Tropical Tans offers a variety of services, from B-12 injections and red-light therapy to custom airbrush tanning. Upon entering the low-lit, luxuriously appointed boutique, visitors can head back to private rooms to enter stand-up, lay-down, or hamster-wheel tanning beds. Or they opt for a restorative, UV-free session in one of the red-light-therapy beds.