Colorful fabrics, strings of neon beads, and heaps of yarn of all textures adorn Ben Franklin Crafts’ sprawling, dazzlingly colored store, a family owned business for 37 years. Brimming with supplies for any project imaginable, Ben Franklin Crafts outfits guests with rubber-stamping kits for custom-made stationary or sheets of chevron paper to decoupage ready-made frames. The friendly staff circulates the store, and, armed with creativity and know-how, assists guests as they try to pick out the proper washi tape.
Featured in Seattle and other publications, Moxie Papergoods & Gifts offers greeting cards, stationery, and gifts for all of life's notable events. Custom invitations and announcements can be designed on Twig and Fig, Notoriety Press, The Happy Envelope, and numerous other lines for your upcoming move, wedding, or puppy shower. If you prefer to do your own card contriving, simply choose from an array of card options ($3.25–$18) to take home and fill with your undecipherable heart-moon-star code. In-house imprintable invitations from Snow & Graham and Smudge Ink and can be designed and printed by Moxie within 48 hours (starting at $3 each). "Nibble at the tip of a Swarovski pencil ($6) as you compose a sonnet on a sheaf of boldly printed European paper by the light of an aromatic Zuz Design candle ($24), then seal it with the garden-grass- or Moroccan-tea-scented wax. A prolific purveyor of two-dimensional diversions, the store's inventory also includes novelty books such as 50 Dates Worse Than Yours, The Daily Candy Lexicon, and a Paul Frank sticker kit ($15 each).
Flung from the concert stage by the drummer of T-Rex, a single drumstick caught by eighth grader Donn Bennett began a lifelong passion for collecting rare and celebrity drum sets. He began selling and trading equipment from his home, and eventually his constantly expanding collection prompted him to open his own shop in 1977. Today, as recorded by King 5 Magazine, more than 50 signed snares hang from the store's ceiling above a show room circled by 15 sets previously used by drummers from bands such as Green Day, Aerosmith, Kansas, and Cheap Trick. Snares played by The Who's Keith Moon and Kiss' Peter Criss, a signed drumhead by The Beatles' Ringo Starr, and feline whiskers fashioned into drumsticks by Josie and the Pussycats round out Donn's extensive exhibit.
Along with the displayed celeb drums, Donn dispenses new and used drum gear to customers along with vintage snare parts and major-brand replacement parts for sets in need of repair. Stocked with two professional drum sets and a Roland electronic drum tutor, soundproof learning rooms shelter pupils and instructors during private 30- or 60-minute lessons for all skill levels. Along with annual rock camps and clinics, Donn's staff leads specialized classes in diverse drumming topics such as mastering the techniques of Led Zeppelin's John Bonham and the cymbal-smacking techniques of Animal from the Muppets.
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.
An artist can have the most striking or stirring image in her mind—but unless she has the tools to get it down on canvas, it might always be stuck in the land of imagination. Fortunately for all, Daniel Smith Artist Materials stocks a wealth of paints, brushes, palettes, and paper, so fully realized masterpieces can be displayed all around town, from museum galleries to doghouse foyers. Also, many of the paints available for purchase incorporate both ancient pigments and newfangled high-tech particles, imbuing creative works with an undeniably timeless quality.