A lot of companies pledge to go the extra mile, but Fred Marcy and his crew from Suburban Painting Services take that pledge to heart. When Fred's team repainted the exterior of a client's home in 2010, she was sure she might lose a plant in the process, since they were planted so close to the house; yet to her great surprise nary a leaf was left out of place. That's the kind of care Fred and his team take with every commercial or residential job they undertake, always using premium paint, making sure edges and trim are neat, and promising to never to push duties off to a team of subcontractors or artistic lab mice.
Massage therapist Sandy Claflin's commitment to healing goes well beyond the walls of her studio. She volunteers regularly at local fundraising events, administering Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot stone massage to those in attendance. At Red Cedar, she also practices cupping therapy, a 5,000-year old treatment that uses suction from glass cups to remove toxins and apple juice trapped in tight muscles.
What started as a 25-truck gathering in a small parking lot, the Mobile Food Rodeo has grown into an annual, multi-day celebration of small business and on-the-move eateries. Since that first powwow, the Rodeo has become one of the country's largest festivals of its kind, roping in up to 40 food trucks per event. In 2013 alone, more than 87,000 people dispersed through Seattle's neighborhoods—Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, and Fremont—to experience new flavors, all while avoiding having to thumb wrestle for a table at a restaurant. The Mobile Food Rodeo does more than just fill bellies, though, since it acts as a showcase for new culinary talents and creates a vibrant marketplace for small businesses to share their talents.
Museum Quality Framing’s staff encases cherished photos, artwork, and three-dimensional objects in materials ranging from polished wood to leather. Ready-made photo frames ($10+) clasp snapshots in a wood-and-glass embrace, protecting them from wrinkles, stains, and the scratchy nuzzles of sentimental lumberjacks. Lackluster walls can find colorful companionship in preframed artwork and a vehicle for deep self-reflection in mirrors ($100+). Ensconce valuables in custom framing packages ($69.99+), which can accommodate sports memorabilia, or preserve fine art with archival mats and backing boards. Handcrafted frames add a Renaissance flair to photos, utilizing materials such as 22-karat gold leaf to create one-of-a-kind frames.
In the Medicine Man parking lot, holiday tunes fill the air as Alpine Tree & Wreath’s friendly, full-service staffers help guests select festive holiday decorations. Their stock includes a wealth of wreaths, garlands available by the foot, and noble firs that range from a compact two feet to an eagle-enticing eight. As they browse greenery, patrons can sip on complementary cider and hot chocolate.