All 11 acres of Wintergreen Tree Farm smell like Christmas. Noble, Fraser, and Nordmann firs—along with eight other species—stretch across its Christmas tree field, giving off a sweet scent that evokes the holiday season. Trees range from 5 to 15 feet. A trip to the farm should always culminate in a steaming mug of apple cider by the gift shop's fireplace, where you can also peruse Christmas ornaments, fresh wreaths, garlands, and boughs. And if you purchase a photo package, kids can also take turns sitting on Santa's lap, whisper their gift list, and walk away with antlers, ornaments, and candy canes.
Periwinkle Rose, an online boutique founded by a former costume designer, is filled with quality handmade garments and eco-friendly home goods from Big Dipper Wax Works and Forever New. Change up nighttime clothing routines with a pair of print pajama pants ($30), or impress fellow insomniacs in your clinical sleep study with psychedelic pajama pants ($30). Customers wishing to keep their new sleepwear in tiptop condition can peruse a variety of all-natural fabric-care products, from La Bouquetiere fabric softener ($18.50) to Forever New granular wash ($3.50–$15), a nontoxic, organic, and biodegradable formula designed to safely clean and prolong the life of clothing.
The neighborhood wine shop's cellar-like interior surrounds guests with stacked bottles of world-class wines, waiting to grace café tables during leisurely tasting tours. Approachable staff decants jewel-toned potables while patrons send each of six selections gliding across tongues like a competitive ballroom dancer in banana-peel slippers. Depending on the tasting, guests pair their favorite varietal with a selection of cheeses such as brie or swiss, specialty meats, or nonedible, but still enjoyable crystal. Those opting for an at-home tasting wow guests with a 12-bottle cellar pack of Robert Mondavi wines, enough for a generous 15-person tasting or a raucous 30-person gargling tournament.
At Hoglund’s, expert installers revamp cars, trucks, and even RVs and boats with a full line of electronics, custom upholstery, and other accessories. The team of techs can update interiors with the newest technology, ranging from heated seats and remote starters to back-up cameras and brand new audio and video systems. The shop specializes in custom-made convertible tops that are carefully tested for fit and seamless appearance. The techs can outfit seats with new upholstery in leather, suede, or bubble-wrap. Beyond the interior, Hoglund’s staff is also skilled in glass and windows, and they can install sunroofs or use SolarGard tints to block UV rays.
Wind-up toys and plastic vehicles overflow from toy displays inside Wishes, where shelves full of books, puzzles, and tabletop games entertain visitors. Small groups play games such as Ticket to Ride and Settlers of Catan at tables inside, and the staff helps guests find games well-suited for a family gathering or Nobel Prize award ceremony.
InSights Training Center teaches out of local ranges, and they are the exclusive training provider at West Coast Armory's indoor range, Bellevue Gun Club.
Depending on the class, rental firearms may include rifles, shotguns, pistols, or revolvers.
With certifications from organizations such as the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and American Women's Self Defense Association, the coed instructors of InSights Training Center teach unarmed and armed personal-security courses under the direction of Army Ranger and Special Forces veteran Greg Hamilton. The highly trained staff has trained more than 15,000 students in its civilian courses alone. Topics range from the Women's Basic Handgun Safety & Responsibility to Unarmed Self Defense, which explores the evolution of hand-to-hand techniques. Outside of training civilians, the instructors provide specialized training programs for members of law enforcement and the military.