With two locations, long hours, and a bounty of equipment, Emerald City Athletic Club helps its members get in shape, whatever their workout of choice. Gym floors lined with regiments of Precor and Nautilus machines let members work every muscle in their bodies, and the class studios' high-tech sound systems energize Zumba, salsa dancing, and kickboxing sessions and keep stationary cycles from tearing around the room in loneliness each night. Free weights and intricate weight machines hold down the floor of a spacious weight room, where muscle sculptors work up a sweat before winding down in a dry sauna, Turkish steam bath, and hot tub. At the Everett location, an Olympic-style pool, a basketball court, and racquetball and handball courts offer even more variety.
Calling Evergreen Speedway a “racetrack” would be a misnomer, since it's more than just one track. Six separate circuits in total fill the stadium, including a 3/8-mile paved oval, a 1/8-mile drag strip, and an infamous figure-eight. The diversity of the layout led racing legend David Pearson to nickname Evergreen the "Super Speedway of the West." Along with hosting professional stock-car races during the Whelen All-American Series, the track often hosts specialty events such as drifting competitions and rallies to see which monster truck has the most fuel-efficient tire pressure.
As its name suggests, The Riverside Gallery abuts the rolling Snohomish River, lending the space a natural beauty that is reflected in the artwork that hangs on its walls. Guests can draw on this inspiration to craft their own pieces during weeks-long classes, which use media such as acrylic paint and graphite. For fledgling artists looking for a one-time outlet to practice their hand-eye coordination, the gallery hosts fun workshops, many of which include wine, that produce paintings in the styles of artists such as Van Gogh and Modigliani. Practiced artists roam the gallery’s halls, teaching classes and displaying their own works for sale, which can dress up barren walls and other art-beckoning surfaces.
An extension of the Tacoma Bar Academy, the Bartending Academy of Mill Creek has educated students in the finer points of bartending and mixology for more than 35 years. Classes include a 40-hour bartending-certification program, which prepares aspiring tenders to take their place in the drink-slinging industry with lessons in bar etiquette, drink-making techniques, and more than 150 cocktail recipes. The professional classroom setup echoes that of an actual bar, allowing students to get a feel for each element’s proper place, from the sliced fruit and soda guns to the emergency manual that outlines exactly what to do should a horse, duck, and pirate walk in.
"I believe there is an artist hidden inside each person," art instructor Jay Gilani says on FeelArtistic's website. "Inspiration is the only gap between the hidden talent of a person and a creation." Accordingly, Gilani and his team of instructors seek to inspire their students with media as diverse as clay and digital animation. During group classes and summer camps, class sizes are kept small to ensure lots of one-on-one attention, whether pupils are animating their own cartoon characters or learning how to make photorealistic paintings of their feelings.