It sounds just like a movie: a former Disney employee and a former mayor team up to run their own theater. That's exactly what Jeff Brein and Sam Granato did in 1988 with Bainbridge Cinemas, where they still spend Friday and Saturday nights tearing tickets and scooping popcorn. Besides Bainbridge Cinemas, their theater collection—Far Away Entertainment —oversees seven other local theaters, including the historic single-screen Lynwood Theatre. Opened in 1936, Bainbridge Island's first talking picture house now specializes in independent features and foreign films in which actors rearrange the English alphabet to make strange new sounds.
Over at the two-screen Admiral Theater, projectionists give newer Hollywood releases a second run, plus host screenings every year for the Seattle International Film Festival. Far Away's five remaining theaters, each with three to five screens, show digital versions of Hollywood's freshest celluloid. Lean back in the Anacortes' reclining seats, or scarf down an all-beef frank at Oak Harbor while taking in a flick or live screening of the Metropolitan Opera.
The magic bean that sprouted into Whiskey Ridge Brewing was a Christmas gift that Francine Hatley gave to her husband, Jack. That gift: a homebrewing kit that Jack set up in his garage. Nearly a decade later, that garage operation has expanded into Darrington's old City Hall, has come to involve Jack's entire family, and has churned out delicious microbrews such as the Henrietta Chocolate Porter and the Tarheel Stomp.
NYP Restaurant & Bar's culinary masterminds concoct cuisine ranging from hand-tossed pizzas slathered with homemade sauce to gourmet Angus burgers grilled to customer specifications. Working in tandem with bartenders, the chefs complement each tomato-topped pie or pasta dish with craft cocktails and 20 different signature martinis such as the Tsunami––a surge of coconut rum, vodka, peach schnapps, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and mist. They also serve local craft beers. For some mealtime entertainment, TVs located in the bar and in the restaurant show local sports teams such as the Seahawks and Sounders.
From the beginning, Boundary Bay Brewery knew they wanted to make the kinds of beers that they liked to drink: big, bold Northwest brews. They began producing award-winning handcrafted beers and quickly became a place where the locals love to go. They believe strongly in local economy and in keeping their community vibrant and healthy. To that end, Boundary Bay Brewery partner with at least 15 local suppliers/farmers to create a menu of fun, fresh Northwest pub food and help support over 100 local non-profits annually.
Located in a restored historic warehouse, the brewery opened in 1995 with the goal of brewing bold, flavorful beers. It quickly became popular with locals, who now make use of the space year-round. During the summer, crowds come out to dine on the deck or drink light, refreshing brews in the beer garden. Seven taps are devoted to house brews that are always on tap, while the others are for seasonal brews, brewing experiments like single hop ales and small batch beers that are only brewed rarely. Two cask beers are always available as well. When the weather grows cold, beers like Cabin Fever, a strong-brewed winter ale, rise in popularity and no table seems to lack plates of locally caught sockeye salmon or nachos with housemade salsa and a plethora of additional ingredients from the family-friendly bistro. Although the craft brewery's offerings are representative of the Northwest, the brews have amassed more than 100 impressive awards from festivals and competitions across the country.
With more than a century of bygone days tucked beneath its foundation, the Historic Everett Theatre is one of the oldest operating theatres in the state of Washington. Today, the nonprofit Everett Theatre Society owns and operates the cinema house, enriching the community through the preservation of film and screenings of celebrated features. From plush red seats, guests watch noir, horror, and cult classics, mouthing memorable lines and shaking their heads at Casablanca's CGI effects. To honor and further the impact of cinema, local expert Jon Noe introduces the film-noir showings, and Historic Everett Theatre hosts the occasional free-movie night.