A father-son team, Dickson Flyfishing guides and teaches fly-fishing to all levels of anglers on Olympic Peninsula waters, Puget Sound rivers, and many eastern Washington rivers. Conscious of their environmental impact, they lead eco-rafting trips throughout the year on the Skagit, Sauk, and Queets Rivers, as well as fishing trips for steelhead, cutthroat trout, and salmon with scales made of gold. More adventurous clients can embark on winter fly-fishing trips for tarpon on the flats of the Caribbean or three-day campouts on the Grande Ronde River. Additionally, scenic rafting tours bring visitors up close to wildlife such as eagles. Dickson Flyfishing also runs a virtual fly shop, where they sell their own line of equipment.
Started in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, the nationally recognized and trusted franchise now operates in nearly 800 company and franchise locations nationwide. The master visionaries at Pearle are well trained in assisting all bespectacled beings, from casual librarians to picky, temperamental Cyclopes. Equip a corrective pair of Essentials frames starting at $99.95, or slip on a pair of designer eye enhancers, such as those by Anne Klein and DKNY ($149.95+) or Versace ($205+). Single-vision lenses adjust a singular field of vision ($120 for plastic scratch-resistant), while specialty PearleTHIN complete lenses ($215) are lightweight heavyweights.
After his first time riding a Segway, 11-year-old Gregg Jantz Jr. was hooked. There weren’t Segway tours in his hometown of Edmonds, so he and his father went to the company’s headquarters in New Hampshire to learn more about the self-balancing transporters. They were excited about what they learned there, leading to the creation of Segway of Edmonds.
Today, visitors can take 90-minute tours of Puget Sound. By day, the tours take a historical angle, and educate groups about Olympic Beach and the mills that used to sit along the coast. Sunset tours create beautiful photo ops, and can be arranged to end with dinner at one of the waterfront restaurants. All tours begin with a 30-minute orientation session, and guides stop occasionally to take photos of groups and make sure no one has fused to their Segway. Visitors can also rent Segways for self-guided tours.
Bhupinder Oberoi, an experienced optician and contact-lens fitter, founded Gladwin Optical in 1993 with the help of his wife, brother, and sister-in-law. Today, the family also gets assistance from Oberoi’s daughters and nephews as they stock the shop with a large selection of designer frames by brands such as Gucci, Coach, and Versace, and perform free diagnostic optical tests to help patients determine whether their friends are real or imagined. Gladwin Optical can also outfit faces with prescription sunglasses to ensure a perfect view of every brilliant sunset or distant tire fire.
Dr. Anita Narang of Island Eyecare uses a variety of advanced technologies to maintain the ocular health of her patients. Her practice's advanced equipment includes a visual field analyzer and retinal camera that catches signs of ocular disease and can detect whether a significant other has a wandering eye. In addition to performing routine eye exams, she and her staff can administer emergency services to those in need of urgent care. She is also able to perform exams in Punjabi for those not fluent in English.
As Dr. Narang helms the exam rooms, friendly, expertly trained staff members man the clinic’s showroom. The cheery crew is always available to answer questions about your contact lenses or help you select a flattering pair of frames and sunglasses from designer brands such as Versace and BCBG Max Azaria.
Blurry vision is not just an annoyance; it’s a health risk. So when the owners of Optiks International and Factory Optical saw a chance to vertically integrate their business model—and cut down time between an eye exam and obtaining glasses—they jumped on it. The optometrists inside their chain offer the convenience of one-stop lens shopping. Technicians can create custom-fitted standard, progressive, and googly-eye lenses. The labs constantly seek out the latest technologies to improve vision, including digital lenses that decrease peripheral distortion and custom cuttings that alter lenses to accommodate the tilt of chosen frames.
Each store stocks a supply of more than 4,000 frames, including options from designer brands such as Oakley, Gucci, Versace, Ray-Ban, Guess, Prada, Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, Michael Kors, and Marc by Marc Jacobs. Every store also offers a two-for-one deal for each pair of prescription glasses sold, allowing clients to give a pair of glasses to a family member or pair their purchase with prescription sunglasses to avoid darkening regular specs with a whiteboard marker when leaving the house.