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.
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.
Dr. Trinh T. Nguyen, O.D. believes that sight is a right; it's what first drew her to humanitarian work. During trips both locally and internationally, she’s worked to restore and protect the vision of those who might otherwise be at risk. She brings the same commitment to ocular health to her practice, where she treats every patient with custom fittings and thorough examinations. After Nguyen susses out new prescriptions, patients can peruse the office's array of frames. Stylish street-wear frames from brands such as Ray-Ban, Burberry, Polo, and Cole Haan encircle high-quality lens material in polycarb, transition, and progressive forms, and custom sunglasses and sports eyewear protect vision during outdoor activities such as scaling a mountain or challenging a campfire to a staring contest. Thanks to Colonial Optical's onsite lab, technicians can modify glasses to patients' exact needs and specifications or repair damaged pieces quickly and effectively.
At Spex in the City, Dr. Mark J. Hamilton and Dr. Cathy Tran lead their team in framing faces with trendy yet functional eyewear. The optometric physicians begin by examining eyes and conjuring up prescriptions that correct nearsighted, farsighted, or age-related vision problems, as well as those caused by wearing View-Masters as glasses. From there, frame stylists step in to help clients select complementary frames from D&G, Oakley, Tom Ford, and other major designers. Technicians at the in-house laboratory can craft the custom eyewear in as little as one hour, treating Zeiss prescription lenses with luxurious extras such as progressive thickness, antiglare coating, and the ability to discern dreams from reality.:
Optometrist James McCrum enjoys his job so much he lives at the office. Literally. As documented in a 2005 feature in Pacific Northwest Magazine, Dr. McCrum and his wife, Paula Whelan, converted the bare walls of what used to be a commercial building into a modern, urban-chic home office where they can live upstairs and work downstairs. The daunting project took a year and a half—about three times as long as they had originally planned. Whelan called upon her instincts as an artist to help design the 1,700-square-foot space. She used artwork made from swimming fins and roller skates and installed stair treads that are actually the repurposed rafters from the former building. Vibrant, playful pieces from Whelan's above-garage art studio spill over into the Eyeballs office, where lime-green chairs and bold, red mirrors complement her innovatively painted lampshades and eyewear-inspired artwork. Adding to the fun atmosphere, the reception desk boasts a blackboard where patients can doodle anything they want or copy poems discovered within the eye chart.
And the decor isn't the only aspect of the shop with a decidedly vivacious vibe. The lighthearted, friendly staff aims to make shopping for glasses fun and encourages leisurely browsing of boutique frames neatly arranged in drawers and open wall displays. Together with fellow optometrist Dr. Chris Hettinger, Dr. McCrum does his part to make each guest's visit a pleasant one by using a state-of-the-art retinal camera to check for issues such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
With more than two decades of experience in refractive vision-correcting surgeries and eye-health services, Dr. Stephen G. Phillips has cleared blurry sight from patients of all professions in Seattle. Surgeons, architects, teachers, attorneys, and fellow ophthalmologists have entrusted their eyes to Dr. Phillips's steady hands and arsenal of technologies. OPD-Scans chart the entire topography of the eye, giving the doctor a high-resolution display of 1,440 points of measurement, while a refractive power analyzer captures the subtle nuances of the front of the eye without revealing the patients' most-viewed television channels.