In the lobby of Helen Wax Spa, a waterfall burbles down an etched glass pane and into a stone basin. The water’s quiet murmur sets the tone for a space that is at once bold and soothing—modern artwork hangs on yellow, orange, and red walls and soft rays of sunlight stream in from floor-to-ceiling windows. Just beyond the main space, Helen and her technicians administer body waxing and facials for both male and female clients. Their specialty treatments use vitamin C to brighten, glycolic acid to exfoliate, and seaweed to calm and soothe the skin. And inside the onsite boutique hair salon, stylists perform cuts, color treatments, and emergency hair extensions for balding Barbie dolls.
Frommer's highly recommends the Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art, and KING5.com named it one of the top five museums in the 2010 Best of Northwest Escapes voters' poll. The Seattle Times also featured the museum. Five Insider Pagers give the museum an average of five stars, and four Yelpers give it a 4.5-star average.
True to its name, A Bit of Europe Spa & Wax borrows elements from Europe to beautify and pamper its clients. The spa experts call on salt from Greece to detoxify and exfoliate the skin, and mud from Italy to draw out impurities. The spa’s collection of French aromatherapy wafts relaxing scents through the air while clients enjoy a facial, bask in a body wrap, or try to remember what lavender smells like.
Great American Casino brings a little bit of Vegas to the Northwest, gathering hooting and hollering patrons around table games such as baccarat, Texas Hold 'Em, blackjack, and other styles of poker, such as Progressive Fortune Pai Gow. Most tables have a betting limit up to $300, and aside from the top-shelf thrill of walking away with the pot, regular players can earn rewards redeemable toward electronics, meals, hotel stays, and Great American merchandise.
Like the best Vegas casinos, Great American brings more to the table than just gambling. There's live entertainment most nights, including local bands and musicians from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. There are full-service dining rooms where the menus also bear an Asian influence, with dishes such as pad thai and Kalbi ribs. The menus are slightly different at each of the four locations, but generally encompass an international spread that might include pizza, pub-style fish 'n' chips, and creme brulee, much like the meatloaf served in the United Nation's cafe.
Clients relax as they sip frothy beers and tart ciders amid the elegant white décor of The Wax Bar's lobby before following aestheticians back to a private treatment room for one of a broad repertoire of signature hair-removal services. Staff at The Wax Bar's two locations aim to make waxing or sugaring a luxurious and dignified experience, soothing clients' jangling nerves with drinks from the wet bar. Each aesthetician boasts a repertoire of discomfort-minimizing tricks to ensure sugaring and waxing services for men and women's brows, backs, and bikinis go as swiftly and painlessly as possible. After follicles have said their tearful goodbyes to unwanted hair, aestheticians apply aftercare products and advise clients on the best way to reduce irritation on freshly bare skin. Staff members also offer facials whose targeted therapies incorporate products from Dermalogica and Aveda.
Cotton Caboodle's all-women staff swaddles children and their mothers in a collection of durable, easy-to-layer duds comprised of luxe fabrics and innumerable colors. Youngsters can do their best rainbow impression by picking from a kaleidoscopic variety of short- and long-sleeved shirts made from 100% cotton ($12), or one of many striped, multicolored tunics ($18). Poplin dresses gussy up gals for Sadie Hawkins slow dances ($24), and handy pairs of cargo pants grant ample pocket space to store school supplies, Skittles, and sentient science projects. Mothers and daughters can glam up gams with Lycra leggings and sweats ($10–$24), or layer regal cardigans ($29) atop stylish modal tops from Sucre Soir ($20).