At the PADI-certified Bubbles Below center, instructors help to illuminate the art of breathing under water for divers of all skill levels. Beginners can drop in for discover scuba lessons, which familiarize students with the fundamentals of safe diving. Certification programs prep more experienced practitioners for unassisted open-water plunges, and local dives invite advanced explorers to stop by, strap on some flippers, and get some practice for their next underwater board meeting.
For the last 55 years, Kenmore Lanes has given locals a safe, family-friendly place to celebrate birthdays, engage in friendly competition, or just drop by for some pancakes and pin-demolition. Besides containing a whopping 50-lanes, and on-site pro shop, and a 20-game arcade, the alley also boasts a full-service restaurant serving everything from early bird breakfast specials to bleu cheese burgers. Meanwhile, in the 11th frame lounge, adults will find plenty of excuses to hang around well-after the last strike, including nightly bartender specials, dart boards, and a juke box. And, if they stick around, players can enjoy free games of pool every night from 10 p.m. to closing or until their mom comes to pick them up.
As avid golfers themselves, Pro Golf Discount?s staff members boast a wealth of experience and professional equipment advice. They are eager to direct shoppers through stores full of golfing merchandise from brands such as TaylorMade, Nike, and Callaway, pointing out the differences between the quality products. They lead lefties to their expansive selection of left-handed equipment, and discuss the advantages of their specialty women's gear with ladies. The master club fitters evaluate clients? swings with advanced Launch Monitors and the Foresight Sports GC2 golf-simulation system, enabling them to recommend equipment that is suited to the customer's specific needs.
Most of the locations host golf lessons within their onsite golf theater hitting cages, where top golfers dish out expert tips and techniques. The Tacoma, Bellevue, Lynnwood and Bellingham locations feature repair centers, where technicians can spruce up clubs in preparation for upcoming tournaments or a golf vacation.
Gregg's Cycle has been bike-riders' resource since 1932. Now owned by its third generation of Greggs, the shop occupies multiple locations, and has occupied a well-worn page in cyclists' address books for decades. From car mount to cog, customers appreciate the store's extensive array of gear, apparel, and bicycles. Those troubleshooting or maintaining their rides, meanwhile, find skilled technique in the hands of Gregg's repair technicians. At the flagship location, cyclists can even rent bikes, which is helpful for those whose landlords don't want to hear the handlebars bark all night.
“We won’t sell what we don’t know.” This promise on Stevens Pass Snowboard Shop’s website sums up the winter-sports shop’s mission to its loyal customers. The rider-owned store brims with a plethora of high-quality brands such as Analog, Burton Restricted, and Sessions, all of which are handpicked and high-fived by snowboarding staff members. Its expansive rental and demo center includes everything from skis and snowboards to snowshoes, helmets, and outerwear. In addition, the shop’s proximity to the Stevens Pass ski resort allows shoppers to stock up on much-needed gear on their way to the slopes.
In 1987, indoor climbing was as unpopular in the Seattle area as breeding labradoodles. But Vertical World––a pioneer indoor climbing gym––introduced the city to the up-and-coming sport of rock climbing in a controlled environment. Since its inception, the gym has expanded to three other locations in Everett, Tacoma, and Redmond, the latter hosting eastside climbers for more than 20 years.
A team of experienced route creators challenges climbers with more than 200 bouldering, lead, or top-rope routes in a wide variety of difficulty levels. The gym hosts competitive youth teams that have gone on to national or world tournaments. The gym's staff of climbers and guides also leads outdoor excursions that build confidence and teach novices how to identify a rock wall in the wild.