At Aunt Kate’s Chocolates, chocolatiers believe that chocolate shouldn’t be compromised by mixing beans from different parts of the world. That’s why they make their geo-specific small-batch artisan chocolates using only one representative type of cacao bean from the region, creating squares that accurately portray the flavors from around the world. They complement the richness of these chocolate blends with fillings such as walnuts, salted caramel, and marshmallows, creating truffles and fudge squares that surprise and delight, much like finding a puppy inside a cat carrier.
The shelves of Northshore Quality Produce overflow with all the in-season fixings a chef would need to create a healthy meal. Most of the potatoes, apples, tomatoes, and other fruits and veggies come straight from local farms, eliminating guesswork or French accents. In addition to the produce, the shop stocks refrigerated items—such as milk, juice, and salsa—and shelved foodstuffs, such as pita chips and crackers.
When Jerrod Sessler was diagnosed with advanced-stage cancer in 1999, he found a link between his diet and his illness—and he sought the nutrients of organic produce to help him fight it. Sessler founded Freggies to offset the then-high prices and low availability of organic produce, and today, the company delivers Organic Trade Association–certified fruits and vegetables throughout the Seattle area. Participants can set up recurring deliveries of Freggies' latest harvest or create their own boxes from whatever produce is in season, from avocados, chard, and fennel, to coconuts, pears, and baby bok choy. Freggies also stocks dry goods such as dried fruit, citrus juice, and Natural Planet Organics dog food.
Shari Courtier and Scott Carpenter run Three Tree Wellness Center, a place that is part spa, part classroom, and part bodywork-supplies store. The staff nurtures mind, body, and spirit with spa services such as massages, which can incorporate reiki energy work, and mud wraps, which draw toxins from the skin while equipping it to someday sprout an apple tree. Art-therapy classes put students in touch with their inner power animal, and continuing-education classes keep massage therapists abreast of body mechanics and best practices. The retail portion of the center, SNL Supplies, hawks wares such as essential oils, shower gels, and candles.