What started as a 25-truck gathering in a small parking lot, the Mobile Food Rodeo has grown into an annual, multi-day celebration of small business and on-the-move eateries. Since that first powwow, the Rodeo has become one of the country's largest festivals of its kind, roping in up to 40 food trucks per event. In 2013 alone, more than 87,000 people dispersed through Seattle's neighborhoods—Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, and Fremont—to experience new flavors, all while avoiding having to thumb wrestle for a table at a restaurant. The Mobile Food Rodeo does more than just fill bellies, though, since it acts as a showcase for new culinary talents and creates a vibrant marketplace for small businesses to share their talents.
Museum Quality Framing’s staff encases cherished photos, artwork, and three-dimensional objects in materials ranging from polished wood to leather. Ready-made photo frames ($10+) clasp snapshots in a wood-and-glass embrace, protecting them from wrinkles, stains, and the scratchy nuzzles of sentimental lumberjacks. Lackluster walls can find colorful companionship in preframed artwork and a vehicle for deep self-reflection in mirrors ($100+). Ensconce valuables in custom framing packages ($69.99+), which can accommodate sports memorabilia, or preserve fine art with archival mats and backing boards. Handcrafted frames add a Renaissance flair to photos, utilizing materials such as 22-karat gold leaf to create one-of-a-kind frames.
In the Medicine Man parking lot, holiday tunes fill the air as Alpine Tree & Wreath’s friendly, full-service staffers help guests select festive holiday decorations. Their stock includes a wealth of wreaths, garlands available by the foot, and noble firs that range from a compact two feet to an eagle-enticing eight. As they browse greenery, patrons can sip on complementary cider and hot chocolate.
For Stone Tree Services owner Cheston Perry, climbing trees isn't just a job––it’s a passion. The experienced arborist spends much of his free time in the branches, climbing and training with other expert climbers. Aside from the sense of tranquility and peace of mind the sport brings, it also affords Cheston a keener understanding of tree health and the types of safety precautions his team of hardhat-wearing employees must take during every trimming and felling service they provide. By eliminating the risks, Cheston's team can better focus on the trees they're tending to, clipping away excess foliage to keep trees healthy and lessen the chance of damage during storms. Pruning also highlights the natural beauty of the trees so homeowners won't have to smear them with lipstick anymore. Beyond shaping and safeguarding tree health, the specialists can also haul away dead wood or diagnose tree diseases and will fully clean up after each job, including stump removal.
It?s hard to miss Columbia Center. Completed in 1985, the structure demands to be noticed?its three massive, interlocked concave facades stretch to a mighty 943 feet, making it the tallest building in Seattle and the 20th tallest building in the United States. The landmark occupies an entire city block, just like the Great Pyramid of Giza, and houses offices and a public observatory that treats eyes to views of the surrounding mountains and Puget Sound, where food and drinks are available for purchase. Inside, the behemoth building contains a panoramic 360 degree view, and the Columbia Tower Club, a private business and fine dining club located on the 76th floor.
Frame Central, where the upbeat, fun-loving staff works alongside customers preserving their artwork and keepsakes. Frame Central prides itself on its expedient one-day framing. Staffers have devoted years to learning how to craft custom frames fast without sacrificing quality. For one thing, they keep all their materials on hand, saving on time spent sending off for special orders. For another, customers can design and make the frames themselves or meet staffers halfway by allowing them to professionally cut the materials for easy home assembly.