To cloak unadorned portholes, homeowners need only make a call to Seattle Shades & Blinds. Technicians will then pack up samples?pulling from a collection that includes faux wood blinds, cellular shades, and bamboo shades?and bring them to homes. Trying treatments on their own turf allows customers to decide for themselves if prospective blinds, shutters, or shades will match their d?cor or effectively dissuade garden gnomes from breaking in again.
To Akiko Graham, good food is an art form worthy of as much reverence as those found in any gallery. Restaurateurs agree: her pottery graces tables at dozens of presentation-focused restaurants, from high-end sushi bars to outposts of Wolfgang Puck's empire. Having imported her artisanal talents from Japan to Seattle two decades ago, Akiko now works in a rustic, vine-covered cottage where she both throws clay atop the wheel and uses slab-building techniques.
The resulting flowerpots, vases, and tableware stand up to the demands of hot food, dishwashers, and ovens without their Japanese characters changing into curse words. Intimate classes stoke the fires of inspiration with patient one-on-one attention that results in a solid grasp of technique.
Although most chefs have their own unique style of peeling, dicing, and julienning veggies, they all have one thing in common: they each require precise, sharp knives. At Excalibur Cutlery and Gifts, the staff ensures that tools remain as close to their factory condition as possible. During sharpening services, a water-cooled belt system and buffing wheels restore a piercing blade while removing a minimal amount of steel. They can sharpen kitchen, pocket, and hunting knives, as well as dull scissors and razors.
The shop also stocks premium models of nearly every edge they sharpen. The cutlery department stocks German-made Wusthof and Henckels, Swiss-made Forschner, and Oregon-grown Kershaw knives. Ideal for camping trips, pocket knives come in both blade and multitool varieties. More genteel wares include manicure sets and old-fashioned shaving kits. Excalibur also boasts a collection of swords for the collector or CEO whose business suit needs extra panache.
The founder of Moe's Home Collection, Moe Samieian, began his enterprise with a Vancouver rug store in 1985, eventually getting into the furniture business and steadily increasing his number of storefronts. Today, Moe's four locations boast a big selection of custom chairs, sofas, and desks, conversation-starting artwork and wall decorations, and rare cabinetware and Chinese antiques. Like a royal estate or lucky cow, the company has passed from father to son, with Moe Jr. sourcing exotic furniture pieces from as far away as Jakarta and Beijing, and consulting with homeowners to create one-of-a-kind Italian leather sofas or made-to-order contemporary pieces.
Occasionally, an Italian exporter will ask the owner of Poggi Bonsi why she named her business after Poggibonsi, a small town in Tuscany. The answer is simple: it's fun to say. It may be even more fun to peruse the shop's shelves, which hold handpicked items from artisans across the pond. The woman who owns the shop seeks out suppliers who practice crafts the same way her ancestors did. This explains Poggi Bonsi's extensive stock of Italian ceramics and French linens. They supplement this timeless selection with modern appliances, kitchen gadgets, and bakeware.
Home Cake Decorating Supply caters to serious bakers as well as parents on a mission to make the perfect treats for an upcoming birthday party or school bake sale. With its floor-to-ceiling inventory of sheet cake pans and cupcake supplies, molds in every shape and size and theme, any cake you can dream up can be made and perfected using the gear on offer here. But there’s more than just cake supplies to be found at Home Cake Decorating Supply; cupcake pans, candy making supplies and molds, cookie cutters, frosting tools, sprinkles, wedding cake toppers and candles can be purchased as well. And if your cake needs a little bit of extra flair, vibrant food coloring can help, while Guittard chocolates and assorted decorations seal the deal. For the casual home baker looking to expand their repertoire, there’s even a supply of cookbooks on hand to work through.