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 décor or effectively dissuade garden gnomes from breaking in again.
Executive Dry Cleaners' professional garment purifiers free nice attire of grime at their Belltown outpost. Their hands-on, water-free treatment erases stains and signs of everyday wear from the fibers of tops, bottoms, and dresses, and their wash-and-fold services clean up piles of laundry while clients run errands or mud wrestle in their favorite overcoat.
El Puerco Lloron's staff serves a full menu of classic Mexican food either inside or, on nicer days, on its sunlight-rich outdoor patio. Pork, chicken, and beef taquitos can be enjoyed amid a beach-like atmosphere full of cool blue and salmon tones, colorful hanging lights with intricate flower patterns, and mural art that conjures pastoral serenity. The well-worn folding tables further crystallize the vibe, which is more laid back than an SAT-taker who's already a billionaire.
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.
Pande Cameron traces its origins back to 1924, when Colonel Guner Pande and his business partner, Ernest Cameron, began importing and selling fine oriental rugs with the help of their enterprising young assistant, Mihran Paul Andonian. Twenty-five years later, Mihran inherited the business, eventually passing it to the father-and-son team of Charles and Brad Andonian, who mind the shop to this very day. The flooring experts display a dazzling display of carpets in their South Lake Union and Bellevue storefronts, and also perform restoration of precious underfoot adornments, from purifying sullied wool and silk area rugs to dispatching ferocious reanimated bearskin rugs. Antique rugs cloak floorboards in dark-wine reds and ornamental paisley teardrops, and contemporary carpeting covers tile and hardwood with striking seas of color and creative designs. In addition to keeping toes basking in the soft fibers of new, restored, or rental carpets, Pande Cameron maintains a vital connection to its community through charitable partnerships with organizations such as Seattle Children's Hospital and the South Lake Union Park.
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.