Young at Art owners Theresa and Andrea were inspired to open a year-round arts-and-crafts haven after the successes of their afterschool art program and Theresa's summer art camp. A class roster attuned to the school district's off hours and fire-drill schedule lets kids as young as age 1 get messy with glue, paint, and paper crafts. Longer attention spans—including those of adults—can soak up more structured workshops that result in mosaics, fabric art, or beaded jewelry.
Wallflower Custom Framing owner Courtney Sievertson applies nearly 10 years of framing experience to every custom border she helps her clients design. She keeps her selection of more than 1,800 frames stocked with only trusted sources, gathering wrapped leather frames from saddle makers in Peru, frames with hand-carved corners and individual leafing from C&J in New York, and carbonite casings from expert makers in Cloud City. Her commitment to delivering excellent customer service often leads her out of the store after hours for consultations.
In addition to providing framing services, Courtney uses Wallflower to showcase the work of local artists in its gallery space, dubbed the Shooting Gallery.
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.
When it was founded in 1987, Frame Central was a social hub for artists, and was even curiously named for facial hair. However, Beard Outlet has since morphed into a seven-location franchise, dedicated to simplifying the framing process. The shops’ onsite stock of matboard, frame moulding, and other key supplies ensures speedy DIY framing projects—which visitors can complete in an hour—and single-day professional framing. An array of pre-framed mirrors and artwork allows shoppers to enhance their blank walls without taping a napping friend to them. Shoppers can also stock up on framing supplies such as case glass and hanging hardware.
More than 30 accordions hang from the rafters, from which spruce walls crawl the long distance to the floor. Bright green chairs and classic marmoleum floors complement this oasis of varying colors and materials, highlighted by a backlit drawing wall—which showcases 36 of artist Dale Chihuly's drawings in oversize, vividly colorful splendor. Amid all of this, chef Ivan Szilak presents a northwest menu influenced by the flavors and twists of the Mediterranean. As a boy, Chihuly would scour the shores of Puget Sound for beach glass. Today, his extensive collection includes vintage objects such as toy soldiers, 1950's cameras and transistor radios.
Today, some of those rescued treasures live on at the aptly named Collections Café, an upscale food stop nestled inside The Exhibition Hall at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Szilak puts a northwest twist on ingredients. Chihuly's youthful collecting habits parallel the restaurant's practice of culling ingredients from local ranchers, foragers, and farmers. With these fresh foundations, the culinary team cooks up dishes such as roasted mushroom flatbread and grilled wild salmon. Diners can finish their dining experience with desserts like warm chocolate chunk cookies, Kentucky bourbon ice cream, and salted caramel.