West Seattle Fabric Company's sewing emporium extends to the new Stitch and Sew Studio, which is located down the street from the fabric store. Within this creative haven, guests are encouraged to flex their imagination with the studio's collection of easy-to-use sewing machines and ample work surfaces. In the bright, open studio, instructors teach patrons of all skill levels—during classes, events, and parties—sewing and quilting tips and tricks. From alteration lessons to quilt binding and mending, new Stich and Sew Studio provides clear and simple instruction in a friendly and casual atmosphere. And during open sewing sessions and sewing classes, staff members dispense pro tips as students harness the studio's patterns and tools to whip up pillow shams, dresses, and curtains to shade their stuffed animal cloning lab.
With the belief that "it doesn't have to hurt to heal," Al and Kate Reust call on their training in natural healing promote well-being through homeopathic medicine, massage therapy, and other holistic treatments. Ionic and homeopathic solutions help rid clients of harmful toxins as facials using Seacret skincare formulas nourish the complexion with dead sea minerals. As a licensed massage practitioner, Kate takes a hands-on approach to health with her extensive repertoire of massage techniques, which she enhances with essential oils, heated stones, and one eye twinkle from Fabio.
Christen Cottam can describe scents on an atomic level, although she prefers to discuss the emotional, memory-based side of fragrance with her clients at Knows Perfume. According to the West Seattle Herald, Cottam taught high-school science and worked as a biotech sales rep, explaining complex, ethereal concepts to laypeople. Now, she helps clients discover their favorite fragrances and find words to interpret their sensory experiences. Cottam backs up her methods with hard facts: She eschews paper test strips because scents evolve when they mingle with chemicals on the skin, and explains that citrus seems fresher and lighter than musk because of its lower molecular weight and the deodorant it wears.
Cottam opened the boutique in 2010 to showcase uncommon fragrance lines such as Smell Bent and Aroma M, which are not necessarily distributed at department stores. Under a high, wood ceiling that maximizes ventilation, Cottam cultivates an indie fragrance community through perfume classes, scent "tastings," and an art gallery she curates and opens for the monthly West Seattle Art Walk. Cakes from Baked Seattle grace every Knows event, as do patrons' keen-nosed, four-legged companions, who are also welcome to sojourn from the gossip at the fire hydrant into the shop's aromatic yet apolitical atmosphere.
Nail Time's experienced technicians brighten finger shields with while pampering patrons in a clean spa-like environment. During the 30- to 45-minute Shellac manicure, one of Nail Time's seasoned staffers carefully clips nails to the length of your choice before shaping them into soft curves, squarish edges, or sharp points designed to replace cumbersome letter openers. Then, they'll exfoliate grippers with an eco-friendly sugar scrub and soothe them with a refreshing massage. Technicians will then carefully apply the vibrant Shellac polish of clients' choice upon lackluster nail beds, where it will remain for up to 14 days. Nails are gussied up further with elegant french tips, which are much more refined and appealing than the serrated spear tips worn by wealthy Vikings. After the manicure, customers receive a set of essential spa materials to take home, including a file and buffer, an acrylic sander, and two toe separators to help with home pedicures and prevent fisticuffs between arguing digits. Nail Time also offers free chip repair to customers.
Horseradish vodka and salty pops of red caviar mingle with cigar smoke, baked apples, and freshly plucked orchids. One of Sweet Anthem’ signature fragrances, Anton’s scent is as heady as the concept behind it. Meredith Smith derived the musky fragrance from her honeymoon in Russia, and each note recalls a specific place and time from her trip. “Fragrance is evoking an idea—it’s creating something out of nothing,” explains Meredith. “Fragrance leaves, evaporates, and I want those fleeting moments to be evocative of the inspiration behind it.”
This olfactory philosophy inspired all of her signature scents, which she compounds and bottles by hand in her atelier. Her fragrances shirk the stereotypical floral notes, instead incorporating unusual notes such as tobacco, tomato leaf, and sarsaparilla.
Meredith’s meticulous attention to detail extends to her apothecary itself: tiny glass vials occupy wooden nooks, and long metal tables serve as workspace for her perfume-making classes. In addition to classes, Meredith empowers customers to concoct their own scents with DIY kits and private appointments that teach the fundamentals of perfumery, such as figuring out ingredient volatility and determining which nostril regulates the ability to love.
As a leading purveyor of eco-friendly salon practices in the Lehigh Valley, Lux treats tresses to natural and safe haircare services in a comfortable setting outfitted with recycled and sustainable furniture. Give your hair a lesson in healthy living with non-ammonia, single-process color from Organic Colour Systems before dousing strands in a moisture-rich deep-conditioning treatment. Your knowledgeable and friendly stylist will trim split ends and style hair awnings into hair canopies designed to frame, flatter, and shade your face shape. Apply your $5 discount toward any of Lux’s environmentally sound product lines and feel Earth’s tectonic plates quiver with delight. Instead of weaving leftover trimmings into balaclavas or friendship bracelets, all hair clippings are donated to Matter of Trust to help clean up oil spills around the world.