Each of the guitar coaches at American Guitar Academy are certified in the school’s signature teaching method. Developed over 25 years, this house-honed instruction technique incorporates scientific research to help fingers learn to shred frets up to eight times faster than alternative methods. During private half-hour lessons, instructors guide budding rock stars aged 4 years and up through the basics of strumming chords and seamlessly stitching together riffs. These comprehensive lessons on classical, electric, or acoustic guitars are offered once a week with a live instructor or online and guarantee that students will be playing their favorite music within six months of training. Students may begin lessons without owning a guitar, but are encouraged to gain access to one quickly for mastering scales and the ability to solo with their teeth.
Though microbrewers celebrate limited flavor runs and regional ingredients, they still need much of the same equipment as the big brewers to concoct their craft beers. That's where The Cellar Homebrew comes in, outfitting winemakers, brewers, and cidersmiths with the equipment and ingredients needed to make their drinks. The store's owners––who boast more than 30 years of experience and a past line of fine wines––collect organic ingredients such as hops and yeast and sell them alongside fermentation equipment, keg systems, and cleaning supplies. They even offer one-hour on-location classes to instruct people in the basics of beer brewing. In addition to supplying items for alcoholic beverages, they also hawk basic supplies for cheese-, soda-, and vinegar-making, all of which go well over lettuce.
Today’s Groupon gets you $35 worth of ambitiously portioned breakfast or lunch plates for $15 at Alexa’s Garden Café, a Ballard-area eatery tucked in the Swanson Nursery where healthy fare, like wild flowers, grows. The boy, too, looked up for a fleeting moment, and then cast his dejected visage back at the floor. Silent for so long, she couldn’t find the voice to ask him, to warn him: It’s me, Alexander, it’s Leslie. They were no longer those carefree children, both now prisoner to a life chosen for them by others. In that heavy silence, flagon in hand, the blue-eyed boy began to scuttle away.
The studio of CrossFit North Seattle pulses with high-intensity workout routines. As students undergo varied exercises from the scheduled Workout of the Day, owners and coaches, Seth and Dan circumnavigate the floor, guide movements, and ensure safety. Combining weightlifting, gymnastics, and track-and-field techniques, CrossFit aims to build resilience, strength, and versatility, equipping students with the stamina for athletic and everyday activities. Instructors scale each workout up or down to accommodate individual levels of fitness or exercisers recovering from restrictive injuries.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
Stereo Warehouse populates its shelves with factory-authorized, name-brand equipment, gadgets, and tools. Trained staff members roam the warehouse floor and assist visitors with their encyclopedic knowledge of products and system specifics. To ensure proper performance for their entire inventory, the family-owned business exclusively stocks new products, meaning none of its items have been refurbished or cloned from spare bolts in a laboratory.