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.
Northwest Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, provides members with a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed for an efficient cardio and strength training workout. During the training, attendees can burn up to 500 calories and work each major muscle group to work toward individual fitness goals. An experienced coach is always nearby to teach and motivate participants, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music cues participants to move on to the next station. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight and fitness level to create resistance. Each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
An eclectic and carefully balanced mix of Chinese restaurant, American diner, and late night hangout, Rickshaw Restaurant & Lounge has spent four decades at the top of the Seattle dining and nightlife scene. Not even a devastating fire could threaten its reign; after the blaze tore through the eatery in 2012, leaving more than 20 employees out of work, loyal regulars joined together to raise funds for the displaced—a testament to Rickshaw’s beloved place in the neighborhood. As one regular told The Seattle Times, “It’s a home away from home.”
Ever since Rickshaw literally rose from the ashes, owner Ginger Luke has reprised her role at the head of house and reinstated everything her loyal customers love—Chinese and Thai food for dinner (think mu shu pork, Mongolian beef, and sweet-and-sour chicken), pancakes and omelets for breakfast, pull tabs, karaoke and other late night entertainment until 2 a.m. every single night. And because the spot is open late seven days a week, Ginger has made sure to include plenty of daily specials into the lineup, including drink deals and some unusual events, such as tarot card readers and hand-writing analysts.
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden transforms four acres into a lush paradise of more than 2,000 species of plants including hardwoods, rhododendrons, and ferns along with more than 40 bird species. Guests can traverse the garden’s themed collections, wandering first through the Asian collection, then onto the oaks and native plant demonstration garden, where carefully selected specimens demonstrate the beauty of local plants. Though the garden features a wondrous blend of exotic flora, its main theme is plants native to the Northwest Region, and the garden also sells younger versions of its species in the nursery.
The creative minds behind Tomato Assault have turned 40,000 pounds of tomatoes into an all-day party benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Festivities kick off at noon with music, inflatables, and a costume contest, all leading up to the main event: a tomato fight of epic proportions. Inside the tomato pit, revelers hurl, chuck, and squeeze tomato guts at their fellow participants, abiding by the rule the messier the better. The day's fun is augmented by beer and food onsite.