Started in 2001 as a small operation in founder Bryce Phillips?s Seattle apartment, evo has since grown into a full-fledged retail store voted Best Ski and Snowboard Shop three years in a row in CityVoter?s King5 Best of Western Washington poll. Inside, Bryce and his crew of more than 100 winter- and summer-sports enthusiasts help visitors gear up for adventure with equipment by makers such as Armada, K2 Burton, and Lib Tech and outerwear from The North Face and Patagonia. A team of technicians also keeps equipment in top condition with tune-ups and other services, sharpening skis and waxing snowboards to keep them from growing fur. At evo?s flagship Fremont/Wallingford store, the staff relays the company-wide values of style, a balanced lifestyle, and authenticity by hosting events such as movie screenings and art showcases and devoting extra time to serving nonprofits throughout the community.
What started as a 25-truck gathering in a small parking lot, the Mobile Food Rodeo has grown into an annual, multi-day celebration of small business and on-the-move eateries. Since that first powwow, the Rodeo has become one of the country's largest festivals of its kind, roping in up to 40 food trucks per event. In 2013 alone, more than 87,000 people dispersed through Seattle's neighborhoods?Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, and Fremont?to experience new flavors, all while avoiding having to thumb wrestle for a table at a restaurant. The Mobile Food Rodeo does more than just fill bellies, though, since it acts as a showcase for new culinary talents and creates a vibrant marketplace for small businesses to share their talents.
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.
Stop Bugging Me Pest Control unleashes licensed pest-management professionals on all manner of unwanted arthropod and mammalian pests. Bearing certification from the Washington State Department of Agriculture and a 100% satisfaction guarantee, each technician employs the latest techniques and products to root out the spiders, ants, termites, and rodents seeking asylum. Offering same-day service, Stop Bugging Me Pest Control stays up to date on the biology and behavioral traits of its prey through available research and peeking at pages in the pests' very tiny diaries.:m]]
In the Medicine Man parking lot, holiday tunes fill the air as Alpine Tree & Wreath’s friendly, full-service staffers help guests select festive holiday decorations. Their stock includes a wealth of wreaths, garlands available by the foot, and noble firs that range from a compact two feet to an eagle-enticing eight. As they browse greenery, patrons can sip on complementary cider and hot chocolate.
Keystone Windows & Doors' entry artisans outfit homes with high-quality, name brand, and customized windows and doors. Keystone offers free estimates and consultations for all design projects and promises a lifetime warranty on all labor. Apply $600 toward any window order of 10 or more windows (total of 200 square feet or more) or a fiberglass-door system outfitted with french ($4,500) or french-rail patio doors ($4,500). A six-panel double-entry door system with new hardware, including a deadbolt ($3,500), can fortify homes, and new vinyl, fiberglass, or wood bay windows give couches a clear view of the neighbors next door ($7,500).