The athletics enthusiasts at Sports Den curate an assortment of officially licensed major-league-sports memorabilia that can be toted around on people's persons or displayed in people's homes. Fans of all ages and oscillating speeds can cover their torsos in pride with a Seattle Seahawks T-shirt ($19.99) or a replica football jersey ($80). Seattle Mariners authentic on-field hats ($33.99) shield scalps and mascot faces from harmful ultraviolet rays during long days at the ballpark or inside tanning beds. Sports Den also offers a variety of sports-related knick-knacks such as official baseballs, key chains, pendants, and trading cards (prices vary). Though the majority of wares pay homage to local teams—the Mariners, Seahawks, Sonics, Huskies, and Thunderbirds—the Den's shelves are peppered with tokens, trinkets, and accouterments commemorating a slew of other professional and collegiate sports teams.
In Focus: Dutch Bike Co.
Founders: David Schmidt and Julie Kloss
What they look for in a bicycle: Simplistic and functional design
Where they find the bikes: mostly in Amsterdam
The best bike for grocery shopping: Bakfiets Cargobike, which has a large wooden cargo bay in front of the handlebars
Maintenance options: Stop by the shop for a free diagnosis and consultation before picking out any needed à la cart services or complete tune-up packages
How you can fit a whole party on a bike: Rent The Conference Bike, which has seven seats
Where you should go: Find a scenic route on Seattle’s interactive bike map
500 bikes. 50 stations. 24-hour access. Those impressive numbers just about sum up the appeal of Pronto Cycle Share, Seattle's first bike-share network designed to serve commuters, visitors, errand-runners, and everyday fun-havers. Riders can use the service to avoid the daily grind of rush hour traffic or check out scenic city views. But there are a few other stats worth noting when you're ready to check out a friendly green bike yourself:
0: Seconds you will spend worrying about locks, logistics, and bike maintenance or repair.
7: Number of speeds on a Pronto bike, letting it tackle hilly terrain with ease. Each bike also has a bell, front and rear flashing lights, and a front rack for storing all the smiles people give you on the street.
30: Number of cost-free minutes every time you hop on a Pronto. Annual memberships and 24-hour passes let you take out bikes as often as you want within that time frame, but you'll want to find a docking station every 30 minutes (to avoid usage fees).
100 billion: Number of neurons in the average human brain. You can protect each of yours with a Pronto-supplied helmet?freshly-cleaned rentals are free to borrow at every station.
The team at Prep Sportswear outfits fans in the proper colors with the help of its expansive library of designs, which houses imagery from one million schools, universities, sports teams, Greek organizations, and branches of the United States military. In addition to most well-known college teams, the shop prints gear for smaller universities as well as many elementary and high schools.
Customers begin by searching the site’s database for their school, college, or team of choice, then scroll through that team’s web page to see available T-shirts, hoodies, and accessories. The results, available in both kids' and adult sizes, keep fans stylish and comfortable with materials including lightweight cotton, warming sweats, or workout-friendly Dry-Excel polyester, ideal for games of underwater badminton. Items can also be personalized with names and graduation years.
The Cascade Bicycle Club bolsters the Puget Sound biking community through educational programs, community action, and organized events and rides. A 14,000-rider-strong nonprofit organization, the club advocates cycling as a worthy alternative for fitness routines, daily commutes, and backup power generators. Every year, volunteers lead more than 1,000 free club rides, ranging from short joyrides to multiple-day tours, in addition to their yearly schedule of special events, including the Seattle Bicycle Expo in March, the Bike Month Commute Challenge in May, and the High Pass Challenge in September.
Seattle Cycle Center's motor mavens cater to motorcycle owners with an array of gear, apparel, and Kymco Scooter sales and service. Hide hands in a leather and poly-mesh pair of Olympia Air Force gel gloves, whose precurved fingers and pleated knuckle joints foster more finger flexibility than bare-knuckle typing tournaments ($29.95). Armed with a River Road Fork Bag ($24.95–$29.95) and an Ogio Throttle black backpack ($69.95), bikers can securely tote home important work documents or a year's supply of tableware from fast-food restaurants. A bevy of bulbs and lights keeps roadsters night ready ($7.95–$134.96), and helmets and riding apparel provide a perfect disguise for hiding from overbearing grandparents. An authorized Kymco Scooter service hub, Seattle Cycle Center can also tweak and tune cruisers to bolster their day-to-day rideability or prep them for upcoming cross-country adventures.