After retiring as a fourth-generation Seattle firefighter, it was only natural that Bill Davis decided his next career path would involve his ever-present tool belt. A master carpenter with more than 25 years of experience, Bill leads a bonded and insured crew of assistants as they expedite small and large domestic projects. He provides estimates and answers to all types of carpentry, remodeling, and installation projects, putting in new cabinets with the same deft skill he uses to build a brick pathway or clean gutters of squirrels’ safety deposit boxes. Above all, his company puts good work and integrity first, in hopes of becoming a household name for each of his clients.
The largest manufacturer and supplier of paints in the Pacific Northwest, Parker Paint enables new-hue-craving customers to roll and brush fresh coats of luscious pigments onto formerly drab and dreary household surfaces. To reinvent interiors, several options await including the semigloss Wall Glow ($34.27/gallon) and the Velva Kolor ($30.59/gallon), with a less-reflective eggshell finish. Parker Paint also carries a selection of weather-scoffing exterior paints, such as the flat-finish Flextron 100 ($33.03/gallon) to help homeowners paint a realistic yet unflattering outdoor mural of the neighbors.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
Spud Fish and Chips’ Greenlake location has remained unchanged for years, still sporting its mid-century roadside architecture, complete with slanted roof, retro signage and nautical blue and white colors, but locals and tourists alike still flock for the food. This longtime fish house turns out hand-filleted and battered cod, halibut or salmon alongside tasty fries in paper baskets. Eschewing the greasy stuff, Spud’s even serves clam chowder and a seafood Caesar salad, though young snackers can go for soft-serve ice cream while grownups can buy beer by the bottle or relax with a glass of wine. But really, everyone’s just here for the kitschy décor and satisfying fish and chips.
Since its founding in 1978, the international quick-lube franchise Grease Monkey has maintained its focus on speedy treatments and a detail-oriented approach to auto care. Shop technicians tune up rides with services such as air-conditioning repair, air-filter replacement, and fuel- and emissions-system cleaning. Grease Monkey's signature service, though, is its full-service oil change. After replacing a vehicle's lubricant with GF-5 or re-refined motor oil, technicians perform an entire review of its maintenance needs, referencing the owner's manual and the wise hermit living in the trunk.
All aspiring Bob Vilas know that home renovation is difficult without a Hammer of Ruin and 30 kilometers of duct tape. Today’s Groupon gets you $10 for $20 worth of products from City Hardware. Build a new tree house, a guest room, or a life-size replica of Thunderdome. Locally owned and operated by Marc Gimbel in the South Lake Union area, City Hardware is a neighborhood hardware store with an extensive selection, including products from Benjamin Moore Paints and Míele vacuums.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.