Although most chefs have their own unique style of peeling, dicing, and julienning veggies, they all have one thing in common: they each require precise, sharp knives. At Excalibur Cutlery and Gifts, the staff ensures that tools remain as close to their factory condition as possible. During sharpening services, a water-cooled belt system and buffing wheels restore a piercing blade while removing a minimal amount of steel. They can sharpen kitchen, pocket, and hunting knives, as well as dull scissors and razors.
The shop also stocks premium models of nearly every edge they sharpen. The cutlery department stocks German-made Wusthof and Henckels, Swiss-made Forschner, and Oregon-grown Kershaw knives. Ideal for camping trips, pocket knives come in both blade and multitool varieties. More genteel wares include manicure sets and old-fashioned shaving kits. Excalibur also boasts a collection of swords for the collector or CEO whose business suit needs extra panache.
Brookstone has thousands of practical, ingenious gadgets and games that make everyday life better. Their Big Blue live speaker uses Bluetooth to stream music or phone calls live from a smartphone, while a pocket-sized projector can be pulled out to show off the latest trip photos or funny video. That’s just the tip of the iceberg at this Pacific Place Brookstone outlet, where mini flying drones and augmented reality games are the norm – and guests can try everything out before they buy. That means sampling the classic massage chairs, checking the functionality of the wireless key finder by losing your keys in the overstocked shelves or just playing around with the latest obscure gizmo to kill a few minutes. You may not leave with something that you couldn’t have lived without, but anything you buy is sure to be fun, ingenious or downright silly.
AH Beads's colourful shop strives to meet the evolving needs of beading fanatics. Boasting a selection of products that encompasses more than 50,000 items, each store equips beading and jewellery artisans with a huge array of materials, tools, and accessories for creating wearable works of art. Chains sparkle in hues of gunmetal, copper, and sterling silver; Swarovski crystal beads, freshwater pearls, and rhinestone rondelles sparkle as brilliantly as a nuclear physicist wrapped in tinfoil. Books and tools help to guide burgeoning bead manipulators in their craft, helping to facilitate the use of techniques and updates on current trends.
Under the omnipresent gaze of a video-camera recording system, StoragePartners' variously sized units safeguard belongings. With 21 locations across Washington and Oregon, including a brand-new space in Everett, safe, unassailable modules keep treasures from crowding domestic floor space across the Pacific Northwest. Electronic gates guard the entrance to the facility, which houses a covered loading dock, elevators, and onsite box trucks for convenient unloading and transporting. Rows of storage units range from 5’x5’ spaces fit for small furniture to 10’x30’ rooms that can contain a van, boat, or a hot parade float, and a hefty cylinder-lock system makes sure everything stays put. Packaging and supplies are available onsite for purchase, and customers can tap into the free WiFi system during their visits.
Metropolitan Appliances has been showering homeowners with a bevy of brand-name domestic and office appliances for more than 60 years. Brothers Jim and Jeff Freedman oversee Metropolitan’s crackerjack staff of appliance aficionados, who stand ready to help you bedeck barren countertops or modernize your man, woman, or child cave. Punish misbehaving popcorn in a GE microwave ($89) or purée unwanted leftovers in a new Whirlpool garbage disposal ($89). Metropolitan also stocks a fleet of cleaning contraptions, including top-load washing machines from Estate ($349) and GE ($529), as well as Weber barbecues and grills for burning terminally unfashionable cardigans.
Amid exposed-brick and wooden walls, barkeeps at The Living Room blend libations such as Templeton Rye and St. Germain with sodas, fruits, and foams. Chefs whip up light bites, cheese plates, and bocadillo sandwiches to sop up the signature cocktails.
The Living Room's rotating contemporary-art exhibitions add intrigue to the downstairs bar and the upstairs fireplace, where a retired FDR still delivers his fireside chats to anyone who will listen. In addition to hosting Sunday-night trivia, The Living Room makes good on its title as "a beacon of eclectic sonic delights," according to (The Stranger), with a roster of DJs and electronic musicians.