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.
The founder of Moe's Home Collection, Moe Samieian, began his enterprise with a Vancouver rug store in 1985, eventually getting into the furniture business and steadily increasing his number of storefronts. Today, Moe's four locations boast a big selection of custom chairs, sofas, and desks, conversation-starting artwork and wall decorations, and rare cabinetware and Chinese antiques. Like a royal estate or lucky cow, the company has passed from father to son, with Moe Jr. sourcing exotic furniture pieces from as far away as Jakarta and Beijing, and consulting with homeowners to create one-of-a-kind Italian leather sofas or made-to-order contemporary pieces.
For nearly a half century, David Reed Weatherford Antiques & Interiors has nurtured nostalgia with an epoch's worth of elegant and enduring 18th and 19th century antiques. Within a 4,000-square foot historic Capital Hill home overlooking Puget Sound, heirloom hunters wander into another era, akin to stumbling into a KISS reunion concert. Elevate dinner tables to shrine status with a whimsical navy blue and cream glazed Victorian style pottery jug ($175), or opt for scintillating ceramics such as the pastel hued, flower-festooned Chinese ceramic box, ideal for imbuing rooms with an otherworldly aura and sheltering displaced genies ($385). The metallurgical arts, meanwhile, feature two ambiance fortifying cloisonné vases ornately adorned with delicate floral flourishes and idyllic landscapes ($450 each).
The style mavens of Burnt Sugar seek out beautiful, trendy items to adorn their shelves. Slip into a cozy pair of Bensimon low-top canvas sneakers, a French shoe with continental swagger and kaleidoscopic dreams of grandeur ($65), or tap into harmonic time-telling abilities with the Picadilly wristwatch ($70). Obtaining a rosy facial glow without childhood photo albums is easier with Colorme Cheeks and Eyes, a puff-top makeup applicator that neatly brushes skin with colorful hues ($34). Lavender shea butter soap ensures you're always smelling sweet ($8). Though Burnt Sugar posts a portion of its gifting gems online, a large number remain covertly sparkling inside the Fremont storefront among pairs of cowboy boots and rumored sightings of the Pink Panther.
To cloak unadorned portholes, homeowners need only make a call to Seattle Shades & Blinds. Technicians will then pack up samples—pulling from a collection that includes faux wood blinds, cellular shades, and bamboo shades—and bring them to homes. Trying treatments on their own turf allows customers to decide for themselves if prospective blinds, shutters, or shades will match their décor or effectively dissuade garden gnomes from breaking in again.
Dish it up! stocks shelves with a smorgasbord of kitchen utensils while filling its culinary classrooms with the aromas of creative and classic meals prepared by students and featured chefs from across the country. A class calendar brimming with weekly courses sends students on step-by-step tours through the creation of gourmet burgers, chocolate truffles, and far-flung fare such as Middle Eastern street food ranging from chicken fatta to baba ghannouj. Classes last up to three hours as featured chefs explain a particular culinary tradition or meal through demonstration, hands-on preparation, or a combination of both. During the Sustainable Sushi class on November 18, chef Hajime Sato of Mashiko Restaurant splits his time at the podium expounding on sustainable fishing and demonstrating techniques for using sushi-making tools to construct, roll, and cut the freshest sushi possible.