Frame Central, where the upbeat, fun-loving staff works alongside customers preserving their artwork and keepsakes. Frame Central prides itself on its expedient one-day framing. Staffers have devoted years to learning how to craft custom frames fast without sacrificing quality. For one thing, they keep all their materials on hand, saving on time spent sending off for special orders. For another, customers can design and make the frames themselves or meet staffers halfway by allowing them to professionally cut the materials for easy home assembly.
Founded by a former Hawaiian resident, Hawai'i General Store & Gallery brings a dash of aloha stateside through an eclectic assortment of aloha wear, home accessories, luau supplies, island music, and more. Flown in weekly from Honolulu, the fresh tropical lei drapes the necks of loved ones in fine flowers for celebrating a graduation, showing affection on Mother's or Father's Day, or congratulating a friend on administering their first blindfolded haircut. Choose to revel in the sweet scent of a yellow-and-white plumeria lei, adorn bare necklines with a tuberose-and-orchid combination—a string of white- and purple-tipped petals exuding a strong fragrance—or select the scentless dendrobium orchid, which is visually comparable to the tuberose and orchid combination but is less likely to discombobulate internal sneeze factories.
Making good on their lifelong dream to run their own stationery store, mother-daughter team Kathy Perkins and Alicia Olsen opened Paper Delights in 2008, filling the tidy shop with charming letters, notes, and wrapping paper for birthdays, baby showers, and nuptials. Notebooks, cards, invitations, and envelopes burst with lively floral prints, lace borders, and sunny pastels, ready to bear messages such as, "Thank you for the generous graduation present," or "Please come to my surprise birthday party." In addition to announcing the arrival of impending weddings, births, and engagements with a plethora of classic and contemporary prints, Paper Delights helps customers organize and accessorize with items such as stylish reusable totes, crystal jewelry, and lustrous nail lacquer.
Wide World Books and Maps started in 1976 as a bookstore stocking guidebooks for regional and global travelers. Now the oldest “travel-only” bookstore in the country, it’s a trusted resource with a knowledgeable staff and has almost everything a traveler could want. There is also a range of accessories from electronics and lights to locks, travel pillows, socks and water bottles. The store also carries travel-tested luggage and luggage scales, laundry supplies, toiletries, insect repellants and more, both in-store and online. To sow the seeds of wanderlust early, there are games and puzzles to educate and entertain kids. The shop even hosts regular informational meetings for solo travelers and talks and slide shows by authors.
Lined with Swarovski Elements crystal pendants, gemstones, Japanese seed beads, sterling-silver findings, and handmade glass beads, Fusion Beads seems to glimmer. For the experienced beader, it's a treasure trove of all the materials necessary to create stunning pieces, and the knowledgeable staff help beginners sift through the stock to find everything they need to start a necklace or bracelet. The team also hosts several classes each week, covering everything from the techniques of basic beading to the more advanced metalsmithing, precious-metal clay manipulation, and bead weaving. Because the shop only hires dedicated beaders, each employee has firsthand knowledge to help shoppers with their projects, whether they want to create the perfect gift for a loved one or make the perfect earrings for their look-alike bobble head.
Started by Ed Hartman in 1992, The Drum Exchange, features sales, service and instruction on drumset, hand drums, mallet instruments, and concert percussion. Lessons are taught by experienced professional staff. The Drum Exchange is the only specialty drum store in city of Seattle.