With more than fifteen years of design industry experience, owner Rick Baye has cultivated a captivating collection of fine silk, linen, mohair, and velvet fabrics. Designer Fabric stocks threads similar to those made by name brands including Robert Allen, Scalamandre, Donghia, and Brunschwig. Fabric runs from $6–$40 per yard, with higher prices for specialty selections. Peruse a bevy of small samples for modest-sized projects ($2+) or prep for marathon windsock-sewing sessions with several hundred yards of choice cotton threads. Importing elegant wares from France, England, Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium, Designer Fabric also offers twice-yearly access to luxurious bed linens from Florence, Italy, including duvets, complete bed sets, and Egyptian-cotton Vespa covers.
Precept Wine’s talented winemakers take advantage of the Northwest’s extensive sunlight, warm days, and cool nights to craft their many brands of unique vinos. Founded in 2003, the company oversees more than 3,790 acres of vineyards and several wineries, each equipped with facilities for harvesting and crushing, storage, bottling, and letting the wine vent its anger after being locked up for months. Later, they bottle their wines under more than 20 labels, many of which have been awarded up to 90 points by Wine Spectator.
In 1991, comic experts Marv Brost and Steve Beard decided Seattle needed a new outlet for mainstream, underground, and adult comics, and Comic Dungeon was born. Now owned by family oriented enthusiast Scott Tomlin, the store focuses on new and vintage comics and has attracted visits from illustrators and writers across the business. The store's shelves host scores of inky adventures, ranging from the whiz-bang derring-do of superheroes from the Green Lantern and Spider-Man to the surreal grabbed-from-TV exploits of Finn and Jake in Adventure Time. In addition to newly featured merchandise, Comics Dungeon also honors time-tested plotlines in the form of anthologies, graphic novels, and etchings on the front of old VHS tapes.
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.