If the practitioners at 1st Wellness Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Center were the kind of doctors who gave prescriptions, they would find themselves scribbling out the words “herbs” and “needles” quite often. Using these two cornerstones of Chinese medicine, founder Ting Zhang and his staff of licensed acupuncturists treat ailments that range from pain and infertility to allergies and depression.
Started in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, the nationally recognized and trusted franchise now operates in nearly 800 company and franchise locations nationwide. The master visionaries at Pearle are well trained in assisting all bespectacled beings, from casual librarians to picky, temperamental Cyclopes. Equip a corrective pair of Essentials frames starting at $99.95, or slip on a pair of designer eye enhancers, such as those by Anne Klein and DKNY ($149.95+) or Versace ($205+). Single-vision lenses adjust a singular field of vision ($120 for plastic scratch-resistant), while specialty PearleTHIN complete lenses ($215) are lightweight heavyweights.
Since 1982, the licensed opticians at Kitsap Optical have been keeping their eyes on emerging technologies, helping ensure their customers can view the world with 20/20 clarity. After each exam, the staff assemble eyeglasses with prescription lenses that correct blurry vision and popular brand-name frames that suit the client's unique sense of style.
In 1987, indoor climbing was as unpopular in the Seattle area as breeding labradoodles. But Vertical World––a pioneer indoor climbing gym––introduced the city to the up-and-coming sport of rock climbing in a controlled environment. Since its inception, the gym has expanded to three other locations in Everett, Tacoma, and Redmond, the latter hosting eastside climbers for more than 20 years.
A team of experienced route creators challenges climbers with more than 200 bouldering, lead, or top-rope routes in a wide variety of difficulty levels. The gym hosts competitive youth teams that have gone on to national or world tournaments. The gym's staff of climbers and guides also leads outdoor excursions that build confidence and teach novices how to identify a rock wall in the wild.