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.
Zapffe Silversmiths was founded in Seattle, Washington by Mr. Carl Zapffe in 1919. Today, skilled craftsman continue to provide paramount silver restoration services to the NW and to customers around the world. Zapffe silversmiths also provides services for brass, copper, pewter, gold and other metals.
Velocity Art & Design, an aesthetically oriented emporium, provides visitors with a range of eccentric home essentials, including jewelry, lamps, ceramics, books, and other eye-pleasing wonders capable of turning houses into homes into at-home galleries. The artfully designed Ferm Living Owl Kids Apron ($34.25) brings whimsy to breakfast prep, and an array of artwork, such as earthy, human-brushed Labokoff prints ($28 each) and playful Urbancase Camera Candles ($30 each), spruce up any space. Beyond aesthetic wonders, Velocity also carries many curiously innovative items such as the patented Nanda Clocky alarm clock ($50), which rolls away upon wake-up call, forcing snooze-button smashers to stay punctual, active, and suspicious of all autonomous machines.
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.
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.