Countless do-it-yourself projects would never have seen the light of day were it not for Aurora Rents—gardens would remain untended, furniture unsanded, bedrooms unpainted. Luckily, the locally owned and operated business has rented tools and equipment—all properly cared for—to northwestern craftspeople for 50 years. Equally as vital, each employee carries industry expertise around in his or her tool belt, and delights in providing insights, safety tips, and techniques for refinishing floors or shellacking homemade Trojan horses.
With a degree in landscape architecture from Washington State and more than 20 years of experience, Chris McAuslan crafts custom designs for both residential and commercial properties. When he isn't stocking his nursery with beautiful trees and shrubs, he installs landscape lighting, waterfalls, synthetic grass, and eco-friendly, solar-powered flowers.
Licensed cheese artisan Julie Steil and her husband Rob once crafted cheeses as a part-time hobby, until encouragement from those who had tasted the results prompted them to turn the delectable pastime into a full-time passion. Today, the Steils manage their own herd of goats and cows who lead pampered lives on the couple's 20-acre farm, where a diet of alfalfa, blackberry thickets, and chocolate syrup yield better-tasting milk. The Steils create different cheeses in small batches, ranging from a semihard cheese bathed in raspberry port to a raw milk tomme bathed in Naughty Nellie ale from Pike Brewery. Landing River Valley Cheese on Sunset magazine's list of the Top 100 Cultural Trends Shaping the West, Julie and Rob also share their love of fromage fashioning at hands-on cheese-making classes, where attendees can learn to create their own wheels of fresh and aged cheeses, instead of relying on the questionable quality of the cheeses peddled by door-to-door sales cows.
As the highest-rated garage-door installation and repair company in Puget Sound, as voted by the readers of Angie's List Magazine, Sound Door Service's techs has kept the portals to Washington homes looking sharp and running stealthily for more than 15 years. Whether they're replacing damaged and broken sections, or installing a brand-new door, they do the job expeditiously and thoroughly without trying to tack on unnecessary frills. Sound Door Service also specializes in correcting door torsion and repairing extension springs, and can help owners find the perfect design of garage door to go with their houses' outfits.
Cedar Grove Equestrian Center’s experienced instructors corral up to five budding riders for one-hour introductory lessons, held seven days a week. Learn to brush, tack, and ride an equine within the center’s spacious, covered arena, surrounded by lush, verdant scenery and gangs of spying rodeo clowns. Cedar Grove’s friendly steeds help beginners gain confidence and perfect their horse dialect, and the center’s small class sizes allow for personalized feedback. Helmets and boots are provided at no charge.