Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning has gained quite a bit of attention over the years. The staff's expertise in installing, repairing, and maintaining residential energy-efficient air systems earned Puget Sound Energy's Energy Efficiency Action Award six times. Lennox Industries—an international heating and cooling manufacturer—bestowed the air-system gurus with not only a Dave Lennox Award in 2011, but also multiple Lennox Circle of Excellence and National Centurion Awards between 2005 and 2012.
This level of success stems from Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning's dedicated staff of certified technicians. Additionally, a number of the senior technicians draw from more than 15 years of industry experience, enabling them to service older systems that still run on thunder bolts.
From three locations, Family Fun Center & Bullwinkle's Restaurant foster lifelong memories for kids and their caretakers as they bond over bouts of miniature golf, laser-tag shootouts, and bumper-car derbies. Visitors taller than 58 inches challenge each other to go-kart races, while smaller thrill seekers practice Napoleonic siege techniques at the indoor fun fortress. Outside, human slingshots hurl visitors safely through the air in harnessed flights, and indoor rollercoaster simulators re-create the twists and turns of amusement-park rides or malfunctioning monorails. After perfecting swings at 18 holes of mini golf or 25-pitch batting cages, visitors chow down at the Bullwinkle-themed restaurant, feasting on crowd-pleasing park fare such as pizza, burgers, salads, wraps, and corn dogs. Attractions vary by location.
At ice cream dispensaries across the country, Ben & Jerry's staff members scoop up heavenly bites of Vermont's most famous treats. Whether gracing cups or cones, flavors including the banana-based Chunky Monkey and Phish Food—chocolate ice cream swirled with caramel, marshmallow, and fish-shaped pieces of fudge—bring chilly smiles to customers' faces. The shops have also added mango and lemon sorbets to their menu, as well as frozen greek yogurt.
In addition to teaching amateurs the ways of the camera, the photographers at Hudson's Photo Workshops have been coaching professional photographers for over 25 years. They create portraits on location or at the Tukwila studio, which is replete with low lighting, plush couches, and neutral-toned walls. The final images look wholesome and classic, ideal for a large custom wall display in your home. In addition to capturing portraits, the photographers outfit clients with prints and digital slideshows that facilitate online sharing. Classes elucidate photography techniques, including the rule of thirds and how to capture a 20-story human pyramid without a wide-angle lens.
With 65 years of image-enhancing experience, Aaron Brothers brings singular design, craftsmanship, and style to each custom framing assignment. Offering individualized design consultations, Aaron Brothers carries a collection of more than 700 unique frame moldings in fine woods and metal, as well as 400 different conservation-grade mats. While prices for each job vary, Aaron Brothers charges $101 for an 11.5''x13.5" custom frame with a mat, UV- clear glass, mount, and fitting. Customers can also get a 7"x9" custom frame with tempest mat, UV-clear glass, mounting, and basic fitting for about $78. Each Aaron Brothers location features a team of designers and master artisans, as well as an assortment of hanging supplies. Bring in treasured works of art and Aaron Brothers’ certified preservation experts will help hinder time's attack on photographs, newspaper clippings, and Mesolithic magazine covers.