Top of the Hops Beer Festival Stretching along the northern Gulf Coast, The Wharf Marina serves as the picturesque venue for the Top of the Hops Beer Festival, a celebration of the craft-beer industry. Abita Brewing Company, a Louisiana outfit known for its large variety of seasonal and flagship brews, joins local sponsors, including Maggie's Bottle & Tail and Alabama Gulf Seafood, in hailing the beloved concoctions made of barley, wheat, and hop leaves known for their ability to inspire Elizabethan conversational skills. The festival introduces patrons to tastes of more than 150 craft brews and offers a variety of beer-related seminars.
Storage Partners owns more than 17,000 storage units in the Oregon and Washington areas. Safety and security are the No. 1 priority, which is why the storage units are guarded by computerized gates with 24-hour camera surveillance. Storage units come in a variety of sizes, including ones that can hold the contents of a medium-sized closet and ones that can hold an uprooted family tree. Units are climate-controlled and drive-up accessible by truck. Storage Partners also offers free truck rentals at select locations, as well as boxes and other moving supplies for sale.
David, the resident shutterbug at Careylynne Event Planning & Photography, has snapped thousands of pictures, capturing everything from an infant’s first smile to the loving embrace of a couple celebrating 60 years of marriage. With a resume listing a degree from the New York Institute of Arts and nearly 20 years of experience in the field, David is no stranger to the ins-and-outs of professional photography. He fortifies wedding, engagement, and family shoots with proper lighting and backgrounds to yield images that are natural and mantle-ready.
Photography is just one aspect of the business, though. With an event-planning team boasting more than 15 years of experience, Careylynne also helps party hosts and brides-to-be riffle through all of the nitty-gritty details necessary to make their big event a success. From coming up with a unifying theme to solving last minute budget issues, the staffers are there to ensure everything runs smoothly so party-givers can relax with family, friends, or stuffed animal attendees without stress.
Wine Insiders sprang fully formed from the head of founder John Davis 25 years ago, when he used his octopus-like industry connections to assemble a panel of wine experts for the sole purpose of seeking out the best and most affordable wines for his customers. On average, this league of extraordinary oenophiles approves only one out of every 100 bottles sampled, ensuring that only the most delicious wines stain their customers' lips a rich purple. They're fairly confident in their taste, too: if you're not 100% delighted by the vinos they've selected, they'll refund the full cost of the order, no questions asked—not even "So, you doing anything fun this weekend?"
At Made Sewing Studio, textile experts and beginners gather to practice their skills amid rent-by-the-hour stations equipped with Janome machines and sergers, stitch and embroidery machines, and an experienced staff of sewing mavens. Armed with an arsenal of notions, scissors, and chalk, and a library of sewing books and materials, guests can tackle any project, from constructing a snazzy dress for a formal cocktail party, to constructing a suit of armor entirely out of felt. A cozy sitting area invites needleworkers to gather and chat with fellow craftsfolk.
In addition to a schedule of classes that helps students of all ages and skill levels master machine sewing, Made also offers bridal parties, baby showers, and kids' birthday parties that infuse a little creativity into already special occasions.
It’s all here: guitars, amps, flat screen TVs, cameras, turntables and a never-ending array of tools, instruments and various gizmos. Many items at Capitol Loans, a Capitol Hill-area pawn shop, defy any sort of definition at all. But for those with a keen eye, it’s possible to find old gaming consoles in near-perfect condition, or swing in for a long-lost piece of nostalgia that you couldn’t find anywhere else. More than anything, curious customers enjoy being able to see and touch the merchandise before buying, which is a far cry from the anonymity of online auction sites – and without the wait time. Perhaps best of all, prices remain competitive, and the central location near Seattle Community College means it’s possible to come across some true finds on one of the long shelves inside, though it might require a bit of digging at first.