Backed by 30 total years of experience that includes teaching kayaking and selling equipment for REI, Barbara Gronseth shares her passion for the outdoors through Issaquah Paddle Sports. Profiled in the Issaquah Press, Barbara and her team—which includes husband George—rent stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, and NuCanoe Kayaks to all ages of outdoorsmen. Since Issaquah Paddle Sports is located within Lake Sammamish State Park near Tibbetts Beach, its protected beach affords visitors a relaxed setting for launching into the lake.
Beyond supplying guests with equipment, Barbara's team also leads programs that range from guided tours to experiences designed exclusively for women and kids. Additionally, the staff arranges lessons in kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding through parent company Kayak Academy. Back at the clubhouse, attendants dispense replenishments such as Clif Bars, SmartWater, and caviar cupcakes.
Sammamish Club billets myriad fitness-conscious facilities designed to engage all workout preferences. Each membership begins with an overview of the club's resources and secret passageways provided by one of Sammamish's certified trainers. Post-tour, jump into four weeks of physical freedom by participating in one of the club's many group-exercise classes. Experienced instructors banish calories and build stamina with three types of yoga, dance-based classes such as Latin-inspired Zumba and martial arts-infused Nia, and a host of cycling, step, and human cannonball lessons. The comprehensive group-exercise schedule allows guests to work-out seven days a week in the morning, afternoon, or evening, with the Kid's Club play zone for 3-month-olds to 6-year-olds taking care of any loose children.
Within Urban Oasis Yoga & Wellness's integrated health-care center resides a brigade of holistic healers, including naturopathic doctors, massage therapists, clinical psychologists, and 12 certified yoga instructors, who work together to help patrons reach mental and physical wellness. Designed with natural elements in mind—stone, wood, metal, fire, water, and heart—the center strives to meet each guest's physical and emotional needs with services that include acupuncture, Chinese herbology, and integrative mind-body therapy. The connection between the mind and body can be further cultivated in one of Urban Oasis' daily yoga classes, ranging from the very physically vigorous power Vinyasa style to more therapeutic traditions well-suited for beginners or practitioners with especially stiff muscles or temporarily blind third eyes.
Dizzy’s Tumblebuses both look like bright yellow school buses, yet they have never taken a kid to school. They don’t even have seats inside. Instead, their interiors are stocked with tumbling equipment, ball pits, and slides, and they make stops at schools, where they augment gym classes. These traveling fun-buses were invented by founder and mother of three, Dizzy, who has spent the last 10 years growing her company, trying to find parking spaces big enough for her buses, and testing out lesson plans with her own eager kids.
And in addition to the busses, Dizzy also created Dizzy’s Bus Stop, the company’s stationary facility. Despite its immobility, the facility hosts a bus structure inside that recreates the fun of the company’s popular Tumblebuses. Kids can clamber up a pint-size rock-climbing wall, jump on trampolines, and join in activities from dress-up to play dough sculpting. To accommodate a variety of little ones, the center offers drop-in day care, parent-supervised open play sessions, or preschool for tykes ages 2-5.
As avid golfers themselves, Pro Golf Discount’s staff members boast a wealth of experience and professional equipment advice. They are eager to direct shoppers through stores full of golfing merchandise from brands such as TaylorMade, Nike, and Callaway, pointing out the differences between the quality products. They lead lefties to their expansive selection of left-handed equipment, and discuss the advantages of their specialty women's gear with ladies. The master club fitters evaluate clients’ swings with advanced Launch Monitors and the Foresight Sports GC2 golf-simulation system, enabling them to recommend equipment that is suited to the customer's specific needs.
Most of the locations host golf lessons within their onsite golf theater hitting cages, where top golfers dish out expert tips and techniques. The Tacoma, Bellevue, Lynnwood and Bellingham locations feature repair centers, where technicians can spruce up clubs in preparation for upcoming tournaments or a golf vacation.