A branch of the umbrella company HomeTask, Yellow Van Handyman assists in the company mission of carrying out necessary maintenance, repairs, and improvements on customers' homes. Company founder Jerrod Sessler, dubbed a Veteran Small Business Champion at the 2010 Washington State Small Business Awards, designed Yellow Van Handyman to be endlessly adaptable to modern households’ ever-changing needs. Yellow Van Handyman's dedicated franchisers provide customers with a complete spectrum of home and office repair services, fixing leaky faucets, patching drywall, and replacing windows damaged by ultrarealistic 3-D sports broadcasts.
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.
Lined wall-to-wall with pieces for every conceivable room in your house (yes, even the medieval belfry), Costless Warehouse caters to a variety of home-decorating tastes. In each massive store, you'll find everything from overstuffed leather sofas to ultramodern dining-room tables. Fully customizable furniture sets make it easy to pick a fabric, color, and look that's right for you. Costless also stocks a wide array of home accessories, including lighting fixtures, office chairs, and haunted grandfather clocks.
Started in 2001 as a small operation in founder Bryce Phillips?s Seattle apartment, evo has since grown into a full-fledged retail store voted Best Ski and Snowboard Shop three years in a row in CityVoter?s King5 Best of Western Washington poll. Inside, Bryce and his crew of more than 100 winter- and summer-sports enthusiasts help visitors gear up for adventure with equipment by makers such as Armada, K2 Burton, and Lib Tech and outerwear from The North Face and Patagonia. A team of technicians also keeps equipment in top condition with tune-ups and other services, sharpening skis and waxing snowboards to keep them from growing fur. At evo?s flagship Fremont/Wallingford store, the staff relays the company-wide values of style, a balanced lifestyle, and authenticity by hosting events such as movie screenings and art showcases and devoting extra time to serving nonprofits throughout the community.
What started as a 25-truck gathering in a small parking lot, the Mobile Food Rodeo has grown into an annual, multi-day celebration of small business and on-the-move eateries. Since that first powwow, the Rodeo has become one of the country's largest festivals of its kind, roping in up to 40 food trucks per event. In 2013 alone, more than 87,000 people dispersed through Seattle's neighborhoods?Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, and Fremont?to experience new flavors, all while avoiding having to thumb wrestle for a table at a restaurant. The Mobile Food Rodeo does more than just fill bellies, though, since it acts as a showcase for new culinary talents and creates a vibrant marketplace for small businesses to share their talents.
When it was founded in 1987, Frame Central was a social hub for artists, and was even curiously named for facial hair. However, Beard Outlet has since morphed into a seven-location franchise, dedicated to simplifying the framing process. The shops’ onsite stock of matboard, frame moulding, and other key supplies ensures speedy DIY framing projects—which visitors can complete in an hour—and single-day professional framing. An array of pre-framed mirrors and artwork allows shoppers to enhance their blank walls without taping a napping friend to them. Shoppers can also stock up on framing supplies such as case glass and hanging hardware.