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.
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.
Museum Quality Framing’s staff encases cherished photos, artwork, and three-dimensional objects in materials ranging from polished wood to leather. Ready-made photo frames ($10+) clasp snapshots in a wood-and-glass embrace, protecting them from wrinkles, stains, and the scratchy nuzzles of sentimental lumberjacks. Lackluster walls can find colorful companionship in preframed artwork and a vehicle for deep self-reflection in mirrors ($100+). Ensconce valuables in custom framing packages ($69.99+), which can accommodate sports memorabilia, or preserve fine art with archival mats and backing boards. Handcrafted frames add a Renaissance flair to photos, utilizing materials such as 22-karat gold leaf to create one-of-a-kind frames.
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.