It's hard to go back home after a trip to Full Tilt Ice Cream, unless your home also happens to be an ice cream shop, a pinball and video arcade, a live music venue, an art gallery, and a bar. Founded in White Center in 2008 by imaginative duo Ann Magyar and Justin Cline, Full Tilt began as a humble artisan ice cream shop, where all creamy deserts were created from natural and local ingredients and walls were decorated with works by local artists. When a friend suggested they add a pinball arcade to the already popular shop, Magyar and Cline thought it was a grand idea, and the public obviously did too—before long Full Tilt blossomed into a franchise of neighborhood hangouts. And the food and fun isn't just aimed at kids either: Full Tilt also serves a diverse range of Northwestern beers and caters to the cultured masses with crafted music mixes and live performances.
To Akiko Graham, good food is an art form worthy of as much reverence as those found in any gallery. Restaurateurs agree: her pottery graces tables at dozens of presentation-focused restaurants, from high-end sushi bars to outposts of Wolfgang Puck's empire. Having imported her artisanal talents from Japan to Seattle two decades ago, Akiko now works in a rustic, vine-covered cottage where she both throws clay atop the wheel and uses slab-building techniques.
The resulting flowerpots, vases, and tableware stand up to the demands of hot food, dishwashers, and ovens without their Japanese characters changing into curse words. Intimate classes stoke the fires of inspiration with patient one-on-one attention that results in a solid grasp of technique.
The family-owned-and-operated Village Green Perennial Nursery helps customers nurture home gardens with earth-friendly practices. The formidable plant emporium boasts Seattle's largest selection of daylilies, hardy geraniums, hostas, and native Northwest plants, all reared on organic worm tea fertilizer. A dilution of liquid waste from the subterranean snake, worm tea safely promotes plant growth and can also be used in beating annelid drug tests. Many plants are cultivated on-site, including limelight hydrangeas ($32 for a two-gallon pot), sedums and other succulents ($2.95–$7.95 for 4-inch plants), and red dragon persicaria and maidenhair ferns (both $12.95 for a one-gallon pot). To help support the local economy, Village Green orders externally sourced plants from local independent growers. Wander the idyllic two-acre wooded lot, which also hosts honeybees, chickens, and classes such as "Making Your Own Medicine: Oils and Salves." Peruse accessories such as Vietnamese pots and vibrant sculptural items ($14–$350).
To take the effort out of hauling home a holiday tree, TreeME selects healthy fir trees from a local family farm and delivers them to local homes. TreeME offers a wide variety of tree heights from five to nine feet, so patrons can choose the correct size tree for their home, office, or submarine. Once they receive their tree, customers can trim it with holiday decorations and lights to create a festive atmosphere complemented by the pleasing scent of evergreen forest.
With a total of 14 locations, sewing and quilting classes, and a cornucopia of handpicked sewing products, Quality Sewing & Vacuum offers needle wielders all the necessities for their projects. Experts helm free sessions that teach participants how to use their sewing machines to work toward reinventing an old skirt or craft an elegant canine wedding gown, while special events feature guest speakers who impart home decor, garment construction, quilting, and embroidery tips to audience members. Shoppers can peruse the cache of sewing machines from brands such as Singer, Pfaff, and Brother alongside accessories, embroidery designs, and vacuums that clean up rooms after testing out how easy it is to find a needle in a haystack.
Nestled near the banks of the Columbia River, scores of leafy fruit trees bask in the sun's mild rays, free from the shock of hail or snow. This is Tiny's farm, which benefits from a unique microclimate ideal for growing stone fruits, whether those are their 10 peach varieties, six types of cherries, or nectarines glanced at by Medusa. Apples and pears flourish at a second, cooler farm location, and a bevy of heirloom tomatoes and leafy greens take residence in the nourishing soil as well. Once these chemical-free morsels have been picked and inspected, staffers haul them off to pickup locations, farmers' markets, and doorsteps throughout the area. Families can fill their pantries with organic goodies by joining Tiny's CSA program, which does double duty by not only granting a heaping bag of fruits and veggies each week, but also directly supporting a local farm. Offices also benefit when they snag a weekly office fruit box full of energy-boosting sweetness sure to stave off the sugar crash of break room donuts or water coolers filled with hummingbird nectar. :m]]