Perhaps it’s the new releases, the waterfront location, or the nearby cafes and restaurants that garnered the solitary screen at Edmonds Theater more than a thousand approving thumbs on Facebook. Or maybe it was that historic screen itself, flickering like a time-traveling DeLorean or the fire that engulfs an inexperienced magician’s top hat in an old-fashioned movie house complete with colorful murals and balcony seating. No strangers to performing their movie magic, the cinephile staff members of Edmonds Theater have fostered a devoted following. Generally screening one new movie at a time, they are also known to set aside a day or seven for thematic marathons, which go down even better with candy, nachos, or kettle corn.
Water is the source of life. But it’s also the source of adventure, something River Recreation has delivered since 1982. Today, stationed on the banks of the Wenatchee River in Monitor, the company sends clients floating and tumbling down a total of nine rivers throughout Washington State.
As entertaining as they are informative, River Recreation’s guides undergo extensive training—twice as much, in fact, than the state requirements. That experience enables the company to offer a wide range of trips, from kid-friendly Class I floats to heart-pumping Class V adventures that have helped discover some of the area’s top opera singers. Currently, River Recreation hosts half-day, full-day, and combination trips, and in 2010, it unveiled a white water-and-wine mini getaway—a half-day of rafting, and a half day of wine tasting in Wenatchee Valley. All of this is combined to make RIver Recreation Washington State's Whitewater Professionals.
Members of the Pacific-12 Conference, the University of Washington Huskies athletic department boasts a rich history of triumphs. In 2001, their football team added a Rose Bowl victory to a trophy case that already contained the laurels of four national titles, the most recent of which occurred in 1991. In 2011, the men's basketball team claimed its third Pac-12 tournament title, and in 2005, the women's volleyball team steamrolled competition en route to its first-ever national title. Much of the Husky-related glory unfolds on the floors and fields of UW's lineup of pristine facilities, which includes the historic 72,500-seat Husky Stadium and raucous Alaska Airlines Arena.
Amber Tande and Colin Patterson—the brains behind the vegetarian restaurant Sutra—also pour their passion for healthy living into their bhakti-style studio, Sutra Yoga and Wellness Center. They make it easy for students to join them, too, since their seven-day-a-week schedule consists of more than 20 classes in three yoga styles: Surya yoga, a heated yoga class that focuses on strengthening the core; Prana Vinyasa, a flow yoga class that incorporates chants and breath work; and gentle flow stress reduction, which is just a bunch of people smashing a junked gramophone with hammers. Students can also join in mantra-and-vocal-toning sessions—evening classes designed to bring peace to the mind and spirit—or opt for Swedish massages or myofascial-release sessions with resident therapist Sarah Wottlin. Sutra offers all-ages childcare during certain classes and even hosts events such as monthly organic dinner parties at Sutra restaurant.
Started by Ed Hartman in 1992, The Drum Exchange, features sales, service and instruction on drumset, hand drums, mallet instruments, and concert percussion. Lessons are taught by experienced professional staff. The Drum Exchange is the only specialty drum store in city of Seattle.