The Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, the Tacoma Rainiers are currently flailing bats and flashing leather in defense of their 2010 Pacific Coast League championship. Perched in cozy seats between sections A and P of the recently renovated Cheney Stadium, sandlot enthusiasts enjoy close-up views as players turn dazzling double plays, lay out for deep fly balls, and blow bubblegum bubbles in the shapes of U.S. Senate members. Tacoma’s major offensive contributors this year include the notoriously powerful Wily Mo Pena and center fielder Trayvon Robinson, who has amassed 26 home runs to go along with zero errors. Immerse yourself in a leisurely evening at the park while chomping on a meal that includes a hot dog, soda, and bag of chips, and use your limited-edition Tacoma Rainiers hat to catch wayward foul balls or to shoo off pesky microphones desperate for your game commentary.
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.
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.
Action Dance Academy's staff of sure-footed instructors imparts the wisdom behind a multitude of dance styles, guiding the strides of children as well as adults. Classes encompass the staccato steps of tap instruction, which harnesses rhythm and Morse code to imbue each routine with a subliminal message, and jazz sessions that encourage improvisational footwork. Mommy and Me Movin' and Groovin' classes invite parents to bring along their genetic investments and learn a routine together while children develop rhythmic pattern-recognition skills. Consult the academy's schedule as well as its dress code policy to learn about the sessions and ways to look great while dancing without a leather jacket.