The Neptune is a slice out of history. The theater opened in the 1920's and maintains its vintage feel and appearance. They show arts films and new releases. While it's not the megaplex of modern day, there's something about going to the Neptune that makes a night out at the movies special. If you're hip, nostalgic, and want to see a flick... the Neptune is your movie theater.
PROS: Great Ambience, Vintage, Nostalgic, Shows Indie Films
PCC Natural Markets are a great place to get groceries in Seattle. Their selection of regular, natural, and organic foods is unbeatable. If you're looking to throw together a meal fit for the Food Network, this is where you need to get your ingredients. The produce is so fresh, and they always have something new. The staff is super friendly, and the stores are all really clean and nice.
PROS: Huge Selection, Natural/Organic Foods, Nice Stores
CONS: A Bit Expensive
Metsker Maps is one of those special stores that makes you wonder who is buying enough maps to keep them in business...until you walk in the store. They have so many maps and books, that even the most geography phobic among us becomes intrigued. I know I'm not one to go out map shopping...but every now and then I pop into Metsker's, because it's fun to look at the maps.
PROS: Huge Selection, Hard To Find Items, Helpful Staff
Three Dog Bakery makes homemade dog treats, and has a wide variety of products to pamper you're furry family member (the dog...not the old guy on the couch). Their dog biscuits look good enough to eat, and rover will love every one of them...especially their peanut butter ones. The people there are so friendly and really care about pets.
PROS: fun, friendly, pet friendly, homemade products
REI's flagship store in Seattle is a mecca for outdoors equipment. If you have any question about what you need or which equipment suits you best, their staff is super knowledgable and always willing to explain things in detail. They have a huge selection of camping, hiking, athletic, kayaking, skiing, biking, clothing, shoes...the list is endless as is the fun you can have at REI!
PROS: Co-op, friendly staff, decent prices.
Essential baking is an amazing bakery on in Wallingford (Seattle). They have a huge selection of Artisan breads, desserts, cookies and other treats. The people there are so friendly and easygoing and can always provide a suggestion if the selection is just too much to handle. I'm a huge fan of their Fremont Sourdough, which is as good as it gets outside of San Francisco. If you need to pick up a loaf to go with dinner, or to have for lunch sandwiches, essential is where its at. I'm always amazed at the variety of stuff they have, which always includes some really gourmet desserts.
PROS: fresh, high quality, wide selection, local
Mont's is a neighborhood market, but so much more! This little grocery has an amazing selection including lots of gourmet foods and organic items. If you live in or near Montlake, this should be the place you go to pick up a few items. While they don't have a large enough selection to get everything you need, they definitely have alot to offer and you'll find almost anything you need to whip together a nice meal. In fact, my roommates and I lived for 2 years just shopping at Mont's. Their prices are pretty good, especially for organic produce.
PROS: good produce, decent prices.
In a city with tons of bike shops, none come close to the service and selection at Montlake Bikes in Montlake (just south of the Lake Washington Ship Canal on 24th). This small neighborhood bike shop has a huge selection and every single person working there is an avid biker with lots of knowledge. You can get a good deal on a great bike there, and it's a one stop shop for getting maintenance done, especially if you have a higher end bike. I bought a great Canondale Mountain Bike there a few years ago and always got awesome service when I brought it in for tune ups. They also rent bikes (nice models, not cheap stuff) for a day or weekend which is a great option if you have people coming to town and you want to take them on a ride.
PROS: great staff, full maintenance shop, good selection of high quality bikes
Archie Mcphee, while known for their gag gifts, is a place everyone in the area should see. I've gone there on a number of occasions after thinking, "where in the world would I ever find a ______ (insert item)" and have found it there. They have a great selection of totally random stuff and their prices are reasonable enough that you can pick up a few items and not feel bad about it. If you're planning a themed party, Archie McPhee's is a gold mine for getting party favors and decorations.
PROS: Fun, Great gag/novelty items, huge selection, great service
I bought my car at Melody's a few years ago, and although I wasn't totally pleased with the transaction (is anyone every totally pleased at a car dealership?) they have a huge selection of Subaru's and provided good service to my car. They are known to have higher prices for service and parts than other Subaru dealerships, but are consistently given awards by Subaru (I saw them all displayed in the waiting room), so they must be doing something right. I'd shop around and if Melody's is anywhere in the ballpark, they are a reputable dealer worth buying from.
PROS: Local, Large Dealership, Good Maintenance