When we needed new wood stoves for our home, I called around to get the best prices. Home town heating was very competitive in their pricing. We are very happy with the stoves we purchased. They look nice and provide good heat. We chose to have one installed and did the other ourselves. The installers were professional and did a good job. When we finally got around to installing the other one, six months later!, we found that we were missing a fire brick. We went in and they were very friendly and helped us out.
We used Sea Mar as our primary care providers for a year because they were the only ones on our insurance who were taking new patients. From the minute I walked in to the office, I was not impressed. The floors are vinyl, there are dead flies in the ceiling lights and rock music blaring. It did not feel like a professional doctor office. After a long wait, you get your chart and go back where you stick your chart in a box and sit in a smaller waiting room to wait again. Then, another wait for the doctor when you finally get an exam room. The last time I called for an appointment, I was told they didn't have any openings for the next month and a half and I'd need to call each day and see if there were any cancellations. As a mom with young children at home, there's just no way I can run my life like that. I also didn't like that I saw someone different almost every time I went.
When you walk into Silvana Meats, it doesn't smell yucky, it smells like their smoker. They dry cure their hams and they're amazing. Our favorite is the raspberry ham. I like to use it in place of canadian bacon on homemade pizza. They make delicous old fashioned hotdogs that snap when you bite them. We also like the blue cheese and bacon hamburger patties they sell. They will cut and slice your meat how you want. They also will cut and wrap slaughtered animals. We had a pig done there and were very happy with the results. They also have added a line of sauces and marinades which you can buy inside. Be sure to grab dum-dum suckers on the counter for your kids. A great place!
Folks in Arlington are so lucky to have Country Charm Dairy! Their milk tastes so fresh and it's just $2.19 a gallon. They don't use any hormones in the milk. They also make the most delicious ice cream. It has a distinctive flavor and I think it's as good as "premium" ice cream. Their farm store is open until 7:00 six days a week. Some things that I always get when I go: milk, chocolate milk (yum!), buttermilk, ice cream and whipping cream. You can really taste the diffence in their products and it's a good difference!
The Seattle Aquarium is a fun place to while away a few hours on a rainy day. My kids love looking in the tanks at exotic creatures like electric eels, brightly colored jelly fish, octopus, and puffer fish. They have a discovery tank where kids can touch the types of creatures you'd find in a tide pool, starfish, anenomies, urchins. They have a great underwater viewing area where you can see the types of animals found in the puget sound but in much greater concentrations! There is also underwater viewing of the seals. My kids love to come to feeding time. Parking can be difficult. There is no parking lot. You can park in metered parking across the street under the Alaska Way Viaduct or you may get lucky and get on street metered parking. Walking down the street for fish and chips at Ivar's is a great way to end the day!
We've had a family membership to the science center for the past few years. With it, each family member also gets passes to see IMAX films. Sometimes, we go down just to see a film. Other times, we take in the exhibits. Some of the exhibits are getting a bit tired (they've been there since I was a kid) but there is one building dedicated to rotating exhibits. I love going to the butterfly house, free with admission. It's warm and moist in there, with beautiful flowers, and butterflies everywhere. The science center doesn't have anywhere to eat a brought lunch inside. They have a canopy set up outside with some tables where you can eat the food you've brought. We've had better success eating our lunch while we watch an IMAX movie. Otherwise, it can be pretty cold out there! The busiest we've ever seen the place is during the annual model railroad shows. Most of the time we practically have it to ourselves. If you have several kids, a family membership is the way to go if you think you'll visit more than once a year.
This is the only barber my husband will let touch his hair! She's open five days a week, taking off Sunday and Monday and working 1/2 day on Saturday. She does a great job on my husband's difficult hair. He has a mole on his neck that every other barber he's had cut his hair has cut. She's not done it once. She has a box of toys for the kids. My husband likes that she's not "too chatty".
Olympic Theatre has seen better days! It must be close to 100 years old. There is just one theater here and no fancy seats or dolby sound system. Sometimes it seems like your feet will be glued to the floor permanently by the sticky spilled pop. They usually show films about a month after they come out in the big theaters. Tuesdays are two for one night unless there's a special engagement. When I was growing up, they never showed anything "R" rated. That's changed. They have a small concession stand. The tickets are reasonably priced.
I've been coming to this zoo yearly for my entire life! It's changed a lot from when I was a kid. Very few animals still live in cages. Most are now in enclosures which give them lots of room to roam about and mimic the area of the world where they would be found. The zoo is divided up into regions of the world. Because the animals have such large areas to walk around, it is sometimes difficult to see them. We never have any luck with the lions but the giraffes, hippos, and elephants can always be counted on in the "safari" area. We enjoy watching the bears and otters. They can be viewed from above or below the water. The zoo's newest exhibit is great! For $1.00, you purchase a seed stick and enter a room filled with colorful parakeets. The birds come and eat from your hand. It's really enchanting! The nocturnal house is always a hit with my sons. Try to zoo's web site to see if they are offering any two for one coupons before you go. Also, you have to pay for parking when you buy your tickets so remember your stall number.
This zoo is about two hours from our house. We go about once a year. It is smaller than Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, but that's not always a negative! We can see the zoo and aquarium with our kids without having them exhausted. They've added a new show in the summer where you can see some of the animals. It's really a cute show. Some of the birds fly right over the audience. Their zoo lights in the Christmas season as really magnificent. My daughter's favorite zoo memory is feeding the goats in the family farm area. Be sure to bring quarters to feed the machine! We like to take our kids down to the beach below the zoo before heading home.