This place is perfectly styled for the little Seattle neighborhood it's in--Belltown where the young hip and rich live. You'll need to be young, hip and rich if you want to explore this fitness spot because it's pricey. The interior is plastered with brushed steel and sculpture and calming zen touches everywhere. You can do Pilates, or train with weights and all with the best trainers. Enjoy it if you're willing and able to afford it.
The service was nothing more than service--not speedy, not slow; not cheap and not expensive. I had a leather fringed rug cleaned and it was returned to me in perfect condition without any sort of smell of chemical. The employees were helpful but not easy to communicate with. I found the price a bit expensive, but comprable to most carpet cleaners. I chose them over others because of their nearness to my place.
This is a metaphysical bookstore which caters to those more open minded among us. I can't quite imagine my little Catholic mother visiting because she'd pronouce the place devilish. I found the atmosphere relaxed and inviting. The shelves were a bit close together and difficult to navigate, but the selection was more than adequate and much better than Borders or B&N.
The Ace hotel is a patently 'Seattle' destination. The rooms I've stayed in were both themed--one was a sort of seventies fall like theme with landscape wallpaper and orange-green decor, and the other had a chandelier in it. The service is complete--mint on the pillow, in room dinners, smiling bellboys. Everything about the place is quirky and a bit off, so if you are looking for an interesting evening with somebody special this may be the place for you.
Although men aren't know to shop, this expansive store caters solely to men. They have frequent special events and sales with wine and hors de ouvres. There is a section devoted to Hugo Boss. There is also a large selection of Prada and Dolce and Gabbana at the correspondingly high prices. Marios has clothing for middle age while David Lawrence, another of Seattle's high end retailers sells to younger poeple.
Although I may have been getting unusual treatment, I found the business meeting room setting where I got my facial a bit strange. I was taken behind a room divider where there was a cushy seat. The aesthetician was great and the facial was very good, but the place was not condusive to relaxation, rather it made me want to call my boss.
Zanadu comics is an interesting little comics boutique to visit, but not to stay for very long if you aren't accustomed to chaos. The aisles are thin and cramped with all sorts of comic book and videogame memorabilia. The employees know their comics--I was searching for a specific number of the X-Men and although they didn't have it they recommended a website that did.
The Washington Dance Club is a ballroom dance instruction studio with all the ambiance and style expected of such a place. There is a gorgeous chandelier and a newly finished dance floor. Visit for the energetic instructors who will patiently guide you and your spouse through the common dance forms. It is a fun couple's night out to have a little instructionn followed by an evening of dancing.
For young, expensive clothing from the top designers visit David Lawrence. They specialize in designer suits from Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, as well as youg clothing from D-squared and D&G. If you shop their sales you can find great deals on their designer selection. The sales staff aren't pushy and will give you honest opinions of how the clothes look on you. They also give good suggestions.
The massively popular downtown library deserves a spot on the Seattle tourism route. It shouldn't just be seen from a bus, it should be experienced--go inside and travel its strange levels and futuristic passages--one of which looks like internal organs. The library staff are extrememly knowlegable and connected to each other so if one can't answer your question, they'll find somebody who can. Go and walk through a livinng sculpture.