I don't know much about bikes, but when my bike needed a repair I couldn't find any other place to do such quality work. Any questions I had were answered, I wasn't left standing around waiting for service, and the staff was very personable. I would trust them with any of my bicycling needs.
I have come to the conclusion that everything my family is interested in in terms of gardening is just incredibly obscure, so when I went into Gardensphere for the first time, I hit a dead end. However, I have never received such friendly and knowledgeable service from a nursery anywhere else. A little on the small side compared to other nurseries, but great service and great products. Plus, I adore the store cat :) I would recommend Gardensphere to anyone looking for beginning or basic gardening help or products.
Live music. Wonderful, affordable coffee. Amazing, friendly service. Lots of seating. Free WIFI. What more could a coffeehouse frequenter ask for?! I spend a lot of time in this cafe, studying, listening to music, reading a book, or catching up with friends. The quality is unbeatable and the setting is fantastic for anyone looking for a friendly and quaint atmosphere. I have met some of the most fantastic people here who are just like me - sitting down with a cup of jo and a good book. Plus, gelatto and sorbet! I absolutely love this place.
The one thing that I love about Art & Soul is that their coffee is fair trade certified. Though this means that the coffee isn't as magnificent as some of the large coffee franchises, Art & Soul makes me feel good about my spending. It's a perfect place for parties and kids because of the pottery and art projects that you simply can't find anywhere else with the same down to earth, fun atmosphere.
I have yet to find a Mexican food restaurant that meets or beats the taste, price, and service of El Indio's. Both the Portland location as well as the Gresham location have affordable yet sizable dishes, friendly and prompt service, and a comfortable, family friendly, atmosphere. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone with a taste for Mexican food that's not from a franchise.
The Health Connection in Tacoma is an amazing and affordable place to relax and get quality treatment, honestly one of the best massages I've ever had (and let me tell you, I'm a huge fan of professional massages). The staff is friendly and treats their clients extremely well.