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Daiso store is wonderland of Japanese bargains

Are your chair legs cold? Is your banana getting smashed on the way to work? Need a light to get a look inside your kid’s… Continue reading

A charming Greek cobbler keeps a tradition alive in Everett

When I walked into People’s Shoe Repair on Wetmore Avenue, I was greeted by an 86-year-old man in high-waisted trousers with a thick Greek accent… Continue reading

Everett barber makes a statement with lampooning latrines

I happened upon Rustic Cuts in south Everett while on a quest talking to barbers and stylists for an upcoming story about fixing Donald Trump’s… Continue reading

Life’s a gas at this Everett station where attendants do the pumping

It’s a little slice of Oregon, right in the middle of Everett. At this gas station on Evergreen Way, drivers stay in their cars and… Continue reading

A day in the life of a shopping-mall Santa Claus

He gets paid to sit on his buns and chuckle all day. What’s up with that? ’Tis the life of a mall Santa. And, well,… Continue reading

The Nut House is a hardware haven in Everett

Talk about screwed up. The back room at this Ace Hardware store is a hotbed of screws, bolts, washers, fasteners, plugs, grommets and… Continue reading

Kickin’ back in the new seats at the Regal Alderwood theater

My husband Max was all revved up when he came home from seeing the new Tom Cruise flick. “Was it that good?” I asked. He… Continue reading

For those seeking herbal magic, Everett shop hits the spot

It’s an herbal store that doesn’t sell Washington’s favorite herb. Instead of pineapple kush and purple haze, Moddejonge’s Herbals has peppermint tea and… Continue reading

Everett’s got a spooky rooftop Halloween monster mash

It’s like a rooftop version of the Macy’s parade. Giant inflatables sway and pop up across the skyline on this roadshow attraction on… Continue reading

Lego road show brings the U.S. Capitol to Alderwood mall

Finally, here’s a chance to see Washington, D.C., politics that are a roadshow instead of a sideshow. Lego sculptures of the White House,… Continue reading

Roadside pink flamingos hint at Lake Stevens man’s treasures

I figured it had to be a hot story when two people at opposite ends of the newsroom asked me to find… Continue reading

Mustard-flavored love on aisle 38 in Costco

Many couples slip into something sexy on their anniversary. David and Susan Barrow dressed as mustard bottles and went to Costco. Actually three different Costcos.… Continue reading

Get your meow on at Edmonds cat cafe

For $5, you get a can of pop and a whole lotta catitude. About 10 cats are there for the petting or playing… Continue reading

Reality-TV ‘Rescue’ of yet another Everett bar airs Sunday

So, a man walks into a bar and says, “I’m here to give this place a makeover and show your dirty laundry on… Continue reading

Kiosk at the Everett Mall specializes in 3D printing

The future has arrived. It’s at a kiosk at the Everett Mall. Whatever you want, a printer can create it. What’s up with that? At… Continue reading

Power up with some banana cream pie at PUD

When you think of PUD, you think of electric bills and field trucks and live wires and chain saws, right? Well, think again. Think of… Continue reading

Dung Dynasty: Zoo celebrates more than 30 years of prized poo

Most of the news releases that clog my email box are blah-blah-blah. The one from Woodland Park Zoo was everything butt. The subject line said… Continue reading

Ballinger Way juice bar serves attitude with a side of kale

Before ordering at Alive Juice Bar, you might want to read the chalkboard first. Not for ideas what to buy, but for how… Continue reading

Pedal power gets Everett family where they need to go

Sure, they have a minivan. But it’s not the main mode of travel for Brittney and Tyler Rourke when they hit the town. Instead, the… Continue reading

The brains behind the sayings on Dunn’s sign in Everett

‘Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.” Does that saying sound familiar … but you just can’t pinpoint why? Maybe it was… Continue reading