What's Up With That?

Hops research project sprouts near Snohomish

You’re tooling down bucolic South Machias Road or maybe jogging the nearby Centennial Trail. All of a sudden, you see it. A field of poles.… Continue reading

Grass is greener for Edmonds’ lawn mower whisperer

It’s a mowerapoolza at this Edmonds Way repair shop west of Highway 99. A battalion of 100 lawn mowers stands at the ready on a… Continue reading

A tree that grows shoes? Find it near Snohomish

From the “What’s Up With That?” readers’ mailbag: “Outside of Snohomish, there is a large tree on South Machias Road, south of Dubuque Road heading… Continue reading

‘Zoo of plants’ grows near Stanwood

You’re driving north along I-5 northeast of Stanwood and all of a sudden you see it. An array of big letters on red kiosks with… Continue reading

Artist’s work is made to brighten any rainy day

Next time it rains, don’t curse the sky. Look at your feet. You might be surprised. Almost like magic, messages start appearing on wet sidewalks… Continue reading

Take a walk on the gutsy side

Just when you think you’ve seen it all … along comes a giant inflatable colon. Ten feet tall. Ten feet long. Twelve feet wide. With… Continue reading

Meet the guy driving that vinyl-wrapped red-camo Infiniti

You’re driving down the road in your beige sedan, just another mundane motorist in a sea of white, black and silver cars … and all… Continue reading

A rare tree blooms in Edmonds, thanks to gardener’s TLC

EDMONDS — Maybe you’ve seen Susan Watts. After all, she’s hard to miss. She’s that happy-go-lucky woman with the bright red hair zipping around the… Continue reading

Snohomish mural is a tribute to local fallen soldiers

SNOHOMISH — It’s more than a mural. The bright painting on the side of the brick Earl Winehart Post of the American Legion is a… Continue reading

Bringing the belly back to the Gastropub

Shhhh … don’t tell Gordon Ramsay. There’s going to be some belly dancing action inside the brick walls of Prohibition Gastropub. Uh-oh. What’s up with… Continue reading

Penelope the pig greets Snohomish dentist’s patients

SNOHOMISH — This little piggy … went to the dentist. It stands outside the Advanced Dental Arts office, front feet propped on a bench, snout… Continue reading

The women of Writhe Pole Dance use sexy to embrace their femininity

A new place on Colby Avenue has some explaining to do. The windows are blacked out. The front door is locked. Yet it has been… Continue reading

Kimberly Williams paints a baby grand piano for Street Tunes

Step into the lobby of Everett Station and there she is, gracefully stroking the baby grand piano … with a paintbrush. Sure, you’ve seen lots… Continue reading

Home fit for a driveway sprouts up in front of Everett couple’s home

A flat utility trailer in a driveway is nothing unusual. But when walls start springing up on it, that stirs some curiosity. “Pretty much every… Continue reading

Whidbey Island’s Steve Backus comes from a long line of chain saw artists

WHIDBEY ISLAND — This isn’t a “What’s up with that?” column. It’s a “What the hell’s up with that guy?” That’s what chain saw artist… Continue reading

More than 300 snow globes decorate Bothell artist’s office

It’s not unusual to see a snow globe or two on a desk at work. Shaking these glitzy-kitschy souvenirs helps people de-stress or relive vacation… Continue reading

Gold Bar man’s varied career leads him to purple food truck

Step up to this Japanese food truck and smell the bacon. As in bacon fried rice, bacon yakisoba and bacon sushi. What’s up with that?… Continue reading

Take a selfie at the fair with our Herald mascot, Scoop

For 15 years, he has strutted his stuff at Evergreen State Fair, shaking hands and his tail. This year, Scoop, the rambunctious Herald mascot, is… Continue reading

Bodacious birds by the side of the road beckon buyers

CAMANO ISLAND — Across the bridge from Stanwood, you’re tooling along bucolic Highway 532 in two-lane bliss when all of a sudden you see it.… Continue reading

Dolls come to life

Nap time is over for the ruddy-cheeked infant. Laura Berry picks up baby Kyle from his bouncy chair. His chubby arm stretches as she cradles… Continue reading