What's Up With That?

Everett man is mayor of his own street museum

Some people plunk gnomes in the front yard and call it good. Doug Swanson put out an old typewriter and sewing machine … and never… Continue reading

Why there’s a 20-foot-tall man on Hewitt Avenue

He’s that tall, handsome man standing on the roof. Slicked back hair. Blue jeans. Bodacious biceps. Chiseled face. Cocky grin. The 20-foot fiberglass humanoid has… Continue reading

1937 Packard has a colorful history and a hefty sticker price

Got an extra $70,000 lying around? You can get a screaming deal on this car. It’s that majestic lime-green machine in the glass gazebo in… Continue reading

Arlington’s ‘cone tree house’ has a story and a song

It’s like something in front of a frat house after a night of too much beer. The trees in front of the house along 67th… Continue reading

Everett store’s the place to go for salt in all forms

It’s tucked in a beige industrial strip on Everett’s Airport Road, along a stretch boasting a gun range, adult video store and Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom… Continue reading

Chiropractors Russell, Wilson team up in Everett

Meet the other Russell Wilson. Drs. Mara Russell and Jennifer Wilson, a chiropractic duo in Everett. What are the odds? Russell joined Wilson’s chiropractic practice… Continue reading

At Everett barber school, it’ll only cost you a hair

A haircut for $1? No way. Yes way. That’s what the sign on Everett Mall Way said, with “Go Hawks” above the $1 deal to… Continue reading

At Everett deli, everyone’s a Barney

He not only makes killer pastrami, he also adopts celebrities. David Barney renames the stars on his deli’s wall with his surname. Marilyn Monroe is… Continue reading

Customers feel right at home with ‘Grandpa George’

Stand in this checkout line and it sounds like everybody and his brother is the grandchild of the cashier. Here’s what you hear: “Hi, Grandpa.”… Continue reading

Hot dog purveyor Wienerschnitzel gets cool treats

For 46 years, it’s been all about the wieners. Now it’s about the ice cream, too. The hot dog chain with a cult following has… Continue reading

Papa Joe’s clock tolls for Everett CC students

The 18-foot street clock says Citizens Security National Bank on all four sides. You can bank on the time, but not at the clock. It’s… Continue reading

Fortune smiles on Edmonds couple turning 77 together

Is the number 7 lucky? This seasoned married couple is betting on it. Roger and Jeanne Bray both turn 77 on April 27. “That’s 77-77… Continue reading

Fix-it guy on Rucker is Everett’s gadget doctor

The tiny bunker sits by the side of the busy road. Metal bars cover the windows. Music pulsates from the soffits. A yellow smiley icon… Continue reading

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