What's Up With That?

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

Signs encourage braking for weed and munchies

Here’s a twofer for rec pot shoppers. Mari J’s Highway Pot Shop recently opened next to the Buzz Inn Steakhouse. The businesses are at 9504… Continue reading

Snohomish restaurant provides hungry fishermen a bite from above

SNOHOMISH — Andy’s Fish House delivers, but there’s a catch. You have to be in a boat and under the bridge. What’s up with that?… Continue reading

Local homeless man ‘Wolfman Jim’ entertains folks stuck in traffic

LYNNWOOD — He’s the guy rocking out with a guitar by the side of the road. Bushy beard. Leathery face. Toothless grin. He may sleep… Continue reading

Everett woman turns beloved cedars into whimsical library

It all started when Sara Sanders’ beloved cedar took a turn for the worse. It dropped a big honking limb onto Wetmore Avenue. “It came… Continue reading

The Donald might call this chick a real looker

Trump is everywhere. Bad hair costumes. Pumpkins carved into “Trumpkins.” Cats coiffed like Trump. Sushi with salmon comb-overs. It was only a matter of time… Continue reading

A job that will tickle your funny bone

Want to bring in a little extra bacon over the holidays? Archie McPhee’s warehouse in Mukilteo is hiring for two positions: unicorn wrangler and rubber… Continue reading

Trio turned hidden Everett Mall Way wall into canvas of art

It’s an amazing art exhibit, hidden in plain sight. A dozen bright, bold murals depict scenes from around the world: Red Square. Great Pyramids of… Continue reading

Lake Stevens man transforms home into pirate ship

He’s a mild-mannered Boeing mechanic by day, a rowdy pirate at night. Every Halloween, Steve Angehrn turns into Captain Jack. His clean-cut look is cloaked… Continue reading

Local handyman turns classic cars into works of functional art

The buzz at the newly remodeled Buzz Inn Steakhouse in South Everett isn’t just about the pot shop opening next door. Though, for sure, that… Continue reading

Everett’s Stanley ‘Mr. T’ Thomas always looks dapper walkin’ around town

When it comes to thrift shopping, Macklemore has nothing on Mr. T. Stanley “Mr. T” Thomas has more than 1,000 elements of style he curated… Continue reading

Arlington muffler man makes whimsical creatures out of car parts

ARLINGTON — He’s a muffler man with a menagerie. Giraffes. Zebras. Pigs. Penguins. Dragonflies. You name it. Mike Nordine will make it from mufflers and… Continue reading

At the Grouchy Chef restaurant, great food — served his way

Before you get to the menu, you first have to get through the manifesto. It’s a binder of rules presented to diners at Mukilteo’s Grouchy… Continue reading

A double-yummy pie stuffed inside a cake is piecaken

Take this pie and stuff it. It’s piecaken, a pie stuffed inside of a cake. The dessert version of turducken, a chicken stuffed into a… Continue reading

Seahawks car club goes way beyond flags and decals

Sporting Seahawks colors on game day isn’t enough. These fans roll Beast Mode year-round. They are members of Hawk Wheels, a new 12th Man car… Continue reading