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Surf’s up: No waves required for surfboard workout in Mukilteo

Surfing with no waves or sharks. What’s up with that? It’s Surfset, a workout using surfboards propped on bouncy balls. “It draws a… Continue reading

Clearview phone booth-turned-mailbox packs some wham-bam-pow!

This phone booth is missing Superman. He’s gone missing. Twice. Also, it’s missing a phone. But it gets plenty of junk mail and… Continue reading

Kids pay for school lunches with the scan of a finger

It’s lunch at the push of a finger. What’s up with that? It’s biometrics, baby. The same finger scanning technology that’s on smartphones is in… Continue reading

Be a movie extra in Edmonds (and bring a friend) on Thursday

Most people go to the theater to see the show. Now can you go to be the show. What’s up with that? More than 200… Continue reading

Cinderella limo is a pumpkin of a party ride

It was sighted in Everett a few weeks ago. A white stretch limousine that looks like the offspring of Cinderella’s carriage and a UFO. No… Continue reading

Mr. Everett has arrived — and he’s a real doll

Meet Mr. Everett. He’s a real doll. The drummer with smooth brown hair and gray eyes rocks a “play loud” T-shirt under a plaid shirt.… Continue reading

Everett boutique Lovers ‘a sexual wellness place for everyone’

Some stores say satisfaction guaranteed. This one means it. Lovers is a one-stop shop for passion potions and lotions, toys and tools. Lingerie is in… Continue reading

Bagpipes, brooms and big stones — it’s curling, coming to Everett

It goes something like this. People race down the ice using brooms to push big discs that resemble Roomba robotic vacuums. They wear shoes with… Continue reading

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