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Self-service auto garage quickly finds customers

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Stewart Waliser describes his newly-opened business, Stew’s Self-Service Garage, as a full mechanics’ shop — minus the mechanics.

His auto shop in Kirkland has seven bays where anyone can bring their car to work on it. The self-service garage also offers tools that customers can use for free, plus the opportunity to learn from employees and other customers.

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73-year-old Woodinville man excels at figure skating

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Looking dapper in a top hat and cane, David Mangels glides across the ice to the sound of “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” by the Mills Brothers.

At age 73, the Woodinville man is the oldest student his teacher, Charlene Hasha, has ever taught. Mangels has been taking figure skating lessons twice a week for 10 years.

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Pacific Distillery makes traditional absinthe

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

“Once you know the science, that’s where the art comes in,” explains Marc Bernhard, owner and master distiller at Pacific Distillery in Woodinville.

Bernhard produces absinthe and gin in small batches, and seven years after absinthe became legal in this country, Pacific Distillery is one of the largest and oldest absinthe producers in the U.S.
“It was never very popular in the U.S., even when it was legal” — which was about a century ago, Bernhard said. “Americans, for the most part, don’t have a taste for anise seed and fennel.”

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Live music and Christmas magic: Northshore’s Nutcracker delights close to home

  • Written by Emily Hamann

There are few songs more instantly associated with Christmas than the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. For more than a hundred years, The Nutcracker has delighted audiences and signaled the beginning of the Christmas season.

Northshore’s own performance of The Nutcracker opens on Dec. 6, and runs for two weekends. The show is at the Northshore Performing Arts Center in Bothell, and is put on by Emerald Ballet Theatre in Bellevue.

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