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.
“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.”