Adam's Moving Service Adam's Moving Service Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:53:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Best Neighborhoods In Seattle Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:14:16 +0000 Seattle, Washington was recently named the sixth best city to live in for 2017 by the U.S. News and World Report. Seattle is vibrant and diverse. The city is home to fresh seafood, fine restaurants, smooth pinot noirs, and a bustling entertainment scene. It's a great place to visit and an even better place to raise a family. When you move to Seattle, you'll find plenty of safe, affordable, and comfortable neighborhoods.

​Finding the best neighborhoods in a large city like Seattle isn't easy. You must consider several factors, including quality of life, cost of living, access to education, and crime rates. With all that in mind, here are some of most sought after areas of Seattle.

The Best Neighborhoods In Seattle​

Downtown & Waterfront

As in most cities, the downtown and waterfront are two of the most popular and expensive places to live. If you have the means to afford it, you can find more than a few condos and high rise apartments to purchase or rent. The views here are stunning and you'll live next to some of the best restaurants and nightlife in the city.

Photo by @alberthbyang #seattle #amazing #photography #beautiful

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Pioneer Square

The oldest neighborhood in Seattle. Walk down Pioneer Square and you'll find several sandstone and brick buildings from the late 19th century. This area is the site of the Smith Tower, which in 1914 held the honor of the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.

University District

You guessed it, this neighborhood earned its name due to the fact that it's surrounded by the University of Washington. This area is young, energetic, and is a highly sought after area, especially among students, professors, and young professionals.

Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill's streets are lined with 19th century mansions, decades old trees, and the iconic Broadway district. Broadway is the center of Seattle's LBGTQ community. You'll find plenty to do, including several live music venues, critically acclaimed art studios, and many exciting bars and restaurants.

Queen Anne

This area is just north of downtown and is the site of many of Seattle's most well-known tourist attractions, including the Space Needle, Experience Music Project, Seattle Center, and the Pacific Science Center.


If you're looking to stay northwest of downtown, checkout Ballard. Ballard is the Pacific Northwest's largest fishing harbor. In the winter, it serves as the home for many of the boats in the Alaskan Fishing Fleet. Generations ago, the area was founded by Scandinavian immigrants and it retains some of the old world charm.


Located near the famous Pike Place Market and a short walk from many of Seattle's most well-known bars and clubs, Belltown is a popular neighborhood to live, especially for the younger crowd.


Fremont is where many artists, free thinkers, and university students and staff live. It's a short 10 to 15 minute drive from downtown and is packed with creative, laid-back restaurants, cafes, art studios, coffee shops, and bars.

International District

The International District is just a few blocks east of Pioneer Square. There you'll find food from around the world, including cuisine influenced by immigrants from China, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, the Philippines, and many other places and cultures.

So Do

South Downtown is where the NFL's Seattle Seahawks (CenturyLink Field) and MLB's Seattle Mariners play their games (Safeco Field). As you can imagine, the neighborhood is crowded and fast-paced, especially on game days. In recent years, several apartment complexes and condos have been built in So Do. It's a great place to live if you're young, love sports, and if you want to be part of an active, exciting community.


Greenlake is a great option if you're looking to live close to both nature and the city. Houses are scattered around the lake and residents can run on the paved sidewalks and trails. Here you'll find old homes, historic architecture, dog friendly parks, and more than a few restaurants, pubs, and unique shops to visit.

The Best Whale Watching In Seattle Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:18:50 +0000 Seattle, Washington sits on the Puget Sound, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean on the Northwestern Coast of the United States. The city is home to fine restaurants, vibrant entertainment, and easy access to untamed forests, hiking trials, and waterfalls. Seattle also serves as a gateway to the Pacific Ocean. Without much effort, tourists can find a whale watching tour.

A gorgeous week of whale watching weather! Here's the Chilkat departing from Edmonds this morning.

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​Marine life is abundant in the Pacific Northwest. orcas and humpback whales, porpoises, dolphins, seals, sea lions, otters, and several species of marine birds populate this area, and it's not difficult to find them. You have a lot of options when searching for a whale watching tour in Seattle. On your next trip, don't settle for any tour guide, select the best.

The Highest-Rated Whale Watching Businesses in the Seattle Area

​When you type in "whale watching" in Google, you'll be overwhelmed with results. You need to narrow your list, but how? One way is to look at the overall average rating. For the purposes of this article, the "best" is the company with the highest overall rating. If two companies received a perfect 5.0, the one with the one with the most reviews would be the winner.

​With that in mind, here are the best whale watching tours in and around Seattle:

San Juan Safaris-Whale Watching

San Juan Safaris-Whale Watching (5.0, 25 reviews). San Juan Islands are Northwest of Seattle and are one of the best areas in the country to see orca whales in the wild. It's a 1.5 to 2 hour drive from Seattle, but it's well worth the trip if you're searching for whales. These waters are teeming with marine life.

Discovery Sea Kayaks

Discovery Sea Kayaks (5.0, 22 reviews). If you want an up close and personal whale watching experience, go on a kayak tour. Discovery sea kayaks is located on San Juan island and you can choose from half-day, full-day, and multi-day tours of the area.

Beautiful day yesterday. We saw orcas on the morning half day tour. #discoveryseakayaks #sanjuanislands

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Island Adventure Cruises

Island Adventure Cruises (5.0, 1 review). With 5 departure locations around the Seattle area, Island Adventure Cruises offer accessible, affordable boat tours.

San Juan Excursions

San Juan Excursions (4.9, 42 reviews). This is another popular tour guide company on San Juan Island. They claim that they see whales on over 90 percent of their trips out on the water.

Not a bad view from the new place....

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Tours Northwest

Tours Northwest (4.9, 15 reviews). Tours Northwest is a large tourism company based out of Seattle. They offer a variety of tours, from bus trips into the city, rides up to Mt. Rainier, and whale watching tours.

#repost of this gorgeous shot by @mynameismarcusklotz. The beauty of the #PNW never ceases to amaze us ❤️

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Outdoor Odysseys Kayak Tours

Outdoor Odysseys Kayak Tours (4.9, 7 reviews). Yes, this is another kayak tour on San Juan Island. Outdoor Odysseys has been around for more than 30 years and offers 3-day wine and beer tasting tours.

Puget Sound Express

Puget Sound Express (4.7, 41 reviews): 32-year-old family run businesses and proud member of the Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA). They guarantee that you'll see whales or your next trip is free! Their boat, the Chilkat Express, is a hydrofoil jet boat that tops out at speeds of 40 MPH. The company claims it's the fastest and quietest whale watching boat in the Northwest, They have locations in Seattle/Edmonds and Port Townsend, Washington.

AMAZING double #orca breach today near Orcas Island. All three boats on scene and what. a. show.

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The Best Breweries in Seattle Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:52:12 +0000 While he likely never said it, Benjamin Franklin is widely credited with the following quote:

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

Benjamin Franklin
Beer Lover

The origins of this statement remain shrouded in mystery, but its meaning is not. Americans loved beer back then and they love it today. Let's face it, beer is awesome. On your next trip to Seattle, stop by a local brewery and taste some of the finest beers in the Pacific Northwest.

When you, the beer lover, visit Seattle, you need to know the best places to grab a cold one. How can you do this? Most likely, you'll pull out your phone or hop on your computer and type in "Best Breweries in Seattle." You'll get more than a few results. How do you narrow down your list? For the purposes of this article, the breweries are ranked by the highest average rating on Google. When two breweries received a perfect 5.0, the one with the one with the most reviews was deemed the winner.

Fremont Brewing

Fremont Brewing (5.0, 4 reviews). This is a very popular and casual brewery that serves pretzels and a variety of seasonal ales. Fremont Brewing is kid and pet friendly.

Jellyfish Brewing Company

​Jellyfish Brewing Company (5.0, 3 reviews). Jellyfish is a relatively new brewery located in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood. Stop by for one of its many acclaimed brews.

First Mash! Ever!

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Elysian Airport Way Brewery

​Elysian Airport Way Brewery (5.0, 2 reviews). This is the location of the breweries production center and is not open to the public. Don't despair, you can visit them at their other locations around the city including the breweries in Capitol Hill, Tangletown, and at Elysian Fields and Elysian Bar in town.

Lagunitas Brewing Company

​Lagunitas Brewing Company (5.0, 1 review). Lagunitas is based out of California, but has a strong presence in the Pacific Northwest. It's a popular brew in many bars and restaurants in Seattle.

Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery

​Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery (4.9, 54 reviews). This is a unique, member owned and operated brewery in Seattle. You can invest in the company, become a part owner, and even craft your own beer.

Georgetown Brewing

​Georgetown Brewing (4.9, 66 reviews). Georgetown serves a number of beers that are brewed in-house. They have full-time, part-time, and seasonal beers. You'll find plenty to drink at Georgetown Brewing.

16 beers on tap for Beveridge Place Pub's Anniversary!! when you see it...

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Lowercase Brewing

Lowercase Brewing (4.9, 16 reviews). Lowercase Brewing is sold at many restaurants and bars around Seattle. They sell several beers, from summer shandy, mexican lager, and brown ale to irish stout, pale ale, and squash ale. They also make their own lemonade and limeade for the kids.

Something's new.

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Schooner Exact Brewing Company

​Schooner Exact Brewing Company (4.8, 66 reviews). Schooner is a brewery and restaurant. The company originated in 2006 and opened up a brewery and family-friendly restaurant in the SODO neighborhood of Seattle in 2012.

Hellbent Brewing Company

Hellbent Brewing Company (4.8, 52 reviews). Hellbent is known for their crisp, bold beers and for their food truck. The taproom is open 7 days a week and you must be 21 years of age or older to enter. Stop in for a beer and visit their website to find their food truck.​

Head Brewer Brian Young tapping some casks for the #WaBeer #caskfestival

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Perihelion Brewery

Perihelion Brewery (4.8, 31 reviews). Sitting at the crest of Beacon Hill, Perihelion is worth the hike. Head brewer Les McAuliffe is an award winning beer master who has been brewing since 1998.

Reuben's Brews

​Reuben's Brews (4.7, 124 reviews). Reuben's serves beer in its tap room and sells kegs to go. They also serve food.Holy Mountain Brewing Company (4.7, 92 reviews) Located in the Interbay neighborhood of Seattle, Holy Mountain is a well-visited tap room and brewery. They serve up a number of oak-inspired beers.

Holy Mountain Brewing Company

Holy Mountain Brewing Company (4.7, 92 reviews) Located in the Interbay neighborhood of Seattle, Holy Mountain is a well-visited tap room and brewery. They serve up a number of oak-inspired beers.

Stoup Brewing

​Stoup Brewing (4.7, 75 reviews) Stoup was founded by two scientists who wanted to blend their love for chemistry with their love for beer. They have a large tap room and sell kegs, growlers, and merchandise.

Flying Lion Brewery

​Flying Lion Brewery (4.7, 21 reviews). Flying Lion Brewery serves delicious, well-rounded brews in South Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood.

We're open on Memorial Day!

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5 Safest Neighborhoods in Seattle Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:32:13 +0000

When thinking about where you want to live in the Seattle area, safety should be one of your main concerns. Seattle in general is a pretty safe place with a population of almost 700,000 residents in Washington state’s largest city. Neighborhoods with low crime ratings, great police stations, and secure parks are some features to watch out for, so that you and your family will be able to live freely.

It’s also nice to live in a neighborhood where friendly people watch out for each other, especially when considering your children. All of these top neighborhoods have this feature and so much more to make them safe places to live. Here are the top 5 safest neighborhoods in Seattle.

5. 3rd Ave NW to NW 125th St.​

This coastal neighborhood is a popular place to live. Rentals start around $2400, so it's vital to have a bit of money in living there. In the 98177 zip code, it’s estimated that violent crime is 12 percent lower than the national average, which is good news. Property crimes tend to be a little higher, considering that it’s such a wealthy area where people own high value homes and possessions. This might include high end vehicles, expensive technology, and electronics. As long as you take the proper precautions to secure your home with a security system, you should be fine.

It’s considered the Broadview neighborhood, which has a terrific community website that links to their police force and civic services. They will be opening a brand new North Precinct District of the Seattle Police force at N. 130th St and Aurora Ave in 2017. Public safety and community monitoring are important parts of this Seattle area.

4. Magnolia Blvd to 36th Ave W

Magnolia is another nice coastal area to live in that’s very safe. This is the second largest neighborhood in Seattle, with almost 20,000 residents. In the 98199 zip code, you’ll find that the violent crime rate is also 12 percent lower than the national average. Property crime is also the majority of the crime that is committed in this location.

This place is served by the West Precinct of the Seattle Police Department. Captain Mike Teeter is the chief of police here and has been since 2014 keeping a careful watch over the neighborhood. The SPD Blotter of the West Precinct will tell residents what kind of crimes have been committed in the area and things to watch out for that are newsworthy.

3. 28th Ave SW to SW 102nd St​

In the 98146 zip code, you’ll find in this inland spot an average amount of crime that is also 12 percent lower than the national average on violent crimes. There are again more property types of crime to worry about, than murder or assault. This area does have a 12 percent vacancy rate which is higher than many other neighborhoods in Seattle.

This college friendly area is home to many students which tends to increase the crime rate a bit. Things like drunk driving and noise complaints are more common than actual violent crimes, but overall this area ranks very high for safety.

2. Bryn Mawr

98178 is considered Bryn Mawr-Skyway with a population of almost 16,000 residents. As the second most safe neighborhood in Seattle, you aren’t going to find a lot of crime here. Violent crime is still 12 percent lower than the national average here, with property crimes making up most of the offenses. That is the reason the overall crime rate is 33 percent higher than the national average. It gives you about a 1 in 27 chance of becoming a crime victim, which isn’t very high.

The diversity of the city is something to be proud of and it’s willingness to welcome college students from all walks of life.

1. Lake City​

Lake City is by far the number one safest place to live in the Seattle area. This is a very small strip of almost entirely coastal land that’s very expensive to live. It’s mostly single family homes and small apartments. In 98125 you’ll find a mix of professionals who are raising children in this nice area, which caters to the urban professional.

Lake City Live is a fun blog that has a section devoted to crimes that occur in this neighborhood. Granted it’s mostly about reporting what kind of crimes haven’t occurred, or minor crimes such as flag stealing on September 11th.

5 Best Public Schools in Seattle Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:21:01 +0000

When looking at schools for your children, it’s natural to want the very best for them. That means programs that cater to their interests, college preparatory, and with lots of fun activities for them to do, including music and the arts. Don't forget the sports! Being well rounded to explore many different activities is one of the best parts of childhood.

It’s a tall list to check off when considering schools for your little ones. The Seattle area in general has some top notch schools, even in the public sector. This data for best school districts is gathered by the US Department Of Education who bases their rankings on state mandated test scores, college bound preparation, quality of teachers, and things like graduation rates. Here are the 5 best public school systems in Seattle to send your child to receive a stellar education.

5. Bainbridge Island School District​

This area in Bainbridge Island has an exceptional school district. The breakdown is three elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. They also have special education services available for pre-K through high school. The graduation rate here is 92 percent.

Across the district, almost 4000 students attend these top rated schools. The student to teacher ratio is very good at 18 to 1. Most teachers make an average of $67,000 per year.

You can check out the Bainbridge Island School District’s webpage to find out all about the activities and events that students can participate in.​

4. Issaquah School District​

This school district is located in Issaquah, which is nearby two national parks, the Tiger Mountain State Forest and the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. The school breakdown of this district is fairly large for the almost 20,000 students that attend there, with 15 elementary schools, five middle schools, and four high schools. The graduation rate at this school is also 92 percent.

The student teacher ratio is 19 to 1, with teachers making an average of $67,000 per year. They also offer a great community program called VOICE which allows high school students to come back and mentor elementary kids. It’s great way to spread community spirit with the attention each student gets at these fine schools.

3. Lake Washington School District​

With 27,000 students across the district attending more than 10 elementary schools, nine middle schools, and six high school with one of those catering to the STEM programs. Tesla STEM High School specifically has “science, technology, engineering, and math” as its main focus.

A 90 percent graduation rate is the standard here, but kids also get a chance for tons of personalized attention, with an 18 to 1 teacher to student ratio. The district is known for being very welcoming of students with anti-bullying policies in place to protect everyone. Kids in general love the academic and social programs each school promotes for a well rounded educational experience.​

2. Mercer Island School District​

Mercer Island School District is one of the smaller ones with only around 4500 students. Those kids are going to get a top notch education though, with a teacher ratio of 19 to 1 and a graduate rate of 90 percent.

Recently the Mercer Island High School student radio station received a national award at the 77th Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference and Awards that were held in New York. They also did very well in the Destination Imagination tournament that is all about educational programs with open ended challenges the students figure out in teams.

1. Bellevue School District​

​Bellevue School District routinely ranks number one in the area. This district is home to almost 20,000 students with a graduation rate of 92 percent. The teacher to student ratio is 18 to 1. The strong academic nature of the school is what makes them so well respected. With 24 separate schools serving the district in elementary, middle, special services, and high school, this is a school that knows what they are doing in teaching children.

5 Most Expensive Seattle Neighborhoods Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:33:36 +0000

Seattle is a gorgeous city on the coast of the Puget Sound in the Northwest. It’s popularity makes it one of the fastest growing major cities in the United States. Anytime you are near the waterline of a city, the prices to live there are going to be high. With almost 700,000 residents in the greater Seattle area, the cost of living varies quite a bit per neighborhood.

​When talking about average home prices, rental properties, and median income you can see that in order to live in some of the top notch areas surrounding the city, you need to make quite a bit of money. Here are the five most expensive Seattle neighborhoods listed below and a little bit about what makes them so pricey.

5. 10th Ave to East Roy St.​

This area of Seattle is considered an urban neighborhood. That doesn't make it inexpensive, in fact quite it’s quite the opposite. Median home prices are around 1.1 million dollars. If that’s out of your price range, you can rent a place on average for around $2000 per month. Most of the real estate here is small one to two bedroom rentals, and homes that have three to four bedrooms in high rises or single family homes. It’s a very populated area, so there’s lots of shops and services that are within walking distance.

As a historic neighborhood, you’ll find it has a ton of cool charm and it’s also noted at having a higher population of same sex couples living together. This is the ultimate area of urban sophisticates who enjoy art galleries, theater, and charity galas. Many people who live in this neighborhood are also able to walk or bike to work, which makes it very convenient for the downtown lifestyle.

4. East Roy St. to 24th Ave E.

With median real estate prices being at 1.2 million and rentals starting around $2600, this is another area that only the upper echelon can afford to live. As a historical neighborhood that is very similar to 10th Ave, you’ll find a mix of occupations and ethnicities here all of whom have high end executive jobs, work as attorneys, and are mainly professionals in businesses downtown.

3. Lake Washington Blvd to East Terrace St.

​This neighborhood is right on the water which lends itself to some incredible homes that are definitely over a million dollars. The median home average here is 1.2 million, with small rentals starting at $2700. You can find some larger, four, five and even six bedroom homes or more along the lakeside here. An interesting fact about a very large home on 171 Lake Washington Blvd E is that it used to belong to musician, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana who tragically killed himself there in 1994. The property borders Viretta Park which is a popular public park that has biking and walking trails to enjoy.

More than 44 percent of people living here have some form of higher advanced education degree, such as a PhD or Masters.

2. Laurelhurst​

If you want to buy a home in this upscale area, prepare to spend around the median price of 1.4 million. Rents start around $2400 and go up from there. This area is also right on the water with most of the real estate being owner occupied, so it’s not easy to rent in this area. Bill Gates, the billionaire owner of Microsoft, was actually born in this area and lived there until 1994.

When you have children it’s important to think about their education. The best Catholic private school in the area is there as well, called Villa Academy, which has grades pre-K through 8th.

1. Edgewater Park to Broadmoor​

The most expensive area of Seattle is clearly the Edgewater Park area to Broadmoor. For median home price, you’re looking at 1.7 million, with rentals being around $2800 for a one bedroom abode. This area is also waterfront property with Madison Park being at the center. You can swim with lifeguards watching over you at the swimming beach during the warmer Summer months at this beautiful public park.

Most of the families in this area have considerable wealth. In fact only around 3.8 percent of neighborhoods in America are wealthier than this posh place.​

The 5 Best Gyms in Seattle Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:38:59 +0000 Seattleites love their rainy days, but it doesn't mean they stay inside and pack on the pounds. More likely than not, these Northwestern fitness aficionados are keeping in tip-top shape year round at one of the five best gyms in Seattle. From intense Crossfit workouts to cutting-edge cardio and strength training, Zumba classes, swimming pools and dry saunas, there's something for every type of person and every fitness level.

1. Orangetheory Fitness​

Orangetheory Fitness in Shoreline comes out on top for many reasons, not the least being its free workouts and "health studio" mentality. Taking the entire person into account, this gym seeks to increase energy and burn calories while getting solid, recognizable results from the scientifically designed "Orange Effect."

Using heart-rate monitors to track the intensity of the workout while stimulating the metabolism, their 60-minute free workout sessions alternate between cardiovascular and strength training using an interval fitness concept.

Endurance, strength and power are the name of the game at Orangetheory Fitness, and the equipment is just a means to an end. But that doesn't mean the equipment is less than awesome, with state-of-the-art treadmills, rowing machines, TRX suspension training and free weights.

Contemporary lighting and inspirational art elevate the experience to a tranquil state-of-mind consciousness without being gimmicky or overtly obvious.

2. Olympic Athletic Club

Some gyms in Seattle incorporate a more comprehensive athletic club experience, and one of the best in this category is Olympic Athletic Club in Ballard. The family-owned club inhabits a former 1890s hotel, giving it a social-clubsy vibe with separate studios for classes, personal training, cycling and Crossfit.

There are two swimming pools, racquetball and basketball courts, private steam rooms, saunas and hot tubs, making it feel more like a spa than a gym. The classes are no joke either, with a constant array of choices such as Kraken Crossfit, TXR, Barre, kickboxing, Zumba, yoga and Pilates.

With energetic names such as Serious Sculpt and Step Jam, it's hard to resist the fitness pull. There's even a belly dancing class one night a week – and who can resist that?

3. Anytime Fitness​

Over in Fremont, the self-proclaimed "Center of the Universe," Anytime Fitness racks up points for its 24-hour access and primo location on North 34th Avenue along Lake Union.

Though it's a multinational chain and seemingly less personal than locally owned gyms, a major perk is the reciprocal-use policy at more than 3000 locations across the globe. The Fremont location is small, but typically uncrowded, especially in the evenings after 8:00 p.m. Its size doesn't seem to limit the scope of activities, with numerous classes that include Zumba, yoga, cardio, body conditioning, spinning and adaptive motion.

There are also wellness programs, cardio TVs and electronic classes. They offer a 7-day free trial period, as well as a free Get Started Plan after joining.

Everyone knows that parking in Fremont these days can be challenging, but Anytime Fitness has that covered, with validated underground parking and 24-hour security.

4. Transform 180 Training​

The Denny Triangle downtown boasts one of the best strength and endurance training facilities in Seattle, at Transform 180 Training on 5th Avenue. This one is for serious fitness buffs, and it's a no-joke workout by anyone's standards.

The dedicated cardio gym provides small group classes that incorporate high-intensity movements and aerobic drills, while the barbell strength-training studio caters to body sculptors and those with longterm commitments to muscle building and weight control.

Even with the gym's high percentage of fitness fanatics, most members agree that the trainers are very laidback, and the ambiance lacks that intimidating "machismo" attitude pervasive in high-level training gyms.

Some of the most popular programs at Transform 180 are the outdoor and indoor boot camp classes geared toward intense anaerobic workouts.

5. Oxbox Gym

Most gyms in Seattle offer some form of Crossfit training these days, but Oxbox Gym specializes in it.

They establish a core approach with each member that helps build a heightened body awareness known as proprioception. The idea is that this awareness allows better control and injury prevention through a foundation of mindful, functional movement.

To top it all off, each instructor at Oxbox is a licensed massage therapist specializing in deep therapy work, including sports massage, deep tissue, Swedish, trigger point work and myofascial release.

5 Great Ways to Start the New Year on the Right Foot Sat, 11 Feb 2017 09:00:27 +0000

For many, 2016 hasn't been the kindest year. We lost rock, film, and cultural icons, experienced arguably the most divisive election year, and a series of hurricanes and wildfires have ravaged the Southeast. Whether or not you've had your own personal frustrations with this year, January 1st offers all of us a chance to start afresh.

A new year means new opportunities and the chance to implement new life strategies to boost mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. Here are our five great tips and strategies for starting this new year on the right foot.


No, this does not mean going on fad juice diet or necessarily nixing all meat. You can enjoy a healthier body -- which science translates to healthier emotional and mental well-being -- by simply eating less processed foods and drinking more water. An easy calculation for an individual's optimum water intake is 0.033 multiplied by body weight in kilograms. This will equal your recommended amount of water in liters.


It can be hard enough balancing life and work responsibilities without adding more to the mix. As such, it's easy for people to become trapped in their routine, saying 'no' to events and opportunities that threaten to overwhelm that routine. But this year, to increase your options, opportunities, and possibilities in all avenues of your life, follow Jim Carrey's lead and challenge yourself to say 'yes' in 2017. Doing so will undoubtedly change your life as you'll find yourself meeting new people, trying new experiences, and going new places that you would've otherwise ignored for sake of keeping your routine.


It is far too easy to be negative. This year, avoid getting caught up in conversations that you know will tip over the line and become venting sessions that aren't healthy for anyone. Instead, stay positive and focus on the good. Thinking positive not only will impact yourself, but it will create a better environment for everyone around you -- both at work, home, and in your social spheres.


Sitting at a desk for eight hours a day isn't healthy. In fact, a study of so-called Blue Zones, places where living to 100 is common, found that one of the key components of centenarian living is getting up and moving every 20 minutes or so. If you are a gym fanatic or a yoga loving individual, that's great! Keep on pumping! But if you don't have that drive or interest, then focus instead on being like the Blue Zoners and doing small exercises and stretches throughout your day. This can be as simple as parking in the furthest spot at the grocery store, taking a walk on your lunch break, or standing up and stretching every hour on the hour. Also consider getting some home gym equipment like dumbbells, or a cheap spin bike to work up a healthy sweat without making a trip to the gym.

These simple exercises and movement activities might not seem like much, but they will help keep your body in optimum condition. Of course, for best effects, consider blocking out longer periods for more focused exercise routines.


Humans weren't meant to multitask. Unfortunately, it's become a near must in today's bustling world despite it being better for most people to focus on a single task rather than trying to simultaneous concentrate on multiple activities. This is why a cluttered desk or messy home -- spaces where there are piles of objects we need to focus on -- can have such a negative impact on our mental and emotional capabilities. This year, don't wait for a spring clean, instead plan on a full de-clutter and re-organization of your home to boost your mental and emotional wellbeing. You can contact your local moving company for organizational help and moving that bulky furniture around to achieve the optimum look.

For more information about how, as your local moving company, we can help you to de-clutter and get your life more organized, or if you're preparing to move and are in need of a full-service moving company, contact us today. Our skilled and experienced movers are well-equipped to handle all of your moving needs, whether it involves handling delicate china from your grandmother or lifting heavy couches and enormous armoires.

4 Best Gluten Free Restaurants in Seattle Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:34:40 +0000 Although traditional restaurants will accommodate gluten-free requests, the risk of cross contamination is a real concern if you are sensitive or allergic to gluten. To take this worry completely out of the equation, restaurants focusing on gluten-free fare have been popping up throughout the Seattle area in recent years. While dining at these restaurants, you can rest assured that the kitchen tools and cooking surfaces never had a chance at coming into contact with gluten. Furthermore, the dishes utilize imaginative substitutions that perfect the flavor profile despite the lack of wheat flour and its derivatives. To enjoy this stress-free dining experience, try one, or all, of the following top four gluten-free restaurants in Seattle.

Flying Apron​

The mission of the Flying Apron is to create delicious vegan and gluten-free dishes everyone will love. Whether patrons have gluten aversions or just want to try something new, this bakery meets the need for tasty goods made fresh with high quality, locally sourced ingredients, including nut flours and organic sweeteners.

The dedicated bakers make every sweet and savory menu item from scratch using small batch methods. The most popular sweet items you absolutely must try include cinnamon rolls, blueberry scones and strawberry cake. Despite the popularity of the moist and flavorful sweets, the savory menu is the talk of the town due to the reimagined classic dishes, such as lasagna, macaroni and cheese, pizza pockets and quiche.

Razzi's Pizzeria

Razzi’s Pizzeria based their operations around the use of four dedicated menus to allow allergy sufferers to continue dining with their family and friends. The menus allow you to order gluten-free, vegan or traditional Italian dishes without worry about cross contamination or ingredient mix-ups. The chefs at this pizzeria achieve this feat by creating all gluten-free fare in a separate certified kitchen.

You can start your meal with soup, salad or appetizers, including garlic bread or mozzarella sticks, all made from scratch each day. For the main course, this restaurant serves the full range of pizza, calzones, pasta, grinders and paninis that can easily pass for the originals. You can even purchase gluten-free pizza crust, bread and buns to try your own hand at making tasty creations at home.


As a traditionally French trained pastry chef, Toby Matasar was an unlikely candidate for the ownership of the groundbreaking gluten-free bakery, Niche. Upon embracing a paleo lifestyle, however, this chef well understood and acted upon the need for a restaurant dedicated to those following a gluten-free diet.

With just a single taste of the food served here, loyal patrons flock to this restaurant nearly every day to enjoy gluten-free sandwiches, paninis and loaded toast made to order. Of all the amazing options available here, the imaginative waffle-ini has the strongest following. You can choose to have your Belgian style waffles stuffed with eggs and cheese, Nutella, jam, or bacon, cheddar and apple butter.

Capitol Cider​

The sheer volume wheat products used in the creation of most foods and dishes inspired the owners of Capitol Cider to take a fully gluten-free approach. Four separate 100% gluten-free menus cover every dish imaginable from brunch to late night fare. Patrons rave about the biscuits and gravy, fried cheese curds, French onion soup and brownie desserts served here every day.

Through the creation of these gluten-free dishes, this establishment teaches visitors that both sweet and savory wheat alternatives are just as delightful as the originals. A full drink menu, including dozens of ciders that give this restaurant its name, allows you to enjoy the perfect accompaniment for your meal.

Finding Your Favorite Gluten-Free Fare​

After casting worry about cross contamination to the side, you can focus on finding your absolute favorite gluten-free dishes throughout the Seattle area. You can finally focus on each restaurant’s atmosphere, menu selection and overall quality of the food to identify your preferred locations. Upon finding the perfect restaurant, you can bring along your family and friends, and rest assured that everyone will enjoy their meals.

4 Best Waterfront Restaurants in Seattle Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:15:49 +0000 "Water, water everywhere" is not just a poetic cliche in Rain City Seattle, where the entire Puget Sound region ebbs and flows to the rhythm of its lakes, bays, cuts, channels and shipping canals. This makes for a lot of waterfront dining in Seattle, and you can bet it's second to none. From local Pacific salmon to bay Dungeness and Alaskan king crab arriving daily from the Bering Sea, seafood reigns supreme on waterfront dining menus. But expect some cultural twists from the city's diverse chefs, including Pan Asian, Latin and even Cajun cuisine.

The Crab Pot​

​The downtown waterfront at Elliott Bay is one of the best places to soak up the real ambiance of Seattle, with ferry boats and container ships traversing the waters, and the snowcapped Mount Ranier rising in the distance. A table at the Crab Pot puts you in the heart of the action at Miner's Landing on Pier 57. Their specialty is the Seafeast, with varying portions of king, Dungeness and snow crab, Pacific mussels, salmon skewers, streamed clams and shrimp, all plopped on your table in a glorious streaming pile with baby red potatoes, andouille sausage and corn on the cob. Waits can be long and no reservations are accepted, but that's part of the fun. Pier 57 is also home to Seattle's Great Wheel, a vintage indoor carousel and a hearty supply of sea treasures at Pirate's Plunder.

Ray's Boathouse

Ray's Boathouse crowns the dock overlooking Shilshole Bay in the historic Ballard neighborhood, with expansive views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. The original owner, Ray Lichtenberger, started with a bait house and boat rental shack in 1939, evolving into a fish-and-chips cafe in the 1960s, and now one of Seattle's most treasured waterfront restaurants. The best part about Ray's is the two separate dining spots: Ray's Boathouse for finer dining, and the deck-top Ray's Cafe for casual plates of in-house smoked salmon, signature clam chowder and over 20 microbrews on tap. Specialties at the Boathouse downstairs include pan-seared ahi and salmon, sake kasu sablefish, and warm rosemary gougeres from the in-house pastry team. Diners often take a 15-minute stroll to Hiram M. Chittenden Locks connecting Puget Sound with the Lake Washington Ship Canal, for a look at the 21-step ladder allowing salmon to swim upstream and spawn.

Ivar's Salmon House​

Lake Union glistens as an glacial urban oasis in the center of Seattle, home to the city's famous houseboat communities, two seaplane bases, and a lively playground for boaters, jet skiers and kayakers. Ivar's Salmon House on the northeast shores near Gasworks Park is an exact replica of a Northwest Native American cedar longhouse, filled with native art, historical photographs and a solid rock fireplace. An open-pit, tribal-style barbecue produces alder-smoked salmon, chicken and prawns, while an outdoor fish bar serves casual fish-and-chips for lakeside dining and picnics, all with spectacular views of the Seattle skyline and the lake. Ivar's has a motto of KEEP CLAM, coined by its beloved and colorful founder Ivar Haglund, a local Norwegian/Swede folk singer who kept the Seattle waterfront lively with antics such as octopus wrestling, calm eating contests and strolling through downtown with his seal, Patsy.

Aqua Verde Cafe and Paddle House

Waterfront dining in Seattle isn't exclusively for seafood, as evidenced by the Aqua Verde Cafe and Paddle Club, a boathouse-style cafe perched in a cozy crook of Portage Bay. The Mexican food and Aqua Verde is casual, fresh and affordable, starting with breakfast burritos and churning out shrimp tacos, carne asada, and smokey chipotle house salsas well into the evening. A to-go window makes it easy for picnickers, and it has one of the best waterfront Happy Hours in the city. A real treat is the cafe's paddle club, giving diners the chance to rent a kayak or paddle board for up-close interactions with the houseboat communities, the Washington Park Arboretum and wildlife such as turtles, herons and bald eagles. After returning the vessels, a margarita at sunset awaits on the upstairs deck of Aqua Verde.