Part tack shop, part (horse) fashion clothing store, part (horse) art gallery, this place is a ton of fun to visit if you have any equine interest at all. The small shop in Pioneer Square is packed with horse items of every size and sort from key chains with horses on them to huge paintings. With horses on them of course.
If you need a small adjustment to your chain or brakes, the folks at Alpine Hut encourage you to just stop by on a ride and they fix you up quickly and without charge. It's amazing to find service like that after the sale. Especially considering I bought a very inexpensive bike from them. I've been totally impressed with every interaction I've had with them. They are fair, and go out of their way to help you.
They haven't quite caught onto to the tea trend I guess because their selection is a little slim. But the coffee is good and the baristas are helpful enough. There are better options in town but it's pleasant.
If you don't mind the feeling that you're kind of a bother to the person selling you shoes then I guess this place would be ok. Unfortunately I didn't bother them enough I guess because the shoe they set me up with turned out to be pretty much un-wearable for long walks.
The salon is classy, and I enjoyed the cuts I got from Ken for quite a while. They are a little on the expensive side for a guy's haircut, but you definitively get what you pay for here. It's nice to be pampered, and they really know how to take care of you here.
A year ago I visited them to set me up in shoes for the Susan Komen 60 mile walk for breast cancer research. They fitted me with two different brands, and did such a great job I walked the entire 60 miles in comfort! I can't imagine a better testimonial than that.
As most of these places are this is both a bike and ski shop. Staff has been extremely patient helping me come to grips with all the options and developments since I bought my last bicycle. I shopped all over town for a new bike pump and bought here because they had by far the best price on a great air pump.
Unfortunately my car is in their shop again right now because of an accident. But at least I know if they do as good a job as they did last time it will come out looking new. They don't always have an estimator there, but are very accommodating of your schedule.
Often retro, always high design, the furnishings you find here are some of the best around. Many architect designed chairs and lamps, as well as beautiful smaller items like flatware and vases. They have everything packed in so I wouldn't bring small kids. But for us big kids, walking through here is a treat!
If the weather allows, sit in their small courtyard dining area around the fountain. It makes for an amazingly memorable meal. Every dish I've had here is incredible, but I'm particularly fond of the gorgonzola gnocchi. Their wine list is incredible as well but don't be shy about asking for help understanding it - they have some really obscure Italian wines on it.