Scoop Blog Archive / February 2013

Belltown Unites for the Homeless

Help others while shopping for yourself. It's a nice proposition.

Save Your Sole consignment boutique and other Belltown/Midtown businesses have joined together in Belltown Unites, a partnership dedicated to helping keep some of the 2,500 homeless people sleeping on the streets of Seattle warm this winter. Each business has created a special promotion to donate warm wool blankets to the homeless community with a goal of distributing 3,200 blankets before May 1. Read more »


A Smart Conversation about Guns

Lisa Wogan

Last night, Town Hall hosted a forum on gun violence that didn’t devolve into a shouting match and included only one mention of Ann Coulter. Read more »


Local Bartenders to Compete in Speed Rack

A.J. Rathbun
speed rack bartender competition
The Speed Rack logo, normally seen plastered strageically across contestants' chests.

This Sunday, Speed Rack comes to Seattle. This local iteration of the national batending competition will feature top local “mixtresses” from Seattle, Portland, Spokane and Denver competing in timed heats in which they mix cocktails picked randomly from a selection of 50 classics. Judges evaluate each drink on accuracy, taste and presentation. This rounds' judging panel features cocktail heroes: Libation Goddess Audrey Saunders, amazing cocktail writer Robert Hess, Rob Roy’s awesome Anu Apte, and bar-chef angel Kathy Casey. Read more »


Help Kickstart Michael Cepress

The designer at work in his studio

I’m a little obsessed with Kickstarter—the popular crowd-funding website—and often get lost in the site, checking out the cool, weird and improbable campaigns that people launch. I’ve always loved the thought of being a benefactor, and Kickstarter is a great way to do that on a micro-level, since a few bucks often makes all the difference to these ideas. Read more »

Vancouver-Based Aritzia to Open at University Village

The perfect blend of Downtown style and West Coast comfort

Vancouver, BC-based retailer, Aritzia, has announced that their first Seattle location will open on March 14 in University Village. If the name is familiar, it’s because they already have a boutique in Bellevue Square, their first in the US, which has been open since 2007. The brand started out as one boutique in Vancouver in 1984 and now has 50 worldwide, including 13 in the US. Read more »