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New Online Shop: Close By

Lost at Sea bandana, $10

Porchlight Coffee and Records owner Zack Bolotin has a new project, an online store called Close By, that you should know about. Bolotin lauched Close By over the summer, as a love story to his home state of Washington, filling it with “items that are well made, good looking and that I would want in my home (or on my back and on my head),” he explains. Read more »

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Local Holiday Cards

Ho Ho Ho, Yo from Sad Shop, $5

Three things: Christmas is less than two weeks away. (How did that happen?). The US Post Office needs your support. (Buy stamps.) And New Year’s cards are a lovely option if Christmas isn’t your jam.

Following is a very brief selection of the cool cards from Pacific Northwest designers for your holiday communication needs.

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Melinda Maria Trunk Show at Nordstrom

The Goddess of Love necklace by Melinda Maria, $175

I have a very chic friend who wears her Melinda Maria Goddess of Love necklace everyday, layering it with her other posh pieces and looking amazing like it’s no big thing at all. Granted she has great taste and a keen eye, but I really think that it’s her Melinda Maria necklace that grounds her fantastic look. Read more »

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Aragona’s Of-the-Moment Décor

A brilliant tile mosaic by artist Kate Jessup in Aragona's main dining space

The hype is all about the food at Aragona, the newest endeavor by Spinasse and Artusi’s Jason Stratton and chef de cuisine Carrie Mashaney (who is currently kicking butt on Top Chef New Orleans) but I stopped in yesterday, during the calm before the opening night storm and got a sneak peek at the décor, which is off-the-hook cool and totally fresh. Read more »

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Aragona is Officially Open, and We've Got Menu Details

Quail eggs in mojama, one of the caprichos on the menu

After a few soft-opening dinners over the weekend, Spinasse and Artusi owner, Jason Stratton, is finally ready to launch Aragona. She opens to the public tonight at 5pm for dinner, with lunch service following in the coming weeks. Chef (and Top Chef contestant) Carrie Mashaney is helming the kitchen. Read more »

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