Urban Safari: White Center

Once a mishmash of constantly revolving storefronts, White Center, in West Seattle now teems with an
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EAT + DRINK
For a pint and a small plate, head to newcomer Company Bar, pictured right, (9608 16th Ave. SW; 206.257.1162) for nibbles crafted by co-owner Jesse Lovell, including salt cod fritters ($6) and chickpea fries ($5). 

Or, try Stefanie and Mike Albaeck’s Proletariat Pizza (9622 16th Ave. SW; 206.432.9765; proletariatpizza.com) for their organic, 18-inch thin-crust creations.

Unleash your inner caveman with finger-lickin’ good ribs, brisket and links at Uncle Mike's Superlicious Barbecue (9640 16th Ave. SW; 206.588.2713; unclemikesbbq.com).

Visit Full Tilt Ice Cream (9629 16th Ave. SW; 206.767.4811; fulltilticecream.com) and choose from creative flavors like the new “antique rose,” crafted with rose petals from nearby Village Green Nursery.

3.14 Bakery (9602 16th Ave. SW; 206.420.4784; 314bakery.blogspot.com) offers home-style baked goods with a twist (cake balls, anyone?). 

A stone’s throw away is Salvadorean Bakery (1719 SW Roxbury St.; 206.762.4064; thesalvadoreanbakery.com), where the authentic pupusas are locally renowned.

For your next big party, rent a keg full of locally brewed beer from Big Al Brewery (9832 14th Ave. SW; 206.453.4487; bigalbrewing.com).

GLIDE + GARDEN  
Family skate spot Southgate Roller rink (9646 17th Ave. SW; 206.707.6949; southgaterollerrink.com) has been revamped and restored by local Josh Rhoads and his family. (The rink, which was built in 1937, closed in 2005 due to fire damage.) Attend one of the beginning skate classes and you’ll be rollin’ like a Rat City Roller Girl in no time.

Quaint, family-owned Village Green Perennial Nursery, pictured above, (10223 26th Ave. SW; 206.767.7735; villagegreenperennialnursery.com) is a garden oasis specializing in herbaceous perennials.
 

SIP + SHOP
Locals congregate at Dubsea Coffee (9910 Eighth Ave. SW; 206.708.6806; dubseacoffee.com) to sip Sibelle Nguyen’s fresh Stumptown joe.

Stock up on specialty goods at family-owned bodegas: Lee's Produce(9435 Delridge Way SW; 206.762.5220) carries a killer house-made kimchi; Hispanic grocery Carniceria El Paisano (9629 15th Ave. SW; 206.767.5526) sells delicious jalapeño-laden tamales for only a buck each.

Eddie Bauer Releases EB Originals Collection

Eddie Bauer Releases EB Originals Collection

The retailer returns to its roots with iconic designs
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Wares from Eddie Bauer's latest collection, releasing today

Seattle-based men's and women's outerwear and apparel retailer Eddie Bauer is going back to its Northwest roots, when Eddie was a guy who ran a sporting goods store on downtown's Seneca Street in 1920. The brand has gone through some transition years, but it’s returning to the brand that outfitted the first American expedition to K2.

On Tuesday, September 27, the retailer is releasing its EB Originals Collection, a line that's inspired by EB's founder and the early, iconic designs from its nearly 100-year-old history.

The first patented down jacket, the 1936 Skyliner, is reincarnated with modern styling. Same for the 1942 Yukon--the top seller for more than 30 years--and the B-9 Parka, which originally kept U.S. airmen warm in -70 temperatures in their uninsulated bombers.

For Northwest street cred, the most striking piece is the limited-edition version of the Skyliner, that's lined with Pendleton wool in eight national park-inspired patterns from Portland's Pendleton Woolen Mills. What's more, it’s reversible, so you can wear your Rainier Pendleton Skyliner in multiple ways. Expect this limited-edition gem on October 18. $400 at eddiebauer.com.