Volunteer Park Conservatory Fights for Another 100 Years

The Volunteer Park Conservatory celebrates its centennial as supporters ensure it lives another day.

When the Volunteer Park Conservatory opened its doors in 1912, there was no art museum, no “Black Sun” sculpture, no Shakespeare in the Park to keep it company. For 100 years, the Victorian botanical garden, built of cast iron and 3,426 panes of glass, has been treating visitors to rare bromeliads, ferns, palms, cacti, succulents and seasonal flora—and a few sweet, sweaty moments in the thick humidity our natural climate rarely provides. But despite its historic landmark status, the conservatory’s very existence hangs in the balance this year, due to city budget cuts. In May, a consultant hired by Seattle Parks and Recreation recommended a $3 or $4 entry fee (entry is currently free, with suggested donation) to offset costs. At press time, a decision was yet to be made. Meanwhile, the conservatory is holding a centennial celebration fundraiser, Victorian Day, wherein participants dress in period costume, play croquet, sample champagne and cake, and consider what a shame it would be to lose such a glinting, green gem.

8/12, 1–6 p.m. Event is free; croquet fundraiser entry fee $50–$60. 1400 E Galer St.; 206.322.4112; volunteerparkconservatory.org

Watch the video made by the Friends of the Conservatory:


Capital One Reimagines Banking With Its First Retail Locations in Seattle

Capital One Reimagines Banking With Its First Retail Locations in Seattle

The new Capital One Café brings banking and living together
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A rendering of the new Capital One Cafe

Sponsored by Capital One

Residents and workers in Bellevue and South Lake Union neighborhoods will soon be doing their banking Seattle-style—in a new community space, hanging out, drinking coffee and taking care of business—as Capital One brings its new Capital One Café concept to Seattle in 2017.

The Capital One Café is an entirely new approach to banking in the Seattle region, providing a space where individuals can recharge their bank accounts, devices and lives while learning new ways to manage their finances, try innovative digital and financial tools, and grab a great cup of coffee. The Café is intended to serve as a community hub and the open layout will have a range of lounge seating and work spaces. Throw in free Wi-Fi and the resulting mix invites people to relax, get some work done, host study groups or community meetings, learn about finances, or just hang out with friends.

“We know industries are being disrupted by bold technologies and banking is no exception,” said Ryan Laudenbach, Seattle Market Lead for Capital One Café. “Customers want a swift, convenient banking experience, and sometimes, they want a personal connection, too. Our Capital One Cafés blend these needs giving individuals the ability to bank on their own terms.”

The newly announced second Capital One Café location will open in South Lake Union (333 Westlake Ave.), home to a growing number of top technology and life science companies, giving workers an extension to their offices or just a place for that area’s mobile workforce to take a break.

The Bellevue Capital One Café, located at The Bellevue Collection in the Lincoln Square Expansion along Bellevue Way (418 Bellevue Way NE), will be approximately 7,800 square feet with four ATMs on premise, three nooks and two meeting rooms for customers, partners and community members to use for work space.

Capital One has partnered with Fuji Bakery to provide freshly baked goods with a Japanese artisanal touch delivered from Seattle’s Interbay and International Districts. Each Café will also serve Peet’s handcrafted espresso, coffee and tea beverages.

In addition to bringing the Café concept to Seattle, this October Capital One will host a live streamed #CapXTalk to look beyond the natural confines of ‘finances’ and explore how visionaries are reimagining the role that technology and money play in our day-to-day lives. The panel discussion will include personal finance experts, such as Jake Fuentes, co-founder and CEO of Level Money, Stefanie O’Connell, author of The Broke and Beautiful Life, and Erin Lowry of Broke Millennial. Be sure to watch the live stream at http://capxtalk.fora.tv and participate using #CapXTalk on Thursday, October 13 at 10 a.m. PT.