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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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Mossback Monday: Northwest Architect Fred Bassetti Has Died, Amazon's Empire & More News

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Knute Berger
Architect Fred Bassetti has died
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Gift Idea: A Scooter for your Preschooler

The Mini Micro scooter is mega fun

If your preschooler is anything like mine, he’s in constant motion, loves anything that keeps him that way and is raring to get on some wheels and go for it. This summer we discovered the Mini Micro scooter from Kickboard USA, perfect for kiddos ages 3-5, easy to dismantle, transport and carry for the inevitable “I’m too tired” whine after getting halfway to the park. Read more »

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Holiday Music: The Sounding Joy

A new holiday classic in the making

Beloved childrens musician and folk singer, Elizabeth Mitchell, has released a new album just in time for the holidays. Called The Sounding Joy, this festive album is inspired by the 1953 American Folk Songs for Christmas songbook by Ruth Crawford Seeger, the step mother of famed folk singer, Pete Seeger, and features a cadre of special guests, including Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs), Dane Zane and Pete Seeger's sister Peggy. Read more »

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The Rob Roy Cocktail Advent Calendar is Back and Filling Your Season With Cheer

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A.J. Rathbun
The Truffled Tom & Jerry is being served on December 8 at Rob Roy

The Rob Roy Cocktail Advent Calendar may be the best part of the holidays, and I’m super excited that it’s back. If you somehow missed it in the past, here’s how it goes. Every day from the 1st of December until Christmas, Rob Roy (2332 Second Avenue) unveils a delicious seasonal drink. So, if you didn’t already know about it, you’ve missed a couple days, but there are many left! Read more »

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Built For Man’s Ornament Project

"This is not an ornament, it's an opportunity"

Last year, Francisco Hernandez, the owner, designer and visionary behind men’s clothing line Built For Man created a yak ornament, made in Nepal, with proceeds benefitting the Early Rehabilitation Center (ERC), a Nepalese non profit committed to the welfare of special needs kids in that country. Read more »

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Urban Craft Uprising is Nigh

Stock up on locally made goodies like these macarons from Lilli-Pilli Patisserie

It’s that time of year again: UCU is happening this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. It’s 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and is totally free (of course, donations are welcome).

Now in its ninth year, UCU is a bi-annual indie marketplace with over 100 vendors participating, ranging from jewelers to plush doll makers, aprons to paper goods, candles to art, food, buttons, wallets and so much more. Read more »

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