Happy Razor Clam digging day! The season opens on Washington’s coast after noon on November 15 and continues through November 20, a short run that’s a fun tradition for many. Lazy me, I rely on the kindness of friends and family to give me raw material for fritters and chowder and don’t you think it’s high time some fancy chefs took that clam in some cool, creative direction that made them as exciting as kale?
Skoah is a Vancouver, BC-based spa, with a focus on facials only, that offers a different take on skincare: personal fitness or a gym membership concept. While you can get just a one-off facial there (and by there, I mean Bellevue, downtown Seattle or the soon-to-open, Cap Hill location), what Skoah does best is maintenance. You get a personal consultant who manages and tweaks your skin workout, with a laser-like dedication to helping you look your best.
Local designer Emeka Alams’ new collection Imo Youth is now available at excellent online retailer Craft & Culture, whose dedication to bringing us the coolest and most interesting indie brands out there is indefatigable.
Alams is a Seattle-based designer whose line Gold Coast Trading explores his Nigerian roots and the stories that arose from the slave routes between Cote D’Ivoire and the eastern tip of Nigeria.
Must SeeTodd Jannausch at Method Gallery(11/15 to 12/21, times vary) — Seattle sculptor Todd Jannausch—known for bringing local artists together for collaborative, renegade public art projects—brings his inspired eye to a solo show, Callus, focused on the tools of his trade.
This week is jam-packed with tasty tasting possibilities, including the first-ever Seattle-centric BREW. It somehow seems fitting that the provocatively titled Wine vs. Whiskey should fall on Friday, covering all the booze bases.
Minnesota-based Hot Mama, a boutique chain dedicated to keeping moms looking cool, opens their first Washington store this Wednesday, November 13 at University Village in the new south section next to Calypso St. Barth and Scotch and Soda and conveniently close to the new parking garage). The first 50 customers that day will receive a $25 gift card and all merchandise is 15 percent off through Sunday.
If you have frequented vitamin, herb or natural food shops in the last 20 or so years, you have likely perused cosmetics from Gabriel and Zuzu Luxe. Launched by Gabriel DeSantino in 1992, those beauty lines have been all natural, vegan and gluten free since before it was cool, providing premier cosmetics for discerning women who care about what they put on their skin.
I cover Carole McClellan often because I really think she’s one of Seattle’s best designers and I totally love her rock and roll style. So, when there’s a chance to share her with my audience, I try to do just that.
Designed locally and made in the USA, Anne Sylvain bags are just about the softest, most supple, luxury handbags I have ever felt. They’re chic, urbane and since they’re made with all types of exotic leathers, totally unique.
Check them out in person (you have to touch them to believe), this Saturday, November 9 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Hointer at Pacific Place, where all clutches will be discounted 25 percent.
In her continuing support of local talent, Clementine Shoes owner Linda Walsh is featuring the lovely cashmere creations from Paychi Guh on her website as her second featured designer (the first was Mia Fioravanti).
One of my fave local design teams, Grain, is going brick and mortar for a few weeks this November. From now until 11/24 ferry it over to Bainbridge Island and check out their Destination Pop-up in the Charrette storefront (130 Winslow Way E, across from Hitchcock) Thursday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. or by appointment.