Save Your Sole consignment boutique and other Belltown/Midtown businesses have joined together in Belltown Unites, a partnership dedicated to helping keep some of the 2,500 homeless people sleeping on the streets of Seattle warm this winter. Each business has created a special promotion to donate warm wool blankets to the homeless community with a goal of distributing 3,200 blankets before May 1.
This Sunday, Speed Rack comes to Seattle. This local iteration of the national batending competition will feature top local “mixtresses” from Seattle, Portland, Spokane and Denver competing in timed heats in which they mix cocktails picked randomly from a selection of 50 classics. Judges evaluate each drink on accuracy, taste and presentation. This rounds' judging panel features cocktail heroes: Libation Goddess Audrey Saunders, amazing cocktail writer Robert Hess, Rob Roy’s awesome Anu Apte, and bar-chef angel Kathy Casey.
I’m a little obsessed with Kickstarter—the popular crowd-funding website—and often get lost in the site, checking out the cool, weird and improbable campaigns that people launch. I’ve always loved the thought of being a benefactor, and Kickstarter is a great way to do that on a micro-level, since a few bucks often makes all the difference to these ideas.
Vancouver, BC-based retailer, Aritzia, has announced that their first Seattle location will open on March 14 in University Village. If the name is familiar, it’s because they already have a boutique in Bellevue Square, their first in the US, which has been open since 2007. The brand started out as one boutique in Vancouver in 1984 and now has 50 worldwide, including 13 in the US.
Last we spoke with Seattle entrepreneur Bill Predmore, he was discussing his love of Pop and street art (if you liked the documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, his personal art collection would have you drooling).
These days he's gearing up for the first season of Seattle Reign, the first professional women's soccer team in Seattle, which he owns. The team features star players Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe and takes its name from the former Seattle women's basketball team.
What a bittersweet mistake!
I sat down late last night with the February issue of Seattle mag, and immediately started drooling over the gorgeous photos and mouthwatering prose describing the city’s finest chocolate makers and treat purveyors. [Get a digital copy for your tablet here.]
The Super Bowl won’t be as exciting as it should have been this year. (If things had just gone a little differently, this post would be all about drinks nicknamed “Russell” and “Marshawn”). Alas, there are still fun game day parties to be had. And to make them more fun, can the cheap beer and serve better drinks! The first two in this list are team specific, for the Ravens and 49ers fans among us.
Those of us who love to treasure hunt at thrift shops often dream of finding a priceless score, either a long lost piece of art from an established master or a couture piece from a major designer—something that fits us perfectly or that we can sell for a huge return. Or, I guess donate to an art museum, which is exactly what Goodwill did with a beaded Native American vest donated to the store in 2006.
I was hit hard by a brutal cold this week, and the best thing to come out of it—aside from a newly found guilty TV pleasure in Nashville—I was able to catch up on The Fashion Fund*, a Hulu.com exclusive reality show that follows 10 finalists in the CFDA/Vogue contest of the same name, where struggling fashion talents vie for a grand prize of $300,000 (and two runner-up prizes of $100,000) to help their
Back in 2010 I was a judge for both the Art Institute of Seattle’s student fashion show and Seattle mag’s Seamless in Seattle emerging designer contest (details for the 2013 Seamless coming soon!) and Kent-based designer Cindy Marlatt was a winner at both of them for her flowing and ethereal creations. Another thing that made her stand out in my mind is that she's a funeral home director as a day job. That’s a creative combo you don’t often hear about.