One of the restaurants I review for the June issue is Brimmer & Heeltap. I’ve known proprietress Jen Doak for years, back when she managed The Tasting Room in Post Alley. It’s been fun to watch her career grow.
Emerging Pacific Northwest designers have a place to shine on June 14 at Studio 18 Artist Collective at 3600 East Marginal Way South, during Heat of the Night, Sodo Fashion Show + Market. I love their lineup, which includes many of the most exciting talent from the region.
Early June is always the time for the kickoff of summer sidewalk sales, starting with hugely popular one at U Village. 2014 is the plein air mall’s 57th annual sale (!) and the list of participating stores, as well as the slew of new parking spaces, makes it hard to resist for the casual and serious shopper alike.
Popular West Seattle-based floral and gift shop, Fleurt, has just announced an expansion in sizzling hot Pioneer Square at 112 S Washington St. right between awesome vintage shop, Bon Voyage, and stalwart Laguna Vintage Pottery.
From Fourth of July fireworks shows to outdoor concerts and movies, your summer calendar is swelling with social engagements. Herewith, your go-to guide for what to do during the warm-weather months.
When the sun comes out in Seattle, so does the music. Heating up in June and powering through September are a number of outdoor music experiences that will knock your shades off.
Capitol Hill Block Party
In addition to running his ridiculously popular lunch spot Il Corvo, Mike Easton is doing rapid-fire work on his upcoming Roman-style pizzeria, Gabbiano, which he hopes to open in Pioneer Square sometime in July.
In a totally unexpected move, Dot’s Charcuterie & Bistrot owner Miles James took to Facebook last night to announce that his bistro would be closing — almost immediately. Dot's will serve its last dinner tonight.
Come end of June, Book Bindery in *Queen Anne will be closing for good, re-emerging in August with a new name and a new chef.
By way of press release, the owners behind the winery-adjacent restaurant along the Ship Canal announced that Nico Borzee, most recently of Artusi, will be stepping into the role being vacated by chef Shaun McCrain, who has been with the Book Bindery since it opened in 2010.
Kay Smith-Blum has been buying clothing for Butch Blum for 40 years and definitely has the eye for it—given the shop’s continued success. During a recent buying trip to New York, Smith-Blum journeyed way past Canal St. on Broadway in the rain, dodging pothole and mud-flying from taxi-cab wheels, to visit designer Ji Oh’s showroom. “So Ji starts to show me the collection and after about five fabulous pieces I realize this is special,” say Smith-Blum.
Taco lovers, listen up. Two words why you need to get to The Saint as soon as possible: Álvaro Candela. He's the guy behind the wildly popular Monday taco nights at Matt Dillon's Sitka & Spruce that ended last month when Candela accepted the job as executive chef at Capitol Hill's "tequila salvation" on the corner of Olive and Howell.
Must SeePacific Northwest Ballet Closes the Season with Giselle(5/30 to 6/8, times vary) — Giselle—everyone’s favorite jilted-bride ghost—returns to Pacific Northwest Ballet, this time with all new sets and costumes created by acclaimed French designer Jerome Kaplan. Principal dancer Kaori Nakamura takes lead in this season ender, which also happens to be her last run before retirement.