To be honest, I’m kind of shocked by this news, because the store is so awesome and men’s wear is having a moment right now, but according to a message from Blackbird owner Nicole Miller on Facebook, she is closing her nine year-old brick and mortar store in Seattle on July 31 to focus on her successful wholesale line of incense, beard oil, soap and other products.
Can we please toast to the Founding Fathers and those American revolutionaries who fought for our independence 237 years ago? Let’s pour something made in the U.S. of A. while we celebrate the holiday that recognizes our right to party.
I got the festivities going early this year, heading over to the Olympic National Park for an incredible cookout at 5,000 feet, or as my outdoors-loving spouse likes to call this ritual, camping.
Swing by downtown’s Sway and Cake on the fourth for mini-margaritas and veggie dogs, a huge sale (20 to 70 percent off) and snap up a patriotic tee shirt to wear to the rest of the day’s activities while you’re there.
Victoria’s Secret is launching their U.S. of Angels tour on July 10, where? Why, Bellevue Square, of course. Seattle was chosen as the first stop on this swim wear style tour based on the most social media interactions and votes during a campaign held earlier this year via Twitter and Instagram. We’re one of only three cities (including Milwaukee and Orlando) out of the 20 in the running, that the tour is visiting. This is very exciting because with the U.S.
No matter how often I apply and reapply sunscreen, all that exposure to the blaring sun takes its toll on my skin, reddening it like a lobster. But it's not like I'm going to stay inside on these beautiful days—a girl needs her vitamin D. The reps from my favorite luxe skin care line, Koh Gen Do sent over a timely email extolling the virtues of two new products, perfect for soothing sizzled skin.
Ballard Kayaks, the company that offers kayak rentals and tours, has hoisted its big blue tent on the south end of the beach at Golden Gardens just in time to help you quench your recreation and Vitamin D needs. Outdoorsy types: Stop by BK’s beach outpost to rent a kayak ($25 per hour) and head out for an independent exploration of the Puget Sound waters. Less experienced kayakers can sign up for guided tours (starting at $35 per hour) that troll throughout various destinations around the Sound. On our to-do list?
The Mariners may have lost to the Chicago Cubs 5-3 at Saturday's Turn Back the Clock game, but I still managed to have plenty of old-timey, sepia-toned fun in the stands. (The sheer amount of Cubs fans present was a bit bizarre, however.)
I once had a group of tourists stop me on the street and ask where they could find the best sky-high views of Seattle. Being a newbie to the city (and generally terrible at coming up with ideas when put on the spot), I blurted out Space Needle and kept walking. A fine suggestion, of course. But had I actually paid attention when my husband was researching places to take our oodles of out-of-town visitors (funny, we never had so many when we lived in Dallas), I could have directed my street inquisitors to the Sky View Observatory on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center building.
In researching my roundup of artisanal, scratch cooking classes in this month's magazine, I found a Fall City cheesemaker who goes way beyond fresh goat cheeses and mozzarella (essentially starter cheeses) to teach the craft of Tallegio, Manchego and Stilton-making. I found Northwest cooking legend Bruce Naftaly alive and well in Ballard, teaching proper buerre sauces to hungry students nearly every weekend.
It’s looking like a heat wave this week, perfect timing for a Drifting Arrows swimwear trunk show at Madewell! This locally designed bathing suit line, owned by Leah Lawrence, is full of bandeaus and high-waisted bottoms, as well as one-pieces with dramatic (but not overly sexy) neck- and back-lines.
It’s been rolling around town for nearly a year, but I just finally caught up with the amazing Monte Cristo truck, a tasty venture run by seasoned chef Danielle Custer.
Though I had dinner plans later, I couldn’t resist trying this mobile kitchen’s rightly famous fried cheese curds, dipping the melty bites into a tiny cup of tomato soup. That’s Custer’s favorite way of eating them.
This summer, Naked City Brewery in Greenwood decided to take advantage of our (hopefully soon) clear skies and a neighboring empty lot and create an outdoor oasis for the whole family. The Walrus Beer Garden, named in honor of The Walrus blues tavern, which was victim to arson some 30 years ago and once stood in the space where the new outdoor brew-drinking spot is located, is serving up a number of thirst-quenching craft beers, such as the Port Townsend Hop Diggidy in addition to Naked City’s full food and drink menu.
DIY maven Laura Buzard, owner of Ballard's Laura Bee Designs, is cleaning out her craft closet on June 29 and 30 for the store’s third annual sidewalk sale. Expect back stock of craft supplies like fabric, zippers, buttons, glitter, beads, craft paper, ribbon, faux leather, faux suede and assorted treasures from both Buzard’s personal and business stash. New this year is a selection of vintage goodies, housewares and other unusual, one-of-a-kind items like the above tiny chairs, which make me very happy for some reason.