East Olive Way

The burgeoning Capitol Hill ‘hood offers culinary and visual arts for the feasting.
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wake up
Beloved Dinette (1514 E Olive Way; 206.328.2282; dinetteseattle.com) has a brand-new neighbor: Stop by Crumble & Flake Patisserie (1500 E Olive Way; 206.329.1804; crumbleandflake.com) for one of chef/owner Neil Robertson’s much-craved croissants and cinnamon rolls or a seasonal macaron. But take heed: Treats are to-go only, and, at press time, were selling out as early as 10 a.m. Meanwhile, the forced closure (due to a slated mixed-use development) of beloved B&O Espresso (204 Belmont Ave. E; 206.322.5028; b-oespresso.com) has been rumored for years, but the 36-year-old dessert house keeps on keeping on.

hang out
Stop in at recently opened Blindfold Gallery (1718 E Olive Way, Suite A; 206.328.5100; blindfoldgallery.com) to experience work by Seattle artists, such as August’s featured photographer, George Ciardi, known for his spooky industrial landscapes (8/9–9/9). Peek into the headquarters of Rachel’s Ginger Beer (rachelsgingerbeer.com), where the tasty, all-natural nectar is handcrafted, then head next door to Montana (1506 E Olive Way; 206.422.4647; montanainseattle.com), the brand-new dive with a small-town Western vibe that dispenses the fruits of Rachel’s labors on tap, along with 10 beers. Stop by on a Sunday around 5 p.m. and score barbecued vittles (less than $10) from one of the weekly visiting dinner chefs.

eat and enjoy
Dine in style at May newcomer EVO Tapas Kitchen & Cabaret (1715 E Olive Way; 206.328.5293; evo-seattle.com), which serves up flatbreads ($8), croquettes ($6), truffled popcorn ($6) and more small plates alongside live music and other diversions (including, recently, Lady Gaga-themed vaudeville). The chic space (with a gorgeous patio) and neighboring dance club, The Social (1725 E Olive Way; thesocialseattle.com), were both designed by celebrated Seattle architecture firm Pb Elemental. For more dining, coupled with offbeat entertainment, head to Arabica Lounge (1550 E Olive Way; 206.347.6093; arabicalounge.com), which, depending on the night, serves up dinner or innovative (and sometimes odd) exhibitions (check website for details), such as 250 pounds of icing smeared on a guess-that-flavor wall.

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

A Seattle-based skin care company brings beauty breakthroughs to your door
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Goodies from a 3B beauty box

Ke Chen, cofounder of 3B (Beauty Beyond Borders), says skin care in Asia is approached the same way the French think about food. “It’s an art form,” she says. Chen, whose Seattle-based subscription beauty box company launched last year, says this “art form” can include a 10-step cleansing ritual and feature innovative, exotic ingredients like bee venom and snail mucus to soothe and repair skin.

 

Chen has found that obtaining these elite Asian skin care products stateside takes time and research, which is why she’s offering them via a home subscription service ($15/month), which delivers a collection of Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese skin care samples, such as the Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion from Taiwan and Leaders’ 7 Wonders Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution Mask from South Korea. When subscribers find a product they can’t live without, they can shop for the full-size product on 3B’s website (the3bbox.com).

Local and national focus groups of bloggers, YouTubers and beauty influencers help Chen keep up on Asian skin care trends and determine what ends up in the boxes. You could say that 3B has skin in this game.