Halloween is my most favorite time of the year. And clearly I am not alone in this obsession: NPR recently reported on some interesting statistics from the National Retail Federation, which affirm that around 75 million adults will don costumes for the holiday. Rather than go out tomorrow night amidst the costumed madness, I will be home watching scary movies and, pending I can actually find one (curse you, Target), playing a Ouija board.
After Starbucks finally let go of its antiquated tattoo ban for its baristas and store employees, now it's telling them they can't wear jewelry like wedding rings with stones, watches or bracelets due to food safety rules. Not surprisingly, employees are outraged. I'd be too; I'm quite attached to my diamond engagement ring.
As the founder of lifestyle company Coco + Kelley, resident cool girl and blogger Cassandra LaValle has some serious style chops. She's spiffed up home interiors, styled stunning magazine shoots, crafted dreamy birthday party tablescapes and beyond. So it only makes sense that we tap into where she snags her home decor goodies, clothing and accessories.
Finally some good news on the Bertha front: Last week's excavation of the tunnel drilling machine's repair pit came to an abrupt halt after shells were discovered in the soil. Archaeologists were called in (one week later, natch) to examine the shells, which were thought to have been from indigenous peoples. Turns out, they're not. Crosscut has all the details.
Last year, I wrote about UberKittens, the one-day on-demand service that brought a bundle of bouncy, darling (and very adoptable!) kittens straight to your office via your Uber app. It was also a grand excuse to show gratuitous photos of my cats, which you'll now see again below:
Want to step inside a cool startup's office? The Puget Sound Businesss Journal takes a tour of Eastlake-based home improvement website Porch.com's fun digs. I've been there and all I can say is they have tons and tons of free cereal. Jealous.
First it protested, now the Mount Calvary Christian Center in the Central District is taking matters a bit more seriously in regards to its proximity to Uncle Ike's pot shop at 23rd Avenue and Union Street.
Despite all the rain and wind the past few days, we experienced a gorgeous sunrise this morning. Case in point:
Updated: A shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School, just north of Seattle, occured this morning at around 10:40 a.m. It is confirmed that two people are dead, including the shooter. For all the latest updates and live coverage go to King 5 news here.
If you’ve been following the career of David Bazan (center of main photo above) you know he moved from lead singer and songwriter for indie-darling band Pedro the Lion to existential crisis to creating acclaimed solo work. For his newest album, David Bazan + Passenger String Quartet, he bonded with Seattle’s most sought-after experimental neoclassical backing band, led by Andrew Joslyn. Bazan’s beautiful voice recalls Elvis Costello, and is a perfect, scratchy complement to the beautiful strings aching underneath.
Must SeeLocal B-Boys Showcase the Art of Breakdancing(10/23 to 10/26, times vary) Recently, Seattle-based choreographer Amy O’Neal has explored feminism by way of her own kickass hip-hop dance performances. In Opposing Forces, she steps behind the scenes, setting a new dance piece on five local B-Boys from different breakdancing crews, and in the process, questions stereotypes and assumptions in this urban subculture.
Bravo TV's 12th season of Top Chef premiered last Wednesday. This year, a new crop of culinary masters takes their knives to Boston and boy, is the competition stiff. Two chefs have already packed up those knives and left the show–last night their departure was because of a slightly undercooked veal chop.
Richard has lived in Seattle for 32 years. In 2001, he moved into a small, one-bedroom apartment on Capitol Hill, where rent was $650 a month. In 2013, new building owners made some general improvements and then began raising rents. His bill jumped to $1,000. Then $1,200. Over the course of the next 18 months, his rent increased every few months—which caused many of his fellow tenants to leave, until he was one of only four of the original 30 remaining. “Last month, I wrote a check for over $1,600.
Curbed Ski released a big list of the best ski country dive bars, with a few in Washington State. Among the nearby favrorites? Mount Si Pub in North Bend, Wash., and The Snorting Elk Cellar in Enumclaw, Wash.
I live in West Seattle. I take the RapidRide C Line into downtown every day. The distance from my bus stop on Findlay Street SW to the Seattle magazine offices is 6.4 miles. Yesterday morning, it took me one hour to go 6.4 miles.