Downtown Bellevue‘Tis the season at Bellevue Square’s ever-popular Snowflake Lane, where live toy soldiers march alongside toy soldiers to festive music, a dazzling light show brightens the dark sky and snowflakes fall nightly. 11/29-12/31; 7 p.m.; Bellevue Square, sidewalks of Bellevue Way & NE 8th at The Bellevue Collection; bellevuecollection.com/snowflakelane
Seattle’s sassiest sartorial wonder, Jamie Von Stratton is teaming up with Seattle’s most extravagant theater experience, Teatro ZinZanni, for Fashion Riot! a holiday tour de force that pairs fashion with shopping and cocktails and craziness under the big top.
True, it seems like the holiday season begins earlier and earlier each year. But that just means it’s time to start crafting your homemade liqueurs to give as gifts (starting early ensures flavor awesomeness as these sippers need some time to sit). What better present for a cocktail lover than a made-by-you liqueur: It tastes great, it shows you’ve actually taken the time to craft something delicious and if you’re lucky, the person you gifted will then break out two glasses and share.
Do you ever wonder where the people whose homes you admire find their treasures? It’s sales like Window Darlings. Held in a private home in Madrona (1717 Evergreen Place) by friends Angela van der Meulen and Katarina Powell who scour Europe and the US for beautiful antique, modern, vintage and industrial décor items including furniture, mirrors, chandeliers, art, vintage jewelry, curiosities and other interesting items.
Seattle has topped a variety of lists lately, including (and not surprisingly) Flavorwire’s 20 Great American Cities for Writers That Aren’t New York. That fun factoid combined with this month’s National Novel Writing Month, in which an endless stream of writers challenge themselves to complete a 500,000 word novel by November 30, means Seattle will likely have even more caffeinated wordsmiths typing away in neighborhood coffee houses.
Happy Razor Clam digging day! The season opens on Washington’s coast after noon on November 15 and continues through November 20, a short run that’s a fun tradition for many. Lazy me, I rely on the kindness of friends and family to give me raw material for fritters and chowder and don’t you think it’s high time some fancy chefs took that clam in some cool, creative direction that made them as exciting as kale?
Skoah is a Vancouver, BC-based spa, with a focus on facials only, that offers a different take on skincare: personal fitness or a gym membership concept. While you can get just a one-off facial there (and by there, I mean Bellevue, downtown Seattle or the soon-to-open, Cap Hill location), what Skoah does best is maintenance. You get a personal consultant who manages and tweaks your skin workout, with a laser-like dedication to helping you look your best.
Local designer Emeka Alams’ new collection Imo Youth is now available at excellent online retailer Craft & Culture, whose dedication to bringing us the coolest and most interesting indie brands out there is indefatigable.
Alams is a Seattle-based designer whose line Gold Coast Trading explores his Nigerian roots and the stories that arose from the slave routes between Cote D’Ivoire and the eastern tip of Nigeria.
Must SeeTodd Jannausch at Method Gallery(11/15 to 12/21, times vary) — Seattle sculptor Todd Jannausch—known for bringing local artists together for collaborative, renegade public art projects—brings his inspired eye to a solo show, Callus, focused on the tools of his trade.
This week is jam-packed with tasty tasting possibilities, including the first-ever Seattle-centric BREW. It somehow seems fitting that the provocatively titled Wine vs. Whiskey should fall on Friday, covering all the booze bases.
Minnesota-based Hot Mama, a boutique chain dedicated to keeping moms looking cool, opens their first Washington store this Wednesday, November 13 at University Village in the new south section next to Calypso St. Barth and Scotch and Soda and conveniently close to the new parking garage). The first 50 customers that day will receive a $25 gift card and all merchandise is 15 percent off through Sunday.