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'Blandmarks,' not 'Landmarks:' Why Seattle architecture falls short

‘Blandmarks,’ not ‘Landmarks:’ Why Seattle architecture falls short

SEATTLE CAN AND MUST DO BETTER WITH ITS ARCHITECTURE

I’m not an architect. I’m not an urban planner. I’m not a developer. I am just a guy who has chosen to live most of his life in Seattle, and I’m disappointed. I fell in love with the Emerald City while visiting in the early 1990s, so much so that I moved my family from…

Conde Nast encourages tourists to visit Seattle

Conde Nast encourages tourists to visit Seattle

INFLUENTIAL GUIDE RECOGNIZES SEATTLE AS A TOP PLACE TO VISIT

Seattle is just one of 23 cities on Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious list of Best Places to Go in the U.S. for 2023. “Seattle is a chameleonic city where change is a byword,” the outlet writes. “If you haven’t visited since the pandemic, you’ve got some catching up to do.” The article cites the Central…

Fave Five: Scents, Wine, Food, Fashion

Fave Five: Scents, Wine, Food, Fashion

Explore all the city has to offer

1 STIR YOUR SENSES with a visit to Parfumerie Nasreen, where you’ll find a garden of carefully chosen fragrances inviting your nose to explore. Overwhelmed? Ask Nasreen to help you navigate her extensive selection. She’s a fragrance authority with a long-lived passion for helping people find their own scent or something special for that someone…

Editor's Note: Microsoft's Jane Broom Davidson: ‘Coolest Job Ever’

Editor’s Note: Microsoft’s Jane Broom Davidson: ‘Coolest Job Ever’

Jane Broom Davidson has built a career giving away Microsoft’s money

Investors buy Microsoft stock to make money. Jane Broom Davidson get paid to give it away. As senior director of Microsoft Philanthropies, Broom Davidson oversees investments in affordable housing, human services, education, arts and culture, and workforce development. It’s no small job. The company donated $73.9 million across Washington state last year, behind only Amazon….

The Art of Weathering Winter: What “Self-Care” Really Is (and Isn’t)

The Art of Weathering Winter: What “Self-Care” Really Is (and Isn’t)

How to cultivate more community, according to author Angela Garbes & State Representative Darya Farivar

The term “self-care” has become so overused that its meaning can be bent to almost any purpose. Is it indulging in a cocktail or abstaining from booze? Is it splurging on a skincare product or making peace with fine lines? Some have begun to use the term “community care” to refer to a commitment toward…

Publisher’s Note: The True Seattle Influencers

Publisher’s Note: The True Seattle Influencers

Forget social media. These are the real heroes.

In-flu-ence /ˈinflo͝oəns/. The power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways. An emanation of spiritual or moral force. An ethereal fluid held to flow from the stars and to affect the actions of humans. With all the attention on “influencers” on social media, I think we’ve lost the true meaning of…

The Art of Weathering Winter: How a gardener and a gallerist embrace the Seattle gray

The Art of Weathering Winter: How a gardener and a gallerist embrace the Seattle gray

Walk a mile (or twelve) in the shoes of Ciscoe Morris and Tariqa Waters

By Annie Midori Atherton Trudging into midwinter, I sometimes find myself counting down the days to spring with the melodrama of a 19th-century sailor making scratches on the wall to mark how long I’ve been at sea. In an effort to enjoy the season more, I’ve been speaking with a diverse array of locals. What’s…

The Burien Effect

The Burien Effect

Recognition for a creative economy

Burien has evolved quite a bit since it detached itself from King County rule and incorporated as its own city almost three decades ago. The downtown area has become a destination for Seattleites seeking a quaint, charming shopping experience, and the 52,000-resident city just southwest of Sea-Tac Airport has become a haven for homebuyers seeking…

Best Companies To Work For: Large

Best Companies To Work For: Large

The top company prioritizes community service. And movies.

This is a list of large companies. For midsize companies, click here. For small companies, click here. LARGE COMPANIES: 150-plus full-time Washington employees 1.Icertis Technology, Bellevue CEO: Samir Bodas The company, which refers to its workers as “Icertians,” prioritizes community service. Icertis employees last year volunteered to clean up a local park for Earth Day, and…

Best Companies To Work For: Medium

Best Companies To Work For: Medium

Snacks, swag and a focus on employee engagement

This is a list of midsize companies. For large companies, click here. For small companies, click here. MIDSIZE COMPANIES: 50-149 full-time Washington employees 1.Omnidian Solar energy, Seattle CEO: Mark Liffmann Monthlong wellness initiatives and online hosted games and activities keep the team humming at Omnidian. The company says 40% of its employees received promotions last…

Best Companies To Work For: Small

Best Companies To Work For: Small

Surprise days off. No overtime. These companies focus on employee engagement.

This is a list of small companies. For large companies, click here. For midsize companies, click here. SMALL COMPANIES: 15-49 full-time Washington employees 1. CloudMoyo, Inc. Technology, Bellevue CEO: Manish Kedia Themed social lunches and monthly events provide “brain breaks” and help build positive relationships among workers. For example, during “Pride Month,” employees learned how…

Best Companies To Work For

Best Companies To Work For

These high-performing companies practice the culture that they preach

The Great Resignation. Quiet quitting. Loud quitting. The labor market is in the midst of a massive transformation. Workplace culture has rarely, if ever, been more volatile or uncertain. A study by HR technology provider Quantum Workplace reveals that two-thirds of executives believe culture is more important than business strategy. At the same time, 65%…

Cool Seattle Shops, Plus a Recycling Option

Cool Seattle Shops, Plus a Recycling Option

Enjoy the best of Seattle

1 SAVE TIME and repair your collectible watch rather than replacing it with something digital. Nesbit’s Fine Watch Service is one of the few remaining shops with the expertise to service luxury timepieces. Stop in to discuss a full-service maintenance for your watch or simply a battery change. It’s worth caring for one of the…

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