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Fave Five: Sail, Stream,  Donate, Create

Fave Five: Sail, Stream, Donate, Create

Enjoy the sun and find a new hobby

1 DON’T WAIT to sail off into the Puget Sound horizon on a 70-foot yacht. You don’t need your own boat. Just buy a ticket or two online and head down to Pier 56 off Alaskan Way and join a Sailing Seattle Cruise, a company family owned and operated here for 40 years. Bring a…

Publisher's Note: ACAB?! Not so fast

Publisher’s Note: ACAB?! Not so fast

The truth is often more complicated than it appears

It’s powerful how simple slogans, mottos, and memes capture the zeitgeist of a particular moment. They express a necessary and biting emotion to provoke the establishment and cause us all to think a little, or a lot, about what’s broken.  But an oddly circular thing can happen. An acute series of tragic instances of police brutality…

The birth of pre-funk

The birth of pre-funk

a look at Seattle’s first real citywide Mardi Gras

According to the online slang compendium Urban Dictionary, the term “pre-funk” is defined as “an informal social gathering that takes place prior to the official ceremony, or social gathering, usually involving intoxicating activities and generally resulting in inebriation.” Further research shows that it’s actually a regional phrase, specific to the Pacific Northwest, and is a…

Seattle's BLOCK Project is expanding

Seattle’s BLOCK Project is expanding

THE INNOVATIVE BLOCK PROJECT IS GROWING IN SEATTLE AND EXPANDING TO OTHER STATES

Editor’s note: The homeowners requested that their last name or neighborhood not be used. In the early days of the pandemic, Sarah and her husband, Robbie, looked around at their safe and comfortable home and couldn’t stop thinking about how people experiencing homelessness were faring during those tense weeks and months of social distancing. Years…

An Intervention: Seattle architects weigh in on the city's style

An Intervention: Seattle architects weigh in on the city’s style

How buildings can bring famously guarded Seattleites together

The elevator door opens. You step aboard and join a few others on the 30-second ride down to the ground floor. If you’re a Seattleite, you know instinctively to stare ahead, up, down — anywhere but into the eyes of a stranger. When the noiseless descent ends, you escape the forced close quarters to get…

Fave Five: Eggs, Gin, Books, Clothes

Fave Five: Eggs, Gin, Books, Clothes

Discover, or reintroduce yourself, to these noteworthy Seattle treasures

1 BRUNCH is practically a competitive sport for restaurants in Seattle and one of the top contenders is Single Shot. This Capitol Hill dinner spot offers a sophisticated twist on familiar late morning fare: avocado toast, bacon hash, and a tight selection of things made with eggs. Plan for tricky parking, and the entrance discreet,…

'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…

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