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Proof of Washington’s Retail Muscle

Proof of Washington’s Retail Muscle

National Retail Federation ranking showcases an often-overlooked strength

A prominent business executive new to town once told me he loved shopping at Nordstrom’s. He was sheepish when he discovered that the upscale retailer’s headquarters are based in Seattle…

In Seattle, Renting is King

In Seattle, Renting is King

The annual savings between renting and buying is significant

With rising rates, Seattle may not exactly be a renter’s paradise. But for those on a budget, renting certainly beats buying…

Costco Hikes Membership Fees

Costco Hikes Membership Fees

The company last raised the price in 2017

I love shopping at Costco. Sure, our household doesn’t always need 18 tubes of toothpaste at once, but that’s a small price to pay for the savings. Even just one purchase — a computer, for instance — can recoup a basic membership fee. Rumors have been swirling for years that the company would raise its…

MOD Pizza To Be Acquired By Elite Restaurant Group

MOD Pizza To Be Acquired By Elite Restaurant Group

The sale may have staved off a potential bankruptcy filing

MOD Super Fast Pizza LLC has agreed to be acquired by Elite Restaurant Group. Terms were not disclosed. Bellevue-based MOD was founded in 2008 and until recently had been on a growth tear. It now operates more than 500 locations across the United States and Canada, but had reportedly closed more than two dozen this…

Free Bumbershoot Tickets!

Free Bumbershoot Tickets!

There’s a catch. And it’s a good one.

As part of “Bumbershoot Gives Back, Powered by Amazon,” 2,000, two-day tickets will go to people who volunteer at select organizations focusing on food insecurity. Hunger affects more than 1.5 million people across the region.

Editor's Note: Green Serenity

Editor’s Note: Green Serenity

It’s been 10 years since Washington residents could legally buy marijuana

I was intrigued when an email blaring the provocative subject line “Weed Man Targets Seattle for Franchise Expansion” popped into my inbox. Imagine my disappointment when the pitch was for a lawn-care company, not a pot shop. I’m sure that’s not the reaction the PR team was anticipating…

Washington’s Wave Wanderlust

Washington’s Wave Wanderlust

Just in time for summer: State ranks No. 1 for beaches.

Washington is the best state to go to the beach in America. Vacation rental platform Lake.com found that Washington boasts the most beaches of any state, 1,550, and has 1,053.63 miles of beach. That includes “urban beaches” such as Burien’s Seahurst Park, Alki, and Golden Gardens, and Discovery Park. A few of our favorite beaches…

Tales of a Cabbie

Tales of a Cabbie

Writer explores the underbelly of an industry

With the rise of ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft, it’s never been easier to have a side hustle…

University of Washington Receives An A+ For Value

University of Washington Receives An A+ For Value

Newly minted grads earn significantly more than their peers across the state

The University of Washington just keeps winning accolades…

Catie Griggs Resigns From Mariners

Catie Griggs Resigns From Mariners

Chairman John Stanton will temporarily assume her role

Catie Griggs has resigned as president of business operations for the Seattle Mariners. In a statement, Griggs says she resigned to “prioritize her family” and relocate back to the East Coast to be closer to both her husband, Justin, and her aging parents. Prior to joining the Mariners in 2021, Griggs served as chief business…

Seattle Earns Place on ‘America’s Best Cities’ Ranking

Seattle Earns Place on ‘America’s Best Cities’ Ranking

Report lauds ‘inclusive prosperity, bold urban vibrancy’

The study notes that “America’s growing tech hub is playing the long game, focusing on inclusive prosperity and bold urban vibrancy to win the war for talent…

Will Supreme Court Ruling Call More Attention to the Unhoused?

Will Supreme Court Ruling Call More Attention to the Unhoused?

One Seattle organization takes a pragmatic, optimistic approach

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that cities can outlaw homeless encampments caught many by surprise. Brad Blackburn III and his professional peers, however, were ready…

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