August 2012

Zipwhip's Espresso-making Robot

Zipwhip’s Espresso-making Robot

A Seattle start-up takes its coffee to high-tech heights.

What began as a search for a better coffee machine in a local start-up’s break room has evolved into the perfect Seattle combo: coffee and robots. Last winter, the employees at ZipWhip (, a Queen Anne-based company focused on “cloud texting” (i.e., taking text messaging beyond the bounds of mobile devices and onto all Internet-connected…

Leavenworth in Summertime

Leavenworth in Summertime

Getting There: From I-405 north, take exit 23 to U.S. 2 east and follow it to Stevens Pass Highway and Icicle Road. Where: Leavenworth, Washington. Why: For the Icicle Creek Theatre Festival’s New Play Festival (8/19. $12–$20. Canyon Wren Recital Hall, 7409 Icicle Road; 509.548.6347;, at which playwrights debut new works. This time, the fest…

Cookie Box's Wine-Pairing Cookies

Cookie Box’s Wine-Pairing Cookies

Picnic dinners get a luxe upgrade with wine-and-cookie pairings.

Wine and chocolate? So last summer, thanks to Seattle-based Cookie Box, which is redefining the concept of “cookie” with its savory line of treats gift-boxed especially to pair with wine. Created by local baker Marcia Sisley-Berger and Anne Nisbet (who manages the judging for our annual Wine Awards), each assortment features cookies created to play…

Four Ice Cream Trucks to Follow

Four Ice Cream Trucks to Follow

Four favorite ice cream trucks cruising local streets—and the websites that help us track them down.

Summertime brings to mind the frozen delights of our youth, treats hard earned by sprinting after the ice cream truck. These days, ice cream is easier to come by, thanks to the fine fleet of festive trucks cruising local streets—and the websites that help us track them down. 1. You can get creative with Street…

Three New Books Focus on Father Figures

Three New Books Focus on Father Figures

In three new novels by local writers, characters struggle with what it means to be a good father.

Bainbridge Island-based author Jonathan Evison has an uncanny knack for writing prose that roils across the page, sweeping readers up for the ride. His first novel, All About Lulu (2008), won the Washington State Book Award, and his second, West of Here (2011), earned him the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. In his new novel, The…

Slideluck Potshow in Seattle

Slideluck Potshow in Seattle

A Seattle potluck slideshow is back—and bountiful.

Nerdy Seattle loves its slide shows. Locally based and/or created series such as Pecha Kucha, Ignite and Slideluck Potshow—all of which feature presenters using a short, swift series of slides to tell stories about art, tech, food, etc.—have devoted followings, drawing people in with both the appeal of learning something new and the constraint of…

Running Noosa Beach

Running Noosa Beach

A local trainer preps her horse for Washington state’s premier race

1/ Harwood named Noosa after a beach in Australia where she once vacationed. She’s been naming horses after beaches ever since. 2/ Noosa Beach has run 21 races with 14 first places, four seconds and two thirds, taking home $520,722 in earnings. 3/ Noosa was named Washington State Horse of the Year in 2010 and…

Open Studio Kids' Crafts in West Seattle

Open Studio Kids’ Crafts in West Seattle

Young at Art lets your kids to draw, paint and glue to their heart's content.

If you’ve ever tried to get glitter out of carpet, you’ll understand the genius behind West Seattle’s brand-new kids’ craft studio, Young at Art. There, kids can paint, bead, glue, draw and, yes, glitter to their heart’s content without wreaking havoc on your home. Art teachers Theresa Anderson and Andrea Watterson, who host after-school programs…

Artifact Kids' Puzzles

Artifact Kids’ Puzzles

A UW professor and her friend produce creatively crafted (and eco-friendly) puzzles for kids.

Score a little quiet family time with the help of a gorgeous, locally made wooden jigsaw puzzle. Wallingford-based Artifact Puzzles—founded by UW electrical engineering professor Maya Gupta and her friend Maria Berg—affixes soy-based ink prints (including “Mad Tea Party,” shown below, by Seattle artist Justin Hillgrove) to eco-friendly plywood, which is then laser-cut into whimsical…

Tulalip's Native American Cultural Center

Tulalip’s Native American Cultural Center

An educational and outdoorsy adventure just 45 minutes outside of Seattle.

For a lovely late-summer outing with the kids, make the 45-minute drive north to the brand-new Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve, a lovingly assembled museum of local Native American cultures, history and lore in Marysville. Kids can sit in a cedar longhouse, listen to stories told by Tulalip storytellers, gawk at story poles,…

East Olive Way

East Olive Way

The burgeoning Capitol Hill ‘hood offers culinary and visual arts for the feasting.

wake upBeloved Dinette (1514 E Olive Way; 206.328.2282; has a brand-new neighbor: Stop by Crumble & Flake Patisserie (1500 E Olive Way; 206.329.1804; for one of chef/owner Neil Robertson’s much-craved croissants and cinnamon rolls or a seasonal macaron. But take heed: Treats are to-go only, and, at press time, were selling out as…

Ballard's New Blackbird Apothecary

Ballard’s New Blackbird Apothecary

Beauty products enter the spotlight at one of Ballard's favorite boutiques.

Fragrances, candles and lotions have long occupied space in Blackbird men’s clothing boutique in Ballard. Now, owner Nicole Miller has thrust these products into the limelight, transforming the former Ella Mon space next door into Blackbird Apothecary as of late June. The apothecary radiates a similar manly energy to Miller’s grandpa-chic Field House experiment (which…

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Stride Pride

Stride Pride


Washington is a naturally beautiful state. It’s safe. Its air quality is comparatively topnotch. That makes it one of the best states to go running, according to a report by exercise and nutrition company Fitness Voit, which ranks it No. 5. The report notes that Washington hosts only two major marathons, but makes up for…

Central Washington’s Ultimate Playground Finds a Home at Crescent Ridge  | Sponsored

Central Washington’s Ultimate Playground Finds a Home at Crescent Ridge  | Sponsored

In sun-soaked Central Washington, overlooking the majestic Columbia River, Crescent Bar has long been the spot where Eastern and Western Washington come together for summer fun on the lake-like waters of the Columbia River or wintertime fun four wheeling and hiking along the ridges. Now, the bar is being raised with a brand-new neighborhood at…