February 2013

Hot New Designs from Mia Fioravanti

Hot New Designs from Mia Fioravanti

This Beacon Hill designer focuses on minimal, versatile and easy-to-wear designs.

Mia Fioravanti showed up on our radar thanks to a tip from Juniper boutique owner Lisa Clinton, whose Madrona shop was the first in town to carry this Beacon Hill designer. “Her designs are so simple and elegant. I was immediately drawn to them,” Clinton says. “The drape and style of her pieces are well…

Inspiring Kids' Tees from Peek

Inspiring Kids’ Tees from Peek

San Francisco–based Peek came onto Seattle’s retail radar in 2011 when it partnered with Nordstrom—a minority shareholder in the company—for a Peek store-within-a-store. By late 2012, there were two stand-alone Peeks, one in University Village and another in Bellevue Square (with select styles still available at Nordstrom), filled with stylish kid clothes and gifts. Our…

South Seattle's DIY Chocolate Shop

South Seattle’s DIY Chocolate Shop

Student crafted confections are a palate- and budget-pleasing choice.

Smack-dab in the middle of the main campus of South Seattle Community College (SSCC) is confectionary heaven, otherwise known as Bernie’s (6000 16th Ave. SW; 206.934.5828). This on-campus café hangout (named for the generous Seattle retail giant Bernie Brotman) is the sales outlet for the college’s nationally recognized pastry and specialty baking program, which means…

The Unsung Women of Grunge

The Unsung Women of Grunge

The women of grunge rock play a starring role in an original new musical.

Grunge: The word still has the power to make longtime Seattleites cringe, conjuring as it does images of grubby cardigans and long johns worn under shorts, the faddish, flannel-sporting caricature of a musical era that began as something raw and personal and real. The co-opting of grunge—by fashion, media and poser bands—was precisely the opposite…

Where to See the Northern Lights This Season

Where to See the Northern Lights This Season

Scratch the northern lights off your wish list with a trip to Alaska.

The first (and only) time Juneau native Katrina Heinz-Query remembers seeing the northern lights was on Halloween, when she was 10 years old. “The lights are out,” her mother shouted. They watched the ethereal green and yellow dance and swirl in a circle above them, like a laser show from outer space. “That Halloween was…