January 2018


‘The Little Prince’ Set Designer Pulls Back the Curtain on His Craft

For the past 30 years, Carey Wong has been the mastermind behind many a Seattle theater production.

Carey wong is a multitasking master. Just take the wildly disparate scenarios competing for the freelance scenic designer’s brain time this past fall: this month’s production of the sweetly solemn The Little Prince at Seattle Children’s Theatre; a resplendently theatrical exhibit, Beyond the Gate, about Portland’s two Chinatowns, slated to be the permanent installation at…


When You Need to Warm Up Your Home, This Beloved Neighborhood Gem Has You Covered

Camelion Design has been a Ballard staple for 20 years.

Indoor/outdoor weather resistant polyester hand-loomed Desert Carver rug by Jaipur Living Inc. ($94-$1,050).


The Holy Union of Beer and BBQ Has Arrived on the North End

A beer icon and a self-taught pit master team up for a solid new barbecue spot in sleepy Maple Leaf.

Top: Beer guru Chuck Shin and Jason Jacobs bring barbecue and beer together in their new Maple Leaf restaurant, Barbecue Smith. Shin swears the chicken is the best he’s had. Above: the barbecue chicken plate with collard greens and mac 'n' cheese.


Put a Little Belgian-Palace Flavor in Your Living Room

Interior designer Brian Paquette finds inspiration from European travels.

Brian Paquette’s “Brussels” (left) and “Edinburgh” (right) pillows are inspired by European architecture.


This Century-Old Noodle Maker is a Chinatown Pillar

For a century, a Chinatown/International District manufacturer has been turning out a singular product that feeds the community and fuels the multi-generational family business.

The 100-year-old last remnant of the Chinatown/International District’s once-thriving food manufacturing industry, a thin layer of flour coats every surface and a heavenly cookie scent wafts through the air. Ribbons of dough stack up hypnotically on machines that stretch the length of the room and transform raw ingredients into 17 different kinds of noodles and…


This Hot New Food and Health Trend is Raising Eyebrows

Charcoal is trending: in food, drinks, cosmetics and more.

From left to right: Juicebox’s cold-pressed charcoal ginger juice, Frankie & Jo’s salted caramel ash ice cream and Herbivore’s bamboo charcoal cleansing bar soap.


Wallingford Bar’s Spin on a Guilty Pleasure Food is the Perfect Drinking Snack

A scratch-made take on a grocery aisle classic.

Lipton’s onion soup mix—and its use in making dip—holds a special place in my heart, next to Aunt Jemima’s phony maple syrup and Jif peanut butter, in the section devoted to processed foods that remind me of childhood. And while nostalgia isn’t required to enjoy the house-made onion dip, sweetened by caramelized onions and accented…


The Elegant Way to Mix and Match Your Bathroom Design

Well-chosen details freshen up the most essential of rooms.

The master bath is decked out in glazed porcelain subway tile in aloe.


Progressive Northwest? White Supremacists Think It’s the Perfect Place to Sow Hatred

Our progressive region may seem like an odd place for the alt-right. But Knute Berger explains why that’s a myth.

Here it is, 2018, and we’re talking about Nazis. It’s hard to believe. Divisions over race in this country suggest that the American Civil War is not yet settled more than 150 years after Appomattox. But there’s unsettling evidence that that isn’t our only unresolved war: We’re apparently still fighting WWII. The Pacific Northwest has…


This New High-End Nail Salon Looks More Like a Fancy Cocktail Bar

Nail Bar's new flagship boutique is a glammy indulgence.

Butter London’s new 537-square-foot South Lake Union flagship, designed by Seattle-based Leah Steen


These Are the Top Places to Work in Seattle

The Seattle companies that know how to keep their employees happy.

From work-life-balance practices to cool perks, companies are keeping their employees happy in different ways.


This Swath of Northern Oregon is a Winter Playground

When temperatures turn cold, the region east of Portland offers numerous outdoor recreation opportunities.

There are myriad reasons to visit Mt. Hood and the Hood River this winter.

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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…

Photography by Alex Cayley.

Deep Focus

Tom Skerritt remains more committed than ever to the creative economy in the Northwest

Tom Skerritt is one of Seattle’s 25 most influential people reshaping our region. #mostinfluential   Fans were understandably disappointed to learn that Tom Skerritt wasn’t asked to reprise his role as Commander Mike “Viper” Metcalf in “Top Gun 2.” “You can’t beat Tom Skerritt with a gun,” wrote one fan on Twitter. Skerritt has said that…