June 2014

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43 Places Around Seattle We Bet You Didn’t Know About

It's summer, so get out and explore with this insider's guide to our city's best-kept secrets

Seattle’s charms can be a little showy—the snow-capped mountains, the glimmering bodies of water, the bounty of locally grown food and hand-crafted goods, not to mention our rivers of high-caliber coffee. So it’s nice to know that the city holds secret wonders as well. We’ve gathered up a slew of hidden gems well worth unearthing,…

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New Date Night Spot: Liam’s in U Village

!–paging_filter–pHere’s the thing about Liam’s (2685 NE 46th St.; 206.527.6089; a href=”http://www.liamsbistro.com” target=”_blank”liamsbistro.com/a): It will most likely exceed your expectations, because, let’s face it, great dining isn’t usually associated with University Village. Kurt Dammeier, the guy behind Beecher’s, Bennett’s, Pasta Co. and Maximus/Minimus, saw an opportunity to put in a stylish, adult-oriented restaurant when U…

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Grab This Card Game For Your Next Night at the Pub

A new, locally designed card game is perfect for pubs

!–paging_filter–pSeattle game designer James Ernest, of tabletop game company Cheapass Games (a href=”http://www.cheapass.com” target=”_blank”cheapass.com/a), made a splash this spring with a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign for his totally new card game called Pairs. Portable and easy to play (for two–eight players), the Pairs deck has 55 cards (one 1, two 2s and so on up…

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Yes, Seattle Has an Underwater Hockey Team

Seattle’s underwater hockey team heads to nationals

!–paging_filter–pSeattle is known for its rabidly loyal fans—we love our Seahawks, Sounders, Storm and even the troubled Mariners—but there’s one local team that has yet to gain a vocal following: the Seahammers. The lack of team scarves, 12th men and bobbleheads is likely due to the fact that the Seahammers are hard to see. Seattle’s…

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Ballard’s Brimmer Heeltap Serves Up New American Food with a Twist

Brimmer Heeltap refers first to a brimming glass and second, to the last dreg you can never seem to retrieve from the bottom. It’s a name proprietress Jen Doak (former manager of The Tasting Room) had in her back pocket for years before she opened her Ballard bistro pub in the former Le Gourmand space…

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Travel Ideas: Sail Away on a Tall Ship

Discovering British Columbia’s Gulf Islands by tall ship

A shout from the foredeck shatters the foggy stillness: “Dallies on the bow!” I look to the captain, Greg Shea. We are in the wheelhouse of the tall ship Maple Leaf, during a four-day cruise around British Columbia’s Gulf Islands. He switches the motoring boat over to autopilot, and we clamber up front for a…

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New Natural Health Store in Capitol Hill’s 19th Mercer Development

Seattle’s longtime herbal expert opens a new home for natural health

!–paging_filter–pAre you ready for a reishi-tini? The healthy mocktail—made from reishi mushroom and lemon balm extracts, lemon juice and limeade with a lime twist—is one of several made to order at the new offshoot of Tierney Salter’s popular natural health store, The Herbalist. Having recently celebrated 30 years in business in Ravenna, Salter begins a…

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Sir Mix-A-Lot, Pickwick to Perform at Seattle Symphony’s Sonic Evolution

Sonic Evolution gives popular music the symphonic treatment

!–paging_filter–pOne of the many cool things about the Seattle Symphony’s groundbreaking Sonic Evolution program, according to maestro Ludovic Morlot, is that it brings people to Benaroya Hall who’ve never been there before. People such as, say, Sir Mix-A-Lot, who, before the photo shoot for this magazine, had never set foot inside the phenomenal concert hall…

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Body Care Basics Created Specifically for Biracial Skin

!–paging_filter–pWhere do you turn when the marketplace doesn’t sell products that fit your particular skin and hair care needs? The kitchen, of course. At least that’s where Ballard-based JC Brazil went after developing necrotizing fasciitis in her 20s. “No conventional body products helped, and the expensive, all-natural stuff didn’t help enough,” says the video game…

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Uncovering Seattle’s Hidden Gems in our June 2014 Issue

You know it. You do it. It’s safe, predictable, even comforting, like that pair of broken-in jeans that give in all the right places (thank goodness). A routine is one of the most powerfully subconscious habits that dominate our lives. Which is why it’s so thrilling to veer off the path and break the pattern…

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Zulily Creative Director Debuts Women’s Clothing Line

!–paging_filter–pMeet Lu (a href=”http://www.thisislu.us” target=”_blank”thisislu.us/a), the debut clothing line by Zulily creative director Jenny Fort (“Lu” is her middle name). Constructed with men’s wool suiting and forgiving ponte knit fabrics, the line is composed of eight loose and slightly deconstructed pieces, which include dresses, shorts, pants, shirts and one super on-trend jumpsuit, ranging in price…

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The Backlash Against Tech in Seattle: What we can Learn from San Francisco

The thriving tech industry is changing Seattle, and not everyone is happy about it

Strolling around Blanchard and Seventh in Seattle’s Denny Triangle, I’m taking in the last days of a forgettable block. It’s an easy spot to ignore as one passes by. Nondescript mid-rises commiserate with a Budget Rent A Car, a strip club and a fenced-off dirt lot. Having passed through the area for years, it’s hard…

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