March 2011


Styled: Century Ballroom’s Hallie Kuperman Brings a Feminine Edge to Vintage Men’s Suits

When dance teacher Kuperman first fell in love with social dancing more than two decades ago, she qu

WHY WE LOVE HER LOOK: When dance teacher Kuperman first fell in love with social dancing more than two decades ago, she quickly grew even more enamored of the period vintage clothing worn on the dance floor. But instead of the full skirts and kitten heels, Kuperman was attracted to the classic, tailored menswear, and…


Shopping: Adrienne Antonson at NuBe, Spun Collective and More

From farm-to-fashion, Cap Hill's sustainable clothing collective and a cheery wallk hook.

Farm to FashionSo much of fashion’s viewpoint comes from the upcoming season or the next big fashion week, but for artist Adrienne Antonson, the view of her back pasture on Vashon Island is much more inspiring. There roams a herd of 36 alpaca, whose shaggy fleece is at the heart of her exclusive new line…


Boat Street Cafe’s Best Brunch

There are breakfasts, and then there’s Boat Street Cafe & Kitchen's Rustic Cornmeal Custard Cake.

There’s really no better place to meet friends for brunch than at the Boat Street Cafe & Kitchen, which is tucked away on the far reaches of Belltown near the foot of Queen Anne Avenue North. Cool light spreads through the loft-like space; it’s the kind of place where crisp white linens, freshly cut tulips…


How to Become a Washington State Winemaker without Giving Up Your Day Job

New boutique Washington winemakers prove you too could be the next Leonetti Cellars or Woodward Cany

Woodward Canyon’s Rick Small. Leonetti Cellar’s Gary Figgins. Andrew Will’s Chris Camarda. These accomplished winemakers started small, making wine on the side in garages and basements, while keeping their day jobs. A new wave of home winemakers and part-time startups is taking the same path, satisfying the craving to produce fine wine on a small…


Seattle Dances! Kicks Off a New Wave of Creative Fundraising Ideas

Imaginative local charity events are loosening their ties, kicking up their heels and branching out

Four hundred and fifty people cheered as Seattle businessman Steven Goldfarb, president of Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler, swiveled, spun and salsa-ed across the floor at Fremont Studios. Dressed in a form-fitting, sequined costume, Goldfarb was competing in Seattle Dances!, Plymouth Housing Group’s March 2010 fundraiser patterned after television’s popular Dancing with the Stars. More rock concert…


Magic mushroom? Federal Grant Empowers Seattle Researchers to Study Fungal Remedy for Cancer

University of Washington and Bastyr University bridge Western and Eastern medicine to investigate th

It’s a matchup that may seem as unlikely as, say, Chris Gregoire and Dino Rossi, but both sides insist it’s a good fit: a collaborative study between Bastyr University and the University of Washington on how an extract from a mushroom common to forests around the world can help heal breast and prostate cancer patients….


What Local Schools Are Doing to Prevent the Bullying of Gay Kids

What local educators and support groups are doing to keep gay kids and others from being tormented a

Russell Dickerson III says junior high school and high school were the worst six years of his life. Many of us might say the same thing, but our reasons probably pale in comparison to his. Dickerson, 19, says the bullying began in 2003 at Miller Junior High School in Aberdeen and continued until he graduated…


Meet the Producer: Pampeana Empanadas

The mother-daughter team behind this local company fuses Washington ingredients and South American

When Alexis Oltman, a Web developer from Tacoma, returned home from a four-month trip to Argentina in 2005, she not only brought back her very own Argentine chef boyfriend, Leandro Torres, she also managed to transport his drool-worthy baked empanada recipe to her West Coast kitchen. Inspired by enthusiastic feedback from family and friends (and…


Bar Hop: The Blue Glass

The Blue Glass: a global perspective with understated refinement.

Dan Cowan (owner of Tractor Tavern) and Patti Bellafato (previously of Saltoro) teamed up to take over the former Tiger Tail space in Ballard. In December, they opened The Blue Glass (704 NW 65th St.; 206.420.1631;, a casual but chic restaurant and bar named after a Picasso painting.  THE VIBE: Simple black chairs alongside…


Datebook: Pioneer Square’s 619 Western Building

Artists in the historic artist's loft are becoming more vocal in their appreciation for these histor

The Alaskan Way Viaduct has suffered a great many accusations during its hulking life: It’s an eyesore, it blocks views of the sound, it drops large cement chunks of itself onto sidewalks without notice and, most chillingly, it’s a disaster waiting to happen. But like it or not, the Viaduct has also become integral to…


Grey Matters: Statues of Limitations

Knute Berger on some Seattle icons he could do without.

There has been much debate in recent months about the proposal to allow giant, illuminated corporate signs atop some of Seattle’s skyscrapers. Proponents have argued that it’s no big deal. Seattle is a commercial center, so why hide it? Opponents have said the skyline is a precious resource, why tart it up with glowing logos…


Ocean Acidification: Global Warming’s Doppelgänger

Studies show Puget Sound is particularly susceptible to damaging changes in ocean pH.

At the warm, brine-scented Northwest Fisheries Science Laboratory (NFSL) in Montlake, soft-spoken biologist Paul McElhany and a team of scientists immerse geoduck larvae in a multitude of saltwater baths. The water, trucked in from Elliott Bay and another fisheries lab in Mukilteo, starts as the usual toe-numbing Puget Sound soup. Then the scientists—amid the beeping,…

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