May/June 2021

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Hip to be Square

Where to find excellent Detroit-style pizza in Seattle

Seattle, like everywhere else in America, is full of pizza. The city has become a cheese-and-dough chameleon, with restaurants serving tons of regional specialties, from listered Neapolitan pies and Roman slices to foldable New York-inspired triangles and Chicago deep dish. But Detroit-style? That was hard to find. Until now. This rectangular cousin to Sicilian pizza is categorized…

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Backstory: Dog Day Afternoons

Joe’s Grilled Gourmet Dogs is back in business.

Perhaps the most beloved vendor on the mall next to Seattle’s professional sports stadiums is back in action. Joe Bernstein has operated Joe’s Grilled Gourmet Dogs for more than two decades. The pandemic sent his business into a tailspin and he was a man without a stand last year. He returned on opening day for the Seattle…

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The Power of Pop-ups

Seattle shop has been a hit with tenants and customers

The retail landscape with which we ended 2020 is not the same one that we see in the first quarter of 2021; the coronavirus pandemic has transformed an already struggling industry for the foreseeable future. According to retail analytics firm Core-sight Research, about 8,400 stores closed across the United States last year.  And it’s no secret that…

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AIA Seattle Home of Distinction: Tucked into the Trees

Cozy Whidbey Island project is seemingly at one with nature

Acclaimed architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen, who passed away recently, once observed, “Good architecture never shouts at its neighbors.” Many human neighbors of Little House/Big Shed don’t even realize the homestead exists. Located on the southern end of Whidbey Island, it is not so much constructed as it is lovingly slipped into the silviculture like a bookmark in…

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Book Excerpt: Coffee for Dummies

Longtime Starbucks executive spills the beans

If not for a random conversation at a dinner party he wasn’t even at, Major Cohen may have never become an author. Cohen spent 25 years at Starbucks — including eight as senior project manager for global innovation — before retiring last year. His book, “Coffee For Dummies,” was released in March by Wiley, the publishing company…

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Seattle Magazine Essentials: Local Liqueur, Subscription Boxes and a Wave Park near Yakima

Check out a collection of local hidden gems.

That’s Amari Women-owned Fast Penny launches during pandemic Jamie Hunt first became enamored of an Italian herbal liqueur called amari during trips to Europe. So she did what lots of aperitif-loving travelers dream of and launched a distillery. Hunt left a long career in branding and technology and, along with distillery veteran and restaurateur Holly Robinson,…

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Editor’s Note: Return of the Restaurant

As the pandemic eases, the hard-hit restaurant sector eyes a resurgence

Like everyone else, MJ Munsell visits a restaurant for the food and social benefits. Unlike everyone else, she’s keenly aware of the sequencing, lighting and spacing. Munsell, the chief creative officer at Seattle architecture, design strategy and branding fi rm MG2, has spent more than three decades studying the consumer experience in retail, food and beverage environments….

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Meet Brad Holden, Seattle’s Unofficial Historian

Virtually anything that represents the past is fair game

Historian and author Brad Holden holds an original Prohibition-era closure notification police would post on businesses caught selling alcohol.

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Top Doctors 2021: A Human Touch

Dr. Eric Chen realized he enjoyed working with patients after an initial interest in research

Name: Eric Chen, M.D., PhD. Practice and Hospital Affiliation: Hematology and medical oncology, Kaiser Permanente Bellevue Medical Center and Overlake Hospital Why did you pick your specialty? Research is what initially drew me into the field. Although I enjoyed research in the laboratory, had wonderful research mentors and considered it as a career, working directly with…

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Top Doctors 2021: A Life-Changing Experience

Her father’s heart attack persuaded Dr. Sara Weiss to become a cardiologist

Name: Sara Weiss, M.D.  Practice and Hospital Affiliation: Cardiology, Virginia Mason Medical Center Why did you pick your specialty? When I was in college, my father had a heart attack but didn’t recognize the symptoms. He did not seek medical attention until a significant amount of heart damage had occurred. Thankfully, with the help of…

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Top Doctors 2021: A Reassuring Voice

Colon and rectal surgery is ‘interesting and rewarding’

Name: Ulrik Wallin, M.D., Ph.D. Practice and Hospital Affiliation: Colon and rectal surgery, The Polyclinic Colon & Rectal Surgery (located at The Polyclinic Broadway), affiliated with Swedish First Hill. Why did you pick your specialty? I feel fortunate to be a colorectal surgeon because of the variety of ways I can help people. Many patients who see…

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Top Doctors 2021: From Engineer To Heart Surgeon

Dr. Robert Binford’s unique background influences his approach

Name: Robert Binford, M.D. Practice and Hospital Affiliation: Cardiothoracic surgery, Overlake Clinics; Overlake Medical Center Why did you pick your specialty? I am originally an aerospace engineer with aspirations of becoming a test pilot or even an astronaut, but I decided to change course and pursue a career in medicine. During medical school, I gravitated…

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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…

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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…