October 2021

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Passive Gets Aggressive

Seattle is among the epicenters of the growing passive house movement.

Sloan Ritchie, right, his wife, Jennifer Karker-Ritchie, and their kids at the first passive house in Seattle, in the Madison Park neighborhood.

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Drinking White After Labor Day

Switching to red as the seasons change? Not so fast.

Fall is pretty much upon us in Seattle, which means it’s time to play some smooth jazz vinyls, brood in front of a fireplace adorned with decorative gourds and officially make the switch from white wine to red wine. Right? Wrong. Except for the smooth jazz part. Turn that good stuff up. There’s no reason to abandon…

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Seattle’s Autumn Arts Scene

Some organizations return to in-person programming

Digital programming kept many arts organizations afloat the past 18 months and, in many cases, engaged new audiences. But the very crux of the performing arts dates back tens of thousands of years. “You look at sitting around the campfire and delivering storytelling and messaging,” says Michael Greer, president and CEO of ArtsFund, a Seattle nonprofit that…

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The Best Of Seattle’s Classic Dishes

From salmon to teriyaki to the famous Seattle Dog

Seattle is known for many things, and some of them are not great. We’re looking at you, drizzling mist. Thanks a heap for the rainy reputation. Thankfully, when it comes to food, this great Pacific Northwest city has quite an edible bounty to call our own. From seafood caught in local waters to iconic hot dogs eaten…

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The Restaurant Tipping Point

Fire & Vine's Chad Mackay knows his restaurants must continue to innovate to survive

Chad Mackay, owner of Seattle-based Fire & Vine Hospitality

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Hiking Tips from a Peak Performer

Eighty-six-year-old David Birkner has an unparalleled passion for hiking and climbing

David Birkner has been a Wharton economics student, a naval officer stationed at Pearl Harbor, a travel agent, a freelance writer, a pioneering environmental activist, an outdoor guide, an elementary school teacher and a successful entrepreneur. But mostly, the 86-year-old walks – on all five continents, from the southernmost tip of South America to North Africa to…

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A PSA for the PSL

Confessions of a pumpkin spice latte enthusiast living in the coffee capital of America

Boon Boona’s pumpkin latte.

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Book Excerpt: ‘Inventor, Bootlegger, Psychedelic Pioneer’

Brad Holden’s second book brings to life one of Seattle’s most colorful characters

Al Hubbard was a “charlatan, bootlegger, radio pioneer, top-secret spy, uranium entrepreneur and billionaire,” according to HistoryLink.org. Naturally, Brad Holden became fascinated with him. Holden, perhaps Seattle’s most famed amateur historian and “finder of things” (you can read about his colorful collection of artifacts in the May-June issue of Seattle magazine), has written a book that…

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Seattle Magazine Essentials: Smoothies, Wine and an App for the Outdoors

Check out a collection of local finds.

Picture Perfect Check out Scenic Thurston County If you’re seeking influencer status on your social media channels or merely want to shake things up, consider Thurston County. Yes, you read that right. Locals have suggested numerous lesser-known photogenic spots featuring the waterfront, nature and wildlife, architecture and buildings, and murals as ideal places to snap that perfect,…

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Backstory: Seeing the Light

The Woodworth Apartment Building now features an art display

That huge, colorful display of art you may have noticed while passing by the intersection of 10th Avenue and East Union Street is here to stay. The new Woodworth Apartment Building now features a rotating, 60-foot-tall projected art show curated by different artists. It will light up every night at dusk year-round. New installations will…

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Bike and Brew

A surprising number of Seattle microbrewers combine their passion for beer with bicycling

Third: Charles Finkel; Fourth: Métier Brewing CEO Rodney Hines;

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AIA Seattle Home of Distinction: Traditional, Yet Modern

Bold colors and shapes define this Leschi remodel

Although they had recently bought a beautiful home overlooking Lake Washington, Tom and Jen Hobbs soon fixated on a sleeping beauty resting just down the hill. They had to wake it, and were prepared for the moment. “We’ve been married 20 years. We agreed early on that we would focus our money and energy in two…

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The Pursuit of Nobility: Interview with Lenny Wilkens

One of Seattle’s greatest sports icons eyes return of NBA

On a recent edition of three-time Emmy-award winning sports TV talk show “Pardon The Interruption,” cohost Michael Wilbon heaped lavish praise on NBA legend and Seattle icon Lenny Wilkens in celebration of his 85th birthday.  Wilbon noted that he’s a “basketball Hall of Famer three times over” [as a player, coach and assistant coach of…

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New auditorium, better BMX track and a greener Seattle

Casket Case Bellevue company’s product featured in Taylor Swift video Social media absolutely lost it after a casket manufactured by Bellevue-based Titan Casket was featured in American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift’s recent “Anti-Hero” music video. Tweets and Instagram posts from Swift’s fans about the casket have generated tens of thousands of likes and retweets, resulting in…