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A Seattle Philanthropist’s Guide for Giving Back

Stephanie Ellis-Smith says philanthropy is not as difficult as you may think

Stephanie Ellis-Smith refers to herself as “the weird person who always volunteered to be on the development committee” for the various nonprofits she was involved with. It makes sense, then, that Ellis-Smith is now one of the region’s foremost philanthropic advisers for ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Ellis-Smith has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit…

Seattle Center Winterfest is among the most popular holiday events in the Puget Sound region.

Our Favorite Seattle Holiday Events

Fun, festive events for the family

There are no shortage of holiday events in the Seattle area, and, well, everywhere. Here are a handful of our favorite events that run through most of the holiday season (rather than one-day or weekend events). The heart of Bellevue once again becomes a majestic holiday destination during the 18th annual Snowflake Lane holiday extravaganza….


Enjoy the 70+ Wineries, Restaurants, Breweries, and More in the Heart of SODO! | Sponsored

Whether you're looking for gameday excitement, a quiet place to enjoy a meal with friends, looking for a new wine, or your next go-to lunch spot, you'll find it all in SODO.

SODO offers a charming glimpse into Seattle’s industrial history and a collection of hidden gems to discover, from specialty shops to great restaurants and unique experiences. Perfect for the foodie explorer, SODO is home to a diverse collection of food and beverage, from locally-operated wineries to familiar fast food. Whatever your craving may be, you…

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Seattle Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards 2022

Some old favorites and some surprises

Food and Drink Best Restaurant: Ray’s Boathouse Best New Restaurant: Kobo Best Neighborhood Restaurant: The Birdhouse Best Outdoor Dining: Ray’s Boathouse Best Seafood: Ray’s Boathouse Best Takeout: Taku Best Food Truck: Sunny Up Best Pizza Place: Kobo Best Burger Joint: Dick’s Drive-In Best Barbecue: Wood Shop BBQ Best Fried Chicken: Taku Best Cheap Eats: Dick’s…

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Washington State Ranks No. 4 for Health and Wellness

Washington’s fit bit

Big data says you love the outdoors. You exercise regularly and have an almost religious commitment to vitamins. You have a keen focus on integrative medicine. A comprehensive survey by Life finds that Washington state ranks a lofty No. 4 in the United States for health and wellness. The Florida-based wellness company examined CDC…


Provail Helped My Son Find His Voice

How Provail made a difference for my son

Dear Katie and Provail, As a mother of four children, one of the most memorable moments is when your child says “mommy” for the first time. I didn’t get that with my son, Jordan. At age 2, he lost his speech and was diagnosed with autism soon after. Now 12 years old, our family has…

Tasha Mikko’s race car is a 2006 Mitsubishi Evo 9. She named it “Robbie” in honor of her grandfather.

Every Car Has a Story: She’s Got Drive. Seattle’s Tasha Mikko Has Become an Autocross Champion

And she’s working to get more women in the sport

Sure, everyone is watching Formula 1 (F1) documentaries these days but have you heard of a driving sport called autocross? And on a regular basis that women racers are on the podium? We have one of the best here in Seattle: Tasha Mikko. I have had the pleasure, and pain, of driving with Tasha when…

The project resulted in an extra 5,000 square feet of floor space and a refacing of parts of the facade.

Seattle’s Former Columbia Congregational Church and Allied8: A Match Made in Heaven

The former Columbia Congregational Church was in disrepair before architectural firm Allied8 came to the rescue

The Columbia Congregational Church was harshly thrust into an uncertain future in the secular world.   It was founded in 1891, two years before the Columbia City neighborhood. The densely forested site was ringed by marshlands and served as the gateway to the untamed Rainier Valley. At the time, it was a common practice to donate…

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Live Your Best Life, Seattle! | Sponsored

A new kind of healthcare is coming our way.

If you call Seattle home, you already know that a healthy, active lifestyle is a big part of what makes our city great—and that feeling good is what living your best life is all about. That’s why Seattle is the latest destination for Crossover Health, innovative healthcare that’s changing the game for employers and employees…

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Seattle Artifacts: A Man of History, Walt Crowley, Influenced Seattle’s Future and Preserved Its Past

Crowley worked tirelessly to promote civil liberties for people of all backgrounds and wasn’t afraid to reach across the political aisle for solutions

Nestled slightly above the hustle and bustle of Pike Place Market sits the office headquarters for HistoryLink, which has provided Washington state history for online readers since 1998. It predates Wikipedia by more than three years. My first visit there happened after a chance lunch encounter with Marie McCaffrey, the site’s cofounder and executive director. …


Seattle’s Fave Five: Shoes, Movies, Food, Games

Cool, fun places to visit

1 STAND OUT from the rest this fall when you try on a fresh pair of suede sneakers or stacked heels at shoe boutique Corre in Madrona. It specializes in distinguished footwear for both women and men, from independent and international designers. Selected to inspire “dressing with intention,” these are shoes you thought you would…

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Seattle Artifacts: The Spotify of its Day

The Multiphone was Puget Sound’s first streaming music service

Deep in the heart of Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood sits a turn-of-the-century brick building that was originally used as horse stables for a nearby racetrack. Its restored interior now serves as a museum of sorts, with an eclectic mishmash of antique coin-operated machines, vintage signs and old Seattle memorabilia. The curator of this unique collection is…

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Publisher’s Note: The True Seattle Influencers

Forget social media. These are the real heroes.

In-flu-ence /ˈinflo͝oəns/. The power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways. An emanation of spiritual or moral force. An ethereal fluid held to flow from the stars and to affect the actions of humans. With all the attention on “influencers” on social media, I think we’ve lost the true meaning of…

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Every Car Has a Story: ‘I don’t own cars. They own me.’

Blake Siebe takes a most unusual approach to car collecting

There are two kinds of car collectors. The vast majority fit into a sort of “check box” mentality of acquiring cars anointed by others as collector worthy. In contrast, a rare category of car collectors, I might venture to say, are the true cognoscenti who discover vehicles that no one is yet appreciating. They relish in…