Meet the Seattle-area Woman Behind Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year

Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman studies the world to bring us more color

SEA OF GREEN: Bainbridge resident Leatrice Eiseman enjoys the various shades of green in her garden

Ariel Shearer

The Works on First Hill Reignites the Seattle DIY Spirit

With her business, Kellie Phelan is tapping into the DIY community

IT’S ALL ON THE TABLE: Kellie Phelan readies the big wooden table for a class in canning. The table is central to her business where people gather to learn a skill, and connect with each other

Lena Beck

Meet the Seattleite Kickstarting the Conversation Around Gender Diversity

One man’s fight for transgender youth is a lesson for all of us

SCHOOL SUPPORT: Aidan Key (center), with some of the students he works with from across Seattle

Chelsea Lin

A Seattle Woman’s New Magazine Celebrates the Act of Refusal

'A lot of women—a lot of people—have a hard time saying no. Saying no is often seen as bad, disappointing, inconvenient'

REFUSING EXPECTATIONS: For Emily Orrson, “refusal” means everything from being assertive to defining an individual relationship with technology

Gwendolyn Elliott

A Seattle Coffee Slinger Defends His Title at the US Barista Championship

If Cole McBride wins, he’ll again represent the U.S. at the world championships in Boston

CAFFEINE FIX: Barista champion Cole McBride is the mastermind behind the coffee menu at Ada’s Discovery Café, where you can order this espresso old fashioned, one of his award-winning drinks

Chelsea Lin

A Seattle Florist With a Dancer’s Poise

The art of dance informs the arrangements of florist Meridith Isaacson

FLOWER GIRL: Meridith Isaacson in her flower shop, Verde & Co.

Gwendolyn Elliot & Alanna Wight

Fake News? A Seattle Librarian Offers a Class to Help Separate Truth from Fiction

A local librarian is fighting back against fake news

A LIGHT IN THE DARK: Di Zhang in the computer lab at Seattle Central Library where he teaches his fake news class

Beau Iverson

Meet Kerry Taniguchi, Chinatown/International District’s Reluctant Santa Claus

A longtime Chinatown-International District volunteer flourishes in a new, unexpected role

HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS: Kerry Taniguchi, er, Santa, with a little boy who’s been very good this year (his grandson, Jackson)

Gwendolyn Elliott

Politics Over Dinner? One Seattle Woman Says It’s OK

With the ‘Make America Dinner Again’ initiative, Emily Lewis wants Americans across the political divide to learn how to talk—and listen—to each other

TABLE TALK: As the Seattle chapter head of Make America Dinner Again, Emily Lewis, pictured here at the Pound Arts Building, leads the way for respectful dinner conversation

Maggie Kerr