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Believe it or not, Summer is almost at an end, though we hope the sunshine decides to stay a while! But, it ain’t over till it’s over, as they say, and there’s still lots of fun to be had, especially at the 4th annual Belltown Crush Block Party!

 

Belltown’s favorite summertime bash is going on this year at Bell Street Park and promises to be a blast!

 

Enjoy tastes of fabulous locally crafted wines and beers and scrumptious bites from Pintxo, Mama’s Cantina, Road Dawg, and Belltown Brewing.

 

Sip and savor your way through the festival while enjoying live tunes and don’t miss out on the grape stomping competition, to really get you into the spirit of the event and the summer. It’s a local favorite!

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, August 26th from 2-5PM. Advanced tickets are $25 with proceeds going to benefit Plymouth Housing Group.

 

This marvelous event is co-sponsored by Seattle Uncorked, Project Belltown, and the Belltown Business Association.

Be sure to join in on the fun in the sun, celebrate our vibrant community and support a great cause.  It’s the perfect way to spend your Saturday and send Summertime out in style!

Read more about the event and get tickets by clicking the links below.

Each of these five Seattle spots is a multi-tasker’s paradise. Browse this list of favorite multi-use spaces and find the perfect one-stop shop in Belltown and beyond. Life gets a whole lot more convenient and enjoyable when you take advantage of nearby locations that serve more than one purpose!

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1. Drip City Coffee
2929 1st Ave B

Drip City knows a good coffee shop is about so much more than pulling perfect espresso shots (though they have that down pat). It’s also about building community, having some good conversation over the coffee bar, and creating a well-rounded space for guests to sit and stay awhile.

As part of the Workfrom network of work-friendly spaces, this Belltown joint provides the tools you need to finish that personal project or meet with coworkers over a casual cup of joe. After you order your favorite drink, head for the seating area, which offers a comfortable living room layout with professional, low-volume ambience for concentration.

Take a seat on a plush couch, pull your chair up to a table, or choose from a variety of individual or small group spaces that can easily double as workstations or meeting areas. Power up your laptop with access to plenty of power outlets, connect to Drip City’s high-speed Internet, and even take advantage of the printer for your important documents (let’s face it, these days it’s increasingly rare to have one at home).

Spend a productive afternoon refilling your cup and sipping that locally roasted nectar, and order up a bite for breakfast, a light lunch, or a snack (hint: they have Seattle-made Mighty-O Donuts!). Wrap up with a happy hour treat from on Monday through Friday (20% off coffee and tea from 2-4 p.m., plus $1 off all beers from 5-7 p.m.!).

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2. Wag ‘N Wash Natural Food & Bakery
1932 Queen Anne Avenue N

This is it: the one-stop shop for pet parents. Queen Anne is now the home of this popular national concept’s only Seattle location (there is also one in Redmond on the Eastside), so bring your pet and discover why Wag ‘N Wash has been awarded recognition for its brand concept and innovation.

First, get your pup squeaky clean at a self-service wash station with all the goods you need for reduced-hassle bathtime (if you prefer a full-service wash or grooming, schedule an appointment in advance). You’ll have access to professional-grade equipment (including high wash basins so you don’t need to kneel at your home tub), an apron to keep you dry and clean, pet-friendly shampoo, brushes and combs, soft towels, and dryers. Luxury items include pet conditioner, leave-in coat shiner and moisturizer, and more.

While you’re in, shop for your furry friend’s favorite natural pet foods, supplements, and treats. Reward your pet post-wash with a gourmet biscuit baked in-store or a meaty treat from the pet deli. You can even purchase toys, gear, or special order a birthday “cake” just for your pet!

Just wash, shop, and go! Any water or mud messes are handled by staff to eliminate the mess of at-home baths.

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3. Metrix Create:Space
623A Broadway E

This Capitol Hill “makerspace” is exactly that — a workshop-style location that aims to “encourage and accommodate creative community ventures from independent craftspeople to entrepreneurs to small local businesses.” Make an appointment to access art, design, and technology equipment; schedule a consultation with a Metrix Create:Space employee to kickstart your personal project; or sign up for a workshop focusing on everything from soapmaking to electronics and software tutorials.

Employees run a variety of machinery including 3D printers, specialty printers, a ceramics kiln, laser engraving machines, and more at rates that depend on time, labor required, and materials used. You may purchase a monthly membership for special pricing and discounts, and if your project is all ready to go, submit a work order.

Take advantage of community resources, hone your skills or learn new tricks at a workshop, and do it all right here.

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4. Dogwood Play Park and Bar
12568 33rd Ave NE

Dogwood isn’t your typical dog park; this Lake City indoor/outdoor playspace for pups has also got plenty of perks for human companions age 21 and over. Your best friend can run, play, and socialize in the 8,000 square-foot off-leash area while you have a drink and socialize with other dog owners. Sign up for a membership to take advantage of unlimited visits, discounted rentals, drink specials, and access to exclusive events, or swing by for a one-time entry to give the space a try! Simply provide vaccination records to ensure your pup is eligible.

Come by any day of the week and treat your dog to a romp in the active dog arena or some lighter socialization in the gentle dog zone. Show them some love with a goodie from the Seattle Barkery Treat Bar (you can even custom order a doggie “birthday cake”!), tap the tennis ball dispenser and play a round of fetch, or join Dogwood for community hangouts such as summertime outdoor movie night. Best of all, you can look on with a cold beer, cider, or wine in hand, a tasty snack, and access to TVs and board games.

The play park also doubles as a kennel-free doggie daycare. Drop your dog off for a daylong stay between Monday and Friday and ensure they stay entertained and exercised while you’re at work. It’s a Seattle dog owner’s dream!

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5. Flatstick Pub
240 2nd Ave S

Play, putt, and party with an ideal combination of mini golf and Washington beers. You’ll find two Flatstick Pub locations in the heart of Pioneer Square and on the Eastside in Kirkland, both serving an exclusively all-Washington taplist of rotating craft beers and ciders. It’s also dog-friendly, so bring your pup in for some action or receive $1 off pints when you come in for “Yappy Hour” on weekdays from 6-7 p.m.!

When you’ve found your perfect brew, tee up at the beginner-friendly 9-hole mini golf course (fun fact: it spells out “Seattle” from an aerial view!). Just be sure to book a tee time online to play for $7 per person. You’ll also find additional games, including a 12-hole tabletop “Duffleboard” course.

Come in with your crew, join in on a special event, or plan your own group gathering and rent a space inside. Outside food is allowed, or you can fuel your game with $3 street-style Manu’s Tacos from late afternoon through evening every day.

There are only a few days left of this year’s Fleet Week on the downtown waterfront. Five, large ships are in port from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Royal Canadian Navy. And you may have noticed the over 5,000 sailors, many in spotless white uniforms, who are also in port. Fleet Week has been a longstanding Seafair tradition, dating back 67 years, in honor of the civilians who serve our country.

One of these naval ships is docked near Belltown (see above photo). To see it from this vantage point, walk west two blocks on Lenora Street from Western Avenue. This will take you beneath the 99 overpass, past a parking lot on your right, and out onto a bridge walkway. And just for kicks, when you’re done looking out over the waterfront, look down over the railing at this fun mosaic at your feet.

The mosaic at your feet.  Photo: Alethea Myers

Free, informative ship tours are still available at Pier 66, 69, and 90 on Elliott Bay from Friday, August 4th through Sunday, August 6th. Here are two sources to read more specifics about the Fleet Week schedule:

http://www.seafair.com/p.aspx?pID=schedule/294&
http://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/2017/08/02/ships-arrive-seafair-fleet-week/534074001/\

 

As all locals know, Seattle is home to a bevy of deliciousness in the worlds of both food and drink, and the list is growing daily. We are also blessed to enjoy stunning views from basically every angle and a vibrant and eclectic culture, buzzing with life and activity. At no time does this city become more alive and beautiful than during the summer.

Sipping locally made beer, spirits, and wines so good they will make you forget the name Napa Valley, all while enjoying the warm sun and refreshing ocean breeze are essentially par for the course around here in the summertime-and that’s just for starters.  The idea of encapsulating all of the magical aspects of Seattle Summer in a single evening seems overwhelming, if not impossible. That is until you experience Pike Place Market’s Sunset Supper.

Yet another incredible event hosted by the Pike Place Market Foundation, Sunset Supper brings together countless local artisans and vendors of finely crafted foods and beverages for a fun and flavor filled evening in the heart of the beautiful, world-famous Pike Place Market. Sweet, savory, brewed, distilled or fermented, if it’s local and delicious, chances are, you’ll find it at Sunset Supper.

For Sunset Supper, the Market transforms into the perfect venue for a party of 1,400 guests featuring live entertainment and over 90 of the Pacific Northwest’s best wineries, breweries and restaurants. Cap of this night of enchantment with dancing under the stars, for something straight off the Silver Screen.

Your ticket to this memorable night includes unlimited food and drink while supplies last, and unlimited good times too!

At Sunset Supper, you can feel good about the great time you’re having too, as proceeds go to benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation in their fight to end hunger, care for the sick, educate kids, and find homes for those without.

See the list below of the fabulous vendors participating in this year’s event and visit their website to learn more about this incredible event and all the work the Pike Place Market Foundation does to help better and give back to our amazing community.

 

From the website

VENDOR LIST:

Savory:

Athenian Seafood Restaurant

Café Campagne

ChefSteps

Davids & Co

DeLaurenti Food & Wine

Etta’s

Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Hitchcock Restaurant

Ivar’s Acres of Clams

Kaspars Special Events & Catering

Luc

Maree Bistro & Bar

Matt’s in the Market

North Bend Bar & Grill

Outlier

Paseo Caribbean Sandwiches

Pike Place Chowder

Shaker + Spear

Succulent Catering

That Brown Girl Cooks!

The White Swan Public House

Thomas Management Cuisine

Uli’s Famous Sausage

Whole Foods Market

Sweet:

Bluebird Ice Cream

ChefSteps

Choukette – éclair’art

Ellenos Greek Yogurt

Fran’s Chocolate

Le Pichet / Café Presse

Los Agaves

Macrina Bakery

Seattle Pops

Shug’s Soda Fountain + Ice Cream

Storyville Coffee Company

The Essential Baking Company

Scarlata Chocolate

Spirits:

3 Howls Distillery

Black Rock Spirits

Copperworks Distilling Company

Heritage Distilling Co.

Sidetrack Distillery

Westland Distillery

Brews & Beverage:

Dirty Bucket Brewing Company

DRY Sparkling

Elysian Brewing Company

Fremont Brewing Company

Georgetown Brewing Company

Hellbent Brewing Company

Iron Horse Brewery

Jones Soda Co.

Louis Raison Cider

Lowercase Brewing

Number 6 Cider

Old Stove Brewing Company

Pear UP Cider

Pike Brewing Company

Silver City Brewery

Wine:

Alexandra Nicole Cellars

Armstrong Family Winery

Array Cellars

Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

Coral Wines

Damsel Cellars

Desert Wind Winery

Dusted Valley

Forgeron Cellars

Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery

Latta Wines

Lauren Ashton Cellars

Mackey Vineyards

Market Vineyards

Naches Heights Vineyard

Patterson Cellars

Portlandia Wines

Precept Wine

Rainier Wine

Sinclair Estate Vineyards

Structure Cellars

Succession Wines

The Woodhouse Wine Estates

Three of Cups Winery

Torii Mor Winery

Tranche Cellars

Treveri Cellars

Wilridge Winery

Sunset Supper at Pike Place Market-

Friday August 18th 7:00 PM-11:00 PM

Tickets:
General Admission | $175 | 7:30PM admission. Enjoy food, wine, spirits and dancing under the stars on the NEW MarketFront!

Patron table (10 seats) | $2,750 | Reserve a table for 10 guests! 7PM admission. A place for you and your friends and family to retreat to under a tent with exclusive beverage and wine service. Enjoy impressive waterfront views on the NEW MarketFront!

Individual Patron Seating | $275 | Reserve seats at a table for you and your guests! 7PM admission. A place for you and your guest(s) to retreat to under a tent with exclusive beverage and wine service. We will assign you a table! Enjoy impressive waterfront views on the NEW MarketFront! Please indicate upon checkout if you would like us to seat you with specific guests and we will do our best to accommodate.

 

Sunset Supper is poised to be a night to remember, and likely an event you’ll want to return to every year!

Above photo: Infinity Mirrored Room–Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity, Yayoi Kusama, 2016.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” travelling exhibition opened today at the Seattle Art Museum. Although it will remain open until Sept. 10th of this year, and although all timed-entry tickets are completely sold out, limited ones are set aside/reserved and available on a daily, walk-in basis. Ours is the 2nd U.S. city that her popular artwork is on display in, featuring lighting installations, sculpture, paper works, and her paintings. For the first showing at the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington, DC, the first 9,000 people received free tickets and it sold out in 6 minutes, which crashed the site. SAM also reported tickets selling out extremely fast here as well.

Ms. Kusama’s infinity rooms have both a sense of whimsy and yet an eternal quality to them. Two or three people are immersed in a small, intimate setting, viewing each room for 20-30 seconds, in some cases, walking amid her work. But there are also mirrors which repeat and repeat within that space, and the guest’s own reflection becomes part the room. These exhibits, with often a repetition of motifs (such as polka dots or reflections) feature a wide spectrum of this 87-year old artist’s work from the 1950s to present day.

Dots Obsession-Love Transformed into Dots, Yayoi Kusama. Photo: Seattle Art Museum

After unusual and possibly traumatic early life experiences, Yayoi Kusama, received an encouraging letter from American artist Georgia O’Keefe then moved from Japan to New York City in the 1950s to pursue her art. One of her contemporaries was Andy Warhol, and her varied work sometimes explored anti-war and sexual themes filtered through her own lens. For over 40 years now, after a mental breakdown, she has lived voluntarily in a psychiatric hospital in Tokyo, Japan. She checks herself out of the hospital daily, walks to her studio nearby to work, then returns at night: a combination of structure and freedom which allows for her continual, infinite creativity.

“This effect of continual repetition calls out to the human senses, and in return, deep inside our heart we yearn for true amazement.”
Yayoi Kusama, Hirschhorn Museum interview, Dec. 2016.

Yayoi Kusama with recent works in Tokyo, 2016.  Photo: Tomoaki Makino. Courtesy of the artist © Yayoi Kusama