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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

November 21, 2014 at 6:08 PM

It’s time for the Saints to go marching

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Sketched Nov. 18, 2014

It’s almost show time for Fassli and Darla.

Friday morning, the enormously cute St. Bernards will be cheering up the crowds at the Macy’s Holiday Parade in downtown Seattle.

They’ll be joined by more than 20 other “Saints” and their owners, including Rick Boldt, of Auburn, and about 30 other members of the St. Bernard Club of Puget Sound. The owners wear black pants and red jackets while their “reindeer” pull kids and grown-ups in festively decorated carts.

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November 14, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Video rentals can still be a neighborhood cottage industry

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Sketched Nov. 12, 2014

Gabi_1114_Reckless_03This just in: Reckless Video, an independently owned video store in Seattle’s Maple Leaf neighborhood, is NOT closing!

That’s tongue-in-cheek, of course, but you get the point. In the rapidly changing landscape of local retail, it’s worth highlighting unique businesses facing tough economic realities.

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Comments | More in Buildings, Businesses, Community, Portraits | Topics: Maple Leaf

November 8, 2014 at 11:15 AM

A calm retreat above the bustle

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Sketched Nov. 5, 2014

You may recognize these arched windows overlooking Pike Place Market and Elliott Bay. They frame a hidden space on the top floor of the Corner Market building that used to house Chez Shea restaurant but has been home to Storyville Coffee since last fall.

The upscale coffeehouse was the first for the Bainbridge Island roaster that started as an e-commerce business in 2006 and has since opened stores at First and Madison and Queen Anne Avenue.

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October 13, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Taking a Pronto bike for a spin

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Sketched Oct. 10, 2014

So, did you ride a Pronto bike yet?

I haven’t joined the program, which launched today, but I had an opportunity to take one for a spin last Friday inside the Pronto Cycle headquarters in Sodo. The spacious warehouse was filled with hundreds of bikes being readied for deployment to bike stations like the one I showed you a few days ago.

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October 3, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Countdown to bike share

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Sketched Oct. 2, 2014

Gabi_1003_bikeshare_03Rows of bulky bike racks and towering solar-powered kiosks just started popping up around Seattle.

It’s all for the new Pronto Bike Share system, which is scheduled to launch Oct. 13 with a fleet of 500 bright green, seven-speed bicycles. Fifty stations will be strategically located in residential and employment hubs like the University District, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union and downtown. To access the bikes for unlimited, 30-minute rides, you may sign up for an annual $85 membership online or purchase one- or three-day passes at the bike kiosks.

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Comments | More in Bicycles, Public transportation | Topics: Sodo, South Lake Union

September 26, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Coffee drinks for Seahawks fans

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Sketched Sept. 17, 2014

If you want a caramel macchiato, ask for an “Interception.” A “Touchdown” will get you a mocha, and a “First Down,” a latte.

That’s the right terminology at a new drive-thru stand near 196th Street Southwest in Lynnwood where baristas don referee jerseys and give out little blue footballs as punch cards.

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September 19, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Crowdfunded dream becomes stand-up reality

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Gabi_0918_P_Theater_03Sketched Sept. 12, 2014

Pocket Theater founder Clayton Weller is in the midst of a crowdfunded dream.

A year ago, the 29-year-old entertainment impresario was raising money for his project on Kickstarter. And on a recent Friday evening, he was sitting at the sound controls of his brand new performing venue on Greenwood Avenue North and watching spectators react to the first stand-up act of the evening.

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