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The Seattle Sketcher

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

Category: Businesses
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

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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Comments | More in Businesses, Community, Portraits | Topics: Greenwood

August 8, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Drive-up mural isn’t just any old roadside attraction

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Sketched July 31, 2014

Jeri Drager’s collection of classic American cars off Highway 99 in Shoreline is a bright spot amid a bland landscape. He sells most of his cars at trade shows — Bruce Willis bought one in Idaho — and over the Internet, so few people visit his showroom or even know it’s here. But a new mural he recently commissioned is attracting more onlookers, including this sketcher.

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Comments | More in Artspotting, Businesses, Cars | Topics: Highway 99, Shoreline

July 11, 2014 at 10:16 PM

South Lake Union’s past won’t be entirely blocked by development

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Sketched July 8, 2014

I’ve had my eye on the Troy Laundry building in South Lake Union since I started working at The Seattle Times, which is just around the corner, almost eight years ago.

I used to sketch it from my window at the old Times building. And I’ve often walked by on my way to lunch or to check the food trucks that congregate in the area.

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Comments | More in Buildings, Businesses, History | Topics: South Lake Union

March 14, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Nothing curious about this old shop’s success

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Sketched March 6, 2014

Shrunken heads from the Amazon. A two-headed lamb. Totem poles carved by local Native Americans. A hat worn by Chief Seattle.

The Ye Olde Curiosity Shop on Pier 54 isn’t the tourist trap I expected. It’s like a museum that epitomizes the same weird Seattle I love for its Fremont Troll, Archie McPhee or the Pike Place Gum Wall.

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Comments | More in Businesses, History | Topics: Downtown waterfront

February 14, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Zara brings Spanish flair for fashion to Seattle

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So much for the socks-with-sandals stereotype. Turns out some Seattleites do care about wearing stylish clothes, especially if they can find them at a good price.

I saw many fashion-hungry locals in Westlake Center on Thursday when Washington’s first Zara store opened. They cheered when doors opened at 10 a.m. Within minutes, lines formed at fitting rooms and cash registers.

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May 31, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Playful event planned for Central Area delivers a serious message

Sketched May 28, 2013 Several weeks ago, there was a double-shooting in front of this colorful convenience store at Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Jackson Street. But there are more things happening in the Central Area than the crime that often makes the headlines. Today, you can try hopscotching for a change. From…

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May 24, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Now serving coffee with class, not cuties

Sketched May 15, 2013 Goodbye Caffeine Cuties, hello The Bean Feen. Next time you drive through this coffee stand in Mount Lake Terrace, don’t expect a scantily-dressed barista to serve your morning latte. Big block letters announce the change: “NOW FAMILY FRIENDLY” Is this a sign of the times? I wondered. Are bikini-barista stands an endangered specie of…

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May 18, 2013 at 2:24 AM

Sketching on the fly while in the sky

Sketched May 8, 2013 “Are you thinking of flying today?” When Marc Chirico asked the question, I mumbled: “Er… I wasn’t planning to.” Chirico, who runs a paragliding school at the foot of Tiger Mountain in Issaquah, has a long resume in the sport. He has participated in international competitions and once flew 65 miles between Chelan…

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Comments | More in Aviation, Businesses, Recreation | Topics: Issaquah

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