Take Maura Shapley, who established her business, Day Moon Press, on Beacon Hill in 1982. To keep up with demand, she works 60-hour weeks handcrafting wedding invitations, business cards and limited-edition books, which she prints one at a time on a Chandler and Price letterpress from the 1920s.More
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.More
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.More
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.More
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.More
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.More
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.More
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.More
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…More
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…More