Archive for June, 2011

Nord Alley Party next Thursday

June 30, 2011  |  Event, PI  |  No Comments

Thursday/July 7th – 5:30-8:30p

In the alley WEST of Occidental
(behind 314 1st Ave S, Seattle 98104)

Art Installation by Joe Iano
Live Music, Talented Artists & Light Snacks

Click here to read more about the artists

Need more info about the event?
Contact Nikki Somers –

Karass Creative rebrands Pioneer Square

June 29, 2011  |  Announcement, Fun, PI  |  No Comments

Karass Creative is an amazing company located in Pioneer Square, who recently donated time and services (along with others in a rebranding committee) to redo the branding for our neighborhood, and for the Alliance for Pioneer Square.

Pioneer Square has always been the heart and soul of Seattle, but lately the city needs a compelling reminder that this is still true. We’re working with the Alliance for Pioneer Square to develop a comprehensive campaign—from social to bus sides—that resonates with a singular story; we aim to put our beloved ‘hood back on the map for good.

So? What do you think?

(see their posts here and here for more info)

‘Postcardly’ turns your digital images into real postcards

June 28, 2011  |  Business, Fun, PI  |  No Comments

A Pioneer Square resident, Paul Hughes, has recently started a new company that I know will at least make my 88-year-old grandma happy.

She doesn’t have internet and I am way too lazy to send snail mail. According to Paul, it makes me a perfect customer for his new company.

Postcardly, helps you to “turn your emails into real-life postcards delivered by US Mail.” Their process is very simple and it seems that they have thought through all scenarios to make it as easy as possible to show your relatives how much you care.

It has received great reviews on both GeekWire and CNET, and starting today, they are featuring a new promotion: $19.99 for a 20 postcard pack.

You can also head to their website and sign up for a free trial, which will let you send 3 postcards for free.

DSA Names Charley Royer 2011 Downtown Champion

June 28, 2011  |  Fun, PI  |  No Comments

Former Seattle Mayor Charley Royer (and amazing Pioneer Square resident) was named the 2011 Downtown Champion at the Downtown Seattle Association’s 53rd Annual Meeting Friday afternoon.

The award was presented in recognition of Royer’s tireless efforts in helping to revitalize the Pioneer Square neighborhood, the development of a new Central Waterfront and his active participation in a number of other civic initiatives this past year.

In presenting the award, Lyn Tangen of Vulcan Real Estate – last year’s recipient along with the Seattle Parks Foundation – told Royer, “You’ve been a community leader for more than 30 years, but this past year your involvement and leadership in so many projects critical to Downtown’s future earn you the sincere gratitude of the Downtown Seattle Association, and the title 2011 Downtown Champion.”

The presentation was a surprise to Royer, who realized he was this year’s honoree along with the other 600 people in attendance when a video titled “Mister Royer’s Neighborhood” aired on meeting room screens. The video ( – thanking Royer for his numerous contributions – included special messages from Chuck Armstrong, Seattle Mariners; Kevin Daniels, Daniels Development; Bob Donegan, Ivar’s; Jen Kelly, Downtown resident; Leslie Smith, The Alliance for Pioneer Square; Maggie Walker, Royer’s co-chair on the Central Waterfront Committee and many more.

Each year the DSA presents the Downtown Champion Award to an individual, company or organization that has made a significant impact in furthering DSA’s mission to champion a healthy, vibrant urban core. This is the first time in the award’s history that an individual received the award.

Pioneer Square Business Mixer – June 30

June 27, 2011  |  Business, Event  |  No Comments

Thursday, June 30th 4pm – 7pm

Delicatus (103 1st Ave S)

Socializing + Happy Hour

Join The Alliance for Pioneer Square, business owners, and managers to meet and mingle with our Pioneer Square business-types. Events are held quartlery in the square.


Pioneer Square in the News

June 27, 2011  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Intracorp IDs three Pioneer Square Buildings in default (PSBJ)
Miller confirmed that Vancouver B.C.-based Intracorp defaulted on a $26.5 million loan in from General Electric Capital Corp that was used to purchase the four Pioneer Square properties.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich the kneeslapper — not! (Seattle Times)
Ha, ha, ha, he, he he. My colleague, Jim Brunner, reports that Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich is on his way back to town for an appearance at a comedy club in Pioneer Square. Kucinich is a real kneeslapper, except when he is not.

Will Michael Pineda pitch for Mariners if they’re contending in September? You bet (Seattle Times)
Just a reminder that Geoff Baker Live! will be coming up at 6:10 p.m. PT live from FX McRory’s in Pioneer Square.

King Street’s Jackson Plaza Gets a Grand Opening (The SunBreak)
As for the plaza itself, Seattle Transit Blog says: “The plaza has yet to house any vendors/businesses, so I wouldn’t expect there to be a sudden renewal of vibrancy and activity. There are some fairly unique design elements, however, like an all-gravel floor, which almost gives the appearance of a giant Zen garden.”

Demitri Pallis expands distribution of his bloody mary concoctions through Seattle’s Gourmet Mixes (PSBJ)
Inspiration came for the longtime bartender after he grew frustrated with the consistency and quality of the bloody mary mix that he used at a popular New Orleans-themed bar in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood.

Affordable Artist Studios Retained in Magnuson Park (Seattlest)
The new 10-year agreement stipulates that Parks will lease 5,000 feet of space from Building 11 LLC and will sublease the space out to artists at affordable rates. They will offer long-term and short-term leases at a rate of $1.08 per square foot per month. For comparison, Pioneer Square’s 619 Building leases at anywhere from $.90 to $1.25 per square foot per month.

Pioneer Square’s Best Po-Boy (KOMONews)
The place is called Marcela’s Creole Cookery, but it may as well be titled Slow Burn. Anthony MacDonald and Marcela Fuenzalida’s New Orleans-inspired restaurant in Pioneer Square serves a lot of heavy, unfussy, delicious Southern comfort food (including gator), all of it laced with just enough heat to feel it on the back of your tongue without sending you scrabbling for the water glass.

Grand Opening of King Street Station’s Jackson Plaza

June 23, 2011  |  Event, PI  |  No Comments

The Grand Opening of King Street Station’s Jackson Plaza is happening Friday, June 24th from 10:30am – 11:15 am.

After the cutting of the ribbon, the plaza will officially be opened to the public.

GiveBIG Today! The Alliance for Pioneer Square

June 23, 2011  |  Business, Call to Action, PI  |  No Comments

Please read the following letter from TAPS and consider making a donation to this fantastic organization. They have done and will do more for the neighborhood than many of us will ever know, and any donation will go directly towards helping make Pioneer Square a better place:

Dear Friends,

You can help The Alliance for Pioneer Square in its effort to revitalize Pioneer Square! Today you have an opportunity to amplify the impact of a gift to The Alliance for Pioneer Square. We’re participating in GiveBIG, a community-wide giving challenge created by The Seattle Foundation that’s expected to be one of the biggest charitable giving days in King County history.

Here’s how you can help us out:
Grow your gift! The Seattle Foundation and local businesses will match a share of every contribution made through our page on The Seattle Foundation’s online Giving Center between 7 a.m. and midnight on today, June 23. There is a $500,000 matching pool available! (Read more about the event and challenge here.)

Win a Golden Ticket! Every hour between 7 a.m. and midnight today on June 23, The Seattle Foundation will randomly pick one person’s donation from all donations made during the previous one-hour time frame, and an additional $1,000 will be given to the nonprofit that received the Golden Ticket donation.

Learn more about the work of the Alliance and help now by donating to The Alliance for Pioneer Square.

Click the button below to GiveBIG today!

You can start by liking us on Facebook. Spread the word!

Thank you for your continued support and generosity!

-The Alliance for Pioneer Square

Road Closures: Rock N’ Roll Marathon this weekend

June 22, 2011  |  Event, PI  |  No Comments

This will be the third year in a row that I’ve done the Seattle Rock N’ Roll (half) Marathon — it benefits the American Cancer Society and will bring over 28,000 runners and walkers to Seattle. It is also one of the only runs in the rock n’ roll series that sells out every year.

Although the race starts in South Seattle, it winds through Pioneer Square, up onto the Viaduct, and ends at Qwest Field. There will be major road closures and a lot of bus route changes, beginning early Saturday morning.

There is an interactive map that highlights what roads will be closed on their Community Website.

Join the festivities! Seattle residents are encouraged to visit the free Health & Fitness Expo at the Qwest Event Center, volunteer during race weekend, and/or line the course to cheer runners.

Affected Transit Routes
For information about area transit service that may be affected by this event, visit or during the week of June 20.

Rock N’ Roll has also provided a printable map that shows the course, a table with road closures, and other information. If you’re not participating, you can still join the thousands of people who line up in Pioneer Square down 2nd Ave, and by Qwest field to cheer the runners as they make their way back.

Pioneer Square in the News

June 20, 2011  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

All links concerning the City’s plan to help our neighborhood (+ the Comcast announcement):

McGinn says Internet will help draw business back to Pioneer Square (DJC)
One broker said retail has been slow but office is strong because Pioneer Square has the kind of space that startups, tech and design firms want.

High-speed Internet, lower parking rates coming to Pioneer Square (KOMO News)
The mayor has laid out a recovery strategy to help revitalize the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood.

Bathrooms, good Internet: Can they save Pioneer Sq.? (Seattle PI)
At a City Hall news conference where he was joined by former mayor and Pioneer Square resident Charles Royer, McGinn also announced that Onehub, a business-file sharing company from Bellevue, was moving into the city’s oldest community next month. Charles Mount, Onehub CEO, said juiced-up Internet was a key factor in the decision to bring his 10-person business across Lake Washington.

Comcast lands Pioneer Square internet contract; Onehub moving in from Bellevue (TechFlash)
Discovery Bay Games, Zynga and other tech companies have chosen to locate in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood because of its character, proximity to downtown and other amenities. But the area is lacking some critical infrastructure, including high-speed internet access.

Seattle’s First Neighborhood: Mayor’s One-Year Update on Pioneer Square Plan (Seattlest)
Last June, Mayor Mike McGinn released a plan to bring vitality and viability back to Seattle’s historic, hard-knock neighborhood, Pioneer Square. Today, he’s updated the plan, laying out his priorities for the coming year.

Comcast wins high-speed broadband contract for Seattle’s Pioneer Square (GeekWire)
Now, through a proposal by Mayor McGinn, Comcast will be able to utilize existing city-laid conduit to bring high-speed Internet to the neighborhood. Internet connectivity in Pioneer Square is notoriously bad, driven in part by the old brick buildings and historic designation which makes it tough for ISPs to tear up the streets.

Mayor: Pioneer Square to get ultra-fast broadband (hopefully) (Crosscut)
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn takes a “small tangible step” to keep Pioneer Square growing as a high-tech hotspot, and hopes the idea will spread to other neighborhoods.

Comcast, Metro city plan Pioneer Square broadband (Seattle Times)
The introduction of high-speed Internet is part of the city’s strategy to attract tech companies to the historic neighborhood, he said.

Revitalizing Pioneer Square (Downtown Seattle News)
Mayor McGinn, along with Pioneer Square businesses, community leaders, and former Mayor Charles Royer, are working together to revitalize Pioneer Square into a vibrant urban community, as a destination for new jobs, residents, and nightlife.


Jones Soda moving to Pioneer Square (Seattle Times)
Beverage company Jones Soda plans to relocate this summer from the South Lake Union neighborhood to Pioneer Square’s historical district…

Jones Soda moving to Pioneer Square in Seattle (PSBJ)
Jones said the new location will make it easier to offer free samples to fans attending games at the stadium.

Yarn bombing brightens Pioneer Square’s Occidental Park (Crosscut)
Whimsical Dr. Seuss trees and light poles are springing up in Pioneer Square’s Occidental Park, thanks to local artist Suzanne Tidwell.

Jurors outraged over high court decision to overturn murder conviction (King5)
It was a stunning piece of videotape that lead to the quick conviction of the gunman, 21 year old Kevin Monday, in a 2006 triple shooting in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. But now the conviction has been overturned by the state Supreme Court, who ruled King County deputy prosecutor James Konat made racist comments to the jury.

Sounders FC fans more than spectators (Seattle Times)
In its third season, Sounders FC has mixed results on the field, but fans remain committed to making trips to Qwest Field more than just a night out. They are active participants and dedicated to the community.


These limited edition prints are for sale on