Archive for October, 2011

New Schoenfeld ad: There’s no place quite like Pioneer Square

October 13, 2011  |  Business, Parking, PI  |  No Comments

Announcing Pioneer Square as the “original heart of Seattle,” Schoenfeld Interiors has a new video ad that shows off their beautiful and historic showroom.

A part of Seattle since 1865, they show clips of the positive things that our neighborhood has to offer, and invites people to come and down, where they will park your car — free of charge. (love it!)

Bob Schoenfeld also wrote a letter to the editor of the Daily Journal of Commerce just last month in response to news regarding Masins’ departure from the neighborhood. In it, he states:

“I own a furniture store in Pioneer Square and we are doing just fine; in fact, we had a profitable year in 2010. As for the panhandling, I see more panhandling in front of the Nike store downtown than on Jackson in Pioneer Square. Everyone talks about parking, but I find parking on the street in front of my store seven out of 10 times. Pioneer Square is a unique asset to the city and can be a great place to start a business.”

Seattle, Pioneer Square
115 South Jackson St
Pioneer Square, Seattle Wa 98104
Mon-Sat 10-6 Sun 12-5

Pioneer Square in the News

October 11, 2011  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Seattle’s Pioneer Square has tech, needs tribe (GeekWire)
With Zynga and now HTC joining companies like Isilon Systems, BlueNile, Yapta and Payscale there, Pioneer Square is proving it’s a place where geeks want to work. But until Seattle’s first neighborhood stays up past rush hour, it won’t rival Fremont, downtown and the booming South Lake Union as a place where geeks want to play.

Though it really, really should.

Tech companies lead ‘renaissance’ in Seattle’s Pioneer Square (TechFlash)
“What won us over to Pioneer Square ultimately was we really wanted to get into a loft space,” said Olson. “We also wanted a wide diversity of restaurant options for our employees and ease in getting there via public transport, bike, or driving.”

Phoenix Jones Arrested For Allegedly Pepper Spraying Pioneer Square Clubgoers (Seattlest)
Police say that Jones pepper-sprayed a group of people exiting a club around 2:30 a.m. Those pepper sprayed had been just “dancing and having a good time,” police say, at a club on 1st Avenue and Columbia Street (which means Fado or Contour, and Fado is not known for dancing).

Urban snowboarding in Occidental Park (Seattle Times)
Ah, autumn in Seattle, with that nip in the air. Fallen leaves dot the sidewalks, and snowboarders turn Occidental Park into a “giant snow cone.” Organizers of the sixth annual Downtown Throwdown Saturday built a giant ramp in the Pioneer Square park and covered it with 80,000 pounds of crushed ice, which they sprinkled with salt.

Seattle social marketing firm sold to Interpublic (Seattle Times)
Spring Creek Group, a five-year-old social media marketing agency, was sold today to the giant Interpublic Group. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed but Spring Creek’s 35 employees, including founding partner Clay McDaniel, will remain based in Pioneer Square.

CleanScapes, the Anti-Trash Trash Company, Launches Merger With Big Ambitions (Seattle Weekly)
Martin, who got into this business by complaining about the dumpsters behind his Pioneer Square home, has taken his obsession with trash a long way.

Pioneer Square’s new interactive walking tour/scavenger hunt!

October 7, 2011  |  Fun, PI  |  No Comments

Just last month, tech company Stray Boots announced “a new way to explore Seattle.” You can now tour Pioneer Square (+ Pike Place + the SAM) through a great interactive walking tour with your cell phone as your guide.

From their website:

Seattle:  The Game combines the fun of a scavenger hunt with the sights and history of a top-notch tour.

  • Start when you want and go at your own pace (see below for recommended starting times)
  • All tours take about 2-3 hours to complete
  • All tours are great for all ages
  • Any US cell phone with text messaging works – no need for a smart phone
  • You have a year from purchase to complete your tour – you can buy online and play when you want

A writer from SunBreak recently tried the tour and said that “the tour takes you places you normally wouldn’t go, like the nautical-themed store Cuttysark, and the great retro sports shop Ebbets Field Flannels. It also made me actually pay attention to the totem poles.”

The tour costs $12 (on sale right now — originally $20) and runs about 2 – 3 hours.

Live music at Delicatus tonight, starting at 6pm

October 6, 2011  |  Event, PI  |  No Comments

Live performance by Gabriel Mintz at local favorite Delicatus.

They will have their full menu available until 9pm, small plates and sandwiches, music and “bar will stay til Gabriel is tired of playing.”

Upcoming open houses to talk about the upcoming Viaduct nine-day closure

October 6, 2011  |  Traffic Alert, Viaduct  |  1 Comment

They’re not being held in our neighborhood, but if you’re interested in learning more about the impacts from this closure, see the notice from WSDOT about two upcoming open houses:

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, WSDOT will close the majority of the SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct until 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31, as crews begin demolition of the structure’s south end.

Join us at two open houses – 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10 in West Seattle and 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 12 in Ballard – to learn more about the upcoming closure, your commute options and how SR 99 will change for drivers when it re-opens. Remarks by Seattle and King County councilmembers and program staff will be made at 6:30 p.m.

For more information about the closure visit or call the program hotline at 1-888-AWV-LINE (298-5463).

October 10 – West Seattle
Open house: 6 to 8 p.m.
Remarks at 6:30 p.m.
West Seattle High School Commons
3000 California Ave. SW, Seattle
Speakers: Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, King County Councilmember Joe McDermott, Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program Deputy Director Matt Preedy.

Oct. 12 – Ballard
Open house: 6 to 8 p.m.
Remarks at 6:30 p.m.
Adams Elementary School Cafeteria
6110 28th Ave. NW, Seattle
Speakers: Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program Deputy Director Matt Preedy.

First Thursday Art & Music Show at Trinity

October 6, 2011  |  Art, Event, PI  |  No Comments

Thursday October 6th, 2011   7PM – 10:30PM (with afterparty)

Trinity Nightclub unveils it’s new First Thursday Art & Music showcase in conjunction with Pioneer Square’s Nationally-renowned weekly First Thursday ArtWalk

There will be separate, but cooperative exhibitions of music & visual art.

The Trinity debut of “The Skratch Lounge” Dj Exhibition
feat Guest DJ’s Pjilla & Boski
Hosted by Groove Techs (DJ’s Bamboo & Spinja).

First Thursday Street Art Show featuring artists:
Ryan “Henry” Ward – Starheadboy – Xavier Lopez Jr – Tnglr – Jay Mason – Mantisart

The Music Schedule will be:
7-9:30: Open Skratch Cypher
9:30-9:45: Showcase
9:45-10:30: Skratch Panel

It will be a “DMC”-style DJ exhibition of scratching, juggling and DJ trickery, made popular by famous DJ’s such as world champion QBert of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz & MixMaster Mike of the Beastie Boys.

The DJ’s will be set up in a multiple-turntable “roundtable” in the middle of the room,
DJ’ing with/against one another, in a freestyle session of improvisation.

While the DJ Exhibition is going on, there will be a visual art display around the walls of the main room of Trinity, with some of Seattle’s finest up-and-coming street artists, displaying several pieces each, including last week’s Seattle Weekly Cover Artist Ryan “Henry” Ward.

This event is free to the public & is 21+ Beer, Wine & Full Liquor Available

Followed by Trinity’s Long-Running Thursday Night Party “freeBASS Thursdays” with 3 rooms of DJ’s, NO COVER, $1 SHOTS, $3 BEERS & $5 BACARDI Card Room Hosted by The Skratch Lounge, with Party sets from the Guests.

Busy Saturday in Pioneer Square

October 6, 2011  |  Event, PI, Traffic Alert  |  No Comments

On Saturday, Pioneer Square will be hopping with the Downtown Throwdown snow board exhibition in Occidental Square and a Seattle Sounders’ soccer match at CenturyLink Field.

Saturday, October 8
Downtown Throwdown:  12 Noon – 4 p.m.

Occidental Park – outdoor snowboard exhibition
2,000 attending
No street closures, however, traffic may be heavy on the surrounding streets.

Seattle Sounders vs Philadelphia Union:   7 – 9 p.m.
CenturyLink Field
35,000 attending
Expect congestion on surrounding streets before and after the match.

Feet First Turns 10!

October 5, 2011  |  Event, PI  |  No Comments

From their website:

We invite you to celebrate our first 10 years with an evening of conversation, inspiration, and motivation on Tuesday, October 11, 2011.

Keynote speaker Matt Lerner, Chief Technology Officer of Walk Score, reflects on the value of walkable communities and neighborhood revitalization.

We have an exciting evening planned, filled with celebrity pedestrian trivia, a silent auction, door prizes, and tasty appetizers and drinks provided by Metropolitan Market and the Harmon Brewery.

Mingle with past and present staff and board members as we honor our members and volunteers. Rub elbows with a who’s who of Puget Sound transportation geeks, politicos and neighborhood activists.


NORD Building
314 First Avenue South,
Seattle WA 98104
(Pioneer Square Neighborhood)
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
5:30pm to 8pm

Tickets: $10

Please RSVP by Friday, October 7, 2011.

Parking beneath viaduct to be removed starting Oct. 14

October 4, 2011  |  Parking, PI, Viaduct  |  No Comments

Areas for parking removal Starting Friday, Oct. 14, crews working for WSDOT will remove parking beneath the Alaskan Way Viaduct between Railroad Way South and just north of South Jackson Street. These spaces must be removed to make room for construction equipment, and to give crews room to build a detour that will keep surface street traffic moving through the area during the project.

Where else can I park?
Parking is available in various pay lots and garages between South Main Street and Railroad Way South. On-street parking is available below the viaduct north of South Jackson Street and in the Pioneer Square neighborhood.

What is being done to address parking impacts?
WSDOT and the City of Seattle are working closely with Pioneer Square representatives to develop short-term strategies to help the neighborhood through the holiday season. Ideas include marketing activities, and partnerships with parking garages and surface lots to make more parking available.

Pioneer Square in the News

October 3, 2011  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Pioneer Square is hot again (PSBJ)
The historic Pioneer Square district already is home to numerous tech companies, including a small — and very hush-hush — HTC development studio. But the neighborhood known for its picturesque red-brick buildings is undergoing a major transformation as companies such as game developer Zynga and data storage company Isilon Systems set up shop there.

Land sale sets stage for big Pioneer Square project (Seattle Times)
Developers planning a high-rise residential and office complex in part of CenturyLink Field’s north parking lot officially acquired the 3.85-acre property Monday.

12 best murals in Seattle(Big Blog)
Our neighborhood claims #6 and #10.

Pay for parking in Seattle — by cell phone? (Seattle PI)
As part of the 2012 budget proposal, McGinn suggested further changes to how parking is run in the city:
1. Pay by Cell
2. Changes to geographic boundaries
3. Time limit changes
4. Three hour time limits after 5pm

Kress Building Sold for $29 million, JC Penney planned (Seattlest)
Potential bad news for downtown and Pioneer Square residents: the Kress Building (also known as the home to the central business district’s only grocery store), located at 1419 Third Ave, was sold over the weekend to a New York investment company for $29 million dollars. The space is slated to house a J.C. Penney, marking the chain’s first Seattle location in 30 years. [note: not sure why this is bad news for Pioneer Square residents…I don’t know anyone who gets their groceries there))

Picture This (Seattle Times)
Seattle-based Super Geek League hosted the inaugural “Tomato Battle: Seattle” at Pioneer Square’s Pyramid Alehouse on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. There were more than 50,000 overly ripe pieces of the fruit, and combatants tossed them at each other until all that was left was pulp and juice.

Best Seattle Bar (KUOW)
The oldest bar in Seattle is the Central Saloon in Pioneer Square, founded in 1892.

From cash to Kindles: Waiting for the world to catch up to convenience (GeekWire)
Like the booths at Seattle’s monthly First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square, where last month I saw an artist use, well, Square. I first heard about the card scanning service and iPhone plug-in when early Twitter staffer Dom Sagolla showed it off around Seattle last spring, but I figured it’d stay stuck in the geek realm because most cool-seeming new things do. Yet there it was, on the artist’s iPhone, changing the equation.

Possible budget cuts could mean dangerous sex offenders go unsupervised (MyFox Spokane)
Two years ago, the DOC supervised 28,000 offenders in Washington state. Today, it supervises 17,000 offenders, a number which could drop drastically depending on which budget cut it is forced to choose. “My personal belief, areas such as Belltown, Pioneer Square, Capitol Hill are going to see a dramatic increase in street-level drug problems and everything that goes along with that,” Raymond said.

Blood, Teenage Riots, and Broken Drums: Fuzzy Cloaks Recount Their Worst Show Ever (Seattle Weekly)
They’ve only played about a dozen shows since their inception a couple months ago; hopefully this weekend’s will be nothing like the one they described to me as their worst show ever. This particular disaster was their second show, it occurred at Pioneer Square’s 619 Building, and they only got through two and a half songs.

The J&M Cafe: John Wayne, Sweet Bacon Jus, and a Chipotle Lamb Burger (Seattle Weekly)
Now, it features a revamped menu. For $8, start with the braised slab bacon. It instantly caught my eye, and really, who can say no (vegetarians, ignore this) to all-natural slab bacon, pepper-crusted and braised with maple syrup, served with mashed potatoes and sweet bacon jus?