Archive for April, 2013

New retail businesses in Pioneer Square

April 30, 2013  |  Business, PI  |  No Comments

I recently posted that there were 12 new restaurants/retail businesses opening in the neighborhood. Seattle magazine highlights some current favorites and some new ones in their article, including:

Laguna Vintage Pottery
Seattle Lighting
E Smith Mercantile (new!)
Bon Voyage Vintage (new!)
The Belfry (new!)
Assemblage (new!)

After I posted the list, I tried to think if there were any others that she missed, and thought of Bass Northwest, which has been around for a long time, Glasshouse studio, where you can watch them blow glass (amazing!), and of course Magic Mouse Toys, which became more interesting to me once I had a baby. Now that I’ve started thinking, there are a ton of great shops in this neighborhood that I could almost list them all and different reasons why I love shopping there.

You can see a full list of retail, restaurants, art galleries, bars, and more at

Pioneer Square in the News

April 29, 2013  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

King Street Station’s new improvements (Seattle PI)
King Street Station, a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places, was reopened Wednesday after a $55 million revitalization project.

So many beers at Yard House (Seattle Times)
The local chain Lodge Sports Grille opened in Pioneer Square in March with 70 taps.

Coworking: Seattle office collectives take off (Crosscut)
HUB Seattle, in Pioneer Square, targets start-ups dealing in social enterprises; a market its members go after by providing event spaces and the opportunity to rent private, more permanent offices.

Seattle Police seeking tips on 18 unsolved murders (King5)
Nicole Westbrook became the face for a movement to stop street violence in Seattle when the innocent 21-year-old was shot to death in Pioneer Square one year ago this week.

Seattle pot zones could create marijuana district (Q13 Fox)
The new restrictions would keep commercial marijuana business out of most areas downtown, including popular tourist spots like pike place and pioneer square.

The Fussy Eye: A Sense of Placement (Seattle Weekly)
Since Seattle Weekly moved from Spring Street to south of Pioneer Square, a different set of public artworks marks my daily bicycle commute and lunchtime foraging

Seattle to Bainbridge ferry – Books Afloat

April 24, 2013  |  Event, PI  |  No Comments

Shot of Seattle skyline I took last year on a ferry ride

Seattle to Bainbridge ferry – Books Afloat program with Susan Wiggs – April 25, 2013

Event date & time: April 25, 2013 – 3:50 ferry Bainbridge to Seattle and 4:40 ferry Seattle to Bainbridge

Location: Seattle Ferry

“Books Afloat” program on the Seattle Ferry. Every Thursday on the 3:50 ferry from Bainbridge to Seattle and the 4:40 ferry Seattle to Bainbridge the Kitsap Regional Library will feature either an author, Ferry Tales book club, or library talks. First author to kick off the program is Susan Wiggs and her new book The Apple Orchard- April 25th.

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Pioneer Square in the News

April 23, 2013  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Public’s help asked on anniversary of Pioneer Square shooting death (Q13 Fox)
One year after newly arrived Seattle resident Nicole Westbrook was shot dead in Pioneer Square, police said Monday they still need help finding the vehicle seen on video speeding away from the scene.

Man in a Garbage Can (MyNorthwest)
It’s relatively rare for an established Seattle art gallery to host a painter’s first-ever commercial exhibition. But it’s almost unheard of for an unknown artist to break into the art world at the age David Byrd finds himself to be.

Remaking Sodo: Hansen, teams, city look at L.A. Live (Seattle Times)
Investor Chris Hansen would like to create a Seattle version of L.A. Live, a thriving entertainment district by Staples Center. The Mariners and Seahawks also want to enliven the stadium area. But Port and maritime workers worry about freight mobility, congestion and loss of industrial lands.

Dear Mariners fans: Don’t repeat mistakes made with Sonics (Seattle Times)
Last week, the Mariners twice broke a record: lowest attendance ever recorded at Safeco Field.

Making an Average Afternoon Sparkling (Seattle Weekly)
When ample light is streaming in through the large windows, you’d be hard-pressed to find a nicer location for a glass of wine than Bar Sajor in Pioneer Square.

Seattle skyline and a camel: Macklemore releases new video for “Can’t Hold Us” (Seattle Times)
Seattle’s own Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are following up the chart-topping success of “Thrift Shop” with a new video for the song “Can’t Hold Us.” There are desert scenes and pirate ships, but make sure to watch all the way to the end for amazing Space Needle shots.

Detectives Examine Suspicious Bag Left Outside Bus Tunnel, Find Hair Dryer (SPD Blotter)
Police closed off streets around 3rd and Yesler just after 10 am Tuesday morning and called in the Arson/Bomb Squad (ABS) after security guards found a suspicious bag near the entrance to the Metro bus tunnel and the King County courthouse.

Editorial: Expand downtown Seattle’s ambassador program to Belltown (Seattle Times)
The new legislation would expand the boundary to Denny Way on the north and Interstate 5 on the east, taking in the Pioneer Square area.

Grand Reopening of King Street Station’s Waiting Room

April 18, 2013  |  Announcement, Event, PI  |  No Comments

The grand opening of the main waiting room is April 24th:

the Grand Reopening of King Street Station’s Main Waiting Room

Wednesday, April 24, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Main Waiting Room, King Street Station, South King Street and Third Avenue South

Remarks by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and other distinguished guests

Please let them know if you plan to attend by e-mailing

(source: Seattle Transit Blog)

Nord Alley Update

April 16, 2013  |  Alley, First Thursday, PI  |  No Comments

The Unearth Collective is looking for volunteers who would like to help create a temporary installation in Pioneer Square, Seattle on May 2nd, 2013. The installation, O Horizon, will be a large-scale, immersive tactile artwork that will transform the paved ground of NORD ALLEY into a temporary forest floor!

Make Art | Meet People | Make Connections
Have Fun | Clean Up Your Yard | Recycle-Compost
Free Snacks & Tea at the First Thursday Party

If you think you may be able to help, please fill out the following survey to let us know what you are interested in doing:

Join us for any or all of our upcoming 2013 Nord Alley Events!

May 16-May 19 – Saint Genet Interactive
June 6 – Alley Corridor Project Designs
July 4 – North American Cycle Courier Championships
August 1 – Post Alley to Pioneer Square interactive
September 5 – First Thursday Surprise
October 3 – Alley Corridor Project Designs
December 5 – Happy Howlidays 2

Pioneer Square in the News

April 9, 2013  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Belltown’s Roq La Rue Gallery moving to Pioneer Square (Seattle PI – Belltown)
After 15 years of being in Belltown, Roq La Rue Gallery is moving after being informed they are losing their space in Belltown. Their new home will be at 532 1st Ave S in Pioneer Square.

Bar Sajor Is the Answer (The Stranger)
Possibly you have not thought a lot about Pioneer Square since Elliott Bay Book Company decamped to Capitol Hill. But with the opening of Bar Sajor, we may anticipate the trumpeting of the neighborhood’s renaissance.

For Seattle’s Ebbets Field Flannels, working on ’42′ movie was extra special (Seattle PI)
Twenty-five years ago, Jerry Cohen founded Ebbets Field Flannels out of an obsession with old baseball uniforms, particularly the woolen, heathered flannels worn in the days of Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers. So when his Seattle company was approached by the producers of the upcoming Robinson movie “42,” Cohen jumped on the opportunity to design and produce hundreds of Negro League and minor league jerseys for the film.

Bartendar’s Best Friend! Demitri’s Gourmet Delicious Mix’s… (Seattle PI)
As a young bartender in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, Demitri Pallis recognized a need for a consistently delicious Bloody Mary that professional bartenders could rely on to reduce both labor cost and pouring cost, so in 1988 he introduced his original, 14-ingredient Bloody Mary seasoning.

Bertha, world’s largest boring machine, arrives in Seattle (KPLU)
The 7,000-ton machine arrived in 41 pieces. Crews will start assembling the boring machine in the coming days, in the pit near Pioneer Square where she’ll begin tunneling for the State Route 99 tunnel project this summer.

State of the Arts: Does Seattle have an arts aesthetic? (Crosscut)
It’s a throw-the-world-open kind of question, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be answered. Three traits that make Seattle arts, well, Seattle.

McCaw Bros Sell 324,000 SF in Seattle’s Union Station (CoStar)
The Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association has acquired two office buildings in the Union Station office complex located at 605 and 625 5th Ave. S in Seattle, WA from Seattle Union Station LLC for $96.9 million, or about $300 per square foot.

Seattle’s Livemocha sold to Rosetta Stone for $8.5 million (Brief Dudley)
Rosetta Stone today announced that it’s buying online language learning startup Livemocha for $8.5 million cash. It plans to continue operating the company as a subsidiary in Pioneer Square, using the team to help move other Rosetta products onto the Livemocha platform.

Puget Sound Energy natural gas relocation work

April 2, 2013  |  Construction, PI  |  No Comments

InfraSource, Puget Sound Energy’s natural gas service provider, started construction today along South Jackson Street between Second and Third avenues (see map). The work is to relocate portions of PSE’s natural gas system in coordination with the construction of the Seattle First Hill Streetcar Project. We expect the relocation work to be completed on or around April 21, 2013.

Work, which is expected to take place Mondays through Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., will entail open trenching in the roadway, relocating the existing 2-inch natural gas pipeline out of the pathway of the streetcar tracks along South Jackson Street, working with adjacent natural gas customers to relocate service lines to their property, and site restoration. We recognize the inconvenience to the neighborhood, and will do our best to minimize construction impacts as much as possible, including discontinuing work during major events in the area.

For more information on this project and other natural gas relocation projects in the area, please visit If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Todd Beckley, InfraSource project manager, at 425-765-0551.

Pioneer Square in the News

April 1, 2013  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Traffic alert: How tunnel machine’s arrival will affect bicyclists (West Seattle Blog)
WSDOT asked the West Seattle blog to share an alert for bicycle riders regarding how its arrival will affect the shared-use path along the Pioneer Square waterfront.

Seattle’s bread bakers blend science and art for those perfect loaves (Seattle Times)
A look at Grand Central Bakery and the people who… bake there.

City draws up limits on how much, where pot can be grown, sold (Seattle Times)
It would be prohibited in historic areas (including Pioneer Square, Chinatown/ID, and Pike Place Market.