UXIBAL Pop Up at the Pioneer Collective

September 4, 2015  |  Announcement, Art, Business, Event, Fashion  |  No Comments

by RaNae Vodder

In a previous blog by Sarah Norton we learned about the Pioneer Collective and their innovative business.  Today I stopped by to visit a pop-up store, UXIBAL that has taken residence there for the next week.  It is great!!!  I am a big fan of shoes so inspected all that they had to offer and ended up with a cute pair of Chi Chi flats!  You can also browse a nice selection of sandals,  unique bags, tall and low boots and be treated with excellent care by Britini, the founder of UXIBAL.

The story behind UXIBAL is a good one, it makes me proud to own a pair of their shoes.  Britini currently lives in Guatemala but has strong ties to Seattle so returned to host this pop-up for a week.  She is bringing high quality, hand made products to the neighborhood and is an example of how a small business can change people lives for the greater good.


I highly recommend that you take a break and go meet Britini while she is in town!  If you find something you love, but it doesn’t quite fit,  she offers to have a product tailor made “just right” and have it shipped to you in a couple of weeks.  When was the last time someone offered to do that!?


Pioneer Square Neighborhood BBQ


by RaNae Vodder

Pioneer Square friends and neighbors!  Save your spot at the 3rd annual Pioneer Square Neighborhood BBQ and RSVP today!   I had a great time at the event last year and will be looking forward to meeting you since I have volunteered to check people in at the registration table. This is a great opportunity to meet some new friends and neighbors and support our local community.

Click here to RSVP  (You must be a Pioneer Square resident, business owner, or Pioneer Square resident-invited guest to attend).

There is sure to be great food because Shawn O’Donnell and his family are catering the BBQ!  There is a $5 suggested donation per person (you can’t go wrong with a meal for only $5!!).  All proceeds support the Pioneer Square Residents’ Council and the great work they do for our neighborhood!

Many Pioneer Square businesses are donating generous raffle items.  You can purchase raffle tickets in advance when you RSVP or they are available on-site. Don’t leave early because you must be present to win.


Fresh Wednesdays Farmers Market

August 26, 2015  |  Food, PI  |  No Comments

by Courtney Crockett

The late summer harvest is available now at our Pioneer Square/Chinatown-International District Express Farmers Market. Pick up your fresh melon, blueberries, blackberries, peaches or nectarines, apples and pears. Also tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, summer squash, a variety of peppers, and colorful beets. A seasonal bouquet of brilliant flowers, too.

Pioneer Square/C-ID Express Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 26 August  – 1 October 
from 10 am – 2 pm

at King Street Station Plaza on 3rd Ave S and S Jackson St

Farmers Market Produce

Today’s Participants Include:

  • Shong Chao’s Farm – Flowers and Produce
  • Chue Neng Cha Farm – Flowers and Produce
  • Martin Family Orchards – Orchard Fruit and Cider
  • Sidhu Farms – Organic Berries, Honey and Jam
  • Magana Farms – Orchard Fruit and Produce
  • Honest Biscuits – Artisan Biscuits
  • El Chito – Tamales
Market Totes
A colorful Pike Place Market tote is available from the information tent when you spend $15 cash on produce or swipe a credit/debit card for $15 plus.
Credit or Debit Cards Gladly Accepted.
Check with individual vendors or go to the market information tent for Fresh Bucks SNAP.


Public Safety Open House

August 10, 2015  |  Announcement, Business, Call to Action, Residents  |  No Comments


Tuesday 11 August 2015

8 am – 6 pm

307 Occidental Ave S


The Pioneer Square Residents Council, the Alliance for Pioneer Square and the Pioneer Square BIA ask you to share your thoughts and ideas about public safety in Pioneer Square. Input from our neighborhood residents, workers and businesses is important and will aid in the development of a multifaceted set of strategies regarding street civility and public safety.

Strategies include-

  • Advocacy with the Mayor, Police Chief, City Departments and the City Council
  • Implementation of tools and strategies for residents and businesses
  • Communication

The format is an all-day open house, please drop by as your schedules permit.

Seattle-Style Coworking – The Pioneer Collective

By Sarah Norton

Lately there’s been a change of tempo in the Square – with new restaurants, shiny high rise condos, renewed energy in the parks, and lots of high tech startups humming in the ‘hood. Just sitting in any one of our coffee houses, you can see team meetings, job interviews, and lone workers at laptops in one glance.


Into this mix comes the Pioneer Collective – a shared workspace catering to creatives, freelancers and small teams who work in industries other than the fundable tech startup world. Located on the ground level of the Westland Building at 100 King Street, the Pioneer Collective offers a variety of work spaces with basic office services (such as high speed wi-fi, printers, mail handling) and amenities (coffee, tea, and beer, kitchen, showers, bike storage, workout room) in addition to conference rooms, phone booths for confidential conversations, and inviting social areas. Several levels of memberships are offered, from a “Dedicated Desk” with lots of amenities and services to a “Daily Drop-in” rate. Pricing is listed on the Pioneer Collective website.

ChrisAudreyI recently visited the space and talked with Chris Hoyt, who with his wife Audrey, has converted this former restaurant into a light, airy space partitioned by simple open-backed bookcases. The combination of the brick and timbers of the historic building and the modern Herman Miller Task chairs and oak communal tables gives the space an elegant, inviting feel.

The Hoyts, both professionals with corporate experience, believe their niche is that “critical mass of entrepreneurs, creatives, professionals, and small business owners who don’t fit the mold of other shared spaces, but want to work in a collaborative, intelligent environment with first class amenities.” Chris said several of their clients have been sent to Seattle on a temporary basis to represent their company or to start a new office. Another client team is using the space during their short-term sprint for funding, saving the cost of renting and building out an office. And, of course, there are some independent workers who need the infrastructure of a true office space and prefer the company of others. Regular member social events and networking help build networking and community for all of them.


So, if you’re interested in a membership, write Chris at team@thepioneercollective.com or stop by. Who knows when you might need a “day off” at the office!

August Events in Pioneer Square

August 5, 2015  |  Event, Families, Fun, PI  |  2 comments

by Courtney Crockett



FRESH WEDNESDAYS FARMERS MARKET every Wednesday in August from 10 am – 2 pm. From 5 August through 30 September the Pike Place Market sets up an Express Market of local farmers and their fresh flowers and produce at King Street Station Plaza.

PILATES IN THE PARK every Thursday in August at noon. From 6 August through 26 November learn the fundamentals of pilates with staff from Kinesia Pilates. Free and open to the public in Occidental Park.

THROWBACK THURSDAY every Thursday in August from 5 – 6 pm. #TBT is a way to look fondly at favorite memories and begin new ones. Play Simon Says, Chutes & Ladders, Sorry!, Giant Jenga, and Connect 4 or put your head down and color in a Coloring book. Free and open to the public in Occidental Park.

FIRST THURSDAY ART WALK on 6 August from 6 – 9 pm. Seattle’s original Art Walk features more than 50 participating galleries and venues throughout Pioneer Square. Free and open to the public. Free parking available with voucher at participating garages.

MOVIES IN THE PARK on 7 August at dusk. Downtown Seattle Parks presents Insurgent in Occidental Park.

CHESS TOURNAMENTS on 8 August from 9 am – 4 pm. Seattle’s Center City Parks hosts free chess tournaments in Occidental Park. Registration from 9 – 10:15 am. Tournaments begin at 10:30 am.

PATH WITH ART – POETRY CLASS on 10 August from 4 – 6 pm. Every Monday from 10 August through 14 September. Free art classes and pop-up performances exploring the power of creative engagement in Occidental Park. Space is limited, click here to sign up.

PATH WITH ART – SUMMER SKETCHBOOK on 11 August from 4 – 6 pm. Every Tuesday from 11 August through 15 September. Free art classes in Occidental Park. Space is limited, click here to sign up.

CHESS TOURNAMENTS on 15 August from 9 am – 4 pm. Seattle’s Center City Parks hosts free chess tournaments in Occidental Park. Registration from 9 – 10:15 am. Tournaments begin at 10:30 am.

Seattle Streetcar Test Sighting

August 4, 2015  |  News, PI, PSq Revitalization  |  No Comments

by Courtney Crockett

An all too brief and rare sighting of the new Seattle Streetcar today. Glad I was able to capture the moment. The new Streetcar rode in at the Occidental Park Pioneer Square station and quickly continued on to test the line heading east on S Jackson St.

Seattle Steetcar

Seattle Streetcar

Loggers and Lagers Cut Loose

August 4, 2015  |  Event, Fun, Residents  |  No Comments

By Beth Berube

QualityAthleticsOn July 25th, Loggers and Lagers Pub Crawl partygoers paraded plaid panache in Pioneer Square. And what could be more fitting for the first annual pub crawl, than a theme linking a lumber mill from the past to the timber men that built Seattle. It started right here in our very own district.

Lumber Jacks and Lumber Jills gathered at Quality Athletics in the late afternoon and after twilight, revelers raised glasses for a final toast to “a karaoke culmination” at Fuel.


In between, the sixty or so merrymakers wet their whistles at Pharmacy, J & M, Casco Antiguo and Shawn O’Donnell’s. All establishments offered discounted libations and raffle prizes to Crawlers. My personal favorite mix-sensation, was a zippy Sangria served at Pharmacy. Not too sweet. Just the way I like it.

J & M hosted a best beard contest, pic3which was won by Pioneer Square resident and neighbor, Nile Norton.

The Pioneer Square Residents Council organized the event as a great way to show off all our new bars and to visit old ones as well. A fun night was had by all. If you missed it, there is always next year.

Why Buy? Try Renting from a Neighbor!

August 3, 2015  |  Announcement, Personal, Residents  |  No Comments

By Beth Berube

When I first heard about a new app that allows people to lend unused stuff from their closets and storage places to their neighbors, I was a little skeptical. But, I figured, what the heck…I should at least take a peek before passing judgment. I downloaded the app from MyNeighbor and signed up. The app is free and easy to navigate. I clicked Browse Offers and dozens of pictures popped up. It was like strolling down several aisles of of a store, but in a virtual way. Borrowing is also more economical and saves one from having to find more closet space to cram things used once or twice a year.

thW8JF7Y5OItems such as tents, coolers, weedwackers and crockpots rolled up my IPhone screen. Several fans popped up. Since temperatures in Seattle have broken 90 degrees over the past couple of weeks, a little extra ventilation spells relief. The travel pillow seemed a little too “ew” to lend out. And the hair dryer? If my hair dryer drew its last breath, I would have a new one under my sink before my wet locks had a chance to dry!

I loved the concept, but I did not think I would be a borrower. Until a couple of days ago. I needed a megaphone to use for an event I was helping host. I thought, “Why not?” and selected the Request button. In the message box I typed “I wish to borrow a megaphone.” Voila…four hours later, I received a reply, made arrangements to pick it up and now I have everyone’s attention. Easy, breezy. And I didn’t have to sign a rental agreement.


Just the facts: The MyNeighbor app can be downloaded (but not accessed) from your computer, and the app is currently available for iPhones and Android phones only. You can earn money by renting out items you have or offering services you can provide – and save money by not having to buy an item, or finding a service that’s convenient and nearby. And, if you profit from posting items or services on MyNeighbor, you can pledge that money to local nonprofit organizations, to spread the goodness.

Out of Sight Seattle

July 29, 2015  |  Art, Event, PI  |  2 comments

by Courtney Crockett

When out walking last night I ventured a look into the upper windows of King Street Station, and I could see tiny human forms still busy transforming the interior space for this weekend’s gigantic art exhibition Out of Sight. In the true spirit of an arts community, King Street Station has been a hive of art and action with volunteers rehabbing and rebuilding the interior 24,000 foot space for the arts collective and its opening event tomorrow.

King Street Station InteriorIndependently run and funded Vital5Productionsfounder Greg Lundgren has been working tirelessly to reform the neglected and sizable third floor of King Street Station into an art exhibition this weekend. The curatorial team includes Kirsten Anderson and Sharon Arnold from Pioneer Square gallery Roq la Rue, and Sierra Stinson to organize and facilitate this alternative arts effort that features 110 Pacific Northwest artists. Out of Sight is running in conjunction with and in response to the more well funded Seattle Art Fair over the same weekend. Born of the notion that many Seattle artists would lack exposure there, Lundgren secured a lease and a key to the historic station. The key appeared prominently on social media more than a month ago.

The opening night celebration kicks off with Derek Erdman spinning records along with special performances by Doug Newman and Mal DeFleur.

Word is Lundgren plans to make this an annual event. Great news for Seattle arts, the underused King Street Station and Pioneer Square. Come out and make it happen.



Thursday 30 July – Preview and Grand Opening Party
Ages 21 and over only, tickets include one re-entry over the weekend
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Friday 31 July and Saturday 1 August – $10 Admission
Exhibition Hours 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm with Happy Hour Bar Service from 5 til 8

Sunday 2 August – $10 Admission
Exhibition Hours 10:00 am – 6:00 pm with Swedish Pancake Brunch from 10 til 2


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