Caroling in the Square

December 2, 2015  |  Announcement  |  No Comments

The Pioneer Square Carolers will be serenading art patrons and shoppers this Thursday, December 3rd at around 7:00 p.m. throughout Pioneer Square.  All Fa la la proceeds will be directed to food banks in our neighborhood.  Please come and join the merriment.

Parks and Gateways

October 27, 2015  |  Announcement, PI, PSq Revitalization, Residents  |  No Comments

by Courtney Crockett

Join in for snacks and refreshments at this interactive open house forum to share your thoughts on how we can improve our neighborhood parks and help determine which park to take to a full schematic design.

Parks and Gateways Open House

Thursday 29 October

 4 to 7 pm

Lobby at 505 First Ave S

Not available Thursday but want to participate? Fill out this very short survey on how you use your Pioneer Square parks.

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The Parks and Gateways project is funded through a $100,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund grant from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. The Alliance for Pioneer Square is working with a stakeholder group and consultant Walker Macy to create a Concept Plan for all of our neighborhood parks and gateways as well as a Schematic Design for one park or gateway.

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.


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 or stop by. Who knows when you might need a “day off” at the office!

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.

Summer Event Calendar

June 30, 2015  |  Announcement, Event, Families, Fun, PI  |  No Comments

by Courtney Crockett


FIRST THURSDAY ART WALK on 2 July from 6 – 9 pm. Seattle’s original Art Walk features more than 50 participating galleries and venues on the first Thursday of every month. Free and open to the public. Free parking with voucher at participating garages.

DANCING TIL DUSK on 9 July from 6 – 9:30 pm. A night of free music, dance lessons and dancing in Occidental Square Park. Event is free and open to the public.

DANCING TIL DUSK on 16 July from 6 – 9:30 pm.  Another night of free music, dance lessons and dancing in Occidental Square Park.

GO KLONDIKE LEGACY DAY on 17 July from 11 am – 7 pm. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is offering a family day of food, music, gold panning, dog teams, living history shows, old time photography, kids activities and more. Event is free and open to the public. For a full list of summer events at the Klondike, visit

OUT TO LUNCH CONCERT SERIES on 17 July from noon – 1:30 pm. Weekly free concerts scheduled throughout downtown. This week in Occidental Square Park features the Jambalaya brass rock band, Tubaluba.#OTLconcerts. Concerts are free and open to the public.

PIONEER SQUARE SKID ROAD PUB CRAWL: Loggers and Lagers on 25 July, start time 3 pm. An exploration of Seattle’s oldest neighborhood via Pub Crawl. Honor the origins of Skid Road dressed like a lumberjack or lumberjill. Features include a “battle of the beards” contest and end-of-night karaoke. 21 and over only, ticket required.

OUT OF SIGHT from 30 July thru 2 August. A temporary art exhibit in the historic King Street Station. Featuring Pacific NW contemporary art with work from over 80 artists in a 24,000 square foot space. 30 July at 7 pm kicks off with an early preview and opening night celebration, tickets available now. Exhibition times vary, 31 July and 1 August from noon – 8 pm and 2 August from 11 am – 6 pm. 


ART OF THE CITY STREET FEST on 1 August from 11 am – 11 pm. An entire day of indoor and outdoor arts and activity at the Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts. Event is free and open to the public. On Prefontaine Place S between Yesler Way & S Washington Street.

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.


OUT TO LUNCH CONCERT SERIES on 3 September from noon – 1:30 pm. The downtown concert series continues in Pioneer Square with horn-driven funk from Polyrhythmics. #OTLconcerts. Concert is free and open to the public in Occidental Square Park.

FIRST THURSDAY ART WALK on 3 September 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 with voucher at participating garages.


Summer Farmers Market is Open

June 17, 2015  |  Announcement, Food  |  1 Comment

by Courtney Crockett

Pioneer Square’s Express Farmers Market is Open!

In addition to Seattle’s original farmers market, Pike Place Market operates weekly Express farmers markets at City Hall, First Hill, Pioneer Square and South Lake Union. The Express market brings fresh and local produce, flowers and food to Pioneer Square residents and workers every Wednesday from June through late September and offers a fresh list of participants each week. Due to construction, the market location this year is moved from Occidental Park to the plaza at King Street Station.

Pioneer Square Express Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 17 June  – 30 September 
from 10 am – 2 pm

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

Farmers Market Sweet Peas

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 – Berries, Honey and Jam
  • Magana Farms – Orchard Fruit and Produce
  • Lyall Farm – Orchard Fruit and Produce
  • Honest Biscuits – Artisan Biscuits
  • El Chito – Tamales
  • Paul’s Peppers – Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce
  • Herb n Farm – Dried Herbs, Herbal Rubs and Herbal Vinegars

Farmers Market Vegetables

Express markets operate as members of the Washington State Farmers Market Association. Fresh Bucks SNAP matching is offered at all Pike Place Market farmers markets. For additional information visit

Stop in for a taste or fill a tote and help our neighborhood summer Market thrive.

Blessed Bee Thy Name

June 12, 2015  |  Announcement, Call to Action, News  |  3 comments

By Beth Berube

Drones, workers, guards and queens. These words evoke images from a Dungeon and Dragons game. They are, in fact, names given to classify a being of the Apoidea family – having a hairy body, feeding on sweets; whoa…so far, Wikipedia is describing my husband. No, it also says that bees hardly stop working. What was I thinking?

Today, my bee consciousness was expanded when I met Daniel, a Pioneer Square apiarist. In my mind, honey hives should be perched under apple trees in an orchard or stacked up like vertical crates among fields of lavender.

DanSmileCranebkgndDaniel Petrzelki works for Tether, a branding design agency on the fourth floor of the Burke Building in Occidental Park. He is also an urban bee keeper. We walk through a door and climb about forty stairs to the building’s roof. I am captivated by the view. The Smith Tower reaches out to me to the north and the blue waters of the Puget Sound seem just a stone’s throw away. But the most impressive view is three hives surrounded by a flurry of these clever and complicated creatures. They are buzzing to and fro in pollinator paths that resemble shipping lanes. Some of them are fanning their wings at the hive portal to keep it cool. Most of them are delivering pollen to make into honey.

HiveCloseI asked Daniel why the hive in the middle had so little activity. He explained that for an unknown reason, the bees in that hive died. Perhaps it was a virus in that hive that led to the colony collapse.

Daniel was the recipient of a grant called The Hive Project that propelled him to craft three hives from cedar (he is also a woodworker) last April. He now has about 20,000 bees collecting pollen in Pioneer Square in about a three-mile radius from their rooftop home.

Albert Einstein said if the bees die out, four years later, mankind will follow. As I write this, there is large scale death in the honeybee population. What is really scary is that scientists cannot pinpoint the exact cause for this devastation.

IMG_1828What WE can do to help sustain their population is to plant flowers and shrubs that bees love, such as zinnias and lovage. Google can help you do that. I planted Scarlett Runner beans on my deck and now Daniel’s bee friends buzz around my glass of Chablis like a swirling breeze. We get along fine. I think of them as my gardening companions. Be “pro- bee- active” when planting flowers in your garden that are purchased from stores like Home Depot or Lowes. Make sure that they were not sprayed with pesticides that are not bee friendly. Some types are toxic to bees.

You can find out more about the Hive Project here: The Hive Project. If you have any questions that you would like to ask Daniel, you can email him at