Playoff Game Day in Pioneer Square

January 15, 2015  |  Announcement, Event, Sports  |  2 comments

By RaNae Vodder

Foggy Pregame AfternoonIf you live in Pioneer Square and are a Seahawks fan, you are probably preparing for Sunday’s Conference Championship game.  You are likely asking yourself, “Do I have enough beverages?  What snacks shall I serve?  Is my TV big enough?  Should I ask my friends not to yell at passersby from the deck?”  If you are not a Seahawks fan, then you might be planning to be as far away as possible.  Maybe you pack up your dog and head out early to a friend’s house on the Eastside? 

As more and more people have clamored to climb aboard the Seahawks’ bandwagon, my neighbors and friends have developed some Sausagesnew traditions. We often have people “stop by” before the game for a visit. They drink a beer, use the bathroom, and generally head out early if the weather is good or with minutes to spare when it is not.  Sometimes there is a request to use our “extra parking spot.”  This is a great test of patience as they try to park in our tight little space. I hope they use the $50 they are saving wisely. 

After the game, we love to go outside and soak up the energy of the crowd, watch Blue Thunder and once I was even able to “hug the Hawk” (Blitz).  Our traditions ramp up with our team in the playoffs, more friends stop by before and after the game, and some even stay the night to ensure a safe drive home.  There is more celebrating and tailgating, the recycle bins are stuffed, and people who support our neighborhood have more work to do to keep everyone safe.  This year I started a new tradition… I make eye contact with our police officers and say, “Thank you for being here today.”  I am making a little extra effort to be a good neighbor.StadiumFlag

So, in the spirit of traditions and being on the bandwagon or just appreciating what living in Pioneer Square means to you, please reply and tell us what traditions you have on game day!  And as the Bud Light slogan so perfectly said, “It’s only weird if it doesn’t work.”

Shop the Square Gift-Wrapping Service

December 5, 2014  |  Announcement, Event, Residential Council  |  No Comments



The Pioneer Square Residents Council is joining the “Shop the Square” effort with a gift-wrapping service (for a donation) at Milepost 31 from 11 am to 5 pm for the next two Saturdays: December 6th and 13th. The proceeds will go to the Pioneer Square Residents Council for our community projects.

You’ll find cookies, goodies, and good cheer at Milepost 31, too. If you print and have the Shop the Square Passport validated at five participating Pioneer Square stores, you’ll be entered in a weekly drawing for great prizes.

If you bring your gifts in by noon, you can pick them up the same day by 4:30.  Then you can spend your time enjoying the holiday spirit on the Square and checking out all the recent additions to our community.

Get your passport and more information at the Residents Council website.

Three-day Coco+Kelley Holiday Pop-Up this week

December 3, 2014  |  Event, First Thursday  |  No Comments

The garlands are up around the Square and the holiday excitement is mounting. The festivities begin this First Thursday, December 4th when Coco+Kelley will sponsor a special Holiday Pop-Up at 95 Yesler Creative Studios. An impressive lineup of local designers will show their wares and present classes in holiday crafts. On First Thursday, you’ll find an opening night party, and there’ll be nibbles and treats every day.

On Saturday, you can sign up for one of the three sessions of the Gift Wrapping 101 workshop, led by Brandy of Marabou Design. You’ll learn how the pros wrap their presents and you’ll have the opportunity to create your own gift tags and wrapping paper. McKenzie Powell will be on hand to lead two workshops on Wreath Design – she’ll share the process of creating the perfect décor for your front door. You can sign up for sessions at Coco+Kelley’s website here:

Do plan to come by 95 Yesler Creative Studios to discover the creativity and holiday cheer on Pioneer Square!

Here’s the schedule:

* Thursday, Dec 4th  5-10 pm * Friday, Dec 5th 12-7 pm * Saturday, Dec 6th
      Opening Night Party         Workshops

SPROUT – Grand Opening this Thursday

December 2, 2014  |  Business, Event, First Thursday, Personal, PI  |  No Comments

by Jenny Kelly

My husband and I moved to this neighborhood over 5 years ago, and fell in love with it right away. Shortly after moving in, we started this website/blog, and mostly kept up with it over the past  five years. (However, I am more than excited to have new contributors to the blog!). In that time, we also had a daughter, who is now an inquisitive 2 year old, who loves exploring the neighborhood and various activities downtown.

Despite some of the tough times we’ve experienced in Pioneer Square, we really love this neighborhood and are committed to contributing to its success. With new businesses, and especially with more residents, I think we are beginning to see some great changes in the neighborhood. I’ve always felt that this neighborhood had all of the right pieces — it just needed a better balance of a strong residential base — and we see new building announcements every year that continue to move the neighborhood in that direction.

When my husband and I decided to open a healthy, fast-casual restaurant, Pioneer Square was our first choice. So, a little over a month ago, we opened SPROUT at the base of Smith Tower (512 2nd Ave S). We weren’t too public about it because we are new to the restaurant business, and wanted time to work out some of the inevitable kinks. It’s been amazing so far, and we are incredibly grateful to all of the support we have already received from local employees and residents.

This Thursday, we are (finally) going to have our Grand Opening and would love for you to stop by and try a salad, wrap, soup, or some frozen yogurt.

Details from the official announcement are below:


SPROUT Grand Opening this Thursday

After a few weeks of being open, SPROUT is ready to celebrate with a Grand Opening. Come by this Thursday (12/4) to experience live music, a free cup of soup (with the purchase of a salad), and taste their organic frozen yogurt.

They will have a ribbon cutting at 4pm, and the festivities will continue until 6:30pm, so stop by after work for some dinner while enjoying the live music and free samples.

SPROUT was started by Pioneer Square residents Jenny and Michael Kelly, with their business partner Marcus Oesterwinter, and Executive Chef Alison Strong. Looking at all of the fast-food choices today, they wanted a place where people could eat healthy food every day — and eat with purpose. ‘

SPROUT offers a variety of filling salads that carry as many organic and local goods as seasonally possible. Their dressings are all house made, and are low fat and gluten-free. Drinks include uniquely house made drinks (like Agave Lemonade, and Strawberry Limeade) that will make you forget traditional soda ever existed.

What: SPROUT Grand Opening
When: First Thursday, December 4th
Live Music from 12 – 1:30pm and 5 – 6:30pm
Ribbon Cutting at 4pm

Check them out online for more information:

Occidental All Day: a 24 hour photoshoot in the park happening today

September 19, 2014  |  Event, Fun, PI, Residents  |  No Comments


Reason #572 why I love this neighborhood:

Architect and special effects photographer Kevin Scott is currently set up in Occidental Square Park in the hopes of capturing portraits of everyone and anyone who comes through the park in a 24 hour period.

While I stood there, waiting to get my picture taken, interested commuters kept stopping by to find out more and to sign the disclosure to get their own portrait taken.

He has been there since 5:30 this morning, and will be around until 5:30 Saturday morning (or maybe more like 4:30am).

Stop by and check it out — the pictures will eventually be collated into a coffee table book, and posted online at: sometime in December.

Sponsors of the project include: Kevin Scott, Vanessa Naff, and Olson Kundig Architects





Seattle Design Festival coming to Pioneer Square this weekend

September 4, 2014  |  Event, Families, PI  |  No Comments

The Seattle Design Festival, now in its fourth year, celebrates the ways design makes life better. Every September, Seattle’s citizens, city leaders and design experts come together at workshops, tours, talks, films and gatherings to exchange ideas.

You can find out more on their website here, but below are the events specifically happening in our neighborhood, starting this friday:

9/5 6–9 p.m.
Tether Inc. 316 Occidental Ave S, #400

A fun celebration to kick off the start of the 2014 Seattle Design Festival. Live music. A limited number of tickets will be available to the public at the door, $20 suggested donation. Food and libations included in cost of entry.


9/6–9/7  10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Block Party at Occidental Plaza 310 Occidental Ave S

The SDF Block Party will present design demonstrations, activities, workshops, exhibits, tours and more! This year the Block Party will feature nine installations from the SDF
Rumble, designed and built by teams of local designers, community groups and contractors. Visit the SHOWCASE14: Seattle Design Gallery and Pop-Up Shop with innovative products from local designers. Come hear and see performances, try parkour and take part in art activities and games. Families welcome and encouraged. Suggested donation at the Block Party.

Other events during the block party include:

- rumble installations (ideas for large-scale, inhabitable installations for public display)

- free library design/build competition interactive exhibit (walking map and presentation of competition)

- relief printing (learn how to make a relief print)

- pronto cycle share (meet seattle’s new bike sharing system)

- experiencing transportation projects through visualization (hands-on educational activity experiencing a simulated driving experience)

- traveling tinker tank (a fun, hands-on challenge great for kids and parents)

- how would you get there? (discover industrial design’s impact on movement)

- alley scope (bringing awareness to alleys)

- crea.t.u.r.e (explore the ‘what if” future of sentient buildings, personalized transport, and interactive space)

- mobile couch armada (tricked out mobile furniture)

- Wayfinders community mural (throw paint at a giant canvas)

- add space: shaping interior stories (help design collective Creature Environments for Design Block Creatures)

9/6 5PM
Little London Plane, 322 Occidental Ave S

Seattle seems to be developing and growing at the speed of light. How can the city become a place where people of all ages and incomes can affordably live, work, travel and thrive? What are the relationships between design, density, community and mobility? What are the factors that make a great, affordable, livable city, and how can we achieve them equitably? What are the relationships between well-being/ happiness/work/play and planning/urban design/architecture/mobility? Come ask the questions you think need to be asked and speak directly with the panelists around a large community table. Free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments available from Little London Plane’s SDF special menu

9/8 – 9/12
The space between home and work

Participants will challenge themselves, hundreds of employees and companies around the city to track trips (to and from work and portions of the commute) and miles. Participants are encouraged to recognize how design plays an important role in great walking experiences and support pedestrian safety and accessibility in Seattle. The daily architecture themes include Mosaic Monday, Terra Cotta Tuesday, Windows Wednesday, Stair Tread Thursday and Fountains Friday. Prizes will be given to people with the most miles and trips and will be awarded at the SDF Closing Party on September 19. To participate, RSVP by email to

For a full schedule of events, click here.

NFL Game tomorrow: what to know, and traffic alerts

September 3, 2014  |  Event, PI, Sports, Traffic Alert  |  No Comments
Image from the Alliance for Pioneer Square

Image from the Alliance for Pioneer Square

Today through 5:15 PM Thursday: Gameday Village in Occidental Mall and Park. We hear Shaun Alexander is there, giving autographs, and Jim Zorn might be around, too. They’ll even autograph your phone case!

Wednesday Night: “Practice fireworks” at CenturyLink in preparation for tomorrow night’s big bash. Somewhere between 6 PM – 7 PM tonight. EXPECT NOISE!

Traffic Impacts:

  • Helicopters and Television crews are already here
  • Soon our streets will be packed with cars and fans, so expect traffic delays, especially Thursday.
  • Metro is altering routes, detouring away from S. Jackson Street (#16,66, and 99) Metro link:
  • If you are driving to work on Thursday, it might be easier to come back home into PS about an hour after the game starts. (5:40 PM kick-off)

Click here to see a map with Thursday’s street closures.

For more information about what’s happening surrounding the big game and all of the local events, go to the Alliance for Pioneer Square’s website here.

Remember, cell phone networks can be overloaded during special events, so text when you can.

Be safe and have fun out there!


Underground Tour: ‘Til Death Do Us Part

August 20, 2014  |  Event, Fun, PI  |  No Comments


Come to a Murder Mystery Dinner at the Underground Tour:

Help the bride and groom solve a marital murder mystery when a member of the wedding party is murdered.

Take your own vows to help solve this crime before it’s too late!

If you’re attending the world’s worst wedding then you should dress like it.

Pull out your unfortunate bridesmaid dress, terrible ties and downright disastrous wedding attire!

Price is $65 per person General Seating
$75 per person Premiere Seating
Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.
18+ Event



FLEURT grand opening Thursday from 5pm – 7pm

August 19, 2014  |  Announcement, Business, Event, PI  |  No Comments
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Celebrate FLEURT’S grand opening in Pioneer Square on Thursday, August 21st, 5 pm to 7 pm. Welcome them to the neighborhood with drinks, light snacks and giveaways.

Starting out 4 years ago in West Seattle, local darling neighborhood gift and flower shop FLEURT has expanded and opened a second location in Pioneer Square.

“After a year of researching for a second location for FLEURT, we kept coming back to Pioneer Square. Luck may have it that we stumbled upon a beautiful old space reflective of our current style and aesthetics at our West Seattle shop – but with an added twist of urban delight”. – As quoted by owner and lead designer Sam Crowley.

FLEURT Pioneer Square (nicknamed Fleurt PS) offers alluring rustic décor (think sun drenched white washed walls and rolling display tables), pops of vibrant color from the carefully curated gifts, and not to mention the swoon worthy and delightful selection of lush local flowers and artfully potted plants.

Sam Crowley – the Australian born creative force behind the brand FLEURT has been dubbed “the accidental florist”. With a background in product development and marketing within the fashion, gift and home décor markets – FLEURT’S eclectic mix of gift worthy products, flowers and plants all come together in a seamless fashion that has you awestruck from the moment you walk through the front door.

FLEURT is widely known for its floral design work. You can stop by FLEURT anytime and pick out fresh flowers, order online and have flowers delivered throughout Seattle for any occasion or event – and let’s not forget flowers for weddings.

FLEURT has been voted BEST FLOWER AND INDOOR GARDEN SHOP – Seattle magazine 2012, and BEST GIFT AND CARD SHOP – Seattle magazine 2013.

FLEURT has graced the pages of several print publications and blogs including the front cover of Seattle Metropolitan Bride and Groom Magazine, Seattle Bride Magazine, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Met Magazine, RUE magazine. Southern Living Bride magazine, Style Me Pretty blog, Wedding Chick blog, Ruffled Blog – to name a few.

FLEURT Pioneer Square is located at: 112 South Washington Street (just north of Occidental Square Park)

National Night Out Against Crime – August 5th in Occidental Park

July 30, 2014  |  Event, PI  |  No Comments


From the Office of the Mayor:

This year marks the City of Seattle’s 30th Annual “Night Out Against Crime” celebration on Tuesday, August 5th.

Recently, Mayor Murray laid out a comprehensive public safety plan for Seattle that underscores the importance of providing opportunities for youth and community members to enjoy their streets and public spaces citywide. The Mayor believes Night Out is a great example of the types of opportunities that exist for reconnecting community to Seattle streets.

Night Out, an annual national event hosted locally by the Seattle Police Department, shows that residents and City government can mobilize resources and energy together to move toward a safer and more connected Seattle. We hope you’ll join in making this Seattle’s best Night Out yet.

Attend a Picnic in the Precinct:

Another key element of safer communities is when we all know our local police officers. Coming up are several opportunities for you to get to know the Seattle Police Officers who protect your neighborhood. Meet the new Chief of Police, Kathleen O’Toole, your local police officers, and other community members at one of four upcoming Picnics in the Precincts:

  • Tuesday, August 5th: West Precinct Picnic / National Night Out
    Occidental Square in Pioneer Square, 5pm – 8pm