Traffic Alert: Rock n’ Roll This Weekend

June 18, 2014  |  Announcement, Event, PI, Traffic Alert  |  No Comments


Just a reminder that the Rock n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon is this weekend.

In addition to the race on Saturday, the expo will be in Pioneer Square on Thursday and Friday.

You can check out a map and schedule of road closures on their website here:


World Cup Alley Double Header – TODAY!

June 16, 2014  |  Alley, Event, News, PI, Sports  |  No Comments


Iran v Nigeria @ 12pm
USA v Ghana @ 3pm

Bring your lunch or just drop by and watch World Cup Soccer in Nord Alley

June 12 Brazil v Croatia 01:00pm
June 13 Spain v Netherlands 12:00pm
June 16 Iran v Nigeria 12:00pm
June 16 Ghana v USA 03:00pm
June 17 Brazil v Mexico 12:00pm
June 18 Spain v Chile 12:00pm
June 19 Uruguay v England 12:00pm
June 20  Switzerland v France 12:00pm
June 22  USA v Portugal 03:00pm
June 23 Cameroon v Brazil
Croatia v Mexico
June 24 Japan v Colombia
Greece v Cote d’Ivoire
June 25 Honduras v Switzerland
Ecuador v France
June 26 USA v Germany 09:00am
June 26 Korea Republic v Belgium
Algeria v Russia
June 30 Round of 16 01:00pm
July 1 Round of 16 01:00pm
July 8 Semi Finals 01:00pm
July 9 Semi Finals 01:00pm
July 12 3rd Place 01:00pm
July 13 FINAL in Occidental Park 12:00pm

Call to Action: Public Safety Open House

Occidental Mall

Pioneer Square Public Safety Open House

Thursday, June 12
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
301 Occidental Ave. S

Please join the Alliance for Pioneer Square, the Pioneer Square BIA, and the Pioneer Square Residents Council to share your concerns and ideas about public safety in our neighborhood. Your input is vitally important and will be key in developing a multifaceted set of strategies regarding street civility and public safety. Those strategies will include:
Advocacy with the Mayor, Police Chief, City Departments and the City Council

  • Implementation of tools and strategies for neighborhood residents and businesses
  • Communication strategies

Help us spread the word. Share this with your co-workers, neighbors, and friends. Then mark the date on your calendar and drop by to join the conversation. This is an all-day open house format so everyone can drop by as schedules allow.

One more thing. Please take a moment to complete our survey regarding your observations and perceptions at

See you on June 12.

Red Bull Soapbox Race is coming to Pioneer Square on August 24th!


Get your team together and apply by May 30th!


Not to be confused with the youth soapbox derby, Red Bull Soapbox Race is a national race for amateur drivers, which is fueled by creativity and competitive fun – not to mention the need for speed. This unique non-motorized racing event challenges both experienced racers and amateurs alike to design and build outrageous, human-powered soapbox dream machines and compete against the clock in a downhill race.

Teams are judged on three criteria: speed, creativity and showmanship. This criteria has inspired a piano, a baby carriage, a rodeo clown, a massive cob of corn, a jail cell and even the Golden Gate Bridge to grace the Soapbox starting blocks.  Since the first Red Bull Soapbox Race took place in Belgium, in 2000, more than 40 Red Bull Soapbox Races have been held around the globe, attracting up to 120,000 spectators for a single event.

[Updated] Pioneer Square Spring Clean – 5/17/2014

April 3, 2014  |  Call to Action, Event, PI, Residents  |  No Comments


Volunteer for the Pioneer Square Spring Clean!

Great things are happening in Pioneer Square, yet there is still a lot of work to do! Be part of the solution and join us on Saturday, May 17th for the annual Pioneer Square Spring Clean. Help brighten up the neighborhood! Open registration

Event Details

Event is from 9 AM to 12 PM on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Check-in begins at 8:30 AM in Occidental Square Park. Lunch will be served after 12 PM. You may choose your t-shirt size and lunch preferences during registration. After you register, keep an eye on your email in the coming weeks for a selection of tasks you may be assigned to for the event (we will ask for your top three choices – make sure you respond!).

Public transportation is strongly recommended, but if you are driving visit for nearby parking lots.

Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter! We’ll be posting updates and pictures of the event using the #PSQclean hashtag. Use #PSQclean to help us find your pictures and comments!

Register here

E. Smith Mercantile turns One!

April 1, 2014  |  Business, Event, PI  |  No Comments

E smith


please join us for an extra special evening in celebration of our first year in business. We have some great surprises in store including swag bags, drink specials and delicious eats!

Festivities commence at 4pm.

Special Happy Hour cocktails and snacks will be in effect all night.

FREE swag bag to the first 25 patrons (get ‘em while they last!!).*
Sample some of our early summer menu delights.
Surprise musical guest!
Purchase raffle tickets and win a great prize! All proceeds going to support the Seattle Tilth Youth Garden Works.

*$35 minimum purchase required.

Pre-order Raffle tickets

Fans invited to Safeco Field Open House Today

March 31, 2014  |  Event, PI, Sports, Traffic Alert  |  No Comments

Motorists in downtown Seattle and the SODO District may encounter more traffic than usual during this afternoon’s commute as an expected 20,000 Mariners fans flock to Safeco Field to view the team’s road opening game against the Los Angeles Angels.

The game is being broadcast live on MarinersVision HD and will be watched on the field’s large screens. There’ll be free T-shirts at the gate, music, food and beer specials.

The $1 adult admission fee will go to benefit Northwest Harvest while children under 14 will get in free, but must have tickets for admission. The first pitch of the game is set for 7 p.m. with the doors opening at 5:30 p.m. For more details, please click here.

Exciting Upcoming Events at Delicatus

March 13, 2014  |  Business, Event, First Thursday, Food, PI  |  No Comments


Saturday Dinner Series March 15th, 7pm
Our monthly Pre-fixed Family Style Dinner that focuses on locally sourced ingredients with a general theme or focus.  Our upcoming dinner still has a few seats available and is focused on Duck.  The Menu is here.

It is $40 per person for 3 courses plus an aperitif to start and something sweet to finish.  This is a fun casual dining experience with our Chef Aaron Willis talking about the the food, where it comes from and why he created the dish.  It would be great to have more locals take advantage of these dinners as they are always a good time.

Dine Around Seattle March 2nd-March 27th
This is a biannual event citywide with a Pre-Fixed menu focused on local, sustainable product. It is a 3 course meal with a choice of 1 of 3 items per course (Apt, Entree, Dessert) for $30.  Reservations are recommended as we get pretty busy.  We are the only restaurant in Pioneer Square and 1 of a few within walking distance for local in PSQ.  We serve Dine Around Mon-Thurs from 5-9pm.  You can see the menu here.

1st Thursday at The Kitchen by Delicatus with Sous Sol Winery
We are opening on 1st Thursday for tastings of Sous Sol Wine.  The Kitchen by Delicatus is our experimental kitchen and event space just 2 blocks south at 309 1st Ave S and Sous Sol Winery is our winery located in the front of that space.  We will be showcasing the art work of Ethan Jack Harrington & Jennifer Cullen with cocktails available and complimentary tastings of Sous Sol.  Open from 5-9pm.

Waterfront events in March

February 27, 2014  |  Event, PI, Waterfront  |  No Comments


Whether you’ve followed the project for years, you’re brand new in town or you’re somewhere in between, Waterfront Week is a great opportunity to take part in a dynamic conversation about Seattle’s future waterfront and what it will mean to the city and its residents. Each event will offer something unique – the latest waterfront design updates, a two-day conference on the importance of art and play in public spaces and a kid-friendly day of activities along the waterfront. Details about each event are below, and all Waterfront Week events are free and open to the public.

Waterfront Week Events
Waterfront Week 2020
Wednesday, March 5
5:30-8:30 PM
Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion
Designer James Corner will join City and civic leaders to share the newest waterfront design work. Hear and see how designs have evolved, including updates on key east/west connections, the new Alaskan Way, Union Street Pier, Pier 62/63.

Art, Design & Play: Liane Lefaivre
Friday, March 7
6-8 PM
Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium
Vienna-based architectural historian Liane Lefaivre will discuss play as a design tool for architects, city planners, and public artists. Join Friends of Waterfront Seattle for a reception immediately following to continue the conversation.

Art, Design & Play: Ideas from Around the World
Saturday, March 8
10 AM-4 PM
Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room
Visionary designers, artists, and historians from across the globe will present and discuss the past, present, and future of play in art and design.

Field Day
Sunday, March 9
Meet us at Hillclimb Plaza across the street from the Seattle Aquarium
10 AM-4 PM
Join us for a day of kid-friendly activities along the waterfront! Share your memories in our time capsule, adopt a gribble, learn about habitat along the waterfront and get the seawall construction VIP experience.

Seahawks Super Bowl Victory Parade – Wednesday, February 5th

February 3, 2014  |  Event, PI, Sports, Traffic Alert  |  No Comments

Below is a photo of what Pioneer Square looked like after the Superbowl. I’m sure you’ve seen the crazier images in the news of people climbing on the pergola — 1st ave closed down. From my side of it (and without complaint) — we had to wear earplugs to go to sleep because the yelling and horn honking was never ending and surprisingly loud. It was amazing:


Below is a message from the city regarding the official celebration parade:


A Welcome Home Victory Celebration Parade is scheduled for 11:00am – 1:30pm Wednesday, February 5th, which is anticipated to have significant impact on traffic throughout the Seattle downtown area. Please be prepared for longer-than-average commute times and increased traffic and inform all downtown businesses with employees and guests who at or coming downtown on Wednesday.

The parade starts on 4th Ave south of Denny Way and ends at Century Link Field.


How this will affect downtown residents, businesses, employees, guests, and visitors:

  • Estimated drive time could double, so plan ahead.
  • I-5 and SR99 will be open all day.
  • Access points coming to and from the downtown core will be impacted during the parade.  Mercer St and Edgar Martinez Dr are suggested best routes for I-5 waterfront access.
  • Expect bus delays and reroutes during the parade.  See Metro’s website for more information.

Support and messaging:

City and regional safety and security agencies are prepared for and will be supporting the parade and celebration.  The 12th Man is the best fan in the country and cares about the great Northwest.  The City of Seattle and the Seattle Seahawks encourage every fan to act responsibly before, during, and after the game.  The country’s eyes are upon us, let’s honor our team and take care to not do anything that would detract from their outstanding achievement.