Velouria Celebrates One Year in Pioneer Square

September 23, 2015  |  Business, Event, Fashion, Food, Fun, PI  |  No Comments

by Courtney Crockett

Brick and mortar shop, Velouria is so much more than your usual retail store. Specializing in small production and independently-made merchandise, owners Cat, Chika and Amanda are committed to Pacific Northwest artists, designers and makers, love knits and have a penchant for puns. Velouria is a great add to our neighborhood.

This Saturday marks their first year anniversary in Pioneer Square. To celebrate they’re throwing a party and want you to be there!

Join in Saturday September 26th from 2 – 7 pm


Find Velouria at 145 S King St. Open Monday – Saturday from 11 -7 and Sundays 11 – 5.



Park(ing) Day in the Square

September 19, 2015  |  Art, Event, Families, Fun, Parking  |  No Comments

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By Beth Berube

If your travels led you through Pioneer Square yesterday, you may have noticed fewer curbed private vehicles and more public open space.

That’s because yesterday was Park(ing) Day. Every third Friday in September, a global make over takes place. Metered parking spaces are transformed into pop up parklets and Pioneer Square had nine of these lovely retreats. One of the parklets had a bubble making lounge. All of them afforded the public an opportunity to sit down and socialize without having to buy a cup of coffee first.

There is a movement to create more open space among urban congestion and Park(ing) Day draws attention to the value of inner city public space.

For more information, visit the Parking Day website.

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.


August Events in Pioneer Square

August 5, 2015  |  Event, Families, Fun, PI  |  1 Comment

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.

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.

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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Dancing til Dusk in Occidental Park

July 19, 2015  |  Event, Fun  |  1 Comment

Chicarra Tango

by RaNae Vodder

My husband and I went for a walk down Occidental Thursday night and were surprised to see strings of pretty lights and people doing the tango in Occidental Park! There was live music, people of all skill levels dancing and a diverse audience of bystanders. It looked like so much fun I just had to know more. The program is called Dancing til Dusk  and is 15 nights of dancing outdoors on a real dance floor.  The first hour is a beginning dance lesson, with no experience or partner required.  Unfortunately, the two dates of Dancing til Dusk in Occidental Park have passed but there are 12 more nights planned over the summer in Westlake Park, Bell Street Park and Freeway Park.   Check out the dates, locations and themes by clicking on Dancing til Dusk.  I am a big a fan of our Seattle parks and loved seeing our own Occidental Park so vibrant and festive on a perfect summer evening!


Loggers and Lagers Pub Crawl

July 16, 2015  |  Event, Fun, PI  |  No Comments

by Beth Berube

Mark your calendar! July 25th is the first annual Pioneer Square pub crawl. This year’s theme is Loggers and Lagers in commemoration of the early years of this gem of a district. Yesler Avenue, once known as Skid Road, was home to Yesler’s lumber mill. Logs were skidded down the hill and used in the construction of the new city. That was 1853 when the land was raw and so was it men. Lumberjacks and lumberjills are encouraged to deck out in woodsman swag and salute a centennial and a half of history by raising glasses at each of the six crawl venues. There will be cool prizes, drink specials and contests along the way.
Visit for updates, contest information and participating locations. 21 and over only, ticket required.

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.