Clementines Hosts Underground Holiday Market

November 13, 2015  |  Friday Feature, PI  |  8 comments

by Courtney Crockett

During my many visits and conversations with Clementines proprietor Linda Walsh, I find myself asking what are her future plans for the downstairs space? And now I know, it’s a fabulous Underground Holiday Market!

Photograph Courtesy of Clementines

Photograph Courtesy of Clementines

Open until January, the Underground Holiday Market offers a warm and inviting environment to pick up holiday gifts and finds from local textile maker, The Oula Company and home decor by local artisans, Kri Kri Studio. The goods include banquet napkins, tablecloths, table runners, ceramics and more.

The women’s wear and accessories offered upstairs in the primary retail space of Clementines is nothing short of finely curated, an often over-used descriptor in today’s precious times but here it is so fitting. Clementines strikes me as well sculpted by the eagle eye of an artist.

clementines interior

Photography by Courtney Crockett

Clementines Shoe

Specializing in great shoes, Ms Walsh believes in some measure that the life we lead is inspired by the shoes wear and walk in.

After operating successfully in West Seattle for 8 years, Clementines opened its doors to Pioneer Square in October 2014, recently surpassing the one year mark in the neighborhood.


November First Thursday Art Walk

November 5, 2015  |  Art, Event, First Thursday, PI  |  No Comments

by Courtney Crockett

Fall is such a festive occasion in Pioneer Square; the dark of evening sets in early, the crisp air nips and grounded, rusting leaves are brittle beneath your feet. The holiday lights are up along First Ave S and in Occidental Park, and there are more interesting openings and events than one can count. On this 5 November First Thursday Art Walk, included below are only a few that caught my attention.


Piranha Shop

Project Girl Crush Image Courtesy of The Piranha Shop

The Piranha Shop –  1022 First Ave S

Technically this old artist warehouse may not be located in Pioneer Square but situated parallel to Century Link Field, it’s close enough. What is now The Piranha Shop is a fantastic mixed use space offering up entirely eclectic events from the global exhibition of Boxes of Death to a Seattle Seahawks tailgate event to the Sundries record release party.

This November’s Art Walk offers the inaugural issue of Crushed Magazine, the next development of Project Girl Crush. Created by local women, Jen Utley and Genevieve Pierson, their interviews focus on the importance of revealing a woman’s whole story.



Alessandra Maria's Di Minores

Alessandra Maria’s Di Minores Courtesy of Roq la Rue Gallery

Roq la Rue – 532 1st Ave S

Roq La Rue is an internationally known contemporary gallery that played an integral role in the Pop Surrealism art movement and more recently expanding to a broader vision of contemporary art. Nearly every event and opening is a happening and promises art goers nearly as interesting and adventurous as the art on the walls, nearly. During the preceding First Thursday, a guest was accompanied by their pet turkey.

November’s main gallery features Zachari Logan, Grotesques and Alessandra Maria, Di Minores, a body of work that comments on the subject of feminine identity. The loft gallery spotlights Joe Rudko, Broken Images.



#Paper Image Courtesy of Treason Gallery


Treason Gallery – 319 3rd Ave S

A grand welcome to Treason Gallery, brand new to the neighborhood and featuring its first group print exhibition, #PAPER. The show highlights the individuality and uniqueness of each artist while also celebrating prints on paper. Single limited edition print runs are available through November. Stop in and say hello!

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.

parks and gateways

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.

Fall Family Harvest in Occidental Square

October 15, 2015  |  Event, Families, Fun, PI  |  1 Comment
fall family harvest

by Courtney Crockett

Come out and enjoy the change of season with Fall Family Harvest in our historic Pioneer Square park.

Fall Family Harvest Event – Occidental Square – Saturday 17 October – 11 to 3

Event is free and features lots of activity including-

  • KidsQuest Museum Activity for Children
  • Inflatable Obstacle Course
  • Inflatable Football Game
  • Face Painting
  • Live Music
  • Free Candy
  • Outdoor Games and Activities
  • And More!

Save Our Square

September 28, 2015  |  Business, PI, PSq Revitalization, Residents  |  No Comments

by Courtney Crockett

The New Pioneer Square blog may be remiss in its responsibilities for not writing sooner about Save Our Square and the related dust up over a building proposal to replace the Old Seattle Parking Garage on the corner of S Jackson and Alaskan Way S. But it’s okay, this is an ongoing saga that becomes more interesting and important as it continues.

The backstory starts early in summer, when a group of concerned residents formed, Save Our Square in response to a proposed 120-foot-tall residential building at 316 Alaskan Way S. The scale of this development and its fit in our historic district are of key issue and SOS has support from several neighborhood businesses.

In July, following 18 months of debate over the proposed development, the Pioneer Square Preservation Board rejected the design with an unprecedented 7-1 vote against the project. Two weeks later, the city’s head of the Department of Neighborhoods, Kathy Nyland, unexpectedly overturned the board’s decision.

architectural rendering of proposed development at 316 alaskan way south

architectural rendering of proposed development at 316 alaskan way south

Last week, it was determined by the hearing examiner that the Department of Neighborhoods violated its own rules because it did not follow the law requiring a formal written opinion from the Pioneer Square Preservation Board. Rather, the department moved forward based on its own staffer’s written recommendation to ignore the board’s vote.

The Pioneer Square Preservation Board must now first approve then submit its written recommendation for 316 to Nyland, and is on the PSPB agenda for a meeting scheduled on 7 October.

Save Our Square adds to the increasingly important issues pertaining to historic preservation, new development, affordability and livability in Pioneer Square and Seattle overall. The question on my mind is, “Can Pioneer Square be funky and shiny at the same time?”

An article in Gawker How Amazon Swallowed Seattle, gives a personal account of how massive unrestrained development has essentially killed the middle class bastion that once was our wildly imperfect but likeable city.

And in Crosscut City May Dilute History in Pioneer Square, we are reminded of past battles to retain historic Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market which are fiercely relevant today. Knute Berger writes, “The rationale for saving Pioneer Square — promoted by (architect and activist Victor) Steinbrueck and others as early as the 1950s — was to revitalize our first urban neighborhood by protecting its historic character and making it work for art galleries, restaurants, clubs and the homeless. Its renovation has widely been hailed.” Indeed and yet, this success is the reason venture capital and large development projects are drawn to our neighborhood. Literally changing the landscape and figuratively, by pushing out independently owned businesses and resident artists most of whom weathered far more distasteful days than any recent inhabitant can fathom.

For example, the Seattle Times Real Estate Gold Rush Has Club Singing Blues, reveals that Highway 99 Blues Club, a great dive and outstanding blues venue in Pioneer Square since 2004, will not renew its lease this December when new owners will jack up their rent from $4600 to nearly $15,000 per month. Pioneer Square may not win by losing.

SOS and the proposal at 316 Alaskan Way S may be a test case for our neighborhood on how growth, character and community is managed in Pioneer Square. Stay tuned.

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.



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.


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

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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