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0189ad79-a027-4073-9892-d79f2e3a4c0a15 gifts your mom actually wants this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is about showing Mom some love. Even if all your bank account will allow for is a nice card that spells out to Mom just how much you care about and appreciate her, that’ll do just fine. It’s the thought that counts.

If you have the funds, but aren’t sure what to get her this year, you’ve landed in the right guide. We picked out 15 presents mothers will love — even yours. They run the gamut, from emerald necklaces to sleek sandals for summer, from luxe candles to beautiful bouquets of farm-fresh flowers. Have a look. 



Christmas and Holiday Event Guide 2014

A roundup of the city’s festive concerts, theater, dance, and more.

Do you really need us to describe A Christmas Carol again at this point? No. So let’s skip to the part where we tell you when and where some of your annual holiday favorites will play. To the list!

Halloween 2014!

Go Get Your Haunt On!

Halloween 2014!

All the Halloween Parties, Concerts, Haunted Houses, and Events You Need to Know About!  To the list…

Trader Joe’s Silent Movie Mondays - The Phantom of the Opera

Silent Movie Mondays – The Phantom of the Opera


Monday – October 27, 2014  |  Doors at 6:00 pm, Show at 7:00 pm


911 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101

STG Presents Trader Joe’s Silent Movie Mondays – The Phantom of the Opera at The Paramount Theatre on Monday, October 27, 2014. Featuring Jim Riggs on the Mighty Wurlitzer!

Presented in celebration of the Broadway musical coming to the Paramount Theatre in April 2015, STG and Trader Joe’s® Silent Movie Mondays will screen the original PHANTOM OF THE OPERA silent film. Released in 1925, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA starred Lon Chaney as the Phantom and Mary Philbin as Christine Daae. This performance launched Chaney’s run as a superstar with MGM Pictures. The original version of the film has inspired five remakes (in 1943, 1962, 1983, 1989, and 1990), many spoofs,and the blockbuster Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. The film is listed by most historians as one of the 10 greatest films of all time.

This film was placed on the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 1998 and was preserved and restored with support from the Film Foundation.

Masquerade! In the spirit of a Masquerade, we invite all to wear their most beautiful, grotesque, opulent, comical, or uniquely spectacular masks. Come in style to watch one of silent film’s most notorious stories. A photo booth will capture the mysterious festivities and Trader Joe’s will supply their wickedly delicious treats.

Join us after the film for CineClub with hosts Leo Mayberry and Rhias Hall from Scarecrow Video, for a post-film discussion in The Paramount bar. CineClub is a community discussion about the film, covering silent film trivia questions and exploring silent film in general. All ages welcome.  Link to the information.

Back HomeTurkfest 2012

Explore and experience unique faces of Turkey through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, an authentic Turkish coffee booth and a lively marketplace. This is an enriching, engaging, entertaining festival of friendship.

Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival

2014 Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival

Saturday, September 27, 1-5pm at Seattle Design Center

The Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival showcases a wide array of artisan and farmstead cheeses made in Washington. We invite you to meet the cheesemakers, learn about their products and philosophy, and sample some of the finest cheeses made in Washington. The festival also features other artisan foods and beverages from local producers.

Washington State is home to nearly 60 artisan cheesemakers. Download the Washington Artisan Cheese Map and explore the thriving Washington artisan cheese industry.  See the cheese.

The Biscuit Box truck looks to be more of a trailer, based on this conceptualization. We won't get hung up on the language if Danielle Custer's biscuits live up to her grilled cheese-based reputation. Image via The Biscuit Box's Facebook Page

13 New Food Trucks Seattle’s Been Waiting For

We didn’t know what we were missing until it arrived.


Seattle’s been home to some great food trucks for years (Maximus/Minimus, Where Ya At Matt, Good Morning America’s top food cart in the nation Marination Ma Kai), but these 13 recently debuted mobile edible dispensers have elevated the city’s wheeled meal offerings to new heights.

This summer had to be a truck’s first to qualify for consideration on this list, and the food had to be up to snuff to make the final cut. You don’t need to rush to try them—they shouldn’t be going anywhere anytime soon—but you’ll want to. And you should. 


We’ll start with dessert, because Nosh Pit breaks free from conventions. Take that, mom.

Hot Revolution Donuts

What does a revolutionary donut look like? No, it’s not star-spangled, white-wigged, or wearing a tricorn. Rather, Hot Revolution Donuts are bite-sized dough-rounds made with trans fat–free oil, liberally adorned with house-made spice blends, icings, and sauces served fresh from the back of a blue truck. The founding fathers would have appreciated the blue paint almost as much as the donuts themselves. And there’s a significant chance that Fonte Cafe‘s F2 coffee (only on the menu at this truck and the cafe itself) powered Thomas Jefferson through the all-nighter that produced the Declaration of Independance. Read your history books kids, it’s all there.  

Twelve to go…

Seattle Street Food Festival


Seattle’s Largest Outdoor Independent Street Food Experience returns to Capitol Hill



Experience the Northwest vibrant culinary world of chefs, food trucks, pop-ups and more in One Place. Free Admission and Family-Friendly.  Link to the event site.

Photo by Michael Benton

The Seattle Great Wheel

The Seattle Great Wheel was built in less than a year, but its story goes back much further than that.   Seattle businessman Hal Griffith had envisioned a Ferris wheel in the city for nearly 30 years, but it wasn’t until he realized he could build one on his own pier that his dream became a reality.

The Seattle Great Wheel opened to the public on June 29, 2012. Since then, it has become an icon of the city and a destination for tourists and locals alike.

Seattle Great Wheel Fun Facts…
  • The Seattle Great Wheel is the largest observation wheel on the west coast, standing 175 feet tall.
  • The wheel has 42 fully-enclosed gondolas. 41 white gondolas each seat up to eight adults.  Cabin #42, the VIP cabin, has leather bucket seats, a stereo system, glass bottom floor, and can seat up to 4 adults.  In total, the wheel can hold over 300 passengers at any given time.
  • The wheel was manufactured in various parts of Europe and the United States, and assembled right at the end of the pier.
  • The wheel extends nearly 40 feet beyond the end of the pier, over Elliott Bay.
  • The Seattle Great Wheel is open year round. With fully-enclosed gondolas and a covered waiting area, the rain can’t stop the wheel from spinning!
  • The Wheel weighs 280,300 pounds.
  • 550 tons of concrete were poured to create the foundation for the wheel.


Link to their website.

Bellevue Botanical Garden’s welcome renewal

The more than 300,000 people expected to come through the Bellevue Botanical Garden over the next year will find it easier to park and visit the 53-acre destination, which just added three new garden sections.

The garden opened an 8,500 square-foot visitor’s center last weekend that houses an interactive park map, a new gift store, lockers for volunteers who keep up the garden, and an area for gardening classes. The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society committed $5 million toward the project after voters approved $10 million for it in the 2008 Parks & Natural Areas Levy.