North End Metro July/August 2015

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Historic Homes In this feature, we bring you with us to visit the area’s historic homes. These architectural gems are open to the public and host regular tours and events.


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HABITAT 17  Calendar July & August 19  In the Know  Book Reviews 19  In the Know  Who Knew 20  Community Stanwood Area Historical Society 21  In the Know    Scuttlebutt Brewing Wins Award

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s a kid, it didn’t feel like summer until Alice’s Place, our local ice cream stand, opened for the season. I remember standing in line at the counter, listening to the oldies station buzzing through worn speakers, and deliberating between a strawberry milkshake or a sundae topped with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, chopped nuts, and a maraschino cherry. Seated in groups around picnic tables, young athletes in softball or baseball uniforms were a common sight. It was the place to stop for a special treat after a game, regardless if one’s team won or lost. For those of us who have since moved away, Alice’s Place is the kind of beloved local eatery that we return to on visits home just to order an ice cream cone and relive the memories of all those other summer nights. In this issue, we highlight iconic dining establishments that have made their way into our hearts — the late night diners, burger joints, family-run cafes and fine restaurants, where North Sound residents have made memories for generations. These dining rooms offer the comforts of familiar food and familiar faces. What better feeling than to be a regular? To sit at “your booth” and order “the usual,” where the owners know not only your names, but your children’s and pet’s names, too. We also celebrate the many historic homes that now house local historical societies and museums throughout Snohomish County. Many open their doors to tours during the summer months, which makes for fun and educational weekend outings. A featured historic home, Everett’s Fratt Mansion, was lovingly and carefully renovated by owners Walt Gillette and Saundra Cope. Their commitment to honoring the home’s past while preparing it for the future is inspiring. Talking with them about the joys and challenges of restoration called to mind the quirks and charms of the brick four-square, built in 1879, that became our family project while I was growing up. My mom saved copies of This Old House, dog-earring pages with ideas, and we often spent weekends sanding, scraping, or painting together. Perhaps reading about the Fratt Mansion’s restoration will help you see new potential in something that, with a little elbow grease, might reward you for years to come. As you turn the pages of this issue, we hope you’ll feel inspired to take a walk back in time and tour local sites of historical significance. And while you’re at it, stop by an iconic restaurant and savor the tastes of the North Sound’s culinary heritage. Enjoy, Kaity Teer









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Leveling Up Geek Chic Furniture written by Frances Badgett


eek Chic founder and CEO Robert Gifford had the same problems with basic furniture that tabletop gamers everywhere do — having to clear entire hardfought and complex campaigns off the dining room table for dinner; boxes and bins of cards, dice, and figurines spilling out everywhere; having to play marathon rounds of Settlers of Catan at folding tables in uncomfortable kitchen chairs. The difference is, Gifford decided to solve these problems — not just for himself — but for gamers everywhere. “There’s a thing in geek culture where people make a custom thing and show it off on the internet and then they say, ‘Oh, I won’t make one for you.’ I’m not that person.” Not only is each piece of Geek Chic furniture well designed and built with heirloom quality, Gifford has a deep understanding of what geeks want and need. “We [geeks] are logical people who invest in dragons and Hobbits.” Good design is the perfect intersection of these two seemingly opposing ideas. With chairs designed to be ergonomic and comfortable for hours of sitting, tables that are perfect for storage as well as display, drawers for characters and cards, Gifford and his team at Geek Chic have anticipated the needs of their market. And as if their products aren’t quite specialized enough, Geek Chic can create custom tables, seating, even entire rooms. Customization costs a bit more and takes a bit longer than buying a readymade piece, but it’s perfect for the discerning consumer. And though their products cost a bit more than the usual hex-wrench-and-peg construction, they aren’t just continued on page 18  … for the wealthy — these are tables for


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serious players who invest in their interests. Gifford wants to reward the enthusiasm of game culture by bringing serious geeks properly designed tools. “The solution for people with lots of comic books is the white cardboard box. The solution for a ten-year-old with a lot of comic books is the same for someone in their 30s, even though those comic books may contain some of the greatest artwork in this century. It’s all still in a white cardboard box.” Gifford’s goal is to get geeks out of the white cardboard box. More for dedicated gamers than status-seekers, Gifford said,

“It’s about luxury of experience, not luxury of status.” Indeed, status is a turnoff to geeks, who are more drawn to the kind of dedication, passion, and obsession that Gifford offers. A Geek Chic table is, at first blush, just a dining room table. But open it up, and there are vaults and pockets, rails and plexiglass, leaves that move, adjust, reconfigure, and can be take away completely. Reminiscent of rotating bookcases, mystery boxes, and secret passageways, the tables open up in surprising and intricate ways to reveal secret compartments and unexpected storage spaces. Custom tables have a three-year backlog and cost $50,000 or more. For the consumer lines, the Sultan is the top tier, an imposing piece that requires a dedicated game room and costs around $10,000. The Emissary is in the middle range table, a dining table with leaves that either come completely off, or can be reconfigured for different styles of gameplay. Geek Chic will also layer whiteboards, plexiglass, and other materials for making notes, displaying maps and other papers, and protecting documents. One of the most popular features of the Geek Chic tables is the design of the vault — the recessed gaming area that lets you leave your game set up while putting the leaves back for dinner, display, or more gaming. This summer, Geek Chic is offering the Dropship, a table that is designed for a broader base of consumers. There are coffee tables, dining tables, small tables, as well as card boxes, dice towers, and other gaming solutions. Gifford and his team at Geek Chic have found huge success at regional and national conventions. “I’ve been at this for eight years, and this is the first time I’ve seen some competitors.” Gifford embraces competition, as it demonstrates 18

that there is a growing market. He also knows his market well. He isn’t just someone who sells things to geeks, he is one, and he has a bone-deep understanding of geek culture that is rare in retail. Identity is a huge component of his work, and he calls upon the iconography and ethos of geek culture to create objects for his peers. He has a hypothesis that, “Geeks are the only group that moved up-class without that upward movement being their sole intention and purpose.” He said, “As kids, we were told we’d grow out of this. But the things that make us good at games and simulations are the things that make us successful adults.” But he isn’t just about demographic pigeonholing. “The process of buying a custom piece of furniture from us involves an interview. We treat people like individuals, not an audience, not a demographic.” When describing the ascendency of geekdom in the larger cultural context, Gifford points to the historic success of geeks like Bill Gates. An ubergeek, Gates’ success is a byproduct of his passion and investment in his hobbies and interests. From Marvel comics becoming mainstream movies to the development of the futuristic Tesla automobile, geek culture’s influence is being felt everywhere. Geek Chic is certainly becoming a large part of that new dominion, and for Gifford, that’s good not just for business, but also for the greater community of gamers and geeks whose emerging influence he celebrates. 

Book Reviews

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written by Frances Badgett

In this issue, we’re celebrating the warm months with two absorbing books. Not your usual beach reads, these books will have you dreaming about their worlds long after you put them down. Excavation By Wendy Ortiz Future Tense Books, 2015

Wendy Ortiz covers some familiar thematic ground in her memoir about her relationship with a much older teacher, but her language, her sharp observations, her keen eye for detail, and her beautiful structure all combine to create a moving, searing look into the life of a young woman growing up in Southern California. Ortiz writes with a kind of plain honesty that is both clear and startling. This is a great book for readers of all ages, but particularly young women sorting through the thorny issues of adolescence, creepy teacher or no.

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Hausfrau By Jill Alexander Essbaum Random House, 2015

Robert Clark With dogs in tow, Robert Clark will sign his book Wags to You: Short and Long Dog Tails at Zippy. Clark is an advocate for guide dogs for the blind, and has written this book as an homage and guide to living with these essential companions.

In neat, orderly Switzerland, mess is unheard of. Chaos is contained. But for protagonist Anna, the world is about to get smeared and smashed with upended emotions, a marriage teetering on the edge, and unspeakable tragedy. Anna’s world is carefully constructed — she does not drive, she sees an analyst regularly, she is “a good wife, mostly.” Anna is, above all, fascinating, complicated, and fighting to stay engaged in the world. Essbaum writes with ease and flow, bringing Anna’s world to light with brilliance and clarity.

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The first Kla Ha Ya Days were more than 100 years ago. Kla Ha Ya comes from the Chinook word “Klahowya” which meant “welcome” or “greetings.” Klahowya” was also the greeting most often used by Pilchuck Julia Jack, who was a local Native American celebrity in the early 1900s. The Kla Ha Ya Festival today includes children’s games and a big parade.

Darrington’s Summer Meltdown began on San Juan Island. In 2000, the band Flowmotion decided to start a festival with themselves as the headliner, and their friends and family participated. In 2002, Lewis Anderson and Andrea Wood became the official organizers, and in 2005, the festival moved to its current location of Darrington.

In 1968, the Sky River Rock Festival and Lighter Than Air Fair brought more than 20,000 hippies for a massive outdoor festival. Bands playing that weekend included The Grateful Dead, Buffy St. Marie, Muddy Waters, Youngbloods, and more. Even a young Richard Pryor performed. Since then, the Sultan Shindig is a little more official, a little less rock-nroll, but still loads of fun.

Marysville Strawberry Festival The first Marysville Strawberry Festival was held in 1932. Marysville was known as The Strawberry City, and the festival celebrates this sobriquet to this day. The grand parade is still the highlight of the festival. The Marysville Historical Society is currently erecting a new museum to house documents, photographs, and other historical items.

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A Community’s Genealogy written By Katie Heath


f you ever find yourself wanting to be taken back in time, the Stanwood Area Historical Society is your first stop. From family history to 1880s retail, the Stanwood Historical Society has a trove of information. The organization is very welcoming to visitors interested in doing research, and houses a monthly genealogy workshop. Research isn’t limited to only settlers and pioneers — the museum has information on local tribal history and culture as well. The SAHS also sponsored several community events. They sponsor the annual Independence Day Parade and ice cream social in Stanwood, and the museum also houses regular exhibits of historical interest, like the recent Waistlines and Hemlines exhibit, which chronicles local history from 1900 to 1970 through fashion. A wonderful snapshot of both fashion through the decades and women’s history, the exhibit is worth a visit. The museum hosts local historians who lecture about the history of Camano Island, or the historic photographers Edson, Brady, and Juleen. The active, social nature of the society keeps history alive and vital in Stanwood. “It’s a memory of where you came from,” Prasse said of the organization. “It gives purpose to the community.”


One of the main features of the society is the D.O. Pearson House, named after and originally owned by the first mayor of Stanwood. Built in the 1880s and purchased by Pearson in the 1890s, the house currently serves as a relic to the past and to the history of Stanwood as both a historic home and a museum. The home is symbolic of the society’s goal — “To discover, preserve, and display any materials which help to establish, illustrate, and interpret the economic, social, and cultural heritage of the greater Stanwood area.” Along with the Stanwood Area History Museum, the organization also owns a public hall — the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center — that has housed public events and meetings since its construction in 1903. “The organization provides a sense of place,” said Karen Prasse, who has been a volunteer at the Stanwood Area Historical Society for twenty-five years. “It gives the perspective of how things are changing.” The Stanwood Area History museum, the D.O. Pearson House, and the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center are open Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 1pm to 4pm. The organization is a nonprofit, and there is no charge for admission, but donations are accepted. 

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t seems fitting that Phil Bannan Sr. got his start brewing beer on Father’s Day. The owner of ScuttleButt Brewery in Everett, who recently won “Entrepreneur of the Year,” from the Herald Business Journal, is all about his family. “I received the award but it’s really an award for the entire organization,” he said. On that fateful holiday 23 years ago, Bannan’s wife gifted him with a home brewing kit, and Bannan discovered his talents lay in making some “pretty good beer in the kitchen.” After he was kicked out of the kitchen for taking up too much space, he set his eyes on something bigger. “At the time, the first wave of micro-breweries were doing really well, guys like Red Hook and Deschutes,” he said. “I was watching them and I thought, I wonder if we could do something like that.” They could, and they would. On the Fourth of July in

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Mukilteo dog treat company wins accolades written By Allana Schwaab


hat started as a test-the-waters product at a small Bellingham, Washington dog show fair can now be bought at more than 5000 pet product retailers. Friends and Nepali natives Suman Shrestha and Nishes Shrestha founded the Himalayan Corporation when they discovered how much dogs love munching on the traditional hard Nepali yak cheese, chhurpi. Despite a dog’s obsession with the taste, cheese isn’t normally good for canines because most lack the enzymes to digest lactose. Suman and Nishes did extensive research on this and figured out how to create a cheesy chew for dogs with the fat and lactose removed. The friends now run their successful company out of Mukilteo, Washington, but about 3000 farmers back in Nepal raise the yaks and make the cheese. After the farmers milk the yaks, the curds are separated from the whey. Curds are then wrapped in burlap sacks and pressed to push out any moisture. After pressing, the curds resemble big, clay bricks, and they are cut into strips ready to hang in a smoke tent for about three months, giving the cheese a chance to harden. The lactose and fat are removed during the smoking process, said digital marketer and trade show specialist Brandon Barney, but those details are the company’s trade secret. The original dog chew spawned the creation of several other treats, including Yaky Nuggets, Yaky Puffs, Yaky Yams, and Yaky Charms, among others. With a slew of products on every pet store shelf imaginable, the company is still looking to grow. 22

The founders turned to popular reality show Shark Tank to seek out a celebrity investor in an episode that aired in early February. After giving a pitch and asking for a $750,000 loan for a five percent stake in the company, a few celebrity investors came back with counter offers, but with higher stakes. The Himalayan Corporation founders knew what the company was worth, and decided to decline all offers in the end. Since the Himalayan Dog Chew came out in early 2008, the cheesy treat has satisfied dogs and their owners. Barney travels to trade shows and expositions all over North America to talk about what he calls “dog stuff.” The Himalayan Corporation was honored with a handful of awards this year. In March, Barney attended Global Pet Expo in Orlando. The company’s Yaky Tops received third place in the natural pet category of the new product showcase, and the corporation won second place for its point purchase display. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the year so far was the corporation’s win for pet treat of the year from the Glycemic Research Institute, Barney said. “They’re really picky about who they decide to award, if they give an award at all,” Barney said. Barney’s own dogs — a 9-year-old retriever/spaniel mix named Eva and an 18-month-old border collie/pit bill mix named Arrow — can both frequently be seen chowing down on their own Himalayan Dog Chews right at Barney’s feet. In July, Barney will travel to his next trade show, ready to test out some new products and to share his love of dog stuff. 

Wonder Woman Written By Kaity Teer | Photographed by Lisa Dills

Linda Neunzig


inda Neunzig owns and operates Ninety Farms, a 52-acre sustainable farm in the lush river valley along the Stillaguamish River in Arlington. “I didn’t inherit the family farm,” she said. “I made the family farm.” Neunzig raises purebred Katahdin hair sheep and grassfed, hormone- and antibiotic-free lamb and beef. She purchased the property a little over a decade ago, after she had made a name for herself operating a smaller, five-acre produce farm and delivering farm fresh ingredients to many of Seattle’s top chefs. “Every Wednesday I would load up my van with produce and two little kids,” Neunzig recalled. “My children knew the back door to every fine restaurant in Seattle. They’d always walk out with something, ice cream from a tour of the deep freezer or incredible confections given to them by pastry chefs.” Though Neunzig didn’t grow up on a farm, she was drawn to Future Farmers of America (FFA) as a high school freshman living in Snohomish. “Exposed to the agricultural world for the first time, I felt as if I’d found my people.” While in high school, Neunzig gained experience raising and showing livestock. Her father helped her build a shed in their backyard, and a neighbor lent space for a small sheep pen. Later, she worked with horses as a licensed veterinary technician in California. Neunzig returned to raising sheep after she purchased several craftsman hair sheep in order to train her herding dog. That was about 25 years ago. Today, Neunzig keeps 125 breeding ewes, which produce about 250 lambs each year. Since 1993, she has raised more than 2,500 Katahdin lambs. In addition to operating her farm, Neunzig works fulltime as the agricultural coordinator for Snohomish County, a position she accepted in 2006 after volunteering for the county’s Agricultural Advisory Board.

“It’s definitely not a glamorous lifestyle. In the morning I’ve got on muck boots and coveralls during lambing season,” Neunzig said. “I’ll be covered in afterbirth, and an hour later I’ve got on heels and a suit at a meeting at the executive’s office.” For her efforts, Neunzig was featured in Gourmet magazine and, in 2008, was recognized with the “Women Who Inspire” award for agriculture by the National Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Association. She has attended Terra Madre in Turin, Italy, three times as a delegate for Slow Food USA. She encourages Snohomish County families looking to eat healthy, sustainable foods to get to know their local farmers. “The number one thing you can do is to know the farmer who grew your food. Go to a farmer’s market and ask the farmer to tell you about her carrots. Know your farmer, and you know your food,” Neunzig said. She leads the annual Focus on Farming conference and the county’s Agriculture Sustainability project. Her work in the county’s executive office has helped her nurture a sense of community among local farmers. Many dropped everything to help her evacuate her farm in the hours immediately following the Oso mudslide. “I didn’t even have to ask for help. A caravan of trailers just started showing up to help me evacuate my animals, tractors, and feed, even people I didn’t know pulled into my driveway to help. It only took four and half hours to evacuate.” she said. “I belong to a network of people who just care so deeply about each other.” Neunzig understands her vocation is tied to the land and the people of Snohomish County. Her love of place runs deep. “My soul is here on this farm,” Neunzig said. “This is where I belong.”  July | August 2015 23



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Four Seasons, One Family written by Ken Karlberg


he Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in historic Ka’upulehu near Kona, Hawaii — even the name sounds deliciously relaxing — and it is. Your first taste of Hualalai, however, isn’t the mouth-watering cuisine. That comes later. It is the Four Seasons’ trademark level of service excellence, starting with the curbside greeting during as you arrive at the resort’s stunningly beautiful open-air lobby. The staff is not just there for you. When you watch their interaction closely, you are watching close-knit friends who are there for each other. Prepare to be part of their family during your stay. Whatever expectations you have — raise them higher. Expect to be treated like royalty. If that makes you feel uneasy, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is simply not for you. Don’t expect to handle your bags, even if you wanted to — like the butler from the movie, Mr. Deeds, your luggage will be in your villa or suite almost before you hand your car keys to the valet. And don’t expect to check in.You are escorted directly from curbside by your personal reservation specialist to a wonderfully relaxing, semi-private sitting area with awaiting Mai Tais, fresh local fruit, and cool towelettes to erase the memories of the day’s travel. 26

When we arrived late in the morning from Maui, the prior guests in our room had requested a late check-out. No explanations or apologies were necessary — who would leave early or even “on time.” To pass the hour, we explored our way through the property to the Beach Tree for a light lunch, one of three full-service restaurants at the resort. Never have chips, salsa and spicy guacamole tasted so fresh. But as fresh as the food was, the extraordinary, friendly service was even more refreshing. Sweet, engaging, and genuine to the core, our waitress was originally a bartender from California. Most recently, she came to the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai from the local Sheraton near Kona. Why? Because, in her words, there is no better hospitality company in the world. Suddenly, our beach-side snack tasted even better. As we finished, the tranquility of the moment caused me to briefly forget we had yet to unpack — that is until our reservation specialist pulled up directly in front of the Beach Tree with our luggage. Now that is the ultimate in taxi service. Take note, Uber. After a brief tour of the resort property, we were ushered to our spacious, beautifully appointed bungalow. If … you expected a bustling high-rise of stacked rooms, floor




upon floor, expect again — none of the buildings on the resort grounds is over two stories high, and all the rooms have ocean, pool-side or golf course views no matter where the suites or villas are interspersed. The overall architectural layout and landscape is wonderfully private and serene, as if you are part of a living, breathing Monet landscape, Hawaiian-style. There are seven pool options for guests, including a children’s pool area adjacent to a salt water lagoon where you can swim with uniquely Hawaiian aquatic life. We opted for the private beach that extends the full length of the resort. Whether you are pool-side or at the beach, however, food and beverages are at your beck-and-call, not including the complimentary water refills, frozen grapes, and frozen “adult-beverages” on a stick that are offered to all guests at 30 minute intervals. No matter where you are enjoying the sun and the sound of the waves, a shining, energetic face will find you and pamper you. The attentiveness is so extraordinary that even the local sea turtles come ashore to be served. Okay, not, but they are more popular than rock stars when they do — each morning and late afternoon. From the beach, to the workout facilities, to the spa, and then to the Jack Nicklaus-signature Hualalai golf course


(home of the Champions Tour Mitsubishi Classic) through the ancient lava flows, the balance of our day was like exploring under the tree on Christmas eve, full of anticipation for the next morning. But the quintessential Hualalai memory for us was our dining experiences, especially the first evening at the Beach Tree. Yes, dinner was spectacular, with the freshest of island ingredients and seafood from local waters, and the ambiance was unmatched, including soothing live music in the background, a magical sunset over the Pacific Ocean free of charge courtesy of Mother Nature, and a gentle, warm breeze to remind us to come again, soon. But our most lasting memory of the evening was the emotion of the moment. It was an overwhelming feeling of being grateful for life and grateful for those in our lives who we owed a debt of gratitude, like our parents. The experience at Four Seasons Resort Hualali is truly a gift — a gift to yourself for working hard and sacrificing for your children perhaps, or if you share our emotion, a gift to someone special in your life without whose love and support your life’s successes would not have been possible. We will be back — and when we do, we will not be alone.  July | August 2015 29


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little more than five years ago, successful entrepreneur and business owner Corey Anderson asked himself, “What do I want to do?” With a few successful businesses holding their own, Corey decided to do something that brought him back to his roots — and in this case, pun intended. “It was a family tradition to make root beer as a kid,” Corey said as he remembers old family stories of home brewed root beer bottles exploding in the house. With an already successful background in “niche” markets, as he calls them, Corey turned toward making his hobby into a profitable business making root beer. He initially set out to create a line of root beers called “James Caliber Root Beer,” but put that thought on hold after shadowing a California industry expert who exposed him to the abundant world of craft root beer brands. Corey instead decided to make an inviting space where anyone from passionate root beer enthusiasts to novice root beer drinkers could sample, purchase, and enjoy a multitude of beers. In 2010 he opened The Root Beer Store in Redmond by … continued on page 33 moving an office manager for one of his

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“It makes Disneyland look depressing,” said David Castle, store manager for the Lynnwood location. Though this may be a touch of a stretch, his enthusiasm for root beverages is palpable and contagious. Those who work at The Root Beer Store are often called “tour guides,” instead of employees. They help customers navigate the plethora of root goodness. According to Cory and David you need to drink your root beer cold and with no ice for maximum tasting pleasure. David prefers the frosted mug whereas Corey likes it straight from the bottle. You can take your pick. Like the root beer equivalent to a wine sommelier, David advises drinking the beer slowly so you can really taste the roots as you sip. “This stuff unfolds in your mouth as you drink it,” he explained, as he samples the Australian Bundaberg Root Beer. That’s why sipping slowly is key. Root beer, which is brewed with a combination of different roots, flavors, and carbonation, hit the stage commercially in 1876, but history traces similar recipes dating back to as early as 1265.

Most root beers are made and consumed right here in America. With hundreds of flavors to choose from, where do you start? Each store hosts a free root beer tasting once a month (dates and times available online) or you can ask store tour guides to help you decide between sweet or spicy, winter green finishes or beers with hints of vanilla and clove. “Everyday, people ask, ‘How do you make money on root beer?’ It’s one of those things like, ‘Who would have thought?’ I’ve found here is a culture to root beer,” Corey said. “People say, ‘Oh, you’re so lucky.’ No, I have filing cabinets full of unlucky. As an entrepreneur, you just keep trying.” It’s always inspiring to see, and in this case taste, the evidence of passion taking root and growing. Bottoms up!  20015 Highway 99, Lynnwood Mon.–Thu. 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.

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Soft Surroundings opens in Bellevue Square written By Allana Schwaab


new women’s retail store opened May 1 at Bellevue Square. Soft Surroundings features stylish clothing with a comfortable fit, beauty and skincare products, jewelry and accessories, and relaxing home furnishings. This is the company’s 21st location, and part of an 11-store expansion in 2015. The store includes merchandise from the catalog and website, but also contains location-exclusive items made specifically to suit the style of the Pacific Northwest. The shop’s cozy atmosphere welcomes browsers into a space that might resemble a luxurious dressing room. With sophisticated presentation tables, elegant displays, and a gorgeous chandelier, all of the store’s products are showcased in an attractive and tasteful way. Even the mannequins seem cool and relaxed wearing the brand’s comfy yet chic designs. President and founder Robin Sheldon created Soft Surroundings amid what she saw as a need for busy women to take some well deserved

time for themselves, according to the store’s website. That philosophy includes surrounding these women with achingly soft and comfortable fabrics — both in clothing and bedding — without sacrificing their unique sense of style. Every fabric in the store is rated for softness, from so soft to heavenly soft to ultimate softness. Soft Surroundings released its first catalog in 1999 and opened its flagship retail location in St. Louis, Missouri in 2005. The upscale lifestyle brand is dedicated to ensure women look and feel their best, according to a press release. The brand is growing rapidly and will continue to expand to meet demands and expectations of its devoted customers.  2027 Bellevue Square, Bellevue July | August 2015 35

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Everything Tea Written By Garen Glazier Photographed By Lisa Dills

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The shop Nestled in the heart of Snohomish’s quaint First Street, Everything Tea’s picturesque forest green exterior hints at the store’s cozy interior and its equally comforting offerings of tea and accessories. The focal point of the store is the wall of glass jars that contain the shop’s signature selection of looseleaf teas from around the world.

The atmosphere With its rows of glass jars and the sweet, anisetinged aroma that infuses the air, the shop is reminiscent of an old-fashioned apothecary ready to prescribe just the right tea for every occasion — from a rainy day spent indoors to a breezy patio luncheon.

Key people Patricia and Christian James have owned Everything Tea for more than ten years. Patricia, a Snohomish local, decided to open the store when a change of leadership at her former company left her with an uncertain future. The career change, from accounts receivable manager to teashop proprietor, paid off. She has a loyal following of customers who make frequent visits to Everything Tea for its impressive selection of teas, one of the largest on the West Coast, as well as its diverse selection of tea accessories. Patricia believes her customers are her primary motivation, and her favorite part of running the store. “Our store appeals to all types of people,” Patricia said. “But the one thing they all have in common is that they like tea.”

What you’ll find

exotic and familiar. There are traditional English favorites, green and black teas from China, and single herbals, including rosehip, peppermint and pau d’arco. Patricia stocks an extensive variety of flavored black teas, including hazelnut vanilla, pumpkin crème, and raspberry coconut. The store also carries Ceylon teas, chai teas, Darjeeling teas and yerba mate. “Our teas come from many sources,” Patricia says. “Some are customer requests and others we bring in two pounds to try.” Customers are invited to join in the sampling at weekly tea tastings, and can take an olfactory tour of the store’s aromatic offerings a jar at a time if they wish. Beyond tea, the shop lives up to its name by carrying everything necessary to brew the perfect pot and to do so in style. In fact, according to Patricia, the store was originally going to focus solely on tea accessories, so they remain an integral feature of the business. Savvy shoppers will appreciate the beautiful china tea sets, colorful porcelain teapots, charming teacups, to-go bottles, infusers, and strainers.

Manager’s favorite With such a staggering variety of tea it is a challenge for Patricia to pick a single favorite. “I like plain black teas, most oolongs, and some greens,” she said. “It depends on my mood and the time of day.” Indeed, Everything Tea offers shoppers the opportunity to enjoy old favorites and explore new possibilities. The plentiful options are sure to suit every preference, palate, occasion, and frame of mind. 

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our master bedroom should be a destination for comfort. Bringing in soft surroundings and meaningful items to personalize your space will make it that much more pleasurable. Don’t have time to take a master class in designing a comfortable bedroom? Here’s a cheat sheet with my top ten recommendations. Study up! …

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“Everything you love should be in your space. Let you bedroom reflect your personality and remind you everyday of what makes you happy, theme or no theme. It can be eclectic!" 1. Wall color sets the mood. You can energize a space or calm it down depending on the tone. With this project we looked to blues and neutrals to create a peaceful retreat. 2. A rug is always a necessity, even when arranged atop another rug. I often layer rugs, which adds both depth and interest to a room. 3. Use throw pillows in just the right amount. Often determining the ideal amount of pillows causes some tension when I am designing for couples; one wants many throw pillows and the other wants none. The ideal amount depends on the size of the bed. The key is to make your bed look luxurious and inviting without requiring a separate room for throw pillow storage. 4. An end-of-the-bed bench, which could also appear as a side chair or settee, is essential. It provides a comfortable place for reading, putting on shoes, or simply conversing before retiring for the night. It is also an ideal piece to add custom upholstery to the room.

5. Everything you love should be in your space. Let you bedroom reflect your personality and remind you everyday of what makes you happy, theme or no theme. It can be eclectic!


6. A bedside table that stores all your favorite items necessitates that all of these favorites should be tucked away, or displayed neatly. Find or build a nightstand that accommodates you. Creating beauty, being organized, and having everything you need nearby is awesome! 7. You need the best sheets, period. The definition will be different for everyonce, and I encourage a lot of research . . . it is worth it! And, of course, the sheets function best when they cover a stellar mattress. 8. Bring in loads of lighting options. Consider overhead chandeliers on a dimmer, sconces, and side table lamps. 9. Artwork, yes. Family pictures, no. Okay, I allowed this client one photo of the family, but the rest of the artwork should be restful. The master bedroom is typically an adult space, a place to rest and revitalize while preparing for the responsibilities to come. Take each night off. 10. My favorite recommendation: every room needs the “wow factor.” Your choice! In this case, we selected a dramatic wallpaper in a similar color. Have fun with this one and enjoy your beautiful, comfortable space! 

Tanna Edler (pictured on the right) recently won the Designer of the Year award from the Interior Design Society (IDS) for the category of a bedroom with a budget of $30,000 or less. The awards were presented by HGTV’s “Design Star” season three winner, Jennifer Bertrand, at a gala in Fort Myers, Florida. Congratulations, Tanna!

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Historic Homes & Museums Written By Frances Badgett and Kaity Teer | Photographed by Kristoffer Arestol and Kaity Teer


o step into a historic building is to cross a threshold into the past. The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation reminds us that by preserving these historic structures “we are able to share the very spaces and environments in which the generations before us lived.” Perhaps because of their tangible and intangible connections to the past, historic buildings have a way of assembling communities of people about them — people who have inexplicably fallen in love with brickwork and millwork, who are willing to painstakingly restore architectural details by hand or hunt through old newspaper clippings and state archives to piece together fragmented histories, who organize paperwork and serve on committees that advocate for preservation, who take preventive action to guarantee historic thresholds will exist for years to come. In Snohomish County, there are as many as 47 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of the county’s cities and towns have established museums in these historic buildings and homes in order to ensure that future generations may step into shared spaces and connect with local history. When Washington state celebrated its centennial in 1989, the occasion marked the culmination of efforts by local historians and heritage associations who spent the years leading up to the milestone anniversary working on preservation projects and programs which benefited from the centennial’s publicity. Louise Lindgren was hired by Snohomish County to coordinate centennial events and serve as the county’s senior planner for historic preservation. Now retired, she serves as the president of the Index Historical Society. The Index Historical Society owns and operates the Index-Pickett Historical Museum, a project made possible by Lindgren’s personal involvement and professional expertise. Helping people connect with buildings and artifacts from previous generations has prompted Lindgren to think about

storytelling. She said she asks herself, “What stories can be told to people that will be relevant to their lives? How can they make connections with the past through seeing these artifacts or encountering words that someone spoke in an oral history?” Though at first glance, it might seem that her work focuses primarily on objects — among them, tools, books, photographs, and climbing gear — she thinks of her role as one of connection making. “You have to make the connection,” she said. “Or else the museum itself becomes an artifact.” The Index-Pickett Historical Museum opened in 1985, just before the state’s centennial, and, like many of the county’s local museums, its artifacts and exhibits are displayed in a historic building worth touring for its own merits. Lindgren’s efforts — and the work of many others committed to historic preservation, many who volunteer their time — make it possible to forge connections to Snohomish County’s history by visiting local museums housed in historic structures, which have been restored and repurposed for the future. Many of these museums, like Marysville’s Gehl House, open for tours on Memorial Day weekend and remain open through Labor Day weekend. They plan special events and festivals for visitors and families, making summer a prime time to cross thresholds into the past and visit historic homes and museums throughout Snohomish County. July | August 2015 43

Alderwood Manor Lynnwood

Heritage Park in Lynnwood is an homage to Alderwood Manor, a rural community planned by the Puget Mill Company in 1917, as the logging company sought a profitable way to repurpose 7000 acres of land it had cleared. Puget Mill platted the land into five- and tenacre homesteads, sold lumber for home construction, and promoted chicken farming, fruit orchards, and cash crops through a 30-acre demonstration farm, intended to model the land’s agricultural productivity for potential residents. Just five years later, the planned community was home to more than 1400 people and 200,000 hens, making it the second-largest egg-producing community in the U.S. in the 1920s. The Great Depression and the 1939 closure of the Interurban trolley curtailed further growth and it was eventually incorporated as part of nearby Lynnwood. For Cheri Ryan, president of the Alderwood Manor Heritage Association, preserving the community’s history is personal. “My dad’s family moved to Alderwood Manor in 1928,” she said. “He was born here on the farm.” Heritage Park offers visitors the opportunity to experience three historic structures, which have been restored and preserved in different ways. Built in 1919, the two-room Humble House is the site’s original residence and an example of a typical Alderwood Manor farmhouse. It has remained at its original location and now houses the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society. 44

The Wickers Building, also built in 1919, was Alderwood Manor’s first mercantile and post office. Its distinctive Tudor Revival-style architecture was once a familiar sight for travelers on the Interurban between Everett and Seattle. During I-5 construction, it was moved to the park and restored. Step inside today, and you’ll find the South Snohomish County Visitor information Center and the Wickers Museum, which includes recreated rooms with period details and historical exhibits. The 1930s Superintendent’s Cottage was purchased and taken apart by a private owner. When it was later acquired by the City of Lynnwood for Heritage Park, the cottage was reconstructed on site. Today, the Cottage offers visitors access to archives of photographs, newspapers, and manuscripts, and collections of artifacts, oral histories, books and reference materials. Ryan and her team of volunteers conduct oral interviews from former Alderwood residents, host reunions and open houses, and give tours. A collections committee scans and catalogs donated pictures. “It’s time consuming,” Ryan said, “but we realize how important it is to do it right.” Earlier this year the Alderwood Manor Heritage Association won the 2014 Maelstrom Award for Outstanding Project from the Snohomish County Heritage Organizations in honor of its newly updated website. During the first week of April, more than 30 volunteers, including local high school students from the Key Club and Kiwanis members, showed up to a work day to help prepare the park for the summer season, including washing the trolley, spreading bark mulch, and weeding. “We think that Heritage Park is one of Lynnwood’s best kept secrets,” Ryan said. “The city’s Heritage Park Partner Advisory Committee is doing a really good job helping us get the word out there.” The park is open daily and tours are available three days a week. A special treat awaits summer visitors who stop by on the first Saturday of each month from now till September: refreshments and an open house of the park’s trolley car, Interurban Car 55. On July 25 at 11 a.m., Heritage Park will host a community potluck. Many former students of the Alderwood Grade School attend. Ryan said, “It’s also a great time for people new to Lynnwood to visit and learn about our community’s history.”

Tu., Th., Sa., 11 a.m.–3 p.m. 19921 Poplar Way, Lynnwood

Historic Homes


FEATURE Historic Homes

Blackman House Museum Snohomish

If you take a seat in the Victorian parlor of the Blackman House in Snohomish, you’re sitting in the midst of our state’s early settler history. The furnishings and décor are all either from the Blackman family or from other families of early settlers, enhancing the experience of your visit. The Blackmans were a large family, and their history is a large part of the early history of Snohomish. The year was 1872, the Blackmans were bankrupt, and the West beckoned. William and Ada, Alanson and Eliza, Elhannan and Francis, and Hyrcanus and Ella booked passage around Cape Horn to San Francisco. They worked in lumber camps in Snohomish County before opening their own lumber company on the Snohomish River in 1884. Hyrcanus and Ella built this home on Avenue B in 1878 and Elhanan and Francis built a home across the street. Alanson and Eliza built their home nearby on Second Street. William and Ada moved to Seattle, but maintained their ties to both the lumber industry and to their home state. Over the years, there were three Blackman homes in Snohomish, but only the current house on Avenue B is still standing. With the exception of William and Ada, the Blackmans remained in

the area for generations and successfully ran their lumber company for decades. Elhannan invented a machine for automating the manufacture of wooden shingles, and of all the local mills, the Blackmans had the only mill that had a surplus of lumber products for a broader market. Rail service arrived in 1889, and the Blackmans shipped wooden shingles back east, bringing them huge success. The last of the Blackmans — Eunice — died in 1979. The house had been turned into a museum in 1970 following its abandonment, and now stands a beautiful example of both Victorian architecture and local history. Eunice lived to see the family home turned into a fully restored and beautiful museum. Guests are invited to visit. The docents offer tea in the drawing room and will regale guests of dramatic tales of the Blackman family. With roots as deep as the Blackmans’, there are plenty of stories to tell.

Saturdays and Sundays 12–3 p.m. 118 Avenue B., Snohomish

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Stanwood Area History Museum & D.O. Pearson House Stanwood

In 1866, Civil War veteran and painter Daniel Orlando Pearson traveled to the Pacific Northwest as part of the second Mercer Expedition with his mother and sister to join his father, who had been part of the first Mercer expedition. D.O.’s wife, Clara Stanwood, joined him in 1868, and together they farmed on Whidbey Island until 1877. D.O. built a warehouse and store on the banks of the Stillaguamish River in Centerville. He took over as postmaster, and changed the name of their little steamboat stop to Stanwood, to honor his beloved wife. Pearson began construction on their home around 1890 (the precise date is uncertain). The house was built in the French-influenced Second Empire style,

which was considered very modern and forward for its time. The Second Empire style was popular back east, but a fairly unusual style for the Pacific Northwest. Pearson’s choice reflects his roots in Lowell, Massachusetts. The Pearsons had several children, and continued to run the family store in Stanwood for two generations. Pearson served as the first mayor of Stanwood. The D.O. Pearson home is on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as the Stanwood Area History Museum. The museum hosts changing exhibits about early settler history. Rather than whitewash that history, the museum also includes in its narratives and exhibits the role of the local Skagit and Stillaguamish tribes in

pioneering history, and the interactions between settlers and local tribes. In the adjacent Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center, the historical society also hosts several community activities yearround, including teas, talks, and holiday events. Membership at the museum not only sustains the preservation of the building and its artifacts, but also comes with an informative and well researched newsletter about the history of Stanwood.

Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays 1–4 p.m. 27112 102nd Ave. NW, Stanwood

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The Fratt Mansion:

Poised for the Next Century Written By Kaity Teer


uilt in 1906, the Fratt Mansion in Everett’s historic Rucker Grand Neighborhood is a stunning example of Arts & Crafts architecture. From its prime location on a bluff, it enjoys a view of the Grand Avenue Park, Port Gardner, and Everett Marina. The home has been on the Everett Register of Historic Places since 2003. Walt Gillette, a retired Boeing engineer, purchased the 6710-square-foot home in 1998 to prevent it from being razed after a contractor made a bid to tear it down. He and Saundra Cope, his wife, have completely restored the home, including its six bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two living rooms. “My first impression of the home,” Cope said, “was that it was crying out for help. It’s a house that has a soul. There was a sense of lost grandeur. It seemed to be a patchwork quilt of modernization, and it was tired, it was worn. It wanted to be restored from the inside-out.” Original owners Charles D. and Idalia Fratt built the sprawling home on six city lots, and it included amenities, such as laundry chutes, parlors, sitting rooms, and a musicians’ nook. Cope speaks of learning to listen to the home throughout the extensive renovation process. Much was revealed as work ensued and layers of history were laid bare, including the diary of the eldest Fratt daughter, which was discovered in the crawl space as multiple layers of roofing were removed. Other discoveries included the unearthed fragments of Johnson Brothers blue china, found in the burn pile, which Cope used to identify and purchase an antique set. They found four original milk glass electric light fixtures and acquired similar antiques fixtures and shades to match. When several interior walls were removed in order to add much-needed insulation, Gilette, Cope, and their architecture and design team were able to determine the position of the home’s original walls. “We gained a foot print of how the home originally looked,” Cope said. They could see signs of 48

previous renovations, including when the home was upgraded from gas lighting to knob and tube electrical. “We were delighted to find that although the electrical, plumbing, and heating systems were outdated, the structure was extremely sound and robust,” Cope said. “We also discovered that its wood was old-growth fir.” The fir was likely sourced from Everett’s Robinson Manufacturing Company, a sawmill that produced fir doors and trim, of which Fratt was a partial owner. While the second and third floor fir floorboards survived, parquet floor on the first floor rendered the original floorboard damaged beyond repair. Replacement fir floorboards were sourced from Canada. Today, the home’s systems are fully modernized and concealed within a heritage façade, which includes a HVAC system with hidden ductwork. The home boasts plentiful insulation, an extra foundation poured around the original brick, and double-glazed windows. The structure has also been reinforced against the threat of earthquakes to comply with seismic codes. Gillette and Cope are hopeful their efforts will strengthen the house, giving it longevity for at least the next 100 years. “We were helped by the historical society and the Everett Public Library and its Northwest History Room Archives,” Cope said. “We found a photo of the original house, and therefore we knew how to restore it. When construction started, the exterior looked very different than the original photos.” Over the years, awnings, picture windows, and shakes had been added to the home. Much of the home’s wood wainscoting was buried under eleven coats of paints. Today, when visitors cross the structure’s thresholds, they do so by walking through original entry ways and wooden trim, which was restored by a master craftsmen and re-stained. Gillette and Cope worked with architect Doug Hannam to reconstruct an interior and exterior as faithfully as possible

to the original. They have also sought to remain faithful to the home’s previous owners, making every effort to form relationships and host events for the families who once called the mansion home. “It’s been a tremendous experience for Walt and I to have them come back,” Cope said, “I have three albums of the history of the house in pictures. The families of previous owners have given us many photos, and I’ve preserved them all in this album. We consider ourselves the home’s current caretakers.” Cope tells the story of a previous owner who knocked on the door to introduce herself. She and Cope became fast friends, even pen pals who exchanged letters despite living just blocks away from each other. Similarly, the Fratts’ grandson showed up on their doorstep one day. He gave them his grandmother’s couch and other furnishings original to the mansion, including feathered fans and doilies. “His generosity overwhelms me,” Cope said. “I have framed the doilies along with original betrothal photos of Charles and Idalia and displayed it in our dining room.” Opening their home for people, photographs, and artifacts has been an incredible experience for Cope, who said, “It creates more memories and longevity. We did that in an architectural sense, strengthening its bones, but also we’ve made it more of a public home, as well as a private sanctuary.” When asked what she likes best about the Fratt Mansion, Cope said, “My favorite thing about my home is that it’s truly a home. It is not a house or a museum. It is a home that welcomes friends and family. It’s a place where we create new memories and new history.”  July | August 2015 49

FEATURE Historic Homes

The Index-Pickett Historical Museum Index

Louise Lindgren has been involved at the IndexPickett Historical Museum from its beginnings in the 1980s. Though it was her love of rock climbing that first brought her to Index, a rustic town of about 200 people located in the western foothills of the Cascades on the North Fork Skykomish River, it was the town’s history that captured her attention and became her primary focus. She learned much of it from her relationships with friends and neighbors. In 1982, a book by longtime resident Ruth Burgstahler, Index: A Historical Perspective, spurred civic conversations about forming a museum and historical society. Three years later, the museum opened in a small cabin on Lee and Dorothy Pickett’s property. Lee Pickett was a renowned photographer whose work now resides in the University of Washington’s special collections. When Pickett’s wife, Dorothy Pickett, passed away in 1994, she left their home, a cabin, and waterfront property to the Index Historical Society. Today, the museum is located in what used to be their home. 50

One exhibit includes a Pickett photograph of mountaineers scaling Mount Index in 1911. Lindgren paired the photograph with illustrative artifacts, like a pair of climbing boots, to help tell the story. Because of Lindgren’s climbing knowledge, she was able to identify which ridge Pickett was likely standing on when he took the photograph. “Authenticity is one of the most important things a museum has to offer,” Lindgren said. “If you can capture someone’s interest with a real artifact and its story, then you’ve got them hooked on history.” Though the collection of artifacts was started by Dorothy Pickett’s generosity, fellow Index residents have donated other items, which tell the story of the town’s economic base, the historic influence of the logging, mining, and quarrying industries that exported products on the Great Northern railway. The museum continues to accept items — sometimes artifacts are unearthed during local renovations and construction projects — and plans to open an annex in a bootlegger’s cabin next summer. One of Lindgren’s favorite stories is of a museum visitor who knew only that his greatgrandfather had lived in Index. Using old record books, Lindgren and her husband were able to piece together part of the man’s family history, including the stories of a severe illness and his participation in a fraternal organization. The museum includes a computer program developed by Fred Cruger, of the Granite Falls Museum, which digitizes old maps of various kinds, including maps by decade, town platting maps, and geographic, railroad, and topographic maps. It’s possible to overlay the maps and to determine the names of homesteaders and landownership, which tells a version of the area’s history. Index holds its Arch Festival on the first Saturday in August, which attracts hundreds of people to the town and the museum. You can tour the museum on weekends from now thru the end of September.

Memorial Day–September, Sa.–Su., 12–3 p.m. 510 Avenue A, Index

Self-Guided Walking Tour: Edmonds Stages of History


alk through time as you discover historic sites in downtown Edmonds on the Stages of History selfguided walking tour. Begin on historic Fourth Avenue and follow a map from site to site, noticing the beautifully crafted bronzecasted commemorative plaques. Pause to read about each site’s historical significance and learn about Edmonds’ heritage as a waterfront mill town and Snohomish County’s oldest incorporated town. As you walk, you’ll enjoy glimpses of the waterfront and ferries leaving for Kingston with access to the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas. The tour’s stops include the high school overlooking the Puget Sound, the Phillips Motor Court, historic homes on 4th Avenue, the First Baptist Church built in 1909, the Roscoe House, and a Carnegie library. Each bronze plaque tells a story. Artist Judith Cantwell made the plaques. “I enjoyed learning so much about the history of Edmonds. It is such an interesting and fundamental Pacific Northwest pioneering story,” Cantwell said.

Cantwell, who also created the 350 bronze fish that adorn the floor at the Sea-Tac airport, said that she was attracted to the idea of making the plaques for the walking tour because she enjoys making public art that is functional. “The research was extensive for this project,” Cantwell said. “I read Ray Cloud’s book on the history of Edmonds and made thorough notes on details I could translate into images. I also helped write the plaques, working with Larry Vogel, who is a terrific writer.” A truly collaborative project, the Stages of History tour was developed by the Edmonds Arts Commission, and received support from community members, the Edmonds Historical Museum, and the Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission. The project was also partially funded by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. After your educational stroll through town, linger for a meal or a refreshing drink at one of the restaurants or pubs in Edmonds’ historic downtowns.


The Gehl House Pioneer Museum Marysville

Situated in Marysville’s beautiful 30-acre Jennings Memorial Park, a log cabin’s open door and an A-frame sign beckons park visitors to step inside the Gehl House and learn about local pioneer history. Nearby, children slide, swing and chase each other around play equipment, and guests stroll through the WSU Extension Garden, where snap peas climb trellises and roses are in full bloom. Though some guests make the trip just to visit the Gehl House, others happen upon it and are delighted by the opportunity to take a tour. The Marysville Historical Society purchased the cabin in 1986, disassembled it and numbered each piece, and rebuilt it at the park. After moving to America from Prussia, the cabin’s original owners John and Katherine Gehl, built the home in 1884 in a wooded section of the Getchell area, about 8 miles northeast of its present location. The hand-hewn cedar home was assembled without nails and remains an example of fine craftsmanship. In 2004, volunteers from the U.S. Navy volunteered to re-roof cabin. Kenneth Cage, a retired mechanical engineer who has served as president of the Marysville Historical Society since 2002, admires the construction. “All these logs were dovetailed and fitted together,” he said. Near the trees behind the cabin, stands an outhouse with a half moon and the “Old Steam Donkey,” a steam engine built in 1901 by Seattle’s Vulcan Iron Works and an example of the engines used in the logging industry. 52

One of Cage’s favorite items on display is a small rack of deer antlers mounted above the doorway. “The Gehl family had one son. That son shot a two-point buck while standing in the doorway of their cabin when he was 12 years old. He helped put food on the table for the family,” he said. “The family kept that rack and years later family members returned to give it to the historical society.” Cage says that many of the surviving Gehl family members now live in the southeastern U.S., but about four years ago reconvened in Marysville for a family reunion. About twenty family members arrived at the Gehl House Museum for a tour. “That was an amazing experience,” Cage recalled. “We got to hear many stories we hadn’t heard before. They remain members of the historical society even though they live at a distance.” A newly constructed building adjacent to the log cabin is expected to open later in the fall to house a new museum for the Marysville Historical Society. It is Cage’s labor of love, and the result of citywide fundraising efforts. The Gehl House is open to tours on Saturdays during the summer months. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a tour from Ken or his wife Ethel, who can tell you some of their own stories of growing  up during another time.

Memorial Day–Labor Day, Sa., 12–5 p.m. 6915 Armar Road, Marysville

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ausing to take in a place’s aromas, flavors, and moods by sampling the fare at food and drink hot spots is one of the best ways for tourists to get to know an unfamiliar city. For residents, though, local restaurants mean more than just a chance to enjoy great tastes and friendly service. Meals take center stage as the focal points around which we gather with friends and family. Booths, bars, community tables, and patios set the scene for making memories and celebrating occasions, both large and small. The celebratory nature of food is universal. Every season, every harvest, and every holiday has its own food, and this is true in America as well. It helps define us,” said Ellen Gustafson, co-founder of the FEED Project and The 30 Project, in an interview published on TED. com about the centrality of food to cultural and religious celebrations worldwide. That food is celebratory and distinctive to people and places is as true regionally as it is nationally. Here in the North End, where seafood and farm fresh ingredients abound, iconic dining establishments have opened their doors to generations of local residents for decades. Regulars return again and again to make new memories. Restaurant owners and managers treat customers like family and recognize familiar faces, generations of customers who first started visiting as children, and now return to share the experience with their own kids. Whether you’re treating a team of youngsters to ice cream after the big game, partaking in the nostalgia of ordering a burger and fries at the drive-in, meeting up for a home-style breakfast, chowing down at an all-night diner with friends, or celebrating an anniversary with an elegant meal, there’s a classic North End restaurant for every occasion. We highlight tried-and-true dining experiences that have made their way into our hearts to become distinctive elements of the social fabric of living in the North End.


Iconic Dining

Dick's Drive-In When the flagship Dick’s Drive-In opened its doors 61 years ago in January 1954 on 45th in Wallingford, a burger cost 19 cents; fries, 11 cents; and a milkshake, 21 cents. Dick Spady, for whom the restaurant is named, along with partners and co-owners H. Warren Ghormley, and Dr. B. O. A. Thomas, set out “to serve fresh, high quality food at low prices with instant service.” In the process, they created a local fast food chain known for its high-quality ingredients, fair treatment of employees, and charitable contributions to the community. Despite the success of Dick’s Drive-In, the founders chose not to grow their business into a national franchise, a move that has established the restaurant as a true North End classic. “My partners and I were family men, not traveling types,” Spady once said. “We were in this for the long haul, that's for sure, but not as a franchise. We wanted to keep our growth within the Seattle area.” The Spady family bought out the other two co-founders in 1991, and a second generation of Spadys now own and operate the restaurant. In 2011, Dick’s Drive-In opened its first new restaurant in more than 37 years. The new Edmonds location was selected after a broadly publicized polling process and joined existing 54

restaurants in Wallingford, Capitol Hill, Crown Hill, Lake City, and Queen Anne. Throughout Washington, Dick’s is known for its burgers made from fresh beef patties, never frozen, hand-whipped milkshakes and hand cut fries. The restaurant emphasizes the realness of its ingredients — real beef, real ice cream and real potatoes. Today, you can get the Deluxe burger for just $2.90. Renowned Seattle chef Ethan Stowell has called Dick’s Drive-In “the ultimate Seattle tradition.” In an interview with First We Feast, he said, “I’ve been going and getting Dick’s Deluxe burgers (double grilled patties with melted cheese, lettuce, mayonnaise, and pickle relish) since I was a kid. On my son’s second birthday he had his very first Dick’s burger and fries — a very proud father moment for me.” A free burger from Dick’s has become a milestone for the region’s graduates. This year marks the 20th annual “Grad Giveaway.” Both high school and college grads are rewarded with a free hamburger or cheeseburger if they stop by any Dick’s restaurant in their cap and gown. “Graduation season is one of our favorite times of the year,” said Jim Spady, Dick's Drive-In vice president, in a press release, “It's an important milestone and we love seeing all the grads in their colorful caps and gowns. It's our way of saying ‘congratulations for a job well done.’”

Dick’s Drive-In, which leads the fast food industry in wages and employee benefits, offers an employee education scholarship program, which promises up to $25,000 over four years to employees who work 20 hours per week. In the past 22 years, the company has awarded over $1.3 million in college scholarships. David Kaiura, the store manager at the Capitol Hill location, recently celebrated his twentieth anniversary of working for the company. He started out as a crewmember shortly after graduating from the University of Washington. At first, he intended to save for law school, but once he entered management he never looked back. In a recent Facebook post, he explained, “I loved the company and people I was working for and I enjoyed ‘running the whole show’ as a senior shift manager. Why leave?” Kaiura recalls the making of Macklemore’s music video for “White Walls,” and the crowd of fans who gathered to watch the artist perform from the roof of the Dick’s Drive-In on Broadway. The music video shows Macklemore atop the drive-in’s roof, rapping, “I’m from Seattle,” and wearing a Seahawk’s jersey — inside the restaurant, visible through the glass facade, Dick’s employees make the burgers and milkshakes this legendary Seattle restaurant is known for. In the window, a sign honors the drive-in’s 60th anniversary. Truly, there’s nothing more classic than a burger, fries, and milkshake from Dick’s Drive-In. July | August 2015 57

Maltby Cafe When Tana Baumler, Barbara Peter, and Sandra Albright — teammates and friends who met in 1980 while playing in a recreational soccer league — first visited The Maltby Cafe, they never dreamed they’d someday own it. But they purchased the Snohomish County restaurant in 1988 after Sandra noticed the “for sale” sign. On a whim, she called Tana with the idea and was surprised to discover that Tana had always dreamed of owning a restaurant. Today, the Maltby Cafe has been open for 27 years, serving breakfast and lunch customers. It routinely wins recognition from local news and publications across Western Washington for its old-fashioned cooking and down home, neighborly atmosphere. Nostalgic details give the restaurant its charm. The lower portion of a nearly eighty-year-old schoolhouse is home to The Maltby Cafe, and the historic building’s exterior features vintage Coca-Cola and motor oil signs. The owners know regulars by name, and generations of family members come through their doors. Customers love the Maltby Cafe’s hearty portions, delicious cinnamon rolls, and personal touches. Menu items include Swedish pancakes, omelettes and scrambles, served with country-fried red potatoes and biscuits, as well as weekend and holiday specials. “We do everything the old-fashioned way. We cook everything fresh,” Tana Baumler said in a recent interview with King 5 TV. The owners value their employees and treat them like family. Some have been with the restaurant for the entirety of its 27-year history. Other employees are actually family members — mothers and daughters, brothers and sisters, or cousins, who work together at the close-knit cafe. If you’re looking for a hot breakfast and old-school dishes, look no further than the Maltby Cafe, open seven days a week, with many breakfast items served all day.

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Canlis Sixty-five years ago, Peter Canlis set out to craft Seattle’s distinctive fine-dining experience, complete with a stunning view of Lake Union. His goal: “to create the world’s most beautiful restaurant.” Now, a local landmark and third-generation family-owned restaurant, Canlis has maintained its reputation as the place to celebrate special occasions in the North Sound. A dress code ensures the Canlis experience begins before you even arrive at the restaurant, as you prepare for a memorable evening. “We very much consider serving you a special occasion and hope that guests embrace that while they’re getting ready,” said Megan Brady, guest relations manager at Canlis. “We hope guests find it’s worth leaving their flip flops and fleeces at home for a spectacular meal.” The first thing you’ll notice about Canlis is the iconic midcentury building, which was designed by legendary Seattle architect Roland Terry to showcase the property’s view and furnished by interior designer Jean Jongeward. Through the years, the restaurant has honored the original aesthetic while making updates, a strategy helped by working with members of the original architecture and design team. “It’s wonderful to work with people who share that much history and help us move forward. We’re always thinking about how to stay connected to our past while evolving and moving forward,” Brady said. In addition to its contemporary Northwest cuisine, Canlis is known for its distinctive service. Brady said, “Food and wine knowledge; poise and presence in the dining room — we require a lot of our lead servers, a ton of knowledge and training. It’s very much a place of honor.” Servers begin in 54

the kitchen and progress through three levels of training before achieving lead server status. “Everyone does their job as if their last name is Canlis. We feel like we are part of the family working here, which is really a special thing,” Brady said. Today, Peter’s grandsons Mark and Brian Canlis operate the restaurant. Canlis recently welcomed Chef Brady Williams, who is reimagining the restaurant’s most loved dishes. Among the customer favorites is the Muscovy duck, a 14-day, dry-aged roasted duck breast for two people. Along with securing reservations, be sure to call in advance and reserve the duck if you have your heart set on it, as it’s so popular that the kitchen occasionally runs out. Consider ordering from the classic tasting menu for iconic dishes like the Peter Canlis Prawns, or the Canlis Salad, a Caesar salad served in the same wooden bowls with the same flavors as the original, only with a more contemporary preparation. Recipes for these classics are also available on the restaurant’s website. Finally, selecting just the right bottle of wine will complete your special occasion. Canlis has won seventeen consecutive Wine Spectator Magazine Grand Awards, making it one of 72 restaurants worldwide to earn the distinction. Its cellar boasts 18,000 bottles, 2500 selections, and five sommeliers. We can’t think of anything more iconic than making reservations at Canlis to celebrate a special occasion in the North End.


13 Coins Since 1967, 13 Coins has been the all-night diner of choice for Seattleites, who recognize its iconic awning with the words “twenty-four hour dining” and look forward to its cool vibe, including the high-backed, tufted booths, swiveling chairs, and open-concept kitchen. Food Network recently honored the restaurant as one of the top five late-night restaurants nationwide. Today, 13 Coins has three locations: the flagship South Lake Union restaurant near Amazon headquarters, a Sea-Tac location, and, as of April 2015, a Bellevue location, near the Hyatt Regency. Many Paramount Theatre goers stop by the South Lake Union location before calling it a night. 13 Coins serves breakfast all day, but unlike other all-night diners, employs a sommelier and often offers live jazz. Customer favorites include the bucket of clams and the Cobb salad. Its name, “13 Coins,” derives from a Peruvian love story, in which a poor young man only had 13 coins to offer for beloved’s hand in marriage. Since then, according to the restaurant, “13 Coins” has come to symbolize unyielding love, care and concern. It set the standard for the nation’s best in late-night dining, and in the process, became a Seattle landmark.

Ivar’s The founder of Ivar’s Seafood Restaurants would have celebrated his 110th birthday this March. To celebrate, the chain offered customers buy one, get one entree for $1.10 and free blueberry cheesecake bites to the first 110 customers at each location. Seattle-native Ivar Haglund is remembered as the local legend who opened the city’s first aquarium in 1938, along with a fish-and-chips stand at Pier 54. Admission to the aquarium cost visitors a nickel. Ivar also developed a reputation for his humorous hijinks, including the octopus wrestling and clam-eating contests he hosted at the waterfront or the time he wheeled Patsy the Seal through downtown Seattle in order to visit Santa. Seattle top chef Tom Douglas has praised Ivar’s, saying, “Ivar’s today is still the ‘go to’ spot for fish and chips, whether for feeding fries to the seagulls on Pier 54 or grabbing a cup of clam chowder at the ball park. Ivar Haglund

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was far more than jocular gent in a captain’s hat. He was also a marketing genius, a visionary, and a champion of the city’s treasures, like Seattle’s waterfront, the elegant, old-fashioned skyscraper Smith Tower, and the traditional family fun at 4th of Jul-Ivar’s fireworks.” Today, Ivar’s Seafood Restaurants include 24 fast casual locations across the state, from Bellingham to Tacoma, stadium concessions at Safeco Field, CenturyLink, and Key Arena, and three full-service, waterfront view restaurants: Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing, Ivar’s Salmon House, and Ivar’s Acres of Clams. Currently Ivar’s Acres of Clams on the Seattle waterfront is closed during seawall construction. Remodeling efforts began when it closed in September, and Ivar’s is set to unveil the newly renovated space when pedestrian access reopens on July 1. In Snohomish County, Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing is a prime spot to enjoy delicious seafood while waiting for the ferry to Whidbey or for taking in the beauty of the Puget Sound. Now, you can also prepare dishes from this Seattle staple in your own kitchen. When the restaurant celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2013, Sasquatch Books published Ivar’s Seafood Cookbook: The O-fish-al Guide to Cooking the Northwest Catch. Seafood recipes abound in the cookbook, as do the food puns, evidenced by the title. Whether enjoyed at home, on the go, or at the waterfront, Ivar’s is the place for authentic Seattle fish-and-chips and clam chowder. July | August 2015 65

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The Scotsman Bistro Written and Photographed by Kaity Teer


hen former Celtic Coffee owners George and Marvella Black purchased Mukilteo’s Wine 101 in November 2012, they decided to expand the establishment’s offerings to include a full menu, beer, and cocktails. The Blacks added an extensive Scotch library, curated by George, who originally hails from Scotland and is a Scotch connoisseur. As they outgrew the name Wine 101 and replaced the wine barrel tables, George and Marvella began the search for a new moniker. “Guests would stop in for a drink and say, I’m here to see the Scotsman,” Marvella recalled. “Finally a member of our waitstaff suggested we call our restaurant The Scotsman.” …

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Today, The Scotsman Bistro serves lunch and dinner, in addition to hosting a number of regular special events, like live music on Friday and Saturday evenings and the monthly Scotch tasting. Typically held on the third Saturday of each month at 2:00 p.m., the event includes a full meal and a Scotch tasting. Occasionally George challenges guests to a blind tasting. Guests compete to correctly identify the year or region in which the Scotch was made, often leaving with a bottle or other prizes in hand. Marvella recommends that guests call ahead for information on upcoming tastings and to reserve a spot at these popular events. “George is very passionate about his Scotch,” Marvella said. “He’s been drinking single-malt Scotch for much of his life.” For George, Scotch is something of a family tradition. He recalls savoring it with his father, grandfather and greatgrandfather. He enjoys sharing his passion and expertise with visitors to The Scotsman Bistro. Order a tasting flight, and George will likely pull up a seat and make sure you get the full experience. A wealth of knowledge, George is ready to answer questions and to demonstrate how to taste, smell and appreciate each sample’s distinctive qualities. Each Scotch flight is named for a Boeing plane. The Blacks recommend starting with the test flight and branching out from there. Marvella said that once customers have sampled a number of flights over the course of several visits, George often works with these “regulars” to prepare custom flights based on their preferences. Each flight comprises three halfounce pours. For customers who know exactly what they’d like to drink, 1.5-ounce pours are available by the glass. “We carry the Scotch that customers would expect to see. George calls these bottles the ‘ordinaries,’ but we also really love to offer the opportunity to try unique and rare Scotches,” 68

Marvella said. “Our distributors are always on the lookout for really special Scotches for us, including one-offs.” In addition to tastings, the Scotsman Bistro also offers a Scotch club and a wine club, with up to four bottles available for pick up every other month. The wine club includes a 15-percent discount with each selection, a waiver of the Wednesday wine tasting fee of $5 and no corkage fees. Be sure to order a delicious entrée to accompany your drink. Try the Mukilteo sliders, made from beef and served on Kaiser buns with your choice of chipotle, jalapeño, habanero or barbecue sauce. If you’re in the mood for a salad, consider the Spinach Stilton with chicken breast served over fresh spinach and topped with walnuts, craisins, red onion, Stilton Bleu Cheese, and a housemade raspberry vinaigrette. Other customer favorites include the caprese salad, Gran’s Steak Pie and George’s Ginger Chicken Curry, available on Fridays only.

“All of our food is made fresh, right here,” Marvella said. Many of the recipes come straight from George’s family in Scotland. “When customers dine at The Scotsman Bistro, I treat them as if they are guests in our home,” Marvella said. “I like making sure they are being taken care of and getting to know them. We even welcome furry family member to our patio and give out treats and provide water dishes.” Stop by The Scotsman Bistro to sample some Scotch alongside the Scotsman himself and experience distinctive service and food. 

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Demetris Woodstone Taverna Greek 101 Main St., Edmonds 425.948.7654,

Russell’s Restaurant & Loft Regional NW 3305 Monte Villa Pkwy., Bothell 425.486.4072, Tucked away in a beautifully restored barn, Russell’s Dining Room offers a rare culinary experience in the Canyon Park area of Bothell. With renowned Chef Russell Lowell at its helm, frequenters flock here from Seattle and beyond to sample exquisite cuisine that has been appreciated by local icons, international celebrities and global leaders alike. And that’s just the guest list. The menu is even more impressive. From their savory New Bedford Sea Scallops to the grilled-to-perfection New York Strip, the entire food selection is a celebration of Northwest traditions, perfectly crafted by Chef Lowell’s unparalleled panache and his use of simple, fresh ingredients.

The fifth location for tapas restaurateur Sofeea Huffman, Demetris WoodStone Taverna along the Edmonds waterfront is Kafe Neo’s newest Greek inspired gastro-installation. You can tell they saved the best for last. With immaculate attention to interior detail, the granite slab bar and contemporary lighting make this a “who’s who” hangout for late night and happy hour specials. The menu is Greek-Mediterranean fusion evidenced by cold tapas like Aged Goat Cheese served with Black Mission Figs or hot tapas of Lamb Chops in a charmoula sauce. One tip? Don’t leave without trying the Brussels Sprouts. (Trust us.) Whether you want date night ambiance, edgy late night eats, or a trendy lunch spot for a work meetingDemetris Woodstone Taverna has a little something for everyone.

Camano Island

Walnut Street Coffee Coffee Shop



Watershed Restaurant & Lounge American

The Camano Island Inn Bistro on Camano Island is a destination worth the drive or ferry ride. Consider it for a romantic getaway, and reserve a room at Camano Island Inn to make a weekend out of it. A buffet-style breakfast is complimentary for inn guests every morning, serving up an assortment of pastries, seasonal fruit, beverages and a daily special. Enjoy fresh seafood and fine meat selections or explore an extensive vegan and vegetarian menu for your evening meal. Those seeking a more casual dining experience should make an appearance at the Bistro between 3–5 p.m. for happy hour.

Angel of the Winds Casino 3438 Stoluckquamish Ln., Arlington 360.474.9740, The Watershed Restaurant & Lounge features a wide variety of tasty appetizers, soups, salads, breakfast anytime, entrees, steaks, burgers and sandwiches. Or enjoy daily, all-you-can-eat specials from 4 to 10 p.m. The restaurant even offers Iron Skillet Pizzas, which are made from fresh dough, topped with the finest ingredients and cooked on blazingly hot skillets, which creates a crisp, flavorful crust.


410 Walnut St, Edmonds 425.774.5962,

1054 S.W. Camano Drive, Camano Island 360.387.0783,


Owner Pam Stuller has turned this former garage into a vibrant, modern space. Situated just off the main drag in Edmonds, Walnut Street Coffee is a true neighborhood coffee shop with a multi-generational clientele that include retirees, families with young children and downtown Edmonds employees. But aside from the Vivace coffee being oh-so-good, the food is atypical and locally sourced. Stacked with vegetarian options like The Quinoa Burrito, Black Bean Burrito and Pesto Breakfast Sandwich by Dancing Women Meals they also serve Seattle’s Macrina Bakery Nutella Brioche, or savory breads, like the Parmesan Rosemary Ham Biscuit. Get a daily dose of the best espresso and craft food in town in an environment that is always bright, friendly and buzzing with neighborhood activity.

Bar Dojo Asian Preservation Kitchen American 17121 Bothell Way N.E., Bothell 425.408.1306, Preservation Kitchen is located in the historic 1916 Kaysner home built for the mayor of Bothell and once was a French cuisine kitchen run by Parisian Chef Gerard Parrat in the 1970s. With such grandeur hidden in the bricks, it’s astounding that the food surpasses its past. Whether you choose something off the Farm to Kitchen Fresh Sheet or pick the fan favorite, Duck & Grits highlighting local Yakima sweet corn grits; innovation abounds. Don’t let their high-brow menu give you the wrong idea, they welcome all ages. With a kids’ play area adjacent to their patio, youngins can sample the sumptuousness without feeling out of place. On the next nice day, take advantage of the rare outdoor seating option and dine al fresco


8404 Bowdoin Way, Edmonds 425.967.7267, When longtime friends Andrew Leckie and Shubert Ho decided to open a restaurant, they wanted to create a culinary blend of cultures that would result in a new kind of dining experience in the Edmonds area. Executive Chef Ho incorporated his Chinese-American background and Leckie brought influences from family roots in the former Yugoslavia. Together, they created a modern menu of Asian Inspired comfort foods. To start, try the Coconut Prawns with mint chutney; they are mind bending. As for comfort food, tiny sliders with cilantro aioli and shallots on crisp sesame brioche buns offer a delicious twist on the common hamburger. But the Noodles may be most indicative of their fusion of backgrounds and that’s exactly why you should try them.

Curry Bistro Indian 1907 Hewitt Ave., Ste. A, Everett 425.258.2900 Downtown Everett’s Indian cuisine finds its nest in the ever-popular Curry Bistro restaurant. The prompt servers stay busy filling flavorful orders of tender Lamb Vindaloo, generously thick Chicken Masala, and any other classic curry your heart could desire. Genuinely rich, complex and reliably mixed to hit the spot, the curries serve the flavors of traditional Southeast Asian while providing a soul-fulfilling encore. For those with the constitution for a day’s size meal, be sure to try the Bistro’s beautifully served lunch buffet, with all the fine quality, consistency and flavor you’d hope for in a

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family-sized Indian dinner — and all for a reasonable price, too!

The Rusty Pelican Cafe

Hunan Palace Chinese

Sea Breeze

2821 Pacific Ave., Everett 425.339.3390

Ingredients: vodka, pineapple, cranberry juice | $9.25

Authentic Chinese dishes with fresh ingredients make for one of the best Chinese dining experiences in the county and beyond. Notto-be missed dishes include the Hunan Special Beef Beef, Sizzling Scallops, Sauteed Broccoli with Tangy Sauce (and tender strips of pork) and the Wor Wonton Soup. A full bar is also ­available.


ake a summertime stroll through downtown Edmonds and you’ll surely feel the sun on your face and the sea breeze riffling your hair. If that’s not refreshing enough, you can stop for lunch at The Rusty Pelican Cafe, just a short walk from the waterfront, and taste the Sea Breeze cooler, an ice-cold blend of vodka, pineapple, and cranberry juice, garnished with fresh blueberries. As you sip the Sea Breeze, pause to savor the delightful combination of sweet pineapple and tart cranberry juices. It’s the perfect cocktail for a long lunch, so good you may just decide to take the rest of the afternoon off. An easy breezy drink, most recipes for this drink call for equal parts pineapple and cranberry juice mixed with your choice of vodka. The original Sea Breeze, popular near the end of the Prohibition Era, called for gin and grenadine. Similar drinks sometimes include grapefruit juice and go by the names Bay Breeze and the Cape Codder. The family-owned Rusty Pelican Cafe is one of Edmonds’ most popular breakfast and lunch cafes, as evidenced by the lines of customers that often stretch out the door. Generous portions, delicious food and drinks, and a charming atmosphere with family-friendly, roomy booths endears the Rusty Pelican to regulars and visitors alike. The Sea Breeze pairs well with the Wallingford Salad, succulent chicken breast atop a bed of mixed baby greens and served with blue cheese crumbles, fresh blueberries and strawberries and a homemade poppy seed dressing. If

Lake Stevens Adriatica Mediterranean 915 Main St., Lake Stevens 425.334.1923, Adriatica (formerly Neapolis) is located in old Lake Stevens, away from the hustle of Pioneer Square. Owner George Petropolis is eager to share his food, and he and his staff have ­created an inviting atmosphere, like ­dinner at a friend’s home. The menu offers some old Neapolis favorites, as well as new ­choices. Try a dish of Skordalia, a warm pita bread with a silky garlic spread. The Spaghetti En Greco with Prawns is a perfect balance of creaminess and acidity, served piping hot. Adriatica is a fresh new twist on an old Lake Stevens favorite. Try it again for the first time.

you’re looking for something a little heartier try the California club sandwich: grilled chicken, ham, bacon, and an overmedium egg on a brioche bun, topped with Swiss cheese and tomato. If you want to be sure to snag a seat at this summer hot spot, we recommend making reservations in advance. You can also sample the Sea Breeze cooler at the Mill Creek location. Whether you’re on vacation, or just dreaming of a vacation, put your sunglasses on, sit back, and sip one of the many refreshing coolers at The Rusty Pelican this summer.  107 5th Avenue N., Edmonds Daily, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. 425.582.8250

LUCA’S PIZZERIA & RISTORANTE Italian 430 91st Ave. N.E. #10, Lake Stevens 425.334.2066, Enjoy distinguished Italian dishes and ambience at Luca’s Pizzeria and Ristorante in Lake Stevens. Luca’s is an award-winning, familyowned establishment that has been delivering authentic Italian cuisine to Snohomish County residents since 2003. Luca’s offers a variety of hot Panini sandwiches, pasta and salads with fresh, local ingredients for the lunch crowd, Monday through Saturday until 3 p.m., before transitioning to an extensive dinner menu. Wood-fired pizza with numerous cheeses, homemade sauces and savory toppings like sausage, mushrooms and eggplant make them a popular dinner selection. Other dinner specials include specialty pasta like Penne Al Salmone, a creamy combination of smoked salmon, cherry tomatoes and capers mixed with penne pasta and topped with a rich cream sauce. Finish your meal with Tiramisu and live music on any Thursday, Friday or Saturday night.



Mill Creek

24 Star Thai Thai

Azul Tequila Lounge & Restaurant Mexican

1120 164th St. S.W., Ste. B, Lynwood, 425.742.9155

15118 Main St. Ste. 110, Mill Creek 425.357.5600,

Beautifully presented, flavorfully prepared and generously proportioned, the traditional cuisine at 24 Star Thai is an undeniably pleasant dining option for families on budgets, lovers of Thai spice or anyone on a neighborhood lunch rush. Their signature Pad Thai comes wellcooked with a fine balance of fish sauce and fresh garnish, spiced kindly to your liking. An order of the Swimming Rama fried chicken and white rice arrives carefully presented with a sweet aroma of sautéed spinach and broccoli, and mid-thickened peanut sauce – a mix to match its filling taste, with enough to enjoy for another meal. Entering its 20th year of business, 24 Star Thai has mastered the balance of fine food at a break-even price.

Azul Tequila Lounge & Restaurant provides a warm, upscale atmosphere and a fresh take on Latin-inspired dishes. Mexican favorites, such as the Enchilada Verde or Carne Asada, are paired with Caribbean specialties, including St. Thomas Coconut Prawns and Jamaican Jerk Pork Chops. Southwestern flavors also make an appearance in dishes such as the Poblano Artichoke Dip and the Blackened Chicken Pasta. The menu also includes multiple hardy salads, sandwiches (many served with a chipotle mayo) and even burgers. Dishes get their flavor from ingredients such as habanero peppers, cilantro and citrus. Even the salsa has a flavorful twist thanks to roasted red peppers. Of course, with “tequila” in its name, those looking to imbibe in a top-shelf liquor will have ample choices. Try a Bartender’s Margarita or any of their specialty cocktails. Mexican cerveza, along with many popular drafts, also are available.

Taqueria La Raza Mexican 6815 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood 425.775.7526 One visit to Taqueria La Raza, and you’ll be coming back for more. The menu is simple, and the food is overwhelmingly flavorful; the large portions will leave you plenty to save after the first few satisfying bites. An order of four tacos come artfully packed with tenderly seasoned strips of soft chicken, topped with fresh onions, peppers, cilantro and a generous sprinkle of cheese. The Chile Rellanos are slim and crisp, with a fine balance of cheese and gently fried flavor. A thick Habanero Mango Salsa is among a few of the not-so-secret secret sauces that will add a sweet, spicy kick to your already rich meal. The friendly staff prepares your food fast, and offers to remove any unwanted toppings or sides in anticipation of picky eaters. As you wait for some of the tastiest Mexican cuisine to grace the Northwest, you’ll receive a complimentary bowl of tortilla chips with fresh, tangy home-chopped salsa as a prologue to an excellent meal.

Monroe Adam’s Northwest Bistro Regional NW 104 N. Lewis St., Monroe 360.794.4056,


Sockeye’s Restaurant and Bar Seafood


The sunsets, suds and salmon at Sockeye’s Restaurant & Bar located on the north end of Lake Tye will reassure even the most greenminded patrons that something good can come from converting a vibrant swamp into a cookiecutter lake. This romantic, casual dining spot is perfect for a relaxing glass of wine on the patio or celebrating a special occasion. Amid the happy hour frenzy of $3.50 draught beers, house wines and affordable seafood refinements, guests will delight in the menu’s calling card item- the wild Alaskan salmon that is roasted on a cedar-plank. But relaxed refinery isn’t all they offer, the Steak House Cheddar

1206 G. St. Ave. N.E., Marysville 360.653.8356, This casual, come-as-you-are restaurant is a hit among the locals. Best known for its pizza and pasta, diner are sure to be pleased with the excellent food, gernerous portions and affordable prices. If you are in the mood for a salad, try Christiano’s version of Spinach Salad — it is our favorite and pairs nicely with the Garden Delight Pizza.


Burger is an upgraded, detailed Dick’s Deluxe, which is quite a plug.

Mukilteo Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing and Fish Bar Seafood 710 Front St., Mukilteo 425.742.6180, Whether you’re waiting for the ferry to South Whidbey, or taking a scenic stroll along the lighthouse boardwalk, Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing and Fish Bar stays open late to satisfy your seafood needs. A weary-eyed winter commuter will perk right up to a delicious serving of Ivar’s famous, fresh Clam Chowder — a consistently creamy perfection, to be craved until the final bite. For the more fried-minded, you’ll get your dinner’s worth with a golden soaked serving of Fish and Chips sided by their trademark seasoned tartar. Inside the restaurant and bar, stunningly intimate views of the Sound await couples on a romantic night at sea or friends and families seeking a fine dining night out. Dungeness Crab Crusted Alaskan Halibut, Crispy Calamari Fritti, and their beloved Shrimp Cocktails are just a few of the signature dishes served daily at Ivar’s. With richly filling food fulfilled by a richly fitting ambience, Ivar’s is Northwest Seafood at its best.

Adam’s Northwest Bistro distributes taste and dazzle through a broad menu from which a “Your Burger” — a real ground steak with ­caramelized onions — gets as much chef-time as a duck breast. The Salmon or Butter-poached Halibut are remarkable for their well-built sauces — restrained and crafty. Pork chops stuffed with onions, mushrooms and sage, pair off nicely with sweet apple gel cubes. The scallops appetizer with creamed leeks, bacon and applesauce might start an evening of excess that will surely close with an ice cream-wielding warm Chocolate Chip Brownie or Apple Cobbler with burnt caramel sauce and a crisp brown sugar top. The in-house brewery serves up rotating taps, with styles ranging from Kolsch to Porter.

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14090 Fryelands Blvd. S.E., Monroe 360.794.8300,

Snohomish BRASATO European 1011 First St., Snohomish 360.563.5013, Enjoy European-inspired cuisine in historic downtown Snohomish at Brasato. This modern Euro-American bistro with a view of the Snohomish River is open for dinner seven days a week. Start your meal with one of the shareables, like a plate of risotto croquettes made with an array of fresh vegetables and roasted red pepper aioli. Follow your appetizer with a bowl of sundried tomato soup, a creamy concoction that will warm you up. Dinner entrée options include braised beef, black bean ravioli, roasted wild salmon and many other creative selections. Be sure to save room for a signature dessert. Savor Brasato’s menu, a product of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, at this favorite neighborhood Snohomish restaurant.   Cabbage Patch Homestyle 111 Ave. A, Snohomish 360.568.9091 From fine dining to home cooking, the Cabbage Patch has been serving up delicious meals to patrons of this downtown Snohomish restaurant for more than 30 years. Traditional favorites such as a Prime Rib or Turkey dinner,

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hether you’re looking for a cozy corner in which to settle down and watch the game with a beer in hand, or are in search of a lively hub to gather with friends, look no further than The Lodge Sports Grille. Serving patrons throughout the greater Seattle area since 2010, its five locations offer unique experiences to each local community, while also offering commonalities from the grub and the brew to the comfortable ambiance. A true family business, husband and wife, Shawn Roten and Elizabeth Stewart, along with brother, David Louthain, own and manage the growing handful of restaurants. Over the last five years, the Lodge Sports Grille has become known as a hub where comfort and quality come together. The Lodge Sports Grille of Mill Creek is no exception. The unique architecture will surely catch your eye, from the timber back bar and rusted metal chandeliers dangling from the ceiling, to the metal antler door pulls and decorative whiskey casks perched on rustic timber frames above the bar. Nearly a dozen flat screen TVs placed strategically around the room make it easy to catch the game from any seat in the house. And Seattleites will feel right at home with the framed jerseys of Seattle Mariners’ Robinson Canó and the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson. Although weekend evenings at The Lodge Sports Grille pulls in a large crowd, if you arrive early enough, you’ll most likely get your choice of seating, whether that’s at a high or low table or at the bar. And once seated, the quick and diligent wait staff won’t leave you waiting. Beckoning to the beer enthusiast, the Mill Creek locale sports an impressive 48 beers on tap, complete with digital brew menus which showcase the various drinks available. Whether you’re hoping to catch a football game with a fullbodied Georgetown Porter in hand, or sip on a light Belgium Hoegaarden brew next to a spacious, open window, this friendly scene promises something for everyone. Don’t worry if you don’t have a favorite brew, or if you’re not sure which to choose. The knowledgeable wait staff can help you select the best beer for you based on your preferences. If you’re looking for an early dinner or afternoon snack, hit up the Happy Hour, with its menu available daily from 3-6 p.m. The Loaded Lodge Potato Chips, served hot as crisp, golden chips that deliver a crunchy, flavorful combo of bacon, green onion, sour cream, and melted cheese, make for a small yet tasty starter. Or, if your taste buds are looking for a little 72

heat, try the Chipotle Popcorn Shrimp. With a little lemon juice squeezed over these sweet and succulent bite-sized pieces with a fried outer shell, dipped in tangy chipotle sauce, this appetizer is a must-have for seafood lovers. Those with a larger appetite can look forward to gourmet salads, sandwiches, burgers, and specialty dishes. One of the Lodge’s specials, the Grilled Fish Tacos, are served with moist and flavorful grilled cod, mouthwatering spicy slaw, pico de gallo, zesty chipotle mayo, and a sprinkling of cilantro. Don’t forget to spritz the tacos with the lime wedges for a fresh and tangy boost! For those ambitious enough to stomach a half-pound of prime ground chuck (grilled to your liking), pick among the Pac12-themed burgers. These include options such as the Husky Big Dawg, WAZZU Burger, Wildcat Spicy Chicken, and Colorado Buffalo Burger, just to name a few. We recommend the Bleu Cheese Bruin. With its distinctive, tangy Bleu Cheese, thick and crispy applewood bacon, and nearly perfect bun to patty ratio, this Bruin burger is in for the win. If tasty bar food, A wide variety of beer on tap, and an energetic environment is what you’re looking for, then stop in at The Lodge Sports Grill the next time you’re in Mill Creek, where they’ll surely have something to heat up your taste buds and quench your thirst.  The Lodge Sports Grille 15117 Main St. Suite B101, Mill Creek Daily, 11 a.m.–late | 425.225.6347


Meatloaf and Chicken Pot Pie share the menu with contemporary favorites such as Coconut Prawns and Artichoke & Mushroom Penne. Don’t forget dessert — the Cabbage Patch is known for its scrumptious pies.




1114 First St., Snohomish 360.568.5820 Located in historic downtown Snohomish, Fred’s has been bringing great beer and great food to the community since 1994. Who could pass up the Mick Jagger Fries — sweet potato fries tossed with butter and brown sugar, or the Black Porter Gumbo made with Deschute’s Black Butte Porter. The Alehouse Burger is topped with barbecue sauce, American cheese and bacon, then piled high with onion tanglers. And, of course, who could forget the beer? With more than 30 brews on tap, it’s a craftbeer lover’s dream come true. Fred’s also boasts one of the largest single-malt Scotch selections in the country.   Maltby Café Homestyle 8809 Maltby Rd., Snohomish 425.483.3123, Maltby’s famed Cinnamon Rolls — roughly the size of your head — are the prime draw to this country-quaint café, but are just the start of a menu filled with home-style cooking and grandiose portions. Choose from breakfast all day, with menu items such as Northwest Potatoes & Eggs or the Prime Rib Omlette. Voted Best Breakfast Place by Evening Magazine viewers 2009–2011, you can’t go wrong. The lunch menu includes a vast menu of sandwiches and burgers (try a Blues Burger with homemade blue cheese dressing) as well as salads, entrees and desserts.  –

The following selections have made it past our taste test and into our top seven this issue. Step out and give them a try, you won’t be disappointed.




Whidbey island Toby’s Tavern Seafood 8 Front St., Coupeville 360.678.4222, Overlooking the scenic Penn Cove in the center of old Coupeville, Toby’s Tavern offers diners a dive bar ambience with a delicious menu of seafood favorites. Their famous bowls of Penn Cove mussels — served by the pound! — come fresh from the adjacent cove, and keep shellfish connoisseurs clamoring for a regular fix. Steamed and soaked in a scrumptious mix of simple seasonings, wine and juices, Toby’s robust offering of mussels makes for a memorable visit. Fish and chips arrive hot, deliciously flakey, and generous in size, with sides of sweet coleslaw and fries deserving mention for their merit. For those waiting among the weekend crowd of regulars, a giant chocolaty brownie will drive your mind insane, and keep your appetite satisfied before the main course earns its way into the dining room.

For a taste of the real thing, try the golden and delicious fish-and-chips at Piccadilly Circus Pub in Snohomish. The batter is crisp and light, and the fish perfectly flaky and tender. Pair it with a nice ale.

The Mussamun Curry at Jasmin Thai Food is fragrant and rich, with just the right amount of spice to keep it from being bland. A thick and hearty curry, it goes best with a crisp Thai beer.

If you’re hankering for something a little out of the ordinary and tasty for breakfast, try the prime rib chili omelet at Collector’s Choice Restaurant. House-made prime rib chili folded into an omelet and topped with cilantro sour cream. It’s as delicious as it sounds!


The grilled pork signature sandwich at Yeh Yeh’s is absolutely sublime — the perfect balance of ingredients like cabbage and juicy pork, it’s a must-have.


The rack of lamb (Carre d’Agneau) at Charles at Smugglers Cove is mouthwatering, cooked to absolute perfection, and well presented on a bed of herbs. For fine diners, this dish is a real treat.


The baked barbecue pork buns at Hong Kong Dim Sum in Lynnwood are wonderful mixture of sweet and savory, tender and delicious.


The Volcano Roll at Wasabi Factory is incredibly fresh, delicious, and packed with flavor. Pair with either a nice, earthy tea or a crisp beer, you can’t go wrong with sushi this fresh.

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Cabaret presented by The Village Theatre July 7–Aug. 15, 2pm–4pm Set in the pre-WWII era in Berlin, Cabaret revolves around the nightlife at the Kit Kat Klub during a time of cultural change as the Nazis begin to rise to power. Based on the play by John Van Druten, the musical focuses on an English cabaret performer and her relationship with an American writer. Cabaret will be sure to not disappoint with music and lyrics by the team behind the award-winning musical Chicago. Everett Performing Arts Center 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett Box office: 425.257.8600

Agenda Events

Museums Historic Flight: Arlington Fly-In July 9–11

This three-day celebration features more than 1000 types of aircraft including powered parachutes and home builds to classic, vintage and Warbirds. The Arlington Fly-In offers a little bit of everything when it comes to recreational aviation. Guests can reserve a seat to fly in a historic WWII aircraft. The WWII bomber has been fully restored and resides in the Historic Flight Foundation collection. There will also be hands-on workshops, aerobatics and biplane rides. The event is open to the whole family with free admission for children under 15. 4700 188th St. NE, Arlington 360.435.5857 Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour

Tulalip Resort Casino presents Hank Williams, Jr.

July 6, 13, 20, 3pm

July 8, 7pm–10pm

Maker Mondays is hosting a 3D printing workshop for those interested in learning how to make three-dimensional objects on the computer. Visitors will be able to use a 3D printer and make and print their own prototypes and models in a 3D, solid form!

Hank Williams, Jr. is an American musician known for his distinct style that mixes Southern rock, blues and country. His successful career includes his 1984 hit All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight as well as America Can Survive in 2001. Williams, Jr. won a Gramy Award in 1990 for Best Country Vocal Collaboration and continues to release songs that appear on top charts.

8415 Paine Field Blvd., Mukilteo 425.438.8100

Concerts Music at the Marina July 2–30, 2015 Thursdays & Saturdays 6:30–9:30pm

Music at the Marina offers free waterfront concerts with a variety of music to fit everyone’s taste. Industrialized Country artist Chance McKinney will perform July 30. McKinney’s music is a blend of Country, ‘90s Rock, ‘60s Motown and Heavy Metal influence. Other artists include Latin Jazz artist Clave Gringa on July 18, indie-folk band The Show Ponies on July 25 and many more musicians. Port Gardner Landing 1700 West Marine View Dr., Everett 425.257.7107 76

Tulalip Amphitheatre, 10400 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip Show is 21+ 888.272.1111

Theater Leading Ladies July 9–26 7 p.m.

A comedy about two Shakespearean actors who work the Moose Lodge circuit in Pennsylvania Amish country, Lead Ladies is a guaranteed good time. Written by Ken Ludwig of Lend me a Tenor fame, the humor is broad, physical, and witty. Follow our protagonists Jack and Leo on

their goofy journey in this tale full of surprise twists and unexpected outcomes. Historic Everett Theatre 2911 Colby Ave., Everett 425.258.6766 Shakespeare in the Park July 15–Aug 6, 7pm

Located at Lynndale Park Amphitheater, Shakespeare in the Park will have six free performances for all ages. Performances will include abridged versions of Shakespeare’s famous plays such as Henry IV and As You Like it. Lynndale Park Amphitheater 18827 72nd Ave. W., Lynnwood

Classical Summer Chamber Music Extravaganza, The Octava Chamber Orchestra July 25, 7:30pm

Playing music such as Bach, Corelli, and Mozart as well as new works by 21st century composers, The Octava Chamber Orchestra features an ensemble of some of the best classical musicians in the Northwest. Come listen to new

works from around the world during the Summer Chamber Music Extravaganza!

Family Friendly Yankee Doodle Dash July 4 8:30am–3pm

Darington Bluegrass Festival

Maple Park Church, 17620 60th Ave. West Lynnwood 425.743.2288

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Yankee Doodle Dash

Celebrate the 4th of July with the 16th Annual Yankee Doodle Dash, hosted by The Everett Family YMCA. The event includes a 10K, 5K, 1 mile and Kiddy Doodle races. There will be prizes and awards after the races as well as a street fair. You can register online for the event at through July 2. Day-of registration is also available.

Aqua Fest July 24–July 26, 12pm-9pm

Aqua Fest is jam-packed with exciting summer activities that everyone in the family can enjoy. Check out the “Bite of Lake Stevens” for a variety of food from the Northwest. Events the kids will love include the Kiddie Carnival and Davis Shows NW Carnival, as well as fireworks at dusk. For the adults, there will be a wide range of arts and crafts vendors with items for the home and entertainment, as well as a book sale at Lake Stevens Library. At night, enjoy a movie in the park or Aqua Fest Got Talent. Located right next to Lake Stevens, this festival has something for everyone. Downtown Lake Stevens along Main St., Lake Stevens 425.397.2344

Visual Arts Our Idiot Brother Showing and Wine Event July 8, 8 p.m.

Sundance Award-Winning Our Idiot Brother stars Paul Rudd as Ned Rochlin, a shuffling mess of a guy who ends up homeless and jobless after selling pot to a cop. He falls upon the mercy of his three sisters, played by Elizabeth Banks, Zooey

Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer. Wine will be served.

Art by the Bay

Historic Everett Theatre 2911 Colby Ave., Everett 425.258.6766

Now in its 23rd year, Art by the Bay features more than 100 juried artists and craftspeople from around the region and the Northwest. Visitors will discover everything from bead art and baskets to stained and flame-worked glass. The event is free and also includes music and gourmet food!

July 11–12, 10am–5pm

Schack Art Center’s “Art of the Garden” M–F 10am–6pm, Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 12–5pm Thru Aug.1

Sponsored by the City of Everett Cultural Arts Commission, this exhibit features more than 70 regional artists with art made for the garden and the home. Guests will be able to find artwork to enhance any kind of landscape. Different works include ceramic, cement casting, glass, photography, paintings and sculptures. Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett 425.259.5050

Stanwood-Camano Community Fairgrounds, 6431 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood 360.629.2787

Dance Hula O Lehualani Ho’ike 2015 Annual Recital July 12, 4pm

Enjoy a night of hula and Polynesian dance at the 8th annual Edmonds Hula O Lehaulani Ho’ike recital. Dancers showcase hula dance and other forms of Polynesian dance they have learned throughout the year with a focus on love,

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respect and humility. Presented by the Edmonds Center for the Arts, the performance will benefit the Edmonds Rotary and will be a night not to miss. 410 4th Ave. N., Edmonds Tickets: 425.275.9595

Special Events Sultan Shindig July 10–12, 10 a.m.

Sultan may be a small town, but it has loads of civic pride and friendly locals who welcome visitors. This annual event is a lot of down-home fun. With axethrowing, logging contests, a carnival, food, music, and more, this festival is fun

for the whole family. Join the friendly folks of Sultan in celebrating the past.

Index Arts Festival

36010 US-2, Sultan 360.793.0983

Join the friendly folks of Index for this music and arts festival. Set against the Cascade Mountains, Index is a beautiful little town with a lot to offer. In addition to music, pottery, fabric arts, paintings and other visual arts, there will also be poetry readings and live music. The food offerings include vegan and gluten-free options, and preparation by local chefs. There will also be guided kayak and river rafting trips and other adventures available.

Darrington Bluegrass Festival July 17–19, 5 p.m.

The Gibson Brothers, Red Desert Ramblers, the Crowe Brothers, and more will perform this excellent festival, in one of the best bluegrass venues in the west. The event sponsors are also raffling off a sweet Martin D-28 guitar. There are no RV hookups, but the joint jumps and jams 24 hours as musicians and novices alike take up their banjos and basses and make it a party. Darrington Bluegrass Music Park Darrington 360.436.1006

August 1, 10 a.m.

Doolittle Park 503 Avenue A, Index 360.793.4971 Sunsets in Snohomish Wine Walk July 11 & Aug. 8, 5pm–8pm

Located in the Antique Capital of the Northwest, enjoy wine tasting from local and regional wineries on the historic streets of downtown Snohomish. All proceeds from the wine walk will go toward supporting downtown revitalization projects. Bring your own glass or buy a commemorative glass for $10 and experience the shops and restaurants in the area. John L. Scott 1001 First St., Snohomish Pedal, Paddle Puff July 4, registration at 8am

August 7-9

Based off the tradition of settlers and Native Americans racing down the Stillaguamish River, Pedal, Paddle Puff is not too different. The whole family can participate in this race with all proceeds donated to help build SPLASH PARK at Haller Park. At the starting line, participants will run two miles through Centennial Trail and end by meeting up with the biker. From there, the biker will bike to the boat launch at River Meadows County Park. At this point, participants will paddle on canoe or kayak six miles of the Stillaguamish River and end by running to the finish line at Haller Park. The triathlon can be done in groups or individually and ensures for a very lively and energetic day! 1100 West Ave., Arlington pedal-paddle-puff-2015


Bite of Seattle

Seattle Bite of Seattle July 17 & 18 11am9pm, July 19 11am-8pm, free to attend

If you are a food lover, Bite of Seattle is an experience you won’t be able to pass up. Hosted by Groupon, Bite of Seattle is a tradition in the city filled with entertainment and most of all, delicious food. The Bite delivers nothing but the best of the area with more than 50 Seattle restaurants and more than 30 food product companies involved in the weekend. Enjoy The Alley, hosted by Chef Jason Wilson. The event includes a multi-course meal from selections of the area’s best restaurants. Proceeds of The Alley benefit Food Lifeline, which provides meals to those in need in Western Washington. Other activities include wine tasting, cooking demonstrations and cook-offs. Make sure your stomach is ready for the Bite!

located in the streets of the Capital Hill neighborhood. Showcasing more than 100 local and national artists, CHBP shuts down more than six city blocks that host three indoor venues, two outdoor stages, as well as restaurants and bars. Between Broadway and 12th Ave. & E. Pine St. and E. Union St., Capitol Hill, Seattle


Seattle Center 305 Harrison St., Seattle

Dancing on the Edge The 27th annual Dancing on the Edge brings internationally renowned dancers from around Canada for the longest running dance festival in the country. The festival showcases around 30 performances from more than 20 contemporary dance companies and choreographers. For ten days, experience new and unique full-length works from Canada’s most noteworthy dance artists.

Capitol Hill Block Party Celebrating Seattle’s hub for arts and music, Capitol Hill Block Party is a three-day music and arts festival

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Final Word

Just Say “Yes” To Legalized Bigamy Ken explores the “pluses” of having two “wives” written by ken karlberg


s one who has followed closely the same-sex marriage controversy, I feel the need to go slightly off topic, but on the record, officially, as being in favor of legalized bigamy. Whether you are male or female, gay or heterosexual, you know what I mean — I mean the “other” spouse in your marriage. No, not your partner’s mother or father, I am talking about your partner’s BFF. Whatever you do or wherever you are, there is your partner’s BFF, either in person or on the phone, sharing every last detail of his or her life. I can always tell when my wife’s BFF is on the phone — every five minutes or so, Lisa says, “that’s so wrong,” and then another five minutes passes before my wife says, “that’s just not right.” The ratio of words between the two during any conversation is usually 100 to 1. Welcome to our marriage, BFF. Oh, what’s that? The phone charger is missing? For the life of me, I don’t know where it could be, dear. Like it or not, many of us have at least two “partners” in our domestic relationships, and some of you undoubtedly have an x-rated opinion on what the first “F” should stand for. Not me. I find great humor in the BFF relationship, especially “my second wife” because she is 50 years old and single. The entertainment value is priceless, and the things that I am learning are beyond words. For example, dating has changed — just a bit. As I listen to BFF’s Friday night download to my wife, I quietly log-on to my laptop from across the room and search the dictionary for help in translation. Typically, the new Funk & Wagnalls’ mating-ritual definitions are of limited use, so I immediately go the Pictionary for clarification of, say, a Brazilian wax. I try my best not to say “oh” or “ouch” out loud, but I have been known to gasp audibly and ask a follow-up question or two. Like, “why?” Don’t mind me, BFF. I am apparently behind the times. If you need me, I will be chipping away at my rock in the corner where I am working on an invention to be called the “wheel.”


And then there’s the medical and psychological issues that come with dating at age 50. I wouldn’t know, but apparently nothing works the way it used to — from boobs to bowels to performance anxiety. As an unintended consequence, like it or not, I have learned more about the female anatomy than most internists or OB/GYNs, even with my hands covering my ears. Our Creator was certainly not an engineer or had a warped sense of humor or both. Why else would our electrical, plumbing and waste disposal systems be so close to recreational areas? To quote my wife, “that just not right.” Frankly, my hat’s off to physicians. I would rather replace the timing belt on my car — there’s more room to work. But I digress — as usual. Where is Loretta when I need her? All humor aside, my “second wife” is a Godsend overall because I cannot be all things to my wife. Nor should I be expected to be. Relationships are complicated balancing acts, in part due to personality and/or gender differences that are a challenge to bridge. Despite that I try my best, I appreciate that I still speak a foreign language, male-speak, and I am limited in what I can offer at certain critical times. I can listen; I can sympathize; I can keep the ratio of her words to mine to a male equivalent of a BFF, i.e., 50/50 (after all, I must offer a solution, right?). But I am simply unequipped to handle all of my wife’s emotional needs. A personal failure, perhaps? Maybe, however, no one knows her or can understand her like her BFF — and for that I am grateful, for that I make room in my marriage for my “other wife.” I am eternally grateful for anyone in my wife’s life who can do for her that which I cannot. Emotional health and happiness are elusive. If Lisa is happy and I have to listen to yet another Friday “date night” horror story, I am good with that. BFFs are always welcome here. Now, can we talk mother-in-laws? I am sorry — they are not BFFs, dear. 


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