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45 Brewed in Snohomish County The craft beer scene is booming in Snohomish County. Here’s your guide to the local legends and the scrappy upstarts. Cheers to the North End’s locally brewed beer.



CONTENTS LIFESTYLE 13 Mines and Utopias: A Tour of Area Ghost Towns



25 Garden Gear & Gallery

63 Moontree Asian Tapas

28 Necessities  Raise a Glass to the Schack Shop 29 Around the Sound Oiselle 30 Savvy Shopper Joyworks 65 Dining Guide


66 Review Frost 33 Excy: Spin Your Way to Fitness

68 Mixing Tin  The Abyss 70 Seven Great Tastes 71 Sips of the Season  Poppe's 360

14 By the Numbers


15 Lasting Image 17 Calendar September & October 18 Community  Edmonds Underwater Dive Park Volunteer Bruce Higgins

73 Featured Event  Edmonds Art Studio Tour

36 Beauty  Brow Rehab

HABITAT 39 Snohomish Backyard Retreat 42 Remodel  Camano Island Log Cabin

74 Events 78 Out of Town

19 In the Know  Book Reviews

79 The Scene  ECA's 10th Anniversary Birthday Bash

19 In the Know  Who Knew?


20 Community  Lake Stevens Community Food Bank Seeks to Expand


Editor's Letter



21 Wonder Woman  Sarri Gilman


10 Letters to the Editor 22 Five Faves  Homebrew Supply Companies

45 Brewed in Snohomish County

12 Meet A Staffer Mariah Currey

56 Fall Arts Preview

80 Final Word

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ome of the first friendships my husband and I forged after moving to the North Sound several years ago were made while home brewing. I was new to brewing, though not to beer. Despite my efforts to fit in, to act unsurprised by the process, I couldn’t disguise my wonder at the strangeness of it. We were like chemists, transforming a kitchen into a laboratory. Eager to help, I slapped at smack packs of dry yeast. I stirred the thick, syrupy liquid malt extract, sneaking a taste of it when no one was looking. In the end, the friendships turned out much better than beer, which was pretty terrible, but with a little bit of practice and better equipment and ingredients our beer has improved. At least now it’s drinkable. In this issue, we celebrate the many home brewers whose passion for their hobby prompted them to start a side hustle or leave their 9–5 jobs to launch the more than 30 craft breweries in Snohomish County. Our guide includes the pioneers of local craft brewing, Diamond Knot and Scuttlebutt, as well as newcomers like Justice Brewing and Sound to Summit. Each brewery offers a vibe as different as their beer, making it possible to taste a fantastic variety of brews

in garages and warehouses and supply shops and brewpubs without ever leaving the county. We also highlight eight of the art events you’ll want to add to your calendar. From orchestra concerts and live theater to art exhibits, the North End is rich in opportunities to explore art and culture and fall offers a flourishing of shows and activities. Also in this issue, we spotlight women entrepreneurs who set out to charge up fitness in the North Sound. Bothell’s Michele Mehl created a portable recumbent cycle to make fitting in workouts more convenient. Seattle’s Sally Bergeson launched Oiselle, a clothing company for runners that has quickly become part of the fabric of the area’s running community. As the days grow shorter and the weather cooler, now’s the time to make sure you’re well-outfitted to keep active during the rainy winter months. As always, we hope you enjoy this issue. Maybe round up some friends and a designated driver and set out on a brewery tour? There are plenty of craft brewery destinations in Snohomish County to fill a weekend, and plenty of craft brewers eager to talk about their passion for beer and their process for brewing. Cheers to fall!


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Lisa Dills Lisa Dills is a life-long Skagitonian who enjoys exploring with her camera in hand and capturing images that reflect the beauty that surrounds us.  p. 18

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Shannon Black Shannon Black is a freelance writer, photographer, and filmmaker. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in CinemaTelevision and worked in Los Angeles for many years before returning to her Northwest roots. Shannon also works to champion, inspire, and promote artists and small businesses with her public relations company. When not working, you can find her adventuring through Northwest mountains, waterways, and gardens, or shopping local in the North End. She happily resides in Edmonds with her husband, dog, and two cats.  p. 30

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LIFESTYLE In The Know · Calendar · Spotlight Artist · 5 Faves



s the leaves turn to russet and golden tones and our thoughts turn to ghosts and witches, fall becomes the perfect time for charging or gassing up the car and taking a good old-fashioned road trip around the byways and scenic routes of our beautiful area. Among the whale-watching viewpoints and mountain vistas are little tiny pieces of history. You have to look closely to find them, but they are there, hidden in the knotweed and brambles of our countryside. These lost communities were places where coal miners and risk-takers, prospectors and adventurous women took to the rails and wagon roads and settled far away from home. Some came seeking fortune, some escaped bad situations at home, and some wanted to make life anew on a brand new frontier where new ideas could be planted and sown. Some made fortunes, many didn’t. A drive down the North Cascades Highway is a trip back in time. While the North Sound may have been founded by white settlers on the riverbanks and creeks of our … continued on page 16

LIFESTYLE By the Numbers


Each month about

families visit the Lake Stevens Community Food Bank for fresh produce and food items. pg. 20

Excy, the lightweight, portable recumbent bike designed by Bothell’s Michele Mehl offers up to

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Joyworks in downtown Snohomish opened

pounds of resistance. pg. 33

years ago and has grown to offer 5,000 square feet of retail space. pg. 30


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The North End is rich with arts and culture. We preview great fall arts events. pg. 56


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Lasting Image


“It was of the most beautiful colour that the eye of an artist in beer could desire; full in body, yet brisk as a volcano; piquant, yet without a twang; luminous as an autumn sunset; free from streakiness of taste; but, finally, rather heady.” —THOMAS HARDY, THE TRUMPET MAJOR

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now-established towns, the destinations of most folks and their concomitant bars, dance halls, pharmacies, and markets were the Pilchuck Mountains and the North Cascades for one shiny reason — gold. Chancellor was one such town, built on the risk and danger of gold mining, it was a small boom town fifteen miles over Hart’s Pass. Established in the 1800s, Chancellor was home to hotels, a barber shop, a blacksmith shop, a sawmill, a power plant, a general store, and a saloon. At its peak, 3,000 people lived in Chancellor. Life in Chancellor was not easy — the terrain, weather, isolation, and general hardship of carving a life out of mining took its toll. Folks abandoned Chancellor somewhere around 1900. Access today is from Mazama on the other side of the mountains. You’ll find a few collapsed cabins and debris — there is not much left of the formerly bustling community. Just outside Sedro-Woolley off of Route 20 on Harrison Road is the little ghost town of Cokedale. Cokedale boomed until it didn’t from the 1890s until 1921. Much of what remains of Cokedale is on private property, but appears to be visible from Harrison. There are a few structures left. There were high hopes that this coal mine would churn out quality coal that could rival the east coast, but the coal ended up weak and soft, and it had to be brought out in small pieces, making the mining operation slow and painstaking — not really within the ethos of mining. Next stop on your tour is actually still a town. Maybe there is something to that socialism thing, because Edison is still a thriving little community, with galleries, cafes, a 16

great bar, antique shops, and fine woodworking. A lovely drive along Bow Hill Road through tulip and berry country lands you right in the center of town. In 1897, this gem of a town was founded as The Equality Colony, a national headquarters for a socialist utopian movement known as the Brotherhood of the Cooperative Commonwealth. The Brotherhood published a newspaper called Industrial Freedom. The goals of the colony were to provide colonists with financial, material, and moral support from a centralized group of trustees. At its height, Edison had 3,000 residents. Internecine conflicts prevented the socialist movement from taking hold, which sounds kind of familiar today. At present, Edison is home to about 133 people. As befitting many a socialist utopia, Edison produced a great journalist, Edward R. Murrow. Edison is a great day trip, and a wonderful place to take in an art show at Smith and Vallee, grab a sandwich at Slough Food, or dance the night away at the Old Edison Inn. Our last visit is far-flung and quiet, the little town of Freeland on Whidbey Island. Freeland is also still a small community, and also has roots in socialist utopian colonization. With 2,035 residents as of the last census, Freeland fared better in population than Edison over the years. The Free Land Association out of South Dakota sought out the platted-yet-undeveloped town for their experiment, which would give each member of their society free land. Though the good intentions soured and the town went bankrupt in 1920, the charming little coastal town just south of Coupeville still stands today. 






Music at the Marina

51st Annual Railroad and Reunion Days

West Marine View Drive, Everett September 1, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Main Street, Granite Falls October 1, 12–5 p.m.





Vintage Aircraft Weekend Bernie Street, Mukilteo September 2–4

Sky Valley Farm Fest Western Heritage Center, Monroe October 8, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

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Harvest Festival Mansford Grange #710, Darrington October 8, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.



Lighthouse Festival Lighthouse Park, Mukilteo September 9–11





Art in the Park

Vino Around the Village

Legion Park, Arlington September 10–11

Country Village, Bothell October 22, 5–8 p.m.


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n a recent Saturday, Bruce Higgins organized a complex dive at the 27-acre Edmonds Underwater Park at Brackett’s Landing North, where he volunteers to build and maintain the underwater trail system. In 2007, the park’s trail system, which consists of a network of 2.5 miles of trails, was named for Higgins. Saturday’s dive consisted of Higgins and his team of volunteers relocating industrial tires from nearby Marina Beach to the park’s underwater trails. The tires, which Higgins estimates have been submerged at Marina Beach since the fuel pier removal in 2009, posed a threat to marine life. While that may sound like enough volunteer work for one weekend, Higgins planned to return the next day. He has spent most Saturday and Sunday mornings building and maintaining the trails since 1977. He loves spending time underwater and is committed to making it possible for other divers to enjoy the park as well. “To me, diving is gobs of fun,” Higgins said. “You can watch a fish land in your hand. You can feel weightless, like Superman scaling tall buildings in a single bound. You can pretend you’re an astronaut till the cows come home.” Higgins who has a degree in oceanography and studied ocean engineering at OSU, focusing on off-shore docks, breakwaters, and mooring systems, became a certified scuba diver in 1970. His career path reflects a fascination with marine environments, including teaching oceanography and electronics at Shoreline Community College, consulting on oceanographic and ionospheric projects, manufacturing water purification systems, and working for the NOAA in Alaska. But the trail system that bears his name is his passion project. Thanks to his vision for the park, the network of trails and 18

submerged features are a marine playground that has become the state’s most popular underwater park. When the underwater park was first started, its no-harvest designation made it unusual for its time. The park offered Edmonds’ visitors and residents the opportunity to connect with the waterfront and an environment teeming with marine life. Higgins calls it a “spectacular place” and is an expert on its history, recalling with ease the mills, boat manufacturers, and other industries that once populated the waterfront. One of the park’s most popular features is the Jungle Gym, which Higgins constructed in the 1980s. Higgins and his team used plastic milk crates to store their tools underwater

"You can feel weightless, like Superman scaling tall buildings in a single bound.” at the dive site overnight. When they returned the next day, they discovered the milk crates were crawling with shrimp. This epiphany prompted the team to collected damaged milk crates, and they placed them on the Northern Lights Trail, creating a thriving habitat for shrimp. “My model is more like an arboretum with a lot of variety. A little bit of this; a little bit of that. Stuff that works well, we’ll do more of. If it’s not working well, we’ll repurpose it,” Higgins explained. He runs his team of loosely organized volunteers in much the same way. Rather than form a schedule or administrate, he works with whoever happens to show up on any given Saturday or Sunday. That’s not to say, though, that the team isn’t close-knit. They hold an annual dive and picnic gathering, which this year also served as a going away party for one of the departing volunteers. Higgins encourages everyone to try exploring the water. “The easy half step is to just go snorkeling. You don’t have to go through any special training. You could just go rent a wet suit and snorkel and putz around and take a look.” It’s a view that has kept Higgins coming back weekend after weekend, volunteering his time for almost forty years. 

Book Reviews

In the Know



Welcome to late summer, when we have just a few more slow days in the sun to soak up great stories. These are two beach reads for people who don’t like beach reads.

People don’t normally associate daring, original fiction as summer reading, but this beautiful collection of fiction is really refreshing for an afternoon in the sun. The sections are brief pieces of narrative linked through a larger arc, giving the book both scope and depth for its slim 200 pages. The story is of a woman living in a small cottage in rural Ireland. Told in such a rare style and a unique voice, this novel will charm, puzzle, and delight you.

September 19, 7:30 p.m. Ann Patchett

Zero K by Don DeLillo Scribner 288 pages

Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett Penguin Publishing Group 208 pages

An evening with Ann Patchett, an Orange Prize recipient and author of six novels and three books of nonfiction, is co-presented by The Seattle Times and Seattle Arts & Letters. Her most recent novel, Commonwealth, was published this month.

Don DeLillo knows how to open a book. “Everybody wants to own the end of the world” is the glib, stark opening to Zero K. DeLillo has a way of capturing the world in words and redefining it for his readers. In Zero K, he delves into a futuristic, postapocalyptic landscape in which people are being frozen to reanimate at some later time. The protagonist, Jeffrey Lockhart is going to a cryrogenic facility to say goodbye to his mother. The touching narrative, scathing social commentary, and light touches of humor make this novel one of his best.

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September 30, 7:00 p.m. Wave Books Celebration Hear from five poets from the innovative Seattle-based press, Wave Books, in a free showcase at the Fred Wildlife Refuge. Featured poets include local writers Don Mee Choi and Joshua Beckman.

Fred Wildlife Refuge 128 Belmont Ave. East, Seattle

WHO KNEW? Hop to It More than 70 percent of the nation’s hops are grown in Washington State. The most popular variety for craft brewing is Cascade, an aroma hop developed in Corvallis, Oregon, by USDA hop researcher Charles E. Zimmerman in 1968. Alpha hops produce the bitter, hoppy taste PNW beer is known for, while aroma-type hops offer a wide variety of flavors and aromas. According to the USDA, 37,475 acres of hops were planted in Washington this year, and together, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho may set a 100-year record for total acreage planted.

Prohibition Problems Washington State went dry four years before the Eighteenth Amendment was ratified as part of the U.S. Constitution. Some brewers pivoted and experimented with “near beers” while others packed up and headed south to California. In his new book, Washington Beer: A Heady History of Washington State Brewing, Michael F. Rizzo tells the story of the time Seattle police emptied 12,000 quarts of beer into the bay after discovering it in a scow owned by Rainer Brewing Co. Just four months into the state’s prohibition, nearly every brewery had closed up shop.

Hooked Gordon Bowker and Paul Shipman founded Redhook Brewery in an old Ballard transmission shop thirty-five years ago. Their distinctive brews helped get Seattleites hooked on craft beer. In 1994 Redhook opened a state-of-theart, 250,000-barrel brewery in Woodinville. Two years later it became the first bicoastal brewery when it opened a second location in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Look for a new brewery and pub in Capitol Hill next year.

Friendly Competition Which state has the most craft breweries? Washington is second only to California, according to Brewers Association data for 2015. But watch out, Golden State, we’re coming for ya! Meanwhile the craft revolution has been slow growing in North Dakota, which ranked last in the nation with six craft breweries total.

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Lake Stevens Community Food Bank Seeks to Expand WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY CATHERINE TORRES


he Lake Stevens Community Food Bank, directed by Anne Anderson and made possible through the efforts of about 100 volunteers, is doing its part to help members of the Lake Stevens community. Each month, approximately 100 families benefit from its fresh produce and food items, and a typical month sees about 1,200 visitors. In order to better serve the community, the Food Bank seeks to expand into a larger facility adjacent to its current location. Since 1978, the Food Bank has occupied a rented space in Ebenezer Lutheran Church. Plans are in the works to build a larger facility nearby on an already purchased plot of land. A $900,000 capitol fundraising campaign is underway with just over one-third of the fundraising goal achieved. 20

The Food Bank’s current space is cramped and lacks running water and sufficient heating. It is not an accessible space, which makes it a challenge for disabled clients to enter the Food Bank. Volunteers often have to bring food outside for them. There are also no bathrooms in the immediate area, which forces volunteers to access the main part of the church. Anderson constantly worries the Food Bank’s old fridge will break down, but hesitates to replace the system as the new location will likely require upgraded units. The cramped aisles and lack of manpower means food is distributed just once a week on Thursdays, which creates long, three-hour wait lines. Anderson explained, “We do the best we can with the space we have, but it’s just not enough space.” She added, “We want to serve people with dignity and respect and it’s hard to say you’re doing that when clients are waiting outside for hours to come through such a cramped area.” Anderson recounted a story from last Thanksgiving when she was forced to decline a generous donation of turkeys because the donation meant that the Food Bank would need to store the turkeys for several days. There simply wasn’t fridge space for the turkeys. Instead, Anderson used money from the Food Bank’s already limited budget to purchase turkeys on Thanksgiving morning and distributed the birds straight from the truck. Most of the Food Bank’s clients visit only for a few months, when they need to get though tough times: job loss, high medical bills, a tough growing season. Once back on their feet, many clients return as volunteers. The website describes ways to volunteer, including truck drivers, pantry stockers, and distributors. The Food Bank especially needs drivers who can lift heavy boxes. No special license is needed, just the ability and willingness to drive the Food Bank’s truck. Distributors also tend to be sparse during the second shift in the afternoons. Food donations are always welcome. Local growers can partake in a Plant a Row for the Hungry program where they plant an extra row just for the Food Bank. Right now most of the produce is donated by local grocery stores. The items are often unfit for sale, so volunteers sift through boxes, peeling back wilted lettuce leaves and separating overly ripe fruits. Anderson works with other Food Bank directors in Snohomish County through a coalition of 21 food banks. They help each other with issues and pool their resources together to obtain the most food for the cheapest cost. Toiletries and cleaning supplies are the hardest items to secure through government commodities and general donations. It’s the items people purchase at grocery stores that aren’t food and that food stamps don’t cover, such as shampoo, feminine products, and surface cleaners. Of course monetary donations are also accepted. There’s a link on the Food Bank’s website to contribute towards the building fund for the new facility. Anderson added that any and all donations — time, food, money — are welcome. “I want people to donate in the way they feel called to donate,” she said. “We live in an incredibly generous community with amazing people.” 

In the Know



“I just had a natural curiosity about human behavior and families … I am still completely curious about people” youth. That was 25 years ago, and today the organization is thriving. Although it wasn’t easy, Gilman said each day brought a new lesson for the staff, kids, and herself. The experience taught her what she was capable of, Gilman said. There wasn’t room to fail. “If I couldn’t deliver, then people would go hungry,” she said. Another challenge was working on the administrative side of things once the organization began to grow. Constantly trying to convince people of the shelter’s need for money was maddening. “To me it was very obvious that we needed money.” Thankfully, Gilman found real champions in the community who were just as committed to Cocoon House’s mission, which aims to approach homelessness on three levels: outreach, housing, and prevention. Today, three shelters are located throughout the county — Monroe, Everett, and Arlington.

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uthor. Marriage and family therapist. Nonprofit champion. Speaker. Teacher. Sarri Gilman’s passion for helping others has led her down countless paths she never predicted she’d take. Although she’s been a licensed family and marriage therapist for 30 years, the work wasn’t something she thought she’d spend her life doing. “I just had a natural curiosity about human behavior and families. I swear to god that has not gone away. I am still completely curious about people,” she said. After getting her master’s in California, Gilman said she came up to Whidbey Island for lunch and just never left. Her first experience with nonprofits came next, when she noticed a need for a homeless shelter for young people in Snohomish County. Again, this wasn’t part of her plan. “If somebody else had been doing it, I wouldn’t have gone down that road. I don’t recommend just waking up and starting a nonprofit.” Gilman founded Cocoon House, a homeless shelter that provides housing and outreach programs for local

Sarri Gilman While Gilman has parted from Cocoon House, she said it is beyond rewarding to see how successful it continues to be without her. Today, she puts all her energy into what she describes as her real purpose. Gilman released her first book titled Transform Your Boundaries in 2014 and has been teaching people the power of boundaries ever since. “I stepped back and asked myself, what is the heart of my work? The heart of it is the boundary work,” she said. Everyone has boundaries, Gilman explained. Boundaries are determined by what people say “yes” to and what they say “no” to. The focus of Gilman’s work is to teach people that putting themselves at the top of their list rather than the bottom can improve their relationships, mental wellbeing, and overall quality of life. Since publishing her first book, Gilman has hosted workshops, appeared as a speaker at events, and has begun developing a boundaries app, which she hopes will be released in the fall. The app will allow people to track their choices, set boundaries, and even share them with Gilman and others. “I’m hoping it is another tool to help people build their boundaries because I feel like people are at a loss about how to do it and where to start,” she said. Additionally, Gilman said another book is due out this spring that will dive further into boundaries. She said she’ll stop talking about boundaries when people finally understand how to take care of themselves, but until then, this is her purpose. 

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ardens hold a special spot in the hearts of many. Tending the young shoots of flowers, vegetables, and other plants, watching them grow, and, eventually, bloom is akin to caring for children. It takes patience, skill, and not just a little bit of love. And of course it helps if you have the right tools. In addition to these garden care essentials, Garden Gear & Gallery in downtown Edmonds offers an impressive array of outdoor accents to add color and a pop of personality to your home’s fall landscape. For the last twenty years, Garden Gear & Gallery has outfitted local gardeners with everything they need to nurture beautiful green spaces. Located just off “the circle,” the cheerful store beckons shoppers with an evershifting exterior display of seasonal plants and a glorious profusion of colorful pinwheels and windsocks. Inside, the green-thumbed expert and the gardening novice alike will feel equally inspired among the trove of tools, seeds, statuary, glass ornaments, and birding supplies. … continued on next page

Owners Don and Lili Hall, active gardeners with a passion for plants, handpick the eclectic selection. “We try most of the tools we sell ourselves,” said Lili, referring to the wide variety of garden implements available in-store, including Oxo trowels, cultivators and rakes among others, as well as Felco pruners­­­ — a favorite among enthusiasts — which they also clean and sharpen. The Halls stock many of the Japanese hand tools coveted by avid gardeners, too, like the hori-hori knife: a simple, yet amazingly effective, multitasker great for weeding, planting, cultivating, and cutting. One wall is devoted to a menagerie of stone animals, stepping-stones, and fountains. Spiritual statuary and, of course, the ubiquitous garden gnome round out the extensive assortment. Overhead, wind-catchers in the shape of hot air balloons complete with multicolored spiral tails that spin lazily. Nearby a collection of bright and bold windsocks emblazoned with flowers add to the colorful display. “I love anything with color, motion, texture, and that makes sounds,” said Lili of the store’s medley of merchandise, citing the bright, flower-shaped spinners, peaceful chimes and bells, as well as the popular glass art as some of her favorite items. Strategically displayed in the front windows, it’s easy to see why the glowing spires and globes of glass atop slender copper poles are so admired. Local company Bob Rice Glass handcrafts the jewel-like creations that come in a rainbow of colors and various visually appealing shapes, from twisting “yucca leaves,” to fancifully fashioned finials, which are reminiscent of autumn squash. There are also whimsical glass pumpkins and mushrooms. Lili’s penchant for color and the natural beauty of plants and flowers extends to interior decor as well. As the weather turns cooler, gardeners who long for the blooms of spring


and summer can content themselves with the riotous colors of handmade, high-fired, decorative ceramic tiles picturing butterflies, birds, blossoms, and cats, all in gorgeous, saturated hues. The store also offers a selection of terrariums and indoor plants to tend while exterior plants go dormant, bringing a bit of life and greenery to even the rainiest months. In addition to the emphasis on color and the upkeep of plants and flowers, the Halls haven’t forgotten that gardens are home to many other living things. An entire back room is devoted to high-quality bird feeders and houses that are especially important as the days grow shorter and food sources become scarcer for our feathered friends. It’s this consideration of the whole garden: the care and keeping of its plants, its thoughtful ornamentation, the ways in which elements of it can be brought inside, and a concern for the creatures that call it home, that the Halls have cultivated over their impressive twenty-year tenure at Garden Gear & Gallery. And the future looks bright. Lili says a new generation of gardeners interested in the environment and its conservation frequents the store. Making connections with these younger customers while maintaining the strong relationships they’ve made with longtime patrons is Lili’s favorite part of running Garden Gear & Gallery. “I feel very blessed and grateful,” she said. Here’s to many more years of inspiring and outfitting neighborhood gardeners so they can create their own outdoor oases filled with color, movement, and life.  Garden Gear & Gallery 102 5th Ave. North, Edmonds 425.778.6112

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orn and raced in Seattle” is the motto prominently announced on a wall in Oiselle’s flagship store in Seattle’s University Village. Founder and CEO Sally Bergesen launched Oiselle (pronounced wa-zell) in 2007. The flagship store opened in July 2015 just two miles away from its headquarters. This is a homegrown, local company fittingly named after the French word for bird. Oiselle wants women to soar. It specializes in athletic wear and strives to help women boost not only their health through athletic activities, but also their confidence. More than a retail store, Oiselle aims to be a hub for the local running community. Store manager Valerie Woods explained that they host Thursday evening “Flight Club,” where runners meet for a run. Everyone is welcome: Oiselle’s special Volée members, new runners, men, strollers, fourlegged friends, everyone. Woods said this open arms attitude helps boost “the culture we want to spread of inclusivity: anybody can run, we want you out there doing that, being active.” Oiselle sponsored two athletes in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, which is incredible considering the company’s size. The beautiful and efficiently designed flagship store can transform to host events, like a viewing party for the Olympic races. Racks in the middle of the floor can be lifted up with a customized pulley system. Drawers on the perimeter can be tucked inside and folded out into seating and tables. The large Smart TV offers a crystal clear picture and high quality sound. When a race isn’t streaming on TV, it displays pictures of Oiselle’s biggest fans, a scrolling collage made possible by interactive hashtags. Take a picture tagged with #FlyStyle and you might end up in the photo show. It’s easy to see why customers are enthusiastic. Oiselle’s apparel really delivers. Bergesen works with two in-house

designers to create clothing designs. The longtime wholesale and online company has rightfully earned a reputation for attention to detail. They focus on a small array of great quality fabrics for each season’s styles. Woods explained the design philosophy: “[We] hone in on running and what our athletes need and want, and make sure it has this design quality that might once in a while crossover into a lifestyle piece.” She then invited me to touch the luxe fabric, which was silky soft and a real treat on the skin. And the fit? Incredible. Take the popular Roga Shorts (running + yoga = roga). They come in three lengths and various colors. The stretchy material lays flat in all directions, including over the hips. These shorts were clearly designed by women who understand the female form and an athlete’s needs. More great finds include cool Aero tights with a sizable back pocket, eye-catching Spandos perfect for runners who like to stand out from the crowd, breathable Wazzie Wool shirts made from responsibly-sourced New Zealand wool, and the fun Drape tank made popular by runner Lauren Fleshmen. Many of Oiselle’s clothes can work double duty on the trail or at the after party. That’s a testament to the well-thoughtout design and functionality. There are also Runaway Bride running dresses, and Every Mother Counts (EMC) tees and water bottles. EMC is a joint venture with Christy Turlington to help raise money for moms who can’t afford prenatal care or access to birthing care. Forty percent of EMC merchandise profits goes to this great foundation. Run out and visit Oiselle in person. They’ll even track your purchases in their system so you’ll always know your size and which colors you already own. Whatever your athletic endeavor, Oiselle can prepare you to soar.  2632 NE University Village St., Seattle 206.523.1091

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THE SHOP Most North Ender’s know the charm of strolling along Snohomish’s First Avenue, and if you haven’t been, you simply must take a few hours to experience the delight. Darling seems to be the rule in Snohomish, and Joyworks fits right in. With seven decked-out windows, the shop runs three store-lengths wide and contains a basement level filled with home decor, upcyled finds, and vintage discoveries  —  all of which spans more than 5,000 square feet of retail space.

Over the years, Joyworks has received many makeovers and expansions with each passing decade, progressing from country store to handmade goods to the purveyor of vintage chic home decor and stylish clothing items you’ll find today. Clarice’s daughter, Jana Johnson Label, joined Joyworks in the early ’90s and together they run the shop. In keeping with the family tradition, Clarice’s other daughter, Amy Beck opened an online clothing boutique called

WHAT YOU’LL FIND THE ATMOSPHERE Joyworks is anything but boring. Groups of girlfriends chatter throughout the store, grandmothers can be seen spoiling granddaughters, and shoppers flying solo can be found browsing the wares. All bop along to upbeat music. The amount of items and treasures to look at and take in can feel a bit overwhelming at times, but the sounds of conversation and laughter are comforting and relaxing as you shop. Nothing feels rushed, and employees still write receipts by hand.

KEY PEOPLE Joyworks originally began in 1979 with Clarice Johnson and a couple of her friends who specialized in dried flowers and dough art. When Clarice’s baby bump began to show in the school classroom where she taught, she knew she needed to make a career change. “You weren’t allowed in the classroom when you started showing,” she said of teachers in rural classrooms like hers during the ’70s. “I didn’t feel like a woman entrepreneur, I just needed something else to do, and this was fun.”

“A little bit of everything,” one employee jovially said from across the room, and that’s seemingly the truth. Vignettes, which are categorized by color and theme, occupy the lower level. You’ll find rustic cottage and vintage-inspired home decor in a mercantile-like setting. Upstairs, you’ll discover a whole room of boho chic clothing for women, mainly casual finds, but cocktail dresses are sprinkled throughout. On the other end of the upper level, you’ll be delighted by a considerable display of paper products, from cards to wrapping paper, craft paper, and more. You will also find gift items like soaps and jewelry, as well as baby clothes and accessories. Like the employee said, a little bit of everything, with deliveries of new items everyday.

OWNER’S FAVORITES Both Janice and Clarice love the clothing lines and home decor. So, really everything in the store, but they both agreed that Christmas at Joyworks is their favorite season, as they go bananas with creative displays, more than 20 themed trees, and over-the-top window dressings. 

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hortly after her fortieth birthday, Bothell resident Michele Mehl took some time to re-evaluate. She was concerned about her health and felt frustrated by a gym membership she paid for but wasn’t using. She struggled to achieve her fitness goals because of her busy schedule and a commitment to spending quality time with family and friends. … continued on next page

WELLBEING Fitness Inspiration came during a visit to the skate park with her nine-year-old son. In an attempt to fit in a workout while watching her son play, Mehl performed step-ups on a park bench. She found herself wishing for a lightweight, portable exercise bike she could take with her to the park. “I thought to myself, ‘What if I could actually just turn this bench into a portable cycle,’” Mehl recalled. “Then I could be active wherever I am, even on the sidelines of my kid’s life.” When she couldn’t find an existing exercise product that would meet her needs, she set out to create it. Mehl partnered with her uncle Mike Rector, who is a retired engineer and avid cyclist, and the two dreamed up a solution: Excy. Mehl said, “If we could eliminate time and space as obstacles to exercise, we wondered, would people do it more?” Together, they developed and tested prototypes for a portable cycle. Once they were satisfied with the product and had committed 1,000 hours to testing it, they launched a Kickstarter campaign. Mehl, whose background is in public relations and technology start-ups, led the marketing efforts. After the campaign ended successfully, raising nearly $23,000, they were able to ship Excy to their first customers within six weeks. These beta testers offered feedback and enthusiasm that shaped the second round of production. Excy weighs just ten pounds and can be used to work both your legs and arms, and certain positions can also work your core. It differs from other portable, under-desk cycles in that it is designed for serious, high-intensity workouts, offering up to 30 pounds of resistance. At a suggested retail price of $657, it is comparable in price to both full-sized and folding fitness bikes. When used with a chair, it functions as a recumbent bicycle. When placed on the floor or a tabletop, it can be used as an upper body ergometer, which tones upper arms and shoulders while offering an intense cardio workout. An attached mat, called the Keeper, prevents the bike from sliding away during high intensity pedaling.

Mehl says that many Excy customers report they use the portable exercise bike most frequently while watching television with their family. Unlike other home exercise equipment, Excy isn’t relegated to a spare bedroom or basement laundry room, which makes it possible to pursue physical fitness without isolating yourself from your family after a busy day at work. “Excy is super quiet and you can make it as easy or as hard as you want it to be,” Mehl said. “Even during high intensity interval training workout, Excy is quiet. The only thing you can hear is the sound of breathing hard.” Customers report using Excy in their backyard while watching their children play on the trampoline or transporting it to their children’s ball games. Other customers whose work causes them to travel frequently say they enjoy bringing Excy on the road with them to exercise from their hotel room or at a scenic lake or park. The equipment has also proven useful for people recovering from an injury. In fact, Mehl broke her leg while Excy was in development. Thanks to the option of using Excy as an upper body ergometer, she was able to keep up with cardio training, burn calories, and gain upper body muscle strength while rehabilitating her leg. Mehl made instructional videos for quick workouts that come with the Excy mobile app, which includes videos, tracks workout time and calories burned, and allows you to set and remind yourself of goals. The Android version of the app is currently in development, as are plans to make Excy available at retail stores. Currently you can purchase Excy online. “I know that exercise is medicine and that is my whole motivation in doing this,” said Mehl, whose family history of heart disease drives her concern for cardiovascular health, “Exercise is medicine for a higher quality of life. It helps reduce the risk of preventable diseases. Mike and I want to deliver exercise to people where they spend the most time, at home or at work.” 

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Claire: The Arched Brow Girly & Feminine Claire has gorgeous eyes and eyebrows and an arch that reaches for the heavens. For Claire’s look, we kept it simple by using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer Pencil in medium-brown ($23). I simply love this pencil for its ease of application. It has a slanted tip, which helps color go on more quickly and accurately. I made Claire’s brows appear slightly fuller by drawing a line just a bit below her natural brow, following her natural arch. Next I drew a line slightly above her brow. I filled in a little more boldly toward the outer edge and middle and more softly feathered the color toward the inner part of the brow. Next I used the spoolie side of the pencil to softly blend the brow color, for a more natural look. Finally, I popped a touch of concealer just under the brow to create a soft highlight and make the brows pop.

Bonnie: The Full, Sculpted Brow Edgy & Dramatic Bonnie has an edgy, fun style, and she can really pull off dramatic brows. On Bonnie, I used DIPBROW Pomade by Anastasia Beverly Hills in Ebony ($18). This product is great for creating a very defined shape. For Bonnie’s brows, I took a thin angled brush and dipped it into the pomade (very lightly as a little goes a long way) and drew a line following her natural brow shape, top and bottom, and softly filled in the entire brow with soft, upward strokes to mimic brow hair. Next I brushed on Ardell Brow Sculpting Gel in clear ($3.50), and finished with a sweep of concealer just under the brow. 

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eidi Skievaski and Kryssie Maybay of Sublime Garden Designs transformed a two-acre property that was essentially a blank canvas, a hillside with a few junipers and rhododendron and a sea of lawn, into a backyard retreat with several gardens and distinct areas for entertaining. ‌ continued on next page

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The property’s former owner was an architect who designed and built the home, which features intriguing shapes and angles. The home offers sweeping views of the entire landscape, with large floor-to-ceiling windows in many of the rooms. Skievaski and Maybay worked with the current homeowners to maximize the one-of-a-kind property and its views. “Our clients really enjoyed hiking, traveling, and the feeling of being outdoors and wanted a natural, mountain campground setting for the landscape design. They also really wanted a water feature,” Maybay said. The design team spent time in each of the home’s rooms to study the views and plan the landscape accordingly. The living room, kitchen, and dining area offer views of the pond, as does the master bedroom. “Now it’s possible for the homeowners to wake up and see the falls from the bedroom window, which is such a wonderful feature,” Skievaski said. The property includes a cutting and vegetable garden, which the homeowners designed, a pond with a small waterfall, a moonlit garden with white flowering plants, natural grasses, and transitional plantings, where the ornamental landscape meets a natural wetland area. Skievaski and Maybay were also happy to incorporate the homeowners’ favorite plants, which they had brought with them from their previous home. The homeowners share a love of geology, so they accompanied Skievaski and Maybay to the quarry to hand select rocks and boulders for the water feature. The project was so enjoyable, that one of the homeowners has started working on water features and has since added water plants and koi to the pond. Since the landscape design, the property has become a wonderful place for entertaining, and the homeowners have hosted a private wedding as well as a recent work gathering, inviting more than 150 families. 

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classic log cabin on Camano Island’s North Shore offers stunning views of Utsalady Bay and has been in Neil Hampson’s family since the 1940s. Hampson’s grandfather Dr. Russell R. Bradley, an Everett optometrist built the cabin himself. The preface to a 1944 publication of the U.S. Forest Service entitled “Building with Logs” assures the would-be cabin builder, “The art of log construction is relatively simple and easy to acquire, once a few basic principles are understood.” But after such assurances, it lists a litany of tools one must know how to use. “To do a first-class job of log construction the worker must become familiar with the use of either double-bitted or single-bitted ax, and the broadax, saw, adz, chisel or slick, ship auger, and draw knife.” Its illustrations offer glimpses into the building process, with illustrated how-tos on subjects such as “Straightening a Curved Log” and “Chopping the Notch.” The Hampsons’ cabin is a stunning example of these techniques. In order to achieve a remodel and addition that was in keeping with the classic log cabin look and feel, Hampson and his wife, Diane, worked with Dan Nelson of Designs Northwest Architects to add 550 square feet of living space. “When my husband and I realized that the home would not work for us now that we were living here full time it was a daunting prospect. We wanted to enhance the house without destroying the ambiance that generations have loved,” Diane said. On the second level, a guest bedroom with a water-facing deck was added. The master bedroom on the main level was remodeled and a spacious bathroom and dressing room was added. A key priority was making these spaces wheelchair accessible. Diane said, “The addition fulfills our need for an ADA bathroom but the use of carefully selected materials allows it to blend seamlessly.” When Hampson’s grandfather built the home, he used granite for the stone fireplace. Nelson’s design incorporated the use of granite throughout the addition, so the Hampsons researched where the original stone was sourced and discovered it came from a quarry on Lummi Island. Though the 42

quarry is no longer in operation, they were granted permission to retrieve stone from it, so remarkably the addition’s stone is an ideal match to the original stonework. The addition’s ceilings are knotty pine to match the original house. The porcelain tile flooring in the master bedroom and bathroom feature a wood-grain pattern, and the same tile was used on the walls in the shower, which has a pebble-patterned tile on the floor and a frameless tempered glass door. “My favorite feature is the use of wood grain porcelain tile for the floors. They are so easy to care for with sand from the beach and wet dogs and kids constantly in and out of the house. Most people don’t realize it is not real wood at first.”

The opening for an original exterior window was preserved at the top of the staircase, now outfitted with shutters that can be opened or closed from the newly constructed guest bedroom.

The bay blue vanity is custom by H2K Designs, who designed the interiors, and is flanked by floor-toceiling windows on both sides for added light.

The dressing room has a glass roof, which brings in light without compromising privacy, and the water closet’s window is an old porthole the homeowners found in an antique shop. The exterior dressing room and bathroom walls that jut out are clad in corrugated metal, which fits well with the aged character of the original log cabin. “Neil and I are the third generation to live in this home,” Diane said. “Our daughters will follow us and hopefully many more generations as well. We now have two bedrooms, one for each, so family gatherings will be more comfortable when they occupy the house. Our first grandchild is expected in September so already another generation of children will grow up enjoying the magic of Camano Island.” 

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Humans first brewed beer many thousands of years ago. More recently, the last decade has seen dozens of craft breweries open in Snohomish County. Eric Radovich, executive director of the Washington Beer Commission, said that statewide the rate of new brewery openings is approaching one per week. “It’s the craft beer revolution,” he said, “I don’t know how else to describe it. And we’re still not anywhere close to reaching market saturation.” In all, there are currently about 30 craft breweries in Snohomish County, with several more in the works. Here’s your guide to the North End’s breweries and taprooms, from craft brewing pioneers Diamond Knot and Scuttlebutt to backyard nanobreweries like Foggy Noggin.

Angel’s Tap House Brewery The first tribe-owned brewery in Washington State, Angel’s Tap House Brewery is owned by the Stillaguamish Tribe and located at the Angel of the Winds Casino Hotel. Frank Ellis, formerly of Ellis Island Casino & Brewery, is head brewer. In addition to eight beers, menu offerings include artisan pizzas and smoked meats. 3438 Stoluckquamish Lane, Arlington 360.474.9740 |

Whiskey Ridge Brewing Francine Hatley gave her husband, Jack, a home brewing kit for Christmas ten years ago, and eventually the hobby grew into a business. The Hatleys opened Whiskey Ridge in Darrington’s former town hall before moving to Arlington in March 2015 hoping to attract a steadier stream of customers during the winter months. You can expect to find six brews on tap, with a rotation of two seasonal beers from local craft breweries. 116 E. 5th St., Arlington | 360.913.0425

Skookum Brewery 17925 59th Ave. NE, Arlington 360.403.7094 |


rom the patio of Skookum Brewery, you can watch planes touching down and taking off at the Arlington Municipal Airport. For owners Ron and Jackie Walcher the success and subsequent expansion of their brewery is a pleasant surprise. An avid home brewer, Ron talked often about opening a brewery, but it was Jackie who finally contacted the liquor control board for the paperwork to get things started. It took about two years to get their 10-barrel operation up and running, but soon they were brewing on their property. Housed in a beautiful lodge-style barn in a rural setting, Skookum gained quite a following and eventually outgrew the space, prompting the move to its current location, with a spacious taproom, patio, and brewhouse of stainless steel tanks and wood barrels.


“This is absolutely nothing that we could have planned for,” Jackie said. “We can’t believe it’s been ten years. That’s crazy.”

Skookum will celebrate its ten-year anniversary in January, and is expecting to produce 1,800 barrels by year’s end, up about 40 percent from last year. Head brewer Hollis Wood joined the team in 2011, and hired Phil Green about a year ago. You can expect to find twelve beers on tap. Amber’s Hot Friend (5.2% ABV) is one of the brewery’s most popular, and you’ll find it on shelves throughout Snohomish County. Also popular is the flagship IPA, Jackass IPA (7% ABV). When you visit, be sure to ask about the single hop brews that will help you taste the difference that hops varietals make. A robust barrel program includes 16 wine barrels from Quilceda Creek Vintners and several 12-year bourbon barrels from Elijah Craig. Jackie said it’s hard to choose a favorite, but right now she’s enjoying the Cameo Saison, a beautiful Farmhouse style ale brewed with hibiscus flowers. Ingredients are sourced largely in state, with up to 90 percent of grains grown in Washington. With a full menu and plenty of space to enjoy sunshine and delicious beer, this is one brewery you will want to return to again and again.

McMenamins Brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin opened the first post-Prohibition brewpub in Oregon State in the 1970s and the rest is history. Now a veritable empire of hotels, wineries, and breweries, Mill Creek is home to the brand’s northernmost location. Here, you’ll find a full menu of tasty entrees and starters, including tater tots, as well as handcrafted ales made by head brewer C.P. Fulton served up from a distinctive copper bar. 13300 Bothell-Everett Hwy., #304, Mill Creek 425.316.0520 |

Big E Ales Brian Ellersick of Big E Ales has been serving up porters, stouts, and strong ales since 2005. A new canning machine means you can take home your favorites, including the kid-friendly Big E Root Beer. Visit the brewpub to order a meal from the full-service kitchen and try the award-winning Blackberry Ale (7.2% ABV). 5030 208th St. SW, Suite A., Lynnwood 425.672.7051 |

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Justice Brewing

Lazy Boy Brewing

Brewer and owner Nate McLaughlin opened this Belgian style brewery after doing much of the construction work himself, building keg stands by hand and welding equipment modification. Try the Butterfinger Brown (8.2%), with 12 pounds of candy per BBL of beer, the popular White & Nerdy (6%), or the Didactic (8% ABV), a wild brown sour barrel aged in Westland Distilling whiskey barrels.

Lazy Boy Brewing celebrated its ten-year anniversary this year. To celebrate, owner and head brewer Shawn Loring announced a new beer to be released each month. Look for a Fresh Hop in September, Imperial Scotch Rye in October, Imperial Russian Milk Stout in November, and Barleywine in December, and don’t miss the taproom’s robust trivia scene.

2414 Chestnut St., Everett | 425.835.2337

715 100th St. SE, Suite A-1, Everett 425.423.7700 |

425.423.7700 |

Middleton Brewing Geoff Middleton prides himself on the ingredients for his handcrafted ales. You won’t find extract for flavoring his ales. For example, the cream-style strawberry wheat beer is a labor-intensive brew requiring 36 pounds of real strawberries per barrel. A pale ale, the Mierda Fuego (5% ABV) took home the gold in the Chili Pepper Beer category of the 2016 Washington Brewers Festival. Its spicy flavor is rounded out by the addition of green bell peppers and cilantro. 607 SE Everett Mall Way, Ste. 27-A, Everett | 425.280.9178 |

At Large Brewing Company

Crucible Brewing Company

New to Everett but not new to Snohomish County, At Large recently grew from a nanobrewery in Jim Weisweaver and Karen Larsen’s garage in Marysville to a 4,000-square-foot space at California Street and Marine View Drive. The menu of beers currently on tap includes a guide to color, bitterness (IBU), and strength (ABV). “Most wanted” beers include accomplices Bonnie (4.8% ABV), a session IPA, and Clyde (6.9%), a classic Northwest IPA.

Childhood friends Shawn Dowling and Dick Mergens opened Crucible Brewing after home brewing together for years. Mergens learned the trade at Mac & Jack’s, Hi-Fi Brewing, and Redhook, where he won the Glen Hay Falconer scholarship to attend the Siebel Institute’s World Brewing Academy. Try the silver-medal winning Tryannasour Razz (4.5% ABV), a raspberry kettle sour which took home hardware in the Specialty and Historical Beer division of the 2016 Washington Brewers Festival.

2730 W. Marine View Drive, Everett 425.324.0039 |


909 SE Everett Mall Way, Ste. D440, Everett 425.374.7293 |


cuttlebutt Brewing Company is one of Snohomish County’s founding craft breweries. Phil and Cynthia “Scuttle” Bannan celebrated the family pub and brewery’s twentieth anniversary in July and expect to produce 9,000 barrels this year, making it the county’s largest craft brewery in terms of production.

For customers interested in Scuttlebutt Brewing Company’s origin story, the menu at Scuttlebutt’s family pub in Everett’s Waterfront Place offers several definitions of “scuttlebutt.” A nautical term for the drinking barrel on an old sailing ship, it came to mean the gossip that happens around the water cooler, so to speak.

When Phil’s wife Cynthia was born, she was the talk of the naval station. Her father sent around a birth announcement saying, “Scuttlebutt has arrived.” And the nickname stuck. Until her thirteenth birthday that is, when Cynthia demanded a change. The final syllable dropped and she became known as Scuttle, a name that’s stuck. “Her name is Cynthia, but nobody calls her that. I met her fifty-three years ago or so, and she was introduced to me as Scuttle,” Phil Bannan, Sr., said. “If you said to her, ‘Hey Cynthia,’ she wouldn’t even turn around.”

Restaurant: 1205 Craftsman Way, Everett Brewery: 3310 Cedar Street, Everett 425.257.9316 |

Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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Adam’s Northwest Bistro & Brewery Owner and chef Adam Hoffman cooks up delicious, upscale food at Adam’s Northwest Bistro & Brewery, and pairs it with fresh brews made next door at Twin Rivers, the brewery he acquired with the restaurant in 2011. The Twin Rivers Brewing tasting room features live music, games, and tasty food from the bistro menu. 104 N. Lewis St., Monroe 360.794.4056 |

Circle 7 Brew Works Circle 7 is one of the newest breweries to open in Monroe. Be sure to order the Lucky 7 Irish Red (5% ABV) at the Route 2 Taproom and Grazing Place in Monroe.

Dreadnought Brewing Located in view of Lake Tye Park, Dreadnought Brewing is owned and operated by veterans. Owner Steve Huskey served 15 years with the army, and his wife, Anne, served 10. Several other co-owners have served in other branches of the United States Armed Forces as well. Dreadnought celebrated its oneyear anniversary this summer. Misery Whip (9.2% ABV), a collaboration with brewer Ray Pitts of Old Rock Brewery, a Duvall brewery that closed due to flood damage, won a gold medal at the Washington Brewers Festival for Scotch ales. 16726 146th St. SE, Suite 153, Monroe 360.863.2479 |

American Brewing Company American Brewing Company made headlines when it went public on the Over-The-Counter Bulletin Board (OTCBB) in 2014, and made headlines again when it was acquired by Tacoma’s Pacific Brewing and Malting earlier this year. The brewery’s brand remains in tact as does the Edmonds tasting room known as the Breakaway Room in honor of the Breakway IPA. 180 W. Dayton St., Warehouse 102, Edmonds 425.774.1717 |

Gallaghers’ Where-U-Brew Try your hand at brewing without the expense of purchasing all the bulk ingredients and equipment upfront. Choose from 50 recipes, labeled for the popular beers they taste “kinda sorta like,” and brew your own batch in just hours using professional ingredients and equipment. Owners Tom & Marcie Kretzler and their staff are ready to assist and offer advice. Return in two weeks to bottle and take home about 130 12-oz. bottles of your handcrafted beer. While you work, sip on one of seven fresh brews on tap, made by the crew at Gallaghers’. 180 W. Dayton St., Ste. 105, Edmonds 425.776.4209 |

Salish Sea Brewing Company Mt. Index Brewery and Distillery Make this rustic Sky Valley brewery your go-to watering hole while you’re adventuring in the Cascades. Mt. Index looms large over this brewery and distillery located just 8 miles north of Gold Bar. Recent brews have included a Blueberry Abbey Ale, Chocolate Mint Stout, and Blueberry/Pineapple Sour. 49315 State Rt. 2, Index | 360.793.6584


A map of the Salish Sea graces one wall of the beautifully appointed Salish Sea Brewing Company taproom in downtown Edmonds. Last year the brewery expanded into adjacent retail space, offering up even more room for customers to enjoy handcrafted, drinkable ales. Try the Dry Anchor IPA (6.7% ABV) or the Expansion Amber (5.2%), brewed on the day construction began for the expansion. 518 Dayton St., Ste. 104, Edmonds 425.582.8474 |

Brewer Spotlight: Drew Cluley


ith craft brewing veteran Drew Cluley at the helm, the beer program at John Howie’s Beardslee Public House hit the ground running when it opened in August 2015. An award-winning master brewer, Cluley joined the Beardslee Public House team in time to weigh in on the design and development of the 10-barrel brew house. He brought with him experience gained at Pyramid Brewing Company and as head brewer at both Big Time Brewing and Pike Brewing Company. Cluley is joined by Paige Zahnle, an assistant brewer and one of just 25 certified cicerones in the Seattle area. “I think there are a lot of brewers out there who are home brewers and jump on the brewing bandwagon, sometimes opening breweries before they’re ready,” Cluley said. “I brought a level of expertise to the project that, when paired with John Howie’s skills, was a match made in heaven.”

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The food and drink pairings at Beardslee Public House are indeed heavenly. The menu is designed to complement the beer. Many of the housemade, from-scratch dishes are infused with beer or brewing ingredients. And the 12 beers on tap are quality. Already Beardslee has garnered acclaim, taking home a silver medal in the American-Style Stouts category at the 2016 Washington Beer Awards for its Sidewinder Stout. This year Beardslee is on target to have brewed 1,600 barrels, and is opening 40 tap handles at Century Link. When I spoke with Cluley, he had recently brewed a cherry sour, which was a kettle-soured beer with a beautiful red color and a light, refreshing taste with some tartness. The cherry sour was brewed with organic cherries from Yakima. “I think fresh, local ingredients are so important, and beer should be consumed as fresh as possible,” Cluley said. “That’s one of the wonderful aspects of being only a 10-barrel brew pub — our batches last only about 30 days, so the flavors are always fresh.”

Be sure to ask about the rotating selection of limited quantity cask conditioned brews when you visit, and try the flagship beers named for Bothell’s history and the logging industry, like the Beaver Bait Blonde, the Greenleaf IPA, and the Old Growth Barley Wine. Beardslee Public House 19116 Beardslee Blvd., Bothell 425.286.1001 |

September | October 2016


Foggy Noggin Brewing


visit to Foggy Noggin Brewing feels like stopping in at a friend’s house to toss back a cold one in the garage. That’s if your friend happens to brew malty, delicious, authentic English ales. And that’s a big if. Fortunately, owner and brewer Jim Jamison is up to the task. From his backyard nanobrewery, housed in a small shed built to satisfy commercial building standards, Jamison brews a variety of distinctive English style beers, which he serves up from the tasting room in his garage. Ninety percent of the ingredients are sourced from England, which increases the cost of goods by about 25 percent, but the result is well worth it. A longtime passion for beer fuels Jamison’s nanobrewery. Long before he married and moved to Bothell, Jamison spent several years attempting to taste every beer imported to the state of Oregon. He kept a printed list, a menu from one of his favorite bars, which stocked at least 1,200 different bottles, crossing each label off as he tried them. And after tasting beers from around the world, which was an education in itself, it was the British beers that really captured his attention. He started home brewing in 1992, after his wife, Kim Jamison, bought a kit for him. Jamison said, “I made nothing but bad beers for about the first couple of years.” Two years later he started writing tasting notes and brewery reviews and launched the Northwest Brew News (NWBN), a hobby publication that eventually grew to 15,000 subscribers. He dialed in his recipe

for an English bitter in 1995, which he named Bit O’ Beaver, and today you can always find it on tap at Foggy Noggin. When the Jamisons’ youngest child turned twentyone Jim and Kim decided to start the nanobrewery. From their initial decision, it took two years to complete the paperwork and licensing process. Foggy Noggin officially opened its doors in March 2010, and promptly sold out of beer that day. At first, the tasting room was open once a month. Now, the tasting room is open most weekends with up to ten beers on tap. Regulars know to check Foggy Noggin’s Facebook page for updates on hours and brews. On a recent visit, we sampled the House Ale Batch #19, made in a Hungarian oak barrel with perpetual yeast. Every batch of the House Ale is slightly different and takes on the house’s wild yeast character. It was excellent. It’s not unusual to see neighbors walking up the gravel driveway with empty growlers, and they report that nearby homeowners have seen their homes increase in value as a result of the nearby entertainment within walking distance. Expect to see a brewery dog, and wild rabbits in the backyard if you’re invited back for a tour. At Foggy Noggin, you’ll find one-of-a-kind English ales in a one-of-a-kind tasting room that’s sure to have you saying, “I want my Fn beers.” 22329 53rd Ave SE, Bothell 206.553.9223

Diamond Knot Craft Brewing


iamond Knot Craft Brewing is a pioneer of Snohomish County’s microbrewing industry. First brewed in 1994, Diamond Knot’s flagship India Pale Ale helped introduce local palates to the pleasures of a well-balanced, hop-forward IPA. “There were a lot of naysayers at the time, because there weren’t really any Northwest IPAs on the market,” said Sherry Jennings, director of communications. “We were the ones that created the standard for the Northwest IPA, and that’s something we’re very proud of. People tell us it was our IPA that made them want to start brewing.” Twenty-two years later what started as a side project of two Boeing employees has grown to a 120-employee operation with three brewing locations expected to produce a total of 7,500 barrels this year. Founders Bob Maphet and Brian Sollenberger met through a Boeing beer and wine club and discovered a shared love of home brewing. Naysayers be damned, they launched Diamond Knot by leasing a 300-square-foot brewery behind Cheers Too on the Mukilteo waterfront, where they brewed Hefeweizen and, of course, IPA. Five years later, Diamond Knot acquired the Cheers Too space and the Diamond Knot Brewery and Alehouse was christened. Today, you can visit with Diamond Knot brewers and enjoy a full line-up of beers at the recently renovated Diamond Knot Brewery and Alehouse, the 10,000-square-foot Production Brewery and Taproom, or the just recently opened Brewpub @ MLT in Mountlake Terrace. “Lively experiences” is in the mission statement and these locations deliver. “We try to invite a connection with our brewers, making sure our brewers are front and center, and that’s it’s all about the beer,” Jennings said.

Production Brewery and Taproom: 4602 Chennault Beach Rd., Mukilteo Brewery and Alehouse: 621 Front St., Mukilteo Brewpub @ MLT: 5602 232nd St. SW #106, Mountlake Terrace

Sound to Summit Brewing


1830 Bickford Ave. #111, Snohomish 360.294.8127 | his winter marks the two-year anniversary of Sound to Summit Brewing. The culmination of owners John and Stacey Sype’s passion for homebrewing and the great outdoors, both the waters of the Sound and mountain peaks are reflected in the brewery’s logo. John, a cardiologist at The Everett Clinic, and Stacey, a dentist at Mukilteo Smiles, brought on head brewer Grady Warnock, a graduate of Chicago’s Siebel Institute of Technology, which is the oldest brewing school in America. Warnock’s Wild Willy Wee Heavy (9.8% ABV), a Scotch ale named for Sir William Wallace, took home a gold medal at the Washington Brewers Festival this year. The brewery and taproom, located in an industrial area off Bickford Avenue, is spacious, bright, and stylish, and the decor includes accents in Sound to Summit’s signature color, a vibrant orange. Strings of Edison lights stretch from wall to wall over a variety of seating options, including bar stools, community tables with wooden benches, and tables for smaller groups. A menu above the bar indicates what’s in the works, including updates on brews that are fermenting and in the brites. The tasting room has a full menu of salads, sandwiches, paninis, and burgers.

You’ll want to try the flagship Kiteboard Kölsch (5% ABV) and the 6-Gill IPA (6.2% ABV), named for the largest shark in the Puget Sound. You can purchase bottles of your favorite Sound to Summit brews, thanks to the do-it-yourself bottling machine John designed and built himself.


SnoTown Brewery Frank Sandoval is a fourth-generation Snohomish resident, member of a Johnny Cash tribute band, and owner and brewer at SnoTown Brewery. Sandoval and co-owner Keri Jensen will celebrate the brewery’s first anniversary this month. A family-friendly establishment, you’ll find rustic decor, a roomy patio, live music, and on Thursday nights, cribbage. Though the Down 2 Earth IPA (5.5%) is a SnoTown Brewery classic, make sure to also taste the Cit-Bay (4.8% ABV), a citrus basil pale ale, and the Loose Rooster Session IPA (4.5% ABV). 511 2nd St., Snohomish | 425.231.8113

Prison Break Brewing Prison Break brewery and taproom on Snohomish’s historic First Street celebrated its grand opening in August by serving up the work of co-owners and brewers Mike Sexton and Don Worthen. The duo met at Monroe Homebrewing Supplies, a store owned by Worthen. Regulars will want to join the brewery’s mug club, the Repeat Offenders. 920 First St., Snohomish 360.722.1516 |

Mt. Pilchuck Brewery Mt. Pilchuck Brewery lays claim to the title “Snohomish’s First Brewery.” While this production brewery co-owned by Jesse Podoll and Tyler Hale doesn’t have a tasting room, you can find Mt. Pilchuck brews on tap at establishments throughout the North End, from Monroe to Woodinville. Made with Washington-grown hops, malts, and grains, try the clean, classic Brown Ale (5.2% ABV) or the “massively hopped” Anniversary Double IPA (9.5% ABV).

5 Rights Brewing You’ve heard of brewery dogs right? Well, owners R.J. and Kristi Whitlow of 5 Rights Brewing have three brewery cats. Kristi learned the “5 Rights of Medication Administration” in nursing school, which inspired the brewery’s name. It fulfills the couple’s longtime dream. Try Nellie’s Nectar (5.2% ABV), a Hefeweizen that earned the bronze medal at the 2016 Washington Brewers Festival. 7028 46th St. NE, Marysville | 425.334.1026

Whitewall Brewing Marysville’s first craft brewery has made quite a name for itself in just two years. Started by Sean Wallner and Aaron Wight in March 2014, it took home two silver medals at the 2016 Washington Brewers Festival, medaling in the Smoke Beers category for its Firetrail Ale (8% ABV) and the Wood & Barrel Aged Strong Beers category for its Anniversary Ale (11% ABV), a barleywine aged in Jim Beam bourbon barrels. The brewery recently expanded with more space for production. 14524 Smokey Point Blvd., Suite 1, Marysville 360.454.0464 |

River Time Brewing Founders Lon Tierney and Troy Bullock were brewing in the garage of a vacation property on the scenic banks of the Sauk River before moving into Darrington’s Old City Hall last year in the space vacated by Whiskey Ridge Brewing. You can follow the progress of their renovations on the brewery’s blog. A big win for the River Time team, the flagship Life Changer (6.5%) earned a bronze in the Scottish Shilling Ales category at the 2016 Washington Brewers Festival. 660 Emens Ave. N, Darrington 267.483.7411

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Everett Craft Beer Festival

August 20, 2016 | Downtown Everett

In its fifth year, the annual event sponsored by the Washington Beer Commission is the premier event for tasting North Sound craft beer.

BrewFest at Carleton Farm September 23–24, 2016 Carleton Farm, Lake Stevens

A third-generation family farm near the Snohomish River hosts a cornucopia of seasonal activities, including a pumpkin run and corn maze. The second annual BrewFest kicks off the fall calendar of events.


October 1, 2016 Marysville Opera House, Marysville

German-style food and pretzels will be served alongside beer from regional breweries and cider houses with live music.

Brew at the Zoo October 6, 2016 Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle

A popular adults-only event at the zoo, offers the opportunity to taste beers while browsing the zoo’s exhibits and experiencing exclusive animal encounters.

Snohomish Brewfest October 28–29, 2016 Snohomish Events Center, Snohomish

What better way to celebrate the Snohomish Festival of Pumpkins than with a side of local craft beer? The Snohomish Senior Center lost its United Way granting this year, making this annual event an especially important fundraiser.

September | October 2016



UNBOUND: 1ATheSPIRIT Art of Peggy Strong SEPTEMBER 9–JANUARY 8 / CASCADIA ART MUSEUM EIGHTY YEARS AGO, Peggy Strong (1912–1956) first exhibited her artwork at the Seattle Art Museum’s (SAM) Northwest Annual. She was just twenty-four-years-old at the time and had recently survived an automobile accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Yet, despite her physical challenges, by her thirtieth birthday, Strong would earn recognition for being one of 60 women selected for San Francisco’s Golden Gate Exposition of Contemporary Painting, she would secure a solo exhibit at the SAM, and she would win a statewide competition to paint a mural at the Wenatchee Post Office. The mural was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Treasury as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. Befitting its location, the mural depicts rural postal service and apple orchards. Visitors to what is now the Wenatchee Valley Museum can view “The Saga of Wenatchee,” which includes scenes of a horse-drawn carriage loaded with packages, farmers and orchardists at work, and a farm couple checking their mailbox. Her father, a civil engineer, created a self-operated elevator for Strong’s studio in Tacoma, so that she could paint the large canvas panels of the mural while working from her wheelchair. In addition to completing several other murals, she continued to create easel paintings, earning wide acclaim for her work as a regionalist painter.

Courtesy of Cascadia Art Museum

“I think the show is really important for many reasons. Strong overcame tragedy to achieve a successful art career, and she earned such acclaim during a time when women painters weren’t really the focus. It’s just fantastic,” said Nate Hegerberg, operations director at Cascadia Art Museum. The exhibit will consist mostly of paintings, with a few carvings and sketches. The total number of pieces will likely be about 150 works of art. A documentary made by Strong’s sister, Gene Wakenshaw, 90, in partnership with curator David F. Martin will play on a loop from a video projector in the multi-purpose room.


FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, the Schack Art Center has planned 10 days of spectacular fall arts activities for its fifth annual Schack-toberfest. One of the Schack’s most popular events, each year it draws thousands of guests who are eager to explore glassblowing by watching demonstrations, participating in hands-on workshops, and admiring hundreds of finished products on display in the gallery. “Schack-toberfest is a community event that invites our guests to be part of the creative process, which is so important to us,” said executive director Judy Tuohy. “We like Halloween here, so we tend to get a little carried away.” Heating up just in time for the arrival of cooler weather, glass artist Jesse Kelly and his team will keep the furnaces blazing in the Hot Shop to produce more than 600 glass pumpkins, which you can pick and purchase from the “urban pumpkin patch,” replete with hay bales. Watch Kelly’s creative process through the studio’s public viewing window, or if you really want to feel the heat and excitement of transforming molten glass into breathtaking art, you can participate in one of the “Make It Now” workshops. In just twenty minutes, working alongside a skilled craftsman, you can produce your own seasonal glass sculptures.

Courtesy of Schack Art Center

This year the festival is expanded from its usual four-day long weekend format to ten days of events. Mark your calendars for the “Pints & Pumpkins” evening on Thursday, September 22. An adults-only event, local breweries, including Scuttlebutt and Lazy Boy Brewing will be pouring and Lombardi’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar will provide the food. There will be entertainment in the form of live music, a silent auction, and glass artists at work in the Hot Shop. On Saturdays, September 17 and 24, look for free art activities for kids in the afternoon. In addition to purchasing glass pumpkins, you can browse seasonal artisan wares, such as wire spiders and knit caps.

September | October 2016


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THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON kicks off at the Edmonds Center for the Arts on Thursday, September 29, with Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers. Hornsby is a pianist who has performed with The Grateful Dead since 1988, most recently at last summer’s reunion shows in Chicago and on the Day of the Dead tribute album. Hornsby’s solo projects with his current band, The Noisemakers, include his latest album Rehab Reunion, which features cameos by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and soul singer Mavis Staples. Other upcoming performances include Dr. John (October 8), Rita Moreno (October 15), and Momix’s Opus Cactus (October 22). Courtesy of Edmonds Center for the Arts


HUNDREDS OF WRITERS will travel to picturesque downtown Edmonds from throughout the Pacific Northwest and further afield to study the craft of writing with a supportive community of fellow writers and editors during Write on the Sound (WOTS), held at the Frances Anderson Center. Writers will attend workshops, panel discussions, and manuscript critiques. Last year, was the conference’s thirtieth event. John Moe is this year’s keynote speaker, joining the ranks of such luminaries as Natalie Goldberg, Anne Lamott, and Timothy Egan. Each year, a featured visual artist’s works are on display at the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation Gallery during the conference. The artwork helps to establish a thought-provoking and creative atmosphere to inspire writers. This year’s artist for WOTS is Tina Randolph, a mixed media visual artist whose studio is in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. “My sensibilities inform my work: the quiet, tactile, and often unheard and unseen. I hear the whisper and feel the subtle touch of life,” Randolph said. Randolph will show a combination of new and existing work, mostly encaustic paintings done in hot wax, many of them featuring typography, which makes them particularly appropriate for a conference devoted to the written word. The WOTS conference requires registration, but the art exhibit and a brief talk by Tina Randolph on Sunday, October 2, will be open to the public.


Courtesy of Tina Randolph

“Creating the line-up of each ECA Season is an adventure in itself,” Executive Director Joe McIalwain explained in a recent press release. “We bring a combination of award-winning contemporary artists to our intimate stage, as well as an exciting mix of music, dance, theatre and comedy for our audience to discover. McIalwain has been with the center since the beginning, and its successful programming is largely due in part to his vision for the organization. Edmonds Center for the Arts celebrated its 10th Anniversary in July. The anniversary event was free of charge to thank the community for its support.


LED BY MUSIC DIRECTOR AND CONDUCTOR Dr. Paul-Elliott Cobbs, the Everett Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a concert, Masterworks, which includes Aaron Copland’s “The Tender Land Suite,” George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with John Pickett on the piano, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7.” Hobbs is an award-winning conductor who studied at the Akademie für Musik, Vienna. William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony was the subject of his doctoral thesis, and his reading of it sold out the Carnegie Hall in 2006, the first time the symphony was performed since Stills conducted it three decades prior. Arrive to Masterworks an hour early, at 6 p.m. for a Stage Side Chat.

Courtesy of Everett Philharmonic Orchestra

September | October 2016



OCTOBER 13–JANUARY 11 / WASHINGTON STATE CONVENTION CENTER, SEATTLE FOR SEVERAL MONTHS this fall and winter, the Washington State Convention Center’s (WSCC) Rotating Art Gallery will feature a juried exhibit of 100 works of art by women artists from across the country. Coast to Coast WEST is one of two bicoastal exhibits that are the result of a partnership between The National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) and the Women Painters of Washington (WPW). Both organizations have advocated for women artists for decades. NAWA was formed in 1889, more than three decades before women’s suffrage, and WPW recently celebrated its 85th birthday. Women remain underrepresented in solo exhibitions, galleries, museums, and permanent collections. Los Angeles-based artist Micol

Hebron noticed a gender bias in local art galleries that prompted her to launch Gallery Tally, a worldwide, collaborative movement to count the male-to-female ratio of gallery rosters. Artists submitted counts for more than 500 galleries. Despite that women now comprise more than 65 percent of MFA programs, on average, 70 percent of artists represented by galleries are men. “Gender inequity is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. If you look at numbers of people of color, disabled artists, LGBTQ artists, older artists, the biases are even worse,” Hebron said in an interview in Hyperallergic. The Coast to Coast exhibits are intended to serve as a corrective. Among the West Coast exhibitors several call the North Sound home,




Courtesy of Olympic Ballet School & Theatre


THE OLYMPIC BALLET SCHOOL & THEATRE in Edmonds will host its annual Beaux Arts Dinner and Auction to raise funds for the 2016–2017 season. Tickets include dinner and wine. A silent and live auction will be held during the event, as well as a performance that will preview the upcoming season’s productions. In December, the Theatre will hold its annual production of The Nutcracker. Performances of the romantic ballet Giselle will be in April. Artistic directors Mara Vinson and Oleg Gorboulev operate the School and Theatre, which despite sharing a name, are distinct organizations with distinct missions. The School offers ballet training to students who range in age from three to eighteen. The Theatre presents professional productions with visiting artists each season. Performances are held at the Everett Performing Arts Center and the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Vinson said, “Both Olympic Ballet Theatre and Olympic Ballet School have been proudly based in Edmonds for over 35 years. We feel fortunate to be a part of a vibrant arts community that recognizes the importance of the work that we do; it pushes us to keep growing artistically and present quality performances for our audiences.” Vinson calls Giselle, the Spring 2017 production “achingly beautiful.” Be sure to purchase your tickets for the Beaux Arts Dinner to support performances of The Nutcracker and Giselle, and get an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming season.

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including Yael Zahavy-Mittelman of Bothell, Janet Hamilton of Everett, Donna Levitt and Darlene Gentry of Edmonds, and Kathy Collins and Marjorie Thompson of Lake Forest Park. WPW curator Deborah Paine, former curator of the Microsoft Arts Collection and current curator and collections manager at the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, praised Thompson’s painting, writing that “bursts of color in works such as Marjorie Thompson’s encaustic and mixed media painting Queen Bee… provide a cacophony of visual excitement that is sure to surprise and delight.” The second-floor gallery at the WSCC is open to the public daily from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., free of charge with no tickets for admission.



AFTER A RUN in Issaquah, the Village Theatre will bring Pump Boys and Dinettes to the Everett Performing Arts Center. A Tony-nominated musical that garnered praise both on and off Broadway, it resonates with the sweet twang of country-western music played on piano, guitar, bass, and kitchen utensils. Follow along as the “pump boys,” four men who work at a gas station off North Carolina’s scenic Highway 57, celebrate life’s simple pleasures — fishing, beer, and good music. Across the street at the local diner, the Cupp sisters serve up coffee and pie and tunes of their own. Photo credit: Pump Boys & Dinettes Pre Production photo. © 2016 Mark Kitaoka. Property of Village Theatre.

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oontree Asian Tapas boasts an impressive five-star rating average on Yelp, TripAdvisor, and Facebook, so my expectations were reasonably high for my first visit. I’m happy to say that Moontree Asian Tapas doesn’t disappoint. Make a reservation, and expect all you want. Chef Moon Hee and his wife, Jin Hee, opened the restaurant about a year ago. Jin works the front of the house while Chef Moon puts to use almost twenty years of culinary experience. He was professionally trained in the culinary arts in South Korea, and has worked as a chef at a French steakhouse, sous chef at Sushi Roku at the W Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona, and head chef at a sushi restaurant. … continued on next page



“This was his ultimate dream,” Jin said of the fusion Japanese tapas restaurant they have created together on the Everett waterfront. The Hees opened Moontree Asian Tapas in June 2015. Since then it has quickly gained a reputation for delicious small plates and entrees, noodle dishes and salads, and allaround artful plating and presentation. They source fresh seafood and ingredients and make their sauces from scratch. On the menu, you’ll find a fusion of modern Japanese, Korean, and Chinese dishes that incorporate European techniques, meant to entice guests with varied palettes to try new dishes prepared with fresh ingredients and careful technique. “Not everyone is fond of raw fish,” Jin said. “Moon wants to create things so beautiful and flavorful that guests won’t even care that they are eating raw fish.” The plating is truly exquisite. When I visited I opted to try five tapas dishes from the happy hour menu; all arrived to the table on a variety of plates and bowls with mouthwatering garnishes, from crispy lotus chips to green onions in a housemade ginger teriyaki sauce. “Chef Moon really believes everything should be fresh, and he’s very precise with his garnishes. It should look pretty, because you eat with your eyes first,” Jin said. These are dishes you’ll want to feast your eyes on. Served in the order they were prepared, the first dish to arrive to the table was the albacore ceviche served with Asian salsa and crispy onion. I loved the fresh taste of the salsa and the added crunch from the onion. Next, the popcorn salmon tempura battered and tossed in a delectable sweet ginger sauce. Then, beef short ribs with a soy glaze, scallions and mixed vegetables, and crispy rice with fish, eel sauce, and the aforementioned lotus chips. After each dish, I said to myself, surely that was my favorite. And each time, I was pleasantly surprised.


You’ll want to visit with a friend or family member who enjoys talking about food as much as you do, and who is game to share a wide variety of dishes, though some are so good you may find yourself negotiating over the last bite. The happy hour prices are hard to beat and the portions are just right. For entrees, try the yaki udon or the coconut red curry sauce with noodles. Looking back on their first year in business, Jin said that one of the most rewarding aspects of owning a restaurant has been the people. “As they’re leaving, people give me hugs. They say, ‘Thanks for being here. Thanks for being part of Everett.’ And I think that’s every restaurant’s goal, to do things with your passion that make people’s eyes light up. That just totally makes your day.” For a truly special occasion and one-of-a-kind dining experience, consider making reservations for the eight-course Omakase ($85 per person). Reservations must be made two weeks in advance. Jin then calls in advance to discuss your dietary restrictions and personal preferences, and together Chef Moon and Jin will design a menu especially for you and your guest. It’s a very personal experience. The waterfront dining room and patio are stylish with picturesque views but offer limited seating, so it’s a good idea to make dinner reservations in advance. Watch the sun set while you enjoy plate after plate of artfully presented, delicious fusion cuisine.  1728 West Marine View Dr., #112, Everett 425.252.5300

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ARLINGTON BISTRO SAN MARTIN Regional NW 231 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington 360.474.9229, Chef Martin Estrada-Perez presents a menu that offers regional cuisine from Escargot with Garlic Butter to Tiger Prawns and Flat Iron Steak that is mouthwatering and cooked to perfection. The fresh sheet changes daily. This intimate restaurant will delight your senses in every way from the moment you walk through the doors. The superb staff gives impeccable service and proprietor Steven is typically on hand to welcome you. Call for reservations to insure prompt seating. Dinner only Tuesday through Saturday, 5–9 p.m.

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.


BOTHELL SIAM THAI CUISINE Thai 1912 201st Pl. SE, Ste. 207, Bothell 425.806.8424, The North End option for those familiar with Siam’s Eastlake location, the food at Siam can satiate even the pickiest of Thai food fanatics. With a sleek, modern interior and excellent customer service, lunch meetings will flourish over fresh spring rolls paired perfectly with Tom Yum soup. For dinner, the Pad Thai is anything but pedestrian. However, the Siam Special Noodles is truly special. Overflowing with thick rice noodles and topped with a fresh egg swimming in a secret sauce, don’t even attempt to snag the recipe from owner, Chai. (He’s been heavily guarding it since its opening.) Aside from secret recipes, Siam’s fresh, quality ingredients are best when shared. Conveniently located right off of BothellEverett highway, this affordable, yet elegant eatery is a fine pick for date night fodder.

EVVIVA WOODFIRED PIZZA Italian 178 Sunset Ave. S., Edmonds 425.299.0142, If you like authentic Neapolitan pizza, look no further than Evviva Woodfired Pizza in Edmonds, where pizza is created with pure, simple, fresh ingredients and baked on the floor of an apple wood fired stone oven. You’ll find favorites like the Combo Pizza, featuring chorizo, fresh vegetables, mozzarella, and San Marzano tomato sauce, but the menu also features innovative items like the Blueberry Goat Cheese Pizza, with cranberry goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella, organic olive oil and garlic. Diners will enjoy the view of ferries arriving from and departing to Kingston, but they can also have their meals delivered within Edmonds or prepared for take-out. Finish your meal with organic gelato. Evviva is Italian for ‘cheers’ or ‘hurray.’ Cheers to their name and this fine Italian restaurant!

TANDEM DINNER AND WINE BAR American 10123 Main Pl., Bothell 425.398.9463, Tandem Dinner and Wine Bar owner Lisa Havens often greets her customers with a hug. Her welcome makes it seem like she invited them to her home for dinner. Her husband Brad Havens is tucked away, cooking in the cozy kitchen. Looking for ultimate comfort food? Try their creamy macaroni and cheese made from local ingredients. Or try the Butternut Squash Ravioli topped with a light garlic cream sauce. One of the most popular dishes is the Chicken Marsala, topped with mushrooms in a white wine butter sauce. For an appetizer, try the French Onion Soup. It’s aged for a couple days before being served.


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ARNIES Seafood 300 Admiral Way, Edmonds 425.771.5688, If you’re on the hunt for regional fare served with a beautiful view, look no further than this Snohomish County classic. Arnie’s Restaurant is known for its Pacific Northwest seafood and sweeping panoramas of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. The Edmonds restaurant, along with its Mukilteo location, has served local patrons for nearly 25 years. The Seasonal Features menu serves up seasonal fish and vegetables from the Pacific Northwest. While Arnies is well-known for its seafood, the menu also includes a wide variety of lunch and dinner items including steaks, burgers, salads, pasta, and poultry as well as an extensive appetizer list.

WALNUT STREET COFFEE Coffee Shop 410 Walnut St., Edmonds 425.774.5962, 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-sogood, 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.

EVERETT ANTHONY’S WOODFIRE GRILL Seafood 1722 W. Marine Dr., Everett 425.258.4000, Anthony’s Woodfire Grill serves the same ­quality food we’ve come to expect and love from Anthony’s Homeport. The Woodfire menu speaks to the everyday eater, not just ­special occasions. Seasonal items, like peaches or huckleberries in the summer, complement salads, entrees, and drinks. Steaks, seafood and items on the Woodfire rotisserie round out the selections.

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hree friends opened a small doughnut shop in Mill Creek Town Center in 2009. Fueled by an entrepreneurial spirit and the recipe for a killer Salted Caramel Old Fashioned, the shop quickly gained a devoted following and nationwide acclaim. Frost built its reputation on “evolved” doughnuts: familiar favorites with unexpected flavors and delicious twists, created using high-quality ingredients. Local fans of the sweet treats lined up to taste the Smoky Bacon Maple Bars, Root Beer Float Bismarcks, and Southern Red Velvets, and a win on The Food Network’s Donut Showdown by co-owner Del Hernandez put Frost in the national spotlight. With that goal met, the team expanded its Mill Creek location in 2014, re-opening in a larger space branded as a “dessert lounge” with more menu options including

“Our initial goal was to create the best doughnuts anyone had ever tasted.” – Frost CEO and Creative Director Daniel Sterling.

specialty cupcakes, macarons, wine, and its own Bespoke Roast created by Seattle-based Victrola Coffee Company. Next came an Everett location on Colby Avenue in June 2015. Then, in December of that same year, the Frost Luncheonette opened in the Bellevue Collection’s Lincoln Square, offering hot sandwiches, scratch-made soups, and intriguing salads all in a retro-inspired, whimsical setting. “Nothing we do is typical or standard,” said Sterling of the brand’s savory offerings. “Expect unique flavors like Turkey and Curried Apricot or an Asiago and Smoked Mozzarella Grilled Cheese.” Also on the menu is Frost’s famous, and mouthwatering, doughnut breakfast sandwich crafted from scrambled eggs, American cheese, and your choice of crispy bacon or flavorful sausage between a ridiculously tasty doughnut. Calorie counters need not apply. It pairs well with a Frost Cake, the brand’s beautiful and delicious cupcakes that are a “step above” the ordinary. Try the rich and decadent German Chocolate Cake complete with coconut pecan frosting and a generous dollop of chocolate fudge icing or the classic Birthday Cake in either chocolate or vanilla with baked-in rainbow confetti sprinkles and topped with Frost’s Signature Butter Cream. In the mood for something lighter but just as sweet? The gluten-free French macarons in a rainbow of pastel hues

are just the ticket. Delicate Pistachio is delightful, as is the bright Limoncello, and smooth Mexican Vanilla. And Frost continues to build its menu with innovative options at the same time as it grows its locations. A fourth location in Amazon’s Bigfoot building in South Lake Union opens this fall. Patrons will be able to enjoy beer with their goodies, a first for Frost, either inside the 4,000-square-foot space or outside on the adjacent patio. “The growth of Frost is exciting,” says Sterling, “but, of course, [it] is also a challenge.” Frost’s management team is unwilling to sacrifice the quality of their doughnuts or their guest service in favor of rapid expansion. “We don’t believe anyone can match our product or our service. This is our number one priority.” Keeping the taste experience front and center is paying off. Frost continues to rake in rave reviews from people sampling their rotating menu of freshmade, always innovative offerings. “We are known for sophisticated and interesting flavors,” says Sterling, but his favorite is a classic: the Raised Glazed. “No other doughnut I have tasted across the country — and there have been many — has even come close to ours. It has the perfect crispness on the outside, and a tender, doughy interior.” Indeed, when it comes to doughnuts, and other savory items and sweet treats, Frost makes the simple, special and the unexpected, extraordinary.  15217 Main St., #106, Mill Creek 2811-B Colby Ave., Everett 700 Bellevue Way NE, #140, Bellevue

HUNAN PALACE Chinese 2821 Pacific Ave., Everett 425.339.3390, 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, Sizzling Scallops, Sauteed Broccoli with Tangy Sauce (and tender strips of pork) and the Wor Wonton Soup. A full bar is also ­available.  –

PETITE SWEET Bakery 2613 Colby Ave., Everett 425.258.1800, Recently relocated from Arlington and now in the former Pave Bakery location, this hometown bakery and café is too good to pass up! Pastries, cakes and pies call to your inner sweet tooth. Fresh-baked bread is the foundation for delicious sandwiches like the Smokin’ Granny, grilled with turkey, smoked gouda and thinly sliced Granny Smith apple. Breakfast also served.   LOMBARDI’S Italian 1620 W. Marine View Dr., Everett 425.252.1886, The original Lombardi’s was a Ballard favorite, and the Everett Marina and Mill Creek locations now offer diners a heavenly blast of roasted garlic that is Lombardi’s hallmark. Lombardi’s pays homage to the seven honored ingredients of Italian food — olive oil, garlic, pasta, tomatoes, olives, basil, and love. Dive in to the Tuscan Prawn starter, Pizza Margherita or Chicken Saltimboca — but don’t forget their wide variety of delicious pasta entrees. Both Italian and Washington wines are a focus of the wine list. Look for outdoor dining in nice weather as well as live music options at both locations.

LAKE STEVENS BRUNO’S PIZZERIA & RISTORANTE Italian 430 91st Ave. N.E. #10, Lake Stevens 425.334.2066, Enjoy distinguished Italian dishes and ambience at Bruno’s Pizzeria and Ristorante in Lake Stevens, formerly Luca’s Pizzeria and Ristorante. Bruno’s specializes in wood-fired pizza with numerous cheeses, homemade sauces and savory toppings like sausage, mushrooms and roasted red pepper. All of which makes them a popular dinner selection. Other dinner specials include specialty pasta like Butternut Squash Ravioli, Linguine Gamberoni, and Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo. Finish your meal with Tiramisu and other tasty desserts.

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The Abyss Ingredients: Läka Gin, maraschino, lemon juice, crème de violette, soda | $11


n December 2015, Distiller and Sommelier Erik Liedholm and Chef John Howie opened Wildwood Spirits Co. adjacent to the Beardslee Public House, which they co-own. You can find Wildwood’s craft spirits served at the brewpub and starring in specialty cocktails like The Abyss, a twist on the classic cocktail, The Aviation. Served in a Collins glass, The Abyss is a light, refreshing drink with floral and orange notes. Created by Wildwood vice distiller Mike Taib, it is a great, effervescent cocktail to cool down with on a sunny fall day. Starring in the cocktail is Liedholm’s new gin, Läka, which is Swedish for heal. Liedholm is an Advanced Level III Sommelier and has studied with world renowned Master Distiller Dr. Kris Berglund. He won the 2014 National Somm Slam competition at the International Chef Congress in New York. Liedholm casts the vision for Wildwood, a craft distillery operated with a “farm to distillery” philosophy. At least 90 percent of Wildwood’s ingredients are sourced from Washington State, including winter wheat, Braeburn apples, and Douglas Fir, and all the production happens on-site. Tour the distillery and view the gorgeous Carl copper stills. In the sleek, stylish apothecarystyle tasting room, you can


24 STAR THAI Thai 1120 164th St. SW, Ste. 1B, Lynnwood, 425.742.9155, 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. The signature Pad Thai comes wellcooked with a fine balance of fish sauce and fresh garnish, spiced 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.


taste free half-ounce pours of Kur (pronounced “cure”) Gin and Stark Van Vatten Vodka, which have both won awards from prestigious spirits competitions, including New York World Wine and Spirits Competition and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. You can also taste Läka, the newest gin, which is available in limited qualities. It is a bold London Dry style gin with intense aromas and the flavors of citrus and exotic spice. It uses a more traditional method of botanical infusion than Kur, and the result is a more aggressive aromatic flavor profile. “We wanted to offer fans of our Kur Gin the opportunity to try something new but also familiar,” Liedholm said. “Kur is the symphony orchestra and Läka is the rock band.” Try The Abyss cocktail on your next visit to Beardslee Public House, and taste or purchase Läka downstairs at the Wildwood tasting room.  Beardslee Public House 19116 Beardslee Blvd., Bothell 425.286.1001

13300 Bothell-Everett Hwy., Mill Creek 425.316.0520, McMenamin’s Mill Creek has been a neighborhood mainstay for years. Craft beers are brewed on site, including the popular Hammerhead Pale Ale and Terminator Stout, which are deliciously accompanied by hearty, fresh pub fare. The house-made Baked Mac & Cheese is a favorite, and a full host of burgers (the Communication Breakdown), sandwiches (the Reuben Kincaid), and salads (Brewer’s salad) round out the menu. Kids are welcome, too, with their own tasty menu. Wine drinkers are not left out, either. The good folks at McMenamin’s also operate the Edgefield Winery, providing an extensive list of whites, roses, and reds to the pub.   THE LODGE SPORTS GRILLE American 15117 Main St., Suite B101, Mill Creek 425.225.6347, The Lodge Sports Grille has served customers at locations through the greater Seattle area since 2010. The Mill Creek location offers a rustic lodge experience with eye-catching architecture, rustic chandeliers, and metal antler door pulls. Known as a hub where comfort and quality come together, it is a true family-run business. The Mill Creek location sports an impressive 48 beers on tap with a knowledgeable wait staff to help you make your selection. Nearly a dozen flat-screen TVs distributed throughout the dining room make it easy to catch the game from any seat. Whether you’re looking for a light salad or mouth-watering burger, The Lodge Sports Grille has it.


SNOHOMISH 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, 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.   FRED’S RIVERTOWN ALEHOUSE Gastropub 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.



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

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A quintessential South Whidbey dining ­experience in the heart of Langley, Prima Bistro marries gourmet French cuisine and classic Northwest ingredients. Fried Spanish Marcona Almonds arrive steaming hot, glisteningly crisp and in a glory of flavor — and just in time a glass of Pinot Grigio. The selection of reds and whites offers options for connoisseurs of every stripe, along with a full bar. The Burgundy Snails in Herb Butter taste delightfully creamy, with an uncharacteristically soft, yet enjoyable texture. The Bistro Burger is a juicily grilled patty of Oregon beef, topped with a deliciously thick slice of melted white Cheddar; a burger made in heaven! For fabulous food, elegant ambience, and world-class views, be sure to visit the Prima on your next visit to Whidbey Island.

Top off a hike on the Lime Kiln Trail with the Carne Asada Tacos at Playa Bonita in Granite Falls, one of the restaurant’s three locations. You can’t go wrong with a side of chips and the housemade salsa.

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Daphnes Bar in Edmonds is a local legend, as is bartender Desmond. Nosh on a meat and cheese plate while sipping on a classic cocktail in this cozy, intimate neighborhood bar. Try the Moscow Mule. Order your favorite sandwich at the Dashing Dutchman’s Deli in Monroe and make it a combo by adding on a customer favorite, the African peanut soup, and a salad with housemade poppy seed dressing. A longtime North End Favorite, stop in at Nick’s Jr. Burgers and Gyros in Everett and order the Nick’s Deluxe, a bacon burger with fresh-cut fries. A basic burger will only set you back five bucks, but why not go for broke and order up the deluxe?


Looking for something to go with the county’s glut of craft beer? Save the gas money on a trip to Leavenworth and visit Brat from Deutschland in Lake Stevens. The menu offers up pretzels, fried pickles, and a variety of wursts. Try the garlicky Knock and pair it with a crisp Hefeweizen.

A hidden gem, the Chan Thai Restaurant serves its house specialty Crispy Garlic Chicken with green beans and basil, but you won’t find it on the menu. Look for it on a tent card at your table, or ask for it. Don’t be shy!


The sweet-faced, bespectacled cartoon might be smiling, but Grandma’s Pizza in Bothell bakes a mean pie. Look for perfectly browned cheese and beautiful crepes. We recommend ordering the Yummy Yummy with housemade sauce, old world sausage, bell peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and mushrooms.

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oppe’s 360 in the Four Points Sheraton was a great location for our summer Sips of the Season event on July 9. Guests enjoyed exceptional food and handcrafted cocktails. The kitchen at Chinuk whipped up delicious featured small bites like deviled eggs, steak sandwiches, and rice paper salmon rolls. Guests mingled while mixologist Tiffany Matthewson created four great signature cocktails using Dry Fly vodka and gin. Dry Fly Distillery sources their grains from a 117-year-old homesteaded family farm in Oakesadale, WA. Dry Fly is a farm-to-bottle distillery that uses a small-batch process. The first drink Matthewson created was PNW Spice Trade. Gin, basil, ginger syrup, and green peppercorn come together to make a piquant and refreshing summer drink, perfect for sipping on a patio with friends. Matthewson dry-muddled the basil and peppercorn instead of muddling them in ice, which can dilute the flavors (and make a bit of mess). The drink is shaken and served strained. Crisp and herby, it was a nice drink for greeting our guests. Next up was the French 76, a twist on the Paris 75. Champagne, vodka, elderflower, and peach liqueur combine nicely with a little splash of sauvignon blanc. The vodka shaved off a bit of the champagne’s effervescence, helping the drink to balance and combine smoothly. This one paired especially well with the rice paper salmon rolls. Matthewson’s third drink is one of her signature cocktails and her own invention — Breakfast at Tiffany’s. “We had a bottle of pomegranate liqueur, and I decided to play with it. I added some gin, a touch of simple syrup, some lemon, and then egg white seemed like a good idea.” Egg white is often used in mixology to create a light froth. The drink was crisp without being tart. Matthewson said you could add simple syrup to sweeten it up if you prefer. The fourth drink, Wake Up Maggie, was a mixture of peach vodka, elderflower, sauvignon blanc, and lime. Tart and tangy, it was the perfect palate-cleanser. Our sponsors provided swag for our guests, and we raffled off shoes from Find Your Fashion, wine from Barnard Griffin, a gift card for Chuckanut Brewery, legal services for, and a free family pass to the Woodland Park Zoo. Stay tuned for our next event at 



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Edmonds Art Studio Tour SEPTEMBER 17–18, 10 A.M.–5 P.M.


here’s nothing like getting to chat with artists as they show you around their studios and tell you about their materials, processes, and inspiration, and the 11th Annual Edmonds Art Studio Tour makes it easy to approach your favorite local artists. On a free, self-guided tour, you can make your own itinerary, choosing from 19 private studios and 2 galleries. Many stops feature more than one artist. In all, you can interact with more than thirty artists from Edmonds. “We have a very high caliber of artists; they are juried into the Tour,” painter Jennie de Mello e Souza said in a recent press release. “All are extremely passionate about their art, and professional. From jewelry to large scale paintings to sculpture we have it all on the tour!” Participating artists work in a variety of media. During the studio tour you can browse and purchase paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photographs, and other handmade art objects. “We are so fortunate that Edmonds has become such a haven for artists,” said sculptor Pamela Mummy, whose work has been accepted to the National Sculpture Society Exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens, S.C. “Art should be a part of everyone’s life.” Visit the website, download a map, and come on out to get to know the many talented artists who call Edmonds home. 


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SEPTEMBER 6–8, 12–1:30 P.M.


OCTOBER 15, 7:30–9:30 P.M.

Don’t miss the final week of the 10-week summer concert series, “Live at Lunch,” which brings live music performances to office buildings, residential properties, and restaurants throughout downtown Bellevue, every Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday performances are at the Bellevue Connection. On Thursday, September 8, expect your favorite tunes from the British Invasion as Cream Tangerine, a Beatles tribute band, performs at Bellevue Connection.

The Historic Everett Theatre presents Ambrosia, a five-time Grammynominated rock band. Hailing from California, the group has performed together since 1970, selling out concerts and holding five hit singles, such as “How Much I Feel.” Rock out with Ambrosia’s best hits, as well as their newest material.

Rita Moreno, most famously known for her role as Anita in West Side Story, will be coming to beautiful waterfront Edmonds as part of the 10th season at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Moreno has taken home an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony, and a Grammy award. A seasoned performer with an amazing voice, Rita Moreno has only improved with age.

Downtown Bellevue

Historic Everett Theatre 2911 Colby Ave., Everett 425.258.6766 BRUCE HORNSBY & THE NOISEMAKERS SEPTEMBER 29, 7:30–9:30 P.M.


Blues Playground will play the final show for Windermere Real Estate’s Summer Concert Series. The British blues music group has been nominated for awards from the Washington Blues Society. This event is the culminating block party of a season full of tunes and delicious food and drinks in downtown Stanwood. Downtown Stanwood 270th St., Stanwood 360.629.2181


Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds 425.275.9595

Bruce Hornsby, Grammy winner for Best New Artist in 1980, is known for combining multiple music traditions into something wholly original. Hornsby has played keyboard with the Grateful Dead, but is an accomplished artist and performer in his own right. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Hornsby’s musical talents. Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds 425.275.9595


Allow yourself to sip on some wine, relax, and listen to live jazz music in the middle of your week. Local wine will be provided as well as non-alcoholic beverages at the beautiful opera house in Marysville. Marysville Opera House 1225 Third St., Marysville 360.363.8400


The Cascade Symphony Orchestra has brought classical music to Edmonds since it was founded in 1962, making this its 55th season. Attend the opening night of the 2016–2017 season under Michael Miropolsky’s direction. Enjoy compositions by Lehar, Liszt, Sain-Saens, Mussorgsky, and Rave, including Yuka Saski performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1. A pre-concert lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds 425.275.9595


Prepare yourself for a laugh with the highly entertaining show based on a bestselling book by John Gray. This hilarious comedy, performed by only one man, has been praised by many for its ability to leave the audience satisfied. The Historic Everett Theatre 2911 Colby Ave., Everett 425.258.6766

Pump Boys and Dinettes A Feel-Good Musical Feast for the Ears

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Hollywood’s Favori Movie Musical – With Live, On Stage Rain

The 39 Strdeepr s The Hilarious Mu Mystery Farce


The Historic Everett Theatre brings you a two-act play in which Pat rummages through an old trunk and recalls childhood experiences. The Historic Everett Theatre 2911 Colby Ave., Everett 425.258.6766

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More than 180 artists submit art work to the juried art show sponsored by Mountlake Terrace Arts Commission and Friends of the Arts and compete for more than $4,000 in cash awards and merchandise. Browse paintings, prints, drawings, photography, and sculptures. Mountlake Terrace Library 23300 58th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace FALL INTO ART AUCTION OCTOBER 15

The annual art auction held the third Saturday of October raises funds for the Arlington Arts Council. Gleneagle Country Club 7619 E. Country Club Dr., Arlington


WhatcomArtistStudioTour First two weekends in October Oct. 1,2 & 8,9 A FREE SELF-GUIDED ART TOUR 10AM TO 5PM

Opening the studio doors of Whatcom County artists for twenty-two years.

Take a walk through historic downtown Snohomish while visiting local wine shops. One $20 ticket gets attendees eight tastes with the option of purchasing more on the walk. All proceeds go to downtown revitalization projects. Bring your own glass! 1001 First St., Snohomish ALL ABOUT GRASSES SEPTEMBER 15, 6:30–8:30 P.M.

Pre-registration is required for this special class taught by Daniel Mount. Learn about grasses, including sedges, rushes and true grasses. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how to select and care for ornamental herbaceous plants to add color and texture to your garden. Bellevue Botanical Garden 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue EVERETT SAUSAGE FESTIVAL OCTOBER 7–9

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This Bavarian-themed festival has something for everyone: food booths, bingo, carnival games, and of course a Bavarian beer garden. Join Everett in

celebrating the 40th year of sausages, games, and beer! Our Lady of Perpetual Help 2619 Cedar St., Everett 425.349.7014 FASHION WEEK AT THE BELLEVUE COLLECTION SEPTEMBER 21–25

Known as the Northwest’s Leading runway show venue for good reason. The Fashion Week at Bellevue Collection includes a Front Row Fashion Show presented by VOGUE, an Independent Designer Runway Show, and a Posh Party Trend Show. Outfit yourself for fall in all the latest trends.

Touch A Truck

Hyatt Regency Bellevue 900 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue


Kids are invited to come honk the horns, turn on the sirens, and sit in the driver’s seats of big rigs. From backhoes to fire trucks, no kid will pass up this opportunity to explore these heavy-duty vehicles. Asbery Field 1605 7th St. NE, Marysville 360.363.8000 COSTUME CARNIVAL OCTOBER 29, 5 P.M.–9 P.M.

Mountlake Terrace Dance Academy and Kontagious Performing Company are coming together for a night of endless family fun. For just $5 a person, or $10 per family up to four, patrons will get access to carnival games, food, music, and a costume contest. Terrace Park Elementary Gymnasium 5409 228th St. SW, Mountlake Terrace 425.640.3107


Chuck Close was born in Monroe and attended Everett High School and Everett Community College. This is the

Costume Carnival

first time his work has been exhibited in Snohomish County. The “Prints, Process, and Collaboration” exhibit has been on display at the Schack since May. This is the final week before the exhibit closes. Don’t miss it! Schack Art Center 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett 425.259.5050


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Bring your children to the $1 Third Thursday night at KidsQuest Children’s Museum and experience the “Hands-On History” exhibit with Eastside Heritage Center free of charge. Your children will learn about the construction of log cabins used in early Bellevue and can even experiment in building a model cabin with round logs and hewn logs. They’ll bring home craft pieces to keep working on their log cabin skills at home. KidsQuest Children’s Museum 4091 Factoria Mall SE, Bellevue 425.637.8100

October 20 7p.m. PUD Auditorium 2320 California Ave. Everett FREE Presented by the Snohomish County Arts Commission

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Taste local brews and discover new favorites at the Fremont Oktoberfest. The 20-year tradition features more than 80 craft beers, live music, and even a 5K race. It’s strictly 21 years and older, but on Sunday, under-aged guests and furry, four-legged friends are permitted. Phinney Ave. N and N 35th St., Seattle 206.633.0422 Fremont Oktoberfest


Plenty of hands-on activities, interactive workshops, arts and crafts, and music, dance, and other live performances will keep everyone in the family engaged and entertained at the 3rd Annual Seattle Children’s Festival, which brings together families of all backgrounds and cultures for an educational experience courtesy of Northwest Folklife, a nonprofit organization devoted to creating opportunities for the community to celebrate together. The Seattle Center 305 Harrison St., Seattle 206.684.7200


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Produced by Emelia Symington Fedy of the Trying to Be Good blog and radio show, the Motherload is an intimate look at parenting as seen through the eyes of four Canadian theatre artists and mothers. Brutal and beautiful, attend an evening show or a special “babes in arms” matinee. If you missed this show when it came around in 2015, here’s your chance to see it live. Historic Theatre 1895 Venables St., Vancouver 604.251.1363

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ECA’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY BIRTHDAY BASH The Edmonds Center for the Arts held a 10th Anniversary Birthday Bash on Saturday, July 30, 2016, to thank the community for its support. The event, which was free to the public, featured eight live music performances, including acts by Grace Love & The True Loves, Vaudeville Etiquette, The Onlies, Alma y Azucar, and more. During the event, Iole Alessandrini’s Luminous Forest installation on the 4th Avenue arts corridor was dedicated. The Rabbit Stew String Band played a Square Dance After-Party to culminate the festivities.


Final Word

Canada, Do The Right Thing! Ken implores Canada to give Victoria, B.C. back WRITTEN BY KEN KARLBERG


o my Canadian brothers and sisters to the north — I love you but enough is enough. Your Canadian-U.S. balance ledger is badly in the red. The time has come for you beaver and moose lovers to pay up. It is past time, actually, over 170 years late, eh. Yes, you deserve credit for giving us Wayne Gretzky, Michael J. Fox, Alex Trebek (or more correctly, “what is Alex Trebek?”), Dudley Do-Right and Nell, your country’s first “First Lady,” and perhaps most importantly, today’s 35% exchange rate. For these contributions, we are grateful. But on the debit side, you inflicted Justin Bieber upon us, you drink our beer and steal our women (usually, but not necessarily, in that order), you discuss hockey teams and trades and Canadian politics in our presence as if we have a clue (or even care), and if we don’t go to Costco over the weekend before 10:30 a.m., all parking spots are taken and only chocolate milk and diesel fuel are left. Even our local golf courses are filled with your “eh-games.” Frankly, we are afraid to say, “make yourself at home, there’s beer in the fridge,” because you just may take us literally. But my B.C. brethren, you can make it “right” and zero out the ledger, eh. I have to confess that my knowledge of Canada is limited. Until corrected recently by my Canadian buddy, Haven, I thought your Prime Minister was Garry Trudeau (of Doonesbury fame) and “icing” was the Canadian marital equivalent to “not tonight, dear.” I do know, however, that Victoria, B.C., which is one of the coolest, most beautiful and historic cities on the west coast, was once “ours” in the mid-1800’s. Haven, if you give her back now — a delayed Victorexit if you will — I will call it even. My guest room upstairs is yours in perpetuity, eh. First, however, a bit of history to support my “do the right thing” equity pitch. Donald Trump and TPP/NAFTA haters, you are technically wrong. It wasn’t always so that U.S. politicians negotiated badly. President Thomas Jefferson fleeced the French when we purchased the Louisiana Territory in 1808, which added all or portions of 15 states and two Canadian provinces to our county at a cost of $250 million in 2016 dollars, and Secretary of State Seward’s acquisition of Alaska 80

from Russia in 1867 for $7 million has Putin’s underwear bunched even today. Not bad, eh? But those Brits, man, they negotiated the knickers and lightly-powdered wig off President James Polk, whose presidential “Manifest Destiny” campaign slogan in 1844 drew a line in the sand at “Fifty-Four Forty or Fight” in the battle over the two countries’ competing claims to the Oregon Territory (which extended north to modern day Alaska). Well, Polk pulled a NAFTA purportedly to avoid war and instead we have the 49th parallel as our northern border with British Columbia, except for the last minute carve out for Victoria and Vancouver Island. Until then, however, Victoria was “ours.” If you don’t believe me, just ask Queen Elizabeth about the 1846 Oregon Treaty with Britain. I believe that she was Queen Mum even then. (Who said history is boring, eh?) So, drink our beer, steal our women, but it’s time to fix this historical anomaly. The deal made no sense geographically. Both Vancouver Island and Point Roberts are bisected by the 49th parallel and yet Victoria, which extends well south of Bellingham, is out while Point Roberts, which dangles down, almost uselessly, like a forgotten male appendage, is in. I say what is good for the goose is good for the gander. Point Roberts was geographically circumcised; why not Victoria? Mr. Trump, you have my vote if you can negotiate the return of Victoria. What is ours is ours. Perhaps you could join with Bernie Sanders and jointly sponsor the Victoria Bris Treaty of 2016. Canadians have a sense of humor, don’t they, eh? And think about it. As a Monty Python “Life of Brian” fan who always looks on the bright side of life, I am excited that Victorexit would further resolve the longstanding dispute between our countries over Victoria’s discharge of human waste into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Oh, sure — Victoria’s poop would still be discharged into the Lower 48, but at least it would now be American poop and we all know that our poop doesn’t stink. Problem solved, eh? 

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