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41 PERSONALIZED ART
12 DIY REMODEL
44 BEAUTY AND SORROW
Graham Kerr of “Galloping Gourmet” fame looks back at his rich life in a new book.
An Everett couple saved their 1930s home by working hard, learning a lot and knowing when to call for help.
30 FABULOUS FALL
Celebrate the season with a trip to a pumpkin patch or corn maze.
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32 CRISP AND FRESH
Try this savory apple recipe on a cool autumn evening.
34 PLAY TOURIST
Spend a day exploring Arlington and you will see the little city in a new light.
38 IN PERFECT TASTE
With the guidance of an expert, you can craft your own artisan gin in just a couple of hours.
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An exhibit at Cascadia Museum showcases the art and tells the story of Peggy Strong, an artist who should never be forgotten.
47 THE BEST BREWS
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6600 Evergreen Way, Everett; 425-405-3783; bhupingthairestaurant.com Hidden alongside the bustle of Evergreen Way, there’s a fantastic Thai restaurant with an incredible wine selection. Bhu-Ping Thai boasts an array of domestic and international wines, with prices that tend to be less than half of Seattle prices. Owner Choosak “Noi” Chuenchowwai has been collecting wines for years. Have him guide you to a great wine that will pair beautifully with Thai cuisine. Classic pairings for Thai cuisine include riesling, pinot gris and gewurtztraminer from the Alsace region of France or riesling and gewurtztraminer from the Mosel valley of Germany. Any of those offerings, which typically have a strong minerality and a touch of sweetness, will be a gorgeous complement to the spice and sweetness of Thai food. Consider pairing one of these wines with Bhu-Ping’s excellent noodles, phad thai or phad see ew, as well as their tangy panang or red curry dishes. For a non-traditional pairing, check out Bhu-Ping’s excellent selection of Oregon pinot noir or French burgundy as a pairing with Bangkok fried chicken or chicken satay.
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15522 Main St., Mill Creek; 425-948-7654; kafeneowoodstonegroup.com/tablas Located in the Mill Creek Towne Center, Tablas is a vibrant spot for Spanish tapas. Take advantage of their great-looking and expansive bar area. Tablas has a surprisingly good wine list that connects beautifully with executive chef Clara Gutierrez’s small tapas plates. If you are looking for a great white wine, the 2014 L’Ecole Chardonnay ($45 per bottle) has a touch of butter with tree fruit flavors that pair beautifully with garlic mushrooms, Manchego cheese and ham, shrimp skewers or the shrimp-and-swiss or ham-and-cheese croquettas. For a red wine, the 2012 Cune ‘Crianza’ Tempranillo from Rioja ($9 per glass, $30 per bottle) features smoky and citrus accents that make a lovely pairing with the cold cuts plate, the Pincho Mourono (pork with Brava sauce) or the pork mignon. Another red at Tablas, the 2013 Catena Malbec ($11 per glass, $38 per bottle), is a wine I reviewed last year for International Wine Report. It is one of the best Malbec values out of Argentina and is priced right to match with Tablas’ beef skewers or grilled chorizo crostini.
BISTRO SAN MARTIN 231 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington; 360-474-9229; bistrosanmartin.com Make a trip to Arlington for a wine and food pairing extravaganza. Bistro San Martin boasts a well-constructed wine list that has some excellent bargains and good pairings. If you are thinking red wine, try the 2010 Kontos ‘Alavus’ Red Wine ($54 per bottle), which has some nice bottle age, the 2012 Woodward Canyon ‘Artist Series’ Cabernet ($72) or the 2012 Fidelitas ‘Optu’ Red Wine ($72). Consider matching any of those with the restaurant’s flat iron steak or filet mignon. Looking for a richer, bolder wine selection without breaking the bank? The 2013 Mollydooker ‘Blue Eyed Boy’ Shiraz ($68 per bottle) will also work with any of the steak options. Good white wine offerings include a good price on the 2013 Woodward Canyon ‘Washington’ Chardonnay ($63 per bottle), the 2012 Jordan Chardonnay ($52) or the 2014 Dusted Valley ‘Boomtown’ Chardonnay ($34). All would taste great with the Dungeness crab cakes or gnudi ravioli.
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In my dozen years of living and working in Snohomish County, I’ve always had a deep love for the Mountain Loop Highway. I’ve explored it countless times, and felt I knew it well. Yet I recently took a lazy day trip with a friend only to discover there’s so much I still haven’t seen. On this trip, we brought a map, food and plenty of water. We didn’t, however, bring any sort of plan. We arrived on the loop, took a short hike, and then stared at the map. Forest Road 49 caught our eye. On the map a waterfall and a cedar grove were marked. The map provided no details, but we wanted to explore so we were happy to discover the details for ourselves. It turns out the waterfall, North Fork Sauk Falls, was huge and impressive, even when there hadn’t been much rain recently. The next stop, Harold Engles Cedar Grove, was even more rewarding. Engles was a forest ranger in the Darrington District. In the 1930s, he saved a section of trees from logging. Now, thanks to him, a grove of huge cedars remains, a memory of what used to be. We walked around the trees, heads tilted up, with a true sense of reverence. We gently touched the huge trunks, imagining all that those trees must have lived through.
There’s plenty to explore in our county. This issue of Washington North Coast Magazine highlights some of the offerings.
The craft spirit scene is exploding, and it’s not just breweries. Distilleries, too, are making hand-crafted, high-quality spirits. In Edmonds, you can even make your own gin, with a little help from Scratch Distillery. Meanwhile, bottleshops and taprooms are making it their mission to curate the very best and most interesting beers. Read about Carly Hayden, a yoga teacher who has found ways to teach her students in unexpected ways. Get to know a local fashion blogger who has advice that anyone can take to heart. Take a look at the beautiful home the Keenans refurbished in north Everett. And then, when you’re hungry, check out our recipes to take advantage of the very best apples of the year. Those are just a few of the stories we’ve featured about our beautiful county. I hope you enjoy exploring this magazine.
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F lash of Silver...
… the leap that changed my world. BY GALE FIEGE
Graham Kerr has a good memory. The man known during his TV days as the “Galloping Gourmet” has a new autobiography out, and it’s obvious that he remembers everything. The good. The bad. The sad. The joyful. At age 82, Kerr looks much younger. The only medication he takes is an over-the-counter pain reliever and only when his back is a bit bothersome. He is still full of enthusiasm and good humor, though his more recent life as a Christian has tempered his bawdy jokes. Kerr is healthy because he knows how to eat, though that “how” has developed over the years. It’s not as “rich” anymore, but now it’s rich in nutrition. “Flash of Silver… the leap that changed my world” is the title of his memoir. In it he examines his life as a way to illustrate how indulgent consumption habits are formed and how, if taken to excess, those habits become harmful to humans and the Earth. Kerr makes use of an extended metaphor, comparing his life to a wild chinook salmon. “One time I saw this big king salmon going upriver against the white water. It was in its last days, but I could tell with its flashes of silver that it was moving with great vigor,” said Kerr. “If it’s God’s will, I want to finish my days with that level of determination.” Having made leaps over some major life obstacles of his own, Kerr talks about resilience. A near-fatal car accident at the height of his fame as the “High Prince of Hedonism” caused Kerr to change directions. The book is divided into three parts: The salmon and Kerr are swept downstream, experiencing events both difficult and hilarious.
Kerr’s leap over a chair on the sound stage of his cooking show, full glass of wine in his hand?) Next, the fish and Kerr face an “ocean of opportunity,” driven by the need to survive. Finally, they head back upstream with a purpose to survive as a species. “I connect with the environment and feel what other species might feel. I notice the incredible diversity that surrounds us and the need to be aware of the diversity, otherwise we will defile it because of our indifference. It’s about how we behave toward others, our community and the world.” The book is also a love story that begins when, as a youngster, Kerr meets his future wife, Treena. “We started this book several years ago,” Kerr said. “Treena did not initially like the salmon metaphor, but later she enjoyed it. I want to encourage readers to hang in there until the fifth chapter.” Kerr laughed at this point and then he teared up a bit. Treena died a year ago, just before their 60th wedding anniversary. She had gone into the hospital for a minor outpatient surgery, but she got an infection that rapidly turned to pneumonia. After a few days, she pulled the ventilator tube out, sat up and had a joyful visit with her friends, family and hospital staff. “Her body gave up, but it was a fantastic exit. We are all so thankful for the opportunity to say goodbye,” Kerr said. “I am grateful that God is in the business of catching people and refilling them, because grief is like falling down
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and being empty.” Treena and Graham Kerr moved 27 times during their marriage, but settled in the Northwest in 1980. They lived in Tacoma and on Camano Island before moving to Mount Vernon. Eating rich food had become difficult for Treena, who developed health issues because of their indulgent diet. Graham had Treena list her favorite foods. Then he began to reduce the harmful ingredients and increase the beneficial, much of it from Skagit Valley’s abundance of fresh, organic food. So what does the “Galloping Gourmet” think of all the cooking shows and competitions on TV these days? He points to a painting above his fireplace mantel. The artwork hides a flat-screen TV. “I don’t watch it really at all,” he said. “The rewards are less with so many cooking shows and the competition is extreme. “I used to like it when it was just Julia (Child) and me.”
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STORY BY GALE FIEGE
from the Keenans for those restoring a home
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n Respect the original style of the house.
n Watch all the how-to YouTube videos you can.
n Buy local and buy recycled when you can, but shop around online, too.
n Install built-in shelves on blank walls.
n Get bids, do your research.
n If you make a mistake, back up and start over.
n Buy the best materials at the best price for your budget, especially with wood.
n The city of Everett and the Snohomish Conservation District will offer help with a rain garden.
n Buy paint samples (not chips) and apply the paint to the wall before deciding on the color you want.
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n Get help from the city building department.
Just remember, there is a trick to everything, nothing is ever easy and the learning curve can be huge. But in the end, it can be so satisfying. —MAT T K EENAN
Devoted work restores 1930s home in north Everett EVERETT — Matt and Kristen Keenan,
both go-getters in their 30s, would love to see more people buy and fix up the old bungalows in their historically blue-collar Delta neighborhood in north Everett. They aren’t encouraging gentrification, but preservation. When they bought their 1930s house in 2007, the place offered lots of challenges.
TOP: The Keenans’ kitchen extends nicely into the dining room. RIGHT: Matt and Kristen Keenan relax on their deck, which provides the privacy of a fence and a number of vertical gardens that provide both food and beauty.
They wanted to make some serious changes to the home. They decided that they would do as much of their own work as possible and take advantage of sweat equity. However, instead of seeing themselves as stereotypical do-it-yourself types, the couple considered themselves as general contractors. Some of the work — the roof, the plumbing and some of the electrical and tile installation — had to be hired out. Working on one’s own home is all about safety, said Matt, a Boeing engineer and artist. “If you can’t safely do your own work, then don’t,” he said, laughing about a favorite cartoon in which a DIYer wearing flip flops is using a broken ladder. “And then it’s all about budgeting and expecting the unexpected,” he said.
“You have to be able to see the end game,” said Kristen, the owner of Vertical Gardens Northwest and the volunteer coordinator of Everett Makers Market. Among other changes, the Keenans gave themselves a new kitchen and a new bathroom, all while generally respecting the age and style of the house. Janet Ore, a Montana State University historian, likes to hear stories about rehab projects such as the one the Keenans took on. The author of “The Seattle Bungalow: People and Houses, 1900-1940,” published by the University of Washington Press, Ore is passionate about the preservation of working-class neighborhoods such the one where the Keenans live. “By the time their house was built, the popularity of bungalows in the Northwest was beginning to wane,” Ore said. “And what was constructed in that latter period were simplified bungalows that set the essential characteristics of popular housing for the rest of the 20th century.” Not all old houses are well built, of course, but people in that time had no choice but to use natural materials, including clear woods and plaster without chemicals, Ore said.
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What the Keenans ended up with n A rain garden near the sidewalk and a new stone walkway to the porch steps. n Refinished living room and dining room with new ceiling trim work. n New window frames that match the originals, and lots of new paint. n Removal of a wall between the dining room and galley kitchen n New kitchen cabinets, a peninsula, new quartz countertop and green-blue glass tile backsplash, as well as new appliances. n New tile in the bathroom, with a new tub, shower, toilet and sink that are modern yet fit the home’s original era. n Basement additions that include a guest room and bath, laundry corner, exercise room and TV theater room. n Fabulous back yard with flower and vegetable gardens, a pond, a workshop and alley-side parking. n A new roof.
So, working with those good bones, one often can do well with an older home, she said.
structures around them. I wish everybody would do that.”
“There is an inherent strength in an old house that you can’t replicate today in a house of the same value but with way more synthetic materials.”
As they set out to do the rehabilitation on their house, the Keenans realized that not having children was to their advantage.
Ore dislikes neighborhoods that change dramatically when people buy property and then tear down the structures in order to build new homes. “I’m totally admiring of people who rehab an old building,” she said. “As a preservationist, my ethic is that the resource comes first, and that buildings have to be lived in and cared for to survive. So you make it livable and then do whatever you can to make it fit the original style. It doesn’t have to be perfect. “It’s obvious that (the Keenans) are OK living in a small space and working with what they had. They looked around the neighborhood to keep their house in line with the
TOP: Matt and Kristen Keenan have done some serious work on their house in north Everett. TOP LEFT: A tiled walk-in shower is a focal point in the bathroom. MIDDLE LEFT: A vertical garden of strawberries grows on the deck. BOTTOM LEFT: The Keenans refurbished their living room ceiling to match the craftsman look of their fireplace.
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They were able to really get down and dirty to do the job, Kristen said. “It would have been unhealthy and inhospitable for children.” With the help of sketchup.com, the Keenans made a rough plan of attack. “The plan was our stepping stone to establish the aesthetic we wanted,” Kristen said. And with that they donned their face masks and got started with demolition, taking care to test for asbestos and lead. “But as soon as we saw red flags,” Matt said, “And I mean anything we weren’t 100 percent sure of, that’s when we hired the job out. But most people can lay a floor, paint the walls and even cut the trim.” When you can, spend the money to do it right. “It’s difficult to replicate the quality of materials that were used in the house when it was built, but if you have a good foundation, you should feel encouraged to go for it,” Matt said. Above all, a DIY house rehab requires flexibility and patience, Kristen said. “Just remember, there is a trick to everything, nothing is ever easy and the learning curve can be huge,” Matt said. “But in the end, it can be so satisfying.”
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Living fashionably MILL CREEK— Clothes are never truly one-size-fits-all, but this fashion blog is.
Anne Dofelmier covers everything from ways to wear flannel to what to carry for a fashion emergency. The 47-year-old Mill Creek fashion blogger tells all at www.dailyfashionmuse.com. Her tips are easy to try and apply. There are loads of pictures, too. This fashionista brings a wide background of experiences to the fashion plate. Among other things, she’s a former amateur boxer: she bent her engagement ring hitting a bag. So, what’s her style? “Someone once asked me to define my distinct style,” she said. “After some consideration, I came up with this: Edgy, classic, eclectic, Americana, bohemian, with a twist of rocker. The truth is, I subscribe to all styles depending on who I want to be that morning when I get dressed. What kind of mood I wake up in defines what I will wear that day.”
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Still, it’s what’s inside that counts. “Style is 10 percent what you wear and 90 percent the attitude with which you wear it.” She and her husband, Dan, have been married 19 years and have two children, Millicent, 18, and Oliver, 9.
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And, yes, they take her fashion advice. Most of the time. Anne Dofelmier runs a personal styling business and writes a fashion blog known as Daily Fashion Muse.
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Style is 10 percent what you wear and 90 percent the attitude with which you wear it. —ANNE DOFELMIER
ANDREA: Tell us a little about yourself. ANNE: I was born and raised in Southern California by two British immigrants. I am the very first American in my entire family. I went to college at the University of Oregon where I got a degree in sociology. I am a fanatical Ducks fan. After college, I did a brief stint where I ran a camp for kids in South Korea. I then decided to move to Washington with $200 in my pocket and no prospects of a job. I ended up landing a job running a before-and-after school program. In 1994, I went back to school and received a degree in commercial photography. I landed a job working for Bon Marche/Macy’s in their advertising department where I shot the catalogs and newspaper advertisements. I began editing wardrobes and styling friends. It has since grown into a personal styling business and fashion blog known as Daily Fashion Muse. ANDREA: How did you get started in fashion blogging? ANNE: I began my fashion blog back in 2012. My husband had been mobilized for active duty for a third time and I was going to have to do the single mom thing again for the year that he was away. Having been down this road twice before, I knew that maintaining my current job would be challenging. I have always styled people on the side and helped edit their wardrobes. I thought that blogging would be a great way to add styling information for my clients. I could make my own hours and work from home, making the task of tending to our two children much easier. I taught myself everything about starting a blog, making it successful and profitable through endless hours of research. I am still learning every day. ANDREA: What’s the biggest fashion mistake people make? ANNE: Wearing clothes that are too big for them in an effort to camouflage areas of their body that they see as less than desirable. ANDREA: What’s the easiest fix? ANNE: Purchase and tailor clothes to fit the body. When clothing fits properly, it automatically makes you appear smaller. The next strategy is shop according to what is most flattering to your body type, not what is trendy. Add trends with accent pieces. ANDREA: What are simple things the average person can do to look stylish? ANNE: Utilize the “finishing piece” to complete your look. Wear jewelry. Wear scarves. Update basics regularly. Get a blazer tailored to your body.
ANDREA: What’s the best advice for women over 40? ANNE: Stop fixating on the past. You need to love yourself where you are right now on this very day. Find what is beautiful about yourself and work to accentuate it. I find that so many women are so consumed with how they used to look they can’t see the beauty that is right in front of their face.
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ANDREA: How about for men? ANNE: For men, I would say give your wardrobe an update. For many men in their 40s, they bought clothes in their late 20s when they got their first real job. After that, they never bought clothes again unless their significant other forced them to. Men often wear ill-fitting clothes because they just don’t care or they just don’t know. I recommend hiring someone to revamp their wardrobe. I can’t tell you how many people I have helped revamp their wardrobe and suddenly their boss saw them in a new light and they got a promotion. ANDREA: What is the main difference between men and women when it comes to fashion?
ANNE: Men typically shop and wear clothes out of necessity and women shop and wear clothes for pleasure. ANDREA: What are some items that people of any age can/should wear? ANNE: A good fitting blazer transcends all levels of fashion. Dressy to casual, the blazer can be worked into the wardrobe and gives it an instant update. Also: button-down shirts, crisp white tees and great fitting jeans. ANDREA: What is the weirdest thing you’ve seen someone wear that works? ANNE: A button-down shirt worn backwards. It really looked cool.
ANDREA: How does one find cute flats that are simple, look nice, last and don’t cost $200? ANNE: Flats are like jeans. You have to try on a 100 pairs to find the right ones. They are actually one of the most difficult types of shoes to buy in my book. Too often they don’t cut across the foot in the right place or the lack of support can make them uncomfortable. My suggestion is to wear a pair of shoes that are easy to slip on and off and hit the streets. I would shop Nordstrom, DSW and Nordstrom Rack. Be prepared to try on many shoes. Once you find a pair that works, get them in a few neutral colors. Don’t forget that oxfords and loafers are also flats. They can be worn with many of the same outfits you would normally pair with ballet flats.
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That being said, I have two pairs of flats that cost $200 each. They are by Taryn Rose, a former podiatrist who was desperate to develop a comfortable, good-looking shoe. I bought those shoes over 12 years ago and I am still wearing them. You get what you pay for. Don’t be afraid to invest in a good pair of shoes. They are always worth the money. ANDREA: If you could dress anyone alive or in history, who would it be and why? ANNE: I actually derive so much pleasure in dressing the average woman. I love it when I can help her discover her own unique beauty and how to accentuate it. I get to watch them literally light up when they finally realize they are beautiful in their own way. ANDREA: If you could have a drink with anyone alive or in history, who would it be and why ? ANNE: I would love to sit down and have a cup of tea with the Queen of England. She has lived through so many changes in history and been an integral part of many of them. I find her fascinating. ANDREA: Any fashion advice for the Queen? ANNE: I would never. She is the Queen, for heaven’s sake. She knows who she is, what her style is and she owns it. We could all learn a thing or two from the Queen. And anyone who has a hat collection as big as hers gets my total respect. We should bring the hat back to the U.S. ANDREA: Finish this sentence: People would be shocked to know... ANNE: I was a registered amateur boxer. I had exhibition fights against men, because there were no women in my weight division and once boxed with a former heavyweight pro. ANDREA: What’s your proudest moment? ANNE: That is a tough one. I have so many minor accomplishments that I am proud of. I suppose the most life changing one was when I finally found the courage in my 20s to leave an abusive relation-
ship and that I was strong enough to do it on my own. It made me the person I am today and gave me the confidence to be a strong outspoken woman.
ANDREA: What is your pet peeve? ANNE: People who constantly talk about their and other people’s weight. And when my husband chews ice. ANDREA: What gives you inspiration? ANNE: Getting dressed each day or helping someone create an outfit is like creating art for me. Mixing colors, layering different mediums, and figuring out how to balance out the body are all things that excite me. The passion that some people find in a hobby is how I feel about fashion. ANDREA: Where do you shop? ANNE: One of my favorite places to shop is the Assistance League Thrift Store in Everett. I have discovered so many amazing pieces there and the best part is that no one else has them. I love a bargain and I am the ultimate bargain shopper. I also love to hit The Rack and scour the racks. Finally, I am a huge proponent of shopping online. Nowadays you can find items all over the world with free shipping and this opens the door to really unique pieces. ANDREA: Does your family let you dress them? ANNE: Surprisingly, yes. While I definitely get some pushback from my 18-year-old, she usually concedes that her mom was right after all. As all teenagers do, they fall victim to trends whether they actually look good on them or not. But, when she comes to me for my advice and then takes it, that makes my day. As for the boys, I bring them clothes from the store and they wear them no questions asked. It is the parting with the worn-out clothes that proves to be the biggest challenge with them. I purchase most of my husband’s clothes as he would just prefer not to. When we go out, he usually asks me what to wear. But when it comes to day-to-day minutia, he just wears what is convenient.
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Got a fashion emergency? These usually occur at the most inopportune moments.There are 18 basic items to keep on hand — and in your handbag, if you buy mini sizes. Keep them in your car, your desk or wherever you spend a lot of time and you will always be prepared for any fashion emergency. THE EMERGENCY LIST: Fashion tape, blister cushions, safety pins, foldable flats, wipes, hair bands, blotter papers, nail file and clippers, pain reliever, hair spray, bandages, deodorant sponge, toothbrush, bobby pins, earring backs, disposable undies and nipple covers.
THRIFT SHOP SHOPPING
n Not all thrift stores are created equal. n Make the most of your time and dress for success. n Choose your store to fit your needs and ideology: Is it a true charity or a for-profit? n Wear close-fitting clothes, such as leggings, a circle skirt and slip-on shoes, to make trying on clothes easier. n Take a friend. Go with a plan. n Consider alterations and know the cost. n Inspect items carefully and read labels. n Look for truly unique pieces. Get there early or find out when they stock the racks. n Clean out your closet before you go. Some stores offer discounts when donations are made.
PURGE Sure, it’s difficult to let go. The hopes, the dreams, the memories. But, seriously, it’s only an article of clothing. Purge your closet! Ask yourself: Is the item in good condition? Do you feel great in it? Is it stylish and on trend? Does it fit? Don’t focus on how you used to look. Love how you look right here, right now. It is important to dress the body you have, not the one you wish you had. You will feel more confident, more beautiful, more put-together in the right-fitting clothes.
BROOCHES Do you have a bunch of brooches from your mom or grandma or a 1980s binge gathering dust in your jewelry box? These don’t have to be relegated to the jacket lapel. Brooch up a collar, skirt waistband, jeans, hat, purse, backside of a dress, your hair. Or anywhere you want to draw attention. Group several necklaces or bracelets and hold them together with a brooch for a statement piece. Got a bevy of brooches? Wear them all at once.
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Loop BY JESSI LOERCH
Right now is an excellent time to take a
drive around the Mountain Loop Highway. The loop, which travels from Granite Falls to Darrington, is lovely any time of year, but the fall is particularly pleasant with colorful leaves, cool temperatures and few bugs.
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BIG FOUR ICE CAVES
No, not the city. The actual falls. The falls are located 1.5 miles north of the junction of Highway 92 and the Mountain Loop Highway. Watch for a parking area on both the left and the right. Walk a short way down the hill to take a look at the falls and the Granite Falls Fishway. Kids will enjoy walking on the grates that let you look down to the stones and water below.
The trailhead is about 15 miles past the Verlot Public Service Center. It’s a great spot to stop for a lunch. In the fall, the colors are lovely. It’s also a cool hike to the ice caves, 2.2 miles roundtrip on a smooth trail. Just remember to stay on the trail and view the caves from a distance. The ice caves are extremely dangerous. Don’t go in or near them.
OLD ROBE CANYON This is an excellent, easy hike. Look for a wide spot in the road about 7 miles from Granite Falls. There’s an old brick sign there, but the words are worn away. The trail is mostly flat, except for a brief drop at the beginning (which, of course, means a brief climb at the end). Be sure to follow the trail until it begins to narrow at Robe Canyon. It’s amazing how the river changes from wide and meandering to narrow and wild. There are clear signs of the old railroad that used to run through here. The trail is closed a short ways into the canyon due to a landslide and unstable tunnels, but you can get a good view of the canyon before you have to turn around.
VERLOT PUBLIC SERVICE CENTER Stop in the ranger station, which is 11 miles east of Granite Falls, for information on road and trail conditions. You can also pick up maps and a Northwest Forest Pass, which is necessary for parking at some trailheads. The center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday; 360-691-7791.
BOARDMAN LAKE This is a very short – 0.8 mile one way – hike to a lovely mountain lake. It’s great for kids or for anyone who wants a quick, easy trip. To get there, turn onto Forest Road 402 about 4.5 miles past the Verlot Public Service Center. Bear left at a signed junction. The trailhead is about 5 miles from the Mountain Loop. The road is rough, but passenger cars can make it with careful driving.
MONTE CRISTO The trailhead to this old mining town is at Barlow Pass, where the pavement ends, about 30 miles from Granite Falls. The hike is 8 miles roundtrip with about 700 feet of elevation gain. The trail had been closed until June to allow for cleanup of the old mining operations. The site includes a ghost town, which kids and adults will enjoy. Respect the area, and don’t pick up any artifacts. For those who want more challenge, there are a number of more difficult hikes that continue from the ghost town.
GOAT LAKE The hike to Goat Lake in the fall is a joy. The trail is likely to sport a wide range of brightly colored mushrooms. The trail splits not far from the trailhead. Take the upper (left) path to the lake for a gentler climb. The trail will eventually rejoin and then begin a final climb to the lake. On the way down, take the lower path for excellent mushroom viewing and some nice scenery along the river. The trail is 10.4 miles roundtrip, with 1,400 feet of gain. The turnoff to the trailhead is signed and is about 3.5 miles past Barlow Pass.
NORTH FORK FALLS Just past Bedal Campground, turn right onto Forest Road 49. Drive for about a mile to a small parking area on the right-hand side of the road. A 0.2-mile path leads down to an excellent view of a large waterfall on the North Fork Sauk River. The trail has a washout at the end. Keep kids close and be careful while you enjoy the view.
LEFT: Picturesque Goat Lake. FAR RIGHT TOP: Fall color along the Mountain Loop Highway. FAR RIGHT BOTTOM: A foggy morning up at the Big Four Ice Caves.
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HAROLD ENGLES CEDAR GROVE This short but awe-inspiring walk is also off Forest Road 49. From the North Fork Falls, continue along the road for a few more miles. Watch for a green sign on the right-hand side of the road. The sign tells the story of Harold Engles, a Darrington District forest ranger for many years. In the 1930s, the Sauk River watershed was being logged. Engles recognized the need to save some of the huge western red cedars that grew in the area. He was able to save an area about 200 yards wide and a mile long. The trail winds past some of these huge trees. Looking at these giants, it’s easy to feel a sense of reverence.
BEAVER LAKE This is an excellent hike for all ages. It’s on an old railbed, is mostly flat and runs along the Sauk River. There is a small section that is partially washed out, but it’s easily crossed with a little care. Attractive wooden bridges span a beaver pond near the end of the trail. Come early or late for the best chance to see the beavers or other wildlife. Look for the trailhead on the left side of the road, it’s just before the Sauk River.
If you go... The Mountain Loop Highway
is remote and partially unpaved. It is suitable for passenger cars, but watch for potholes. Get fuel before you start and remember that you won’t have cell service for most of the way. The road closes in the winter once the snow gets deep enough. Call the Verlot Ranger Station, 360-691-7791, or the Darrington Ranger Station, 360-436-1155, to ask about road or trail conditions or check http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mbs/ alerts-notices for road and trail conditions. A Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking at most trailheads. The Green Trails map for the Mountain Loop Highway will help you navigate both the road and trails. PHOTO BY DANIELL A BECCARIA
The Harold Engles Memorial Cedars The old growth cedars boast 14-foot-diameter trunks on a winding trail among giants off the Mountain Loop Highway. 22 | FALL 2016 | WASHINGTON NORTH COAST MAGAZINE
PHOTO BY DANIELL A BECCARIA
Mushrooms can be found throughout the woods off of the Mountain Loop Highway. Hazel Loerch investigates some along the Boardman Lake Trail.
PHOTO BY JESSI LOERCH
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Carly Hayden’s classes add a new dimension to a traditional exercise EVERETT
— Carly Hayden believes deeply in the traditional benefits of yoga: strength, flexibility, focus and self-acceptance. Yet she’s as likely to be teaching yoga somewhere completely untraditional —in a distillery, on a paddleboard while floating on Puget Sound—as she is in a classic yoga studio. Hayden, 33, of Everett, has been teaching yoga for three years. She first tried yoga when she was 15. She taught her first class when she was 17: a final exam for an aerobics class she took in high school. When she was 22, she formally trained to be a yoga teacher. But then yoga slipped away. She practiced on her own, but her professional life revolved around running a remodeling business with her husband. It was good work, but it wasn’t her dream. So, after her second daughter was born, she returned to her yoga with full dedication. She choose to study at 8 Limbs Yoga Centers and is Yoga Alliance certified, the most rigorous training she could find. She deliberately chose the hard option. “I wanted to feel that my credentials really helped me to serve my students,” she said. The 9-month training included yoga practice, of course, as well as meditation and work on personal growth. When she was done, she added on certifications to teach pre-natal and post-natal yoga and stand-up paddleboard yoga. Now she is contracted to teach with 14 companies.
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On the paddleboard, you can not space out. You have to stay 100 percent focused the entire time. And you have a physical reinforcement; if you let your mind wander, you wobble.
Carly Hayden (left) teaches a YogaMosa class at Bluewater Organic Distilling in Everett.
— C A R LY H AY D E N
One of those is Bluewater Organic Distilling on the Everett waterfront. On alternating Saturdays, she teaches YogaMosa at the distillery. Students come to the distillery, take a yoga class with Hayden, and then hang around afterward to enjoy a craft cocktail from Bluewater. “I’ve had some people tell me it’s not real yoga,” Hayden said. She disagrees. In fact, she feels YogaMosa actually amplifies some of the benefits of a traditional yoga class. Usually when she teaches, her students finish and then drive away, diving straight into their daily lives and stresses. At YogaMosa, students finish the class. Then,
as they enjoy the relaxed and focused feeling that comes with finishing a workout, they linger in that space and spend time with people who are in the same mindset.
delightful yoga session.”
“People are usually on the same page,” Hayden said. “It’s a nonthreatening environment. There’s no need to be perfect. They can be themselves, and they’ve already admitted they like a cocktail.”
“Carly makes you work for it. She makes you earn that cocktail,” Todd said.
Melody Todd of Lake Stevens first took the YogaMosa class on a bit of whim. She’d heard about it from a local blogger and decided to give it a try. “We just had the best time. I was on a high afterward,” Todd said. “The cocktail was added fun, just like a glitter bomb, if you will, after a
That said, while the classes are fun, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re easy.
Like her YogaMosa, yoga on a stand-up paddleboard has unexpected benefits, Hayden says. She was hooked the first time she tried it. She loved that it helped her to really focus on her practice. “On the paddleboard, you can not space out. You have to stay 100 percent focused the entire time. And you have a physical reinforce ment; if you let your mind wander, you wobble.”
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We just had the best time. I was on a high afterward,” Todd said. “The cocktail was added fun, just like a glitter bomb, if you will, after a delightful yoga session. —MELODY TODD
Additionally, being on the water is calming. The emotional benefits of being on water meld perfectly with the perks of yoga. And, at the end of each class, students get to relax on their boards, letting the water gently rock away any hints of lingering stress. During the warmer months, Hayden teaches yoga on Silver Lake and at Edgewater Beach in Mukilteo. All year she teaches at Forest Park and at the aquatic center in Snohomish. The class in Puget Sound has a perk for Hayden. To teach, she has to set down anchors so her students don’t float away. At Silver Lake, she uses traditional anchors with a rope between them. But when she teaches on saltwater, she uses crab pots. Before class, she paddles out with two pots, one on the front and back of her board. She drops the pots and strings a line between them. After class, she hauls up the pots and paddles them back to shore. Sometimes smaller crabs escape and scuttle around
her toes as she paddles. She says she usually gets at least one that’s a keeper for dinner. Yoga and crabbing. It’s a bit untraditional, but like Hayden’s other unusual yoga practices, makes perfect sense.
Try it yourself Hayden teaches around the county, including YogaMosa and paddleboard yoga. Paddleboard yoga is offered yearround at Forest Park Swim Center and the Snohomish Aquatice Center. She also offers personal classes, workshops and yoga retreats, both local and international. To find out more about her classes, go to her website at www.catalystyoganw.com.
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TOP: After a YogaMosa class at Bluewater Organic Distilling, drinks are made for the participants. BOTTOM: Carrie Blair (left) visits with Shannon McCarty following a YogaMosa class
It’s a nonthreatening environment. There’s no need to be perfect. They can be themselves, and they’ve already admitted they like a cocktail. — C A R LY H AY D E N
Why try yoga? Yoga has many benefits for anyone, Hayden says. Yoga helps people have what Hayden describes as a sustainability of movement. In other words, most people don’t regularly move their bodies in all the ways they can. Instead, they sit at a desk or in a car, repeating the same few patterns of movement again and again. Over time, other ways of moving become difficult and the body resists moving in different ways. That can lead to pain, stiffness and injuries. Yoga can help break that cycle, meaning a healthier and more agile body. People who practice yoga develop an ease in their own body. She said she has 76-year-olds in her classes who have been practicing yoga for years and easily keep up with the 20-year-olds. The most important thing though, Hayden says, is that yoga should encourage respecting and accepting your body. The whole goal is to feel good in your body, she said, not to look a certain way. Yoga is also excellent cross-training for other types of exercise, especially any activity that requires balance. It’s useful for bikers, hikers, runners, cross-fitters and pretty much any athlete. Yoga instructor Carly Hayden teaches a variety of classes including YogaMosa, a class taught at Everett’s Bluewater Organic Distilling on select Saturdays, as well as stand up paddleboard yoga.
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BY GALE FIEGE
Fall is Bob Ricci’s favorite time of year. His farm, best known as Bob’s Corn, is located near the Snohomish River in a picturesque little valley between highways 9 and 522. “It’s beautiful here,” he said. “And we have a lot of fun with our loyal customers. If you don’t like people, better find another business.”
They run a country store where they sell honey from their own hives, Amish-made jams and pickles, and fresh apple cider from Cedardale Orchards in Conway. In addition, you can buy fresh apple cider doughnuts and pumpkin doughnuts, roasted corn, roasted sweet acorn squash and savory spaghetti squash, roasted apples with ice cream, kettle corn, curly fries, pulled pork sandwiches and corn dogs.
Ricci’s been selling sweet corn for two months already, having staggered the planting of each field in order to have fresh corn through Halloween.
Whew. No wonder Ricci calls it a destination farm. It would take awhile to eat all that food, find your way through the corn maze and pick out pumpkins to take home.
The Ricci family also offers a corn maze, a hay slide inside their barn and 60 varieties of pumpkins and other squash grown on 40 acres.
It’s been a good growing year, Ricci said. Steady summer heat and good occasional rains have provided nice crops.
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Most of Snohomish County’s pumpkin farms and corn mazes are on former dairy farms, including Ricci’s. “This year, we reopened the cattle tunnel under the road so now there is a safe trail to get down to the corn maze,” he said. “My daughters are fifth generation on this farm, which has been in our family for 128 years.” All of the Ricci daughters work on the farm: Kylie, a college student; Abigail, a Glacier Peak High freshman; Ellie, 13; Lucy Jo, 9; and Jorja, 7. “They’re all daddy’s girls. They all claim to be Bob Jr. and they argue about who is most like Dad,” Ricci said. “But we really would not be able to run this farm without their mother, Sarah. I would be lost without her. I’m glad fall is her favorite season, too.”
BOB’S CORN AND PUMPKIN FARM 10917 Elliott Road, Snohomish; 360-668-2506; www.bobscorn.com. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. BAILEY VEGETABLES 12711 Springhetti Road, Snohomish; 360-568-8826; www.baileyveg.com. Play barn, wagon rides, kettle corn, hot cider, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends in October.
LEFT: Jenna Leenknecht gives up on lifting a prize-winning pumpkin with her brotherin-law Joe Poteras. TOP: Bob Ricci of Bob’s Corn in Snohomish shows members of the Lucky Beef-N-Us 4-H Club a row in his corn maze.
The following are some of the corn and pumpkin farms in Snohomish County and beyond. Most are open through October. Before you go, it’s a good idea to check the farm’s website or Facebook page to ensure they’re open and what they have going on.
BIRINGER’S BLACK CROW PUMPKINS AND CORN MAZE 2431 Highway 530 NE, Arlington; 360-435-5616. Noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 31. Maze, kiddie slide, skeleton graveyard. CARLETON FARMS 630 Sunnyside Blvd. SE, Lake Stevens; 425-334-2297; www.carletonfarm.com. Farm and corn maze open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Haunted attractions 7 to 10 p.m. starting Oct. 3. Kids activities such as pumpkin cannon, bucket train and zip line, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. CRAVEN FARM 13817 Short School Road, Snohomish; 360-568-2601; www.cravenfarm.com. Pumpkin patch, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Hay rides, Alice-in-Pumpkinland corn maze, pumpkin slinger and more. FAIRBANK HANDS-ON PUMPKIN AND ANIMAL FARM 15308 52nd Ave. W., Edmonds; 425-743-3694; www.fairbankfarm.com. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31. Farm includes vegetable garden, Hidden Bear Trail, corn maze and hay tunnel, teepee. THE FARM AT SWAN’S TRAIL 7301 Rivershore Road, Snohomish; 425-334-4124; www.thefarm1.com. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Barn maze, Washington state corn maze, 9-hole putting course, wagon rides, hay jumps, duck races.
FOSTER’S PRODUCE AND CORN MAZE 5818 Highway 530 NE, Arlington; 360-435-6516; www.fosterscornmaze.com; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Corn maze, pumpkin patch, pumpkin sling shot and more. REMLINGER FARMS 32610 NE 32nd St., Carnation; 425-333-4135; www.remlingerfarms.com. Hours for pumpkin patch and Fall Harvest Festival: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31. SCHUH FARMS 15565 Highway 536 in Mount Vernon; 360-629-6455. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Pumpkin patch, Halloween celebrations, corn maze; call for details. STOCKER FARMS 360-568-7391; www.stockerfarms.com. Pumpkin patch and country market, 10622 Airport Way, Snohomish. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Pumpkin park with corn maze, pumpkin patch, farm animals and haunted attractions, across the road at 8705 Marsh Road. STROTZ’S COUNTRY FEED 21713 27th Ave. NE, Arlington; 360-652-6064; www.strotzscountryfeed.com. U-pick pumpkins, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31. THOMAS FAMILY FARM 9010 Marsh Road, Snohomish; 360-568-6945; www.thomasfamilyfarm.com. Hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays, 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31. Pumpkin patches, apple cannon, hay rides (Saturdays and Sundays only), corn maze, haunted house, Zombie Safari Paintball Hayride for ages 12 and older.
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apples Fall Comfort Food
A delicious treat, and a connection to our past
S TO R Y A N D P H OTO S BY R O S E M c AV OY
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — I can no longer
count the number of hours I have spent inching west on U.S. 2 after a weekend in the mountains. The all-too-familiar traffic jam is exactly where I found myself after a weekend away in August. Every few miles, I noted familiar landmarks and then returned to my daydreaming. Suddenly something I had never noticed before caught my eye and I found myself wondering all about our state’s official fruit. Somewhere between Gold Bar and Sultan, I realized I was looking at tree after tree full of apples. Some of the trees were in yards, others on the edges of fields or near the side roads outside sagging fences. All were strikingly swollen with fruit. They weren’t tiny crab apples either. From my vantage point in the car I could see some apples were as big as softballs. At first the trees were scattered. As we continued I realized that the area — now divided into small residential and larger commercial properties — must have once been a single sprawling orchard. Usually, when I think about Washington apple orchards, my mind goes to the large-scale growers east of the mountains. Of course, apples grow in abundance across our fertile state. Every fall, just before the air turns from balmy to crisp, signs in the markets announce the arrival of the new crop. When these now overgrown trees along U.S. 2 were planted the fruit was intended to be crunched, bite after sweet bite, or better yet to be peeled, chopped and cooked into comforting recipes. I wondered if anyone would be harvesting the nearly ripe apples or if the fruit was merely part of an unstoppable cycle of ripening and rotting. I hoped for the former but based on the neglected state of the ground below I guessed that only bugs feast upon many of the apples. A few years ago, my aunt and uncle invited me to help myself to the apples growing in their front yard. Their trees produce excellent all-purpose Jonagold apples, which
means they are a great choice for cooking as well as munching raw. It turns out that picking apples for home use is a joyful undertaking. Their apples are especially wonderful to harvest because the job comes with a stellar view of Puget Sound. I was delighted to find it only takes a few minutes to fill a few shopping bags or a large laundry basket. In my own kitchen, I mix a crate of Granny Smith (naturally high in pectin) and one or two other varieties with the just picked Jonagolds then get to work canning applesauce, jam, jelly and chutney. When I get tired of standing over a hot stove, I look for new recipes that incorporate apples into our everyday eating. Both the apple pico de gallo and cast-iron pork chops recipes here originated as playful experiments with apples. Of course, those apple trees I was musing on may not be forgotten remnants of the past after all. It is possible they continue to feed people just as they have done for 50, 70, even 100 years. Eager home cooks like myself could very well be counting the days until the fruit reaches its peak of ripeness. What if, at the very moment I was eulogizing the loss of trees still standing, someone was sorting through canning jars in preparation for this year’s spiced apple jelly and quarts of applesauce before checking their supply of flour and lard in anticipation of holiday pies? I do my best to be mindful of the journey food takes to arrive on my table. Whenever possible I buy food directly from farms at farmers’ markets and, when possible, visit the farms themselves. Even with this attitude of mindfulness I forget how recently the area now occupied by the rapidly sprawling suburbs of Snohomish County was farmland. The farms may be disappearing, but if you keep your eyes open you will discover reminders of the fertile land all around us.
Cast-iron pork chops topped with apple pico de gallo.
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Rose McAvoy lives in Lynnwood and writes about healthy eating at www.heraldnet.com/ lightforlife and www.halfhersize.com.
CAST-IRON PORK CHOPS
Tender buttery pork chops cook up quickly and easily on the stovetop, making them a perfect weeknight comfort food. 4 boneless pork chops, 1 inch thick 1 teaspoon smoked paprika ¾ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper 1 tablespoon cooking oil with a high smoke point such as grapeseed oil 1 tablespoon butter, unsalted In a small bowl, blend the smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Sprinkle mixture over both sides of the pork chops. Let the seasoned pork chops rest for 15-30 minutes. When the chops have rested, heat the oil in a large cast iron or heavy bottomed skillet to medium-high heat. Use tongs to place the chops in the pan. Cook the chops until a golden seared crust has formed: 3 minutes per side for medium, 5 minutes for well done. Cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the pork chops. Place a quarter of the butter on each pork chop, turn off the heat, and cover the pan loosely with a tent of aluminum foil (do not cover with a lid). After five minutes remove the pan from the heat and let the meat rest under the foil tent for at least 10 additional minutes before slicing or serving. Prep: 30 minutes; cook: 15 minutes. Yield: 4 servings
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Approximate nutrition per serving: 178 calories, 10g fat, 687mg sodium, 0g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 21g protein APPLE PICO DE GALLO
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Play tourist in
Arlington STORY BY GALE FIEGE
PHOTOS BY IAN TERRY
ABOVE: Justin and Ally Sites walk on the Centennial Trail past Debbi Rhodes’ “Rooted Embrace” sculpture with their daughter Saphira in Arlington.
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For people who have done little exploration of American small towns, Arlington is an example of a living and breathing community in action. —BARBARA TOLBERT
The little town is beautiful. Here’s how to spend a day exploring.
— River and mountain views, historic buildings, farm tours, public art, fun shops, good restaurants. It has all that and more, but what makes Arlington an especially nice place to visit is the spirit of volunteerism one can sense all over town. In fact, the local attitudes here and up the river to Darrington have earned the North Fork Stillaguamish River Valley a finalist spot in the America’s Best Communities contest, which focuses on the idea that the U.S. economy can’t survive without rural America. Arlington/Darrington is one of eight communities (out of the original 350 nationwide) vying for the $3 million top prize, which will be announced in April. Tualatin, Oregon; Lake Havasu, Arizona; and Valley County, Idaho, are the other finalist communities in the West. Farther east are Chisago Lakes, Minnesota; Madison, Indiana; Statesboro, Georgia; and Huntington, West Virginia. It’s not a beauty contest, said Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert. “Instead it captures the heart and soul of rural places across the country,” Tolbert said. “We can’t compete with large urban centers, so we count on our people, our community volunteers, to improve our city, to raise money for worthy causes, to work in our parks and to make our neighborhoods worth visiting.” But it could be a beauty contest. The all-volunteer Arlington Arts Council has made sure this community has sculptures, paintings, artistic welcome signs and banners, along with Harry Engstrom’s historical murals. Since the city’s centennial in 2003, the arts council has raised money to help fund the purchase of dozens of art pieces. Many of the city’s outdoor sculptures are along the Centennial Trail, which wends its way through downtown and over the Stillaguamish River. Pick up an art walk guide at the visitor information office in Legion Park along Olympic Avenue near City Hall, and then head out on the trail. Don’t miss the “Waterline” granite sculpture by Verena Schwippert, Lance Carleton’s “Flat Tire” bicycle sculpture, the “Rooted Embrace” steel tree sculpture by Debbi Rhodes, the metal piece “Raven Catches the Sun” by James Madison and “Fishing the Stillaguamish,” an osprey by Dan Brown that sits on top of the Centennial Trail bridge over the Stillaguamish River at Haller Park.
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TOP: New and old signs mix together on downtown Arlington’s main drag, North Olympic Avenue. TOP RIGHT: A family fishes at the convergence of the north fork and south forks of the Stillaguamish River near Twin Rivers Park in Arlington.
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Downtown Arlington If you can, stop by during a festive time. The city does it up big, especially for Halloween, Christmas and Frontier Days, also known as July 4. While downtown, be sure to check out: Arlington Hardware, now nearly 113 years old, is a community hangout. The 22,000-square-foot store, which sells “everything,” takes up half of a city block at 215 N. Olympic Ave. and still retains its old, oiled fir floors. It has the feel of a curiosity shop, with its displays of old tools, old local sports photos and animal trophy heads. The city’s 1950s-era bomb shelter is in the basement. Arlington Fire Station 46 is home to a steel beam from the World Trade Center, which has been incorporated into a memorial that pays tribute to firefighters whose lives were lost Sept. 11, 2001. The memorial is in a covered alcove between the station’s bay doors at 137 N. Macleod. Rocket Alley Bar and Grill, 420 N. Olympic Ave., is a great place for lunch and bowling. It’s small, with only six lanes, but the place takes you back to the Northwest’s heyday of bowling. Also on Olympic Avenue you can find a number of nice shops and other restaurants, including Bistro San Martin, perhaps Arlington’s best fine dining establishment, and the venerable Blue Bird Cafe, in business for nearly 60 years and the best place to get a grilled-cheese sandwich.
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BELOW: Lance Carleton’s “Flat Tire” bicycle sculpture is along the Centennial Trail in Arlington. BOTTOM: Sitting in the shade provided by the wing of his 1947 8E Luscombe airplane, Mel Evers, of Cottage Grove, Oregon, enjoys the opening day of the Arlington Fly-In.
Parks City officials count on volunteers to help maintain and improve Arlington’s many parks. Several worth noting are: Haller Park: 1100 West Ave., at the confluence of the north and south forks of the Stillaguamish River, features a new playground, a refurbished boat launch and a link to the Eagle Trail that leads west to the city’s wetlands park, a good place to watch for birds and other wildlife. Twin Rivers Park: Just off Highway 530 at the Lincoln Bridge on the east side of the confluence, features athletic fields, fishing access and a disc-golf course. From there one can look across the South Fork to Country Charm Park, a huge former dairy farm field along the river. Legion Park: Adjacent to City Hall on Olympic Avenue, the park is home to most festivities as well as the Saturday summer Farmers Market.
You won’t be disappointed. —BARBARA TOLBERT
Southwest of the downtown area, visit:
North of the city, check out:
Arlington Municipal Airport: 18204 59th Drive NE, home of the nationally renowned and volunteer-supported Arlington Fly-In held each July, and home to businesses that offer airplane, ultralight and glider pilot training.
The Stillaguamish Tribe’s Angel of the Winds Casino, which boasts artwork, food and music.
Skookum Brewery: 17925 59th Ave. NE, features a nice tasting room.
The Pilchuck Tree Farm has trails for mountain biking or horse riding.
Nutty’s Junkyard Grill: 6717 204th St., is a fun eatery in a former garage. Along with great burgers, feast your eyes on the displays of license plates, the back end of a rusty-looking old truck, gas pumps, oil pumps, a parking meter and an old battery charger. Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museum: 20722 67th Ave. NE, is open for limited hours Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Even if the volunteer-run history museum is closed, stop by to see the large hand-carved cedar relief map of the Stillaguamish River watershed as it was in 1910. Holding up the roof beams of the shelter over the map are cedar story poles that tell the salmon story of the Stillaguamish people.
The world-renowned Pilchuck Glass School, which launched Dale Chihuly’s career, has an annual summer open house.
Other Arlington must-sees: You can also take in a concert or play at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center at Arlington High School or play a round of golf at Gleneagle Golf Course. A number of farms are just outside of town. You can tour the farms (think pumpkins and corn mazes right now) on the Red Rooster Route, including Foster’s Produce & Corn Maze, Biringer Farm, Garden Treasures, Ninety Farms (lambs), Bryant Blueberry Farm, Chuck’s Nursery, Red Ranch Berry Farm, Mystic Mountain Nursery and Rhodes River Ranch and its restaurant. Not officially part of the tour, but equally interesting are the Fruitful Farm and the Outback Kangaroo Farm on Highway 530 and the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians’ Banksaver Nursery with its stock of native plants, near Bryant. WASHINGTON NORTH COAST MAGAZINE | FALL 2016 | 37
Giniology The science and art behind making your own gin
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Make your own luxury gin recipe with the careful instruction of an expert
— Kim Karrick’s fascination with gin started as a love story. Bryan Karrick, in an effort to catch her interest, handed her a gin and tonic on a hot day. It worked. Kim liked the drink and she liked Bryan. He is now her husband and together they own Scratch Distillery in Edmonds, where Kim is the head distiller. Bryan cheekily describes Kim and the Scratch story like this: “A creative gin nerd with an amazing sense of smell and taste opens a distillery. The end.” But it’s not really the end, it’s more like the beginning. Kim, Scratch’s head distiller, now passes on her love of gin by teaching others how to make their very own recipe in her Giniology class, one of Scratch’s most interesting and unusual offerings. Over the course of an evening — with breaks for sampling cocktails, of course — Bryan and Kim walk aspiring gin makers through the history of gin and show them how gin is made — starting with the vodka that’s used as the base. (Kim distills her own vodka, rather than purchasing it, and uses that to make her gins. Hence the name of the distillery: Everything is made from scratch.) After a history lesson from Bryan and the tour of the distillery, Kim explains the flavor profiles of different types of gin, sometimes passing around ingredients to help her explanations. She then sets the would-be gin makers free to taste. She has 30 gin distillates available to try – tiny straws make it easy to get a drip to sample. Students then create their own recipe, based upon what they liked. Kim helps perfect recipes and suggests tweaks if necessary. The recipe can be re-ordered or even tweaked later to further refine it. STORY BY JESSI LOERCH
PHOTOS BY KEVIN CLARK
Kim has an exceptional sense of smell and taste, a skill that comes in useful at Scratch. She had worked in the wine business in the past, and had always been interested in starting her own business.
ABOVE: Bryan Karrick talks about gin at Scratch Distillery in Edmonds. LEFT: Kim Karrick explains the distilling progress during the Giniology class at the distillery.
GINIOLOGY CLASSES Classes are offered a few times during the week. Check the website for details. The class is $150 per person, which includes cocktails and a bottle of your custom-made gin, which can be re-ordered for $50 a bottle. You can also tweak your recipe when you re-order, if you’d like to further refine the flavors. Scratch is located at 190 Sunset Ave. S, Suite A, Edmonds; scratchdistillery.com.
A class on gin-making in London sparked her imagination and creativity. She came home from that class inspired. She went to Total Wine and grabbed a variety of gins to taste and analyze. She did more research, and took a weeklong course from the American Distilling Institute, along with other classes. Then she got really nerdy and turned her formal dining room into her own little distillery. She wanted to try flavors that could be used in gin, but it’s illegal to distill alcohol at home, so she did it the nerdy and legal way. She bought post-market vodka and a tiny, one-liter botanical perfumery still. She experimented with extracting flavors from anything she could imagine using for gin. She did each flavor individually and kept working on it for four or five months, sometimes doing as many C ONTINUED ON PAGE 4 0
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as three flavors per day. By the time she was done, her dining room was covered by small jars of flavored spirits. “I like that distilling is a science and an art, too,” she said. She kept careful notes on what she liked and didn’t like, and then she started experimenting. She created her own gins and flavored vodkas. Her work at home was the basis of the recipes for the spirits at Scratch Distillery, which opened in the summer of 2015. All of the different spirits used to craft the gin are distilled by Kim. She diverges from the original method of creating gin, which involved dumping all the ingredients together in a still. That meant only hardy ingredients, such as dried juniper berries or dried roots, could be used. More delicate ingredients, such as fresh citrus, wouldn’t hold up to the abuse of prolonged soaking in hot alcohol. Kim uses a basket to hold her ingredients. The vapors from the alcohol permeate the ingredients, picking up the flavors as they go. This allows her to use delicate ingredients, including fresh citrus and flowers, that can
Kim Karrick looks on as Richard Marks designs his custom gin during the the class.
withstand vapors but not immersion in the alcohol. Kim says the basket method allows her to create more nuance in her gin. For example, she uses lemon geranium and rosemary in some of her spirits (some of her ingredients are even grown right outside her front door, the definition of fresh). She couldn’t do that with the immersion method. “You can’t soak very many florals and not have them come across weird,” she said. That method gives her — and her students — a wide range of ingredients to play with. And Kim puts those ingredients to good use. Kim’s desire to craft spirits wasn’t satisfiedwith
gin. She also distills several varieties of vodka and is working on a whiskey and a barrelfinished gin. She has several more ideas distilling, so to speak, in her brain. Kris Muhlstein of Bothell took Giniology earlier this year. He wasn’t much of a gin drinker before; Scotch was more his style. “I was really interested in how they were approaching distilling and the business,” he said. He said the class was informative and very fun. “I was actually amazed there were so many different ingredients you could put into gin,” he said. “They converted me … I certainly have a greater level of appreciation for gin now.”
I tried out Giniology over the summer with a friend. Tasting all the ingredients was the best part of the night. It was fascinating. My friend Alyson and I gleefully tried little drops of nearly everything. In the end, we created quite different gins. Mine was heavy on the citrus, while hers made use of spicier ingredients and more florals. My gin is Recipe No. 109 for Scratch. I’ve been savoring it. And perhaps hoarding it. Just a little. Not long after the Giniology class, I threw a big party for a friend who had just finished a master’s program. I hid my own precious gin, and left out our standard, store-bought gin. I wasn’t going to share my creation with people who were too busy socializing to appreciate what they were drinking. Since then, though, I’ve shared it with many friends, while making sure they took the time to appreciate it. It’s been universally well-received. I’d like to say that’s because of my good taste. But the credit clearly goes to Kim Karrick and her careful distilling and instruction. I’m nearing the bottom of my first bottle of Recipe No. 109. I’m looking forward to re-ordering another bottle, with a few changes. I think this time I may add some grains of paradise — an ingredient that added a pleasingly spicy note. It will go down nicely as the season starts to turn cooler. —J E S S I L O E R C H
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Meaningful murals STORY BY MEGAN BROWN PHOTOS BY DAN BATES
Artist uses his skills to add the perfect personal touch to homes or businesses
EDMONDS — Jennifer and Donald Kaump’s historic north Seattle house seemed to have it all.
Charming, spacious and well-maintained, the 1914 home they bought last year was surrounded by a pristine garden and landscaping. It even had a peek-a-boo view of the water. “This house captures every decade,” Jennifer said of its overlapping styles. “We love that about it.” But the couple felt something was missing: their own history. To give their home that personal touch, they decided to have a mural painted. Researching local artists for the job, they came across Edmondsbased artist Andy Eccleshall. His work with murals and on canvas demonstrated a grasp of a wide range of forms and scenes. They contacted Eccleshall and started brainstorming together, as a team.
Artist Andy Eccleshall paints one-of-akind murals, including this one extending all the way around the large formal dining room in the home of Jennifer and Donald Kaump.
In the beginning, the couple were worlds apart in their ideas. “I wanted it to be something Pacific Northwest, but my husband wanted a jungle,” Jennifer said. Though the scenes seemed irreconcilable, Eccleshall drew up designs and matched colors, and soon pitched them a draft that they loved. After he got to work, the paint was drying within a week. Today their dining room is enveloped by jade-green trees, illuminated by an amber sunset. Clouds hang from the ceiling. Wild branches flow throughout the room, gently curving around an antique fireplace and French doors. “We get lots of compliments,” Jennifer said. “People love to be in here. It’s so warm and cozy. It feels magical.” The Kaumps were added to a long list of Eccleshall’s satisfied clients throughout the country.
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TOP: Viewed from an adjoining room, the dining room appears warm and inviting inside its wrap-around mural. RIGHT: Jennifer Kaump and her husband, Donald Kaump, contracted with artist Andy Eccleshall to paint a full-room mural in the dining room of their north Seattle home.
Businesses are increasingly interested in giving their venues a personal touch. “In the past, it was a split between 90 percent residential, 10 percent commercial. This year, it’s more like 60 percent residential, 40 percent commercial.” Nearby commercial murals include one at Bothell’s McMenamins, the lobby of Edmonds Theater and several other buildings downtown. The City of Shoreline commissioned a mural of Echo Lake on Ballinger Way in 2013. Eccleshall’s diverse portfolio showcases his willingness to honor that every homeowner and business is unique. “What I do is make sure that the mural has meaning to them,” he said. Some prefer local landscapes, like a majestic portrait of Mount Rainier or a ferry gliding across Puget Sound. But his repertoire also includes city skylines, foreign landscapes, lush gardens, underwater sea turtles and windows to other worlds.
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“This is the client’s home, so it’s what they like to see,” Eccleshall said. The possibilities go on as far as your imagination can reach. And if you don’t have one, he’s got plenty to tap into. “It can start with a time, or place, or even an idea,” he said. One of Eccleshall’s favorite painting styles is “trompe I’oeil.” The French term translates to “fool the eye.” These murals are meant to be so lifelike that they can be mistaken for an extension of the home. Examples include wine cellars, a cozy fireplace or a window overlooking a garden. ”It gives you that real sense of illusion, that there’s actually something there,” Eccleshall said.
Every mural has its own challenges and its own requirements, but you always want it to feel like it’s part of the setting. —ANDY ECCLESHALL
The biggest compliment is if somebody walks by and doesn’t notice that it isn’t real, he said. It’s a challenge, but a fun one. “It’s always a constant series of adjustments,” Eccleshall said. “All of it is. I say painting is a lot like sculpture. You start off with an enormous blob, and you chip away at it.” That description doesn’t give justice to Eccleshall’s finished results: elegant, colorful and rich in texture. Eccleshall, 48, is originally from England. He moved to Seattle in 2000 with his wife, Ingrid, an occupational therapist. Her craft comes in handy after long days painting ceilings. “That’s hard on the neck,” Eccleshall said. The couple live in Edmonds with their 16-year-old son, Jack, who will be helping him complete a few larger projects this summer. “Although, I think he’d rather be playing X-Box,” Eccleshall said. When he was around that same age, Eccleshall was settling into his professional painting career. Aside from a short-lived gig as a bus driver, he’s always been an artist. “It’s all I’ve ever done,” he said. He attended art school in England, majoring in illustration. “The year after I graduated was the year that they brought in all of the computers. The day I graduated, I was obsolete,” Eccleshall said. But he traces his skill and patience as an artist back to his training. “I had an illustration teacher who always wore black and carried a stick. You’d be drawing away, you’re feeling pretty proud of yourself … and whack! She’d hit you right in the back of the head. Your charcoal would go flying.” That wealth of concentrated practice explains his steady hand. Eccleshall never traces out any designs before getting to work on a mural. “I just want to dive straight in,” he said.
A service cart stands near a corner of the dining room, and its one-of-a-kind mural.
And he’s not afraid to dive in anywhere. “I work in 1950s ramblers, and I work in construction places,” he said. “Every mural has its own challenges and its own requirements, but you always want it to feel like it’s part of the setting.” A mural can add warmth and character to any home, at every price point. “Prices are based on time. I figure out how long it’s going to take and I set a price based on that. If it takes me longer, that’s my problem,” he said. “Designs are approved before I start, and everyone just relaxes. I just turn up.” Depending on the size, he can complete a mural in a few days. A typical work day is
10 hours. It sounds grueling, however, it’s anything but. “It certainly doesn’t feel like that. It flies by,” Eccleshall said. “It’s like therapy.” Eccleshall also does paintings and commissioned portraits. His work is featured in magazines, galleries and on studio tours. He conducts painting workshops at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds.
MORE ON ECCLESHALL Eccleshall’s mural gallery and fine art can be viewed at www.themuralworks.com or on Facebook at The Mural Works, Inc.
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REMARKABLE AND REMEMBERED
Peggy Strong STORY BY GALE FIEGE
EDMONDS — Artist Peggy Strong was not quite 21 when she was paralyzed in a car accident. The story is made sadder, perhaps, by the fact that this strong-willed, hard-working and talented Tacoma woman only lived to age 44. David Martin, the curator of Cascadia Art Museum, makes sure that Strong is remembered in an exhibition displayed through Jan. 8 at the Edmonds museum. After graduating from the University of Washington, Strong and her boyfriend headed for New York, where she planned to take a ship to Europe and continue her art education in Paris. A tire blew on a Wyoming highway and the car crashed. Her boyfriend was mostly unharmed but Strong’s spine was severed. Surgery saved her life, but she was paralyzed from the waist down. While recuperating in the hospital, she carved sculptures from bars of Ivory soap. Back in Washington, Strong kept making art and won national acclaim through publication of her paintings in the national Junior League Magazine.
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LEFT: Peggy Strong poses with a panel of her WPA mural painted in 1939 for the Wenatchee Post Office. The post office building is now home to the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center.
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Her work was exhibited at and purchased by the Seattle Art Museum. One of her paintings was exhibited in 1938 at the third annual National Exhibition of American Art at Rockefeller Center in New York City. During the Great Depression, Strong entered Federal Art Project competitions. An arm of President Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration, the project provided work for artists who made art for public places. Strong beat out other, better known competitors to install a large-scale mural at the Wenatchee post office. Her father built a lift to raise her wheelchair so she could complete the job. The mural led to other public art commissions and a solo show at the Seattle Art Museum. Strong later lived and worked happily for a time in New York and San Francisco, and traveled in Europe. But paintings completed in her final years before succumbing to kidney disease frequently conveyed a feeling of despair and hopelessness, said curator Martin. “A Spirit Unbound: The Art of Peggy Strong” is exhibited through Jan. 8.
TOP: Peggy Strong’s father built her a lift so the paralyzed artist could complete the top of the Wenatchee mural, “The Saga of Wenatchee.” LEFT: “The Sisters” was painted in 1938 and is among the many paintings displayed at Cascadia Art Museum. CENTER: “Prairie Fire” by Strong celebrated her lifelong love of horses. RIGHT: The untitled painting of a shackled woman was completed near the end of Strong’s life.
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IF YOU GO Cascadia Art Museum is located at 190 Sunset Ave., Edmonds. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. More information is at www. cascadiaartmuseum.org.
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A new trend takes the focus away from the bar scene and puts it firmly on the most interesting beers STORY BY AARON SWANEY
PHOTOS BY IAN TERRY
SNOHOMISH — Mara Arnold hails from the city that brought us that familiar-if-fictional place where everyone knows your name.
But when it came time for this Bostonian-turned-Snohomian and her husband, Josh, to open their own watering hole, they eschewed the Cheers-like aesthetic of an old-fashioned tavern for the new hot trend: a taproom/bottleshop hybrid. “The scene is changing from bar-centric to more bottleshops,” said Mara, who opened Josh’s Taps and Caps with her husband, Josh, in April. “Beer is such a scene in Washington. We knew this was going to be popular in this type of community. People love tasting different beers and the convenience of tasting beers from all over.” Inspired by Seattle taproom/bottleshops like Chuck’s 85th, Full Throttle Bottles and Bottleworks, these craft beer hybrids are usually minimal enterprises that have at least a dozen beers on tap and hundreds more in bottles to go.
Since Special Brews, a taproom/bottleshop, opened in Lynnwood in 2011, nine similar establishments have opened in Snohomish County. “Bars have been opening and closing up and down Hewitt and Colby (in downtown Everett) since the ’90s,” said Joe Kutz, who opened Brews Almighty, another taproom/bottleshop, in an industrial part of Grand Avenue in Everett in 2012. “It’s a tough game. They became old and stagnant, and lost their luster. “But that doesn’t mean I don’t have to be ahead of the curve. I always need to be evolving, trying new things.” The largest boost to this sector was the state law passed in 2011 that allowed growlers to be filled in off-premise, or retail, establishments. Spearheaded by Shane
TOP: Bartender Blake Fitzgerald pours a pint at Josh’s Taps and Caps in Snohomish. LEFT: Mara and Josh Arnold’s bottleshop in Snohomish offers 30 taps and a monthly brewer’s night.
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TOP: Patrons fill the bar at Josh’s Taps and Caps bottleshop in Snohomish.
McDaniel, owner of Norm’s Market in Lake Stevens, the law radically changed how bottleshops could sell beer. “We all have Shane to thank for this,” Kutz said.
Beer is such a scene in Washington. We knew this was going to be popular in this type of community. People love tasting different beers and the convenience of tasting beers from all over. —MARA ARNOLD
Unlike traditional bars and taverns, which revolve around pool tables and dart boards and late-night pub grub, taproom/bottleshops pride themselves first and foremost on having unique and interesting beer lists. They also often host local breweries to further highlight craft beer and shorten the distance between brewer and beer-lover. “I think taprooms and bottleshops are great for people who truly love beer,” said Jack Crawford, whose Brigid’s Bottleshop in Edmonds recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. “You can come in and explore different breweries you wouldn’t normally come in contact with. People can find rare bottles and take them home. It’s more of a one-stop shop.” These next-generation drinking establishments rarely have food made on premise. They instead invite customers to have food delivered from nearby restaurants or bring in food trucks to serve patrons. For Josh and Mara Arnold, it came down to the fact that they didn’t have a passion for food. “Josh loves beer and I have a passion for business, but we had no interest in getting into the food industry,” Mara Arnold said. “It’s so much work and so much money. There’s just a lot more complexity and overhead.”
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CRAFT BEER HAVENS
ALE SPIKE BOTTLES & TAPS 9300 271st NW, Suite B5 Stanwood, 360-386-7650 BREWS ALMIGHTY 3011 Grand Ave. Suite A Everett, 425-252-2739 brewsalmighty.com BRIGID’S BOTTLESHOP 190 Sunset Ave South Suite C, Edmonds 425-412-3199 brigidsbottleshop.com HARRY’S ON TYE 14286 169th Drive SE Monroe, 425-344-4825 facebook.com/harrysontye THE HOP AND HOUND 18116 101st Ave NE, Bothell 425-486-2337 thehopandhound.com THE INDEPENDENT BEER BAR 1801 Hewitt Ave., Everett 425-212-9517 theindependentbeerbar.com JOSH’S TAPS & CAPS 1800 Bickford Ave. Suite 210, Snohomish 360-217-7221 joshstapsandcaps.com ROUTE 2 TAPROOM AND GRAZING PLACE 19837 U.S. 2 Monroe, 360-863-2036 roadtriptaprooms.com SPECIAL BREWS 14608 Hwy 99, Suite 307 Lynnwood, 425-741-7049 special-brews.com
TOP: Bartender Peri-Lyn Johnson (left) chats with Ryan Gagnon and Dan Misich at Josh’s Taps and Caps in Snohomish. Gagnon and Misich custom built and installed all of the shelves, tables and the bar at the newly opened bottleshop.
Kutz saw the craft beer revolution coming nearly two decades ago while he worked as Snoa salesman for Crown Distributing, Sno homish County’s largest beer distributor. So when he saw a void in the Everett market for a taproom focused on craft beer, he pounced. Now he peruses new beer lists from nine ever-growdifferent distributors to battle an ever-grow ing list of craft beer establishments for the newest and most-hyped beers. He also works the taps nearly every minute Brews Almighty is open and does all of his own marketing. That kind of one-man operation isn’t unique in the taproom/bottleshop helpworld, and is something Kutz thinks is help ing push them ahead of traditional bars. Doug and Bonnie Roulstone came to the taproom/bottleshop concept from a different avenue. The Roulstones owned
Clearview Wine & Spirits, but after the state privatized liquor sales, they knew they had to take a different approach. In 2014, the couple teamed up with their son, Harrison, and transformed their liquor store into a taproom/bottleshop with 32 beers on tap and another 350 in bottles. They renamed it Harry’s on Tye and, given the fact that Harrison is a trained chef, opened a small restaurant as well. With a little more money available than most taproom/bottleshop owners, they didn’t stop there, recently opening a conjoined wine bar and continuing plans to build an upscale dining experience. “For us owning a small liquor business was not viable because of the added taxes,” Harrison said. “It was a natural move to craft beer and wine. The industry is exploding and we wanted to be a part of it.”
STOGIES ‘N HOPS 526 164th St. SW Lynnwood, 425-741-1000 stogiesnhops.com
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TOP LEFT: Laura Zeck, owner of Zinc Art + Object in Edmonds sits down for a moment in her shop’s art gallery. LEFT CENTER: A high-end sofa creates a centerpiece in a display area at Zinc Art + Object. BOTTOM LEFT: A cargo bike sits in front of the window. The bright color fits with the shop’s edgy style. CENTER: This backpack made with used bicycle tires offers a sturdy, messenger bag, with the bonus that it was made from recycled materials. TOP CENTER: Shoppers visiting Zinc Art + Object will find it has a wide selection of thoughtfully selected items with a lot of graphic appeal. CENTER RIGHT: Zeck test-wears a new necklace that had just arrived at the shop. ABOVE RIGHT: Two halves of a whale make an unusual book holder.
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FAR RIGHT: Laura Zeck is the brains behind the store.
PHOTOS BY DAN BATES
FRESH, EDGY and FUN Laura Zeck, owner of Zinc Art + Object (recently renamed from Zinc Object + Interior) has a deep love for art. She searches for the best pieces for her Edmonds business at 102 Third Ave. S, Suite B. The shop offers a mix of past and present, the cleverly designed and repurposed and the brightly imagined, crafted and illuminated. The space also includes a gallery, with a large selection of original artwork.
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Why I love it here:
ELIZABETH PERSON THE EVERETT SKETCHER
he more I draw, the more I notice. And, the more I notice, the more my artwork reveals. When I paint, I often stare at a scene for hours. This intense “noticing” has had predictable as well as unexpected results. I applaud when my lilac bush first blooms. I appreciate how each building is constructed, and which materials are used. Gutters, manholes and telephone wires gained prominence in my sketches shortly after I bought my first home and better understood the importance of drainage and utility systems. Now, I’m careful to connect every gutter to a downspout! I notice the sun setting over Olympic National Park early in the year, and beyond Hat Island in later months. I quickly use up the green shades in my palette. I notice unruly telephone wires, rhododendrons that haven’t been dead-headed, where the closest trash can is. For some, that takes having kids. For me, illustrating from life has opened my eyes to the beauty we have here. I record the tiny dramas that are all around me, to mark moments in time and celebrate their significance. They are the fleeting things that quietly disappear if they aren’t celebrated. Tucking a sketchbook into my bag rather than a camera is my way of celebrating.
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RIGHT: “Grand Avenue Park boasts one of the best places in town to catch the sunset, with its prime location on a bluff overlooking Puget Sound, Hat Island, Whidbey Island and the Olympic range still farther west. But right now, I think the park itself is the best view, with its pink trees and salty breeze,” Person wrote.
The more I draw, the more I notice. And, the more I notice, the more my artwork reveals. —ELIZABETH PERSON
I have lived in Snohomish County for most of my life, and have been painting and drawing here since I was a kid. When my parents built our house, I drew my interpretation right away. They took me to art lessons in Bothell, the Edmonds Art Festival every June, hikes in the dense forests off of Mountain Loop Highway and strawberry picking in Marysville. It took four years away at college in the Midwest for me to realize how much the Pacific Northwest was truly home. After graduation,
I scrapped my plan to move to the East Coast to pursue publishing/illustration. I fell into a local graphic design job and learned to love creating art digitally, as well as traditionally. No other place is tempting me. I am invested in this community, this place. People often ask me why I paint so many local scenes. I don’t know how to answer that question other than put my hand out, palm open, look around me and reply, “THIS is why.”
MORE ON ELIZABETH Elizabeth Person, 32, is the Everett Sketcher. She takes her art beyond pretty pictures to document scenes and slices of life. Find her work at elizabethperson.com and www.etsy.com/shop/elizabethperson.
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There are hundreds of varieties of apples — far more than the dozen or so regulars available in the grocery store. For this piece, I procured (and later sampled) 16 kinds of apples, purchased within a small radius of my home. I made all sorts of exciting discoveries as I researched each type — from very historic types to the extensive marketing campaigns that promote some of the newer varieties. —ELIZABETH PERSON
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