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Snohomish artist Gale Johansen loves thrift stores, where she buys materials for her mixed-media art.

TOP: Mill Creek Float owner Valerie McDowell sits on the edge of one of three float pods at Mill Creek Float. Andy Bronson / Washington North Coast Magazine

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The new chef at the Tulalip Casino Resort restaurant is changing the way we look at fine dining.

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COVER: Artist Gale Johansen stands in a room of her home, flanked by one of her paintings. Andy Bronson / Washington North Coast Magazine


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Personal trainer Gloria Leonard proves at 56 that anybody can shape up.


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I was inspired by the former editor of this magazine — who now works for Washington Trails Association — to go on a hike through Japanese Gulch. Though I find joy in hiking, I’m not exactly what you’d call a seasoned hiker. I’m done after about 4 miles. My go-to trails are urban in nature — meaning I don’t have to go far from home to be in nature and, well, I don’t have to hike far either. Call me an urbanite. I’ve been through Lund’s Gulch near Edmonds and Paradise Valley near Maltby more times than I can count. But Japanese Gulch? I hadn’t ventured in more than a half mile into the trees before turning around because the trail was too muddy. Then I found out about a 4-mile loop through the 140-acre Japanese Gulch Park in Mukilteo. Four miles is just my style. So I invited my family to join me on a trek through the woods, mud or no. While we didn’t find the Japanese Gulch Loop Trail — the new cityowned park has about 7 miles of trails and most of them have yet to be marked — we had a nice afternoon hiking through the mature forest on what one hiker we met referred to as “finger trails.” Some of the trails were muddy, but I didn’t care anymore: I was happy to have found a new go-to hike. My hike through the gulch got me thinking about Washington North Coast Magazine.

Relax in a sensory deprivation tank at Mill Creek Float, a spa in the Mill Creek Town Center that offers float therapy. Though the therapy has been around for decades, more of the saltwater pods have popped up recently. Meet Snohomish artist Gale Johansen, who has been named the Schack Art Center’s Artist of the Year. Johansen’s whimsical paintings and sculptures will be featured in the My Swirly Brain and Other Oddities exhibit, opening this summer at the center. Tour the Anderson School in Bothell, the latest of the McMenamin brothers’ projects to turn an aging institution into a destination. In this case, they transformed a school built in 1931 into a 5-acre resort with a hotel, movie theater, brewery, restaurants, a pool and more. Or “geek out” over the menu at Snohomish County’s only AAA Four Diamond restaurant, Tulalip Bay at the Tulalip Resort Casino. Chef Jeremy Taisey hosts Sunday suppers where he explains the inspiration behind each dish. I hope this magazine inspires you.

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MILL CREEK — For one hour, it was nothingness. No pings, rings or screens. No sights, sounds or smells. Nothing. I was one with a universe of 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt dissolved in 200 gallons of water. Floating inside a sensory deprivation tank at a spa in Mill Creek Town Center, I was insulated from the external stimulation that bombards our souls: Traffic, texts, Facebook likes, doughnuts at the nearby shop. Valerie McDowell, owner of Mill Creek Float, sent me into the tank with this advice: “Don’t set up any expectations. Trust the process and enjoy. The point is to relax. Try not to attend to those ruminating thoughts. Go inward.” A dial on the side let me select a dim colored light or go black. I started with violet then went to pitch dark. At first the blackness was jarring. Eyes opened or closed looked the same. My mind started fidgeting. What the hell was I going to do for an entire hour?



What if I couldn’t find my way to shore? That was a stupid worry, as most worries are. The shore was at my fingertips. The water was shallow. There was no way I could drown in this salty cocktail. Or get lost. Or do anything but float. Effortlessly. Back to the first question: What was I going to do for an hour? It took about 10 minutes to zone out. After that, I let go. I floated through the starless night sky, drifting through space like George Clooney in the movie “Gravity.” Getting tanked makes for great satire and sci-fi. On a float tank episode of “The Simpsons,” Lisa goes on a spiritual, mystical journey inside a tank and Homer sings like he’s in the shower. In the 1980 film “Altered States,” a scientist immerses himself in a tank and takes hallucinogenic drugs, then goes berserk. I did none of the above. I just lay there, thoughtless and motionless. Is this form of floating solitary confinement therapeutic or a carnival ride? “Float therapy or sensory deprivation tanks are an interesting and different way


to relax,” said Paul Schoenfeld, behavioral health director at The Everett Clinic. Schoenfeld speaks from experience. “I’ve tried it myself, and I found it to be very relaxing,” he said. “It takes a couple of times to get used to the experience — floating on warm salt water in a dark environment. Many adults find it to be a great antidote to the busy, stimulus-filled, crazy lives we inhabit. Some people love it. These have been around since the 1970s but have recently come back into style.” A float here costs about $50 for first-timers who want to try it out. Groupon deals, packages and membership rates are available. McDowell said many customers are drawn by the podcasts of Joe Rogan, a comedian, sports commentator and floating enthusiast. “A lot of people mention Joe Rogan,” McDowell said. She opened the float spa last year. There are three private rooms. Each room has a shower and everything needed for an hour retreat in the salty bath. Floaters can wear a bathing suit or their birthday suit.

It’s not a hot tub or a swimming pool. It’s body temperature. The concentration of salt is four times the Dead Sea in Israel. —VALERIE MCDOWELL

“It’s not a hot tub or a swimming pool. It’s body temperature,” McDowell said. “The concentration of salt is four times the Dead Sea in Israel.”

She went to a Seattle float spa to unwind. “The first time I was sort of anxious,” she said. After the third time she decided to open her own float business.

Inside the pod is a button that can be pushed to talk to the front desk if floaters have questions or concerns during the session. Another button controls the hum of piped in meditative music.

“I always wanted to be a healer,” she said. “It resonates with my philosophy and personal beliefs.”

The lid can be wide open or totally closed or anywhere between. “Close it all the way down to enjoy the cocoon experience,” she said.

“Anxious that 60 minutes would take forever but once I relaxed time stood still.”

McDowell worked in pediatric medicine in Kazakhstan, but after moving to Washington switched to a career in IT for 16 years.


LEFT: Katie Vaniman lies in a pod filled with a salt bath four times denser than the Dead Sea at Mill Creek Float.

The waiting room has little note cards with messages from floaters:

“Hope floats.” “At one point I turned on the light to pause momentarily and then when I turned it off my whole vision changed colors.” “Your mind is capable of doing crazy things when your senses are deprived.” Katie Vaniman, The Herald’s marketing as-

sistant who modeled for the photo, said her hour in the tank was relaxing and restorative. “I used to tan about once a month in college as a way to escape the pressures of school work and social obligations and just turn my mind off. I would lay in the tanning bed for 10 to 15 minutes and just relax,” Vaniman said. “Floating felt similar to tanning in a way, because it was a place I got to go and relax. Floating felt like a journey focused on relaxation and healing, whereas tanning was just a few minutes of UV radiation that harmed my skin.”

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CAMANO ISLAND — Camano Island winemakers Ryan and Dusty Kramer found their passion on a road trip to Northern California some 16 years ago. They’d been to Santa Rosa for a friend’s wedding and decided to do some wine tasting on the way back, first in Napa Valley and then in Portland, Oregon. “It was a good time,” Ryan said. “It was really nice,” said Dusty, smiling at the memory. It was their first real getaway since their marriage and their first time wine-tasting. “Granted, that’s the glamorous part of the wine business you see,” Ryan said. “You don’t see 12:30 at night with your pump broken and it’s 34 degrees out, you’re trying to salvage thousands of dollars.” Stanwood High School sweethearts who were married and having babies by the age of 20, Ryan and Dusty, now 44 and 43, moved to Camano Island 15 years ago. Since high school, Ryan’s worked in “the dirt business,” as he calls it, designing and installing septic tanks on the island, which has no sewer system. Today, he and Dusty have their own septicsystem business, RW Kramer Enterprises, as well as three grown children and a burgeoning winery business.


You’d better make good wine, because I’ve got my name on that. —DUST Y KRAMER

Dusty Kramer and Ryan Kramer are the owners and operators of Dusty Cellars on Camano Island.


ABOVE: A wine taster checks the aroma of the wine available at Dusty Cellars. RIGHT: Ryan Kramer uses a wine thief for a sample at Dusty Cellars on Camano Island.

Dusty Cellars Winery, operating out of their former garage at 529 Michael Way, Camano Island, grew out of a wine kit Ryan Kramer brought home sometime after that road trip. What began as a hobby, he said, “just kind of got out of control.” “You just get the bug,” Dusty said. “And then before you know it, you’ve got 12 barrels.” The couple launched Dusty Cellars Winery in 2006, trucking grapes from Eastern Washington and bottling about 200 cases of wine that first year. It was Ryan’s idea to name the winery after his wife. “It just sounded good,” he said, but it took some arguing to convince her. And she had the last word. “I said, ‘You’d better make good wine,’” Dusty said, “‘because I’ve got my name on that.’” Apparently, he did — and does. Two Dusty Cellars wines from that first year, a merlot and a syrah, won a silver and a bronze medal in the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition in New York, which Ryan said he entered on a whim after getting some literature in the mail. Benefiting children with cancer, it’s one of the largest wine competitions in the world and last year included 3,824 wines from 916 wineries representing every state and 24 countries, according to the competition’s website. Five years ago, a 2008 The Queen Cabernet Franc from Dusty Cellars Winery won a Double Platinum award — reserved for “the best of the best”— in the Seattle Wine Awards competition, according to That competition drew 550 entries from more than 200 Northwest wineries. One of the “boutique” wineries of the North Sound Wine Trail — mostly family-owned wineries that bottle 1,000 or fewer cases a year — Dusty Cellars is open for wine-tasting

on the first weekend of each month. Formed in 2013, the North Sound Wine Trail this year includes five local wineries — Dusty Cellars; Edward Lynne Cellars, also on Camano Island; Skagit Cellars, in La Conner; Glacier Peak Winery, in Rockport; and Carpenter Creek Winery, in Mount Vernon — and customers are encouraged to visit all wineries on the trail. The proliferation of such wineries in recent years — a 400-percent increase in the past decade, according to — helped the wine industry become the fastestgrowing agricultural sector in Washington, with an economic impact in the billions of dollars. Though wine grapes were first planted by settlers in Washington in 1825 and were growing in most areas of the state by 1910, according to the website, they weren’t planted commercially until the 1960s. Washington State Wine represents and promotes the state’s more than 900 wineries and 350 grape growers, estimates annual wine production at 16 million cases, roughly half red and half white wines. Total economic impact to the state was $4.8 billion in 2013. The 800 cases Dusty Cellars expects to produce this year are a drop in the bucket by comparison, but the winery makes money every year and has allowed the Kramers to slowly build the business. “Almost all the money we get out of it, we put back into it,” Ryan said. “I mean, we bought a pump one year and a press and a bin and a corker. So it’s just kind of a progressive thing.” In a few years, when he’s 50, Ryan said he hopes to limit himself to septic-system


design and back off from the heavy labor of installation, redirecting his energy into the wine business. He and Dusty would like to erect another building on their 3-acre property that could be used solely for winemaking, with the current garage-turned-winery/tasting room dedicated to wine-tasting. “This is our retirement,” he said. The goal is to produce the 2,000-case minimum needed for distribution. “It’s just almost impossible for us to get a distributor right now,” Dusty said, “because we make such limited quantities that they’re just thinking it’s not enough.” Dusty Cellars wines are generally only available at Camano Island grocery stores, as well as at the winery and through Dusty Cellars’ 80-member wine club. Ranging from $12 to $30 a bottle, proof of the label’s popularity is that three of its eight wines are currently sold out, though Ryan credited the “buy local” movement with having some influence. Come summer, Dusty Cellars wine-tasting weekends are enlivened by local blues and classic-rock musicians, from June through Labor Day weekend, 3 to 6 or 7 p.m., in addition to the third Saturday of the month. It’s not uncommon for people to bring picnics, the Kramers said. “You give people something to do, like come in and listen to music, and make it a destination,” Ryan said, “and people really like that.” “They’ve got the view,” Dusty said, “they can sit outside, hang out for three hours. That’s fun.”



It requires making some lifestyle changes. You really can choose the way your body ages by choosing to change old habits and adapt new healthy ones. —GLORIA LEONARD



Leonard used to style hair. Now she styles bodies. For Leonard, 56, co-owner of Immortals Fitness in Mukilteo, it all started with her own body, when she was 42. “I started getting fat, and I said, ‘This cannot be true,’” Leonard said. “I had always been on the leaner side and not worried about my weight. I put on so much weight that I didn’t like anything about how I looked. So I thought, ‘What can I do?’ ”

are like our little mascots. They play for about 10 minutes then lay down,” Leonard said. “Once in awhile people bring their dogs.” Sessions begin with an intense “Warrior Warm-up” of eight dynamic stretches. “It gets your body to start waking up.” Many of the members are women over 40. “The average age is 47 years old,” she said. “We teach a lifestyle here.” She offers a “90-day transformation program” that includes an assessment, fitness plan and before photo.

She started exercising. “I would work out late at night because I didn’t want anyone to see what I looked like.”

The exercise regimen is 50 minutes of training, three days a week, with a meal plan and weekly weigh-in.

Now she competes in bodybuilding contests wearing a bikini.

The biggest obstacle is taking the first step, she said. “The hesitation of revealing where you’re at. Letting go and believing.”

“The first time I ever competed was when I was 51. Up until then, I really had not worn a bathing suit in about 25 years,” she said. “Last year I did the master’s nationals. I got seventh place in the over-45 division. I am going to compete in Nashville in July. It’s a big honor to go. It’s a fitness goal, like running a marathon.” She and her husband, Jeremy Shaw, opened their first gym in 2012 with the focus on personal training. Earlier this year, they expanded to a larger 8,000-square-foot space in the same warehouse complex to add open gym memberships, a sprinting track and a warrior obstacle training course. On Friday, their four pugs, ages 2 to 14, join them at the gym. “We call our Fridays ‘Pug Friday.’ They

It takes a personal commitment and willpower. “She helps us stay in the box,” said Linda Angevine, 61, of Everett. “It is so easy to get distracted and be pulled off somewhere else. Somebody calls and goes, ‘Hey Linda, let’s go for happy hour appetizers.’ ” Angevine comes for group sessions, which include cardio, strength training and nutrition. “She inspires us,” she said of Leonard. “Look at her.” Leonard said anybody can shape up. “I was a hair stylist for 25 years,” she said. “This was a hobby that went overboard.”


ABOVE: Heather Lucas works out with the help of her trainer, Gloria Leonard, at Immortals Fitness in Mukilteo.


10 walkouts to a plank: Use your hands and toes to make a tabletop, push-up position with your body in straight alignment holding yourself firm.

10 squats: A deep squat movement to warm up the lower body. “Stack your body like you’re going be boxed in a little UPS shipping container,” Leonard said.

Yes, you can try this at home. It takes about five minutes for newcomers to working out, and three minutes for seasoned athletes. The stretches help to improve workout performance and posture, lengthen muscles and connective tissue, improve mobility and range of motion, and to minimize injury.

5 burpees: Start with a squat thrust, from a standing position, then lower down on your hands, kicking feet back to push-up position.

10 high knee marches: In place, alternate raising each knee as high as possible.

10 football drills: Side-to-side shuffle conditioning drill like you see done by football, basketball and soccer players. 10 arm windmills: Make wide arm circles forward and back.

10 jogging steps: In place, to get your heart rate up. 10 referees: Cross your arms back and forth across chest to warm up chest, shoulders and arms.


WITH GLORIA LEONARD How many times a day do you get asked: “Can you make me have a body like yours?” That question makes me giggle. I don’t think anyone really wants the body of a 55-yearold woman (post menopause). It sounds like a nightmare. That is what drove me to the gym. Can people really have a body like yours? Yes, of course. It requires making some lifestyle changes. You really can choose the way your body ages by choosing to change old habits and adapt new healthy ones. Our tagline is “Choose the way you age.” What is the most simple thing people can do to get in shape? Mindset. Start by believing it is possible. Make a plan to change, whether that is hiring a trainer, joining a gym or a visit to your doctor to assess your current health. What is the biggest obstacle? Themselves. They continue to want change without changing anything in their life.

ABOVE: Jeremy Shaw and Gloria Leonard, spouses and co-owners of Immortals Fitness in Mukilteo.

What about diet?

How did you get four pugs?

What are you wearing?

A big part of our program is to teach people good nutrition, and we try to make it make sense to their lifestyle. We flex our food, so we give people lots of food, excess carbs and fat, on days they work out. They don’t feel like they’re starving.

Our pugs are all rescues. They are like people. They are great greeters, then they do their own thing. If you could have a drink with anyone, who would it be and why?

I am always dressed in black. Our alarm goes off at 2:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. I don’t have time or energy to think about it much. Black tights, black top. It rarely changes.

Apostle Paul. It would be communion.

What are three things in your fridge?

He wrote some of my favorite books in the Bible. He had surrendered his life fully, trusting God for everything. His life story — one transformation — continues to influence us today.

Spinach, egg whites and mustard.

Talk about the basket of small notebooks at the counter. Paper in this digital age? From the day they start, we start recording everything they do. Every workout is charted. It tells the story of your journey in terms of getting stronger and stronger. You see all the numbers escalating. What is a specialty at your gym? We do a lot of free weights. We like to lift heavy. We like to teach people to lift heavy. We’re here to help them do it and to do it safely. We’re not really that big into competitions. I want people to do if it gets them to that next goal. How did you meet your husband? On a fitness website. We were both looking for a mate with similar lifestyles.

People would be shocked to know… I was never an athlete. This sounds crazy. My brother owned a gym for about 20 years and I never walked in it. I never even showed up for the grand opening. I just had no interest in exercising. I’m not even sure I like working out, but I know it is necessary to maintain a healthy body. What’s your most proud moment? My transformation. Getting fit and healthy, changing careers at 50 and moving here to Washington, opening a gym.


What is your pet peeve? When people think it’s luck or genetics that I look this. I had to change my lifestyle, train, sacrifice indulging in sugar and pastries on a daily basis. What is your guilty pleasure? Cinnamon bread. Actually bread of any kind.

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To me, mixed-media means weird stuff and that is what I like. — GALE JOHANSEN


— Gale Johansen relishes being called an old hippie. The pretty, petite, gray-haired artist has been a free spirit throughout her life. She’ll happily “go back in the time machine” to show off a 40-year-old photo of her (with long brown hair) standing in the door of the rundown, “but amazing” Olympic View Apartments in Edmonds. Those were heady days. She already knew art was her future. A 1969 Edmonds High School graduate, Johansen calls Snohomish home and is beloved in Everett, where in August she will be featured at the Schack Art Center as its Artist of the Year. The show already has a title — My Swirly Brain and Other Oddities — which says much about Johansen. Her detailed textured paintings and sculpture are bright, colorful, whimsical and wild, in a style all her own. Eyeballs, not just the eyes, play a part in her art.

Early in her career, Johansen was asked by Seattle’s Lakeside School to speak with students about art. “I was to be on a panel of ‘visionaries.’ Well, I get stage fright, so I didn’t go,” Johansen said. “But when my friends heard about the invitation and started calling me a ‘visionary,’ the eyeballs started rolling my way.”

There on a recent day, the artist — whose eyes are green — served cantaloupe and cinnamon toast. She talked about her favorite children’s TV program from her youth — the J.P. Patches show. “I would be insane if I wasn’t a J.P. fan.” Another massive group of themed knickknacks line the shelves of a built-in cabinet in the home’s kitchen. The wood and glass cabinet has exactly 28 feet of knickknack space. (“And no, I don’t dust,” she said.) The vastness of the collection underscores the fact that Johansen has a lifelong interest in shopping at antique shops and thrift stores. She also has shopped abroad many times. Johansen attended Western Washington University (then a state college), Edmonds Community College, Burnley School of Art (now the Art Institute of Seattle) and the University of Washington, where she earned her master’s degree in fine art. In between school stints she made art and traveled. She spent most of one year in Africa. She’s been to Europe eight times with her sketch book. A round-theworld trip took her to New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal and India. Johansen was planning to go on to Iran and elsewhere, but she got sick in India.

Earlier this spring, Johansen went to a craft store and picked up “eight packs of assorted eyeballs of all colors,” she said. “I even had a coupon. Such a deal. I’m all excited and happy to get started using them in my art.”

“I had a Mr. Magoo insurance policy,” she said, referencing the haphazard nearsighted cartoon character of her youth. Magoo would walk into trouble and come out OK at the other end. “I was sick for a month in a hospital in India. My mother was worried. When my fever finally broke, they put me in a taxi to the airport.”

In an antique cabinet in the dining room of Johansen’s antique house on the hill in Snohomish, a collection of eyeballs stare back at the people sitting at the table.

To his credit, Johansen’s partner Bill Schulz has stood by Johansen and all of her crazy projects throughout their 40 years of “unwedded bliss.” They don’t have kids, but WASHINGTON NORTH COAST MAGAZINE | SPRING 2017 | 21

ABOVE: Gale Johansen, the Schack Art Center’s Artist of the Year and night owl, creates in her studio at her home in Snohomish. RIGHT: The title of this work is Miss Luba’s Obsession With the Moon Allows Her to Overlook “The Beast’s” Poor Fashion Choices.

their dog, Schuster, is their baby.

as she shows it off.

To keep herself in paint and because she likes people, Johansen has done office work for many organizations and currently works in customer service for the Public Utility District. (Her cubicle is decorated with sock monkeys, a dashboard Buddha and J.P. Patches memorabilia.) And with a job on the side, there’s no pressure to sell art for income, she said.

All of Johansen’s pieces have creative titles. A sample: “Fernando’s Unusual Sense of Style Set Him Apart From All Others,” “Horatio Discovers the Cure for Seasickness,” “Bertram Makes His Intentions Crystal Clear,” “Over Time Certain Body Parts Have Developed the Ability to Fly” and “Occasionally It is Necessary to Walk the Line Between Creative Expression and a Bad Hair Day.”

She paints on weekends and primarily in the middle of the night, while wearing a paintstained sweater. Her studio is crowded with projects in transition. Earlier this spring, in preparation for the big Schack show, Johansen had stacks and stacks of paintings in all corners of the house. “Obviously, I like detail,” she said as she showed off several Earth globes embellished with barnacles, dots of fabric paint, jewelry, egg shells and eyeballs. “You have to put everything in the right spot.” Johansen, who employs everything from print to encaustic, does not restrict herself to one medium. “That would be foolish for me,” she said. “To me, mixed-media means weird stuff and that is what I like.” The three-dimensional piece “Candi’s Wardrobe Malfunction Acts as a Perfect Conversation Starter” uses an upside-down bowl found in the garbage for a breast that peaks from the top of Candi’s dress. The piece hangs at the top of her stairwell, and Johansen laughs

Sometimes the paintings are autobiograph -ical or involve her pets. Most celebrate Johansen’s sense of humor and off-center view of the world. Along with participating in shows at the Schack, Johansen has exhibited her work at Bellevue Arts Museum, with the Lynnwood Arts Commission, Lowell Art Works and Red Door Gallery (with friends Cheri O’Brien and Jules Anslow), the Solovei Gallery and Revolution Galley. Johansen was surprised and happy to be named the Schack’s 2017 Artist of the Year. “It is a huge honor to follow in the footsteps of so many accomplished local artists and friends,” she said. “I am thrilled to be recognized by the Schack and I promise a fun and exciting show.” Schack gallery director Carie Collver believes Johansen’s promise.

soned artist. At the Schack we have trouble fitting her into a category,” Collver said.

“Gale has the wonderful imagination of a child — I can only imagine how she must dream at night — along with the technique of a sea-

“When I first met Gale, I thought she was from another planet. Sometimes when I see a piece by her and some crazy character is eating


a strange bug, I’ll ask her, ‘Is that what you eat on your planet?’ I think I’ve almost caught her a couple of times. But then she gets wise to me, laughs and clams up. I am pretty sure she has some sort of rejuvenating space pod where she sleeps each night, because she doesn’t seem to age either.”

IF YOU GO The My Swirly Brain and Other Oddities exhibition will be open daily Aug. 10 to Sept. 9 at the Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. Admission to the art center is free. More at To see more of Johansen’s work, go to WASHINGTON NORTH COAST MAGAZINE | SPRING 2017 | 23




— Soon after McMenamins Anderson School opened, general manager Jared Prince was walking through The Woodshop, one of the three restaurants on the property, and recognized a gentleman as he sipped a beer in one of the booths. “I took a double-take and then wandered over to one of the pictures on the wall and there he was,” Prince said. “He was one of the last woodshop teachers who taught right here.”

That’s the magic of building a beer-lover’s resort out of what was once a historic school.




A lot of businesses want to put their customers in a box. We want people to roam about and see what fits. — JARED PRINCE


BOTHELL — Anderson School,

which opened in Bothell in the fall of 2015, is in the tradition of other McMenamins projects that turn aging institutions into destination resorts. Brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin started in 1983 with the Barley Mill pub in Portland’s Hawthorne neighborhood. Since then, they’ve transformed a poor farm into a 74-acre winery and resort (Edgefield), a Portland grade school into a hotel (Kennedy School), and an old Catholic schoolhouse in Bend, Oregon, into a lodge and pub (Old St. Francis School), among many others. Like those projects, McMenamins used the history of Anderson School and Bothell to bring the property to life. Sitting on 5 acres near downtown Bothell, Anderson School was built in 1931 and housed generations of students who chased each other down the halls, ate in the cafeteria and swam laps in the pool. That history is etched on the walls of every building. “History is a big part of what we do,” said

Prince, who worked at Old St. Francis School for a decade before coming to Anderson School. As they do at every site, McMenamins dispatched their historians to dig into the local history surrounding the school. That information then went to the company’s 25 artists, who then “do their magic,” according to Prince. McMenamins’ whimsical-yet-cozy style gives the property a chill atmosphere. Tables of men and women laugh and imbibe in the courtyard as workers cart wheelbarrows full of wood around the property. A bartender in The Shed pours a cocktail and shakes it over his shoulder as a fire crackles in the background. A young man enjoys a Scotch as he chats with bartender Tirrell Harrison in the intimate Principal’s Office bar on the top floor of the schoolhouse-turned-hotel. “A lot of businesses want to put their customers in a box,” Prince said. “We want people to roam about and see what fits.”


TOP: Each former classroom, now made into hotel rooms, has a unique headboard. MIDDLE: A porthole is hung on a wall made from reclaimed boat wood. BOTTOM: Chandeliers and lighting fixtures are a signature of a McMenamins properties, such as this one seen in a conference hall.

TAVERN ON THE SQUARE | Formerly: The Cafeteria Situated in the middle of everything, Tavern on the Square is the hub that everything at Anderson School revolves around. Open the door and walk into what looks like the type of cafeteria your granddad would frequent. Stained glass windows allow ample light in as waiters and waitresses carry orders to large wooden tables and booths and a bartender pours pints behind a centralized rectangular bar. The food served now is a far cry from what they served kids back in the day. The menu is farm-to-table and was designed by executive chef Mike Davis, who has come up with a wide array of offerings, from gumbo to filet mignon. After your meal, wander past the large fireplace and sitting area and head over to the gift shop. What used to be the old band room is now a showroom for the lineup of goods McMenamins specializes in: ice cream, wine, whiskey, vodka, shirts. Oh, and beer. NORTH SHORE LAGOON | Formerly: The Pool What was once a community pool for the residents of Bothell remains just that. It just has a tiki bar that overlooks it now. Anderson School is the only McMenamins property with more than a soaking pool, and this full-size saltwater swimming pool is free for Bothell residents and anyone staying at the Anderson School hotel. McMenamins’ own lifeguards provide swim lessons for the little ones. No beer in the pool, unfortunately. Bamboo pipes pour 90-degree water from the enclosed tiki bar above as steam drifts up slowly from the water. The tiki bar, which was built where parents once cheered in the grandstands, is a narrow bar with a number of tables overlooking the pool. Portholes and strips of wood from dilapidated ships decorate the wall and the tables and bar are made from the wood of a sugarwood tree. Go all in and get the Banh Mi Sandwich or Seven-Spiced Ahi to go with a cold pint. THE WOODSHOP | Formerly: The Woodshop Ready to play some games? What was once a place for young boys and girls to learn the art of woodworking has now become a place more synonymous with pool and shuffleboard tables. The sports-bar vibe is strong, with people laughing and playing shuffleboard or chatting at tables while a college basketball game plays above them. Don’t forget the pinball games in the corner. The property’s brewery is connected to The Woodshop. The 10-barrel system brews not only beer for the restaurants at Anderson School, but also a few other Puget Sound McMenamins locations. Food at The Woodshop trends toward pub fare (burgers, sandwiches, tots, etc.) Visitors can walk into the cavernous Haines Hall, jump up and down and still feel the gym floor beneath. The space now has a giant wooden bar in the corner and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. It serves as a venue for weddings, concerts and big parties for guests.

BOTTOM: Joanne Lane, left, and Joanne Theodoulou talk in the Shed Bar at McMenamins Anderson School.

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TOP: Hotel rooms are named for famous alumni of the former school which is now the McMenamins Anderson School.


On the other half of the gym, behind a wall built since McMenamins purchased the property, is a movie theater. Catch a movie, drink a beer and order up some food from the comfort of a roomy recliner. Along with the pool, the movie theater lends a truly family feel to Anderson School. ANDERSON SCHOOL HOTEL | Formerly: The Schoolhouse History is on display in the hallways of what is now the 72-room hotel. Each room is named after local legends, from former faculty and students to famous Bothell residents. Artwork, photos and bios of the rooms’ namesakes — politics for Patty Murray; football for Pop Keeney — line the hallways. The headboards in every room are painted with original artwork and the rooms have high ceilings, large beds and vibrant decor. Head up the wide stairs to the Principal’s Office, but no need to hang one’s head. The former office of the school’s namesake, Andy Anderson, is now a tiny bar that serves 18-year-old Scotch, good conversation and a wall full of books. Take a few steps outside the hotel and meander over to The Shed near the courtyard. The only structure built from the ground up, The Shed is a warm, intimate bar that has all the elements of what makes McMenamins a McMenamins. It’s all distilled right here, said Prince: a bar, bartender, conversation, fire, dark lighting and a Grateful Dead poster. “When we were working with our contractor on building Anderson School after The Shed was built, we said that right there is what we’re going for,” Prince said. “They understood immediately what we were looking for.”



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Trump tax changes – What can we expect? By Moss Adams LLP


uring the campaign, President Donald Trump proposed changes to the tax law that would have a significant impact on both individual and business taxpayers, including changes to tax rates, deductions, and repeals of existing tax law. Many of the changes he proposed during the campaign are similar to those presented in “A Better Way: Our Vision for a Confident America,” which was released by House Republicans in June 2016 and is known as the Blueprint. This alignment will potentially make enacting such changes more likely with Congressional control resting with the Republican Party. The House of Representatives has already begun drafting legislation in line with the Blueprint. Meanwhile, the House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) met with Trump’s transition team. We’ll continue to follow these tax developments in the coming weeks and provide additional insight as it becomes available.

than those proposed by Trump. Trump’s proposal would also place a cap on the amount of itemized deductions an individual filer can take — $100,000 for single filers and $200,000 for married filing joint filers.

corporate AMT. The Blueprint proposal would reduce the corporate tax rate to 20 percent and would repeal the corporate AMT. The top corporate income tax rate is currently 35 percent.

Capital Gains and Dividends

Small Businesses (LLCs, S Corporations, and Sole Proprietorships)

Under Trump’s proposal, the current rates for long-term capital gains and qualified dividends would remain unchanged; however, the 20 percent rate would kick in at a lower threshold. However, Trump has proposed to repeal the 3.8 percent net investment income tax. The Blueprint proposes to reduce taxes on investment income in general. Alternative Minimum Tax Trump’s proposal and the Blueprint both eliminate the individual alternative minimum tax (AMT).

Trump proposes a plan for pass-through entities to choose whether they want to be taxed at the corporate rate, which would be 15 percent, rather than their individual rate, as is the current tax law. However, taxing at the corporate rate may create a second layer of taxation on distributions. The Blueprint would limit the tax rate for income earned by such entities to 25 percent. Cost Recovery for Property Investments


Trump proposes to create a deduction for child and dependent care expenses for taxpayers with income up to certain thresholds. In addition, he proposes to increase the earned income tax credit allowing more taxpayers to qualify.

Under Trump’s proposal, the annual Section 179 expensing cap would increase from $500,000 to $1 million. In addition, Trump has proposed that manufacturing companies could immediately deduct all new investments in the business. In contrast, the Blueprint would essentially permit an immediate expensing for all investments in tangible and intangible property, regardless of industry or amount.

Tax Rates

Carried Interest


President Trump has proposed to condense the current seven tax brackets into three, which is the same as the Blueprint. Under these plans, the income tax brackets would change as follows:

Carried interest is a share of profit in an investment fund paid to the investment manager in excess of the manager’s contribution. Carried interest is currently taxed at capital gains rates; however, Trump has proposed to tax carried interest at ordinary income rates. The Blueprint doesn’t detail any provisions related to carried interests.

The annual cap for the business tax credit for on-site childcare would increase from $150,000 to $500,000 per year. In addition, businesses that pay a portion of an employee’s childcare expenses can exclude those contributions from income. The Blueprint doesn’t outline any changes related to this issue.

Estate and Gift Tax

Repatriation of Overseas Profit

Trump has proposed to eliminate the estate and gift tax. The Blueprint similarly repeals the estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes. Under current law, the estate and gift tax for 2017 starts at $5.490 million for single individuals and $10.980 million for married individuals.

Trump’s proposals would permit a one-time repatriation of corporate profit held offshore at a tax rate of 10 percent. The Blueprint would allow profit to be repatriated at even lower rates.

Here are some of the most significant changes affecting individuals and businesses.

Current Tax Rate

Trump Tax Rate

10% - 15%


25% and 28%


33%, 35%, and 39.6%


Deductions The standard deduction for single individuals would increase to $15,000 and to $30,000 for married couples filing jointly. The 2017 standard deduction under current laws is $6,350 and $12,700, respectively. Similarly, the Blueprint proposes to increase the standard deduction, though at slightly lower amounts


Businesses Tax Rates Trump has proposed to lower the corporate income tax rate to 15 percent and eliminate

What Does this Mean for You? Any potential tax reform will likely have a significant impact on you or your business. As proposed tax changes become clearer, we’re here to help you evaluate your specific circumstances. For more information, please contact your Moss Adams tax professional.

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promotion slogan that has been around for about 35 years. But there truly is something to the phrase, “It’s an Edmonds Kind of Day.” In any season, a trip to an Edmonds beach can be the highlight of a day. Visit Edmonds during a stretch of glorious summer — complete with a walk-on ferry ride to Kingston and views of the mountains — and you will find that it comes pretty close to perfection. Edmonds, at 127 years, is the oldest incorporated burg in Snohomish County, and, like most towns here, was settled (after the Coast Salish people, of course) by timber venturists. The story goes that logger George Brackett came to the future site of Edmonds while

paddling a canoe north out of Seattle, searching for timber. When a gust of wind hit his canoe, Brackett beached at what we now call “Brackett’s Landing,” the great little beach parks on either side of the state ferry dock. For me and a lot of other people who grew up in south Snohomish County, Edmonds was our provincial hub. It’s where, on July 4, we gathered to watch the parade and fireworks, and where we attended concerts, picnicked in City Park and spent at least a day at the annual arts festival. This year marks the 60th annual Edmonds Arts Festival, one of the oldest of its kind in the state, on Father’s Day weekend at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St.


At various points, Edmonds was home to some of this state’s most historically famous artists, including the 20th century masters Morris Graves and Guy Anderson. The gem named Cascadia Art Museum, in a cool, midcentury modern building at 190 Sunset Ave., is focused on Northwest art. Works by Anderson, Graves, Mark Tobey, Kenneth Callahan, Helmi Juvonen, Paul Horiuchi, George Tsutakawa and Ebba Rapp are among those displayed. Through June 25, be sure to see Cascadia’s exhibit Botanical Exuberance: Trees and Flowers in Northwest Art with paintings by Graves, Yvonne Twining Humber and Margaret Camfferman. History mingles well with current culture in Edmonds.

Built in 1910, the former Carnegie library is now the Edmonds Historical Museum, at Fifth and Bell. The main exhibit this summer is Within These Walls, presented in partnership with the Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission, and focused on some of the city’s old structures. On Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in May and June and then until 3 p.m. through September, be sure to visit the Edmonds Farmers Market, adjacent to the museum. Buy produce from local farmers, savor a good lunch and listen to local musicians. It’s a great little market, and all of downtown seems festive because of it. (The market doesn’t run on Aug. 12 during the weekend of the 35th annual Taste of Edmonds, which features food, entertain-

ment and activities for children at Civic Playfield at Sixth and Bell.) Edmonds has other historical treasures, still used to full advantage, including the many antique homes lovingly preserved in the downtown “bowl” area. The Edmonds Theater has been showing movies for 95 years at 415 Main St. The theater went digital in 2012, so you can still see first-run flicks at the old cinema. The Schumacher Building, 316 Main St., best known as home of the Chanterelle restaurant, is one of Edmonds’ last standing commercial buildings from the 1890s. It is on the city’s register of historic places.

FAR LEFT: William Anderson stands under a tiki umbrella on his 24-foot sailboat moored at the Port of Edmonds. TOP LEFT: Steve Johnson, of Kingston, plays his Carvin electric guitar while waiting for the ferry in Edmonds. “It isn’t as horrible as I thought it would be,” Johnson said of the ferry wait time. TOP RIGHT: Edmonds Theater is visible along Main Street in downtown Edmonds. BELOW: Beach-goers walk out along the Edmonds Marine Walkway at Brackett’s Landing in Edmonds.


In any season, a trip to an Edmonds beach can be the highlight of a day.

TOP & RIGHT: Joy, a 3-month old Yorkie, enjoys a day in the sun with her owner Candy Wells. Friends (from left) Candy Wells, Sabine Garner and Susan Parker walk along the Brackett’s Landing south beach while on a visit to Edmonds from Tacoma. BOTTOM: Artist Iole Alessandrini’s public art project, “Luminous Forest,” is seen on Fourth Avenue in downtown Edmonds. More than 170 LED lights are embedded in the pavement and are naturally triggered by changes in light to illuminate when dark.

Downtown Edmonds is replete with good restaurants and bars — way too many to list, really — but here a few: Salt & Iron, 321 Main,; 190 Sunset, yes that’s the name and address,; and Las Brisas, 201 Fifth Ave., Also, enjoy art galleries, boutiques, bookstores, gift shops and the old Edmonds Bakery. Some of my favorites are: Cole Gallery, 107 Fifth Ave.,; Zinc Art + Design, 1023 Third Ave.,; and Edmonds Bookshop, 111 Fifth Ave., Over on Fourth Avenue at Daley Street, the beautiful art deco-style former Ed-


monds High School is now the Edmonds Center for the Arts, which brings regional and internationally known musicians, dancers and actors to town. Its intimate performance venue also is home to the Cascade Symphony Orchestra, the SnoKing Community Chorale, and Olympic Ballet Theatre. Edmonds Driftwood Players offer some of the best community theater around at their Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St. Another local theater group is Phoenix Theatre, based at Firdale Village on the south end of town. Take in free summer concerts most Sunday afternoons at City Park, Third and Pine,

and at noon Tuesdays and 5 p.m. Thursdays at Hazel Miller Plaza, Fifth and Maple. Speaking of entertainers, the list of famous people who grew up in Edmonds includes “Jeopardy!” winner Ken Jennings, actress Anna Faris, “Here Come the Brides” TV star Bridget Hanley and rapper Jay Park. Athletes from Edmonds include Olympic figure skater Rosalynn Sumners and major league baseball players Dave Hamilton and Todd Linden. Travel guru Rick Steves grew up in Edmonds and regularly sings the praises of his hometown. Visit his shop at 130 Fourth Ave. N. Had enough of the artsy stuff? Try these activities: Ride the ferry to Kingston and back, hop on a train for an excursion to Seattle, fish off the pier, scuba in the underwater park, watch birds in the Edmonds Marsh, swim at Yost Pool, take your dog to Marina Beach Park, walk along the marina off Admiral Way, take a whale watching tour and eat lunch outside at the Anthony’s Beach Cafe. My Edmonds kind of day includes sitting on the beach where George Brackett’s canoe landed more than 150 years ago. I enjoy the view of the Olympic Mountains across the water. And I watch the ferries come and go as I keep an eye on my granddaughters digging in the sand.

ABOVE: Dalton Knee (left), 3, plays at the Brackett’s Landing north beach while his mom Marissa (right) and 7-month-old sister Freya relax in the sun in Edmonds. “It’s not too crowded here,” Marissa Knee said, “And there’s usually kids his [Dalton’s] age he can play with.”

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I want people to come in, have fun and enjoy the food with their friends. — JEREM Y TAISE Y

MARYSVILLE — On a recent Friday evening, Tulalip Bay restaurant was filled with the sounds of clinking silverware, the subtle sizzle of the cherry-wood fired grill and the chatter of family and friends enjoying a meal together. That last sound is music to Jeremy Taisey’s ears. “I want people to come in, have fun and enjoy the food with their friends,” said Taisey, the chef and general manager of the Tulalip Bay restaurant at the Tulalip Resort Casino. “That’s what brings us together is the food.” Taisey took over the AAA Four Diamond restaurant in 2015. Since then, he’s transitioned the menu from Asian-fusion to a classic steakhouse that also offers fresh seafood and traditional Italian dishes, including fresh-made lobster ravioli. He grew up in Bothell and attended Edmonds Community College’s culinary arts program. He spent five years in China, opening restaurants and working in hotels, where he was exposed to several different types of cuisines. Before coming to Tulalip Bay, he worked at the Woodmark Hotel Kirkland. Taisey has a straightforward philosophy about food: Don’t mess with it. A lot of the fruits, vegetables and meats are produced locally, including steaks from the Okanogan and kurobota pork from Snake River Farms. “I believe very strongly that my team and I are a conduit between the farmer and the guest,” he said. “We’re just there to enable the guest to experience what local farms and fishermen are providing. We try to highlight the

characteristics, qualities and freshness of the product we’re getting.” That’s not to say the food is simple to prepare. A chicken liver recipe has 21 steps — and that’s just for an appetizer. “In Tulalip Bay, we don’t do easy,” Taisey said. “We make easy happen through hard work and learning.” Tulalip Bay is the only Four Diamondrated restaurant in Snohomish County, and one of only nine in the state, Taisey said. AAA inspectors define the rating as denoting creative preparations and skillful service, often with a wine steward and an upscale ambience. “It has a reputation in the industry for being one of the best,” he said. “We want to keep that going.” While being able to change the menu was an honor, Taisey admits it was a nerve-wracking experience — especially since he didn’t know when AAA reviewers would audit the restaurant. He credits his team for the continued high ratings the restaurant receives. “I have high standards for these guys and they know it,” Taisey said. “It doesn’t matter the type of food, it’s the attention to detail that sets us apart. That’s how we’re going to keep this going.” Those details include providing a sample of fresh pecorino cheese as you peruse the menu; allowing you to select your own steak knife; using cherry wood for the grill, which allows for a better sear on each steak; and serving a palatecleansing cranberry-citrus sorbet before the entree. The bread service is something Taisey’s especially proud of. After hearing from





Wild Boar Bolognese with house made fettuccine, grilled wild boar tenderloin, traditional 18-hour bolognese sauce, smoked tomato puree, pecorino foam, fresh oregano.

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long-time patrons about how much they missed the old Asian-fusion bread, Taisey came up with a croissant wrapped cinnamon-roll style with a tapenade filling and served with Parmesan cheese and arugula. “Those little extra touches have a lasting impact on the guest’s experience,” Taisey said. “We want to give the guest the best possible experience. It’s their hard-earned money, it’s their time and we need to respect that. The only way we can do that is by doing our best at every turn and every step.” In addition to continuing to serve fantastic food, Taisey has a secondary goal for the restaurant, which he calls “breaking the pinky” — in other words, breaking fine dining free of its snooty, stuffy reputation. The phrase refers to the caricature of fine diners drinking from teacups with their little fingers in the air. One step toward that goal has been moving the hostess stand outside the restaurant’s front doors, closer to the people on the casino floor. Taisey said some people still come up to the restaurant and want to try the food, but say they feel underdressed. “I tell them, ‘No, you’re not underdressed, we’re overdecorated,’ ” he said. “Come on in. Pay no attention to the surroundings. I want you to focus on the food and focus on the people you’re sitting with.”


Another step toward that goal is the monthly Sunday supper, where Taisey “geeks out” with the menu. He then sits down with his guests — limited to about 20 people — and talks with them. He explains each dish and the inspiration behind it as it comes out. “The idea was to introduce myself to the community,” he said, “and show that fun, geeky food doesn’t have to be served in that pretentious environment.”

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— At Beach Glass, customers browse for jewelry, apparel and home decor that is at once charming, timeless and local. Instead of an antique shop, owner Krista Miller sought to create a place with pieces that can “hold the test of time.” “I like mixing new with old,” said Miller, who opened Beach Glass in 2013 in Mukilteo’s Old Town, up the hill from the ferry. Beach Glass was curated with a sense of style and taste that Miller developed after years of working in her mother’s bridal store. Miller, a Lynden native who has a master’s degree in psychology, moved to Mukilteo 16 years ago. She began interior design consultation and custom furniture design when her sons, Jaxon and Trey, were young. In addition to running the store, she continues to operate a design consulting business, K. Miller Interiors. Before opening her own store, Miller renovated furniture out of her home and sold it online and from vintage stores in Everett. The furnishings in Beach Glass were painted by Miller, though she no longer sells her own works. Instead, she’s committed to carrying products from talented local craftspeople and selected items from trade shows around the country. “I try to get things that you’re not going to find just anywhere,” she said. “I like to have a local feel. That’s small, coast-y and representing where we’re at.”

Krista Miller, owner of Beach Glass gift shop in Mukilteo.


Gift ideas from Beach Glass: KC JEWELRY


Bellevue-based KC Jewelry is a line of jewelry for the bold and subtle. Delicately carved golden charms sit quietly next to rings adorned with gravity-defying, grapesized gems. The jewelry starts at $24.


MUKILTEO THROW PILLOW This is one of the best sellers. “We can barely keep the Mukilteo pillow on the shelves,” Miller said. People are drawn to the rectangular white pillow, which features the name of the city and its latitude and longitude coordinates in large black letters.

PINEAPPLE SAGE LUXE CANDLE Candles aren’t difficult to come by, but hand-poured soy wax candles are in a league of their own. These candles, created by Everett-based candle maker Kelli Marie Design, produce a scent so sweet and 3 soothing you’ll wish you could bathe in it. It doesn’t seem like a winning combination, but it is the best selling candle at Beach Glass. “It just works,” Miller said. “It’s sweet with just enough of an edge to it.” Many candles sell for $15.

The pillow is $44.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST T-SHIRT Miller expanded Beach Glass to include an apparel section in 2016. The PNW shirt is gray with three-quarter sleeves and features the letters “PNW” split between two crossed arrows.


Miller said softness and comfort are top qualification when choosing clothes to carry. “The No. 1 comment I get is, ‘Your clothes are so soft,’ ” Miller said. She also carries pocket T-shirts. “People buy one and they come back for every color.” The PNW shirt is $36.95.

5 CAMANO ROCKS How many people can say they’ve gifted a rock and walked away with a friendship intact?


Camano Island artist Jo Anne Burklund is somehow making that possible. Miller carries carved and hand-painted rocks that resemble colorful marine life.

619 Fourth St., Mukilteo

“She takes a rock, grinds it down, then she forms it and then paints it.” The orca whale rock sells for

Beach Glass by K. Miller Interiors 425-374-2694





GROUP TOURS Experience the spirit and the history of the Tulalip Tribes!

The Hibulb Cultural Center has space available for rentals and special events. Whether you’re planning a family reunion, birthday, anniversary, wedding or another activity, we have the space for you! Contact us today to plan your event! 360.716.2600 or

Hibulb Cultural Center 6410 23rd Ave NE Tulalip, WA 98271 Located less than a mile west of I-5 exit 199


Spectacular vacations

abels L A toast to the labels that make it to our tables!

Labels are a brand; the signature of every winery, brewery and distillery. Some have been handed down from generation to generation, while others had to make their own mark. This directory will help you find your favorite drink behind the label. It will become your own, one you will share again and again at all your gatherings and celebrations.

WINERIES Blooms Winery

Experience the character of Whidbey Island while enjoying extraordinary hand crafted wines at Blooms – plus local art, food, craft beer & cider. Open daily, with live music Friday & Sunday. Wine, Art, Music – a great blend! 5603 Bayview Rd, Langley 360-321-0515 •

Scuttlebutt Brewing Co.

Family-owned and operated brewery and family pub since 1996 brewing award winning ales. Restaurant: 1205 Craftsman Way, Suite 101, Everett Brewery and Taproom: 3310 Cedar St, Everett 425-257-9316


Whidbey Island Vineyard & Winery

Scratch Distillery


Temple Distilling

Whidbey Island’s premier winery since 1991 with a tasting room and picnic area overlooking the 30-year-old vineyard. 10 minutes from the ferry. Open 11am – 5pm, closed Tues. 5237 Langley Rd, Langley 360-221-2040

At Large Brewing & Taproom

A microbrewery that knows no boundaries when it comes to hops and crafting great beer. With 12 taps of At Large beer & a cider on tap, indoor & outdoor seating, plenty of parking & food options. 2730 W Marine View Dr, Everett 425-324-0039 •

Custom GINiology™ Gin Classes. Local, Organic/Non-GMO Gins, Vodkas, and Whiskey coming soon… Visit our beautiful tasting room, which can be rented for your special event! 190 Sunset Ave S, Suite A, Edmonds 425-673-7046 •

Authors of award winning spirits including Chapter One London Dry and Navy Strength Gins, Woodcut Barrel Rested Gin, and our handmade Bookmark Limoncello. Tastings on Saturdays from 12-5. 19231 36th Ave W, Suite F, Lynnwood 425-678-8620 •

Start with the navigators of spectacular vacations:

(425) 318-3344


15415 Main Street, Ste. 104, Mill Creek

Located in downtown Lake Stevens, with seven beers and one cider on tap, all brewed in house. We host public events, catered meals, pizza on Saturdays, and will have a gourmet hot dog cart coming soon! Family and dog friendly. 2010 Grade Rd, Lake Stevens 360-524-3678


Lake Stevens Brewing Co.


Paradise Valley 23210 Paradise Lake Road, Woodinville The former farm and logging homestead near Maltby has forest, wetlands, streams and more than 13 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Print a trail map from before you set out. Each of the trail legs and loops are well marked, making it easy to customize your hike. Stop after a half-mile loop or continue on until you’ve hiked all 13 miles. Follow the perimeter trails of the 790-acre Paradise Valley Conservation Area for a 5-mile hike. A clearing along the Mainline Trail has a picnic table. A portable restroom is in the parking lot. Most trails are level but some have a gain of up to 300 feet.


Lund’s Gulch 6026 156th St. SW, Edmonds

You don’t have to go into the backcountry to hike through Snohomish County’s wilderness. While many great hikes can be found off Mountain Loop, Cascade Loop or Stevens Pass highways, the county also has an array of urban trails that can be found in your back yard. They may be surrounded by civilization, but once you step into the forest, it feels as though you’re miles away. Here are some suggestions for hikes in the county that include trails to beaches, through mature forests and around lakes. Most of these trails are easy to get to and many can be hiked year-round. None of these hikes requires a special park pass. 44 | SPRING 2017 | WASHINGTON NORTH COAST MAGAZINE

Hike through a deep ravine along a trail that follows a creek to a beach with views of Whidbey Island and the Olympic Mountains. The main trail through the 110acre Meadowdale Beach Park drops 400 feet into the gulch. Among the mature forest, see giant stumps of cedar and hemlock that were logged over a century ago. A staircase built into the hillside helps with the descent into the gulch. At 1 mile, you’ll reach a fork in the trail. Turn left to continue on to the park ranger’s residence and a manicured lawn with a picnic shelter, volleyball net and picnic tables. Turn right to follow the creek to the Puget Sound. A railroad underpass leads to the beach. The trail is 2.5 miles roundtrip.

Scriber Lake

Big Gulch

Jetty Island

Lord Hill

5322 198th St. SW, Lynnwood

4800 92nd St. SW, Mukilteo

12921 150th St. SE, Snohomish

Hidden in the center of Lynnwood’s shopping centers is Scriber Lake Park with wetlands, a forest and a creek. A trail loops around Scriber Lake, which features a floating boardwalk. Short nature trails with interpretive signs run throughout the 22-acre park. The hike is 1.2 miles roundtrip. There is no elevation gain. The park also has access to the 1.5-mile Scriber Creek Trail. That trail links Scriber Lake Park to Sprague’s Pond Mini Park, Scriber Creek Park and the Interurban Trail.

The 180-acre Big Gulch Park in the center of Mukilteo has about 2.5 miles of trails. The trails are dotted with bridges and boardwalks as it follows a steam. One trail links Mukilteo Library to the 92nd Street Park and Staybridge Suites. Another trail briefly follows the wastewater treatment pipeline and goes deep into the ravine. A steep stretch has steps up to or down from 92nd Street Park. The main trailhead and parking lot is at 92nd Street Park, which has restrooms, benches, picnic tables and a playground. The trails have a gain of 200 feet.

10th Street and West Marine View Drive, Everett

North Creek 1011 183rd St. SE, Mill Creek The 85-acre North Creek Park features a network of floating boardwalk that snakes through an expansive wetland. Stop at interpretive signs and sit on benches along the way to get glimpses of wildlife living in the marsh. One trail spur leads to a peat bog and another spur to the main creek channel. The park has portable restrooms, shelters, picnic tables and a playground. The trails have a 20-foot gain. The trail, which begins and ends with a gravel trail, is 2 miles roundtrip.

Spencer Island

Portage Creek 5427 Cemetery Road, Arlington The former peat and dairy farm near Smokey Point features a trail that follows a stream through 160 acres of wetlands and meadows. This trail also has interpretive signs and benches to help hikers look for wildlife hiding in the brush. The Portage Creek Wildlife Area is lined with alder, dogwood, cottonwood and other replanted native species. Along the way see views of the Cascade foothills. The trail is 1.2 miles roundtrip. There is no elevation gain. Unfortunately, no dogs are allowed at this park.

Reach this beach hike via a 5-minute passenger ferry to the 2-mile-long man-made Jetty Island just off of Everett’s waterfront. While the island doesn’t have a loop trail, you can easily walk up to 5 miles roundtrip from end to end along the Possession Sound beach. Views include the Olympic Mountains, Whidbey Island, Camano Island, Hat Island and downtown Everett. The island also has a restroom, picnic tables and a small nature trail. There is no elevation gain. No dogs allowed. Ferry runs July 5 through Labor Day. Pick up free boarding passes at the ferry kiosk. Reservations are encouraged for busy days.

Located on a ridge above the Snohomish River, the 1,300acre Lord Hill Regional Park has over 11 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails through a forest, wetlands and to a number of ponds. Print a trail map from before you set out. This is another park with lots of trail legs and loops for a customizable hike. Try the Beaver Lake Loop for a 2.2-mile hike or the Temple Lake Loop for a 3.7-mile trip. Along the trails are views of the Cascade and Olympic mountains and the Snohomish River Valley. The park has picnic tables, a playground and river beach access. A portable restroom is in the parking lot. Some trails have a gain of up to 200 feet.

Japanese Gulch 4407 76th St. SW, Mukilteo The 140-acre Japanese Gulch Park along the MukilteoEverett border has about 7 miles of hiking and biking trails that follow the railroad tracks and a creek. The mature forest and wetlands are divided by Fifth Street into upper and lower ravines. The upper gulch has a 4-mile loop trail and the lower gulch has about a half-mile hike. Most trails in the gulch are unmarked. There are plans to add signs, picnic tables, restrooms and dirt bike jumps to the new Mukilteo park. The main trailhead and parking lot is next to a community garden. The trails have a gain of 175 feet.

5033 Fourth St. SE, Everett Cross a historic bridge to get to this marshy island in the Snohomish River Estuary with about 3 miles of trails. Snohomish County owns half and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife owns the other half. Turn right after you cross the Jackknife Bridge and follow a short trail to a boardwalk. Then find the island’s levee loop trail, which provides hikers with views of tidal wetlands, sloughs and mountains. Turn left after the bridge and hike an out-and-back trail. Dogs are allowed on the county-owned portion of the park only. The 230-acre Spencer Island Regional Park has picnic tables and portable restrooms. There is no elevation gain. WASHINGTON NORTH COAST MAGAZINE | SPRING 2017 | 45

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he wanted to start a global conversation. A TEDx Talk seemed the best way to do it.

After traveling the world, Seconde Nimenya discovered that no matter if we’re black or white, gay or straight, Jewish, Christian or Muslim, we have more in common with each other than we think. Nimenya, who is originally from Burundi, a small country in east-central Africa, works to bridge cultural gaps as an author, inspirational speaker and diversity advocate. “In my journey, I have been exposed to all kinds of people,” said Nimenya, who emphasizes tolerance and peace in her speeches. “As I’ve shared my story and listened to people share theirs, I realized that although we have our differences, we have more that bridges us together than separates us. “At the end of the day, we all want the same things. We want to feel like we belong, we want to be accepted for who we are.” Nimenya, 50, shared that realization in a TEDx Talk titled “We Are All Not That Different.” She was one of 19 speakers to share the stage at a TEDx conference hosted by Sno-Isle Libraries in Edmonds last year. (The added “x” means the TED events are locally organized with a license.) TED Talks are short, powerful presentations from expert speakers on everything from education, business, science, technology, creativity and more that are designed to spread ideas, spark conversations and provide opportunities to explore, connect and cultivate new ways of thinking. Many of the presentations have been shared via video around the globe. “I’m trying to open up the conversation,” Nimenya said. While race, gender, religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation are difficult topics, “talking about our differences is the only way we can learn from one another and embrace each other.” SARA: Talk about your journey. SECONDE: I was born and raised in Burundi, an African country bordered by Rwanda, Tanzania and Congo. In 1992, I came to Canada, joining my husband who was completing his master’s degree. We were planning to go back when a civil war erupted in my country, and we ended up becoming war refugees. I lived in Canada for 12 years before moving to the United States.

In 2013, I published my first book, a memoir titled “Evolving Through Adversity,” in which I share my experiences from the time I was a girl living in my native village to my immigration journey in North America. The book is full of life lessons I’ve learned along the way. I am a firm believer that at our very core, we are not all that different. And that’s my passion, sharing different perspectives and encouraging people to evolve through their adversities. I try to use my writing and speaking voice to raise awareness on key global issues, advocating for equality, and diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the education system. SARA: What are some hardships you faced? SECONDE: Growing up in a country and culture in an era when girls were being denied education or not being encouraged to get an education. I had to fight to get it. Beyond fighting to get an education, I also had to walk hundreds of miles to attend high school. I dealt with poverty issues without even realizing that we were poor.


I had to deal with the history of my country as it changed from being a colony of Germany and Belgium to an independent nation facing internal ethnic conflicts among my people. Once in North America, I had to deal with culture shock, and learning from scratch the language and the ways of life. In dealing with my problems, I started helping other immigrants and minorities, and became their proponent, helping them adjust and integrate in their new culture. SARA: What is a diversity and inclusion advocate? SECONDE: An advocate in general is someone who takes issues to heart and goes out to help others navigate those issues, and find solutions to problems. I work with organization leaders to hire a diverse workforce, or train school administrators and teachers to inspire students to learn about the multicultural world they live in. I speak, coach and train on multiple topics related to people of different identities and cultures. Advocating helps me bridge the gaps between service providers, employers, school administrators and community members who work with or need to employ people of diverse backgrounds.


Seconde Nimenya, originally from Burundi, Africa, at home in Snohomish. Nimenya is an inspirational speaker and author of an award-winning book on adversity and an advocate for diversity leadership. She gave a TEDx Talk on intercultural awareness.


Seconde Nimenya Seconde Nimenya, 50, is an author, inspirational speaker and diversity advocate. She holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix. She also speaks three languages. She lives in Snohomish with her husband and three children. Her books include the memoir “Evolving Through Adversity,” which was a 2014 International Book Awards finalist, and “A Hand to Hold,” a novel about an Ethiopian woman who was adopted and brought to the United States as a child. Watch Nimenya’s TEDx Talk at http://tinyurl. com/tedx-secondenimenya. For more about her, go to


At my events, I want people to feel safe enough to share their stories and have meaningful conversations to heal one another and learn with each other. SARA: Why did you become a diversity advocate? SECONDE: It began from when I immigrated to North America, and was uprooted from everything I ever knew and was familiar with. I went through a tough time trying to adjust to American society. It wasn’t easy, especially as I was also raising children within this dichotic set of cultures. I made a lot of mistakes, had a lot of setbacks in what I wanted to achieve, but I made a commitment to use those adversities to help others who were going through the same issues. SARA: What was it like growing up in Burundi?

SECONDE: My personal experiences of growing up in Burundi are a mix of good memories of family and friends, but also a lot of adversities like I mentioned above. In 1972, I experienced the first ethnic civil war as a first grader, and my family was nearly killed because of their ethnicity. I witnessed people wanting to kill each other in the name of ethnic belonging, which would make me want to be more tolerant of those I perceive as different. That’s probably why I ended up becoming an advocate for diversity and inclusion. Burundi is a beautiful country with beautiful people, but unfortunately had gone through a backward pull because of the different civil wars that had destroyed infrastructures, and so far, no accountability to fix what’s broken.

Sno-Isle Libraries TEDx conference Sno-Isle Libraries, which serves Snohomish and Island counties, hosts the annual TED event in which speakers come together on a global stage to share ideas worth spreading. The inaugural TEDxSnoIsleLibraries conference was held in 2015. For information on the November 2017 event, go to


Island fun and relaxation in Everett

EVERETT — Think of it as the

Riviera of Puget Sound.

Sandy beaches. Sparkling water. R&R. Jetty Island is a resort everyone can afford — and it’s only a stone’s throw from downtown Everett. More than 50,000 visitors go to the manmade sand strip during Jetty season, which runs July 5 through Labor Day. The only cost is $3 for parking at the Port of Everett before boarding the ferry, which has a suggested donation of $2 for adults and $1 for kids. There is nothing to buy on the 2-mile-long island. No vendors selling food, drinks or sundries. This means you have to pack it all in:

coolers, chairs, blankets, buckets, balls, kites, toys, sunscreen. And then pack it all out. It’s easy. The ferry ride itself is quick. A few minutes and you’re there. It’s a short walk to the central beach area populated by kids with sand shovels and forts made of driftwood branches. The water is shallow for a long time so it’s good for toddlers. And seniors. There are trails and places to explore.

“I absolutely loved the activities as a child,” said Taylor Johnston, 32, of Everett. “Loved the field trips there. Loved the boxes you reached your hand into to guess what sort of beach object found was hidden inside. Loved spotting seals.” Johnston still loves it. “It’s a unique little place in our town,” she said. “The jetty is nice and long so there is usually a spot you can find to have at least a little more privacy. Always fun beachcombing there.”

Jetty is a tonic for the demands of everyday life.

If you have a boat of your own, you don’t even need the ferry. That may be easier for Johnston than others.

Wiggle your toes. Play in warm shallow water that goes out super far. Be a kid again.

“We take our canoe there sometimes, too,” she said.



JET T Y ISL A ND 1. There are no lifeguards on duty or food vendors.

2. There are restrooms. 3. Kids under 12 must come with an adult. 4. Dogs are not allowed, except for service animals.

5. The beach is open daily (weather permitting) through Labor Day.

6. Jetty has special camps, programs, nature walks, interpretive classes, treasure hunts and more.

7. Depart from Jetty Landing by the Port of

Everett’s boat launch at 10th Street and W. Marine View Drive. There’s a $3 fee for parking. Pick up boarding passes at the kiosk at Jetty Landing Park. Return passes are available on the island.

8. Ferries typically run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. A donation of $2 for adults, $1 for kids is suggested for the ferry ride.

9. Reservations are available (and strongly encouraged) for Everett residents and groups of eight people or more from anywhere. These must be scheduled two business days or more in advance. Those without reservations can ride if seats are available.

10. Call 425-257-8304 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday through Friday to make reservations. A real person answers the phone and gives you a confirmation number.

More at


Above: Randy Stratton chats with neighbor Brooke Linford as they and two other neighbors and their families enjoy the beach at Jetty Island. Center: One of the Jetty Island ferry captains waits for boarders as the ferry begins operations for the summer on July 5. Right: David Engle pulls on the string attached to his 24-foot octopus kite as he enjoys the winds of Jetty Island.


Jetty Island

EVENTS Opening day pirates: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 5. A demonstration of traditional pirate skills and folklore will be followed by a treasure hunt in the sand of Jetty Island. Nature crafts: 2 to 3 p.m. Sundays. Make treasures to take home. All supplies provided.

Late night campfires: 7 to 8 p.m. on these dates: July 8, 14, 22 and 28; Aug. 5, 11, 19 and 25; and Sept. 2. Take part in your favorite Jetty campfire program or just enjoy a sunset on the beach. Campfires include gooey marshmallow snacks. Sand castle contest: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 22. Bring buckets, shovels and other tools to compete for prizes in age categories. From first-timers to to serious sand sculptors. All ages welcome for group or individual participation.

Above: Isabelle Shaw, 10, looks at her brother Keoki, 8, while he buries her in the sand and their family enjoys Jetty Island.

Senior day: Noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 16.

Rejuvenate your senses with a day at the beach. Enjoy a day of special activities for seniors, including nature walks, Jetty bingo and refreshments. Bring a lunch, a hat, an umbrella and sunglasses.

Fresh Paint float find: 10:30 a.m. Aug. 19. Hunt for your very own blownglass treasure. Collect a glass float and take it back ashore to the Fresh Paint Festival at Marina Village for a certificate of authenticity. Reservations on early boats strongly suggested. Note: Early ferries will be added and the west beach will be closed to all visitors until the 10:30 a.m. start time. Closing activities: On Labor Day, Sept. 4, say goodbye to summer and the Jetty with a celebration of good stewardship in the annual Trash Bash. Smokey Bear will be on hand and a local Scout troop color guard will lower the flags for closing celebration.

Left: An osprey watches over its nest along Jetty Island.

A little Jetty Island history The port-owned Jetty Island is a manmade island composed of sediment deposited by the Snohomish River. It began as a riprap jetty in the late 1800s and provided a protected harbor and navigation channel. The Port of Everett gained ownership of Jetty Island in 1929 and, with the help of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, built a new marsh of dredged river materials in 1989.

The original dredged material is more than 100 years old and has been added to over time as the result of maintenance dredging of the Snohomish River Channel. Juvenile salmon, waterfowl and bald eagles are just a few examples of the wildlife currently living on and around Jetty Island. Continuous work is being done to improve and expand the island’s wildlife habitat. Source: Port of Everett




is $24.99. (It ran me about $21 because mine was on clearance.)


y mother is very thrifty, meaning she does whatever it takes to save a few bucks. Naturally, some of that wore off on me. I made it all the way to high school without having had a professional manicure — because why pay someone for something you can do yourself? As a kid, I remember getting pretty creative with my nail polish: Fourth of July called for American flags on each nail, Halloween a different spooky decal on each digit. One week in fourth grade, I changed my nail polish seven times to coordinate each day’s outfit. Yes, I was that kid. Most of the time, however, I was too impatient to wait for the nail polish to dry, so my cute creations were too often smudged or I would wake up with bedsheet prints stuck to them. So when I received my first gel manicure for my friend’s wedding a few years ago, I was hooked. With gel, there is no waiting for the polish to dry and no chips for up to two weeks. It’s incredible. Except my newfound love would cost me quite the pretty penny if I wanted perfect nails 24/7. So I asked myself, “WWMD?” (What Would Mom Do?) The answer? “Do it yourself!” I set out to research what I needed to do my own shellac nails at home, looking for the best products and techniques. YouTube videos with tutorials and product reviews are a great source. I paid very close attention to the products and techniques used while I was getting my nails done at an actual salon. Pinterest also serves as an awesome site to get inspiration for nail designs. My next step was to find great deals (read: thrifty!) on Amazon and eBay, at Target, the Dollar Store and Costco. I also received access to Cosmoprof merchandise through a cosmetology friend with a membership card to the professional supply store. Here’s what you’ll need for a DIY nail salon: An LED light to set the polish, the gel nail polish set — primer, base coat, color and top coat — and basic nail-care items like files, clippers, polish remover and rubbing alcohol. I found an LED light as part of a gel starter kit at Target. The SensatioNail brand starter kit with LED light, base and top coat and one shellac color

The Dollar Store became my new favorite store. That’s where I found cotton balls, nail files and other basic nail necessities for only $1 each. Score! I found tiny glass bowls, nail brushes and small pump containers that were labeled “Alcohol” and “Acetone” on eBay, ranging in price from just a few cents to a few dollars. While delivery took a bit longer because it was shipped internationally, it was totally worth the wait. Those same products sell for 10 times as much at beauty supply stores. One of my most favorite finds was loose glitter pots at Cosmoprof on clearance for only $2 each. They are perfect for creating a party nail. I also bought a pack of white hand towels from Costco for $10 for a “spa” feel. My advice: Do research to find out which products you want, check what the average price is, and then shop around for sales or look for them in clearance.

Finished product.

A bottle of shellac nail polish usually runs about $10-$15 depending on the brand, which I haven’t been able to notice a big difference between. I found a deal on Amazon for 12 Yaoshun nail polishes for $24. The polish is an off-brand, so I was a bit skeptical, but to my surprise the color and quality is pretty comparable to OPI and CND polishes. Think of it this way: A basic gel manicure can cost you around $30 at the salon. If one bottle costs $10 and you can get an estimated 10 two-coat applications from that same bottle, that’s a $1 manicure. Sounds like a good deal to me.

LED curing machine.

With all my supplies, I was excited to create beautiful nails! I started with just doing my own nails and soon enough people noticed my super-shiny, flawless nails. Before long, my mom, sister and friends were begging me to do their nails, too. With all my practice creating new designs, I’ve gotten pretty good at it, if I do say so myself. My mom stops by the house to get her nails done every few weeks. We make a day of it. We love coming up with new designs — we’ll add a bit of glitter or stamp a nail for a holiday theme. She has fun showing off her nails at work.

Typical supplies.

I’m no professional and my “nail salon” is not a real salon, but I have a hobby that allows me to be creative, spend some quality time with my friends and family and make them feel good about themselves. Here’s to salon-quality gel manicures without breaking the bank.

Supplies for clean up.



MUKILTEO — Life is too short to not go on picnics.

That realization led Kelly Colman to found her picnicking company last summer. Colman is the owner of Proper Picnics, which is meant to inspire others to have more picnics. The Mukilteo business sells an assortment of ready-to-go picnics for couples, families and friends to take on road trips, day hikes, romantic getaways, concerts in the grass or lazy days at the beach. “Picnics are so easy and fun,” said Colman, 40. “They let you stop and be present with each other. I want to help people make a memory, have an outing and be carefree, almost like they’re a kid again.” An avid picnicker, Colman has designed picnics to-go or to-gift that were inspired by her favorite picnicking memories, including trips to the San Juan Islands. The picnics are packed in a traditional wicker basket or custom-made tote bag and feature almost all Washington-made specialty foods such as smoked salmon, stuffed olives, crackers, chips, tapenade and chocolates. Beverages include soda, beer and wine.


“These picnics are designed to be simple yet elegant meals that are travel-friendly,” Colman said. “They’re packed with gourmet goods that won’t go bad, so if you’re traveling on the ferry and the line is a lot longer than you thought it would be, you won’t have to worry.” After 16 years working in account management, sales and business development, Colman was ready to start a company of her own. She just didn’t know what kind of business that should be.

ply lounging on a blanket in the front yard. In Colman’s mind, picnics made those memories all the more special. There’s an art to packing the perfect picnic. “I spent a lot of time last year tasting foods to find the perfect combinations,” Colman said. “I basically pick my favorites. I like food and I like pairings and I like to try interesting blends. “I’ve pre-arranged a few [picnics], but everything really mixes and matches.”

It wasn’t until the back-to-back deaths of her mother-in-law and ex-husband two years ago that she found her focus.

One of her favorite pairings? Lemon crackers topped with smoked trout and feta and peppercorn tapenade.

“Both of those deaths affected me in such a way that I thought I need to really live for today and instill that in my son,” she said. “I want to make sure that every day we have on this Earth we are enjoying it with family and friends and … doing the things that make us happy.”

“It is raging delicious,” she said. “It’s so amazing.”

After looking through family photo albums from before and after she remarried, Colman realized that a lot of their happiest times were when they were picnicking.

Her best seller is the Salmon Pizzaz picnic with smoked salmon, lemon crackers, artichoke and caper spread, stuffed olives, chocolate salted caramels and two cans of sparkling water for $69.95.

It didn’t matter if they were storm watching from a beach on the Olympic Peninsula or sim-


Proper Picnics sells a variety of specialty picnics through its website, starting at $24.95. Each picnic serves 2-4 and includes plates, napkins, stemware, utensils and wipes. Also available are tailgate, kid and pet picnics.

She said most customers pick that picnic for

birthday, wedding and anniversary gifts because smoked salmon is a favorite. She’s also packed that one for corporate events and silent auctions.

I want to help people make a

The kid picnics, $24.95, are packed in a beach pail with shovel and bubbles. Those have beef jerky, a snack bar, diced fruit cup, potato chips, pudding cup and a can of sparkling lemonade. Want healthier snacks? Another version swaps in raisins, applesauce and roasted seaweed.

memory, have an outing and be carefree, almost like they’re a kid

The pet picnics with bottled water, bowl, salmon and/or peanut butter treats, toy and waste bags are $19.95 for small dogs and $24.95 for big dogs. The company also has jointly designed picnics with partner businesses, including Mukilteo’s Sydney Bakery & Wine Bar, Everett’s Bluewater Organic Distilling and the Mosquito Fleet Mercantile at Friday Harbor. Those picnics, starting at $47, are sold on location. “It’s a fabulous way to re-look at how you get ready for a picnic or go on a day trip,” said Judy Schneider-Wallace, owner of Sydney Bakery. “I’ve biked a lot in the San Juans, and I can see now if I was to plan a trip, instead of going to the grocery store, I could take one of her proper picnics, knowing I would have a great lunch when I got there.” Colman can also throw in accessories such as a blanket, sunblock, hats, bug repellent, a frisbee, football, badminton set or kite for an added fee. Now that picnic sales are picking up online, she’s looking at locations near the Everett Marina to open a walk-up kiosk. “It seems to be a perfect combination of trails and paths, grassy areas, picnic benches, the little walk-on ferry to Jetty Island and the marina itself,” she said. “It has every niche where people might want to enjoy a picnic.” A mother-in-law cottage attached to Colman’s house serves as her workshop for now. That’s where she keeps all of the specialty foods and accessories, hosts tasting events and packs prearranged

again. — K E L LY C O L M A N

or customized picnics. She also holds consultations there. Her husband, Andrew Gaston, not only has been her inspiration for picnics but he’s also one of her top customers. A vice president for a software company, he has purchased several picnics as rewards for his employees. He also took a couple of a la carte picnics with him on a corporate boating trip on Lake Union. “The folks I was with had no idea what was in it, and they kept getting more and more excited about everything I pulled out,” he said. “Diamond Knot beer, wines, smoked trout, smoked salmon, crackers, all different kinds of spreads. It was all first-class stuff that conveys the spirit of the Northwest.” The couple’s children, son Aramis and daughter Natalie, have even helped create some of the picnics. Aramis, 11, is a sixth grader at Harbour Pointe Middle School and Natalie, 17, is a senior at Kamiak High School. Aramis is her taste-tester for all the foods she packs for the kid picnics. Natalie gives feedback on food pairings, ease of eating and price points. While Colman loves picnicking in the San Juan Islands — Proper Picnic offers a special map that

shows 15 of the best places to picnic there — Colman also recommends laying a blanket and opening a basket at Driftwood Beach on Whidbey Island and Edgewater Beach in Mukilteo. “The goal is to get people to go out and live every day to the fullest,” she said. “We have so many beautiful places to explore. It doesn’t have to be perfect weather and it doesn’t have to be a traditional meal. It’s just about going someplace you’ve never been and seeing where the day takes you.”

TOP LEFT: Andrew Gaston, Julissa Downing and Kelly Colman enjoy a picnic at Edgewater Beach in Mukilteo. TOP RIGHT: Kelly Colman, owner of Proper Picnic. RIGHT: A tin of trout is paired with lemon crackers, a feta and pink peppercorn spread and lime Perrier, part of a picnic basket from Kelly Colman, owner of Proper Picnic.

TO SHOP PROPER PICNIC: Shop for speciality picnics online at www. Call 425-324-3306 or email kelly@properpicnic. com to set up a consultation appointment. WASHINGTON NORTH COAST MAGAZINE | SPRING 2017 | 53


Why I love it here:




hen friends and relatives come to visit Snohomish County for the first time, they are struck by its beauty: The Olympic Mountains to the west, Puget Sound, the islands, the tree-lined hills and the Cascade Range to the east with its “bookend” volcanoes — Mount Baker to the north and Mount Rainier to the south. After retirement, my wife and I moved to the Losvar Condominiums, located on the water between the Mukilteo ferry landing and the historic Mukilteo lighthouse. I have the opportunity to enjoy that beauty out my front windows as the ferries make their way to and from Clinton on Whidbey Island. My view north is Hat Island, Camano Island, Mission Beach and Tulalip Bay. To the east I see the Port of Everett, Naval Station Everett, downtown Everett and the hills of Marysville, Lake Stevens and Snohomish against the background of the majestic Cascades. What’s not to love about this place we call home?

But do you know what I love more? It’s the spirit of the people who live here and the generations who preceded them that have made this the caring, generous, resilient community it has become. As a native of Snohomish County, I have had a lifetime to see that spirit in action. As the youngest of six children, growing up in rural Silver Lake, I watched my parents and neighbors help each other through the challenging Depression years and World War II. They were wonderful role models for us. And looking back on it, we have memories of rationing and hand-me-down clothes but also love, friendships and fun. Our parents found time to volunteer at our Tri-Way Grange and Silver Lake Elementary School PTA. They set a good example for us. After high school, as I returned from basic training in the Army, I was looking for a job that would allow me to work full time and attend college full time. I was fortunate to get a messenger job at The Everett Herald that led to a


45-year newspaper career. I was able to attend Everett Community College and graduate from the University of Washington in four years. During that time I also had the opportunity to volunteer for United Way, the YMCA and other community organizations. I came to more fully appreciate that community spirit when I had the opportunity to meet and work with some of the local leaders who were descendants of the pioneers who built our schools, hospitals, clinics, libraries and nonprofits that have served us so well over the years. We have seen more recent generations of volunteers demonstrating that same spirit of caring and responding to the needs of our communities by creating Housing Hope, additional YMCAs and Boys & Girls Clubs, the Snohomish County Foundation, Dawson’s Place, Cocoon House and so many more. And more recently we saw the outpouring of love and support for the victims of the Oso mudslide

Larry Hanson is an Everett native. He enjoyed a 45year newspaper career at The Everett Herald, working in and managing almost every department before becoming president and publisher in 1984. He retired in 2002, a year after The Herald celebrated its 100th anniversary. He holds the honorary title of publisher emeritus of the newspaper. Hanson has been an active community leader and volunteer for over 60 years. He has been president or chairman of the Everett Chamber of Commerce and Everett Rotary Club, as well as for the Snohomish County’s United Way, Workforce Development Council and Healthy Communities Initiative. He also served on the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board, Partnership for Learning Board and KCTS Channel 9 advisory and operating boards. He is currently a member of the Washington State UniversityEverett Coordinating and Planning Board for North Puget Sound.

that was immediate and heartwarming. All of Snohomish County responded to help Arlington, Oso and Darrington recover from the tragedy. The same was true after the Marysville Pilchuck High School and Mukilteo shootings. Our people respond, not just in emergencies. That caring spirit of the people who live here is on display every day throughout the year.

That’s why I love it here.




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