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Help build Seattle’s 1st palliative care home and hospice for children.

As a nonprofit, the primary goal of Ladybug House is to build and operate the first freestanding palliative care home and hospice for children with life-limiting illnesses in Seattle. We will offer a place for respite and renewal to families during the unimaginable outside the hospital setting. We will celebrate every day, every moment and every life.

If we cannot add days to the life of a child, we will add life to their days.



The Great 8


City Living


Lady Luxe

Eight great people in Seattle making their impact in the city

Featured homes in the greater Seattle area

The 15 finalists of the Ville Magazine Cover Girl Search



For Your Information Four big things coming to Seattle



A New Reality Virtual Reality products that are all the rage for 2016.




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Absinthe cocktails to make you see green



Women Who Love Whiskey Two females leading the love for women who love whiskey



So Fresh & So Green



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Get fresh with local Seattle farmers market and what is in season

Read about the benefits of honey and featured dishes in Seattle



Optical Illusion How to make your small space appear and feel bigger



Body Guide The workout guide for what is best for your body type



Century of a Lifetime Can you live for 100 years?



Getaway to Boracay


The best spots to stay, eat, and play in the island of Boracay



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Preview of the upcoming season of our favorite Netflix original shows

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LORI BELLINA Lori grew up in Rochester, NY. After college, she relocated to Las Vegas to explore new opportunites. After residing there for 8 years, she packed up and moved to Seattle with her dog Max to expand her career in fashion and sales. Other than exploring her new surroundings, she can be found out and about in search of a damn good beer.

CASEY MARTIN Casey Martin is a Washington native who lives in Issaquah. In 2014, he taught English overseas in Taiwan. His hobbies include skateboarding, snowboarding, hiking and playing the ukulele. Having a natural talent for writing, he expresses his love for all different music genres, films, art, culture and theater.

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TREVOR CHAPMAN Trevor is a Seattle native studying journalism at the University of Washington. His love of photography and the fast-paced media industry brought him into the world of fashion. When he’s not working as a fashion PR assistant for the magazine, Trevor can be found praying for sun, shopping for plane tickets, and vying for the attention of his dog.


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I have met thousands of people throughout my life and will probably meet thousands more as I get older. I’ve met great people that inspired my dreams and ambitions, encouraged me when I had doubt, and supported me with every decision I’ve made. I’ve dealt with negative people that have brought me the exact opposite and sometimes worse. But I’m grateful for everyone, because they have shown me who I want to be and who I don’t want to be. This has shaped me into who I am today. According to Abraham Maslow, people reach their highest development by the influence of others. Social interactions and belonging are the basic needs required for self-actualization. You gain strength and courage by defending yourself against the ignorant and insecure, proving yourself to those who doubt you, and repeating the same things over and over again just to be heard. You soak in the kindness and love that teaches you appreciation, grows integrity, and develops your character. Every person gets to decide who they want to be and the impact they want to make in this world. Seattle is filled with influential people making great strides in healthcare, foundations, technology, business, and government; and we have managed to pick eight great ones. These eight Seattleites are all unique in their own way, influencing different industries, and following their passions. But what they all have in common is that they are all taking on challenges, delivering impactful positivity, and doing great things regardless of the odds. Before self-actualization, we must develop self-esteem that stems from the desire to be respected, accepted, and valued. It’s common to have a job or hobby that offers recognition to give people a sense of contribution or value. To achieve this, people have to step out of their comfort zone and into the limelight. That’s what the top 15 finalists of our 2016 Cover Girl Search had to do in order to make it as far as they did. In its fourth year, I must say that this year was the hardest to narrow down as we had a lot of amazing women enter the search. Our Cover Girl, Breann Bauer, exuded her passion for modeling from day one. Combined with her beauty, confidence, and kindness, she nailed it. All of the finalists worked hard and took the risk. I truly believe that each of them will go far, and we are honored to have them in this issue. The most important human needs are physiological. As air, water, and food are required to survive, shelter is needed for protection, which incorporates the need for safety. Where you live is your private, secure space where you can relax, refresh, and entertain. It’s important to feel comfortable, so we wanted to share tips on how to utilize your space and help you feel settled. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is only one theory on how we develop as humans. However, all theories include the basic principles and emphasize the need for the items mentioned above necessary to discover who you truly are. Life can be short or it can last over 100 years. However long you live, make sure you are being the best you can be. Remember that not everyone is going to be on the same level as you at different times or for various reasons. So until then, inspire love, be kind, stand strong in the face of adversity, and speak up against injustice. It only takes one person to change the world; perhaps it will be you.

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Seattle-based scooter club Soldiers of Destiny take the backroads across America this July to raise awareness for The Moyer Foundation.






FOR YOUR INFORMATION... ADAM & EVE Fernando Botero’s famed 12 ½ ft. Adam & Eve bronzed statues are moving to Seattle. Martin Selig purchased the old Federal Reserve Building last year and decided to give his already extensive building plan an extra boost. However, unlike other places Adam & Eve have been on display, he is splitting up the two lovers. Adam will be chilling on a pedestal on 2nd and Madison, and Eve’s location is yet to be revealed. Perhaps she will be found next to an apple tree. BOOKED SOLID It’s no secret that Seattle is a prime spot for major conventions, and when a big one rolls through town every hotel in the city is booked solid. Multiple hotel chains are realizing that and making their reservations to build new or takeover and revamp the older ones in Seattle. Thompson Hotels is opening their first hotel in Seattle on 1st Avenue and Stewart Street. It will stand 12 stories high and feature Huxley Wallace Collective’s restaurants. In 2017, Hotel 1000 will be a thing of the past with Loews’ recent purchase. After a multimillion-dollar renovation, it will be dubbed as Loews Regency Seattle.

Spirit Airlines now flying from Sea-Tac (photo:

Adam and Eve (Fernando Botero – Bronze Sculpture) at Botero Museum

WE GOT SPIRIT Spirit Airlines will start flying in and out of Sea-Tac non-stop to Los Angeles and Las Vegas on March 24. Spirit is known for its low fares, especially for those who are part of the $9 fare club. The membership benefits include one way fares for only - yep, you guessed it, $9. If you have never flown Spirit, just remember that you get what you pay for. After you book that low fare, add on $35 - $45 for a carry-on bag. No, that isn’t a typo. I meant carry-on. Fees for checked bags are added on top of that. Also, don’t expect to get too comfortable… leg room and the seats themselves are quite minuscule. TINY BUBBLES The homelessness in Seattle is at an all-time high, and tent cities don’t seem to be helping. The encampments are not providing any security or preventing incurring violence. Tent dwellers are migrating to inner city neighborhoods that have never been exposed to homelessness before. City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw is hoping to make a “tiny” change. She is suggesting neighborhoods of 100 – 150 tiny homes (about 96 sq. ft.) to be located in all seven city districts. The proposed idea was inspired by existing tiny home villages that have already built. What’s the moral of story? It only takes one tiny thing to make a huge impact. PEOPLE ISSUE l VILLE l 11


A NEW REALITY Written by: Charity Mainville l Photo:

What if you could experience a place all the way across the world without actually being there? What if you could travel back in time to a moment in history and experience it like you were actually there? This possibility used to seem impossible, but this year that will become a reality … virtually… as the tech world continues to evolve. The concept of virtual reality attempted to make an impact a few years ago and failed. However, this year it has made a comeback with a vengeance and has taken over how we view what we deem as real. Some say it’s a fad, and some say it’s the future. It comes as no surprise that Mark Zuckerburg is in fully supportive with Facebook purchasing Oculus for $2 billion back in 2014. Some may say it’s a bad idea as already a majority of the world today lives vicariously through social media. This will soon allow the world to disconnect from one-on-one interaction because they will be able to do it virtually. On the flip side, some say it’s necessary to make strides in the health industry by testing procedures and cures that we have never been able to before. Besides Facebook’s Oculus, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, LG, Apple, and more have all jumped on the virtual bandwagon and have released consumer products that range from $20 to the hundreds. Here are the ones that are creating the most buzz.


TECH SPECS GOOGLE CARDBOARD ($20) Experience VR in a cost-efficient way. Google Cardboard is a VR platform that is built literally from cardboard in any way your creative mind would like it to appear. Simply download compatible apps and hold your smartphone phone in front of the lenses at the right distance to step into a whole new world. Bonus: Google has made it possible for every YouTube video available to be watched in virtual reality. SAMSUNG’S GEAR VR ($100) If you have a Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6, or Galaxy S6 Edge, you are the lucky ones that get to experience the Gear VR. Higher in quality and more comfortable than Google Cardboard, this headset gives you a 360-degree experience while watching Netflix, Hulu, playing games, experiencing apps, and watching films in your own created private movie theater. As if that wasn’t enough, Samsung has an exclusive interactive VR thriller series, Gone. FOVE ($399) Current VR devices use the physical direction that the user is facing to view different parts of a VR scene. FOVE is stepping it up a notch or two with an infrared-sensor that tracks the user’s eye motions to know where you are looking without having to turn your head making VR even more real. It claims it will reduce that “3D sickness,” because you won’t have to deal with unnatural head movements. Social environments will be transformed as you will get to communicate with just a simple glance or make eye contact with the cute VR character you have been spying across the room. It will also be great for those with physical disabilities allowing them to type, play instruments, operate robots, and more with only their eyes. OCULUS RIFT ($599) The Oculus Rift is what started the rage in virtual reality hardware. As most 3D experiences can cause motion sickness or blurring, Rift’s 360-degree experience claims those issues won’t be a concern when diving into the VR world. It’s lightweight, and the headset it is adjustable making it so comfortable it feels like you are simply putting on a pair of glasses. It is said that this will be the leader for social VR interaction as Oculus is currently developing social applications exclusive to the Rift. This makes sense considering Facebook owns it. HTC VIVE ($799) Besides its amazing clarity and better aspect ratio that produces taller images to prevent you from having to look up with your eyes, it is also has room-scale motion tracking. After popping this headset on, you will be able to walk around any open space, and it will track every step you take. Instead of walking around in reality in your bedroom, you can set it up to be walking around in outer space. PEOPLE ISSUE l VILLE l 13




Famed for its lucid effects, absinthe was the green drink of choice for turn-of-the-century artists like Van Gogh and Picasso. Sources say that absinthe was so popular during the Belle Époque that five o’clock was known as the Green Hour. It originated in France and has deep roots in New Orleans where the 200-year-old Absinth House is a staple of the Vieux Carré, still attracting tourists today. For over 100 years, the “green muse” was illegal in the U.S. and the supposed hallucinationic properties in wormwood helped contribute to its notorious reputation. Now that it’s been legalized, distillers and craft cocktail bars have been experimenting with authentic absinthe. Can the elusive 120-proof green fairy send you floating into a transcendental state of madness? Only the brave will find out. Written by: Lauren Adam l Photo: Artem Efimov

EMERALD DISTILLERS Pacific Distillery is the leader in local authentic absinthe production. Their Absinthe Verte Supérieure is made in accordance with the classic 1855 recipe using a hand-hammered copper alembic pot still – producing something very similar to what you would drink in 19th century France. Try their recipe for the Obituary Cocktail and see if you can stay alive through the night.

TAVERN LAW Tavern Law celebrates drinking’s colorful history with a throwback style reminiscent of prohibition. The ban on booze in the U.S. has some overlap with the absinthe embargo, and their menu incorporates a thoughtful nod to the forbidden elixir. On the smoky side is the Dusky Hummingbird with Mezcal, lychee liquor, lime, agave, and absinthe. And for something ever so slightly more traditional: Antoinette’s Guillotine with cognac, rum, grapefruit, lime, ginger, and of course absinthe.

Obituary Cocktail: 2 ½ oz. Voyager Gin ½ oz. Dry Vermouth ¼ oz. Pacifique Absinthe Add to mixing glass with ice and stir until well chilled. Strain into frosted cocktail glass. Lemon twist.

SAZERAC Where better to get a Sazerac than the downtown namesake? Sazerac was born in New Orleans in the 1830’s when drugstore owner Antoine Amédée Peychaud began serving his patrons toddies mixed with his bitters and Sazerac de Forge et Fils cognac. During the absinthe ban, the drink was made with herbsaint. Now you can get it with Old Overholt rye whiskey, Peychaud’s bitters, sugar, lemon peel, and an absinthe rinse.

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GAINSBOURGE French singer, songwriter, pianist, film composer, poet, painter, screenwriter, writer, actor, and director, Serge Gainsbourge is the namesake of this old world Greenwood pop culture-inspired lounge. Absinthes ranging from the French La Fee to Sweden’s Mansinthe, the Spanish Obsello, and Portland’s Tillium are all served in the traditional method. They also serve a mean brunch. 8550 Greenwood Avenue, North Seattle, Washington 98103;

THE BARREL THIEF Possibly the original hair of the dog, The Corpse Reviver is meant to bring your party-loving self back to life. Get it at the Barrel Thief in Fremont where small local producers and distributors are priority. Their Corpse Reviver #2 uses “morning after gin,” house triple sec, lillet blanc, absinthe, and lemon juice. 3417 Evanston Ave. N. #102, Seattle, WA 98103; LA RITUAL FÉE VERTE Typically, absinthes are bitter. However, the flavor profile should be herbal to some extent. To drink absinthe in true French form, purveyors should follow a very specific method. Usually a sugar cube is placed on a flat perforated spoon, and then iced water slowly drips onto the sugar, which gradually dissolves into the absinthe. The absinthe will turn a milky neon shade of green ready to take drinkers on a wild ride. PEOPLE ISSUE l VILLE l 15


WOMEN WHO LOVE WHISKEY Interviewed by: Lauren Adam l Photo: Megan Rainwater

Women Who Love Whiskey was established in December 2014 by Bridget Maloney, Jamie Buckman, and Melissa Cross. It all started when Bridget and Melissa attended a whiskey camp for bartenders called Camp Runamok in Kentucky. Being surrounded by other women that were excited about whiskey inspired them to bring the love back to Seattle for what has turned into a new found sense of community and camaraderie. Originally the group was supposed to be for the food and beverage industry, but it has shifted into a hybrid consumer trade club with a shared passion for the spirit. Perks of the group include tastings, tours, a first look into what’s coming out next, and a bunch of badass drinking buddies.

Bourbon or scotch? Any favorite brands or varieties that you’ve tried recently? Bridget Maloney: Scotch. I love bourbon, and I love rye; but I’m not a fan of sweet, and bourbon can be a little bit too sweet sometimes. Some of the sherry finishes that you get on scotch just have a really beautiful flavor. I’ll go on dates and be like, “I’ll have a Bruichladdich port charlotte neat,” and the guy’s like, “What?” There’s a whiskey for everyone whether they think so or not. Jamie Buckman: Scotch. Scotch is what took me down this path. I remember trying the Glen Morgan 10-year-old for the very first time years ago, and it was one of those ping moments. Are there any local Washington distilleries that are producing stand-out whiskey? BM: We have the highest amount [of whiskey distilleries] per capita of any city, county, or state in the U.S. JB: They’re all doing an amazing job. One of the ones that stands out the most is Westland. Putting out a single malt and only a single malt is a risky venture because it takes a lot of time. They are extraordinarily patient and informational when it comes to explaining what the process is and how they do it. 16 l VILLE l PEOPLE ISSUE

Is there anywhere you can recommend for whiskey flights? BM: Radiator Whiskey has a good local flight. JB: First you should determine what kind of whiskey you are looking for…having a basic outline and then finding a staff that can cater to that. Liberty is great at that.


What upcoming events do you have planned for Women Who Love Whiskey in 2016? BM: I am really excited [about] doing a bus tour of local distilleries and being able to taste all the whiskeys they are putting out. We’ve done 2bar, we’ve done Westland, but there are so many other ones.

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Do you have a lot of men that attend? BM: The boys love it. They want us to make t-shirts that say: “Men Love Women Who Love Whiskey.” JB: Our whiskey brings all the boys to the yard.



What advice can you give to novice whiskey drinkers who want to learn more about their pallet or recognizing specific tasting notes? JB: There’s one for everyone, if not 10. It’s more about getting to know the person. The fun part about doing a tasting is getting into that conversation. It’s such a vast category, and if you don’t have someone to show you around a little bit it can be overwhelming. What’s the most rewarding part about Women Who Love Whiskey? JB: Watching the friendships grow. There were times when we never got the support that we needed or wanted, or had the mentor that would have been amazing to have. There are so many wonderful, beautiful, strong women in this community that are equally talented. This is about having a spot to come together. At the end of the day, yes it’s about whiskey, but really it’s about relationships. BM: We had a Seattle Times article come out about us, and after that article came out we started getting all these messages like “I didn’t know there were other women that like whiskey” or “none of my other friends like whiskey.” It’s not just a bunch of women that love whiskey; it’s community we’ve created. We’ve all become friends, and we come together for these events and have a good time. The way that the community has responded has been more than we every anticipated. We knew it was going to be good, and we knew it was going to be fun; but we had no idea that it was going to be this.


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SO FRESH & SO GREEN Written by: Lauren Adam / Photo: Pike Place Market

Spring is just within reach. Things are growing. Warmth is coming. Farmers invest in a harvest; and we can make healthy investments, too. “Local,” “organic,” and “sustainable” have become over-watered buzz words, but 57% of consumers are searching for foods made with simple, real ingredients. There’s an emphasis on food authenticity and community-rich sourcing in a renewable way. Make conscious eating easier while getting the most out of these Seattle green scenes. URBAN FORAGE Buy from local farmers and producers in your neighborhood Early spring: Cauliflower, leeks, asparagus, nettles Late spring: Spinach, rhubarb, radishes, peas Early summer: Apricots, green beans, beets, blackberries, broccoli For a complete list, visit

LENNY’S 10410 Greenwood Ave. N # C, Seattle, WA 98133

Rummage through the fresh produce at Lenny’s and find locally grown foods at an extremely affordable price. The stand also has specialty grocery items. MACPHERSON’S 4500 15th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98108

Peruse this European-style open air market. MacPherson’s is a favorite on Beacon Hill for their wide variety of fruits and veggies. Discount items are perfect for juicing and smoothies.

GETTING FRESH Treat your body to clean foods done right HARVEST BEAT 1711 N. 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98103

Whole, natural, and eco-friendly practices are dedicated to a united, healthy world. Produce comes from their own organic farm, and the menu is pre-fixed to respect what’s available seasonally. At this time, their menu boasts a course of cashew quinoa poblano soufflé nestled in a smoked delicate squash cup with an Oaxcan mole. LOCAL 360 2234 1st Ave., Seattle, WA 98121

Local 360 knows that sustainable eating is a choice; 90% of their ingredients are sourced from within a 360 mile radius. Meats and dairy items come from humane farms, and use USDA Certified Organic whenever possible. Try the Line Caught Ling Cod with farro, butternut sofrito, and smoked onion vinaigrette. CAFÉ FLORA 2901 E Madison St., Seattle, WA 98112

Rising Sun has been in business for over 30 years. It started with just Yakima Asparagus and has become a full blown produce haven.

The vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free menu at Café Flora changes depending on what’s in season. Dine in the lush, green, light-filled indoor courtyard – we recommend the Portobello Wellington with grilled portobello mushrooms, mushroom pecan pate, and leeks in puff pastry, served with mashed potatoes, madeira wine sauce, and seasonal vegetables.



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One of the crown jewels of Pike Place, Frank’s sources produce for some of Seattle’s most esteemed chefs. Try a seasonal sample and get advice on what flavor is at its best.

The “earth to plate” style feature farm fresh dishes made possible by local farmers. There is an emphasis on sustainable farming and organic ingredients. Get the Parsnip Risotto with honey crisp apples, fried sage, black trumpet mushrooms, and crisped serrano ham.

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THE DISH SEATTLE BEE WORKS The Buzz: Sells honey, hosts urban hives, and provides general bee education. Pure, raw, antibiotic-free honey supporting the health of bees and humans. Available in wildflower, blackberry, and knotweed varieties. SEATTLE URBAN HONEY The Buzz: Started with 2 hives and has 60 hives located across north Seattle in the Center for Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington and the Snoqualmie Valley. You can find it at Phinney Farmers Market and University District Farmers Market. SUNNY HONEY The Buzz: In the main arcade at Pikes Place, Sunny Honey specializes in berry blossom honey. Their store also features select honey varieties from Washington produced by fellow beekeepers. In addition to honey, you can get items like their Worker Bee Body Balm. BALLARD BEE COMPANY The Buzz: Facilitates hive hosting with an aim to educate on the importance of bee ecosystems. The people hosting the hives get some honey, and the yards in their neighborhood benefit from the pollination. Their Ballard Bee Dark Cream Honey was a recipient of the national Good Food Award. ELLENOS REAL GREEK YOGURT Small batch and locally handcrafted, Ellenos is dedicated to authenticity. It contains only natural ingredients (milk, honey, cane sugar), and the honey is supplied directly from the hives located at Puyallup. This is the best yogurt you will ever taste. HONEY SRIRACHA BRUSSELS SPROUTS, BJ’S Crunchy, crisp fried Brussels sprouts tossed in Big Poppa Smokers’ Desert Gold seasoning with sriracha crema sweetened with honey.

GOLDEN Written by: Lauren Adam l Photo: Elisanth

Honey is the world’s healthiest candy. According to the National Institute of Health, honey is hygroscopic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory. It’s also a nutrient rich probiotic. This ancient elixir is dripping with benefits proving it’s just as efficacious as it is delicious. It can soothe a cold, relieve allergies and boost energy. A honey harvest supports an allnatural, thriving ecosystem through biodiversity and crop pollination. You can call it science, but to beekeepers it’s an art. Flavor complexities come from the floral sources where the bees have fed, and there are more than 300 varieties of honey found in the United States alone. Each ranges significantly in flavor, aroma, and color. This year’s bounty won’t be harvested until summer, but behind the scenes the bees are just getting started.

SEARED HAMACHI WITH TROPICAL FRUIT CARPACCIO, SEASTAR Japanese yellowtail fish is served with juicy golden pineapple and mango carpaccio, kiwi, and a sushi rice cake. It’s topped with habanero honey and toasted macadamia nuts. HONEY LAVENDER ICE CREAM, MOLLY MOONS Uses locally-harvested wild honey and bits of organic lavender from Sequim, on the Olympic Peninsula. RIGHT AT HOME Honey Bear Energy Mix ½ cup Sunny Honey North Cascade Fireweed Honey 2 tablespoons butter or margarine 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided 4 cups mixed nuts 2 ½ tablespoons superfine sugar Directions: Combine honey, butter, and ½ teaspoon cinnamon in saucepan; bring mixture to a boil and boil 2 minutes while stirring constantly. Pour honey mixture over nuts and mix until nuts are coated. Spread on foil-lined cookie sheet or jelly roll pan. Bake at 325°F for 10 to 15 minutes or until nuts are glazed and lightly browned. Cool for 30 minutes; remove from foil. Combine sugar and remaining cinnamon; toss with to coat. PEOPLE ISSUE l VILLE l 21



Eight great people of Seattle making their mark by giving their talents and vision to the city. Interviewed by: Charity Mainville

Out of all that you have been honored for, which You learn a lot as you go on in life. I was very recognition is your proudest? fortunate to be influenced by a lot of good

Certainly being the first to bring a championship title in basketball to Seattle was a big milestone. Having the opportunity to represent our country in the Olympic Games as a coach was an incredible experience and honor. But the achievement I am the proudest of is the work my foundation and all the people involved in it. I feel strongly that when we are in a position to give back to the community and make it a better place, we must do so.

people, and I learned that life’s experiences allow you to make life adjustments. I was absorbing experiences at every turn in my life and shaping my future along the way. For example, I missed my second year of pro-ball because I went into active duty as a second lieutenant. These experiences all helped me to become a leader on and off the court.

I guess you could say that it was a path I took as opportunities were presented. Many people don’t know this, but I grew up playing several sports as a kid and even played more hockey and baseball before ever trying basketball. Eventually I started playing more and more basketball, never once thinking I would play professionally. I learned that it came naturally to me, and by the time I was drafted #1 by the St. Louis Hawks I still had yet to see a live pro game. After seeing a game that year, I was hooked and inspired. I was determined to be the best I could be in the sport.

It wasn’t so much being looked down on, as it was more about being made to feel uncomfortable. I believe that young people have a keen sense of knowing when those around them are being disingenuous and inauthentic. I wanted to help provide youth with the opportunity to feel valued, safe, and supported, especially when it came to healthcare. For me it wasn’t only about providing access to affordable healthcare, but that the care would be provided to all with love, understanding, and kindness.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure that I could do it. It took time and patience. I started to see growth in the dynamic between me and the other players. I think it came easier for me at the time since I was a point guard. Point guards are really the quarterbacks of basketball. It was also a different time back then; I don’t think you could do that today.

over 50 years ago when I met Dr. Blanche Lavizzo, a strong and passionate black American physician who was the clinic’s very first medical director. Her legacy inspired the clinic’s motto of “Quality care with dignity.” The clinic is so special in a way that it makes the people in the community feel respected, comfortable, and safe. I made a promise to always dedicate resources to the OBCC.

You faced hardships growing up and your mother struggled to raise you and your siblings. You were Was playing basketball your dream or a path you brought to free healthcare clinics where you felt looked down upon. Why did you feel that way? took as opportunities were presented to you?

Photo: Lenny Wilkens Foundation



LENNY WILKENS IS A LEGEND IN THE PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE WITH MULTIPLE AWARDS INCLUDING THE NAISMITH MEMORIAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE THREE TIMES, TWOTIME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL WINNER, AND CHUCK DALY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. Originally from Brooklyn, Lenny found his way to Seattle as a player and coach for the previous Seattle basketball team, the Super Sonics. Now settled in Seattle, he continues to make an impact with his foundation that funds organizations that deliver healthcare and education services to young people while honoring their dignity and sense of self-respect. His foundation has raised over $6 million helping families in the Pacific Northwest.

You founded the Lenny Wilkens Foundation with In 1969, you were asked to be a player – coach for your first contribution to the Odessa Brown Clinic in the Seattle Super Sonics. How would you describe 1970. Why is this clinic most important to you? the experience of playing both at the same time? I was first drawn to the Odessa Brown Clinic

You grew up in Brooklyn, but have settled in Seattle. What made you decide to reside here? What are the future goals of the foundation?

At the beginning, I always thought I would settle back on the East coast. We love New England, but we fell in love with the Pacific Northwest, too. It’s so similar to New England in a lot of ways, all the wilderness, greenery. Eventually, we raised our children here and now have grandchildren in the area. We can’t imagine ever leaving.

I will always support the OBCC. It has become so much of who I am and the legacy I want to leave for the youth of today and for years to come. But certainly when we have an opportunity to support others in a positive way, especially when it helps young people, we will be there, too. I have always said that young people are tomorrow’s doctors, lawyers, politicians, and teachers. It is our duty to help What are some of your life experiences that have them succeed in every way. helped you to become the leader you are today?


first removal of anything cannabis related out of CSA. It released these types of products to the mainstream marketplace allowing them to be sold in spas, health food stores, and other locations within the state. The Cannabis Basics federal trademark is significant, because it was the first Federal TM awarded by the USPTO for a company logo with the word cannabis and the cannabis leaf, protecting a product with actual cannabis in it, not a service or educational institute. It is important to note that the USPTO did not award us this trademark based on our cannabis weed line [only available in WA]. Rather, it was awarded based on our worldwide cannabis hemp line. These two distinct lines have a very similar branding, which will by default also protect the intellectual property of the weed line. Have you struggled selling your product within a society with the majority still having a stigma towards cannabis?

Photo: Daniel Hager

What made you interested in this industry?



THIS PAST YEAR, AH WARNER WAS GRANTED A FEDERAL TRADEMARK FOR CANNABIS BASICS MAKING IT THE FIRST BY THE USPTO THAT PROTECTS A COMPANY LOGO WITH THE WORD CANNABIS AND THE CANNABIS LEAF. Ah Warner has been surrounded by cannabis her entire life. Her family was involved in smuggling, trading, and selling the drug. Even though it was illegal, she didn’t consider it wrong. Instead, she felt like she was providing a valuable product to those who were in need. In 1995, she took that passion and launched Cannabis Creations, later renamed Cannabis Basics, producing quality health and beauty aids with premium organic hempseed oil and cannabis flowers. 24 l VILLE l PEOPLE ISSUE

You could say it’s in my genes. My grandfather smuggled weed under the brim of his helmet crossing the Mexican border. My brothers were all involved to one degree or another in the weed trade back in the 70’s and 80’s. I had a triple beam set up in my best friend’s father’s office back in high school, selling ounces while he vacationed in Florida for the winters. I had always been the “hook up.” I have never grown weed myself, but have helped many friends grow and have spent countless hours manicuring weed for distribution which was really where my talents lay. Cannabis Health and Beauty Aids are newly defined by Washington law here, can you tell us about the process and how that related to you getting your trademark granted?

In 2015, I co-authored The Cannabis Health and Beauty Aids Act with political analyst and patient activist, Kari Boiter. The act would define CHABA as topical cannabis products that are not meant for human or animal consumption, less than .3% THC, non-intoxicating, and not marijuana, removing them from the Washington Controlled Substances act (CSA). It was the

I am no longer experiencing the pushback of the 90’s; however, I am completely aware that we live in the Great Green State of Washington. I am finding that the older generations are embracing these types of products. Pain is a common denominator, especially in aging folks. Since these types of products can help with pain and inflammation while remaining non-intoxicating, many people now think it’s cool to be connected to a healthy cannabis product. One of my favorite accounts is a yarn store in Bellingham where my products sell like hot cakes to mostly older women who just want to be able to crochet and knit without pain. What is one misconception that you would like people to understand when it comes to cannabis?

There are two types of cannabis. First, there’s industrial hemp which has less than .3% THC and used in a multitude of industries including skin care. Then there’s weed which we’ve used for medicine, celebrations, and rituals pretty much forever. Hempseed oil from the pressed seeds of hemp is the foundational element in my formulas. Hemp oil, which is rich in Omega’s 6 and 3 in the perfect ratio that human’s need for optimal cellular performance, promotes elasticity and collagen production. Now that you are trademarked, what are the next steps you are planning for your brand?

As I mentioned, our hemp line can be sold anywhere. We can pick up accounts all over the U.S. knowing that our branding is fully protected by federal law. Our focus, though, for the next few years will be building the Cannabis Basics Education Wellness and Research Center. We will manufacture Cannabis Basics CHABA for the state while growing and researching industrial hemp, as well as be providing an educational destination complete with a museum, event space, and a wellness center. Our ultimate goal is to get CHABA back in the hands of all health-conscious consumers and to make Washington State known worldwide as the modern day birthplace of Cannabis Health and Beauty Aids.

When I came to interview, I could tell almost immediately that it lived up to its reputation and more. It is driven by science and to better humanity, and that really resonated with me. Still does. I’m honored to run a laboratory at a place with such a rich history and with such wonderful colleagues. This past summer you received a $4.1M grant to study ways to prevent metastatic breast cancer. Why have you decided to focus your research on this type of cancer?

Photo: Bo Jungmayer / Fred Hutch News Service

Can you explain what metastatic microenvironments are exactly?



Yes. Tumors of all kinds spread and eventually grow from their site of origin to other organ sites. This process is called metastasis. My lab primarily studies breast cancer. But rather than study cancer cells in the breast, we study them in the tissues that breast cancer metastasizes to—the bones, lungs, brain, liver, and lymph nodes. As you can imagine, these tissues are very different than the breast, and the microenvironments (all of the normal cells, things they secrete, and structures making up these tissues) breast tumor cells “see” when they enter these organs are very different from where they used to live. We study how these new “normal” tissue microenvironments regulate breast tumor cells when they wander into distant organs.

ACCORDING TO BREASTCANCER.ORG, ABOUT 1 IN 8 U.S. WOMEN WILL DEVELOP INVASIVE BREAST CANCER, AND AN ESTIMATED 30% WILL BECOME METASTATIC MONTHS OR EVEN YEARS AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED. DR. CYRUS GHAJAR, DIRECTOR OF THE LABORATORY FOR THE STUDY You had always been interested in biology growing OF METASTATIC MICROENVIRONMENTS AT THE FRED HUTCHINSON CANCER RESEARCH CENTER, up in hope of helping others. Was there a specific experience that made you interested in the field? IS DEDICATED TO RESEARCHING HOW THESE Health Not really. All I knew is that I wanted to CANCER CELLS SPREAD AND FINDING A WAY TO make a positive impact. I always liked biology, PREVENT METASTASIS. but did not necessarily want to be a scientist. With his degree in bioengineering, he combined his engineering skills and medical knowledge to create a 3-D, lab-based breast tumor model. This has allowed him and his team to target the sleeping tumor cells in hopes of destroying them and hopefully find a cure to the second-most diagnosed cancer in women today.

I wanted to be a medical doctor. But once I started doing research in a lab, I loved it and I realized that this is what I wanted to do.

How did you get involved with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and choose to do your research there?

The Hutch is world renowned, and when I started looking for a faculty position I saw they had an opening and applied immediately.

As a fellow in Berkeley, I trained in Mina Bissell’s laboratory. At the height of the oncogene revolution in the late 70’s/early 80’s (when everyone thought knowing what genes get mutated would allow a cure for cancer), she stressed the importance of context and showed that the microenvironment of a genetically aberrant breast cancer cell could make that cell behave if the right cues were present; conversely, minus these cues a normal cell could be turned into a malignant one. All of this work was done in the context of the breast; and in fact, that’s the one rule of her lab—you have to work on the breast! Once I left her lab, I decided to stick with it. Unfortunately, I have a lot more fuel now to meet our goal of preventing metastatic breast cancer. I meet so many breast cancer survivors and would love to do anything we can to make sure they don’t die of this disease. You developed 3D lab-based breast tumor to examine how various environments influence tumor cells. What has this allowed you to discover thus far?

About 20% of all breast cancer metastases occur a decade or more after initial treatment. What happens during this 10+ years? That’s what my laboratory is trying to figure out. We think that cells that leave the breast prior to treatment are put to sleep by their new surroundings, and then something wakes them up years down the road. But what? Mina and I discovered that these cells are put to sleep by the very structures they use to travel around—blood vessels. We showed this partly by mimicking the body’s vessels in what is known as tissue culture—we can create blood vessels in a dish in the laboratory, then layer on breast tumor cells. This allowed us to have the first model whereby tumor cells are naturally put to sleep by normal cells. Now, we can leverage these models to look for drugs that selectively target sleeping tumor cells. In fact, we may soon be funded by the Pink Gene Foundation to help us do this. If we can eliminate sleeping tumor cells; obviously, they’re not around anymore to wake up cause problems. Clearly, that would be an ideal scenario! PEOPLE ISSUE l VILLE l 25

I wanted to focus on bigger objectives (K2) as well as linking up summits (Everest & Lhotse combination) and the realm of unclimbed peaks. Nobody was doing that. Rather than focus exclusively on the “7 Summits” as many international guiding operations do, I wanted to branch out and attempt some new and harder objectives. Do climbers have to have a certain level of experience to be guided or can it be someone’s first time? What’s the normal training time for climbs?

To go on a guided Rainier or Mt. Baker climb, you need to be physically fit. The guides will teach you how to use the ice axe, crampons, and climbing rope. To attempt a bigger peak like Denali or Everest, you need the technical training as well as some expedition experience beforehand. You have the historic achievement of summiting both Mt. Everest and Lhotse together in less than 24 hours. What was your biggest challenge during the climb?

The biggest challenge was staying motivated to finish this climb. After reaching the summit of Everest and returning to the high camp, (like everyone) we were really tired and just wanted to sleep. Finding the motivation to get up and march out of the camp to climb Lhotse was tough, but once we got moving we were okay.

Photo: Madison Mountaineering

Mountain climbing can be very dangerous. You have faced deadly avalanches including this past one that occurred from the Nepal earthquake last year and sadly lost team member, Eve Girawong. What gave you the strength and calmness to help get people off the mountain?

During his life, he has broken records, taught others to climb, rescued survivors There was no other option for me than to help during natural disasters, and doesn’t manage the situation the best I could to get us down. We had some serious challenges, but we got plan on stopping anytime soon. through them; the team pulled together. I’ve been How did your first climb feel? involved in many mountain rescues over the years, We did not have the technical skills or and this was by far the worst for me personally. experience to feel comfortable going on our own, so we went with the guide service With the tragedies you have faced, why do you continue Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. We followed to climb? Have you thought about stopping? WHEN GARRETT MADISON WAS A BOY, HE AND the recommended training program of The last two seasons on Everest have been very HIS FATHER WOULD GO HIKING IN THE OLYMPIC hiking stadium steps with 45 lb. backpacks tragic, both natural disasters resulted in the deaths and rented or purchased all of the required of 16-18 people respectively. My first 6 expeditions AND CASCADE MOUNTAINS, SOMETIMES clothing and equipment. For my dad and to Everest were perfect; our teams made it to SCRAMBLING UP TO A NEARBY MOUNTAINTOP me, it was a very serious undertaking; we the summit and got down safely. I believe the TO SEE THE INCREDIBLE 360-DEGREE VIEWS OF really wanted to succeed if the weather last 2 seasons have been anomalies (icefall then and mountain conditions allowed, so we earthquake). I don’t expect this to happen again SURROUNDING PEAKS. did everything we could to maximize our in my lifetime, and the positive benefits of climbing outweigh the potential negatives. I plan to return to The magical feeling of being above it all, up chances of success.. Everest this spring and have a great expedition. in the clouds, with jagged ridgelines and Why did you start your own company and mountain spires was what inspired him to guide others in mountain climbing? Do you have any major upcoming climbs or personal climb higher. At age 17, he made his first After 14 years as a professional mountain goals in the future you want to achieve? climb at Mt. Rainier. In 2014, he founded guide, I decided to start my own company I plan to go back to Everest in the spring of 2016, Madison Mountaineering, leading climbers because I wanted the freedom to choose then to K2 in July of this year. We will do another to the summit of Mt. Everest and other the mountains and the people I would lead unclimbed peak expedition in the autumn as well. mountains. on expeditions.




and very international. Relatively speaking, Seattle’s hotel community is more intimate, and Seattleites have taken an active part in its creation. I think of the locals who’ve dined at the old Painted Table at the Alexis Hotel, celebrated a romantic evening at the Inn at the Market, or toasted the holidays at Hotel Sorrento. That’s what makes the Seattle industry so unique - our locals living among the visitors. You returned to Seattle as the GM of Hotel Vintage spearheading its multimillion dollar transformation rebrand. What challenges did you face to make sure the rebrand delivered the right message?

When relaunching a property, the pressure amounts because there is only one chance to rebrand. At Hotel Vintage, we called on our local Washington winery partners to help differentiate the hotel by telling the story of Washington wine country. Within the hotel, each room is dedicated to a local winery, and wine makers host special events and tastings in the lobby. In that case, we created a Washington Wine pop up in New York City to share what is so beloved in our region and introduce it to East Coast clients and media. That event kicked off the rebranding of Hotel Vintage as the urban gateway to the Washington Wine experience. The team there is so talented and passionate about that hotel.

Photo: Thompson Hotels

Why did you start your career in Seattle?




I was living in Chicago and was set for culinary school in the fall. I was working double shifts to prepare for my move, but I began having second thoughts. I went to the local library and started reading newspapers from cities I had never visited. I narrowed it down to two cities and flipped a coin -- Seattle won. I moved out here without knowing anyone, without a place to work or live, but I knew the minute I arrived this was home

You started at Kimpton Hotels as a sales manager and worked your way up to assistant general manager at Hotel Monaco. What After 15 years of national hospitality allowed you to advance so quickly?

experience from marketing to leading multimillion dollar renovations, she is taking on her next challenge as General Manager of Thompson Hotel, which is opening this summer. Her passion began with her first job bussing and waiting tables at Juan’s Cantina in Richardson, Texas. Connecting with people and the unique opportunities are what fueled her love and passion to grow her career further. It was luck that brought her to Seattle, but it’s the purpose to redefine the luxury boutique experience and contribute to the community that have made her stay.

I’ve always had a lot of ambition, but what allowed me to advance so quickly was working with many great mentors. They were not afraid to challenge me with new projects outside of my role which led to invaluable learning opportunities – this included many missteps, successes, and an immense amount of growth. Looking back on that time just reiterates that you never stop learning. You left Seattle to work in the Midwest. What is the difference between the industry there verses in Seattle?

The Midwest hotel industry is so enormous

Why did Thompson Hotels choose Seattle?

When bringing the Thompson brand to life, we look to be a reflection of the community. It’s important for us to honor the complexities that comprise Seattle. We’re humbled to join a remarkable city. How will it be different from the rest?

The developers spent many years cultivating the right partners to make this project representative of Seattle. They carefully and thoughtfully selected Olson Kundig Architects, a Seattle-based design practice which honors the connection between nature, culture, and people; Huxley Wallace Collective and Executive Chef Josh Henderson to provide handcrafted food and inspired spaces and culinary experiences; and locally celebrated Turner Construction to create Thompson Seattle’s modern and sleek design. The result is a team focused on connecting with the energy of our city to create a haven for travelers to feel like residents. Why did Thompson choose Huxley Wallace Collective as the restaurant and bar partner?

We couldn’t be more excited about Chef Josh and his team’s vision for Scout and The Nest at Thompson Seattle. Working with Huxley Wallace is incredible. Their passion, innovation, creativity, and energy are contagious. It’s been a tremendous amount of fun. What are you most excited about working for Thompson?

I am excited to open this hotel in my adopted hometown at a time where the energy around the Emerald City is at an all-time high. PEOPLE ISSUE l VILLE l 27

One part of your company mentors the next generation of fashion entrepreneurs. What are you able to provide to them to push them in the right direction?

A-DOT is connecting young fashion entrepreneurs with mentors to help them build the industry here around their wants and needs -- from providing mentors, facilitating events, and creating opportunities for productive industry collaborations. Another part focuses on eco-friendly practices in fashion. What do you think is the biggest issue right now with fashion sustainability?

Photo: Hami Bahadori

You have been involved with fashion all over the world from modeling to producing. Why did you get involved with the fashion industry here?



AVA HOLMES FOUND HERSELF IN SEATTLE WHEN THE U.S. EMBASSY GOT HER OVER THE VANCOUVER-SEATTLE BORDER WITHOUT ANY ID AFTER HAVING ALL OF HER BELONGINGS STOLEN IN CANADA DURING ECO FASHION WEEK. While writing her own book about her event planning philosophy of the four elements, she interviewed over 100 industry leaders and realized that there were at least three major gaps in the industry here that she felt she could impact and create a collaboration between the art forms for which Seattle is known—film, art, music, technology, etc., as well as mentorship and sustainability. Her future vision for A-DOT Productions became a reality initiating her movement in the city with recognized leaders in the industry and mentoring those who will be influential in the future of Seattle’s fashion industry. 28 l VILLE l PEOPLE ISSUE

I attended Eco Fashion Week with a vague vision of bringing it to the U.S. When my belongings were stolen out of my car, including the computer with the content for my book, I still attended Eco Fashion Week that night, showing up in all that I owned—the gold silk Thai jumpsuit on my body and black converse chucks on my feet. Luckily, I recognized one of my favorite bloggers, Lorainne Stoodley, who gave me another jumpsuit and helped me celebrate my new found “freedom” before driving back to Seattle. Since then, I have rewritten a large part of my book and am on track for the first publication this spring. I have become very close with the Eco Fashion Week family and look forward to bringing this event to Seattle. I have also continued wearing a jumpsuit every day since then.

What is A-Dot Productions, and what is the vision behind it?

A-DOT was originally a vision for the future. The timing of moving to Seattle, conducting interviews for my book, and the opportunity to rebrand myself and my production work - couldn’t have been more perfect. The company was built by the community and founded on collaboration, mentorship, and sustainability. We have a three-year plan to become the number one sustainable fashion production company. This year is all about branding.

Where fast fashion and technology meet, sustainability is the most fascinating realm of fashion currently. These are often seen as mutually exclusive. Fast Fashion is responsible for an average American throwing away 68 pounds of waste annually. Harmful chemicals used in model technology are responsible for toxic pollution and deaths to many in the workforce. With documentaries out like The True Cost and events such as Eco Fashion Week, more people are beginning to understand these issues and shift their consumption to more eco-friendly alternatives. But what does this really mean? We are now seeing that these issues, though terrifying, may actually have a hopeful future on the horizon. The pinnacle of the future in this realm of fashion is right here in Seattle. How would you describe the current fashion industry here in Seattle, and where do you see it going?

It’s a mess, but it’s also hopeful. We have incredible events and revolutionary wearable technologies on the horizon. Seattle is about to be what I like to call the “Wild West Coast of Fashion Technology,” and just like the pioneers of the Great West we have the opportunity to build this industry. What do you think is the biggest misconception about fashion in Seattle?

That it has no fashion industry, when it is actually the 4th largest fashion industry in the country according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Though the flagship of industry here is Nordstrom headquarters, we have the fourth highest concentration of designers, and the city is home to several notable European and Asian fashion houses. Seattle also has one of the richest histories of how the city’s style has evolved. My favorite comment on Seattle’s influence on fashion was by Gerard Parr when he was in Milan in the 90’s and saw a Seahawks jackets in Versace’s window display. To me, that’s a strong global industry influence. What is one goal you hope to accomplish in 2016?

One goal? There are several “biggest” ones: to get Eco Fashion Week running in the US, publish the first copy of my book, and raise $100K for Hoja Nueva, a conservation nonprofit through a fashion event called Runway to Peru this May in Seattle.

You founded Elysian founded in 1995 along with Dave Buhler and Dick Cantwell. Why did you go into the industry, and did you expect it to grow as big as it did?

I had been a homebrewer since college. Somehow I found my way into commercial banking. I had been a Psychology/English double major with a minor in art. While I was good at it, banking never felt like something I liked doing. Brewing was something I loved. When I moved to Seattle in 1990, Dick was one of the only people I had a prior connection with (through my brother in NYC). He was working as a brewer at Pike Place Brewery, and I was getting yeast from him for some brews at home. Dick and I started to talk about opening a brewery, began writing down a few ideas, found Dave Buhler for the sales side of things, and made our business plan. As far as growth, initially we were a brewpub that had about 10% of the sales in wholesale. That really stood fast until 2008. We had opened Elysian Fields and had become more recognized in the market. We changed direction to become a strong wholesale brewing presence. How did the sale of Elysian to AnheuserBusch come about? Photo: Miguel Edwards



JOE BISACCA ALWAYS LOVED BREWING BEER AS A HOBBY AT HOME. THAT QUICKLY GREW AFTER HE PARTNERED WITH DAVE BUHLER AND DICK CANTWELL TO CRAFT ELYSIAN BEER. The partnership created Elysian Fields, a brewpub right next to Centurylink Field that is packed with loyal Seattleites during every game. Last year, Elysian was sold to Anheuser-Busch transforming the craft beer into a mass wholesale brand. Some locals were offended by the sale to Anheuser-Busch, but those people didn’t understand the reasoning behind Joe’s plan to make the product even better and make it possible to deliver things he wasn’t able to before.

We had, over the years, always had the policy to listen to any offers. We have no obligation to act, but as a company with shareholders, we have an obligation to hear them out. AB approached us conversationally at first. As we talked with them, I began exploring the topic with private equity firms to get a bearing on value, etc. Also and more importantly, what that would it look like after a merger/ acquisition? How would our employees be treated? What happens to the brand and quality of the product, basically our legacy? It took us about 9 months to go through the whole process.

Have you received any backlash? How do you explain to those who may frown about it?

At first, we did receive a bit. Mainly, how we shouldn’t have sold out to AB, etc. My position has always been that the beers, branding, and who we are will not change. The ownership of the stock is the only thing that did. If the thought of potential profit will go to AB, keep in mind that they are publically traded. You probably own some in your 401K. There are many other craft breweries that are publically traded. The important thing is that we are still who we were -- same staff, same beers (and some new ones), same locations, and same moral compass. According to the Brewers Association, Elysian no longer meets the definition of a “craft brewery.” Do you feel they are correct?

The definition they have is to create a measurable market segment to rate for statistics. It’s hard to create a briteline for where craft lives: the TTB views a “small brewer” as less than 60,000 BBLS per year. Maybe that’s craft. The BA has raised it to 6,000,000 to keep some original members included, inferring that the real goal is not size but keeping AB and Miller/Coors out. For me, that 60,000BBL level is the point. Not “craft,” but back to the original “micro” moniker. Below 60,000BBLs you’re a micro, up to 250,000BBLs you’re regional, and above that, you’re national. The battle is not between brewers. We’re all in this together. How does it change the way Elysian is brewed?

So far, the main change has been to have even more freedom. We just released a pineapple habanero sour called Hawaiian Sunburn in 6-packs as our spring seasonal. If we were still the old Elysian, I don’t think I’d have the risk tolerance to run that. With AB, I’m encouraged to. The beer, graphics, and branding all were internal Elysian -- no AB input. That freedom is Why did you decide to do it? huge. It’s all brewed the same way, same In the end, it was going back to what ingredients, etc. I believe “craft” means. It’s not the ingredients, not the styles, and not how What are the upcoming and long-term goals big. It’s specifically the environment we for Elysian and yourself? establish to facilitate the innovation, Long-term is to add more markets for ideals, and brand creativity that makes distribution while keeping the focus local. it a “craft.” The model AB was setting up We’ll be adding a barrel-aging program would preserve that environment the and expanding our capacities. I think Space most. Quite often, a buyer will make your Dust will take over as our flagship soon. company adapt to their procedures and As for me, I’ve enjoyed the new role (still effects. We get to be who we always have running things, but with lots more help). I’m pretty happy doing what I’m doing! been in this model. PEOPLE ISSUE l VILLE l 29

You are originally from Montana. What brought We organize “Red-Eye Runs” where we ride our scooters all night, Scoot Around you to Seattle?

Baseball. My family’s annual summer vacation was actually to drive our minivan to Seattle for Mariners games, followed by a full day of eating fish and chips on the waterfront. When I was offered a baseball scholarship to move here after high school, I was pretty excited. I still miss my little hometown of Libby, MT, but Seattle is definitely my home. You are currently a DJ for MOViN 92.5. Is this what you have always wanted to do?

To be honest, not really. I was active in student government from elementary school through high school (and a total loudmouth), so I wasn’t afraid of speaking in public. But there was only one radio station in my town, and it wasn’t an option at “Career Day” and didn’t know any one who made a living in the radio industry. I broke a lot of bones racing motorcycles growing up. So I was more interested in the health/medicine field, because I knew as long as there were idiots like me who kept getting hurt that I would always have a job. Radiology was my first choice. It’s ironic that I dropped “logy” from that word and just ended up working in radio. Photo: MOViN 92.5



LISTENERS OF MOViN 92.5 MAY RECOGNIZE JUSTIN BARNES AS THE HUMOROUS RADIO DJ THAT KEEPS LISTENERS MOTIVATED THROUGHOUT THE WORKDAY. WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE IS THAT HIS WORK DOESN’T END WHEN HE LEAVES THE RADIO STATION ON HIS SCOOTER. A founding member and the president of Soldiers of Destiny Scooter Club, he and his club members work on producing events and growing awareness for local nonprofits while making sure to squeeze in some fun. His love for Seattle and charities has come together in his latest project, Highway To Heal: The Slow Ride Home. 30 l VILLE l PEOPLE ISSUE

Mt. Rainier in One Day (SAMROD), and trips to Canada and Portland. What inspired “Highway To Heal: The Slow Ride Home”?

This is part of a bigger ride called the Scooter Cannonball Run, a biennial event that sends scooter riders coast-to-coast. The inspiration came from a friend of ours who attempted the previous Cannonball Run (2014). The decision was made that we had to join the 2016 effort, and we’ve been working on it ever since. It happened serendipitously that this year’s ride starts in Fernandina Beach, FL and ends in our backyard of Mukilteo, WA. We‘re thrilled to have shooting the trip with plans to turn our footage into a documentary - 100% of the proceeds will benefit The Moyer Foundation. What do people who signed up to join need to know to make the trip in full?

That you might vibrate the teeth out of your head, sunburn your skin beyond repair, or go absolutely insane after 11 straight days of riding a scooter for 10-12 hours per day across the entire country in the middle of July. It sounds fun, but this is a really difficult and serious challenge -- by What’s the Soldiers of Destiny S.C. purpose? A few of my friends started riding scooters far the most ambitious adventure that I’ve together in Bellingham while they attended ever considered being a part of. But I can’t WWU. After graduation, thye moved back wait to get started! to Seattle and we continued riding them Why is The Moyer Foundation close to you? because it was fun. We formed the club because we wanted to organize some The easy answer is that I am a massive charity rallies and share our love of riding Seattle Mariners fan, and Jamie Moyer was scooters. Our motto is simple: “Life is too a hero of mine growing up. He continues short to take yourself seriously.” That to be a hero with his efforts in supporting philosophy permeates through everything children in distress and fostering the that we do, and it’s the reason that we all relationship of baseball to today’s youth. have different latex animal masks stretched Baseball was my ticket out of a small town over our helmets (we like to refer to them and took me to Seattle where I could as Power Animals as a joke). We chose the pursue any career that I wanted. So in a club name as a tongue-in-cheek reference way I feel that I owe my life to the sport, to guys who watched too much Sons of and he was a big part of why I fell in love Anarchy and as a nod to the historical with the game itself. His dedication, work reference of a ‘catch-all’ Irish political party. ethic, and community efforts go beyond what he did for the game, so I am just Why call yourselves “Seattle’s Lovable Idiots?” hoping to follow his example by doing Mostly because of our silly animal helmets, whatever I can for mine. our crazy scooter-riding challenges, and What other future events do you have our benevolent community events. “Big planned for The Soldiers of Destiny? Hearts & Backpacks” where we collect cash Lots! Lots! Starting with our annual “Shuck and new backpacks for Hand In Hand Kids & Scoot” scooter rally on April 16, a Scooter in Everett, WA. We’ve raised nearly $10,000 Night at Safeco Field for a Mariners game, and collected over 600 backpacks for the and a send-off party before we depart in kids to date. July.


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Front-loading washers and dryers Chic chef kitchens with contemporary cabinetry, quartz countertops, natural stone backsplashes and stainless steel appliances Private outdoor space with Juliet and private patios (in select apartments) Walk-In closets (in select apartments) Hardwood-style flooring Fresh-air pet patio and dog wash station Free Wi-Fi throughout amenity areas Juice station with iMac and laptop docking On-site electric car charging stations Extra-large windows for more natural light Built Green 3 star rated

NEIGHBORHOOD FEATURES Walk Score: 94 / 100 Grocery: Belltown Market, Wally’s Grocery Cafe: L A Espresso, Bang Bang Cafe, Starbucks Dining: Sarajevo Restaurant & Lounge, The Lost Pelican, El Gaucho Bars: Belltown Pub, Some Random Bar, List Parks: Bell Street Park, Olympic Sculpture Garden Theater: Big Picture, Cinerama Tasks: KeyBank, Rite Aid, U.S. Bank, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union PEOPLE ISSUE l VILLE l 31


AVA CAPITOL HILL 1530 BELMONT AVE, SEATTLE, WA 98122 (206) 735-4092 AVA is a new living space in the diverse energy of Capitol Hill – where bars and clubs converge with farmers market, parks and coffee shops, where sushi meets pizza and music collides with art. Steps away from all modes of transportation including easy access to I-5 Freeway, light rail, bus service and the new Capitol Hill Street Car. Studio, 1 & 2 bedroom apartments feature urban inspired design that extends beyond your walls to social spaces to connect, chill and play. There’s the roof deck for chilling and grilling under the lights of Seattle’s skyline and lots of comfy seating for hanging out with friends in socialareas. Eco-friendly and pet friendly too (even big dogs), plus an awesome fitness center that will make you want to dive in and make it yours.

FLOORPLANS AVAILABLE Studio / 1 Bathroom: 399 - 533 sq feet ($1,507 - $1,767) 1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom: 491 - 976 sq feet ($1,847 - $3,500) 2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom: 985 - 1,268 sq feet ($2,757 - $3,467)

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In-unit washer and dryer Fully-equipped kitchens with quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances Accent walls Chalkboard walls (in select apartments) Gear wall (in select apartments) Spacious walk in closets (in select apartments) Outdoor fire pit Free WiFi in common areas Secure underground garage parking Complimentary package acceptance service Decks with downtown and waterfront views (in select apartments)

NEIGHBORHOOD FEATURES Walk Score: 98 / 100 Grocery: Pine Food Market, QFC Cafe: Kaladi Brothers Coffee, Black Coffee Dining: Trove, Sun Liquor Distillery, Pagliacci, Mezcaleria Oaxaca Bars: The Raygun Lounge, R Place, Linda’s Tavern, The Baltic Room Parks: First Hill Park, Cal Anderson Park Theater: SIFF Cinema Egyptian, Regal Cinemas Meridian 16 Tasks: Elocal USA, The UPS Store, Chase Bank, Bartell Drugs



MAIN STREET FLATS 10505 MAIN STREET, BELLEVUE, WA. 98004 (423) 641-1050 As if living in Downtown Bellevue wasn’t enough to exalt your status, you’ve just settled into overindulgence at Main Street Flats. Brand new, upscale and high-end, there are no limits. VIP is the treatment with skyline views from the rooftop terrace, stunning courtyards and water feature, and a host of floorplan options that are second to none. All of Bellevue is at your doorstep. Walkable to employment centers, downtown park, outdoor recreation, Lake Washington, and all the boutique shops and fine dining in the area. We are mere minutes from the 405 but you may never need your car.

FLOORPLANS AVAILABLE Studio / 1 Bathroom: 530 - 547+ sq feet ($1,465 - $1,650) 1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom: 632 - 923 sq feet ($1,715 - $2,410) 2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom: 966 - 989 sq feet ($2,435 - $3,119)

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Wood-Style Flooring Throughout Front-Load, Full-Size Washers and Dryers Included Large Private Patio or Balcony (in select apartments) Garden Soaking Tubs (in select apartments) Designer Lighting, Carpeting, and Two-Tone Paint Solar Shades Wi-Fi Connectivity in all Common Areas 24-Hour Fitness Studio with Premium Fitness Equipment Free Wi-Fi throughout amenity areas Rooftop Terrace with Spectacular Views of the Downtown Bellevue Skyline and the Cascade Mountains Dynamic Social Lounge with Cyber Café, Coffee Bar and VIP Room Barbecue Area with Grills and Gathering Space

NEIGHBORHOOD FEATURES Walk Score: 94 / 100 Grocery: Safeway, Bellevue’s Farmer Market Cafe: Starbucks, Vavako, Caffe Ladro Dining: Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar, 99 Park, Mediterranean Kitchen Bars: 520 Bar & Grill, Suite Restaurant / Lounge, Lucky Strike Parks: Bellevue Downtown Park, Wildwood Park Theater: Lincoln Square Cinemas Tasks: KeyBank, Wells Fargo Bank, FecEx



LUMA CONDOMINIUMS 1321 SENECA STREET, SEATTLE WA 98101 (206) 749-5862 Sophistication with a slant. Classic and current, timeless and now, Luma loves contrast like the two dynamic neighborhoods that Luma calls home. Interiors with classic materials and modern forms, featuring three diverse and timeless color palettes. Ceiling soar giving homes an airy, impressive feel. In the kitchen, custom cabinetry with plenty of storage. Living areas that maximize sunshine and picture-perfect views through expansive, energy-efficient windows. Seamlessly integrated bathrooms feature large walk-in showers, frameless glass doors, picture frame mirrors and vanities that feel like custom furniture. Luma’s style lends itself to outdoor spaces too. Select homes offer terraces that extend your living space to watch the city stream by.

FLOORPLANS AVAILABLE One-Bedroom Homes: 648 - 1,012 sq feet ($400,000 - $800,000) Sound or city light views, 9-foot ceilings, expansive windows

Open One-Bedroom Homes: 600+ sq feet ($350,000 - $400,000) Extensive windows, tree-filled First Hill neighborhood views

One Bedroom + Den Homes: 847+ sq feet ($3450,000- $600,000) Flex space with closet storage, extensive windows and Downtown Seattle views

Live/Work Homes: 1,200+ sq feet ($600,000 - $700,000)

Separate exterior street entrance, office space, 12-foot ceilings, outdoor terrace

Two-Bedroom Homes: 1,181 - 1,356 sq feet ($700,000 - $1,000,000) Walk-in closets, dining areas, window-filled walls with views, private deck

Two-Bedroom + Den Homes: 1,322 - 1,529 sq feet ($800,000 - $1,000,000) Window-filled dens, walk-in closets, large southwest-facing deck

Penthouse Homes: 1,200+ sq feet (call for price)

Located on the 23rd floor, corner of the building, terraces with views, upgraded appliance package, powder rooms, extra dining and entertaining space, expansive closet spaces, elevated ceilings.


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Pet station with a dog wash and a Luma dog run Fitness facility with mix of traditional, fitness technologies, state-of-the-art cross trainers, treadmills and spin bikes, stability equipment, weights and TRX suspension trainers Rooftop clubhouse with chef’s oven, gourmet cooktop, commercial refrigerator, covertible dining/billiards tables Fireplace Lounge and library Private dining rooms for eight or more Rooptop Terrace with soaking pool, stunning glass mosaic tiling, landscaped for privacy and outdoor shower.





When we move into a new apartment, we think of the whole situation as temporary, especially if the apartment is small. With bare walls and lackluster design, we trudge through our daily routines. Even though your situation may be temporary, it’s time to move in and make your apartment a home. Just check with your landlord first and let the fun begin. Quick Tips: Invest in simple furniture with good bones that has the ability to play double duty. Utilize every surface and corner for storage. Evaluate need vs. want when buying anything. Declutter monthly taking unused or useless items to a donation center. Set a 15-minute timer every day and see how much you can clean in that time. Invest in a blow-up mattress for last minute guests. Written by: Amy Gruntner / Photos: LIVING ROOM When furnishing a small living room, steer away from oversized, overdesigned furniture and stick to pieces with simple lines and a good structure; this will help your space not seem too crowded or smaller than it is. When designing a small space; functionality is key. You want furniture that can play double duty -- like a sleeper sofa or nesting tables that can be brought out to accommodate more people. Clutter can overcrowd a small space very quickly, so don’t go overboard when accessorizing your living room. Use glass objects and mirrors to reflect light, making the space seem light and airy. Add color to the walls and large paintings to create the illusion of windows. KITCHEN Depending on the size of your family, decide if a table in your kitchen is a necessity -especially if you already have an island that you can put stools around. If you’re low on storage space, install floating shelves and store ingredients in clear containers. Also, use an open shelving unit to store pots, pans, and dishes. For more prep space, get a butcherblock island with storage underneath that can easily be wheeled throughout the space. Use fresh flowers and potted herbs to add color. BEDROOM Keep things light and airy in the bedroom by using light-colored paint on the walls. Use small floating nightstands or stools to discourage clutter. Add modern wall sconces on either side of the bed to add a unique functional touch. Chances are your closet space is limited, so use clear plastic containers and switch between seasons. Store containers under your bed or on your closet floor. You can also get a metal clothing rack to hang clothing; purchase one with a flat bottom for shoe storage. BATHROOM The key to a tidy bathroom is to only keep products you are actually using. Before your monthly Sephora haul, toss items you didn’t end up liking or even trying. Organize makeup and cotton swabs in clear containers so you can easily find things. To make your bathroom seem bigger, use light colors and accessorize with a soft colorful rug and bright prints on the walls. SPARE ROOM If you have a spare room, ensure it serves a dual purpose -- like an office/guest room. To save space, use a daybed for guests. Get a desk that has plenty of drawers for storage. Install a closet system to serve as storage for everything that doesn’t have a home. If your spare room is your child’s room, keep it simple yet whimsical. Add pops of color with painted furniture, rugs, and wall art. Use bookshelves that are low to the ground for easy access. Store toys in wire baskets so it’s easy for your child to find exactly what they need. Donate toys on a monthly basis to clear clutter or make room for new items. If your children are sharing the room, use smaller beds, bunk beds, or a trundle bed to save space.


WHY CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT IS EVERY ONE’S CUP OF TEA Did you know chiropractic outperforms all other back pain treatments, including prescription medication, deep-tissue massage, yoga, pilates, and over-the-counter medication therapies? In fact, chiropractors are utilized by all 32 National Football League teams in optimizing the functionality, endurance and overall conditioning of professional football players in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal strain injuries, including neck pain, low back pain, strains to hamstrings and quadriceps, and whiplash injuries. With prescription pain drug abuse now classified as an epidemic in the United States and the number of spinal fusions soaring 500% over the last decade, the essential services provided by chiropractors represent a primary care approach for the prevention, diagnosis and conservative management of back pain and spinal disorders that can often enable patients to reduce or avoid the need for these riskier treatments.


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GET FIT All of us are built differently with different genes and body types that all function in their own way. One thing that might work for one person might not work for you. It’s all about highlighting our best assets and eliminating our flaws. Skip following everyone else’s generic workout routines and get the workout plan that works best for your body. Written by: Yasmin Tavakoli

Common trouble areas: Lower stomach area, hips, and thighs The Focus: Strength-training, cardio at least 4 times a week, and lower body workouts are essential when it comes to toning an hourglass shaped body. Get on a Stairmaster for 30 minutes to get in that cardio fix and tone up that lower curvy body of yours. THE GO-TO WORKOUT: WALL SIT Grab any pair of heavy weights. Find an empty wall space and place your back against it as if you are sitting on an invisible chair. This workout targets your hips and glutes and tones your upper arm area as well. Do this for one minute with 30 second breaks in between. Repeat 5 times.


Common trouble areas: Butt, thighs, stomach, and hips The Focus: Combine strong cardio workouts with lower body strength-training to help you achieve a balanced look to your entire body. Incorporating vigorous cardio workouts for 45 minutes a few times a week will really help create a leaner look to your body. Although cardio does play an important role, you’ll still want to incorporate some good strength-training to embrace and define those natural, womanly curves you were blessed with. THE GO-TO WORK OUT: LEG LIFTS Lie flat on your back making sure there is no curve to your back. Once you are perfectly flat, lift both legs up to a 90-degree angle. When you raise your legs focus on perfecting your form rather than on how fast you are going. The core should be engaged the whole time during this workout. Do 4 sets of 25.


Common trouble areas: No curves, lacking muscles The Focus: The goal here is to build curves by increasing muscle mass. To create a curvier effect on your thin frame, try focusing on a core-based workout. This focus will strengthen your abdominal muscles, while adding some muscle mass to your thin frame. Add cardio sessions 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes. THE GO-TO WORK OUT: SQUATS Take a barbell and add weights on each side based on your comfort level. Stand in a resting position and raise the bar above your head with your arms fully extended. While your arms are in an extended positon, do a full and proper squat making sure to have proper form. Do 3 sets of 25.


Common trouble areas: Waistline and belly The Focus: Cardio, cardio, cardio; this is the most crucial part of an apple’s workout to burn fat. Muscle building tends to come a little easier for this shape, so incorporating weights up to 3 times a week is a perfect balance. THE GO-TO WORKOUT: THE PLANK Planking is the best exercise for someone who struggles with reducing body fat on their waistline. To do a proper plank, hold the position for at least 30 seconds with one-minute rest intervals in between. Repeat 4 to 5 times. For the best results, do a plank session during every workout.




The idea of living forever might seem like a fairytale -- especially in the 1800’s, where the average life expectancy was 35 years. But now people are living up to 80 years of age. So how far can we expect this trend to continue? Some researchers say that there’s a limit on how many years a human being can live, the maximum being 125. That is only a few years short of the longest documented human lifespan. Jeanne Calment of France (1875–1997) lived to the age of 122 years. Nobody lives forever, and most fear dying too early. If you do get blessed with longevity, you hope to avoid sickness and disease. Written by: Dr. Scott Mindel My goal is to be a centenarian. I want live to 100 with full vitality and vigor, have a huge party with all my community and family, and leave this world as painlessly as blowing out my birthday candles. As I approach 50, I’m thinking about my own mortality for the first time in my life. I’ve been pretty lucky so far. I’ve escaped major health crises, and besides a few hiccups, I’ve been pretty unscathed for almost 50 years. It became really apparent as I was considering a 30-year mortgage and started looking at the payoff date that would happen about the time I’ll be knocking on 80's door. It makes me wonder, Am I in my final season or has the party just started? Hey, 50 is the new 30, right? I feel young (most of the time). I think I look young and can still snowboard, do yoga, hike, bike, skateboard, and pretty much anything else I used to do in my 20’s. We’ve all heard the phrase, “enjoy these years, time goes by fast,” but I personally like what George Bernard Shaw said. “Youth is wasted on the young.” I started reading all the stats and studies. First, I discovered blue zones, cities on earth where people live the longest. There are only five known blue zones with Okinawa, Japan having the world’s highest amount of proven centenarians followed by Sardinia, Italy, Loma Linda, California, Nicoya, Costa Rica, and Ikaria, Greece. There are different reasons for each zone as to why people live the longest there including genetics, low calorie diets, plant-based diets, protein-based diets, amount and speed of walking, hours of sleep, healthy habits, faith, social engagement, and positivity. So if you are active and fit walk over a mile a day at a good pace, eat a healthy diet, don’t drink alcoholic beverages, don’t smoke, have a positive attitude, engage in close relationships, and if your direct family members have lived long lives, then you have a better chance of living a long life than most. However, most of the research has proven these reasons wrong. Most of the blue zone locations do not keep physical records of birthdates, so the ages are not accurate.

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They also have yet to be affected by globalization, so they are exposed to refined sugar and other processed foods that greatly affects a person’s health. I could continue listing all the information I found and reveal a top 10 list of ways to live to 100. I discovered the only thing we know for sure is that it doesn’t hurt to be lucky and to be a woman since over 80 percent of all centenarians are female. There is no one way or right way that will guarantee us a long life. So why bother writing about it? Because there is a bigger picture in life – you can determine life by the number of years that is displayed on your tombstone or by how many years you felt like you actually lived. Last year I watched one of my closest friends pass away from cancer. Being with him during his last few months I saw, in terms of life years, he expired way too soon. But in terms of living, I saw this man compress 100 years into a few months until his last breath. His mantra was “until the end, to the highest.” He did everything that way and took everyone close to him along for the ride. He gave his patients the highest level of care possible, his friends the highest level of excitement and friendship, and his wife the highest level of his energy and love. He showed me some of my best moments. He believed he was going to live, and I saw it - the possibility that he could overcome this obstacle. He did pass, but even on his last days he held nothing back. That is how he lived to 100. Although I don’t know if I will make it to my goal, I know one thing for sure. The next 50 years will take me down some roads I haven’t traveled before. I won’t have a roadmap, so it will be my attitude that gets me there. If you desire to be one of the future centenarians, I hope you make it. But my last piece of advice to you is this: Don’t wait for it. Just make sure you are living it “to the highest.” PEOPLE ISSUE l VILLE l 39


Getaway to Boracay Written by: Janella Domingo l Photo: JM Travel Photography

With its year-round hot weather and 7,107 islands, the Philippines has become one of the most popular destinations for beach lovers all around the world. The most popular island in this tropical paradise is none other than the island of Boracay. This beach destination has become famous worldwide due to its fine white sands. Tourists love the soft and powdery feel of the sand as they walk barefoot on the shore line. The tropical paradise is also the best place to enjoy one of nature’s best gifts—the sunset. Experiencing and witnessing the famous Boracay sunset is certainly a memory that will forever be embedded in your heart and mind. More than the sand quality of the island and the breathtaking sunsets, the wide array of activities continues to capture the attention of tourists year after year. The days are filled with adventure and discovery, thanks to the exciting water activities that the island has to offer. At nightfall, candlelit sand castles, vibrant nightlife, and fire dancers give the island a fun and carefree atmosphere. Boracay is more than just a tropical paradise—it is also the best place to have fun, be adventurous, and eat your heart out. The island offers plenty of activities, dishes to try, and places to see that a single trip to this wonderful island will not suffice. Visit Boracay, and you will surely keep coming back.

BEST PLACES TO STAY Discovery Shores (photo credit: agoda)

For those who wish to experience the luxury of a five star resort, Disovery Shores is the best hotel. This luxurious, family-friendly resort features a spa, fitness center, kid’s room, swimming pools, and a jacuzzi. Additionally, there is a poolside bar where adults can sip on all types of cocktails while watching the spectacular Boracay sunset. Spider House Resort

The entire resort is actually a bamboo tree house where guests can dive straight into the sea from the resort’s deck. The location of the resort is the best place to watch the famous Boracay sunset. The resort features 12 rooms with a simple open plan with a native style design. Each room is designed to help you make the most out of what the island has to offer as they are not equipped with TV or air conditioning.


WHERE TO EAT D’ Talipapa For those people who wish to satiate their hunger for seafood, this is the place to be. The establishment is also known for the unique experience of choosing the freshest catch in the talipapa (small market) and comissioning eateries around the place to cook what they bought in any method they prefer. Real Coffee & Tea Cafe This cafe is the home of Calamansi Muffins, the most popular Boracay pasalubong (souvenir). Boracay Toilet Deemed to be the quirkiest restaurant in Boracay, the restaurant offers a unique dining experience with its toilet concept. The restaurant is inspired by Taiwan’s toiletthemed cafe and features toilet bowls as chairs, bathtubs as benches, miniature toilet bowls as plates, and witty (and punny) dish names. FROM DAY UNTIL NIGHT Mermaid Swimming (photo credit: Chris Crumley l

The Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy provides monofin swimming lessons with an exciting twist—instead of monofins, the students get to wear mermaid tails. Ariel’s Point Cliff Diving

Ariel’s Point, the highest point in Boracay, offers a daytrip package that includes a boat cruise, BBQ buffet lunch, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, afternoon snacks, kayaking, snorkeling, and cliff diving. They offer five different diving platforms which range from 9 ft. to 45 ft. high. Helmet Diving Take a plunge into the medium-depth Boracay waters and explore the underwater marine life. Using air helmet as a source of oxygen, participants can walk underwater and feed the fish. This is a safer and easier alternative to scuba diving. Pub Crawl The best and most social way to enjoy the Boracay nightlife is to join this bar-hopping tour. Participants are required to wear the tour’s iconic yellow shirt as they roam around the different bars in the island as one big group. Their goal is to turn strangers into friends. Fire Dancers At night the long stretch of the Boracay shoreline turns into a big outdoor bar that allows visitors to enjoy a vibrant and intoxicating nightlife, but the highlight of the night will be the talented fire dancers who perform in different spots along the shore.




Anyone else recall when Netflix would mail you DVDs you had requested? I do. It seemed so futuristic. Nowadays we have millions of shows and movies streaming at our fingertips all thanks to Netflix. Sometimes it feels like you have too many options and get lost in the perpetual Netflix scroll. Whether you love binge watching an entire season in one sitting or can limit yourself to one episode a week, here are five Netflix originals to watch this year. Written by: Casey Martin

THE RANCH That 70’s Show’s Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson will reunite in this new series. Kutcher plays a failed semi-pro football player who returns to Colorado to run the family ranch with his brother, played by Masterson. The Ranch will be produced by the two stars as well as Don Reo and Jim Patterson who both worked on Two and a Half Men. The cast, along with the creative producers, guarantee some new age sitcom laughs. The show is set to air April 1, 2016.

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ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK In Orange is the New Black, we follow Piper Chapman and plenty of other inmates at Litchfield Penitentiary. The audience witnesses day-to-day interactions and the back stories of several women are revealed through flashbacks. This show is based on a memoir by Piper Kerman. It’s interesting that there really was a Piper who was convicted of money laundering. Orange is the New Black has received multiple awards including two Emmys and a Golden Globe. If you don’t know the ladies at Litchfield already, don’t worry. You’ve got time to binge watch the first three seasons before the fourth airs on June 17, 2016. THE GET DOWN Baz Luzhrman’s The Get Down gives us a real and raw look into the Bronx in the late 1970’s. We will ride the subways embellished with amazing graffiti pieces, see the filth and decay that cluttered the streets, and witness how New York gave birth to the hip hop, punk, and disco scenes. This story is told from the perspective of a group of friends from the South Bronx who love to rap, breakdance, and paint. If you love the hip hop culture, you simply cannot miss The Get Down. The show is scheduled to premiere August 12, 2016. 44 l VILLE l PEOPLE ISSUE

UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT You remember Kimmy Schmidt, the girl who grew up in a doomsday cult and was released fifteen years later? Well, she is returning to Netflix on April 15, 2016 for her second season. In season one, Kimmy bounced back into society and faced challenges like going outside, attending school, visiting the doctor, kissing a boy, and many more. No matter what, Kimmy tackles all tasks with a positive spirit, and it is hilarious to watch. Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, former writers of the 30 Rock series, are the creative team for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

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A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events was originally a children’s literature book series. It sold 60 million copies and has been translated into 41 languages. In 2004, it was made into a film starring Jim Carrey as the terrible Count Olaf. Now, Netflix will have a go at the series. Few details have been announced about the show except that production begins in March of 2016 and Neil Patrick Harris has been cast as Count Olaf. We should expect to see this on Netflix by Fall 2016.



A Game of Thrones, the first book in the A Song of Fire and Ice series, was written in 1996. Since then, George R.R Martin has released 4 more books, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance of Dragons. The 6th installment, The Winds of Winter, and the 7th, A Dream of Spring, are still forthcoming and have been for quite some time. Martin has received immense critical acclaim and multiple awards for his incredibly detailed and spell bounding series. But when HBO aired its first season of Game of Thrones in 2011, his cult following exploded. Written by: Casey Martin / Photos: Helen Sloan/HBO

In the past, readers of the series were always several steps ahead of the viewers. They could anticipate the next big event while simultaneously pointing out scenes that were not featured in the books. Now readers and viewers alike must helplessly watch the story unfold before them. George R.R Martin has announced that the 6th book, The Winds of Winter, will not be released before season 6 begins. Martin has fully embraced that the show is moving past him and is handling it quite well. He is currently helping the Game of Thrones writing staff and has even shared the saga’s ending with the producers. Last summer he attended the Sasquan science-fiction convention in Spokane, and he answered questions regarding the new book and Season 6. During this Q&A, he stated, “There was a period where I was worried about [the show]…then I said, to hell with that….I’m just going to tell my story, and they’re telling their story and adapting my books, and we shall see.” The Ranch airs April 1st. (photo credit:

Now for years we have fiercely enjoyed watching the scandals, violence, treachery, and of course death that defines the Game of Thrones series. Season 6 is scheduled to air April 24th and the anticipation is killing us all. Many memorable and gruesome scenes occurred during Season 5. We all cheered as Cersei was paraded naked through the streets, cringed as Sansa married Ramsey, and our jaws dropped as the white walkers led an attack against the wildlings. Of course many more events took place, but the most heart wrenching was without a doubt the brutal stabbing of Jon Snow. Know-it-alls trolled Reddit posting potential theories, and diehard fans held memorials for poor Lord Snow.

Although actor Kit Harington, who plays Snow, has recently been seen on set of Game of Thrones, it is still unclear whether or not Jon Snow is alive or dead. Besides Jon Snow being alive, some things I hope to see in Season 6 are Tyrion teaming up with Daenerys, Arya completing her training, and poor Sansa finally catching a break. A Song of Fire and Ice as well as the Game of Thrones series have captivated viewers and readers for years. At times we have been radiant with joy and other times filled with sorrow. It is truly a constant journey of ups and downs. Although The Winds of Winter will not be released before Season 6 begins, I am confident in George R.R Martin and the HBO writers to produce an amazing season. At this point we can pull out our hair and curse the gods for HBO’s takeover, or we can just sit back and enjoy. Whatever happens, just remember, valar morghulis. PEOPLE ISSUE l VILLE l 45



Spring is upon us. We will soon welcome warm weather, longer days, and the shedding of layers. This is also the beginning of one of the best seasons on the planet, festival season. Festivals are a perfect way to experience new music and make memories with your best friends. Whether you are schlepping to the Gorge Amphitheatre or staying local in Seattle, there are plenty of fantastic festivals you can enjoy this year. Written by: Casey Martin

SASQUATCH Memorial Day Weekend, May 27 - 30 For 15 years, Sasquatch! has been held at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheatre. If you want an all-encompassing event, then this is the one for you. Sasquatch! is widely known for having a diverse line up. The best names of rock, hip hop, and electronic all come together during Memorial Day weekend to celebrate the exquisite views and great music. Sasquatch also features hilarious comedy acts to be enjoyed. Some of the big artists on this year’s lineup are The Cure, Disclosure, Alabama Shakes, A$AP Rocky, Allen Stone, and Chet Faker. Lesser known acts you should definitely not miss are Four Tet, Vince Staples, Oddisee, Beat Connection, The Internet, and Deep Sea Diver. Thunderpussy at Sasquatch! 2015. (photo credit: Creative Copper Images)

PARADISO June (date to be announced) Paradiso took the Washington rave culture out of the darkness of clubs and fused it with nature at the Gorge Amphitheatre. Although this is entirely an electronic music festival, there are plenty of subgenres under the electronic umbrella for everyone. Whether you are into House, Trance, Deep, Tech, Dubstep, Psy, or Bass, there is something magical to experience at Paradiso.

CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY July 22 - 24 In 1997, Capitol Hill Block Party began as a one-day event with one small stage. Now 20 years later, it has expanded into one of the best festivals in the Pacific Northwest. What is so special about Block Party is that it’s held smack dab in the middle of Capitol Hill. It is impossible not to enjoy yourself as you are dancing on the main streets with your friends, jumping from one stage to beer garden to food truck to another stage. Don’t miss your chance to party in the streets this summer. Paradiso at the Gorge Amphitheatre.. (photo credit:

BUMBERSHOOT September 2 - 4 Held in the Seattle Center, Bumbershoot is much more than just a music festival. Here, people can enjoy all forms of entertainment including comedy, theatre, film, visual arts, dance performances, and more. Now in its 46th year, Bumbershoot is working hard to deliver another unique festival as always. www.


DECIBEL September 28 - October 2 Decibel embraces more of an old school electronic vibe. You won’t hear festival bangers, catchy radio hits, huge stage productions with explosions or millions of lasers. Decibel believes that the music should speak for itself. Beyond just music, Decibel also offers free workshops where aspiring artists can expand their knowledge on DJing and producing. If you are a true lover of electronic music, you simply cannot overlook Decibel Festival this year.

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LUXE LADY Presented by Patron Tequila and Vann.Edge Salon Shot on Location at Hotel Sorrento Photographers: James Cheng and Jessica Drake (Group Shot by James Cheng) Hair: Lisa Vann, Cassidy Beebe, Kimberly Davis, Rose Prado, Christina Rauch ,and Josh Vogt of Vann.Edge Salon Makeup: Michael Matteson, Deborah Lewis, and David Sherlock of Vann.Edge Salon Styled by: Charity Mainville, Lori Bellina, and Tannya Bernadette Styling Assistants: Trevor Chapman and Anna DiBlosi Dog: Max the Morkie


Audrey Rivera -Allen

Photo: James Cheng Romper: Lulu*s Good as Gild Gold Sequin Romper,


Binta Dibba

Photo: James Cheng Jacket: MaxStudio Leon Max Black Skimmed Blouse - Seattle Premium Outlets , Bralet: Stylist’s own Pants: Bone Wide Leg Pants - Canopy Blue, Shoes: MaxStudio Dark Brown Alpine Wedge Boot - Seattle Premium Outlets , PEOPLE ISSUE l VILLE l 51

Brittany Dixon

Photo: Jessica Drake Dress: LULU*S Conversation Piece Black Backless Maxi Dress, Necklace: Lunaversoul Futura Necklace, Ring: Wren + Glory Moon Ring - Now + Zen PR, (in group shot) Dress: Endless Summer Bobby Woodstock Deep V-Neck Mini Dress, Now + Zen PR, Necklace: Masha Osoianu Designs Layered Necklace Ivory/Silver - Canopy Blue, Rings: Lunaversoul African Bwa Sun Mask Ring & African inspired Trimuun Band Ring, Shoes: MaxStudio Leon Max Collection Evoke Genuine Booties - Seattle Premium VILLE 52 lSnakeskin l PEOPLE ISSUE Outlets,

Breann Bauer

Photo: James Cheng Dress: LULU*S Stolen My Heart Wine Red Wrap Midi Dress, Bracelet: Lunaversoul Kendra Bangle, Necklace: Wren + lGlory Moon Pendant VILLE PEOPLE ISSUE l 53 Now + Zen PR,

Kimber London

Photo: James Cheng Dress: Endless Summer Bobby Blush Deep V-Neck Mini Dress, Now + Zen PR, Necklace: Lunaversoul Erzulie Reversible Necklace, Bracelet: Lunaversoul Athena Cuff ,


Lisa Parks

Photo: James Cheng Jacket: Calvin Klein Sleeveless Ivory and Gold Seattle Premium Outlets, Pants: Endless Summer Ruby High Waist Pants, Now + Zen PR, Shoes: MaxStudio Charcoal Avow Shoes - Seattle Premium Outlets , Bracelet: (group shot) Wren + Glory Gold Moon PEOPLE ISSUE l VILLE l 55 Cuff - Now + Zen PR,

Kierra Wilkins

Photo: James Cheng Dress: LULU*S Wish Upon a Starlet Gold Sequin Dress, Braclets: She.Rise Double Wrap Chocolate Deerskin Leather with Golden Crystal and Copper Magnetic Closure - Canopy Blue, & Lunaversoul Gold Bangle, Necklace: (group shot) Lunaversoul Three Semiprecious Gemstones,l PEOPLE ISSUE 56 l VILLE

Kaity Tainer

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Jessica Kilpatrick

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Chelsea Capps

Photo: Jessica Drake Dress: LULU*S Starlet Loose Silver Satin One Shoulder Maxi Dress, Bracelet: Lunaversoul Heart & Charm Bracelet, (in group shot) Dress: LULU*S Samana Bay Royal Blue Dress, Necklace: Lunaversoul Censhinl 59 Crystal PEOPLE ISSUE l VILLE Tassel Necklace,

Cassandra McClure

Photo: James Cheng Dress: Endless Summer Kris Merlot Leopard Long Sleeve Maxi Dress, Now + Zen PR, Shoes: MaxStudio Peacock Kudos Snake Skin Peep Toe Pumps - Seattle Premium Outlets , Ring: shot) Juliet lRoger Aqua Druzy 60(group l VILLE PEOPLE ISSUE + Diamond Ring,

MiYoung Margolis

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Shivani Singh

Photo: Jessica Drake Dress: LULU*S Party Calendar Black Maxi Dress, Necklace: Lunaversoul Lupita Necklace, Ring: (left hand) Lunaversoul African Inspired Ring, (in group shot) Dress: LULU*S Exclusive Shifting Dears Ivory Long Sleeve Dress, Necklace: Lunaversoul Pendant Necklace, 62 l VILLE l PEOPLE ISSUE

Zina Curtean

Photo: James Cheng Pants: MaxStudio Black Washed Stretch Leather Pants - Seattle Premium Outlets , Top: Calvin Klein Sleeveless Black and Gold Tank - Seattle Premium Outlets, www. Vest: MaxStudio Faux-Fur Vest w/FauxLeather Lining - Seattle Premium Outlets , Bracelet: Lunaversoul Mask Cuff Bracelet , PEOPLE ISSUE l VILLE l 63 Shoes: Model’s own

Tyonna Elise

Photo: James Cheng Dress: Halston Heritage Lipstick Front Drape Long Sleeve Dress - Canopy Blue, Cuff: Lunaversoul Lion Head Ebony Cuff, Cuff: Lunaversoul African Inspired Rings, Shoes: (group photo) MaxStudio Toast Xiv Snakeskin Platform Sandal - Seattle VILLE 64 l Leather l PEOPLE ISSUE Premium Outlets ,


ONE LAST THING PILE IT ON My number one tip is to first go through every item in your closet and make 3 piles: items you love, items you need to try on again, and items you never liked in the first place. The “love pile” is a no brainer. Keep those items hanging in your closet and wear often. Be sure to check if some of these loved pieces are starting to pill, fade, look too worn, or are simply dated and need to go. The “need to try on again” items are ones you sometimes wear but need a reminder whether they are worth keeping. If you fidget with the fit, have to ask yourself multiple times whether it should stay, it’s time to let it go. For the last pile, be very honest with yourself. If it’s too small, too big, doesn’t make you feel good, makes you self-conscious, or if it just doesn’t fit your lifestyle anymore, donate it. When sorting through this pile, don’t think about the price tag or who gave it to you. Just put it in the donation bag and don’t look back. CHANGE OF THE SEASONS The next step to opening up more room in your closet is to put away the clothing and accessories that are off-season. Why keep everything in sight that you aren’t wearing at the moment? Go through your items and separate them by spring/summer and fall/ winter. If there is a silky print top you can pair with bright shorts on the beach, but can also be layered with a cozy cardigan for fall, you can wear this top all year. Pack the obvious winter items which include wool coats, tall boots, holiday prints, and chunky sweaters. Clear plastic bins that fit under your bed can be a great option, but find another storage area away from your closet if that’s already full. You will discover that this not only makes more room for your new shopping excursions, but you’ll feel like you have a whole new wardrobe to wear when the time comes to switch out your clothing for the season.


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Living in the city can be an exhilarating experience, but when your closet starts to become bigger than your space, it’s time to get organized. There are a few tricks to make room for your treasured favorites and help you find the perfect place for your go-to items. Follow the simple steps below, and you will create a closet space worth photographing. 66 l VILLE l PEOPLE ISSUE

THINK OUT OF THE BOX Your closet space may be limited, but you have empty walls that can come to good use for your colorful accessories. All the beautiful pieces you’ve been collecting and wearing can be displayed as art. Use hooks or a nicely framed corkboard to hang your necklaces. This will prevent you from having to detangle the mess of jewelry piled together in a drawer. You may also find yourself wearing your gems more often once you have easy access to each piece. Belts tend to accumulate with time and get lost in the closet, on the floor, and in the corners of your room. To remedy this problem, find a clear cylindrical vase. Collect all the belts you want to keep and wrap them one by one. Then neatly stack them in the vase. It’s a great decorative item that can be placed on your dresser. A final little organization tip is to display your colorful, chic clutches on a shelf. Find bookends that coordinate with your room décor and slip each clutch side by side as if they were books.

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