With a some major milestones under our belt just over a month into this new year, Seattle’s already received an ample share of the nation’s spotlight. And as any resident or frequent visitor can attest, the changes going on in our fine city don’t stop at sports and entertainment. There’s a countless number of construction cranes, businesses opening and closing (or relocating), and the overall built landscape is undergoing a major upheaval. It keeps us on our toes, and makes for interesting TML installments.
Sure, we’re not a city in need of any more coffee shops. But that doesn’t mean we won’t welcome some new quality shops with open arms. Here are a few favorites that have emerged on the scene, along with an old favorite that opened their newest location in one of Seattle’s (few) coffee deserts.
BRUNCH | LUNCH
There’s nothing like a cozy brunch to while away the weekend hours. A few of Seattle’s food and drink veterans expand to new neighborhoods to ensure the masses are well fed in both good food and good design.
Tallulah’s, 550 19th Ave E, 206.860.0077
[Image Source: Suzi Pratt for Eater Seattle]
In an unusual turn of events this year, neither Capitol Hill nor Ballard are represented in our TML-vetted spots for your evening meal. It’s a nice change of pace to see some needed pockets of the city enjoy some fine design and fine dining. See if you can spot the one we worked on.
While Seattle mourned the loss of several beloved bars in the last couple years, we’re never left thirsting for too long. The quality of drink and the quality of spaces continues along the trajectory of approachable and interesting.
Sure, we’re a city filled with health nuts, but that doesn’t mean we don’t also have a serious sweet tooth. Coincidentally, a couple of our favorites that opened this year happen to both involve ice cream housed in buildings featured on TML.
While there’s not much in the way of clothing boutiques this year, nearly everything else is covered: a bookstore, a food store, and a home good store. And all over the city to boot. It doesn’t hurt to mention a couple of these also offer food you can eat in/adjacent to the shop. We’re on board.
The London Plane, 322 Occidental Ave S, 206.624.1374 Food & cooking
[Image Source: Dylan + Jeni for The London Plane]
MUSEUMS | GALLERIES
Art walks seem to happen every week somewhere in the city, so it’s no surprise that galleries and studios emerge with seemingly similar frequency. We’re happy to see some unique spaces emerging in the art venue arena.
While there is a ton of development popping up in our fair city, most of it is unremarkable or just plain unfortunate. However, glimmers of hope for Future Seattle can be seen in some of the thoughtful modernism exemplified in the following projects.
Though not your typical “landscape” inclusions, there’s definitely a shift happening in Seattle. Namely, veering away from vehicle-focused planning and toward the pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly.
Olive Way Parklet, 1506 E. Olive Way, by Boxwood
[Image Source:BUILD LLC ]
Cycle Tracks, Locations vary
[Image Source: Seattle Bike Blog]
Cheers and happy exploring, from Team BUILD.