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Britt Thorson

Assistant Editor of Seattle Refined

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Britt is the Assistant Editor and a writer at Seattle Refined. She mainly covers the all-encompassing Lifestyle section, but can occasionally be found in Travel and Fashion as well.

Britt is a passionate Seattleite who loves to write, talk, eat and sleep (among some other things). She left this wonderful city for college at USC, and quickly moved back to the Pacific NorthBest as soon as she graduated. She’s a little obsessed and will defend this city to the death (it doesn't actually rain that much here! Chicago and NYC get more than us each year! Geez.)


An all around communications junkie, Britt’s dabbled in broadcast journalism, radio, talent publicity, weeklies, and strategic planning firms. Outside of writing, her passions are kids and animals - she volunteers with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and spends ridiculous amounts of time cuddling with her dog Bella.

When Britt isn’t talking or typing, she’s probably watching Law and Order: SVU, trying to get friends to go out dancing, or hauling away on the elliptical.

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Today only: eat out and help NW wildfire victims

Today only, Matador Restaurant & Tequila Bar and Kickin' Boot Whiskey Kitchen are donating 100% of their profits to Band of Brothers NW to help raise funds to assist victims of the Eastern Washington wildfires. All four of the Matador's Washington state locations will be participating, as will the Kickin' Boots location in Ballard.

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Who are the wealthiest Americans in each state?

Our richest guy is richer than your richest guy! Real estate brokerage firm Movoto compiled a map of the wealthiest person in each state in the U.S. Spoiler alert - we win. And by we, I mean Bill Gates, with a net worth of $80 billion.

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It's Seattle vs. Portland tonight in Knife Fight

The Esquire Network original series Knife Fight centers around underground cooking competitions featuring some of nation's biggest chefs. Tonight, Seattle's Jason Wilson (of Crush), goes up against Portland's Greg Denton (of Ox). Denton helped Wilson with Crush, and the two have worked in each other's kitchens and are friendly.

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Seattle Symphony tickets are on sale today

Starting today, tickets are officially on sale for the 2014-2015 Seattle Symphony season. Music director Ludovic Morlot and the award-winning Seattle Symphony will start off with a September 13th Opening Night Concert and Gala. Other highlights of the seasons include the movie music of John Williams on October 10, and the London Symphony Orchestra on April 1, 2015.

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Extraordinary time lapse shows Seattle's beauty

Local filmmakers call this time lapse their tribute to the city of Seattle and the state of Washington, and what a tribute it is. James Whelan and Jake Magraw spent hours shooting and editing this piece, narrowing 90 separate time lapses down to 51, and using over 50,000 photos.

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London is Seattle's #1 international destination

When we saw that Delta Air Lines was starting a nonstop flight from SeaTac to London Heathrow, we were curious exactly how popular our rainy sister city in Europe really is. Turns out, very popular. According to Expedia, London was the number one choice for all international destinations from Seattle's SeaTac airport in 2013.

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SeaTac Airport doubles up on live music

Great news for travelers - live music at SeaTac is doubling up! Port of Seattle, Seattle Music Commission and PlayNetwork have all come together to create the Experience the City of Music Program, which means twice the number of musicians playing in SeaTac, for twice the hours.

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Where do Seattleites migrate in the winter?

We're one day into spring - one of the most beautiful seasons in Seattle (mostly because it follows one of the roughest to live through). We thought it might be interesting to find out from our friends across the lake at Expedia, what the top five destinations were that Seattleites travelled to in these darker months.

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Bainbridge Island park in the running for 'Best Public Gardens'

The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island has been nominated in USA Today's 10 Best Public Gardens competition. The only public garden in Washington state to make the list of 20 North American gardens nominated, Bloedel sits on 150 acres and includes a Japanese Garden, Moss Garden and Reflection Pool.

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Need a reminder of why we live in Seattle?

If you're like us, this weather has you a little down in the dumps. Thankfully our friends over at Bustle.com compiled " 33 Amazing Photos That Prove You Need to Go to Seattle Right Now."

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Alaska Airlines & SIFF host film competition

Alaska Airlines and Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) have teamed up to host a film competition focusing on the importance of travel. Filmmakers are supposed to answer the question "How is your life different or better because of where you've traveled?" in a 30 seconds to 2 minute video.

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Mountain snow is supposed to be epic this weekend

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort has issued a ' deep powder alert' after they received almost 6 feet of new snow in four days, with a storm total of 113 inches in 11 days. And it's still apparently coming in fast and steady, forecasted to continue through the weekend.

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3 places in WA state you need to visit

One of the reasons people love living in Seattle is access to both the water, mountains and desert all in one state. There are several other gems however that Washington has to offer. Definitely take the time to visit these three destinations with the family some weekend.

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Seattle's own Hotel 1000 receives national award

Hotel 1000 in downtown Seattle has been named one of U.S. News & Report's 2014 "Best Hotels in the United States" today, as well as the Silver Award of "Best Hotel" in its market. Hotel 1000 opened on First Avenue in downtown Seattle on June 26, 2006.

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Fashion Picks: Poketo Pop-In hits Nordstrom

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Summer Fashion goes global

Every season brings a new wave of colors, patterns and styles to the streets - and this summer is no different. We spoke with Nordstrom's Fashion Director, Gregg Andrews, to get the scoop on what's hot this summer. First and foremost, how do stores, buyers and tastemakers determine 'what's in'?

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Our top picks from Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale

For some people summer means lemonade on the front porch, no school, and family vacations. For others it means the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. If you are one of the latter, then today is your Christmas, Hannukah and birthday combined. Why?

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Kate Moss is in downtown Seattle (kinda)

Probably the only time she's ever been called huge - Kate Moss is large and in charge on the side of Nordstrom in downtown Seattle as today marks the debut of her Kate Moss TOPSHOP collection at the store.

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DIY: Dry Shampoo

If you depend on dry shampoos to get you through those greasy days where you haven't had time to shower, you'll know that a signifcant portion of your paycheck can go to these expensive aerosol cans. Blogger Eileen Chow has done us all a huge favor by revealing a life-changing secret: you can make your own dry shampoo, for pennies on the dollar.

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Kate Moss TOPSHOP collection is coming to Nordstrom April 30

The Kate Moss TOPSHOP collection is coming to Nordstrom stores on April 30, 2014. Styles of the iconic British model are the theme of the line; think premium tailoring, pajama dressing, and noir-inspired trousers (we're not entirely sure what that means but we're intrigued). Other features are bias-cut gowns, updated fabrics, and cocktail hour attire.

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Take care of your shoes (rain or shine)

We have to deal with a lot of rain here in the Pacific Northwest, but that shouldn't mean we can't buy and wear nice things - like shoes. We talked with Nordstrom Shoe Shine Manager Brent Perkins on how to take care of your shoes, puddles be darned.

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Seattle's new skincare scene

2014 seems to be the year of skincare treatment in Seattle, with multiple stores, spas and national brands opening shops here. Here's a look at who is new in town, where they are, and what they're offering. Originally a Bay Area skincare clinic and spa, SkinSpirit is opening locations in Bellevue, University Village, and Redmond this month.

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Beginner's guide to chunky jewelry

Nordstrom is almost always on the cutting edge of fashion, and their recent partnership with jewelry retailer BaubleBar is no different. They too must have seen the trend of huge jewelry pieces hitting the red carpet of late, and known that the general public would want to follow suit.

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A fashion line inspired by salt

You heard that right, Seattle designer Suk Chai has made a line inspired by salt. More specifically, she's used the sharp edges and hard lines to inspire her. She showcased about 50 pieces at W Seattle's Wear Wednesday event yesterday.

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A Vogue buyer moved from NYC to Seattle - what did she think?

Earlier in the week we looked at what a USA Today writer thought hipster Seattle looked like, now let's look at what a Vogue buyer thinks of fashionista Seattle. Vogue buyer Olivia Kim just moved from New York City to Seattle, and wrote up her first impressions on our city in a Vogue Daily article.

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Goodwill designer sale starts today

The 5th annual Goodwill designer sale starts today and runs through tomorrow at 8pm. The sale takes place at the University District store and features gently used accessories from top designers like Tory Burch, Kate Spade, and Cole Haan.

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Spring fashion (for guys)

Despite the weather outside, spring is only a couple weeks away (March 20!). We've been talking a lot about women's fashion lately, and want to sincerely apologize to our male readers for being neglectful. International men's fashion line Suitsupply points out what trends we'll be seeing on men this spring and summer.

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Designer Rebecca Minkoff will be in town this Friday

First Sarah Jessica Parker, and now designer Rebecca Minkoff is coming to Seattle! We don't know what we did to get on the map of these fashion royals, but we'll go with it! Minkoff is known for her handbag, shoe, apparel and accessory designs.

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Sarah Jessica Parker is coming to Seattle

Nordstrom has just announced that SJP will be in the Emerald City Wednesday, March 5 at the downtown Seattle store for the launch of her new shoe, handbag and coat line - the SJP Collection. We reported earlier that the SJP Collection was coming to Nordstrom, but there had only been whispers that Carrie herself would be here!

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PETER PILOTTO for Target arrives in stores Feb. 9

British designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher Des Vos bring their PETER PILOTTO line to Target stores beginning February 9, 2014. Already one of London's recognized clothing brands, PETER PILOTTO previewed their spring collection during London's Fashion Week.

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Sarah Jessica Parker brings her (and Carrie's) style to Nordstrom

If you're a Sex in the City fan, or even just watched one episode - you know that the show is as much about fashion as it is relationships. Sarah Jessica Parker, the star of the series and usually the most elaborately dressed, has announced the launch of her shoe collection exclusively with Nordstorm.

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10 best neighborhoods to be your own top chef

Lakeridge (a little-known community between Seattle, Tukwila and Renton), came in 4th on Redfin's newest report of the 10 Best Neighborhoods to Be Your Own Top Chef. Don't feel bad if you didn't know where Lakeridge was and had to google it, you're not alone.

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Two of our favorite things: state pride and wine

How could we say no to showcasing our state pride in a way that involved wine? Local Woodinville winery Chateau St. Michelle worked with crafting website Brit & Co. to create one of our favorite DIY projects thus far. We had to share! Note: to do this craft you need a lot of wine corks.

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West Elm puts local goods on their shelves

Seattle has a lot of talented people making wonderful things - this is evident any time you click into the local section of Etsy. And as small crafters it can be discouraging when larger national chain stores opt for the mass produced vendors instead of looking in their own backyards for talent.

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370 square foot Ballard condo on sale

How much space do you actually need? If that answer is 370 square feet or less, you might want to check out this condo in Ballard that's on sale. The Windermere listed condo is $275,000 and only has one bathroom, but it does have a fullsized detached garage for your vehicle.

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The life of a Glassybaby

If you look around your house, you probably have at least two of them on your mantle or as centerpieces in your kitchen. And when people ask you why you like them so much, you usually say "They're handmade here in Seattle, and each glassybaby is one of a kind!"

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When is buying better than renting in Seattle?

Zillow released new data showing that in the greater Seattle metro area, it makes more sense financially to buy if you're planning on living in a home for more than 1.9 years. This matches pretty well with national averages showing that in most of the United States metro areas, buying beats renting after two years.

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Amazon's same day delivery service starts today

As of today, Amazon is offering a new feature on their site which allows for same day delivery - the Get It Today search feature. Get it Today lets customers who order specific items before noon in Seattle, Phoenix and San Francisco get them delivered that same day.

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King County has the highest property tax rates of Washington

Zillow just released new property tax data ranking the counties in Washington state that pay the highest and lowest property taxes statewide. We're sure no one is shocked that King County ranked the highest, and Lewis County the lowest. Residents in King County pay on average around $4,507 annually in property tax.

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37% of homes for sale in Seattle metro are unaffordable

A couple weeks ago we wrote about how the average Seattleite needs to be making $59,000 a year to afford a home in the area. We got a lot of feedback that that seemed too high - and you were right. New info shows that 37% of homes currently on the market in Seattle metro are unaffordable.

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Framing art? There's an app for that

Whether it’s a piece of gallery art, a map from an important trip, or your daughter’s first A+ homework assignment - hanging art in our homes is a way of making the space ours. A Seattle-based company has developed an app that takes the usual challenges of framing out of the equation.

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Home maintenance? There's a checklist for that

Being a homeowner can be exhausting for many reasons, one of the main being regular maintenance. If, like most people, you have kids, jobs, social activities, family obligations, etc., it can be hard to make sure your home gets the attention it needs. Enter Porch.com's new Home Maintenance Calendar.

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Take a look: Ryan Lewis just bought this $3.3 million Magnolia home

Grammy award-winning producer Ryan Lewis, one half of the dynamic duo that makes up 'Macklemore and Ryan Lewis', just purchased a $3.3 million home in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. Windermere shows the house sitting on just under an acre of property, and has a deck, wine cellar, library, 4 bedrooms and 3.75 baths.

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Meet your [local] Makr

Two and a half years ago Barrett McBride graduated architecture school at the University of Washington, and - like many at the time - had a hard time finding a job. He loved the art of making things, and wanted to be part of a company who celebrated those makers.

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Awesome East Lake Union floating house on sale

What three bedrooms, costs $2.88 million, and FLOATS? This house! When we saw this on Curbed Seattle - we HAD to share. This floating house located on 2017 Fairview Ave. E. in South Lake Union went on sale a couple days ago through Windermere for $2,888,000.

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You need $59,129 a year to afford a house in Seattle

A new study from HSH.com ranked the mortgage rates and median home prices in 25 of the country's largest metro areas to determine how much salary you need to earn to cover payments on an average house. The lowest was Cleveland ($19,435) and the highest San Francisco ($115,510).

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Sneak peek: $10,800,000 home in Laurelhurst

What does a nearly $11 million house in Seattle look like? We took a sneak peek into the lakeside six-bedroom, seven-bath property for sale by Windermere on Laurelcrest Lane. This house has FIVE fireplaces, TWO docks on Lake Washington for various boats, yachts and what have you. And, of course, an in-home spa.

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5 most expensive PNW houses on Zillow

What does $18 million look like in this real estate market? Or if that's a little outside your wheelhouse, how about $9 million? Here's a look at the top 5 most expensive houses on the market in the Pacific Northwest, according to Zillow.

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5,700 glassybaby were sold at the bi-annual Seconds Sale

Over 850 people turned up for the Glassybaby Seconds Sale on Saturday at the company's Madrona location. In the course of seven hours, more than 5,700 glassybaby Even though the sale didn't begin until 8am, people began lining up at 10pm the night before.

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Summer at the Olympic Sculpture Park starts tonight

Longtime local residents have told me that the "official" Seattle summer starts on July 5th, so now we can celebrate. Summer has arrived! One of my favorite things to do in Seattle year-round is visiting the Olympic Sculpture Park.

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Behind-the-scenes of Marshawn Lynch's nude photoshoot with ESPN

It's old news by now that Seahawk Marshawn Lynch will be appearing in ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue 2014. While the issue doesn't come out for a couple more days, ESPN just posted a behind-the-scenes video (and some juicy pictures) to their site.

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Indoor skydiving - it's what all the kids are doing

When I was growing up my parents stuffed my schedule full of piano lessons, sports practices, and dance classes. I loved most of it, but I assume it was more in an effort to entertain me and give them several hours a week of peace than of finding my true calling.

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Seattle's most requested summer home projects

Local startup Pro.com recently shared data on which home projects, and their costs, most Seattleites were undergoing this summer. Pro.com is an online service were users input their home projects to get locally-based estimates on labor costs. Then they can pick and choose pros to get the job done.

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Don't forget to take care of your pets tomorrow

The Fourth of July is one of the most exciting days of the year for Americans, and simultaneously the most terrifying for their animals. If you've ever seen a dog in the midst of a fireworks display, you'd know how sad and scared for their lives the poor animals really are.

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Are outdoor winery concerts a dream or a scream?

This year is the 30th anniversary of Chateau St. Michelle's Summer Concert Series, where they host national and local artists at their in-house amphitheater and invite patrons to come listen, drink and relax. There are multiple things which make this idea sound very alluring: Chateau St.

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Seattle is the most generous city of online donors

Forbes just came out with a list of the cities who give the most to charity online, and Seattle tops it. Donations from the Emerald City amount to $53,542 per 1,000 residents (that's $53 per person). Other cities in the Top 10 included Atlanta, Ann Arbor - and, wait for it - Bellevue!

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Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch gets naked for ESPN's 'Body Issue'

SEATTLE - The Beast is about to be exposed. ESPN said today that Seahawks' running back Marshawn Lynch will appear in its "The Body Issue" next month. Megan Rapinoe, US soccer star and member of the Seattle Reign, also will appear in the magazine.

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Sean + Catherine (and dogs) = A Love Story

Former Bachelor stars Sean Lowe and his new wife Catherine Giudici were in Seattle (Giudici's hometown) this weekend, and stopped by Rover headquarters to play with some dogs. As evidenced by their Instagrams, Lowe and Giudici are dog obsessed, and religiously post photos of their chocolate lab Ellie and boxer Lola at their Dallas home.

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Starbucks raises the largest pride flag in Seattle

In honor of Pride Week, Starbucks raised the largest Pride flag in Seattle history over their headquarters in SoDo this afternoon. The 800 square foot flag symbolizes Starbucks' support of the LGBT communtity, which the Pride Festival celebrates.

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Seattle is the first stop on Budweiser's Made in America Tour

You've most likely heard of Budweiser's Made in America Festival; the annual weekend event in both Los Angeles and Philadelphia where artists across the country come to play. Bummer it's not in Seattle - but to try and alleviate that pain, they have teamed up with Noisey to travel around to all of the home cities of the bands playing the festival to take a look at the culture that made them.

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50 Seattle facts they never taught you in school

Hats off to Movoto on this list of 50 little known facts about Seattle. While many of them are old news to locals, there were a couple on here that suprised us! For example: 6. Seattle's Pier 53 is the busiest ferry terminal in the nation. 7. Seattle was the first U.S.

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New Amazon Fire phone offers Mayday, Prime, and free photo storage

Amazon rolled out their new Amazon Fire phone this morning in Seattle at a press conference. The Fire, exclusive with AT&T, is Amazon's first venture into the smartphone world. It will feature MayDay, Amazon's customer support service where a live person appears on your phone to assist with technical or other issues.

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Kerry Park makes TripAdvisor's list of Top 25 Parks in the World

If you live in the greater Seattle area, you've most likely been to Kerry Park atop Queen Anne hill. The park has one of the best views in the city, of the city, and TripAdvisor agrees. In fact, they named Kerry Park one of the Top 25 Parks in the World.

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250 new emoji coming in July

In huge and exciting news, Unicode (the makers of those adorable little emoji taking over all communication platforms) have announced a new version coming in July, complete with 250 new characters. Emoji (technically referred to by Unicode as pictographic symbols), have been showing up in texts, emails, tweets, Facebook posts, and everything inbetween for over a year now.

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Navigating the Hillary Clinton event at UW on Wednesday

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be signing copies of her new book Hard Choices this Wednesday, June 18th, at the University Bookstore. We anticipate hundreds, if not thousands of people showing up - here's what you need to know to get in, get signed, and get out!

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The Acro-Cats take Seattle to a whole new level

Just when you think you've seen it all, along comes a travelling troupe of acrobatic cats. Acro-Cats are performing through this Sunday at the Seattle Center. The show is run and emceed by Samantha Martin, who owns almost all of the cats in the show. "Yes, they all live with me," Martin says.

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Last minute ideas for Dad's Day

It's almost the weekend, which means it's almost Father's Day! Hopefully, you all can skip through this article altogether since you've planned out to the minute what you and Dad are doing all day. If not...read on. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Looking for a rainy day indoor activity to do with the family?

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Today is National Cancer Survivor's Day

June 1 marks National Cancer Survivor's Day, and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) is making sure people take advantage of the time to inform family, friends, and patients alike of the late-and long-term effects that cancer survivor's often face after treatment.

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'Once' premieres tonight in Seattle with a local face

"Once", the winner of 8 Tony awards, is premiering tonight at The Paramount tonight for a limited engagement from now until June 8. In the cast is Seattle native Ryan Link, whom we chatted with about the wild ride he is on, and what it's like to come home.

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What are you doing this Memorial Day weekend?

If you're like any other working stiff, you've most likely been looking forward to this long weekend since your last day off (probably February for President's Day). In addition to taking some time to honor those we lost, here are some events going on around Seattle you should be sure to stop by.

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Seattle Fridays from a driver's POV

Ever curious about what the average commute time in Seattle is? Or how many accidents are reported on the day to day? Google's social GPS app Waze recently conducted a summer driving poll nationwide - and they let us peak at the Seattle results.

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16 going on $100,000

Think back on what you were doing at age 16. Sneaking out at night in your parents car? Talking too much on the phone? Odds are you weren't spending almost all your free time starting a business that raised money for cancer research.

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A Tacoma marine and his military dog are reunited today after 4 years apart

And now for your daily "aww" factor: U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Deano Miller of Tacoma was reunited with his miliary dog and friend Thor today at SeaTac airport, after being apart for four years. Thor, a 7-year-old yellow Labrador, and Sgt. Miller trained together in Virginia on explosive detection, and were then deployed to Afghanistan in 2010.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor visits Seattle for his new film's screening

Chiwetel Ejiofor was in Seattle last night for a screening of his new film, Half of a Yellow Sun , at the Seattle International Film Festival. Ejiofor has been acting since 1996, but has only recently been catapulted into the spotlight with his lead role in the Oscar-winning film 12 Years A Slave.

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From Dan to Kathi: My favorite photos

If you know KOMO 4 News, then you know Dan Lewis. And if you know Dan Lewis, then you know Kathi Goertzen. Kathi and Dan worked together as co-anchors at KOMO for 27 years, before Kathi was diagnosed with brain tumors in 1998. After 14 years of fighting hard, she passed away in August of 2012.

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New EMP exhibit shows off Macklemore and Ryan Lewis swag

Spectacle: The Music Video opens tomorrow at the Experience Music Project (EMP), and takes a look at seminal moments in music video history. Seattle artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have loaned costumes and props to the exhibit, like the fur coats worn in Thrift Shop, the wolf head hat from Can't Hold Us, the Mariachi suit and hat from White Walls, and their Moonman awards from the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Open & Shut: This week in restaurant openings and closings

Pizzeria Gabbiano. Il Corvo, the pasta lover's paradise, is getting a sister restaurant of sorts. Mike Easton is also opening Pizzeria Gabbiano in Pioneer Square on June 1, focusing around the kind of pizza you'd be served in Campo de' Fiori in Rome, Eater reports.

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Out to Lunch Concert Series lineup announced

One of the coolest parts of summer (pun intended), is the Out to Lunch Concert Series presented by the City of Seattle's Seattle Presents and Metropolitan Improvement District (MID). Today they, with the Downtown Seattle Associated and Seattle Park and Recreation, announced the full lineup for summer 2014.

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Book of Mormon is returning to Seattle

The incredibly popular and successful musical The Book of Mormon is returning to Seattle for a limited time beginning July 22 at The Paramount Theatre. Tickets will go on sale this Monday, May 19th at 10 a.m.

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No more complaining: Seattle isn't a stressful city

We usually like posting about all the Top 10 lists that Seattle does make - but we felt just as curious about this list that we didn't make it onto. Business Insider just ranked the top ten most stressed-out cities in America, and we were not one.

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2014 Bumbershoot lineup is out

Seattle's annual music and arts summer festival Bumbershoot is North America's largest urban arts festival and is taking place this year August 30 - September 1, 2014 in Seattle Center. Every year the lineup is hotly anticipated, as both local and national celebrities and artists usually grace the main stage.

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Mother's Day Gift Guide

Hopefully you have a plan for Mother's Day this Sunday...but if you don't, we're here for you. Whether mommy dearest is a fashionista, foodie, or artist; we've got something that will make her day special (other than you, of course). Fashionista Mom Clementine Shoes.

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Jayrah's beauty queen wish

Jayrah Fulsom of Granite Falls, WA is just like most other 16-year-old girls: addicted to fashion magazines, obsessed with beauty trends, and constantly trying new hair styles. Unlike other 16-year-olds, Jayrah has Friedrich's ataxia, a degeneration of the nerve tissue in the spinal cord.

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This weekend only: the Uber Porsche

Uber is partnering with Barrier Porsche and offering free rides in a special 'Uber Porsche' this weekend. The catch is that it's only being offered on the Eastside, so if you're in Seattle this seems like the perfect weekend to go on that Bellevue staycation you've been meaning to take....

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Seattle Film Festival tickets are now on sale

Tickets are officially on sale for the Seattle International Film Festival! This year the festival is showing 440 films from 83 countries - and 14 U.S. premieres. Multiple celebrity guests will be appearing to promote their films, like directors John Ridley, Richard Linklater and Charlie McDowell, and actors Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass, Laura Dern and Quincy Jones.

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Seattle is the 2nd most pampered pet city in the U.S.

Love to spoil your pet rotten? You're not alone! In honor of National Pet Month, Amazon.com just released its list of the Most Pampered Pet Cities in the U.S., and it's no surprise that Seattle is one of the top dogs, ranking at #2. Portland, you're not far behind at #5.

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Full Capitol Hill Block Party lineup is announced

A couple weeks ago our friends over at the Capitol Hill Block Party released a partial lineup of the performers we could expect to see this summer. While it was very exciting and all, it just whet our apetite for the full lineup. And now we have it!

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Beyonce & Jay-Z Seattle tour tickets go on sale tomorrow

Ever since we heard wind of a possible Beyonce and Jay-Z combo tour, we've been giddy with excitement and anticipation. Today our dreams came true; they not only announced the On The Run summer tour dates, but there is a stop in Seattle as well!

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LOLZ: Seattle is the 10th funniest city in the US

The New York Times recently wrote an article on a "humor algorithm" developed by the Humor Research Lab, and its use to identify the funniest cities in America's 50 largest. Seattle barely made the Top 10 cut, ranking at #10.

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Shark Tank casting call this weekend

If you have a great business or product idea, now is the time to take action. ABC's The Shark Tank casting producers are coming to Seattle this weekend for open casting calls. Shark Tank is a reality show where aspiring entreprenuers pitch their ideas to a panel of potential investors.

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New vans mean better odds for shelter animals across WA (and beyond)

To most people, getting a new car means a huge financial commitment and a exciting shiny toy to play with and show off. To the Seattle Humane Society, it means saving hundreds of shelter animals a year. Yesterday, SHS's newest vehicles were put to the test for the first time, bringing back more than 20 rescued pets from an overcrowded Eastern Washington shelter.

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Yappy Hour at Belltown Pub

Don't be surprised if you belly up to the bar next to a bulldog or a St. Bernard at Belltown Pub Wednesday. Dog lovers and their furry friends are invited to mix and mingle for a "Yappy Hour" to benefit the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation.

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Capitol Hill Block Party lineup announced

Today is the day....the Capitol Hill Block Party lineup has been announced! The annual festival/concert extraordinaire will be July 25-27 this year, and CHBP has just announced their partial lineup: Keep checking the site, as this is only a partial lineup and more will continue to be added!

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Aerial view of cherry blossom season at UW

A couple weeks ago, high school students Romi Almeda and Vlad Nazarov completed an assignment for their Film Club just like they have time and time again. This particular assignment was an aerial video (shot with hand built quadcopter rigs) of UW's campus at the height of cherry blossom season.

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Sea-Tac Airport ranks in top 10 of world's best airports

Skytrax World Airport Awards were announced in Barcelona, Spain - and Sea-Tac ranked in the top 10 of four categories: #3 for Best Airport Staff in the World #4 for Best Regional Airports in North America #8 for Best Airports in North America #10 for World's Best Airports Serving 30-40 Million passengers The World Airport Awards are voted for by customers in an annual world-wide customer satisfaction survey.

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New zipline in Bellevue is now open

You may think ziplining is something done only on a Costa-Rican vacation, but prepare to be amazed. Bellevue Zip Tours is now open in Eastgate Park to the general public. The City of Bellevue and Northwest Teambuilding teamed up (pun intended) to create a seven zip line course in Eastgate Park (right of I-90 and I-405).

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Try Google Glass this weekend

Google Glass - by now you have seen it or at least heard about the futuristic eye wear by Google. Glass is making its way into mainstream life for many people around the world. It can give you directions, find you a place for dinner or take a picture of what's in front of you.

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How did Seattle neighborhoods get their names?

Mental Floss did some digging for their recent article on 'How Seattle Neighborhoods Got Their Names' - and it's really worth a read. We all know the neighborhoods with their distinct personalities now, but what qualifying characteristics caused their names back in the day?

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Two big celebs announce upcoming visits to Seattle

This week two completely different kinds of celebrities announced their plans to visit Seattle in the coming months: George Takei and Oprah Winfrey. Takei will be leading this year's Seattle Pride parade as Celebrity Grand Marshall. While best known for playing Hikaru Sulu in the Star Trek series, Takei is also an outspoken supporter of human rights and LGBT issues around the world.

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Pacific Science Center's SPY exhibit opens Saturday

For every public event in history there is a usually secret, behind-the-scenes account that only certain officials and select others know. Starting this Saturday, some of those mysteries will be revealed and on display to the public, at the Pacific Science Center's SPY: The Secret World of Espionage exhibit.

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A beginner's guide to stair climbing

In honor of today's Big Climb at the Columbia Center for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, we take a look at arguably the cheapest and easiest workout on your body: stair climbing. In a hilly city like Seattle, stairs can be found everywhere.

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Seattle Symphony launches a record label

Seattle Symphony and music director Ludovic Morlot announced this week that they are launching an in-house record label called Seattle Symphony Media. The label will include both live and studio recordings and will be available in physical and digital formats.

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Glassybaby takes over wedding season

Wedding season is upon us, which means a lot of questionable bridesmaid dresses, plane tickets, and many trips to Crate & Barrel. Whether you're a bride or part of a wedding party, glassybaby has a registry and candle renting program that can class up any big day instantaneously.

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Men's Fitness ranks Seattle as the third fittest city in the U.S.

The Men's Fitness list of the 2014 Fittest and Fattest Cities in America has just come out, and Seattle is the third fittest in the nation. The Pacific Northwest in general topped this year's list, with Portland as number one and San Francisco as number two.

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What's a 'hipster' Seattle weekend?

Seattle and Portland are known in the country for having a large population of hipsters, so much so that USA Today has written an article on what a Seattle hipster weekend looks like. We're just as excited as the rest to see what makes the cut!

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Seattle is one of the top 5 most literate cities in the country

A new study on literacy in the United States has found Seattle to be one of the top five most literate cities in the country. The study, by Central Connecticut State University, looked at how well Americans used their literacy skills based on six categories: bookstores, residents' educational attainment, newspaper circulation, use of online resources, the library system, and periodical publishing resources.

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Academy Award nominated film was written by a Whidbey Islander

Happy Oscar Sunday! Did anyone else know that the Oscar-nominated film Nebraska was written by a Whidbey Island resident? I didn't, until Seattle Met did a great Q&A with him last week. Bob Nelson wrote the screenplay a decade ago, and it's not only up for Best Film, but for Directing and Original Screenplay as well.

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BFFs: Obama & The Science Guy

Seattle's own Bill Nye the Science Guy met the President yesterday, and took a selfie to prove it. Also in the photo is astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Nye and Tyson were in D.C. attending the first ever White House Film Festival, where K-12 students showcased their films in front of the President.

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Flashback Friday: Fremont

Curbed Seattle posted an amazing photo gallery of Seattle's Fremont neighborhood circa 1915. Partial to 'Then and Now' pictures of Seattle ourselves, we're loving this look back at the popular North Seattle neighborhood before Aurora Avenue, the Troll and even the Solstice parade (!). Check out all 16 pictures on Curbed Seattle.

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Most requested books in Seattle

There's the New York Times best seller list and Oprah's book club - but what about Seattle's own list of top reads? We talked to the Seattle Public Library, and they shared the five books and e-books with the most holds right now.

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What does a $600,000 house look like in the Pacific Northwest?

Just like around the country, house prices can vary from neighborhood within a region. We looked at what $600,000 would buy you in Seattle, Mercer Island, Everett and Tacoma. This 3 bed / 2.5 bath house in the Madrona community is 2,390 square feet with a 6-level floor plan.

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The Head and the Heart is WA's favorite band

Music Machinery's Paul Lamere explores regional listening preferences of the U.S. to find out which Top 100 artists are the most popular in each state. For Washington state, that's local band The Head and the Heart . Lamere used the zip codes associated with a quarter million listeners, and compared state's individual data against the greater U.S.

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Most popular Seattle tattoos

Whether it's a portrait of your mother, a tiny heart, or a partner's name; all kinds of people have tattoos. We thought it would be fun to poll ten shops (found on Yelp) to see which exactly are the most popular here in the Northwest. Script/Lettering.

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Seattle women will date for a free cup of coffee

CarrotDating.com, the world's first bribe-for-a-date site (???) polled women in Seattle on what incentives would lead to a first date. More women here said yes to free coffee than any other gift or activity. First of all, let's talk a little bit about the fact that this kind of site exists.

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Smile! We're the 9th happiest state in the U.S.

Gallup's annual ranking of happiest states in the U.S. puts Washington at number 9, in the top quintile of the country. North Dakota won happiest (beating out Hawaii from last year), and West Virginia came in last. Gallup takes a couple things into account when creating this index: emotional health, work environment, life evaluation (?), physical health and healthy behaviors.

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Cavalia's second show Odysseo comes to Seattle tonight

Running around in circles and splashing in a pool doesn't necessarily sound that interesting. But when a dozen pure white horses are doing it - it's absolutely riveting. Therein lies the allure of Cavalia's latest show, Odysseo, which opens at Marymoor Park in Redmond tonight.

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Seattle's most popular presidential streets

How many Washington avenues, Lincoln boulevards, and Coolidge drives are there in the United States? Or in Seattle? A new Zillow study shows not only which presidents are the most popular for street names, but which tend to have the pricier houses on them.

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New study says Seattleites are "joiners" but not "connectors"

The Seattle PI posted an interesting story this week on a new study from Seattle CityClub and the National Conference on Citizenship that says Seattle-area residents love volunteering and joining causes, but still have trouble interacting and connecting with people around them.

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Millionaire men in Seattle don't care about prenups

A recent survey from MillionaireMatch.com shows that the vast majority of male Seattle millionaires don't care about having prenuptial agreements. While only 4.7 percent of men said they would want a prenup, more than 81 percent of Seattle-area women were insistent, saying they were "absolutely necessary," according to the site.

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'Don Quixote', 'Roméo et Juliette' coming to Pacific Northwest Ballet

The Pacific Northwest Ballet announced its 2014-2015 season today, which will feature George Balanchine's Jewels; Alexei Ratmansky's Don Quixote, and Jean-Christophe Maillot's et Juliette. This season is also the last that Kent Stowell and Maurice Sendak's Nutcracker will be performed; the end of a 30-year, extremely successful run.

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'Miró: The Experience of Seeing' comes to the Seattle Art Museum

Starting Thursday, late career paintings and sculptures by Joan Miró will be on display at the Seattle Art Museum. Lasting through May 2014, SAM is the only west coast venue for the exhibition of the late Spanish artist. The exhibition draws on some 50 paintings and sculptures from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia's collection in Madrid.

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Seattle ranks #7 as best city to be single

Thanks to Valentine's Day, February is usually the month of love and couples. But apparently it's also not a bad time to be single, especially in this city. Seattle has just been ranked the seventh best metro area in the country for singles by Zillow's Valentine's Day Index.

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It's official: Seattle is winning 2014

Locals know how great Seattle is. And if you don't live here but have visited (especially during the summer), you're probably a fan as well. But most people in the U.S. who haven't been to and don't live in Seattle just don't get it.

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5 things to do with your time now that Hawks season is over

That empty feeling inside? That hole in your heart that keeps aching? Yeah, we're all feeling it big time since Wednesday's parade. As magnificent of a day as that was, it still marked the end of the Seahawks season. Here are some things to do with your time in case you, like us, forgot what life was life B.H.

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A beginner's guide to Crossfit

Crossfit. The word can bring chills to any non-believer, and instantly commands images of super athletes flipping tires, women who look like Arnold Schwarzenegger circa 1967, and newbies vomiting into trash bins. I have to admit, I felt this way too.

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'Phantom of the Opera,' 'Dirty Dancing' coming to Paramount Theatre

The Paramount Theatre has just released the lineup for it's upcoming season - and it's full of blockbuster Broadway hits. A musical version of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas starts the season off, followed by Dirty Dancing, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, The Phantom of the Opera, and finally Tony Award-winner, Pippin.

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Seattle's online community marketplace SwopBoard takes off

What if someone combined Amazon.com, Craigslist, and Angie's List to create a local and charitable online marketplace? What if you could buy and sell things to and from your friends and neighbors, and profits would go directly to local schools? You might not be aware, but this magical place already exists, and it's called Swopboard.com.

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$12 Stevens Pass tickets for Super Bowl Sunday

In honor of the 12th Man, Stevens Pass is offering 1,200 $12 half-day lift tickets to anyone who wants to hit the slopes on Super Bowl Sunday before the big game. Once the 12th Snow Bunny has burned sufficient calories on the slopes, there will be a tailgate and Super Bowl party starting at 2:30pm with BBQ options, an all-you-can-eat buffet and more to gain all that energy back.

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Denver and Seattle Art Museums make the ultimate bet

When you have two great cities full of confidence, pride and great artwork, and both are going to the Super Bowl, there's really only one option. The art museums in both cities need to bet major works of art on the outcome of the game.

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Microsoft and local artists team up for The Gigapixel ArtZoom Project

At first glance, it may seem that computer engineer and artist are at two completely opposite ends of the career spectrum. Leave it to Microsoft Research, local Seattle artists, and a 20-gigapixel panoramic image to prove that wrong - with The Gigapixel ArtZoom Project.

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Attending a wedding? Get ready to dance to these songs

Love, respect, honor, and loyalty - these are things you expect to find at weddings. Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke? Not so much. But Ed Griffin and Ian Johnson of The Wedding DJs said that lately, that’s all people want to hear on their big day.

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The man behind the Great Wheel light shows

Most artists use a brush and canvas or a pen and paper when creating great art. Gerry Hall's canvas is 175 feet tall, weighs 280,300 pounds and is composed of just under 500,000 LED lights. And his artwork has grabbed both local and national attention.

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Bringing [sexy] Justin back

When he stepped out onto the sold out Key Arena stage on Friday night it had been over six years since Justin Timberlake played a show in Seattle. But the singer/actor/dancer extraordinaire had not lost his magic touch, and spent over three hours proving it to the crowd.

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Celebrate like a Parisian tomorrow for Bastille Day

It's the 225th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, and to celebrate several French-themed restaurants are offering special perks tomorrow. Bastille Café & Bar . The Djangomatics will be playing on the patio from 5pm to 8pm, followed by a burlesque show by Shanghai Pearl in the back bar at 9pm.

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Seattle is all over the Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards

Wine Spectator's newly released 2014 Restaurant Awards are just out, and spots all over the greater Seattle area have made the cut. The annual awards highlight eateries around the world that offer the best wine selections. This year, of more than 3,500 restaurants worldwide who were announced as winners, 22 were from our city.

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Hot Cakes' S'mores Kit is the Best Food Gift

Hot Cakes, the deliciously dangerous Molten Chocolate Cakery in Ballard, is known for - surprise! - their molten chocolate cakes and boozy milkshakes. But slowly, silenty - another sweet treat has been moving it's way on up at the shop: the S'Mores Kit.

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Heirloom Tomato Bloody Mary recipes

It's heirloom tomato season here in the Pacific Northwest! The Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar located just south of Seattle had the genius idea of celebrating by taking these locally grown red, yellow and green tomatoes and turning them into unique Bloody Marys. Spicy Mary? Herbal Mary? Yellow Mary?

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Open & Shut: This week in restaurant openings and closings

OPENINGS Andra Loft. Just when you thought he was done, Tom Douglas opens another Seattle restaurant. The Andra Loft opened Monday, Seattle Met reports. The Loft accompanies the restauranteur's new cooking school in the Hotel Andra (separate from Hot Stove Society cooking school).

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How to cut, skin and cook a whole fish

Along with Starbucks, planes and tech companies - the Pacific Northwest is commonly known for its seafood. You'd be hard-pressed to find a restaurant that doesn't serve something from the sea, and quality here is ten times better simply because of our proximity to it.

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A look at the world through beer goggles

Finances Online have put together a hilariously informative infographic on beer-drinking habits of the modern world. Where can you get the cheapest beer? Which nationality drinks the most beer per person, per year? And what is the best selling beer brand in the entire world?

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Show Mariners pride (with pizza)

Benito's Chicago Eatery in Ballard is hosting a Mariners vs. White Sox pizza competition beginning today through Sunday in honor of the upcoming baseball series. The rules are simple: customer can place a 'vote' for their team by ordering one of the two following pizzas: Mariners pizza = The White Pie: house made creamy garlic dressing, chicken breast, fresh spinach, mushrooms, fresh tomato slices, pecorino romano.

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Today is International Sushi Day

Happy International Sushi Day! Blue C Sushi is giving away free sushi for guests with a special contest. For just today, guests of Blue C Sushi who take a selfie with their local Blue C Sushi Chef will get to choose a free plate off the notorious revolving conveyor belt found in every location.

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil; We're doing it wrong

A high-end PAM. It's safe to say that's how most Americans think of and use extra virgin olive oil. Put a little in a pan before a stir fry and your food won't stick. Ta-dah! Well.

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Open & Shut: This week in restaurant openings and closings

OPENINGS See's Candies. Does this count as a restaurant? I think we've all had those days where a box of chocolates serves as our dinner. No judgement here. See's is opening up a new shop on June 27th in Woodinville Plaza. Note - the grand opening celebration will include free lollypops and hats for kids.

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Sending flowers is SO 2012

Can't make it to your best friend's birthday? Your sister's bachelorette party? Mom and Dad's anniversary dinner? Gratafy, an app founded and based in Seattle in 2012 is a gifting service that lets users (and merchants) send menu items and gift certificates from restaurants and bars as gifts to friends and family (without you needing to be there!)

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Open & Shut: This week in restaurant openings and closings

Brunswick & Hunt. Opening May 22, this 'farm-to-neighborhood' restaurant is coming to Ballard, and bringing in Chef Jeffrey Davidson of Bastille, Ray's and Vios fame. Eater tells us brothers Barry Rogel ( DeLuxe Bar & Grill) and Scott Rogel ( The Athenian), are building a menu around local ingredients. Palomino Rustico.

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Willows Inn chef wins Rising Star Chef of the Year

Several months ago we brought you the list of nominations for the James Beard Foundation Awards, the culinary industry's most prestigious recognition program. Washington and the Pacific Northwest were well represented, with multiple restaurants and chefs making the list.

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Open & Shut: This week in restaurant openings and closings

May is looking to be a crazy month for restaurant and bar openings! In fact, we cut our initial list down to the openings happening only in early May - so as not to bombard you with a laundry list! More mid/late May openings coming at you next week.

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America's best coffee shops list is out - and Seattle's only on it once

The Daily Meal just released their list of America's 50 Best Coffee Shops. We don't know how seriously we can take this list since there is only ONE coffee shop from Seattle on it...and there are tons from NYC and LA, and even multiples from Raleigh, Milwaukee and Philadelphia!!

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DIY: Easter bunny rolls

How adorable are these little guys? And not that difficult to make (just snip the ears on regular rolls)! Blogger Nicole Bangerter of ' Mom Always Finds Out' has the full recipe on how to cuten up your Easter dinner tonight. Best part?

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Roundup: Easter specials

Not interested in hosting a huge family event at your house this Easter? We get it. Cooking, cleaning, hosting - no thanks. Luckily there are tons of restauarnts and bars out there who will not only be open on Easter Sunday, but are cooking up special menus just for you and your loved ones.

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Open & Shut: This week in restaurant openings and closings

Stateside. Out of towner Eric Johnson is set to open Stateside (a mix of Vietnamese and French food), in the Six Arms building, reports CHS Seattle. Aiming for a fall opening, Johnson was looking for an 'older building' to set up shop in, and the space at 300 E Pike is perfect.

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DIY: Tulip dessert

When Julie Nesting of Edmonds set out ot make a decadent chocolate mousse for her guests last weekend, she altered the Nordstrom: Entertaining at Home recipe slightly by using Hershey's special dark cocoa instead of unsweetened cocoa powder. She was slightly alarmed at how dark the dessert turned out - it looked...like dirt.

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The Walrus and the Carpenter reopens after sous chef killed in bank robbery

Cody Spafford, sous chef of Ballard restaurant The Walrus and the Carpenter, was killed last week by police after attempting to rob a Wells Fargo bank in Madison Park. The restaurant reopened last night, with proceeds going to The Recovery Cafe to honor Spafford and his struggle with addiction.

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Open & Shut: This week in restaurant openings and closings

OPENINGS The Bear and the Bee. Any day now, the owners of The Rabbit Hole, Bathtub Gin and Lava Lounge will be bringing us The Bear and the Bee, Eater Seattle reports. Get ready for humongous sandwiches made on Grand Central Bakery bread. EXPANSIONS Serious Pie.

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Washington State makes great gin

We've kind of been on a wine and liqueur kick lately, but we can't help it, our local distilleries keep winning national awards! The American Craft Distillers awards were just announced, and seven distilleries in Washington state placed. Most notably, six out of the 13 gold medalists for gin were from our great state.

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Spring brings updates to local menus

With the changing of the season, comes the changing of several local menus around the Pacific Northwest. Take a look to see if one of your neighborhood favorites is mixing it up, or use this as an excuse to try something new!

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Open & Shut: This week in restaurant openings and closings

OPENINGS: The Rhino Room. Patric Gabre-Kidan, Eater tell us, has just opened The Rhino Room at 11th and Pine. Along with a cool name, The Rhino Room offers single-serving bottles of champagne, lots of canned beer, and an 8-foot plastic rhinoceros. The Box and Bottle.

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Starbucks + Oprah = Oprah Chai Tea

Oprah has been secretly working with Starbucks and Teavana® to develop a tea blend called Oprah's Chai Tea. It will be available at participating Starbucks and Teavana retail stores in late April, and supports youth education. Howard Shultz, chairman, president and CEO of Starbucks announced today that Oprah Chai Tea will be sold in the U.S.

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Irish Supper Sunday at Volunteer Park Cafe

Volunteer Park's March Sunday Supper falls on the night before St. Patrick's Day, so they're preparing the perfect Irish meal to celebrate. VPC has been a long-time favorite of the Seattle community, and their Sunday Supper series never fails to delight. Tonight's menu in honor of St. Patrick's Day is no different.

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Washington's meat of choice is salami

Slate put together a hilarious and informative map of every state's "official meat" - The United Steaks of America, if you will. Washington's meat of choice is salami. Their reasoning for this choice was that Seattle is home to Salumi, the infamous cured meats shop in Pioneer Square owned by Mario Batali's dad.

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Seattle Street Food Festival expands to two days

Everyone needs something to look forward to, and for us that's the Seattle Street Food Festival. Even though it's all the way in August, the Festival has just announced it's expanding to two days. Capitol Hill Seattle talked to event producer Ryan Reiter about the new longer event in a great article earlier this week.

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Open & Shut: This week in restaurant openings & closings

Another great week for the Seattle restaurant and bar scene, with five openings to report and no closings! OPENINGS Porkshop & Co. is moving to Ballard, Eater Seattle reports. The locally sourced restaurant will be opening early April, and occupying the former Belle Clementine Space. Good Bar.

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Open & Shut: This week in restaurant openings and closings

Thunderbird Tavern. Eater Seattle reports Thunderbird is reopening in Ballard this week after shutting down last summer. Embracing the 'essence of dive', the T-Bird will have live music, weekly trivia, and an outdoor fire pit. Official opening is 2pm Saturday. Hot Stove Society. Quit your day job!

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Big Table, big heart

We recently wrote a piece about a new survey that says Seattleites aren't that great at connecting with their neighbors. This sparked a lot of debate in our offices (as well as in the comments), as to whether this was true, and if so, why.

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Salute our first president's birthday with a George Appletini

Happy Birthday Mr. President! We're especially proud to celebrate George Washington's birthday here, in the state named after him (shut up D.C., you're not even a real state). In his honor, we thought we'd mock up a nice appletini for you all to sit and enjoy tonight. Best part?

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Open & Shut: This Week In Restaurant Openings And Closings

Great week for the Seattle restaurant scene - no closings to report! OPENINGS Top Pot Doughnuts. Everyone's favorite doughnut shop is opening a new cafe at 888 Western Ave (right above Post Alley). Situated perfectly next to the pedestrian overpass and ferry terminal, we have a feeling commuters' breakfasts just got a lot sweeter.

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Last-minute chocolate truffles

It's here. It's Valentine's Day, and you have nothing for your sweetie but flowers and a card. Which is fine..but doesn't exactly scream thought and appreciation. Enter the easiest chocolate truffles to make ever. Seriously - head home during lunch, whip these up and have them waiting for your love when they walk through the door.

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Tini Bigs presents new meatball menu

Tini Bigs, the self-described "2nd Best Cocktail Lounge in Seattle", is introducing a brand new menu, just in time for the Super Bowl. Most notably? A separate menu dedicated entirely to meatballs. Located on lower Queen Anne, Tini Bigs has long called themselves the number two cocktail bar in Seattle.

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Zombie wedding cakes

The zombie apocalypse has finally hit...weddings. Mike McCarey is the owner and pastry chef at Mike's Amazing Cakes in Redmond. Custom themes are McCarey's specialty - and he has seen everything from dragon grooms cakes to doggie birthday cakes. One request he's been getting a lot lately are for...wait for it...zombie wedding cakes.

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Seattle's sister city introduces it's first vodka

What does family do? It supports one another. So when we found out thatSeattle's very own sister city of Reykjavik, Iceland (a little know fact), had made and produced it's very own vodka - we wanted to scream it from the rooftops.

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Open & Shut: This Week In Restaurant Openings And Closings

What better time to open a restaurant or bar than right before the Super Bowl? Guaranteed business all day long on Sunday...and then the rest is up to you. Here are a couple local business taking the plunge this week! OPENINGS Octopus Bar.

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Seattle loves ice cream (even in the winter)

We have to deal with a lot, living with bipolar Seattle weather. We don't let inclement rain, hail or wind stop our sports game, change our daily commutes, or reschedule our outdoor farmers markets. We also refuse to let if affect our ice cream consumption.

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Canlis is giving away Valentine's Day reservations to the 12th Man

Valentine's Day is arguably the year's most difficult day to get reservations, let alone to one of the city's best restaurants. But Mark and Brian Canlis decided to give away their private dining room for two on February 14th this year to the Seahawk fan with the most spirit.

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Bethenny is a Hawks fan (in case anyone was wondering)

Bethenny Frankel, reality TV star, talk show host, and figurehead behind Skinnygirl Cocktails, is known for her signature drinks. She announced today not only that she is a Seattle Seahawks fan, but that she's also dreamed up 'The 206 Pride' and accompanying menu for this Sunday.

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Taco Time offers Champion Chips & Salsa

Everyone is getting behind the Hawks this week, including Taco Time Northwest restaurants. Starting Friday January 31 through Sunday - Taco Time Northwest has announced participating shops will be offering Champion Chips and Salsa...also known as blue and green tortilla chips.

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Marshawn Lynch & Skittles team up for a 'Seattle Mix'

Never before has a candy been so closely associated with an athlete than with Skittles and Marshawn Lynch of the Seahawks. And now, Skittles are responsible for more than just Lynch's energy on the field, and joining him to create a limited edition "Seattle Mix" to be auctioned off for charity.

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Open & Shut: This week in restaurant openings and closings

With the New Year comes new beginnings, and in this case - one temporary ending. OPENINGS Hecho: A new Mexican restaurant called Hecho is opening in Phinney Ridge in early March. Hecho in Spanish means "made" - and that's what everything in the restaurant will be: hand-made, that is.

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The B&B on Capitol Hill you probably didn't know existed

Tucked on the corner of a wooded residential street, you've probably driven by Shafer Baillie Mansion Bed & Breakfast off Aloha many times, and just figured it was another Capitol Hill mansion. Little do many of us know, a cozy bed and breakfast has been in operation there for over eight years, run by husband and wife team Ana Lena Melka & Mark Mayhle.

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Be careful out there this Seafair weekend!

It looks like we're going to be blessed with a beautiful Seafair weekend! We don't want to be downers, but we also want everyone to be safe this weekend when they're in the water. So does Porch, who threw together this swell infographic on swimming safety tips.

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Stairways to Heaven

We wouldn't mind climbing stairs if they were these Pacific Northwest ones! Thanks Porch for these drool-worthy staircases from around the area.

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Open & Shut: This week in restaurant openings & closings

OPENINGS Patxi's Pizza. We told you about this Ballard pizza joint a couple weeks ago, but we now have an official opening date! Patxi's is open for business starting tomorrow on Ballard Avenue N.W. Piroshky Piroshky . No more long lines at this gem in the Market!

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Inside a South Seattle stunner

There are houses, and then there are works of art. We took a peek inside Realogics Sotheby's 10,000+ square foot Lakehaven home on the shores of Lake Washington.

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Spotlight: LilyEmme Jewelry

Tucked on a desk in the corner of a condo in downtown Seattle, one of the fastest growing Seattle Etsy shops is emerging. Valerie Nethery started LilyEmme Jewelry in her condo above the convention center in 2009. Lily is the name of her younger sister, whose middle initial is "M".

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Columbia Gorge International is not your average film festival

While we may all only think of the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) when we think of Pacific Northwest film festivals, our friends to the immediate south have a pretty impressive thing going on down there as well. The Columbia Gorge International Film Festival opens this week (August 1), and runs through August 17.

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A night with Catherine Lowe

Catherine Lowe may have made her debut into the spotlight through her public search for love on The Bachelor (and finding it with her now-husband Sean!), but now she's attempting something that gives people a whole different kind of butterlies: a start-up line.

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Festival Fashion: Block Party Edition

Another musical festival in Seattle, another crop top fest. We took a look at the five styles taking over Capitol Hill for this weekend's Block Party. Crop Tops. These have been hanging around festivals for a couple years now, usually paired with #2 on our list (high-waisted jean shorts).

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C. Lowe by S&G launches in Seattle this weekend

Catherine Lowe (née Giudici) of Bachelor fame is back in her hometown to launch her new C.Lowe by S&G paper-based line which includes Lowe Notes, notepads, placemats and tops. She, husband Sean and Scarlet & Gold owner Megan Smalley will be at Fred Wildlife Refuge tomorrow night for the launch party.

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Q&A: The man behind Capitol Hill Block Party

We're coming up on one of the biggest weekends in the year for Seattle music lovers, and no one is busier than Capitol Hill Block Party owner Jason Lajeunesse. He took some time to tell us why Seattle, why Capitol Hill, and what to look forward to this year.

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Port Angeles makes Top 10 Small Towns list

Livability.com has compiled their 2014 Top 10 Small Towns list, and Port Angeles, WA is number five. The list looks at cities with populations under 20,000 and compares them against 41 different data points - some of which include cost of living, heath-care spending, racial and socioeconomic diversity, obesity, crime, air quality and natural amenities.

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Marshawn Lynch doesn't take any chances when it comes to his car

Apparently when Seahawks' star Marshawn Lynch travels, he brings his own velvet ropes to protect his most prized possession. Wouldn't you be this careful if you had a Lamborghini? One tweeter caught this picture of Beastmode's car in Oakland, where FOX Sports reports that Lynch is shooting a part in a movie.

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Nothing says 'Happy Birthday Prince George!' like cheese

A year ago today, the world watched as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed Prince George into the world. Today, on his first birthday, Whole Foods is also welcoming him - with his own cheese. Yes, you heard that right. The day the prince was born, a cheese was made in Somerset, England in celebration.

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Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the 42nd Pacific Northwest Ballet season

The Pacific Northwest Ballet's 42nd season is right around the corner, and the box office for this season's shows opens tomorrow, July 21. Patrons can expect to see the return of George Balanchine's Jewels; Alexei Ratmansky's Don Quixote, and Kent Stowell's Swan Lake and Carmina Burana.

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Don't have tickets to The Book of Mormon? Don't worry

The wildly popular Broadway production, The Book of Mormon, comes to The Paramount for a quick three week engagement this Tuesday. Tickets are not only selling out quickly, but also at high prices. Enter stage left: the ticket lottery system. Broadway has been offering ticket lottery for their performances for a while now - and it's a huge hit.

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What are the most expensive foods in the world?

This should put all those expensive dinners around town in perspective. For once it's a good thing that no meals from Seattle are on this list! Here's an infographic from Finances Online of the most expensive foods in the world.

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Photos: Ann Taylor's Fall 2014 Lookbook

We know - talking about fall (and thus the end of summer), can be scary. But it's not that frightening when we think in terms of fashion, right? Ann Taylor just released their Fall 2014 Lookbook, which centers around five fall essentials.

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Open & Shut: This week in restaurant openings and closings

OPENINGS 13 Coins Restaurant. The Seattle landmark is opening a new and supposedly 'hip' location in the Bellevue Hyatt Regency, reports the Seattle Times. Opening 'late this year', the new branch will be 8,000-square-feet and designed by the company behind Revel, Walrus and the Carpenter, Skillet Diner and Miller's Guild.

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Munchery launches in downtown Seattle and Capitol Hill

It's a big week for food delivery services in Seattle. We told you about Kitchensurfing yesterday - the company that lets you order a local chef to come cook in your home. And today, we introduce you to Munchery, which launched in Seattle yesterday. Munchery is a website (and app!)

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Pacific Place Mall sold for $271 million

The Seattle Times reports that Pacific Place Mall in downtown Seattle was sold yesterday for $271 million. The property has been for sale since January 2014. The article states that the 350,000-square-foot mall was purchased by real-estate management firm Madison Marquette and unnamed offshore investors.

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Why order takeout when you can order a chef?

Kitchensurfing, a virtual marketplace when you can find local chefs to come cook in your home, launches in Seattle today. Already in New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Berlin, Kitchensurfing's goal is to eventually be in every major city. Co-founder and CEO Chris Muscarella started out in the tech industry working at software companies.

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