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This article originally appeared on Houzz.com.

Paul Huggett and Ron Gagliardo didn’t plan to change a thing about their midcentury modern find two blocks from the beach in Seattle. But after three years, things started falling apart in the 1951 home, and they were forced to reconsider. They saw an opportunity to capitalize on the existing open floor plan to create an indoor-outdoor entertaining space.

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Smith Tower Grand Reopening

Thursday (8/25, times vary) After a few nips and tucks, the historic 1914 Smith Tower officially reopens its 35th-floor observation deck today! Expect a new Prohibition era-inspired bar, a new general store and two ongoing tour options: the 40-minute self-guided "Legends of Smith Tower" and the "Straight Up," which zips you directly to the Observatory.

From special drinks to big booze contests to cider-ific anniversaries and events, local bars, distillers, and cideries are making the end of summer a wonderful place for those who, like me, love our local producers. Read the below and learn more. 

I no longer have to hoard my child's Pirates Booty, or the Trader Joe's version: World's Puffiest White Cheddar Corn Puffs.

September marks 25 years since Nirvana’s second studio album Nevermind crashed onto the music scene, defining grunge and solidifying Seattle as ground zero for the moody rock movement.

Painter, author and essayist Barbara Earl Thomas is among Seattle’s most emotionally evocative and socially engaged artists. Over the years, she has run the Northwest African American Museum, steered the Seattle Arts Commission and given countless spirited talks and lectures. She has also been the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the 2016 Artists Trust Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award.

Poke bars are popping up everywhere, but it was still surprising to find the ultimate bowl of the traditional Hawaiian raw fish salad inside a Wallingford convenience store (former home of The Erotic Bakery). Co-owner John Chung is the brains behind the unlikely gem that is 45th Stop N Shop & Poke Bar, where you can get heaping bowls of cubed ahi tuna, salmon or red snapper atop rice and seaweed salad for $11–$13. Yummy extras, such as fresh avocado, edamame, lettuce and imitation (we don’t mind) crab meat, are what make Chung’s bowls stellar.


I was highly skeptical of state GOP chair Susan Hutchison’s national convention declaration that Washington is a “swing” state in the presidential election. No one other than Hutchison predicts Donald Trump will carry Washington, and even some of his supporters here, like Seattle developer Martin Selig, have dropped the candidate, partly because of negative pushback from the public.