Sprint, Sweat And Sip Something Sweet At This Year’s Hot Chocolate Run!

It’s almost time to lace up those running shoes and sign up for the annual Hot Chocolate 15/5k run! This year’s yummy and fun event kicks off on Sunday, March 5th at Seattle Center How’s that for a great way to spend the first Sunday-Funday of March, both for seasoned runners and first-timers who aren’t afraid of a challenge!

The fun begins bright and early at 6:45a.m. with the 5K and the 15k starts at 7:55a.m. Race participants can expect a fun, well organized and challenging race through the heart of beautiful Downtown Seattle (hills and all!), a fabulous SWAG bag of goodies to take home, of course, delicious chocolate. Talk about motivation to finish strong!

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend your Sunday while getting a great workout, consider signing up for this once-a-year event. The challenge is worth it to get to the Post Race Party where runners will enjoy music, a family friendly environment and a ‘finisher’s mug’ filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and delightfully dippable treats. Don’t count the calories, you will have more than earned this chocolate indulgence!

The Hot Chocolate Run isn’t just a great way to spend a day off. The Hot Chocolate Run is partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities, helping to provide a home-away-from-home for children and the families of children being treated at Seattle Children’s’ Hospital, at little to no cost to the families. A portion of the proceeds from signing up for this race will go to this outstanding cause, helping to make a real difference in our community.

Not into running or chocolate? That’s fine! But be aware, this race will take place in Downtown Seattle and along many main roads and thoroughfares, so you will want to plan ahead for any travel on that day. Take a look at the map (left) to see the route and read the chart below for a street closure timeline, to help you plan your day.

This event is great to do with friends, family or even by yourself. You’ll probably leave with new friends after a little friendly competition! This event brings together people from all over the city and state, so get out there, mix, mingle and help build a wonderful feeling of community in our fair city. Sprint into Springtime at this fabulous annual event, get a good sweat on and maybe even make some new friends….oh and eat chocolate! Do we really need to sell you on this?


For more info on this event, road closures, the post-race party and more, visit the Hot Chocolate Run website here.




Anticipated Road Closures:

Street Closure From To Side of Road Closure Time Anticipated Opening
2nd Ave Thomas St Broad St Whole Road 6:15AM 9:10AM
Broad St 2nd Ave Elliott Ave Westbound 6:15AM 9:15AM
Elliott Ave Broad St SR-99 NB On-Ramp SB One Lane 6:15AM 9:20AM
Elliott Ave SR-99 NB On-Ramp Western Ave Whole Road 6:20AM 9:20AM
Western Ave Elliott Ave Spring St Whole Road 6:20AM 9:40AM
SR-99 Bell St John St NB Lanes 6:15AM 11:15AM
SR-99 Western Ave John St SB Lanes 6:15AM 10:25AM
Aurora Ave Denny Way 45th St NB Lanes 6:15AM 11:15AM
Aurora Ave 38th St Denny Way SB Lanes 6:15AM 10:25AM
Harrison St Aurora Ave Dexter Ave Whole Road 6:25AM 11:15AM
Dexter Ave Harrison St Mercer St SB One Lane 6:25AM 11:15AM
Mercer St Dexter Ave 5th Ave East Bound Lanes 6:25AM 11:20AM
5th Ave Mercer St Thomas Ave SB Lanes 3:00AM 12:00PM
5th Ave Mercer St Thomas Ave NB Lanes 6:25AM 11:25AM


Capital One’s ‘Banking Reimagined’ Tour Lands in SLU This Weekend

According to an American Psychological Association survey, 72 percent of Americans have felt stressed about money within the past month, with half reporting that the stress significantly impacted their quality of sleep.

In fact, another recent study found that four out of five Seattleites believe they would be happier if they felt more confident in their personal finances, over half of are not able to invest more in their passions because of a financial obstacle, and less than one-third feel confident when thinking about their personal finances.* With so many people in our nation, and even our own community, feeling this way, how can we go about mapping out the right path to personal finance success?

Enter Capital One. Through its innovative Capital One Cafés and the “Banking ReimaginedSM Tour” that will be making a stop in Westlake Park this weekend, Capital One is aiming to redesign the banking experience by making things simple, straightforward, and built around empowering people to feel more confident in their relationship with their money.

“Personal finance has evolved with our digital economy,” says Lia Dean, Head of Capital One Cafés. “We want to create experiences that fit more naturally into people’s lives. And that really comes to life in two ways–innovative products and digital tools, and also the human connection we know people still crave.”

Soon, two new Seattle-area Capital One Cafés will open to the public. The Cafes, one located in South Lake Union and another in Bellevue, will join Cafes across the country, including locations in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Richmond, San Francisco, and St. Cloud, with plans to open in South Florida later this year.

Located at 333 Westlake Avenue, the Capital One Café in South Lake Union will offer more than 12,000 square feet of space for banking, meeting and socializing—with three nooks, two meeting rooms, and four on-premise ATMs. The location at 418 Bellevue Way NE in Bellevue will be 7,800 square feet and also include three nooks, two meeting rooms, and four ATMs. The Capital One Café is a place where people can recharge their bank accounts, devices, and lives while learning new ways to manage their finances, try out new digital and financial tools, or simply grab a great cup of coffee or local pastry.

“Our Capital One Cafés are about solving our visitor’s financial problems and helping them reach their money goals,” Dean adds. “We started the journey two years ago talking to Americans about their money and we learned three big things. First, most of the time they’re banking digitally. Second, while technology makes their money lives easier, it hasn’t solved their stress over their financial lives. And lastly, they don’t know where to turn to relieve that money stress.”

The fact that Capital One has broadened its repertoire into this nontraditional space for banking should come as little surprise. The company has been at the forefront of digital banking since it entered the industry, and the Cafés are one way they are reimagining banking. At the Cafés, customers will be able to learn about award-winning accounts that offer no fees or minimums, while engaging with interactive screens that feature fun, helpful money content and demo bars that showcase the latest digital tools that can help you better manage your money. Capital One is even launching a first-of-its-kind Money Coaching program, a complimentary personalized service designed to connect your values to your money so you can better plan a path for your future financial goals to give you the confidence to make it happen.

Capital One is also launching a ten-market, consumer-facing tour starting this month.

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The “Banking ReimaginedSM Tour” gives a glimpse of one of the ways Capital One is changing how people think about their money and money goals. Like the Cafés, the tour is designed to connect with and guide consumers along their personal financial journey. The traveling tour will introduce consumers to innovative services and programs designed to deliver financial empowerment in compelling, nontraditional, and technology-forward ways. It features a state-of-the-art, 54-foot trailer housing a smart, personalized and digital experience open to the public, including:

  • Touchscreens that allow you to prioritize personal values and goals, demonstrating how your outlook shapes the way you view money.
  • An augmented reality experience with 3-D holograms in real space and time that brings your financial goals to life. Video selfie booths where you can record a message to your future self as a reminder of your money goals.

In the end, these efforts echo one of Capital One’s core beliefs: Personal finance doesn’t need to be stressful. Both the tour and the Capital One Cafés hope to make that goal a reality.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18.

WHERE: Westlake Park 401 Pine St., Seattle.

For more information on the Capital One Banking ReimaginedSM Tour, visit http://bankingreimagined.capitalone.com or tweet @CapitalOneCafe.

*According to a 2017 local market survey fielded by Toluna on behalf of Capital One

Syndicated from SeattleWeekly

Retired Ferry Hiyu to Become Floating Cabaret & Entertainment Venue

Washington State Ferries announced today the sale of its smallest retired ferry, Hiyu, to Menagerie Inc. The 50-year-old ferry officially changes hands Wednesday, Feb. 8, when it will be towed from the Eagle Harbor maintenance yard. The new owner plans to repurpose the vessel as a floating entertainment venue.


The Hiyu is about 162 feet long and can carry about 34 vehicles. It began ferrying passengers across Puget Sound in 1967, but it was put in storage back in the ’90s. WSDOT has been using the ferry as a relief vessel in recent years.

“We make every effort to keep our retired ferries operational, instead of being sold for scrap,” said WSF Chief of Staff Elizabeth Kosa. “I’m pleased the Hiyu will continue to serve Washingtonians on the water in her second life as a floating entertainment locale.”

New life for Hiyu

Hiyu sold for $150,000 to Menagerie Inc. The company got a deal. That’s half of the original auction price of $300,000.

WSDOT expects to turn over the keys to the new owner on Feb. 8. But locals need not miss the classic ferry boat too soon. It will be towed across Puget Sound from Eagle Harbor at Bainbridge Island, pass through the Ballard Locks, and to Lake Union in Seattle.

That’s right. Hiyu’s new home will be on Lake Union where it will become a floating entertainment venue. The idea is not too far-fetched. There is already one ferry on Lake Union that was converted into a venue — the M/V Skansonia.

If you’re kicking yourself for missing out on the Hiyu, don’t worry. WSDOT is auctioning off one other ferry boat — the M/V Evergreen. It’s a bit bigger, and the auction deadline has come and gone. WSDOT reports that it is negotiating with parties to sell the boat, but no official deals have been made.

Syndicated from MyNorthwest.com

Delta Dental Leases Last Available Space in New South Lake Union Building

One of the newest commercial buildings in the neighborhood, 400 Fairview, has been filling up quickly with Seattle-area companies who are relocating from outlying areas to flock to the growing hub in South Lake Union. The latest to join is Delta Dental, who announced on Wednesday this week that they had leased the last available space in the building.

Delta Dental has leased 61,000 square feet in the 14-story, which will be designed by architecture firm NBBJ and built out by Foushee & Associates. The company will move in this summer, from their current headquarters location in Northgate.

According to Delta’s CEO Jim Dwyer, the company was drawn to South Lake Union as a leading innovation district in the U.S.

Delta Dental was founded in 1954 here in Seattle, and currently provides dental insurance coverage to more than 2.6 million people around the country. The company also works to expand access to dental care with the Washington Dental Service Foundation.

Lake Union Events: Things to Do in February

From the Seattle Boat Show to events featuring spirits and/or art, there’s lots to look forward to in Lake Union this month!

January 27 – February 4: Seattle Boat Show
6pm | South Lake Union
The annual Seattle Boat Show is on through February 4th in South Lake Union. It features more than a thousand recreational watercraft, plus booths with accessories to purchase, free boating and/or fishing seminars, and the latest gear. Buy your tickets online for free kayak, bike or skate rentals and other goodies.

February 2: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, February 2nd, the Museum of History and Industry offers free general admission for the museum’s permanent exhibits – all day long! The free admission includes: True Northwest: the Seattle Journey, and the Bezos Center for Innovation.

February 4: Macallan Scotch Dinner
6:30pm | Daniel’s Broiler
The National Brand Ambassador for Macallan, Kieron Elliott, will be at Daniel’s Broiler at South Lake Union on February 4th for a special scotch dinner. Learn about the distillery and it’s amazing scotches, and sample Macallan 12-year, 25-year, Rare Cask and 1st Edition scotch alongside a deliciously prepared 4-course dinner. The cost is $100/person plus tax and service.

February 4: A Closer Look Walkthrough with Marsha Burns
2pm | Pivot
As part of Pivot’s series, A Closer Look: Portraits from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection, join a special experience with an informal walkthrough of the exhibition. It will be led by Marsha Burns, painter turned photographer. A Closer Look continues through February 26th.

February 10: Strings Attached
8pm | 415 Westlake Avenue
Enjoy the highest caliber chamber musicians at 415 Westlake in South Lake Union on February 10th for the next event from Emerald City Music. “Strings Attached” has four unique combinations of stringed instruments from top-tier classical musicians: Ani Kavafian, Tessa Lark, Kristin Lee (violins), Robreto Diaz, Yura Lee (violas), Ani Aznavoorian, and David Requiro (cellos). Tickets are $45m and includes the open bar.

February 12: Arte & Vino at Caffe Torino
2pm | Caffe Torino
Caffe Torino’s monthly art and wine event features “Yarns & Noble: Yarn & Nail Yardsale” for February, from artist Geofrey Redd. The artist crafts one-of-its-kind artwork from hand-hammered nails and yarn.

February 21: MOHAI Community Conversation: Immigrant Journeys
7pm | Museum of History and Industry
Engage in a conversation about the personal experiences of immigrants and refugees to the King County area on February 21st, in an important discussion at MOHAI. Enrique Cerna will moderate, with three additional panelists. Event is free with pre-registration.

February 23: FOOD: Four Short Talks
6:30pm | 415 Westlake Avenue
Food is about so much more than simply nourishment! Community and culture are important aspects of how we approach food, and you can explore this topic at 415 Westlake in a special talk on February 23rd. Panelists include five professionals, from restaurateurs to tastemakers, with social entrepreneur Veena Prasad moderating. Admission is $5 for members and $10 for non-members (includes one drink ticket).