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Head to South Lake Union this Saturday, June 24th to enjoy free boat rides, hands-on clinics, seminars, kids activities and lots of boating-related fun for Get Out & Boat Fest! This event is great for anyone from seasoned boat owners to those who are simply looking for something fun and different to do.

Free boat rides are offered all day, lasting 45 minutes and leaving on the hour every hour between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. There will be power boats under 30 feet, sailboats, cruisers and even fishing trawlers, so that you can pick the boat that fits your lifestyle and interest.

Activities and hands-on clinics will be offered with industry professionals to teach interested participants the basics of docking, anchoring, rigging, knot-tying, and technology. Get Out & Boat Fest also includes seminars on buying a boat, boating safety, chartering a boat and even salmon fishing.

Get Out & Boat Fest is fun for the whole family! Kids can play on a toy boat building from the Center for Wooden Boats and enjoy live music from Dave Calhoun, a Jimmy Buffet cover artist.

According to a press release, “The second annual Get Out & Boat Fest aims to increase public awareness of boating by offering opportunities for people to get out on the water, experience boating firsthand, and educate and inform non-boaters so they can learn all about the boating lifestyle.”

Just a few of the makers at the Uprising, left to right: Dolcetta Artisan Sweets, Good and Well Supply Co., Paper Parasol Press, Haute Under The Collar, Estrella Soap Co., Dotted Line Jewelry, Lincoln Hobbs, and Lyonhart Bag Co.

The summer version of the Urban Craft Uprising (there’s a winter show, too) is happening on Saturday June 24th and Sunday June 25th this year. It’s being held at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall from 11 am to 5 pm, and at the time of this writing, there are currently around 146 indie vendors showcasing their handmade wares at this event.

Tripper Dungan, one of the artists at Urban Craft Uprising

For those who aren’t familiar with this, the Urban Craft Uprising supports independent artists and makers and their creations, by hosting Seattle’s largest craft show of its kind. In the summer, this juried show tends to be a bit quieter than the winter show (perhaps seeking out unique Christmas gifts then), so a good time to check out the event.

Crafts fall under different categories:
art ˖ accessories ˖ baby/kid stuff ˖ bags ˖ candles ˖ bath & body ˖ ceramics ˖ clothing ˖ fiber ˖ food (packaged) ˖ housewares ˖ jewelry ˖ kits & supplies ˖ paper goods ˖ pets ˖ toys

Between shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts, there are eating options as well.  Five different food trucks will be available on the premises.

Urban Craft Uprising
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
301 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109

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Food and fun are on the docket for events in June in South Lake Union! Check out some of our highlighted favorites…

Throughout June: Pasta Classes at Cuoco
6:30pm – 9pm | Cuoco
Learn pasta making technique, recipes and more at Cuoco throughout June, with three fun pasta classes! After instruction and hands-on demonstration, enjoy a 3-course family dinner, plus wine and a take-home portion of your pasta. The cost is $65 per person. For more information, please contact Scott Whited or call 206.971.0710. Classes are on June 13th, June 20th, and June 27th.

Mondays in June: Monday Midday Meditation
12:15pm | 415 Westlake
Get your week off to a great start with meditation. Monday Midday Meditation is led by experts Tay and Val, who will guide you through focusing, fueling and flowing through meditation in this rejuvenating event. Click here to purchase tickets.

June 1: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, June 1st, 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.

June 3: Art on the Fly
12pm | Denny Park
Celebrate the arts, music and dance with food and fun at Art on the Fly, a community event on June 3rd, in tandem with the SLU Saturday Market. There will be numerous outdoor performances, free dance classes, vendors of arts and crafts, food trucks and more.

June 4: Cavatappi Wine Dinner
6:30pm – 9pm | Serafina
Serafina is hosting a special wine dinner this month, featuring wines from Cavatappi, a Nebbiolo and Sangiovese-focused winery with Peter Dow at the helm. Complementing the wines will be a five-course dinner with Mediterranean dishes. Tickets are $120 per person (not including tax and gratuity). Reservations are required: 206-323-0807.

June 6: Drink & Draw at the VUDE
5pm – 8pm | The VUDE
Sip wine and color at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Charitable Event, Drink & Draw at The VUDE on June 6th. Hosted by the Young Professionals Committee, proceeds from this event support the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and cover three tastings of Hand of God wines, light appetizers, one raffle ticket and access to adult coloring books for fun! Additional raffle tickets will be available for sale.

June 10: Seattle Makers Market
11am – 5pm | 400 Fairview Avenue
Visit the ground floor of the Market Hall at 400 Fairview on Saturday, June 10th for the monthly Seattle Makers Market series! This free event features handmade goods from crafters, artists, makers and artisans in the Seattle area.

June 11: Arte & Vino at Caffe Torino
2pm – 5pm | Caffe Torino
In their monthly art and wine event Caffe Torino is hosting local artist Jiamin Zhu and her collection titled, The Silk Road. These stunning photographs on canvas are reflections of fantasies and fairy tales encountered on Jiamin’s journey of cultural migration from the east to Seattle.

June 24: South Lake Union Under the Microscope Tour
10am – 12pm | REI
Get a closer look at the neighborhood, and examine the key ingredients for urban revitalization on the monthly South Lake Union Under the Microscope Tour. Participants will learn about strategies for urban design and architecture, engage with master planning projects as well as private-public ventures, and find out about unique experiments in development. This month, the tour is on Saturday, June 24th and includes the Stackhouse Apartments, 400 Fairview, Denny Park, 9th and Harrison, and St. Spiridon’s.

June 24: Get Out & Boat Fest
11am – 12pm | Chandler’s Cove
The annual Get Out & Boat Fest is coming up on June 24th, with free 45-minute rides on power and sailboats, education on nautical terms and techniques, and more. This family-friendly event includes kids activities, live music, and food vendors.

June 24: Seattle Outdoor Cinema 25th Anniversary
6pm – 9pm | SLU Discovery Center
It’s the 25th anniversary celebration for the Fremont Outdoor Cinema, now known as the Seattle Outdoor Cinema. The main event is an outdoor showing of Rogue One on a 55 foot inflatable screen. This free family-friendly screening on June 24th will have food trucks, a charity beer garden, and lots of fun.

June 30: Beer Camp Across America
5pm – 9pm | South Lake Union
The largest craft beer festival in America comes to South Lake Union on June 30th. Beer Camp Across America features hundreds of craft beers, food trucks, live music and fun! Tickets are $55 – $75 ($40 for designated drivers).

Get ready to enjoy some fun, food and music events this May in South Lake Union!

All May: Chandler’s Crabfest
Get your fill of crab this month at Chandler’s Crabhouse in South Lake Union! The restaurant’s crabfest lasts all May, with 10 different menu items priced $40 and under. There are five different types of crab, with 12 different preparations – enjoy and explore!

Throughout May: Pasta Classes at Cuoco
6:30pm – 9pm | Cuoco
Learn pasta making technique, recipes and more at Cuoco throughout May, with three fun pasta classes! After instruction and hands-on demonstration, enjoy a 3-course family dinner, plus wine and a take-home portion of your pasta. The cost is $65 per person. For more information, please contact Scott Whited or call 206.971.0710. Classes are on May 2nd, May 9th, and May 16th.

May 4: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, May 4th, 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.

May 11: Family Reunion: Chuckanut and Pfreim Brewery Dinner
6:30pm – 9pm | Brave Horse Tavern
Brave Horse Tavern’s annual Seattle Beer Week dinner is reuniting Pfreim Family Brewers and Chuckanut Brewing for a delicious brewery dinner on May 11th! Brave Horse’s Chef Brian is working up a menu to compliment the beers from these two great breweries. The cost is $60 per person. Call 206-971-0717 to reserve your spot!

May 13: Seattle Makers Market
11am – 5pm | 400 Fairview Avenue
Visit the ground floor of the Market Hall at 400 Fairview on Saturday, May 13th for the monthly Seattle Makers Market series! This free event features handmade goods from crafters, artists, makers and artisans in the Seattle area.

May 14: Mother’s Day Brunch
10am – 3pm | Chandler’s Crabhouse
Happy Mother’s Day! Head to Chandler’s Crabhouse on Mother’s Day to enjoy a complete brunch. For $39 per person, the prix-fixe brunch includes your choice of a starter and entree. Add-ons are available, such as a Crab Cocktail Trio, USDA Filet Mignon, or Alaskan King Crab. Chandler’s also offers a couple of kid-friendly options.

May 18: Third Thursday Lecture Series: Exploring Big Ideas – Health
7pm – 9pm | SLU Discovery Center
First Church of Christ, Scientist Michelle Nanouche will be doing a talk for the Third-Thursday Lecture Series: Exploring Big Ideas – Health A Talk, titled “Finding God, Finding Health.”

May 20: Herbs & Spirits Class at Cicchetti
1pm – 3pm | Cicchetti
Cicchetti is hosting a fun workshop on May 20th, featuring herbs and spirits for liqueurs, liquors, and more. You’ll learn how to capture the essence of garden herbs as you make four cocktails – each paired with delicious dishes. The cost is $80 per person, not including tax or gratuity. Reservations are required: 206-323-0807.

May 26: Back to Bach by Emerald City Music
8pm – 11pm | 415 Westlake
This music event, Back to Bach, examines Bach’s influence on Western music, from percussion to piano and everything in between. Musicians from Lincoln Center, the Curtis Institute and other groups will be performing in a relaxed atmosphere. The cost is $45 (students only $10 admission), and includes an open bar.

There’s lots happening with food and fun throughout April in Lake Union! Check out these Lake Union events…

All April: Edible City Month
MOHAI celebrates the culture of food with Edible City Month in April. Experience a month of culinary exploration in this city-wide salute to Seattle’s innovative urban palate. Unique culinary events and programs will take place across the city April 1-30, including book signings, a live broadcast of KIRO radio’s Seattle Kitchen with Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau, a food science fair, and more. In addition, diners are invited to collect receipts from participating restaurants and establishments to unlock special museum pricing to see Edible City: A Delicious Journey.

April 6: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, April 6th, 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.

April 8: Seattle Makers Market
11am – 5pm | 400 Fairview Ave N
Seattle-area artists, crafters, makers, and artisans will display their work for sale from 11am until 5pm on Saturday, April 8th. The Seattle Makers Market is a not-for-profit arts group dedicated to providing space and opportunity for local artists, artisans, and makers to showcase and sell their work, and to create and encourage a thriving and diverse community of artists and makers in the Puget Sound area and beyond.

April 9: Cast Off! Free Public Sail
10am – 5pm | Center for Wooden Boats
Take a sail in classic wooden boats during this free event! The Center for Wooden Boats is hosting a free public sail on Sunday, April 9th. Rides last approximately 45 minutes and can be reserved throughout the day. Space is limited and rides fill quickly, so arrive early to sign up.

April 13: Seattle Kitchen Live at MOHAI
7pm – 8:30pm | Museum of History and Industry
Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau, two esteemed Seattle chefs, bring their long-running Seattle Kitchen radio show to MOHAI. See their conversation in action, as they discuss, argue, and laugh about a broad range of topics connected to the city’s food scene. Cost: $15 MOHAI members / $20 public.

April 16: Easter Brunch at Serafina
9:30am – 2:30pm | Serafina
Serafina is hosting a two-course brunch menu in celebration of Easter! Look for seasonal offerings including rhubarb, fava beans and local cherries. Patio seating will be offered if the weather is agreeable. The brunch is $35 per person (not including gratuity or tax), plus a kids menu for $12/child. Make your reservation: 206-323-0807.

April 22: Edible City Science Fair
10am – 4pm | Museum of History and Industry
Celebrate Earth Day at MOHAI by investigating the science behind food, farming, and sustainability at the Edible City Science Fair. Enjoy hands-on displays, demonstrations, as well as activities with community groups and organizations from across Washington State. Discover some of the latest innovations in food science! The science fair is open to visitors (and exhibitors!) of all ages. Free for members; included with museum admission.

April 29: Tequila – Not Just Salt & Lime Cocktail Class
1pm – 3pm | Serafina
Explore the history of tequila from Mexican tradition, through Spanish distillation techniques and methods for aging in this fun class from Serafina and Cicchetti. You’ll learn how fine agave spirits are made, styles available and cocktail-crafting tips. Four cocktails will be paired with dishes. Cost is $80 per person (not including gratuity or tax). Reservations required.

From museum happenings to food and drink events, there’s lots to do next month around the neighborhood…

March 2: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, March 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.

March 3: Salish Sea Expeditions, 20 Years of Discovery Seafood Bash
6:30pm – 10pm | Museum of History and Industry
Celebrate 20 years of learning expeditions with Salish Sea Expeditions in a seafood bash on March 3rd. Food is provided by Herban Feast, with libations from local bars, crab races, dessert dash and FUNdraiser in support of 2017 programs. Tickets are $150/person.

March 4: Form Over Function – Ceramic Sculptures Opening Reception
4pm – 7pm | Winston Wachter
Winston Wächter Fine Art Seattle is proud to announce Form Over Function: Ceramic Sculptures by Andrew Casto, Steve Young Lee, Jeffry Mitchell, Zemer Peled, Kim Simonsson and Dirk Staschke. The opening reception is on Saturday, March 4th, 4 – 7 pm. Artists Jeffry Mitchell and Dirk Staschke will be in attendance.

March 7: Taste of Place at MOHAI
7pm – 8:30pm | Museum of History and Industry
With some of the most productive growing regions in the whole world, Washington is one of the best spots for artisanal food and drink. Visit MOHAI on March 7th for a panel discussion, called Taste of Place, to explore the ways that natural phenomena contribute to some of the most specific aromas and flavors from our state. Tickets are $20 for the public, and $15 for MOHAI members. There’s a members-only pre-event happy hour at 5:30 p.m. with door prizes, light hors d’oeuvres, and a no-host bar for an additional fee.

March 17: REI Pinnacle and Pints
6:30pm | South Lake Union REI
Spend an evening of climbing, followed by a pint of beer for REI Pinnacle and Pints night! Start at the Climbing Pinnacle, gear-up (provided), and get some coaching from an REI host/belayer. Close the evening with a short walk to a local bar and REI will pay for the first round of pints and shared appetizers.

March 25: Maker Day – Upcycled Engineering
11am – 2pm | Museum of History and Industry
Bring the family to MOHAI on March 25th for Maker Day: Upcycled Engineering to learn how to use recycled goods to make fun, creative toys with Seattle ReCreative. Ballard Reuse has also made a giant interactive maze from reclaimed building materials to enjoy.

Daniels Broiler, situated on the shores of Lake Union, has been a Seattle landmark of fine dining for what seems like forever. With its sweeping views of Lake Union, Queen Anne and Gasworks Park in addition to its incredible menu of USDA prime steaks and chops, all prepared impeccably, Daniel’s has always been the go-to venue for holiday and celebratory meals, fine craft cocktails and some of the best steaks you’ll ever enjoy.

Recently, people have been up in arms as rumors swirled regarding the possible closing of Daniel’s Lake Union location, due to Vulcan Real Estate’s plans to redevelop the pier on which it sits. Those fears were somewhat put to rest this week when the Seattle Times reported that Daniel’s on Lake Union will not close, but will merely move to a nearby location, still along the shores of South Lake Union. It seems fabulous steaks and sweeping Lake Union vistas will remain on Daniel’s menu for years to come, and we’ll drink to that!

Over the years, Daniel’s Broiler has become a local fine dining legend in the Seattle area, synonymous with delicious, high-end meals, superb craft cocktails, incredible views and live music, outstanding service and a seemingly never ending parade of Seattle’s most interesting and beautiful people to be found on any given night, enjoying a bite or a sip. However, many of us who have grown up in the Seattle area, (particularly those of us under a certain age) know very little of the famed steakhouse’s origins.

Daniel’s has been owned and operated by The Schwartz Brothers Restaurant group since 1981, and has changed very little since its beginnings at the Leschi Marina in 1980, but it’s true roots go much deeper than that. Daniel’s Broiler was started by a man named, well, Daniel, believe it or not. Daniel Jack Sandal, to be specific.

Daniel Sandal, a born and bred Seattleite, grew up in The Emerald City’s Wallingford neighborhood, graduated from the now closed Lincoln High School, and got his start in the food industry at the World-Famous Pike Place Market. Daniel’s Grandfather, Dan Zido, founded “Dan’s Better Meats” in Pike Place Market in 1910, and it was there, (in a space at the market that is now known as the home of Italian favorite, Il Bistro) that Daniel began his love affair with meat, as a third-generation butcher.

Eventually the butcher shop moved upstairs in the market, to where you will now find “Don and Joe’s Meats” (unsurprisingly, Don and Joe are related to Dan, and have kept the family tradition of quality cuts alive in Pike Place). Dan took over the family business when his father retired and decided to expand their wholesale business drastically, with their meats soon being featured at Seattle’s finest restaurant, including Canlis, The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, The Space Needle and plenty more. He also started a daily-delivered, fresh-ground meat patty service for local favorite burger joint, Dick’s Drive-In, helping to make those burgers we all know and love so darn scrumptious.

In the Early 1970’s, Dan began his foray into the restaurant world as a restaurateur himself, co-founding Benjamin’s with partner Arnold Shain. The success of Benjamin’s fueled Dan and Arnold to continue on in the restaurant game, with the opening of The Gasworks Restaurant, but eventually, they parted ways as partners.

In 1980, at the ripe, young age of 40, Daniel decided it was time to start his own place, a place for steaks and chops so terrific, people would fall in love, and that they did. The vision for the original Daniels Broiler was to be Dan’s own take on the fine dining he had grown up with in Seattle, drawing heavy inspiration from places like Canlis, but staying true to the steakhouse theme with top quality steaks and chops consistently available and prepared perfectly.

Daniel’s was a sort of experiment for Dan, as he had only ever opened and operated restaurants with partners prior to Daniel’s Broiler. He was once quoted as saying “I wanted to see if I could do it, I did it on my own so I didn’t have to deal with other’s dreams and problems and wouldn’t be at anyone else’s mercy.” And do it, he did. Daniel’s Broiler became a success from the very beginning, in its original home, located on the glistening shores of Lake Washington in the Leschi Marina.  At the time, this was a convenient location for Mercer Island and Bellevue residents, until they closed the I-90 entrance and exit on the east side of the tunnels when the second bridge was built.  Today, the original Daniel’s location serves the Mount Baker, Leschi, Madrona, Washington Park, Madison Park and Denny Blaine neighborhoods and a slew of long-time customers. 

Since being purchased by the Schwartz Brothers in late 1981, they have made very few changes to Dan Sandal’s original concept for the restaurant. The Schwartz Brothers did expand the Daniel’s brand to include locations in Bellevue (opening in 1989) and the location we all know and love, on the shores of Lake Union (since 1999), where Dan and Arnold’s first venture, Benjamin’s, once lived.

Dan Sandal passed away in 2012, but left behind a much loved and delicious legacy in Daniel’s Broiler. While many people find success in the Seattle restaurant scene, few reach the iconic status of Daniel’s Broiler, nor do they stand the test of time, untarnished and as beloved as ever the way Daniel’s has.

Daniel’s Broiler has been a Seattle staple for over 35 years, in 3 different locations, and it doesn’t appear that that will be changing anytime soon. While the Lake Union location may be moved slightly to make way for the inevitable growth and changes of a bustling city, it’s good to know it won’t be going far.

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

 

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

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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).