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June 6, 2011

2222 2nd Ave watch this space…The Rabbit Hole is coming.

Posted on June 6, 2011

Belltown will soon find itself home to its umpteenth bar.   This one will be called “The Rabbit Hole”.  I asked one the owners if the name was inspired by Lewis Carroll or Sigmund Freund.  The response I got was a grin and a chuckle.  Their goal is to make “an intimate neighborhood watering hole”.  This is ambitious, especially considering the already established competition vying to be that place in Belltown.

 In Belltown though, some bars just have a way of making it.   I remember when Shorty’s (next door) opened.   People thought “Pinball and Hot dogs in Belltown?” That was well over a decade ago and it has been going strong ever since.  There is also Buckley’s which although much newer seems like it always should have been here.   Two Bells has been at it so long they should mark the address with a plaque if it ever goes away.

  Bars are not successful by chance though and a Belltown address does not auto-magically make a place worthwhile.  It has everything to do with planning and management.  Know what you are doing and do it well.   And this is why The Rabbit Hole will likely be fitting into Belltown’s pattern for years to come.   The team behind it are the owners of the wildly successful “Bathtub Gin Company”.

  I had thought about trying to describe The Rabbit Hole using words like Rustic and Americana but I think it will really be about gathering together and that is an experience you will have to check out for yourself.  So watch this space and mingle in when it opens for business.


Heavy metal at the Punk Rock Flea Market?

Posted on June 6, 2011

“Screw you! Punk rock is its own reality and is not heavy metal!” You scream in protest with fists in the air. 

How very punk rock of you– unless you’re into punk metal. (But for my cause, let’s just move on…)

A dark and slightly claustrophobic basement of an aged apartment building in Belltown housed steampunk wares, rock-a-billy vintage clothes and piles of old vinyls. I was at the Punk Rock Flea Market. I made my way through the maze of vendors– tight as a Sex Pistol’s reunion concert in Sid Vicious’s own bedroom, I imagine, should he miraculously resurrect today– that spilled out onto the lot next to the building. As per:

 

My eyes dashed over the vintage clothes (which were pretty awesome on their own, but I had other plans) as I made my way visiting every jewelry vendor I could squeeze through to find. Nothing quite spoke to me until I emerged outside of Sid’s bedroom concert and came across a table of stained glass-like pieces by a local artist, Meg– also known as geM. I liked the combination of her light and colorful glass pieces framed against thick, lead-like metal. Bright and bubbly which echoed her sweet personality, but heavy and chunky at the same time. Her collection’s inspiration: a stained glass class she just attended. No wonder I saw the similarity so early on. Sold!

Next, I found another vendor with a similar taste in heavy metals. Angela founded Knuckle Kiss Jewelry. I liked her use of textures in the metal and several of her pieces had a dainty but steam punk-esque flair that I enjoyed. I debated between small silver square studs or larger brass studs. Eventually the brass studs won– and if her Etsy site goes public soon (which it says it will online), I’ll be picking up the pair of smaller silver ones. Fingers crossed!

And with that, my allowance spent. Success and bravo to Punk Rock Flea Market! It was onto Belltown Pub for some non-claustrophobic eats and beer.

Rock on my little jewelry shoppers! …See more pics of the jewelry I purchased on my blog!