Tonight Is The Night! Belltown Community Center Grand Opening!

Fellow Belltowners, this is amazing. Since moving to Belltown with my family four years ago, this was a distant dream- having a community center. The last four years have been filled with people and families intentionally moving to the city, business owners opening up successful business with the goal of being assets to the community, people stepping up and volunteering to create Belltown festivals and community mingling events. Friends, this neighborhood is flourishing! And it is because of you, you know who you are. People that care to serve and love this neighborhood more than just use up its resources. I’ve seen the plans for things like the Bell Street Park and park plans to be created at the entrance of the tunnel. I’ve heard whispers of a children’s play are with slides and the lot going up at Seattle Center. This is The place to live with your family. And until this point, it has not been. We’ve seen some low income housing go up, diversifying our neighborhood. We’re seeing apartment and condo buildings pop up all over Belltown and Downtown Seattle. And one has to wonder.. why? Well, it is because this is the premier neighborhood to live in Downtown Seattle. And it is a community filled with people from all backgrounds that love living in the city. We welcome this Community Center with cheering hearts and cannot wait to see all of the relationships that are built and friendships that are made, amongst neighbors, here. 

See you tonight as we celebrate the Grand Opening of our Belltown Neighborhood Community Center! 

Seattle Founders Day Festival Volunteer Meeting!

Posted on July 30, 2012

Tomorrow we will have meeting for anyone who is interested in volunteering and would like to hear more and/or sign up for shifts. There are volunteer opportunities available in the Information Tent, Beer Garden, Security and general Set-up/Tear-down. Besides the opportunity to BE a part of the festival, each shift will receive either two tokens for the beer garden or a Bedlam Coffee card!


The Seattle Founders Day Festival VOLUNTEER Meeting will be held on

Tuesday – July 31st, 6:30pm at The Upstairs (2209 2nd Ave)

 If you are unable to make the meeting and would like to volunteer, please go to the sign-up page on the festival website or email the Volunteer Coordinator - David Anema (

Hope to see you there!!

BelltownMoms Playdate this Wednesday!!

Posted on June 11, 2012

This Wednesday June 13th at 10:00am (and every 2nd and 4th wednesday of the month for the summer) we are inviting all moms and kiddos that live in Belltown to come on out to meet one another and play for a fun filled morning in the Paccar Pavilion of the Olympic Sculpture Park! This will be a great way to meet other families in the neighborhood and to build community with other Moms that live in Downtown Seattle. 

The city can sometimes be a lonely place to raise kids. We hope to change that culture and make it a lively, vibrant and attractive place to raise children! And we want to come around one another as families to support and care for one another. So please come out to our summer playdates at the Olympic Sculpture Park. We would love to meet you and help you get connected with other Moms in the neighbrohood!

The summer play dates are:

[the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month for the duration of the summer]
  • June 13th 2012, 10am (<-This Wednesday!)
  • June 27th 2012, 10am
  • July 11th, 2012, 10am
  • July 25th, 2012, 10am
  • August 8th, 2012, 10am
  • August 22nd, 2012, 10am

For more information and to join the community of BelltownMoms, please join our Facebook Group:

Or email 

And please invite any Moms that you know in Belltown or Downtown Seattle!

This group was started by Trina Fowl and a group of her friends with kiddos who also live in Belltown, Trina is co-founder of , a local neighborhood news blog. She is passionate about building community in this neighborhood and serving people in Belltown.  

Tonight is Friday. Belltown. Art. History. Speck. Don’t miss out.

Posted on June 8, 2012

It’s Friday. Are you looking for something to do after work? Well here’s the thing- It’s the 2nd Friday of the month. The 2nd Friday of the month is the Belltown Art Walk! And this Friday is not one to be missed. 

Belltown historically has had a culture filled with “artists, musicians and entrepreneurs.. establishing a thriving mini-Soho colony of studios, galleries, cafes, and clubs.” And we see that culture resurfacing recently, especially with the additions of Bedlam, where the artist community congregates to drink coffee and dream, and of City hostel Seattle, which is an amazingly creative space where artists were given free reign in each room to create whatever they wanted and this resulted in a space unlike any other that I’ve seen.

And most recently, to accompany other stand alone galleries like Roq La Rue, we saw the opening of speck gallery. I was fortunate enough to go to her private opening party, and let me tell you, everything about her is like a min-soho artist colony. Alex, owner and curator of the gallery, created speck from an unused stairwell with mile-high walls. The gallery space is simple, with a dash of class (a beautiful chandelier). And the art is worthwhile.  

At the gallery opening I spoke with two artists that have pieces showing at speck, who also have pieces showing at the gallery at SAM, Nichole Dement  and Stephen Rock. Nichole’s piece at Speck is something that you have to see to believe. It is of a woman and is printed on rice paper in a lengthy process and then her face is covered with Nichole doing her art thing. (excuse my hilarious summary, I’m sure that Alex can describe the intent of this piece more eloquently than I- Just ask her tonight) It is profoundly beautiful. If you look at a computer screen all day, check out Stephen’s Exaggeration of Data work, a piece from this collection is also currently showing at Speck.

Alex (owner and curator of speck, 18(on and off) year resident of Belltown and former resident of NY) embodies the historic culture of Belltown that is written about above and she brings it into her gallery and into this neighborhood. She is as much a part of the gallery as the art is. And I am increasingly excited to see this movement of people like the guys at Bedlam, Lee from CHS, and Alex from Speck (among so many other people in this neighborhood) putting down roots in the artist community to help make Belltown continue to be the best place to live in downtown Seattle. 

Check out the Art Walk Tonight. Don’t miss any of the places that I wrote about above. And add The Upstairs, Form Space Atelier and The Inkeeper to that list. 

Summer in Belltown- The Coolest Place to Be.

Posted on May 20, 2012

Can you almost feel it? Summer, warm air smelling of saltwater, people smiling at eachother. Well it is ALMOST here! So I wanted to give you a heads up for what’s on the docket in Belltown for Summer 2012. Update your calendar so that you can make the most of it!! This is not an exhaustive list, so please include anything that I left out in the comments section. Enjoy!

Olympic Sculpture Park-

Think free outdoor Zumba and Yoga classes all summer long! I compiled a list of those free classes in This Google Doc.  Also check out the complete OSP Calendar here -

Seattle Center, Movies at the Mural-

Outdoor summer movies: grab a blanket and some take-out and head to Seattle Center to watch a movie under the stars (and a space needle). Here is the line-up for Movies at the Mural.

Seattle Center Playway-

Do you have children? Are you tired of boring old parks for playtime? Here is the coolest place to take them to play in the city this summer. 250 foot zip-line for the bigger kids and rotating inflatable rides and bouncy things for the smaller ones.

Concerts at the Mural-

Concerts at the Mural with local upcoming bands. Check out the dates Here.

Special Events at Seattle Center-

Seafair, cultural festival and the seattle symphony community celebration! Details Here.

Downtown Seattle Parks Events-

A huge array of cool events and festivals at downtown parks. Check it out Here.

P.S. Has anyone seen the huge monstrosity of a Ferris Wheel on Pier 57? Obviously the waterfront will be packed with visitors this year. A ferris wheel, arcade, the aquarium, water taxis, sailing rides, etc.

Belltown continues to be the best place to be this summer and the coolest place to live in the greater Seattle area. See you out in the neighborhood this summer!

Creator’s Club- Tonight! @ City Hostel Seattle

Posted on July 5, 2011

Tomorrow is the first Wednesday of the month. And you know what that means: Belltown People Creator’s Club Meeting!  We’ll be meeting from 6-8:00pm, downstairs, at City Hostel Seattle and having Beer and Pies from Belltown Pizza. Lee has again, graciously, offered us his space at the hostel to use for this meeting.

If you are new, we welcome you! And would love to have you post on the blog and be a part of this community of people.  

Who’s Invited? Creators; writers, designers, developers, business owners, photographers, artists, videographers, producers. If you create something and would like to show it off, you’re invited. If you have a voice and want to be heard, you’re invited. If you live, work, or do business in Belltown, you’re invited. If you have something that you want the people of Belltown to know about - you’re invited.

What’s going on? We’re blowing up We’re growing up. This neighborhood site will function like a community town square. Anyone can contribute and it’s owned by the community. At the meetings we will meet and greet, eat and drink, and talk through all things Belltown: hear your ideas/feedback/vision for the site, chat through some story ideas, talk/plan community mingling events, and just have a good ole time.

When is this happening? Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 6th, 2011. 6-8:00pm And every first Wednesday thereafter.

Where - We’re meeting at City Hostel Seattle. Just pop in the lobby, (located at 2327 2nd ave) and let them know you’re with the BelltownPeople group. They’ll direct you downstairs to the room we’re in. 

What will you do with $?    Most neighborhood blogs don’t make a lot of cash. BelltownPeople is no exception. I think we’ve pulled in a total of $250 in banner ad revenue. Total.  We’re going to blow that cash on a beer and pizza party for this event. Any surplus money that is made from in the future will go towards a local charity. We’ll choose the charity by a vote each month! This site is not driven by a motive for profit.

Check out the recap of one of the previous meetings Here


What is the Local 360 Mercantile and how do I use it? Sincerely, Belltown

Posted on June 29, 2011
So if you haven’t heard, the Local 360 Mercantile is now open for business! But what does that mean for you? You can get the basic information about the shop from places like The Puget Sound Business Journal or The Seattle Met, but what does this store actually mean for you, Belltown Resident? Well, I will tell you. 

  • Staples
 Milk: Put in your deposit of $1.90 for the glass container, get the highest quality local non-homogenized Milk for $3.25 from TwinBrook Creamery. Rinse and return the bottle for your deposit refund. 
Eggs: Compared to prices at The Pike Place Market Creamery the eggs at the Mercantile only cost about 30 cents more for a dozen. 
Lemons/Limes: Are staples in my household. And the prices are cheaper than Safeway in lower queen anne. 50 cents a pop. 
Meat: Also, a staple in my household. The Mercantile buys the whole cow and the in house butcher uses all of the meat that you’ll see displayed in the case. You’ll find sausage and steak and bacon and all different parts.
*Note again that Local 360 means that everything is sourced locally within 360 miles of Seattle or less so these cows are our neighborhood cows. ;)
  • Treat Yourself
Granola, Cereal, nuts, local whole bean coffee, Washington and Oregon Wines, Microbrews, etc.
  • Local 360 Made 
The delicious Local 360 Jam and Preserves, bread, bakery items, Local 360 Pancake Mix, Local 360 Bread Crumbs, etc. etc. Get a ton of your favorites from the restaurant and make it at home! 
I like to think of this place as a unique, fancy, local neighborhood market that is an alternative to all of the other corner convenience grocery markets in Belltown.  
The Mercantile is located adjacent to the Restaurant on 1st and Bell in Belltown. It’s open from 11am-8pm daily
For more information about Local 360 check out the interview Here

The Perfect Picnic in Belltown

Posted on June 17, 2011

As the summer approaches, slowly..very slowly, we are encroaching upon days of sunshine when we will enjoy picnics at the park and long summer sunsets. And if I had to pick the perfect neighborhood to spend the day picnicking and soaking in the sun at the park, it would be Belltown.

My husband and I went to Paris last year, and everyday for lunch we spent time exploring each neighborhood’s local farmers market. We selected a baguette, a bottle of wine, stinky cheese, and some jambon (ham) or the french version of prosciutto. And then walked to a neighboring park with our feast and just simply enjoyed. We people watched, talked, laughed, sketched, read, ate our feast, enjoyed the weather, flipped through all of our pictures from the was really fun. So I am beside myself thinking why we hadn’t, until last weekend,  reenacted this sort of thing for a date day in Seattle! I mean we have one of the best farmer’s markets in the world right at our doorstep!

Well regardless if you picnic with a date, or if you just want to pick up some goodies to go with a great book and a solo sunshine day, I’ve got the best places for you to pick up all the ingredients for a great day.


For something a little bit French, visit the Paris Grocery. They’ve got everything from wine, cheese, bread, jam, everything! And you know that you are in the right place when you walk in to the smell of pungeant cheese that smells like B.O. My husband says the more pungent, the more delicious, but I am not a believer in that sentiment. I prefer aged Gouda and other hard cheeses that have less of an aroma, but that is besides the point. It is a legit place that has everything french.

To get there Go to Pike’s Place Market and right where Virginia meets Western by the park you will see an option to walk down a hill instead of straight into the North Entrance of Pikes Place. Walk down the hill, and you will see the Paris Grocery near the middle of the hill on the left.

For something a little bit Spanish, grab your goods at the Spanish Table. I lived in Spain for a semester abroad in college and I will tell you that many of the goodies you will find there will make you say ¡Ole’! In addition to a beautiful selection of Rioja wines, you will find music, children’s books, and what I believe to be the worlds largest paella grilling pan. It’s a hoot! Again, all things Spanish you can pick up here.

It’s located right next door to the Paris Grocery, down the hill from the corner of Virginia and Western.

If you’re grilling, swing into World Spice Merchants for your seasoning. Located just a small skip down the hill from the corner of Virginia and Western on the right hand side of the street. You can smell the spices from the street.

You can pick up your meat for the grill at Don and Joe’s Meats located adjacent to the famous fish throwing place by the pig on the south end of the Market. You will also see Bavarian meats to the North of the fish throwing place, which are dynamite for brats and sausages.

For a true Belltown Gem, head to Macrina Bakery on 1st and Battery. Choose your coffee beverage of choice and the fruit and cheese tray which comes with one of their delicious famous baguettes. You will also stock up on savory desserts there as well and/or an amazing sandwich to-go. And then walk north down the block to the Olympic Sculpture Park on Broad and Western to enjoy your treats.

*Also, coming to Belltown setting to open in a few weeks (6/21) will be the Mercantile at Local 360 located on the corner of Bell and 1st. They will have wine, cheese, a butcher, bread, bakery items, the works. It is a little store past the main restaurant on Bell.

And last but certainly not least is the Pike Place Market Picnic Experience.

Bread: Le Panier (Also pick up a Macaron or two, pistachio kind is the best)

Cheese: Beechers or Quality Cheese which is located on the south end of Pike’s place near Corner Produce. Jesse prefers quality cheese over the zoo like environment of Beechers. But, he’s a snob ;)

Fruit: Fruit has overtaken pike place market. You will not have trouble finding fruit.

Wine: Pike and Western Wine Shop or La Buona Travola Truffle Cafe or the Tasting Room in Post Alley

*Also in Post Alley…see the Perennial Tea Room and do not miss Cafe Campagne for breakfast.

I recommend the Olympic Sculpture Park or Myrtle Edwards Waterfront Park for the best views of the water, people watching, and plenty of grass to plop down on. You’ll find that the park by the market gets too packed with people to really enjoy. OSP and Myrtle Edwards are located on Broad and Western, just a few blocks north of the Market.

*Also, Boat Street Cafe, which is my favorite place in all of Seattle for brunch and lunch, is a short block North from the Olympic Sculpture Park on Western. You can pick up delicious sandwiches from there and take them to-go for your park adventure if you’re stacked for time or just plain lazy. You won’t be disappointed with this option either!

I hope you enjoy your sunny day in the city!

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