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Seattle Restaurant Week(s)- Don’t Miss Out!

Posted on April 11, 2011

Seattle Restaurant Week just started. Don’t miss out on this killer opportunity to try your favorite restaurants in Seattle, on the cheap! 

10 days.150 Restaurants.
3 courses for $28.

“Dine out and celebrate the spring run of Seattle Restaurant Week, April 10-21, 2011 (excluding Friday, Saturday and Sunday brunch). 150 local restaurants are serving up three-course dinners for just $28* – and many of them are offering three-course lunches for $15*.

*Price is per person and does not include drinks, tax or tips.”

See full article Here.

BelltownPeople.com Creators Meeting Re-cap

Posted on April 7, 2011

I’m just now getting the chance to sit down and write a recap of last night’s BelltownPeople Creator Meeting, but I’ve been thinking about it all day with such excitement. For a lack of better words, it was SO FREAKING COOL to be sitting in the basement of the artistic City Hostel Seattle with a bunch of strangers that live in Belltown talking about the great neighborhood that we live in. Each person had a heart for this neighborhood and seemed genuinely excited to be rallying together in this community for the collective good of our neighborhood.

Jesse began the meeting by giving a brief history of BelltownPeople and why we started the blog. 


It was three years ago, and we had just moved from Capitol Hill to Belltown. While living in Capitol Hill, we utilized the blog frequently to see what was going on, what places we should check out, and to get a general feel for the neighborhood. We loved the blog and the service that it was to us when we were new residents to the neighborhood. In addition, for the community that it built and the reflection of the culture of the neighborhood that it was. So when we moved to Belltown, we couldn’t find anything really like it at all, besides the monthly publications like the Belltown Messenger that were great, but weren’t the same as a neighborhood “culture creator and reflector” blog. So we started BelltownPeople.com as a way to fill the need that we couldn’t find, and hopefully serve the neighborhood by doing so.

Fast forward a few years, and we’ve realized for a while now that one guy’s opinion (Jesse) is not a great representation of the neighborhood, the readership on this blog has increased to a significant amount, and we really want to continue the vision that we initially had when starting the blog, as a blog by the people for the people about the people. People make up neighborhoods, people start businesses, people all have interesting stories of their lives and we want to share those stories and our lives together in Belltown. One gal at the meeting likened Belltown to the college dorm experience that she never had. She gets a phone call from a friend, walks out of her building to the one next door to meet her friend and then up the block to another friend’s apt or to a local establishment. Another guy had the experience of the whole floor in his apt building being friends and hanging out all of the time, hallway parties were the norm. The point being, we are all existing in this dense neighborhood near Downtown Seattle, our “backyard”  is the city, and it would be awesome to see a more unified neighborhood, to work together for the good of where we live, help businesses to thrive, know our neighbors, and to have a community here bar none. So that is why we were gathering together last night- to press restart and begin on an even playing field with everyone in that room as co-creators/writers on this blog about BelltownPeople.

Jesse then asked everyone what they were passionate about? (writing? photography? community organization? business?)ie: what they want to blog about.

  Examples of a few people’s responses were real estate figures (to help people make the decision to move to the neighborhood), to see local businesses thrive and move in to our neighborhood, stories of global visitors to the City Hostel and what they think of Belltown (40k global visitors come through the hostel and thus Belltown each year), a calendar of all of the events going on in Belltown, previews and reviews of businesses, restaurants and bars, photo projects, etc. just to name a few. We then talked about the happy hour, and taking photos recapping all of the fun that we have each month together, in order to get more people involved and coming so that we can meet our neighbors and make new friends and build a sense of community. 

 We then talked through different story ideas and events that we would love to see go on in Belltown and help to make happen..such as going on the Trader Joe’s website and suggesting our neighborhood as a new location (we hear that they’re currently looking to open 2 new stores in Seattle, and we would love if one of them was in Belltown), Closing down a block and doing a huge potluck or bbq on the streets during the Seattle Night Out. Of course, supporting the Founders Day Festival and really rallying to help it be bigger and better this year.

 Jesse then shared his vision for the philanthropic revenue model.


Their is no profit motive for doing this site. We want to offer ad revenue opportunities as a service to the local businesses who would like to promote their business on the site. Any moneys made from ad revenue would be distributed as follows:

  • 50% would go to the ad reps to pay them for their services in selling ads
  • 25% would go towards parties/creators meeting food and beer/neighborhood happy hours 
  • 25% would be donated to a local Belltown Charity each month that we will vote on in the monthly Creators Meetings.

 We closed up our two hour meeting of eating belltown pizza, enjoying some beers, and brainstorming through ways to serve the neighborhood with a great few words from Lee talking about just the encouraging and huge stuff that had just gone on in this meeting.  A gal commented on the astonishment that she felt that this meeting was a positive, “how can we help”, “what we love about this neighborhood” meeting of people, that was in stark difference to the many meetings that we’ve all been to where everyone complains about something and then nothing is accomplished.

I’ve gotta say, I was encouraged and am so so excited to see what will come of this.  The future of this neighborhood is bright, and the legacy of people caring and being apart of the change that they’d like to see is just beginning. We live in a great neighborhood, and it will only get better.

 If you are interested in writing for the blog and being a part of the Belltown People Creators meetings, look for the date/time announced on this site monthly and show up. We look forward to having you.

 


Olympic Sculpture Park Farmer’s Market- to be no more. :(

Posted on March 30, 2011

Saddest news ever. No Olympic Sculpture Park Farmer’s Market this year. I was just walking by the OSP this week talking with my husband about how I couldn’t wait for the Belltown Farmers market to be in season so we can do our shopping, hang with friends, sit in the sun, have a glass of wine, and take the free dance lessons. This is the saddest news ever. It was so much fun last year. What can we do to reverse this? Who do we talk to? I’m pissed. Maybe we can block off a street every week, like Bell Street in between 1st and 2nd, to have our Market? 

Check out the article here on the PI. http://blog.seattlepi.com/insidebelltown/2011/03/30/olympic-sculpture-park-farmers-market-not-returning/

Here’s a link for the lame announcement on their blog…moving to interbay…lame, but mostly just so sad. http://ospfarmersmarket.wordpress.com/

What to do in Belltown on a sunny Seattle day??

Posted on March 23, 2011
  • Go sit on the beach, have an afternoon picnic,  or take a walk outside at the OSP.
  • People-watch while sitting outside sippin on something delish at Macrina Bakery, Bang Bang Cafe, Belltown Pub. 
  • Margaritas on Mama’s outdoor patio.
  • The Market, duh. Grab something, sit on a curb, soak it in. Don’t forget to pick up some spring flowers for your pad. 
  • BBQ. Where better to get  some sun, take in the view and bbq than on the rooftop deck  of your building.
  • Explore the Belltown Pea Patch.
  • Splash around in the water globe at the Needle. Take your kiddos. Pretend like you’re a kiddo. 

This is all I can think of right now. Any other ideas?? Yay Spring. 

Reminder: Viaduct Closed this Weekend

Posted on March 18, 2011

“As a reminder, both northbound and southbound routes of  State Route 99 /Alaskan Way Viaduct between S. Spokane Street and the Battery Street Tunnel, will be closed from 6am to 6pm on Saturday March 19th, and Sunday March 20th.” -David, Inside Belltown.  See full story Here.

Details on WSDOT site Here.

If you’re heading to Belltown this weekend, and are going to take the 99, my advice is to get off near the stadiums and take Alaskan Way north until it meets Broad. Happy driving! 

 


Seattle Women’s Leadership Summit 2011

Posted on March 17, 2011

Are you a professional woman living/working in Seattle? Would you like to network with other like-minded women while also gaining additional skills to manage your work and life?

You’re in luck! The Women’s Leadership Summit is happening on Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 in Belltown! They will be utilizing the Mars Hill Downtown meeting space, 2333 Western Ave.  I’m looking forward to it and hope to see you there! There are two days left on the early bird price for registration, and this week you will get a free DISC/PIAV assessment ($155 value) upon registration! Click here for More Information.

“The 2011 Seattle Women’s Leadership Summit has the overall objective to teach women to lead confidently with purpose and wisdom. Last year’s event was a huge success and this year we have all new content and speakers ready to deliver tools you can use on Monday morning!

What we desire you to get from this year’s Summit:

  • Emotional balance
  • Stress management
  • People management
  • Team management
  • Professional relationship management
  • Networking with Seattle-area businesswomen

What you will learn how to achieve:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-regulation
  • Empathy
  • Social skills
  • Motivation

You will come away with tools to:

  • Lead with confidence
  • Manage stressful situations
  • Strengthen key relationships”

Join the Women’s Leadership Summit Facebook Group Here 

Belltown Community Center Meeting, Tonight!!

Posted on March 16, 2011

Real communities have community centers. And watch out Belltown, here comes ours. Head on out to the meeting tonight to give input on what kind of offerings/classes/etc. that you [city dweller] would like to see at your community center.  For more information on tonight’s meeting check out this post on Komo News

“Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Belltown Community Council are hosting a public meeting onWednesday, March 16 at 314 Bell Street. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. Rockwell said they hope to get community input on what kind of programs the community center should offer.

“The Belltown neighborhood is one of the most densely populated neighborhoods,” Christopher Williams, Acting Superintendent, said in a press release. “We are excited at the prospect of offering a new center with a different operating model to serve this community’s needs.”"

Go tonight and make your opinion heard! And in doing so, be a part of making this neighborhood a better place to live, for all of us!


Local 360- Everything you need to know about Belltown’s new favorite spot

Posted on March 16, 2011

Every time I go into Local 360, it’s packed. Not too packed, I always get a seat, but it’s not empty by any means. Belltown obviously loves this place, and for good reason! I enjoy it for morning coffee and breakfast mostly, but dessert and dinner are a good second.

I’ve heard the neighborhood respond with an overwhelming welcome to our new local restaurant. With one resident saying, ”This place gives us hope for attracting other cool businesses to this neighborhood.” I think that this is true. Belltown has seen a few local favorites leave for the likes of SLU. But with many storefronts open and a new community push from businesses and residents owning the neighborhood, I am encouraged for the future of  Belltown as a vibrant neighborhood where residents own where they live and help to make it a better place rather than just consuming it’s resources. For me, Local 360 coming to Belltown is a flicker of hope for the future of what our neighborhood is growing to be: An attractive neighborhood to do business in and live.

 A few weeks ago I sat down with Local 360’s General Manager ‘Guy’ to get the skinny on Belltown’s new favorite local spot. And here’s what you need to know:

Food

  • Local Food all from within 360 miles of Seattle.
  • Being local, means Seasonal Menus! (Apart from Steak and Oysters, which change daily). Look for lots of Vegetarian items in the spring!

Hours

  • Mon-Thurs: 9am until midnight
  • Fri- Sun: 9am until 1am
  • Happy Hour- Yes! Just started yesterday.

Mercantile

  • Will have a fulltime bakery & butcher products for both restaurant and retail, Delicase, cheeses, dairy items, chicken, produce, beer, wine, bakery items, jamming sauces, bottling, spice rubs, locally sourced kitchen and homeware, etc.!
  • Opening soon! Possibly within the next month!

 Must-haves at the Restaurant (or so says GM Guy)

  • Fried Chicken
  • Burger
  • Pork belly and beans
  • Short rib pot-roast
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Chicken potpie
  • Corn beef Reuben w/ beef tongue
  • Biscuits and Gravy

 My dessert recommendation for Must-must try is the Apple Fritter with cinnamon icecream and bacon. Yum. It’s the best, really.

Well Local 360, we’re glad that you’re here and joining the ranks of our other beloved Belltown hangouts like Tavolata, Spur, Boatsreet, Kushi bar, Belltown Pub, El Gaucho, Pinxto, Mamma’s, Dope Burger, Ventana, Marcos Supperclub, La Vita E Bella, Petra, Bedlam, Bang Bang, Belltown Pizza, Shiro’s, Umi, List, Twist, Taberna del alabardero……Just to name a few.  :) 


“Take Back Belltown” @ Local 360

Next Tuesday, Feb 22, Join Belltown and City leaders as we “Take Back Belltown” at Local 360 from 4:30-6:30pm. This will be a great event that continues to build community in this great neighborhood that we live in. I’m so encouraged by how the BBA is leading the charge this year to invest in this neighborhood, the businesses that operate here,  and the people who live here. We hope to see you there!  

Th e following information about the event was taken directly from the Facebook Event Page:

“Its time to Take Back Belltown and we need your participation and full support. In the last several years Belltown’s messaging at times has been unfortunately negative. Belltown is a world-class neighborhood that we all have a vested interest in. To begin building support we recently sent out a community survey to Belltown businesses and residents and have received a tremendous response!

Now the BBA is continuing this positive momentum with our first big event for 2011 at the new establishment, Local 360, on February 22, 4:30-6:30pm. At this event you’ll be able to hear about the results of the survey, how key stakeholders in our neighborhood want to reverse the negative perceptions of Belltown , hear ideas from you on improving our neighborhood and mix and mingle with city leaders. We need to rally together as we work together in building a better neighborhood. I hope that you will join us. The BBA and Local 360 are providing food and non-Alcoholic beverages.”

For more information contact the BBA at 
www.belltownbusinessassociation.org

info@belltownbusinessassociation.org

BBA President: Tim Gaydos
info@belltownbusinessassociation.org

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