I went to a birthday party the other night at the Bel Mar in Ballard and I thought it was a perfect spot for a party! I am always on the lookout for venues that can be rented for the night and do not consist of needing 100 people and a huge deposit. At the Bel Mar you can rent out the back area of the upstairs bar area. There is a comfy seating area and the hosts of this party had a table of snacks catered by the Bel Mar but they brought in their own cake. The also served champagne and then everyone bought drinks as they wished. They have some amazing mojitos there! They make me think and feel summer!! The Bel Mar is also lovely in that it has exposed bricks and wood beams and large windows to let in lots of light. I have to say as we were leaving it was getting a tad bit too swanky barish but we had been in our own little area and left just as it was beginning to get too loud. Great for surprise birthday parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties and I could see a daytime baby shower here too.
Husband + wife duo Andrea and Matthew Porter own Bluebottle Art Gallery and Store in Seattle. Bluebottle is headquarters for Matthew's infamous Monkey World paintings and products. In addition to Matthew's artwork we showcase local and national talent in the art, craft and design DIY movement!
Kristen Rask is the owner of Schmancy, a small shop in downtown Seattle a hop and skip away from Pike's Place Market. Schmancy specializes in vinyl and plush toys as well as art. Located right next door to The Moore Theater box office, Schmancy is just as colorful as the street it inhabits.
Jessie Oleson is the creator of CakeSpy.com, a dessert detective agency dedicated to seeking sweetness in everyday life. What does this mean, exactly? Basically that she writes about, thinks about, and draws illustrations of desserts all day--and gets paid for it. Booyea! She lives in the Central District with her husband Danny, their pug Porkchop, and two guinea pigs, Falafel and Hot Pocket.
Sally Brock is the Boss and TV star of Fancy. Fancy features over 30 local artists and designers, and specializes in custom wedding rings, handmade with recycled precious metals and repurposed or fair trade gemstones. Located just south of Schmancy & Nancy downtown.