I always get excited when I hear about a new bakery opening--but when I heard that Curio Confections was being opened by a Trophy Cupcakes alum, I knew it was going to be fantastic. Maria Friedman has struck out on her own with a new bakery in the University district (55th and University), specializing in non-cupcake but still very delicious items.
When I went on opening day, they were still rushing about getting items out of the oven and into the cases, but I arrived right on time to pick up some mini tartlets. Usually I gravitate more toward cake than toward pie, but I have to say that these were good. I had the strawberry-rhubarb which was creamy and rich yet refreshing with its fruit garnish. The crust was the best part though: it was soft and lightly crumbly, almost like a buttery, slightly more solid shortbread. Yum.
Curio Confections also stocks some very cool treats including goat's milk caramels, homemade nougat, and more.
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.