Tagged: Seattle life

The Top 5 SBS-Seattle posts of 2012

First off, we’d like to thanks the hundreds of thousands of you who have visited our fair blog since we’ve launched late last summer. This blog is both our and YOUR love letter to the Seattle area and her unique culture, her quirky ways and her beautiful inhabitants.

SBS-Seattle is especially thankful for those of you who have followed, commented and contributed as we grow daily. So, as we reflect back, here are the Top 5 posts of 2012 as determined by YOUR clicks….

Amy Villainous Velma Seattle SlutWalk 2012 SBS Seattle

from Seattle Slut Walk 2012

1. Introducing… Jennifer Brennan

2. So what? WA state candidate Amy Biviano posed for Playboy

3. The raunchy, naughty protest that was Seattle SlutWalk 2012

4. Kinsey for your Tuesday

5. Too much to hold – Instagram preview 2

R.I.P. Easy Street Records in Queen Anne

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This sad letter was posted today:

Dear Friends:

It’s with a heavy heart that we have to say goodbye to our beloved Queen Anne neighborhood. Thanks to you, 2012 was one of our better years. We posted some good sales numbers and hosted some amazing events. We have been at this location for 12 years. We did not want to close.

In the past year, we received various honors and accolades. We were named King County’s Small Business of the Year and Mayor McGinn proclaimed Dec 20 Easy Street Records Day, in which he stated that “Easy Street Records embodies the diverse musical styles that Seattle produces and is an essential part of the community.” We found good reason to be optimistic about 2013.

After fulfilling our 10-year lease, our landlord was looking for another long-term lease. We felt this might be risky, particularly with the current economic landscape of retail and some changes that had affected the neighborhood. Furthermore, the rent that the landlord was looking for was significantly more than what we had been paying. Initially, we were fortunate in negotiating a couple one-year leases. That is what kept us here these last couple of years.

The new tenant, Chase Bank, will take possession of 20 Mercer St on Jan 21. We thank our committed customers, this beautiful neighborhood, our fellow merchants and neighbors, and all of the music lovers and musicians that supported Easy Street Records at this location. We will miss all of you and cherish the memories forever.

We recently signed a new 15-year lease at our original store in West Seattle, where we will carry on the Easy Street tradition of great in-stores, yummy breakfasts, tasty vinyl, and overall, an excellent selection of music. We hope to see you there soon.

– Forever grateful, Matt Vaughan and the 20 Mercer Crew

A Seattle New Year – what to do

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Downtown Seattle New Years Eve 2013

Monday, Dec 31 9:30p
Edge Grill, Seattle

Join us to toast 2012/2013. Let us celebrate 2012 and welcome an exciting 2013. Downtown Seattle 2013 New Year’s Eve Party is at Edge Grill in Westlake. One block from Sheraton and Red Lion…

Seattle Inferno New Years Eve Speakeasy

Monday, Dec 31 8:00p

We’re puttin’ on the Ritz! Ring in the New Year Inferno style. Join us on New Years Eve for the 3rd Annual Seattle Inferno New Years Eve dance. This year we are doing a Speakeasy theme . . …

Fire Seattle’s Big Queer New Year’s Eve Bash

Monday, Dec 31 10:00p

Fire is one of the Hottest Multi – Cultural LGBTQ events to hit the Seattle and Tacoma areas! If you are looking for a place where you can dance your way into 2013 w/ a beautifully diverse crowd of…

Seattle 15th Annual New Year’s Eve Tango Ball.

Monday, Dec 31 9:00p

New Year’s Eve Tango Ball includes: * 30 minute introductory tango lesson for beginners * Tango Performance * Light buffet and dessert bar * Party favors, raffle prizes and interactive game *…

Jai Ho! New Year’s Eve Dance Party – December 31 in Seattle

Monday, Dec 31 9:00p

After the Sold Out New Year’s Eve Party in 2011, we are back at Columbia City Theater! Check out photos from last year here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.359354054081450.106380…

2 days left to live – pig out at Top Pot Doughnuts

Presidential-quality doughnuts

Presidential-quality doughnuts

Who cares about the calories when the Mayan Apocalypse is on the way, eh? Top Pot Doughnuts is a Seattle landmark and, arguably, the nation’s best cholesterol circles doughnuts. They make Krispy Kreme taste like armpits, they do.

Pig out and enjoy life while it’s here. Life is fleeting, as we have learned this week, so stop procrastinating your joy. Eat a damn doughnut!

3 days left to live – Go whale watching



Since the world is coming to an end this Friday, we thought we’d spruce up your Bucket List before the impending Mayan Apocalypse.

Our Tuesday suggestion – Whale Watching. Free your inner Willie.

It so Pacific Northwest but you rarely, if ever, let yourself go on a whale watch, right? Work, traffic and life happen and you look up and PUFF, you miss out on the chance to witness one of the most beautiful experiences nature can offer.

Play a little hooky and live like these are your last 3 days of existence.

Seattle.gov has plenty of whale watching options.


The 10 best dog breeds for Seattle living

We here in the Pacific Northwest love our dogs. But what is the best dog for the way we live here in the Seattle area? There’s rain, of course, but there other aspects to consider when you are choosing the best dog breed for living in Seattle and throughout the Pacific Northwest. We here at SBS-Seattle have complied a thorough list of the top 10 dog breeds for Seattle living and that Pacific Northwest lifestyle.

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Seattle By the Stats: Cities with the most college-educated residents

Share of residents with college degrees in the 100 largest metro areas, based on data from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. Related Article »

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Rank Metro area 2010 1970 Change
1 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 46.8% 22.1% +24.7%
2 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 45.3% 19.3% +26.1%
3 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 44.0% 17.6% +26.4%
4 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 43.4% 16.8% +26.5%
5 Madison, WI 43.3% 20.0% +23.3%
6 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH 43.0% 14.2% +28.8%
7 Raleigh-Cary, NC 41.0% 13.4% +27.7%
8 Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 39.4% 16.3% +23.0%
9 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 38.2% 16.2% +22.0%
10 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 37.9% 14.1% +23.9%
11 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 37.0% 14.7% +22.3%
12 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 36.0% 12.4% +23.5%
13 Provo-Orem, UT 35.2% 15.8% +19.5%
14 Baltimore-Towson, MD 35.1% 10.3% +24.8%
15 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 34.6% 13.2% +21.3%
16 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 34.1% 12.0% +22.1%
Colorado Springs, CO 34.1% 16.4% +17.7%
18 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI 34.0% 11.2% +22.7%
19 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 33.7% 14.0% +19.8%
20 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 33.2% 12.4% +20.8%
21 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 33.1% 10.9% +22.2%
22 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 33.0% 10.9% +22.1%
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 33.0% 12.5% +20.4%
Rochester, NY 33.0% 13.3% +19.6%
25 Worcester, MA 32.7% 8.9% +23.8%
26 Columbus, OH 32.5% 12.3% +20.3%
Kansas City, MO-KS 32.5% 11.1% +21.4%
28 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 32.2% 9.7% +22.4%
29 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 32.0% 11.5% +20.5%
30 Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 31.9% 9.9% +22.0%
Honolulu, HI 31.9% 15.5% +16.3%
32 New Haven-Milford, CT 31.8% 11.7% +20.1%
33 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 31.7% 11.2% +20.6%
Richmond, VA 31.7% 10.9% +20.8%
35 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 31.1% 12.9% +18.2%
36 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 31.0% 13.2% +17.7%
37 Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 30.9% 12.0% +18.9%
38 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 30.8% 12.3% +18.5%
39 Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 30.7% 10.4% +20.3%
40 Ogden-Clearfield, UT 30.1% 12.7% +17.5%
41 Tucson, AZ 30.0% 15.7% +14.3%
42 St. Louis, MO-IL 29.9% 9.7% +20.2%
43 Columbia, SC 29.8% 13.1% +16.7%
44 Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 29.7% 9.7% +20.0%
45 Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville, CA 29.4% 13.2% +16.3%
46 Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 29.3% 10.0% +19.3%
Albuquerque, NM 29.3% 15.4% +13.8%
48 Syracuse, NY 29.2% 13.2% +16.0%
49 Springfield, MA 29.1% 10.5% +18.6%
Pittsburgh, PA 29.1% 9.1% +20.0%