Westside Stories: April 2019

There’s more than enough to explore on the Eastside, but you might consider crossing Lake Washington for these Seattle specialties.

Naturally Cool Clothes for Kids  

Beet World

Courtesy Beet World

Beet World is a children’s clothing company in Seattle (and there’s a store in Kirkland). Founded by Ashima Singhal, Beet World makes clothes with 100 percent natural fabrics. “Our clothing is distinctive and brings a fresh aesthetic from the current market. Our design and ethos of orienting toward nature, the outdoors, and bringing ethical and environmentally conscious practices to our company is heavily influenced by our Pacific Northwest roots,” Singhal said. Check out the spring line for adorable Easter pics. beet-world.com


Local Painter Brings France to Seattle

French impressionist painter Valerie Collymore of Bellevue will show her work at Fountainhead Gallery (625 W. McGraw St.) from April 4 through 29. Collymore began painting when she was a child-inspired by her time living on the French Riviera. Her mom took her to some of the places French Impressionists painted. Collymore grew up to become a pediatrician before her love of art pulled her in another direction. She now has a full-time art career. Her upcoming show A Passion for the French Impressionist Tradition will have an opening reception on April 6. fountainheadgallery.com

Valerie Collymore

Painting by Valerie Collymore

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival

cherry blossom fest

Courtesy Cherry Blossom Fest

In 1976, in commemoration of America’s bicentennial, 1,000 cherry trees were gifted to Seattle by Japan’s former Prime Minister, Takeo Miki — a beautiful gesture that celebrated the friendship between the people of Japan and Washington state. This gift also inspired the annual Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival in Seattle. Experience Japanese art, music, food, and more at the festival, April 26-28, at the Seattle Center Armory. cherryblossomfest.org


Arrivé — Seattle’s New Place to Live, Lodge, and Dine


Courtesy Arrivé

The 43-story Arrivé tower is the newest for-rent mixed-use property, offering apartment living with 344 high-end luxury units, The Sound Hotel, bites and sips at Currant Bistro. Located at 2116 Fourth Avenue, adjacent to the Cinerama and close to many of Seattle’s iconic destinations, Arrivé is leasing apartments. The building officially marked its grand opening in late February. The project by The Molasky Group and Binjiang Real Estate Group took 27 months to build. Designed to be a vibrant property, The Sound Hotel Seattle Belltown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, shares an active lobby with Arrivé. arriveseattle.com


Korean Fried Chicken


Courtesy Bonchon

Those in the know are excited about the first Bonchon set to open in the state this spring, on Seattle’s First Hill, 554 Broadway. The popular South Korean chain restaurant is known for its sticky soy garlic and spicy fried chicken. Other goodness includes takoyaki (fried octopus dumplings), bulgogi sliders, udon soup, japchae, and more. bonchon.com

is the editor in chief at 425 magazine.
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