Westside Stories: March 2020

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

MoPOP Exhibit Explores Tattoo Culture

Courtesy MoPop

Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) is inviting visitors to explore the rapid growth of tattooing as a form of creative self-expression through the new Body of Work exhibition. The exhibit opened Feb. 1. Through photographs, artifacts, films, paintings, artwork, and filmed interviews, the exhibition delivers a contemporary look at how tattooing is woven into popular culture through a range of styles, techniques, artists, and collectors. Visitors also can view original works of art created by tattoo artists based in the Northwest.

Pacific Place Hits New Milestone

The new year ushered in a milestone for Pacific Place, the premier five-story shopping center in downtown Seattle. Among the developments, iconic tenants Tiffany & Co and Lululemon announced plans for new, expanded spaces; local art appeared throughout the center; and new spaces were revealed as the redevelopment tracks toward completion. 

“The start of a new year also marks a significant milestone in the Pacific Place redevelopment,” stated Elena Arosteguy, general manager at Pacific Place. “We’re thrilled to be creating new spaces for iconic brands and watch with delight as construction clears and the beautiful, new look of Pacific Place emerges.” 

Tiffany & Co. moved from its previous space to a temporary storefront on level two. Its permanent, larger store is slated to open early 2021. Meanwhile, Lululemon has moved from its temporary store on level one to a new, larger shop. The new spot is nearly double the square footage of the original location, with more than 4,500 square feet of retail space.

Oriental Mart Wins James Beard Award

Since 1971, Oriental Mart at Pike Place Market has been a staple, particularly for those with Filipino heritage or immigrants looking to find groceries from a culture they miss. It was announced the Mart won the James Beard America’s Classic award, which is bestowed upon restaurants that have “timeless appeal and are beloved regionally for quality food that reflects the character of its community.”

The James Beard Foundation has given out this award since 1998 and at least four other Washington establishments — Emmett Watson’s Oyster Bar, Ray’s Boathouse and Café, and Makei in Seattle, as well as Los Hernandez Tamales in Union Gap — have been given the honor

University Book Store Celebrates 120 Years

Courtesy UW

University Book Store, a historic resource to the University of Washington community, turned 120 years old in January and is celebrating its deep-rooted history with a yearlong celebration. Initially founded by UW students on campus in a cloakroom in 1900, the independent college retailer has since grown to five locations around the Puget Sound. Now, with the imminent opening of a new Link light rail station across the street from its flagship location, the University Book Store is looking forward to a new chapter as the “front door” to the University of Washington.

In addition to course materials and school supplies, the retailer offers Husky insignia apparel and accessories, new and used books; art and office supplies, gifts, fashion apparel, technology products, cosmetics, and fresh coffee and treats in the U District location. It also has author events and lecture series that produce hundreds of events and book signings each year, including former presidents and political figures, New York Times bestselling authors, local artists and writers, UW professors, and YouTube celebrities. 

Find Your Favorite Food Trucks

Some of the best bites aren’t inside brick and mortar buildings; they are on wheels. We love noshing at our favorite food trucks and discovering new ones. If you are on the hunt for the best bites from The Box on Wheels, In Pizza We Crust, Mr. Gyros Food Truck, and others, go to seattlefoodtruck.com and find them.

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