Westside Stories: September 2018

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

A ‘Radically’ Different Kind of Ice Cream

For the vegan or lactose-intolerant, finding a seriously tasty, quality ice cream (not just boring old fruit sorbet) can seem like a difficult, if not impossible, task. But Frankie & Jo’s, a Seattle company that wants to “radically shift the way you think about ice cream,” is here to change that. All of Frankie & Jo’s ice cream flavors — gingered golden milk, chocolate mint brownie, California cabin, date shake, and more — are plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and delicious. Visit Frankie & Jo’s on Capitol Hill and Ballard.



Seattle’s Ping-Pong Mecca


Photo courtesy SPiN

SPiN — a New York-based ping-pong social club — recently opened a 10,000-square-foot location in the historic Decatur Building in downtown Seattle. The new spot features 12 Olympic-style ping-pong tables, private lounge spaces, and a full-service bar and restaurant. Go with a friend and play a casual game or two, or sign up for tournaments, private lessons, weekly leagues, and more.



Fremont Oktoberfest

Fremont Oktoberfest

Courtesy Bold Hat Productions

Named Seattle’s largest beer festival, Fremont Oktoberfest features more than 100 beers from 50 breweries, plus ciders, wines, food, live music, projected live football games, and even a chainsaw pumpkin carving contest. The event takes place Sept. 21- 23, and general admission one-day tickets cost $20-$30. Bring your pup along to Dogtoberfest, on Sunday only.



Pedal Power

Drink, pedal, mingle, and take in the Seattle sights on a Cycle Saloon tour — basically a bar powered by your feet, just like pedaling a bike. Sixteen people can roll along the public brewery tour for $30 each as the Cycle Saloon makes stops at Ballard and Fremont hot spots. There also are private brewery tours available.



Blu Dot Modern Furniture

Blu Dot

Courtesy Blu Dot

Say goodbye to generic mass-produced sofas and dining sets. Started by two architects and a sculptor in 1997, this Minneapolis-based furniture company designs everything it makes and sells. Earlier this summer, Blu Dot opened a store on Capitol Hill, where Seattle customers can find unique and affordable furniture and lighting pieces for the bedroom, living room, office, outdoor space, and more.


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