So, I'm just guessing that a number of us loyal SFGirlByBay readers have likely heard of Domino. Perhaps one or two of you have even picked up a copy? Mmm, hmm...thought so! So if you've been perusing through the pages of your November issue you'll see that the delightful Rita Konig (And an inside source, close to your Uncle, who was featured in the magazine, couldn't say enough lovely things about her! Isn't that nice to know?) did a destination guide of my Emerald City...Seattle. I've got no bone to pick with Ms. Konig as she most certainly is steering you in the right direction, Kids. However, there were a few things that I felt could have been included in addition and thought I'd offer my 2 pence.
Lucca Great Finds is located in Seattle's ever-growing Ballard neighborhood. This place is a favorite visual destination as it's like walking through a most refined curiosity cabinet! A mix of new and vintage, there is always a bevy of goods to ponder and praise...if not purchase.
Far4 is a relative new comer to the downtown style scene. Located next door to the Domino-mentioned Watson Kennedy (another favorite!), Far4 is a welcome piece of urban sophistication. Russian-born Seattleites Igor and Yelena Klimenkoff utilize classic 18th-century methods to produce a most modern array of porcelain goods in their Russian-based studio. And, don't let the mind-numbing hand-done artistry or the chic store interior intimidate you, the Klimenkoff's daughter, Jenny (seen above), makes for a warm and welcoming first, second and third impression!
Okay, by now it would seem that most areas have a "cupcakery". Seattle has a few but all are likely to have to bow down to the Queen of little cakes...Trophy Cupcakes and Party. Located in the Wallingford neighborhood, in an old school turned shopping center, Trophy wasted no time in seriously raising the bar in the cupcake wars. And with a name like "Trophy", I suppose that's no surprise.
Café Besalu. I'm not sure exactly what the origin of the name is but I always think of "kiss" in Spanish when I see it. And that's exactly what I could do to the masterful bakers who reign supreme here at this Ballard bakery! Great coffee is a relative given...I mean we're in Seattle people. But, to be succinct, if the smell of this petite patisserie doesn't melt you, the croissants will break your heart. Such buttery flakiness prompts tears at the exquisiteness of it all!
So don't forget to add these to your Seattle list should you ever come for a visit! And for more of your Uncle's Seattle suggestions, check out the September issue of James Saavedra's online magazine decor*fellow!