Mayor Proclaims December 20 ‘Easy Street Records’ Day in Seattle

As part of the In Good Company Program, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has declared today, December 20, 2012, to be ‘Easy Street Records Day’ in Seattle. This proclamation follows a November In Good Company spotlight in which Easy Street Records was recognized by the mayor for its stability, longevity, and active involvement in the Seattle music community.

In addition, Easy Street Records embodies the diverse musical styles that Seattle produces, and have been recognized for breaking new bands out of the Northwest, allowing young artists to be heard by promoting, stocking, and selling local music of all genres.

Members of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber delivered a gift basket to Owner Matt Vaughan and Easy Street Records staff today.

Matt Vaughan and Easy Street staff on Seattle’s official “Easy Street Records Day.”

View: Easy Street Records Day Proclamation

Watch Easy Street Records’ Seattle Channel video spotlight here.

View Easy Street Records’ In Good Company press release here.

Matt Vaughan, Steve Willits of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Karin Zaugg Black of the Office of Economic Development, and Easy Street staff members.

In Good Company is brought to you by: Mayor Mike McGinn as part of the Seattle Jobs PlanSeattle Office of Economic DevelopmentSeattle ChannelSeattle Metropolitan Chamber of CommerceFlying Spot; and 206 inc.

Prize partners include: Alaska Airlines Board Room Airport LoungesBanya 5DRY SodaFran’s ChocolatesSeattle MarinersTheo ChocolateThe Crumpet Shop; and Uber.

Feature Film ‘A Bit of Bad Luck’ Wraps Shooting in Seattle and Morton

The Washington Filmworks production incentive project A Bit of Bad Luck recently wrapped principal photography after shooting 22 days in Seattle and Morton, Washington. This is one of 15 projects approved for funding assistance by Washington Filmworks. These 15 projects spent an estimated $10 million in Washington’s economy in five months.


“Our movie was shot in Seattle and Morton, and the locations were perfect for us to tell this story. The incentive made it possible for us to stay and film here in Washington. Without the incentive we would not have had the funds to complete the project, and just as important, there would not have been such talented crew available locally to support the production,” said Producer Gerrarda O’Beirne.


The feature film was written and directed by John Fuhman and stars Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Teri Polo (Meet the Parents), and Agnes Bruckner (Blood and Chocolate). It tells the story of Brooks Caldwell, a man who has it all: money, power, and a beautiful socialite wife. When Brooks plans a weekend romp with his young mistress, his wife sets in motion an elaborate plot of revenge.


Shopping locally for the holidays? Take the Gift Local Pledge!

Join nearly 2,000 of your Seattle neighbors in taking the Gift Local pledge, created by our friends at Seattle Good Business Network. Take the Gift Local pledge to shop with at least three local independent businesses this holiday, and get a Thank You packet of special offers from dozens of great local independent businesses!

It’s easy and free:

1. Go to

2. Take the pledge (takes 30 seconds)

(For those of you with kids in the family, the packet includes a free cupcake or ice cream scoop from Cupcake Royale, and a scratch magic sticker pack from Top Ten Toys.)

Why gift local? Because every dollar you spend with a local independent business generates an average of three times more income and jobs for our community than a dollar spent with a corporate chain. Not to mention it makes our neighborhood and community more vibrant. How you spend your holiday dollars really does make a difference.

Seattle Center Winterfest – a World of Festive Fun!

Seattle Center’s Winterfest is going on now through January 6, 2013! Whirl around the Winterfest Ice Rink, stroll beneath the colorful outdoor lights, or control the miniature train through Centerville.  Fun-filled, free entertainment abounds at Seattle Center Winterfest, including live music and a dazzling fireworks display on New Year’s Eve. While you’re on the Seattle Center grounds, also visit the Seattle Center Armory, where you’ll find festive decoration, the turn-of-the-century Winter Train & Village, warm roasted nuts and other fine edibles at 14 Armory food merchants.
Here’s a list of upcoming Seattle Center Winterfest activities:

Campus Luminta sponsored by T-Mobile

Thousands of twinkling festive lights after dusk

Through January 6, 2013, Seattle Center Campus

Bailadores de Bronce

December 15 at 12:30 p.m.

Seattle Center Armory/Center House

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Klez Kidz

December 16 at 12:30 p.m.

Seattle Center Armory

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Ongoing Seattle Center Winterfest activities:

Winterfest Ice Rink, through January 6, 2013

Fisher Pavilion

(Closes at 4:00 p.m. on December 24; closed on December 25; closes at 11:30 p.m. on December 31.)

Admission includes skate rental: $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and $2 children ages 5 and under. Cash only.

Winter Train & Village

View the train from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. through January 6, 2013 at the Armory

Special hours to control the train: 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily.

$2 suggested donation.

Closes at 4:00 p.m. on December 24; closed December 25 and January 1.

Ice Sculpting

Saturdays at 12 noon on December 8, 15, 22 and 29

Outside Fisher Pavilion

The Magic of the Moment: PTSA Reflections

December 10-31 from 9:00 am – 9:00 p.m.

Harrison Street Gallery, 3rd Floor, Armory

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OED’S Daily Digest Three for the Week of December 10




Seattle is a city whose story can be told through its restaurants. From their banquettes to their timber ceilings, their fresh-daily oysters to their inspired microseasonal innovations, these 25 restaurants etch a portrait of Pacific Northwest values, passions, and quirky idiosyncrasies. Without them, Seattle just wouldn’t be Seattle. ForSeattle Met‘s annual guide to the top dining in Seattle, they list both innovators and classics with a strong culinary vision and a deep reverence for seasons, local ingredients, and a sense of place – in short, the very best places to eat right now.




The most in-demand jobs for the new year might be rooted in the booming computer industry, but it’s not only technical and programming skills that prospective hires should be showcasing. Rich Milgram, CEO of the career network Beyond, said the most sought-after skill-sets for recruiters have to do with how you think systems through and work within the context of a team. In a nutshell, it’s less about learning technology and more about having a mindset to apply learned skills and being both thorough and detail-oriented.




Some cities are adding high-tech infrastructure. Some are implementing revolutionary sustainability plans. Others are fostering innovative business and science developments. But which city combines these qualities and others to be the smartest city? According to Fast Coexist, Seattle ranks number three in North America under a system called the Smart Cities Wheel, which contains six key components of smart cities and three key drivers for each component. Seattle scored in the top three in four of the six components of the Smart Cities Wheel, taking third place overall. Seattle achieved the top billing in “smart governance,” grabbing a number one position in the “e-governance” ranking. In addition, the city has always done well on “green rankings” and had the highest “economic performance” rank.

New Plan to Develop Ultra High-Speed Broadband in Seattle Maintains City’s Leadership

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced today that the City of Seattle has reached an agreement with broadband developer Gigabit Squared to develop and operate an ultra high-speed fiber-to-the-home/fiber-to-the-business broadband network. The initiative, which will leverage the City’s excess fiber capacity, the expertise of Gigabit Squared, and the community leadership of The University of Washington, aims to stimulate business, advancements in health care, education, and public safety, and aims to enhance quality of life for residents and businesses in Seattle. According to University of Washington President Michael Young, this joint effort is meant to make Seattle the most wired and connected city in the nation and help maintain its role as a major leader in the innovation economy of the 21st Century. The full press release can be found here.

The network, called Gigabit Seattle, includes three components: fiber directly to homes and businesses in twelve demonstration neighborhoods, dedicated gigabit broadband wireless connections to multifamily housing and offices across Seattle, and next-generation mobile wireless internet. These three components together will provide broadband, wired and wireless network, and Internet services, giving Seattle customers new choices. This is the first demonstration project by Gigabit Squared’s Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program (GNGP), which will eventually promote gigabit network innovation in six selected university communities across the U.S.

“This exciting public-private partnership serves as an example to communities all over the world of how universities and their local stakeholders can collaborate to drive economic opportunities by putting private investment to work alongside public capital,”  said Blair Levin, executive director of The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project (Gig.U).  “We’re thrilled to see our Gig.U member, University of Washington, at the center of this innovative initiative to help Seattle communities benefit from the advanced applications and services accelerating the meaningful use of this gigabit speed network.  Congratulations to all involved in the Seattle Broadband Initiative, in developing this world-class fiber network, that will support not only today’s needs, but foster innovation and serve the research and community development needs of tomorrow.”

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Coverage areas for Seattle’s fiber network, wireless network, and wireless neighborhood cloud.

Same-Sex Marriage Boosts Morale and Economy

On Sunday, hundreds of gay and lesbian couples gathered to get married in Washington State. The Seattle Times’ coverage of the historic day includes a spectrum of individual couples’ stories. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn was quoted during the ceremonies at Seattle City Hall saying, “hey, rest of the country: get on board. There’s nothing but love and happiness happening here.”

Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times
First Baptist Church in Seattle: 14 male and 11 female couples take part in a group ceremony on December 9, 2012.

As reported in the Puget Sound Business Journal, many Puget Sound businesses are using the historic day as an opportunity to gain a foothold in the same-sex wedding market. Seattle’s Renaissance Hotel, for example, offered a one-night special on December 9 for same-sex couples, including a luxury hotel room and a bottle of sparkling wine for $74. The Four Seasons in downtown Seattle offered a private ceremony and room package for $1,000. A UCLA study released in January estimated that new spending on same-sex wedding-related arrangements would generate $88 million for Washington State’s economy over three years, with up to $57 million in the first year. Another article from The Seattle Times covered the business boosts expected as a result of same-sex marriages in Washington State. The economic impact of the new law has already been apparent, according to reports from local business owners interviewed in both articles.

‘Only In Seattle’ Event Today in Pioneer Square for First Thursday

Today, a total of 19 businesses in Pioneer Square will be offering unique deals to customers as part of an initiative to support local neighborhoods and their small businesses. The event is occurring in conjunction with First Thursday and offers unique deals for participants, which can be redeemed by printing and presenting your Only in Seattle coupon! You can also download the free Only in Seattle Chinook Book app for iPhone and Android, which extends the coupons for 30 days! The businesses participating include: 1000Museums,Al BoccalinoArundel BooksBack Alley Bike RepairCafe BengodiCafe PalomaCaffe UmbriaDelicatusFoxycut SalonGlasshouse StudioGrand Central Bakery & CafeIntrigue Chocolate Co.Klondike Penny’s Old Time Portrait StudioLaguna PotteryMarcela’s Creole CookeryPioneer PetSmith Tower Observation Deck, Temple Billiards, and The Globe Bookstore. In addition to the Only in Seattle and First Thursday events, Pioneer Square Holidays is hosting a Dogs on Parade dog costume contest starting in Nord Alley at 5:00 p.m. followed by a tree lighting ceremony in Occidental Park at 6:00 p.m. and ending with caroling by the Beaconettes in Nord Alley at 6:45 p.m.

OED’S Daily Digest Three for the Week of November 26









Chef Matt Dillon and two other merchants from Melrose Market on Seattle’s Capitol Hill are opening four businesses in the heart of Pioneer Square, and some say other entrepreneurs are not far behind. Despite any concerns regarding safety in the neighborhood, the vacancy rate has dropped below 20 percent as tech companies have moved in (as compared to 27 percent in 2010). A variety of other factors are contributing to the revival in Pioneer Square and led Chef Matt Dillon to believe his investment is not risky.



Matthew Zeitlin breaks down the fiscal cliff, the sequester, the Budget Control Act, the debt ceiling, and contributing factors for those seeking more baseline knowledge on these issues. The fiscal cliff is described in two parts: the expiration of the Bush tax cuts and the sequester, which are both explained in more depth. The Budget Control Act, passed in August 2011, is described as a series of spending cuts, which includes the portion of cuts dubbed the “sequester”. The Budget Control Act accomplished three things: raised the debt ceiling by $2.1 trillion, allowed the government to increase debts through this year, and instituted two rounds of significant spending cuts. These two rounds of cuts are detailed, as are their effects on government programs and their budgets. Zeitlin discusses what may happen January 1, as these issues come into play.



The food truck craze is growing quickly. A year ago, the peak of the trend was assumed to have been reached. In fact, numbers have increased since that time. No, food trucks are here to stay, many serving terrific grub – enough to merit determining America’s best. How does the popularity of food trucks break down by the numbers? According to Smart Money, trucks accounted for 37 percent of the $1.4 billion in street vending revenue nationwide last year – a 15 percent increase over the past five years. In light of this, some of the most successful food trucks have been selected and examined to uncover their secrets to success. Among these are seven local trucks: Where Ya At Matt? (#17), Maximus/Minimus (#21), El Camion (#46),Marination Mobile (#69), Rancho Bravo Tacos (#71), Tacos el Asadero (#82), and Happy Grillmore (#100).



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