September 6, 2013

A Day in Seattle

Traveling around visiting FLOR stores is really not a bad gig to have. The stores all have their own unique architectural character, they’re staffed by interesting folks and are located in dynamic and eclectic neighborhoods. Seattle is a personal favorite – step out the door in any direction and you’re bound to stumble across interesting shops, great eats, plenty of people watching and lots of natural beauty.

If you are in the neighborhood, we invite you to stop by the store and say hello – it’s a great corner spot with abundant light and a helpful staff that likes to have a good laugh and talk about carpet, squares -that is!  And, why not make a day (or at least an afternoon of it) – here are some of our favorite neighborhood attractions.

For the early risers, Top Pot is the spot. Hand-forged doughnuts. Good coffee and shelves full of old books. I recommend anything with applesauce or bacon. Busy spot with a line full of locals, great for conversation and line moves quickly.

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After a little caffeination and some sugar, a stroll around the neighborhood to check out some shops (after FLOR, of course) is in order. Urban Hardwoods is a short jaunt across the street and a very unique place. These are locally made pieces from salvaged hardwoods. We love the idea of using materials that would otherwise go to waste – and, the reward for your altruism? A completely one-of-a-kind design that is sure to become a family heirloom.

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In addition to the beautiful salvaged wood furniture, I think they have a very well curated selection of interesting accessories and art objects – industrial crossed with rustic.

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A few blocks away you’ll find one of the remaining architectural bookstores in the US - Peter Miller - it’s a complete classic that manages to remain totally relevant. For many, many years they were just a few doors down from the new FLOR location, this spring the store moved into an extraordinary space that is part of Suyama Peterson Deguchi architects’ space. It’s an inspiring space to visit — here are a few pics to whet your appetite – most days you’ll run into Peter and he’s great for a chat on all sorts of topics – food, architecture, the neighborhood, design, Seattle …. just remember to say hello from FLOR.

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And, a visit earns you a sneak peek into the  Suyama Peterson Deguchi space – complete with rotational art / architectural / design exhibits. It’s worth the trip.

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By now you might have earned an appetite? Serious Pie totally has you covered. Plenty of fresh, seasonal starters (heirloom tomatoes, cascade huckleberries, red haven peaches) followed by a pie that you’ll remember – interesting ingredients, a just right crust. You’ll come back, I’m definitely going to.

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Certainly Pike Place Market must be the number one tourist attraction for hundreds of miles — It’s beyond iconic – and yet, it is still so worth a visit – by tourists and locals alike. You’ll find unbelievable seafood, miles of flowers … and cheese … Beecher’s Handmade Cheese to be exact. Watch cheese production in action — it’s transfixing and if you have an appetite at all, the Grilled Cheese with Beecher’s Flagship cheese is not to be missed – Not hungry? Put it in your pocket for later, seriously, it’s  that good.

First – the market – a few shots — then Grilled Cheese.

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All this walking, shopping and exploring has most certainly earned you a beverage. I’m a fan of The Diller Room where  they can accommodate your craft cocktail or serve up a quality microbrew pint -all with local-worthy conversation.

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We’ve got plenty more ideas (Fran’s Chocolates will make you a favorite amongst family and friends, Metsker Maps is pretty classic and full of fresh ideas for any explorer, Matt’s in the Market will serve up a cocktail with a heck of a view … there’s a whole lot more … we’d love to know your favorites – please leave your comments below.

 

 

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