Proprietor: Marination Ma Kai, Marination Station, The Truck (Big Blue), Super Six

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Kamala Saxton & Roz Edison are the founders of Marination LLC. This is their proprietor story:

"Marination delivers Everyday Aloha. It has been our company motto and the foundation for how we operate since opening in 2008. In Hawaiian, the term aloha means love, affection, kindness and grace. We greet people and say farewell to them with Aloha. It’s our practice. It’s our culture. During some of our deepest, darkest days of starting a business, we never veered from Everyday Aloha. It is at the root of our value system, heritage and now business. Now more than ever, we believe the continental United States can learn from my people and start practicing, Everyday Aloha. Mahalo!" (Kamala Saxton)

Proprietor: Mamnoon, Mbar

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Wassef & Racha Haroun are the owners of Mamnoon, Manoon Street and Mbar. This is their proprietor story:

"Over the years we’ve expressed our cultures through a variety of ways, but the highest impact by far was when Racha prepared Lebanese, Syrian or Persian food and served at our dinners and parties. Our friends recall the visceral delicious sensations generated by eating the foods, taking in the smells and sights. There is a direct correlation between a positive visceral stimulus with an unfamiliar context, resulting in this context being familiarized in a very positive way. This was the “aha” moment for us and the start of the mission –  to be a progressive beacon that the local culture can be proud of." (Wassef Haroun)

Proprietor: Sip & Ship

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Diana Naramore is the co-founder and CEO of Sip & Ship. This is Diana's proprietor story:

"When 911 hit, my husband and I were on the road to Seattle from LA and our corporate jobs we planned for were no longer available. We needed jobs, we had a one year old in tow, so out of desperation I begged for a job at a local mail store because if we needed to sell my car I could walk to work - plus I LOVE mail! I love the gift of a handwritten note and how, like magic, they can get to where they need to go and brighten someone’s day. My life partner and co-founder likes coffee so we decided to merge the two, transforming ONE DIMENSIONAL SERVICES into an experience."

 

Proprietor: Salare & Junebaby

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Edouardo Jordan is the Head Chef and Owner of Salare and Junebaby. This is Edourardo's proprietor story:

"As I developed my menu and concept I pretty much put on horse blinders so there was no distraction in what I wanted. It’s a true reflection of the food that I grew up with. The biggest thing that I learned from my grandmother and my mom was flavor, and that was one of the blessings that I had going through the culinary world. I don’t know if it was my seasoning, my touch, or the love but for some reason I was able to make things taste better. The big thing that I wanted to do with Junebaby was educate people on Southern food. It’s more than the 3-4 ingredients that you typically think about, and it doesn’t always look beautiful. The history of Southern food is not beautiful, but we made the best out of nothing and we made it taste good. That’s my foundation for cooking."

PNW Ballet Soloist Margaret Mullin

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Margaret Mullin joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2008. She was promoted to soloist in 2013. This is Margaret's Vermouth story: 

“I’ve been dancing since I was four. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. Somehow I ended up getting a job with my dream company when I was 19. I had some challenging moments that made it difficult to think that it was actually going to happen. I was in an accident that ended up injuring my left ankle to the point that for almost an entire year I wasn’t able to go on point again, which for my job is absolutely necessary. If you’ve gone through really devastating injuries, like I have, I know it can be scary not knowing how to take care of your body and finding the right people to help you. Wellness is a very physical thing but it’s also a mental thing. You really need the right people helping you feel like you’re going to be ok, and making you feel confident again. All the pins on my Vermouth boards are based on my feelings that they are not only at the top of their field in an academic sense but also in a personable sense. The have helped me overcome the difficult physical and mental hurdles of recovery. They are people that everyone can trust.”

Check out Margaret's boards on the Vermouth app to discover the trusted sources she goes to for her health and wellness. 

Proprietor: Adam Tailoring & Alterations

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Be Van Nguyen, owner of Adam Tailoring & Alterations tells Vermouth his proprietor story:

"I came to America with not one cent in my pocket. No money. Nothing. Only the clothes I was wearing. I fled Vietnam during the civil war by myself. My wife and kids weren’t able to come for 10 years after I did. In that time I found a job at a tailor shop in the International District and started saving to open my own shop. I had learned to sew when I was a young boy from my uncle in Vietnam. I opened my own shop in Pioneer Square in 1984, a small shop about 350 square feet. I called it Adam Tailor after a name I saw when living in Vietnam. I made everything from scratch -jackets, pants, overcoats, everything. But now I only do alterations. I’m too old and I work by myself. When you’re young, your eyes are good and your hands are fast. But I still work six days a week, maybe 10 hours a day for nearly 40 years now" 

Fashion and Travel Blogger Valerie Hansen

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Fashion and travel blogger Valerie Hansen started Maple Leopard in 2014 to connect with fellow fashion and style lovers in the online world.

Through some crazy amazing multitasking talents, Valerie has managed to successfully balance the overlapping world of a 9-5 and digital blogging.

Originally from Vancouver, B.C. Canada [hence the name of her blog], Valerie’s love of fashion started at an early age. At 13, she was already sewing her own garments and expressing herself through fashion.

“I believe style has no age or size”

A true renaissance woman, Valerie uses her platform to inspire women to embrace body positivity, feel confident, and gain life experiences through travel. Her Pacific Northwest-based blog inspires style for all the places you’ll go while also offering personal travel tips from all the places she’s been and seen.

Valerie is sharing her favorite places with us on the Vermouth app along with her must-see destinations in each city. Check out the app to discover her favorite beaches in California and find out where she says you should stay while in Waikiki.

 

Proprietor: Davidson Galleries

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Seattle Art Dealer Sam Davidson has provided accessible and affordable art to the Pacific Northwest for decades, although his life has always been filled with art. 

Raised in Seattle, his mother served as a docent at the Seattle Art Museum and ran a frame shop on Mercer Island. Shortly after earning his Masters degree in Art History from the University of Massachusetts, he was brought on to oversee the inventory and gallery publications at Roten Galleries in Baltimore. 

With a desire to return to his roots, Sam and his brother moved back to Seattle to create a small version of the Roten model of traveling galleries. As his business evolved, Sam noticed the lack of art coverage in the local press. Together, with a small group of Seattle art dealers, they established First Thursday Art Walk to increase visibility in the community and introduce locals to new exhibits and artists. 

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45 years later and Sam Davidson is still the thriving owner and director of Davidson Galleries. The gallery maintains nearly 20,000 prints ranging from the 15th to the 21st century, making it one of the largest art galleries in the world. 

The gallery is divided into two departments: Contemporary and Antique. New exhibitions are mounted every month for the First Thursday Art Walk. It hosts works by Francisco Goya, Eva Pietzcker, Richard Florsheim, Fumiko Suzuki, Mio Asahi, Rikio Takahashi, and more. 

“If you came every first Thursday for a year you would see new art every first Thursday,” says Miranda Metcalf, Director of the contemporary department. 

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Davidson Gallery offers a unique focus on printmaking due to its accessibility and affordability compared to other mediums of art. Prices range from $150 to $60,000 further representing Sam’s mission of accessible art. 

“Everyone that works here is really passionate about what we do because we are part of a long tradition to connect people with art,” says Miranda. “We want it to be in someone’s home bringing them joy or making them think or reminding them of something that’s important to them.” 

With over 800 exhibits since it’s fruitful beginning in 1973, Davidson Galleries continues to inspire and bring together artists and art enthusiast locally and globally. 

Fly Fisherman Ringo Nishioka

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Ringo Nishioka is truly in a class of his own.

When he’s not empowering over 25,000 real estate agents as the VP of Operations at Moxi Works or handling his presidential duties at the Washington Steelhead Club, you can find him by the river perfecting his fly fishing techniques.

The passionate fly fisherman and self-proclaimed fly tying geek has learned and fished with the best in the sport, including Steelhead fly-tying legend Harry Lemire. Ringo, along with other members of the Northwest Atlantic Salmon Fly Tying Guild, honored the icon during an international expo they put together celebrating the art and passion of the Atlantic Salmon Fly.  The expo brought together fishermen from Germany, Scotland, Lithuania, and more.

Ringo is sharing his ocean of recommendations with the Vermouth community and giving us the lowdown on his favorite places to shop for gear and indulge in the most delectable seafood.

Check out the Vermouth app to discover where Ringo says you have to go for the best bison, monkfish, and tuna in town! 

Style Guru Lisa Cole

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Style and Fashion Writer Lisa Cole is blessing us with her go-to favorites in the fashion capitals of the world. As the Style Editor for Vanguard Seattle and Writer for her own style blog, West Fulton Street, Lisa has made a living covering fashion news & events, runway shows, and boutiques. 

From fashion to food to fun, Lisa is sharing her favorite places with us on the Vermouth app and is revealing where she goes to discover the hottest and latest in fashion, beauty, and more.

“Designer consignment shopping is the secret to a well-dressed person that no one talks about. It has changed my closet!” 

Lisa's list of recommendations also includes Pipe and Row, Baby & Co., and Sell Your Sole Consignment Boutique.

“[Sell Your Sole] always has a stylist on hand which is a huge bonus.” 

This slay queen is proof that you can be chic and fabulous at any age. 

Discover more of Lisa's favorite's in the Vermouth app. 

Personal Trainer Darsenio Hunter

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Personal Trainer and Lululemon Ambassador Darsenio Hunter knows that great trainers have to be able to lead physically and mentally. 

"The key to a good workout is to keep smiling!"

Darsenio continues to inspire his community even when he isn't leading classes at Cyclebar South Lake Union or Rival Fitness in Capitol Hill. He once held a plank for 53 minutes, and did 501 push-ups in 30 minutes to raise over $4,500 for Breast Cancer Awareness research. He was featured in Seattle Magazine’s Feb. 2017 lifestyle section as one of “Seattle’s Top Trainers."

Darsenio knows that motivation comes in different forms for everyone so he's sharing his favorite places to break a sweat. Check out the Vermouth app to discover where this trainer does fitness. 

Proprietor: E. Smith Mercantile

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Jessie Poole and her family brought the heritage of a small gold mining town in Southern Idaho to Pioneer Square in the Spring of 2013. This early Americana-style space is half store, half bar, and fully welcoming. 

Elmer and Mary Smith were their great-grandparents who instilled this true American spirit into the family.

"It’s a heritage that inspires us. It evokes images of family huddled around a wood fire, of young men and women on horseback through open fields, of community gatherings at the local “Hub”... It’s the true American spirit that is currently in a resurgence. We are tiring of a consumer culture based on disposable products. There is a shift in our country back to quality goods, crafted by hand, slow and thoughtful and beautiful... and we feel it." 

The family extends to the employees too. They take an annual camping retreat every Summer to relax and take a few days off from the hectic life of selling a rotating stock of goods, tending to a bar, and living life as business owners. 

Search for E. Smith Mercantile in Pioneer Square to check it out and find great other businesses in the area!

Globetrotter Amanda Zurita

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Amanda Zurita, Contributing Editor for Rick Steves Europe, has been traveling since before she could walk! When she isn’t sipping Mimosa’s in Spain or swimming the beaches of Italy, she can be found at Seattle's first hill neighborhood making pasta dinners or marathon watching TV shows with her four-year-old dog, Hadrian.

The Oklahoma native moved to Seattle in 2007 to study Latin and Communications at the University of Washington.  Her work has since taken her all over the world. Whether she's writing, styling, or traveling, Amanda has a knack for discovering the most wonderful and delectable hotspots.

One of Seattle's most influential tastemakers is finally back from an 11-month stint abroad and is letting Vermouther's in on her favorite establishments, both local and global. 

Check out her profile in the Vermouth app and take a tour of her boards from around the world.

Baby&Co CEO Jill Donnelly

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One of our incredible panelists from the Word of Mouth Branding event is also in our app! Jill Donnelly is the genius behind Baby & Company. When she and her husband, Wayne, took over the business in 2008, they revamped the store and transformed the declining sales into the Seattle icon it is today. Jill maintains the high quality and anti-volume mantra while providing new items every season. Go check out Jill in the Vermouth app! 

Tattoo Artist Kyler Martz

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You might have to wait six months to get a tattoo from him, but you don't have to wait to see his top recommendations!! Kyler Martz's maritime-inspired talent can be found all over Seattle through his murals, tattoos, and commercial work. Thanks to Vermouth, you can access his favorite art galleries and on-the-water restaurants. You might even gain inspiration yourself!