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)
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."
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."
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.
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 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.