August News + Updates
Business News and Updates
A warm welcome to our newest businesses and attractions in the neighborhood!

  • FRINGE: 300 Washington St. S.– an interior design studio featuring one of a king plants, candles, art, and curated vintage wares.

We bid farewell to these neighbors this month!

  • Treason Gallery: 319 3rd Ave S.- working to preserve art in its most basic form, this gallery will close in early August to evolve their programming and optimize their participation in the international art community.
2019 Seattle Art Fair
The Alliance for Pioneer Square is a proud cultural partner of the 2019 Seattle Art Fair presented by AIG, a unique and innovative art experience showcasing the vibrant culture and diversity of the Pacific Northwest. Taking place August 1-4 at CenturyLink Field Event Center, the fair features over 90 local, regional, and international art galleries presenting modern and contemporary art. 

Now in its fifth year, Seattle Art Fair has established itself as a one-of-a-kind destination for the best in modern and contemporary art, highlighting the vibrant arts community of the Pacific Northwest, and bringing together the region’s strong collector base and thousands of international visitors. For the second time, renowned curator Nato Thompson will return as Artistic Director, leading the fair’s curatorial vision and bringing dynamic programming by internationally-acclaimed artists. 

The Alliance for Pioneer Square is excited to share a video we produced in partnership with Vulcan Arts + Entertainment to highlight the culture of Pioneer Square and how our vibrant community is connected to the 2019 Seattle Art Fair. Find the video here .

For more information on the 2019 Seattle Art Fair, visit and follow @SeattleArtFair on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 
Pioneer Square, In Lists!
We've begun to compile easily digestible lists highlighting neighborhood essentials. Last month, we covered where to find Pioneer Square's patios. This month, we are featuring the neighborhood's hair care options and local lunches for the office. Note, these lists are not comprehensive- find more great patios, hair care spots, and restaurants in our 2019 Neighborhood Map and Guide .
Hair Care In the Square

We've compiled some to-do's for your hairdo...because loving yourself isn't selfish. Check out our online short list of hair care spots in the square here .
Local Lunches for the Office

Let these neighborhood restaurants be your lunch box! Get your appetite going by looking at our online short list of a few of Pioneer Square's takeout standbys here .
Mark Your Calendars: First Thursday Art Walk
August 1, 5-10 PM

Every First Thursday of the month, Pioneer Square welcomes you to join us in the venerated tradition of Art Walk with exceptional artists, innovative works, and creative kinship. During Art Walk, parking is FREE from 5-10 PM! Make sure to grab your voucher from a participating gallery or studio to park for free at one of three neighborhood garages.

(Casey McGlynn; "Baby Elephant" 2019; mixed media on canvas; 12 x 12 in.; Foster/White Gallery)
Artist Feature: Molly Ray
Molly Ray , who operates in the Good Arts building '57 Biscayne space, is a skilled designer, trained in the heart of the French perfume industry. Certified as a Fragrance Specialist through The Fragrance Foundation UK and student of Senior Perfumers, Laurence Fauvel and Carole Andre of the Grasse Institute of Perfumery in Grasse, France - Molly brings luxury to Seattle. For designer Molly Ray, fragrance completes daily life, powerfully affecting the pathways of our minds, feelings, memories, and future. A respected national figure in corporate sustainability it is only natural that Molly’s blends source raw, gourmand, and sustainable materials. Always synthetic free and in tune with your natural body temperature, Molly’s blends are elevated and organic. With her excess materials, Ray donates to local women’s shelter, Mary’s Place. She recognizes how fragrance can restore a sense of dignity and is a luxury item that is otherwise forgotten among donations.
From the Public Realm
East/West Connections Open House Recap

We are partnering with Waterfront Seattle to improve key east-west streets to strengthen connections between Pioneer Square and the waterfront. On July 30th, Waterfront Seattle and the Alliance co-hosted a project open house at AXIS. Since the previous open house in April, Waterfront Seattle developed concept designs for pedestrian improvements on portions of Main, Washington, King and Yesler streets between Alaskan Way and 2nd Ave S. During July's open house, members of the community learned more about the project, viewed the proposed designs for east-west streets, connected with the project team, and heard how public feedback informs the design. Didn't make the in person open house? Check out the online open house.

Learn more about the East West Connections project here .
Art Outside the Box!

The Pioneer Square Resident's Council recently announced the completion of their pilot public art project in Pioneer Square. The project included decorating five SDOT signal boxes along 1st Ave. This project was funded by the Pioneer Square Business Improvement Area as part of our 2019 Inspiration Fund. Looking good, 1st Ave!
Pioneer Park Refresh

You may have seen Seattle Parks and Recreation staff hard at work in Pioneer Park applying a fresh coat of paint to the park's metal fencing. Additionally, Parks and Recreation removed, refurbished, and installed the benches in Pioneer Park. Another lovely public realm improvement in Pioneer Square!
Neighborhood Construction Updates
Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program

WSDOT continues to remove the Alaskan Way Viaduct from Seattle's waterfront to make way for the City of Seattle's   Waterfront Seattle Program .

The Alaskan Way Viaduct demolition is on the edge of Pioneer Square this summer. Demolition has already begun at the South end of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. View WSOT's fact sheet for more information regarding what to expect from the construction project over the summer.

Click here  to see real time demolition progress and  join the email list to receive weekly updates.

Questions? Visit the website, email to, or call 1-888-AWV-LINE (298-5463).

Check out our walking tour video , led by representatives from WSDOT and Kiewit.
Alaskan Way Viaduct Looking North and South from Colman Dock, 1952
Courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives, item No. 43539
Pioneer Square
Areaways Program
SDOT recently implemented a strict vehicle weight limitation, increased commercial vehicle enforcement, and modified commercial vehicle load zone locations beyond the 1st Ave corridor.

Throughout 2019-2020, SDOT will install a monitoring system and conduct a complete assessment of the areaways to determine a long-term plan of action to repair necessary areas. In the meantime, our goal is to provide adjacent businesses and residents with accurate and timely information as we move forward to improve safety.

Visit the project page for more information.
Proposed New Cruise Terminal Information Session Follow-Up

The Port of Seattle Commission recently approved $348 million to invest in the future of the Seattle’s working waterfront. A key investment is a proposed cruise terminal at Terminal 46 (King Street and Alaskan Way). In May, the Port of Seattle hosted an information session regarding the proposed terminal. Visitors learned about the proposed cruise terminal and timeline, Seattle's cruise industry and its passengers, and background on how cruise terminals work and operations on a typical day. Missed the information session? Stay up-to-date on the proposed cruise terminal at Terminal 46 though the Port of Seattle's project page .
Press Highlights
What Are We Up To This Week?
Each week, we highlight a member of the Alliance for Pioneer Square staff, a location unique to the neighborhood, and what that staff member is focusing on.
  • Read about Sara's reflections on connecting experiences abroad to the neighborhood.
  • Read about Liz's excitement for public realm improvements around the Square.
  • Read about Lisa's trip to Charleston to explore innovation and economic development.
  • Read about Jennie's passion for the makers in Pioneer Square.
Apply for a Landmarks Capital Grant
If you own a historical landmark in King County don't miss this opportunity to apply for funds to repair or restore it. The Landmarks Capital program, led by 4Culture, supports brick and mortar projects that contribute to our region's identity. Whether you are an individual owner or you represent an organization, if you are the steward of a designated historic landmark property in King County and are working to rehabilitate it, you should consider applying for a Landmarks Capital grant. Applications are due September 25, 2019 at 5pm. Learn more and apply here .
Monthly Resource
Do you run a Pioneer Square business or entertain clients? Y ou can help neighborhood visitors find low-rate parking by spreading the word about . T he Alliance for Pioneer Square is partnering with WSDOT,the City of Seattle, Downtown Seattle Association and nearby parking garages to offer parking spaces for just $3/hour, up to four hours. 

In Pioneer Square - Stadium Place Garage, First & Columbia and the Butler Garage are all part of the affordable parking program. This means cheap and available parking is plentiful within a few blocks of your destination.

For a complete toolkit including links, graphics and more please contact us .
Stay Engaged!
Find us on Facebook

Are you a resident or business owner in the neighborhood? The Alliance for Pioneer Square recently created a Facebook page. This page will communicate resident and business owner specific news/information that to compliment our more general Pioneer Square Facebook page.
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