Neighborhood   Newsletter
May 2016
Pioneer Square is aMAYzing!

The weather has been amazing here in Seattle. Get outside, soak up some vitamin D, and meet some new people while you're at it. The neighborhood is jumpin' with sports fans, tourists, foodies, art enthusiasts, and locals. There is something for everyone in the Square. Check out our neighborhood calendar to stay in the loop about Pioneer Square happenings.
GiveBIG to the Alliance for Pioneer Square

The Alliance for Pioneer Square's work is critical to the trajectory of Pioneer Square. Everyone benefits - businesses, property owners, employees, residents, and visitors. Your financial support ensures our continued success. We ask for charitable donations only once a year. Not another golf event or breakfast. Just one day of giving on-line. The Alliance participates in GiveBIG, Seattle's biggest day of charitable giving.

Help us to maintain our momentum, if you give between now and midnight May 3rd, any gift up to $2,500 will be stretched through matching contributions from the Seattle Foundation. 

Visit the Alliance for Pioneer Square's GiveBIG page ( ) and GiveBIG today!
Business & 
Community Development Update
By Karen True, Director of Business Development
(Pictured left to right: Division Road, Inc., Il Corvo Pasta Studio, Swift Industries)

Things are bubbling in Pioneer Square, with new businesses making plans to join the fun and current business owners building upon what they're already doing in the neighborhood. 
  • Division Road Inc. has signed a lease for the space at 536 1st Ave S. Division Road is a menswear retailer featuring curated apparel, footwear, and accessories. Work is already underway in the space. Jason Pecarich, the owner, plans to first launch their "virtual" store this summer, followed by the opening of their Pioneer Square location. Stay tuned for details!
  • Yes, this rumor is indeed a fact. Rudy's Barbershop will open a shop this summer in the Terry Denny Building at 109 1st Ave S.
  • Caffe D'arte will be moving from their current location at 2nd & Stewart to 1st Ave S & Yesler Way. They'll be open for business this summer. (Rocky Mountain Chocolate is leaving to focus their attention on their shop near Pike Place Market. We will miss them, but they will still be just a stroll away.)
  • Gallery Voblikov has moved into the upstairs space at 625 1st Ave. They specialize in Old Master paintings and restoration. Intriguing, yes? Please stop by and welcome Sergei Voblikov and Nikolay Voblikov to the neighborhood.
  • Manu Alfau, owner of Manu's Bodega , is opening a "street taco window" in the Furuya Building (aka Pacific Commercial Building) at 2nd Ave S & S Main St. The entrance to Buen Taco will be between Good Bar and Elm Coffee. Though it will be small, building out the space will be significant so an opening date is still to be determined.
  • As you may have heard, Mike Easton of Il Corvo Pasta is "reimagining" the space where Pizzeria Gabbiano used to call home. Soon we'll be able to purchase everything we need at the Il Corvo Pasta Studio to make pasta at home.
  • We all know that some of the coolest spaces in Pioneer Square are in unexpected places. Swift Industries just moved into a hidden second-floor space at 562 1st Ave S. Martina, Jason, and the rest of the team make the most incredible bicycle bags. Though they are mostly a production space, their retail store in the front of the space is open Thursday + Friday 4:00-7:00 PM and Saturday 12:00-5:00 PM.
  • Sticking with the bicycle theme, venture into Nord Alley and see what's happening at Back Alley Bike Repair. Ben Rainbow and his team are expanding their space to create the "Service Laboratory and Radventure Emporium". Stop by on Thursday, May 5 during the First Thursday Art Walk, for their open house.
When you're out-and-about in the neighborhood in the next few weeks, watch for new flower baskets that will be going up on the Good Arts Building at 1st & Cherry. The new baskets will be hanging from new brackets designed and made by Good Arts members, Steve Coulter and Jane Richlovsky. The seven brackets reference in pictures the various and colorful tenants in the course of the building's history.
Get out and enjoy Pioneer Square. While you're out there, introduce yourself to someone new. That's what "neighborhood" is all about.

Karen Ture
Alley Progress

(Alley design team: MIG|SvR, Olson Kundig)
Work begins in May to resurface two Pioneer Square alleys. Pioneer Square's alleys are more walkable and inviting due to the collective efforts of art and lighting installation, resident stewardship, businesses opening and building fa├žade improvements. In 2013, the International Sustainability Institute received a Department of Neighborhoods matching grant to redesign two alleys with a surface design acceptable to the Preservation Board, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), utilities, residents and businesses. Before completing the design, ISI partnered with the Alliance and Seattle Chinatown International District Public Development Authority (SCIDPDA) to secure funding for three alleys - Canton Alley, Pioneer Passage and Nord Alley. Read More...
Pioneer Square Spring Clean has arrived! 
Join your neighbors, co-workers, and community partners in sprucing up Pioneer Square  this Saturday, May 7th, 8:30am-12:00pm! Breakfast snacks, coffee, tools, and t-shirts are provided.  All you need is a can-do attitude and be willing to get down in the weeds, literally.    
If you plan on bringing a team of volunteers from your business, apartment building, or community, please register at the link above and let Carl ( know so he can keep you grouped together.  

Join the neighborhoods below in celebrating their streetcar stops Thursdays this May, for FREE! 
  • Thursday, May 5th: Re-discover Pioneer Square for Cinco de Mayo and stick around for First Thursday ArtWalk, 6-8pm, to complete your evening out. 
  • Thursday, May 12th: Celebrate the First Hill Streetcar on Broadway at Capitol Hill's ArtWalk with special interactive performances, and visual arts installations from 6 - 9pm. 
  • Thursday, May 19th: Explore Chinatown-International District through it's first Happy Hour Food Walk! Bites from $2, $4 or $6 at participating restaurants 6-9pm. 
  • Thursday, May 26th: Join Swedish Medical and Seattle University's celebration of the Broadway & Marion stop with hotdogs, popsicles, live performances and more from 11:30-1pm. 
First Thursday  Art Walk | Cinco De Mayo

Photographed at Gallery 110

Mark your calendar! First Thursday Art Walk is May 5th! Treat your mom to an early Mother's Day weekend with an evening of arts and culture in historic Pioneer Square! Follow the event on Facebook to see what artists and exhibitions will be featured this month. Remember, t he neighborhood offers FREE PARKING , 5:00pm-10:00pm at participating garages  #1TParkFree. 
First Thursday Speaker Series at Milepost 31
Puget Sound's Mosquito Fleet: Washington's First Passenger Ferries
Thursday, May 5th,  6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
@ Milepost 31 , 211 First Ave. S., Seattle
 Admission is free.
When the first settlers arrived in the Puget Sound region, there were no busy highways or railroads to get around the heavily forested coastlines. The easiest way to transport goods and people was to travel by water on a swarm of steamships known as the "Mosquito Fleet." Join Joe Baar, a volunteer at the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, to discuss how this fleet of steamships transported nearly everyone and everything throughout Puget Sound and its many inlets and rivers. Joe Baar mostly assists with research inquiries. He dates his obsession with maritime matters to the 1950s, growing up on the beach south of the Fauntleroy ferry dock.

Milepost 31 is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and stays open until 8 p.m. on First Thursdays.

Help neighborhood visitors and your customers find low-rate parking by spreading the word about
  The 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. A great option over circling for parking or feeding the meter.

Email   to find out how to post this information to your business website.

Find It, Fix It!
Have you seen an issue in the neighborhood, but didn't know how to report it to get it taken care of? " Find It, Fix It" is a smartphone app offering mobile users one more way to report selected issues to the City of Seattle. Reporting an issue is as easy as snapping a photo with your smartphone, adding detailed information, and hitting submit.
Help us keep our neighborhood a clean and well maintained neighborhood. Be on the look out to report graffiti, potholes, abandoned cars and other issues through the 
Find it, Fix it app,   online or call 206-684-7587. 
If graffiti shows up on your property,  make a police report by calling 206-625-5011. 
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