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I get it. Starbucks is a big-box chain. There’s one on every corner. They aren’t ‘unique.’ Howard Shultz let the Sonics leave Seattle.

I understand all the arguments against Starbucks. And, I love me some mom-and-pop local shopping.

But here’s the deal — I also really like Starbucks. Sure, I’m not going get some ultra-inspiring experience at the green mermaid. But it offers a few things that make it invaluable in my world.

1. Free Internet
2. Consistency
3. Holiday Panini
4. Mobile Office
5. Free (or Cheap) Refills
6. Rewards Program
7. Dog-Friendly

Which Starbucks do I like the absolute best? The on Lake Union! Follow the link in my profile to find out why.

Are you a fellow Starbucks lover? What would you add to my list?

CAT LOVERS! THIS ONE IS FOR YOU!!!

Come enjoy a weekend celebration of everything cats! With 80+ vendors from all over the world, you'll find high quality and one of a kind meowchandise for cats and humans!

There, you will find all the cat-related products imaginable: art, apparel, cat toys, accessories, paper goods, food brands, and MUCH MORE! Attend some of the art workshops, cat workshops or presentations from educational and entertaining speakers and advocates. There will also be cat yoga, cat cafe, and an adoption lounge, face painting, art making and much more!

When: Saturday and Sunday, October 26th and 27th, 2019 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Address: 301 Mercer Street, Seattle, Washington 98109

Phone: 206-684-7200 

Don’t just dream about Side Hustle Doughnuts. Don’t just think you’ll visit someday. Set your alarm. Get yourself out of bed. And get yourself down to Georgetown. You won’t be disappointed. In my humble opinion, these are the best doughnuts in Seattle.

The annual Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival is a fun, annual community event that includes artists' booths, food, a kids area, beer & wine garden with music! Enjoy fireworks on Saturday night at the festival! There is fun to be had for all ages. Don't miss it! 

When: Friday, Sep 6th from 4:00 pm to Sunday, Sep 8th, 2019 at 11:00 am. 
Address: 4902 76th St SW, Mukilteo, WA ~ Phone: 425-353-5516 
Email: info@mukfest.com

Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival showcases a wide array of artisan and farmstead cheeses made in Washington. The festival exclusively features local cheesemakers and celebrates the terroir of Washington State. All the cheeses available at the festival are made with milk from animals that graze on local pasturelands and made by artisans who call Washington home. You are invited to meet the cheesemakers, learn about their products and philosophy, and sample some of the finest cheeses made in Washington. 

In addition to over 20 cheesemakers the festival will also feature artisan foods and beverages from local producers to pair with the cheeses. 

Admission is $40.00 per person and includes all cheese and food samples and 3 drink tickets. 

Beer and cider tastes are one drink ticket each; wine tastes are two drink tickets each.

The event is a benefit for the Washington State Cheesemakers Association (WASCA), a non-profit organization whose mission is to support Washington cheesemakers through education, promotion and collaboration. 21+ event only. 

Please note no one under the age of 21 will be admitted including babies and toddlers. Tickets are non-refundable.

When: Saturday, September 14, 1-5pm at Seattle Design Center
Address: 5701 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA - Phone:  206-728-1980
Email: sdcinfo@hines.com

Yes, you read that right!! - The Grilled Cheese Grand Prix is back for Seattle’s favorite festival celebrating bread, cheese and everything in between! 

This year’s festivities include a tasting garden paired with local cheese purveyors, food pairings and over 30 beverages from wine, cider to craft beer on tap! Plus over 20 food trucks cooking up the best grilled cheese inspired dishes in town! This event does allow for families to have access to the food trucks, but tasting garden is ticketed for 21+ only. Don't miss this fun and tasty event!

When: Saturday, September 14th, 2019 from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Address: South Lake Union, Seattle 98109 - Phone: 206-381-8552

Aloha! 

Come enjoy the 12th annual "LIVE ALOHA" Festival! Enjoy Hawaiian food, music, hula, keiki korner, workshops, ukulele and a lot of aloha! This free family-oriented cultural event is a great opportunity for everyone to experience the culture of Hawaii that is available to them right here in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. 

The Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival serves to promote, perpetuate and share the Hawaiian culture in the Pacific Northwest by enriching and strengthening the mainland Hawaiian community and celebrating the arts and culture of Hawaii. Enter the raffle and you could win one of their Hawaiian getaways! 

Bring your ohana and friends to Seattle Center for this FREE event! 

When: Sunday, September 8th, 2019 from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Address: 305 Harrison St, Seattle, Washington 98109

Email: info@seattlelivealohafestival.com

Come check out the 30th annual Bremerton Blackberry Festival! Enjoy a beer and wine garden, food vendors, live music and MORE!
This is a family friendly event that is FREE to attend! Food and drinks for purchase. Come enjoy a lovely day outside in the summer sun! 
When: Saturday, August 31st through Monday, September 2nd, 2019 at 10:00 am each day.

Phone: 360-377-3041 - Email: info@blackberryfestival.org
Address: Washington Ave, Bremerton, Washington 98337

Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival returns on Friday, August 30th at 11:00 am through Sunday, September 1st, 2019 til 11:00 pm at Seattle Center!

Come enjoy one of the most popular music festivals right here in the Pacific Northwest! Enjoy an incredible line up of the most popular bands including the Lumineers and Tyler the Creator. There will be plenty of food and merchandise vendors for you to shop from! Make a weekend out of it and enjoy your time visiting some of Seattle's greatest sights!

Address: 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA  - Phone: 206-684-720

Silky porters. Hoppy IPAs. Citrus loaded sours. Bend brewers know more than a thing or two about crafting exceptional microbrews. But as luck would have it, beer’s not the only tastebud satisfying game in town. Many a brewery and tap house are plating up savory treats that will rock your world (while also helping you stay sober enough for another round).

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