April 2008
Table of Contents
Cover Story
14 businesses go beyond the cubicle to reinvent the working world. (And better yet, they’re hiring!)
Features
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In 2004, a top Seattle gardener acquired one of the most breathtaking orchid specimens she had ever seen. But at the Volunteer Park Conservatory—a magnet for plant thieves—this orchid never stood a chance.
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Thanks to our area’s climate (and microclimates), we can be the gardeners we’ve always wanted to be. These three green thumbs created landscapes that spoke to their whimsical nature, their love of prized perennials, and their lasting memories of...
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Whether you go long, short, vivid, neutral, soft, or loud, it’s all about the dress this season.
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Actor Nick Garrison finds his own voice and discovers that life is a Cabaret.
SOMETIMES, IT TAKES A newcomer to alert us to a part of the city we might have taken for granted. We’ve grown accustomed to knowing Seattle inside and out. Just look at this issue’s many revelations: an inside look at the city’s hottest places to...
Letters to Seattle Met
The stinking rose sprouts a fresh look (and taste) for spring.
At How to Cook a Wolf, Ethan Stowell delivers simple plates, simply.
IT’S SIMPLY THE PERFECT restaurant for Capitol Hill. Tokyo-stylish yet genuinely open-armed to scruffies and families. Affordable yet culinarily stimulating. A drop-in laid-back dining room, filled with long cafeteria-like tables, alongside a...
THIS JOINT AT the northeast corner of 50th Street and the Ave bookends a strip of hole-in-the-wall student eateries, but with its high ceilings and windows it seems destined for grander things. Pam Jacob bridges these contradictions with...
THE SHOW MAY HAVE MOVED uptown—but the antique spiegeltent still shimmers like a jewel box, the divas still bring the house down, and the sold-out crowd still leaps to its feet with delirious approval at the final bow. It can only be Teatro...
PAUL WU MAY HAVE toured China for inspiration for the 45-foot, gilded archway straddling South King Street near Fifth Avenue South and unveiled this February to coincide with Chinese New Year, but Seattle’s latest landmark is all local. When the...
NBA rookie Kevin Durant needs to see more of Seattle—before it’s too late.
Questions for indie folk singer Jamie Spiess.
Actor Nick Garrison finds his own voice and discovers that life is a Cabaret.
Stop-Loss director Kimberly Peirce soldiers on with our returning men in uniform.
  Peter Kithene received a hero’s welcome November 15 from supporters of Mama Maria Kenya at its Third Annual Benefit Auction, which raised $106,000. The UW grad and 2007 CNN Hero founded the Seattle nonprofit to benefit health care in rural...
Let there be light: Shop for retro, rebuilt, and brand-new lighting designs.
1. Little girls’ RAIN BOOTS $25 at the Sneakery, 612 NW 65th St, Ballard, 206-297-1786; www.thesneakery.com. 2. Letterpress NOTE CARDS $12–$30 at Paper Source, 700 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, 425-646-0100; www.paper-source.com. 3. Men’s WATCH by...
Whether you go long, short, vivid, neutral, soft, or loud, it’s all about the dress this season.
See the secret side of the San Juans by sailboat.
How Seattle can cope with the international hops crisis.
With six wineries now on Bainbridge, a full day’s tasting is just a ferry ride away.
In 2004, a top Seattle gardener acquired one of the most breathtaking orchid specimens she had ever seen. But at the Volunteer Park Conservatory—a magnet for plant thieves—this orchid never stood a chance.
Thanks to our area’s climate (and microclimates), we can be the gardeners we’ve always wanted to be. These three green thumbs created landscapes that spoke to their whimsical nature, their love of prized perennials, and their lasting memories of...
A Madison Park family tosses aside its traditional roots to create a modern home that glows.
Sally Field has good bone structure.