The essence of Capitol Hill–based Fruitsuper Design, founded in 2008 by married product developers Joe Kent and Sallyann Corn, is in its name, which is a play on the proprietors’ last names: Corn is technically a fruit, and Kent is, of course, Superman’s alias. That quirky approach runs throughout Fruitsuper’s diverse lineup, which includes flexible statement jewelry, an outdoor lawn game, and this rollup picnic blanket, designed with durable, waterproof materials and an integrated shoulder strap perfect for spontaneous sun breaks. $98, fruitsuperdesign.com 


Jeff Reicher, P. T. Caso, and Matthew Frank are longtime friends and inventors, and for 10 years they’ve been dreaming up fanciful kitchen products like animal-shaped ice-cream-sandwich molds and easy-reach turkey basters through their Eastlake-based company Tovolo. The trio’s SteadySticks have stainless steel stakes, which can be firmly inserted into park lawns or sandy beaches, giving picnickers a safe place to set wineglasses between sips. $11–$14, tovolo.com



Dreamy duo We Are Loud Whispers isn’t exactly a traditional band: Sonya Westcott and Ayumu Haitani wrote and recorded their just-released debut LP Suchness from opposite sides of the Pacific. In fact, Seattle-based Westcott hasn’t even seen Haitani, who lives in Japan, since 2007. The album was compiled as Haitani emailed his otherworldly instrumentals to Westcott, who would then pen and record each track’s wistful lyrics. And while the whole process seems disjointed and detached, the result is surprisingly organic. Suchness’s soft, airy new wave melodies make it a summer soundtrack on par with the Postal Service’s Give Up—fitting since that album was assembled the same way. $10–$13, hardlyart.com/weareloudwhispers.html

Husband-and-wife team Will Lemke and Vanessa Resler launched their dairy-free ice pop business Six Strawberries—Seattle’s first licensed bicycle-powered food cart—in early summer 2012. Inspired by Resler’s lifetime love of frozen treats and a long conversation with her cousin Alex, who was sick with a heart condition, they started dreaming up flavors. Alex passed away shortly after, but the couple honors him with every pop they make. Find them peddling six-plus rotating flavors, including strawberry rhubarb Pie and Blueberry Lemonade around South Lake Union all summer or at select neighborhood farmers markets. $3 each, sixstrawberries.com

 

An early adopter of the barefoot running movement, Seattleite Ted McDonald founded Luna Sandals in the spring of 2006 after learning the art of creating traditional Mexican huarache sandals out of recycled tires. McDonald’s minimalist design uses sustainable materials and manufacturing practices but is made to stand up to 100-mile ultra-marathons and hikes through brutal terrain—or, you know, just strolling around the city. You can make your own footwear with a DIY sandal kit starting at $25, or just spring for Luna’s most popular Mono sandal for $75. lunasandals.com

In early 2013 Erin Duncan packed up her husband, two dogs, and handmade craft business, Wren Bird Arts, and left Denver for Seattle and its lush environment and vibrant art scene. The former real estate agent used to use sewing and embroidery as a way to destress from work, but her personalized handkerchiefs and hand-sewn purses have since carried over into a full-time job. For quick picnics Wren Bird’s portable place mats feature pockets for utensils and a Velcro strap to keep forks and spoons in place. $16, wrenbirdarts.etsy.com


Published: June 2013

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