Associate Editor

Darren Davis is the editor of Habitat, Seattle Met’s design and architecture department, and the coeditor of fashion blog, Shop Talk. He’s also the books guy on Culture Fiend,  a frequent contributor to service features and the Mudroom, and the Seattle Met coffee-expert-in-residence.

A Southern California native, Darren received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. His essays on technology and video game culture appear online and in print across various journals and magazines. His tweets can be found at @_darrencdavis.

Surprise Highs

There's More Than One Way to Consume Marijuana. Many More.

Now that it’s legal, the marijuana marketplace is seeing all manner of new products surface. Here, 5 things to be on the lookout for around town.

02/20/2017 By Darren Davis

Meet The Money

Privateer Holdings Banks on Bud

The Seattle-based investment firm has money on ending prohibition.

02/20/2017 By Darren Davis

Guide to Cannabis

What's It Like to Be a Budtender?

Molly Brown has been with Uncle Ike’s since its first location opened in 2014. And in that time she’s seen it all: nervous first timers, old stoners, potential criminals. It’s been a wild ride working for the most visible pot shop in the city.

02/20/2017 By Darren Davis

Meet the Grower

Vashon Velvet Grows on Island Time

A self-taught green thumb proves there is no one right way to cultivate marijuana.

02/20/2017 By Darren Davis

Guide to Cannabis

A Taxonomy of Pot Shops, From Quiet Neighborhood Corners to Major Opulence

The grab 'n' go. The tech temple. The local shop. Buying weed has come a long way.

02/20/2017 By Darren Davis

Guide to Cannabis

First Time in a Marijuana Shop? Here's How to Read a Label

THC percentage. CBD levels. Hybrids. What does it all mean?

02/20/2017 By Darren Davis

Meet the Shop Owner

Dockside Serves Medical Patients Too—Though the Rules Have Changed

Going recreational didn’t stop Oscar Velasco-Schmitz from providing for those in medical need.

02/20/2017 By Darren Davis

Pot 101

The New Guide to Cannabis

The shops, strains, and personalities behind Seattle’s burgeoning industry.

02/20/2017 By Darren Davis

Bar Stool Dispatch

Watering Holes: Cursed Oak Keeps It Crafty and Approachable

A venerable temple of mixology it's not. But Belltown's newest cocktail bar is still a place to hang out whether or not you know anything about Chartreuse or barrel-aged manhattans.

02/01/2017 By Darren Davis

Habitat

Step into Stefan and Jennifer Frei’s Modern South Lake Union Loft

The Sounders goaltender and hero of the MLS Cup tours his minimalist digs.

01/26/2017 By Darren Davis

Best Italian Food

Carmine Smeraldo’s Rising Sons

After the local legend behind Il Terrazzo Carmine passed away, his young offspring suddenly shouldered the city’s most luxurious legacy of Italian dining.

01/26/2017 By Darren Davis

Cannabis Chronicles

Is Legal Weed In Jeopardy?

Chances are, Uncle Sam won’t be coming for your stash during Trump’s first 100 days. But the local cannabis industry is, like much of the country, holding its breath.

01/19/2017 By Darren Davis

Bar Stool Dispatch

Watering Holes: Elevated Sailor Fare at the Helm

The new addition to 36th Street in Fremont never strays too far from the sea. But don't call it another nautical bar.

01/17/2017 By Darren Davis

Bar Stool Dispatch

Watering Holes: Sully's Snowgoose Saloon Is Shelter in a Storm

It's cold outside. Forgo the blankets and Netflix for a night and warm your bones at Phinney Ridge's very own wintery cottage.

12/20/2016 By Darren Davis

Questions Answered

Seattle Therapist Anita Colombara Makes House Calls Around the Globe

The Seattle-based therapist uses videoconferencing to counsel expats working in the remote parts of the world.

12/20/2016 By Darren Davis

Habitat

How to Create an Entryway

Find a place for all that winter clutter, be it a grab-and-go drop zone or charming yet functional mudroom.

12/20/2016 By Darren Davis

Rat Pack

Seattle is Attempting to Evict Rats from Its Vacant Buildings

The new building code will make it harder for rodents to thrive in areas of urban redevelopment.

12/20/2016 By Darren Davis

Kick It

6 Places to Watch the MLS Cup

Unless you're flying to Toronto , the best place to watch the championship game is out with fellow Seattleites. Visit these bars to drink beer, incite chants, and scream at televisions.

12/07/2016 By Darren Davis

Habitat

How to Artfully Hang a TV

And keep your living room from turning into a sports bar.

11/25/2016 By Darren Davis

Around Town

What We're Eating Now: December 2016

This month’s favorites: Yes, we’re craving ice cream in December. Specifically, a host of new flavors so good they override winter’s chill.

11/22/2016 By Allecia Vermillion, Darren Davis, and Kathryn Robinson