Where: 4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle 98107; underneath Staple and Fancy, et al
What: The space is called The Cellar, and when I first saw it early this spring, it put me in the mind of The Sopranos. But only, if say, the mafia was actually a bunch of sopranos and baritones—like, operatic nobility. It feels like the historical hideout of some Prohibition-era character. The subterranean thing makes it wonderfully clandestine; the raw wood and worn-in industrial elements give it a natural warmth. Considering it’s spatial relationship to the ultracool restaurants above it, and the influential design businesses above them, the Cellar’s look and feel is no surprise.
By both necessity—it’s small, roughly the size of the average Seattle living room-plus-dining room "great room" area—and mood, The Cellar is a space for small, intimate gatherings. You could host one heck of a rehearsal dinner there, groomsmen could throw their groom a sophisticated celebration, or, if you’re one of the growing number of couples considering a small, inner circle-only wedding, the Cellar needs to be seen.
When: Monday, July 18 from 7 to 9. You must RSVP to elise @ urbanlightstudios.com or call 206-708-7281 to reserve your spot.
In a kind of two-for-one venue bonanza, you’re also invited to truck over to the one-of-a-kind celebration location Urban Light Studios after you see the Cellar. Bigger, quirkily cinematic, and quite unlike most other spaces in town, Urban Light is at 8537 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle. A champagne open house follows the one in Ballard from 8 to 10 on the 18th. I’m told you don’t need to RSVP to swing by the second half of the party.