🙏 Three times Seattle said 'Um, WHAT?' this year
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🙏 Three times Seattle said 'Um, WHAT?' this year


Every single time Seattleites turn out big for something we care about. Voter turnout was 👍 (here are our county stats!), you’re concerned and curious about big issues that matter to you (see: your homelessness questions and saving the Showbox concert venue), and regardless of where you stand on the issues, you’re getting active and taking risks to stand up for the people and communities you care about (#MeToo, March for Guns, Pearl Jam’s Home Shows).

The times where Seattleites have said, ‘Um, WHAT?’ together. Whatever your politics, this year in Seattle news has been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. But at least we could commiserate! Our infamous head tax on big businesses passed, then didn’t. Lots of locals scratched their heads when Seattle Times readers suggested we (unofficially) name our forthcoming National Hockey Team the Seattle Totems. And most of us groaned in unison after we (and the rest of the country) waited months for Amazon’s HQ2 announcement, only to find out that we’d all been played they’d open two new offices in New York and Virginia. 🙃

All the awesome local orgs we’ve worked with this year. Like the tireless workhorses at Impact Hub, the community builders at Foundation, the civic conveners at Seattle CityClub, the do-gooders at United Way of King County, and the badass storytellers at Ignite Seattle — to name just a few.

You and you and you and you. This is our 542nd newsletter and we’re sending it to more than 11,000 of you leaned-in locals. 🎉 Honestly, we just can’t thank you enough for the ways you’ve supported The Evergrey and what a friggin’ joy it is to build this thing with you. “After 30 years of living here, I learn new things about my city every day,” tweeted Peter Kretzman. “Depending on the story, it gives me both an honest and playful lens through which to view our changing city,” wrote reader Amy Lakhani. “It makes me feel connected to a community that cares about homelessness, the environment, art, and respect for people from all cultures.”

Our Evergrey super-fans. We’re thankful to all of you who help us make our city smarter and more engaged. One way that happens: when you bring your friends into our Evergrey fam. Thanks to our top Evergrey ambassadors Anne Martens, Katie Lynd, and Warren Etheredge, who’ve collectively gotten 147 of their peeps to subscribe to The Evergrey. 🙏

Everyone who’s joined us out in the city. Like our intrepid colleagues on The Evergrey Street Team, the volunteers who joined us to build tiny houses with the Low Income Housing Institute and serve our homeless neighbors with FareStart, the folks who’ve said hey around town at our Evergrey meetups, and everyone who’s tagged #theevergrey in your Instagram pics to help the rest of us live vicariously through your adventures.

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Today’s kudos comes from reader Chris T. He runs a community garden in his low-income senior housing building in Ballard, and wants to shout out donors Ken and Joel at Stoneway Hardware.

“In 2012, several residents were bemoaning not having a place to garden. It just happened that Tilth Alliance had a program called Just Garden that had $7,000 to give to a project. We had a really hard time getting the Seattle Housing Authority to approve it, but they did.

We got ADA height raised beds and they were such a hit that, in 2014, we wanted more raised beds and figured galvanized troughs would be better. So we got approval again, and with no questions asked, Ken, the owner of Stoneway Hardware gave us two 2’x2’x4’ troughs and ten bags of soil to fill it for low income/poverty seniors to grow, and give organic 🥗 to residents who cook so they can be healthier and self-reliant!

What amazes me is I’m sure we are not the only people asking Ken for donations. He has always — without any trouble, multiple calls, or resorting to “begging” posture — given to us. He gave us the bright spot to carry on! I love this guy. … This is a big heart who cares. We could use a lot more Kens in this world, and Stoneway Hardware.

Know someone local who’s made your day? Take a sec to tell us about ‘em here. Then make sure you join the hundreds of locals who’ve already RSVP’d to The Evergrey Turns Two on Nov. 29! That’s our big second birthday party, where we’ll also launch our Evergrey Giving Guide, made possible by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Partner Events

♥️   Wednesday Nov. 28: Fine tune your emotional intelligence at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)

🍸  Wednesday, Nov. 28: Listen to our mayor, Jenny Durkan, reflect on her first year in office at Seattle CityClub’s final Civic Cocktail of the year (Belltown)

🎉  Thursday, Nov. 29: Celebrate The Evergrey’s second birthday with food, drinks, activities, and loads of love for the 206. (Capitol Hill) — Don’t miss it!

👔  Thursday, Nov. 29: Look good and feel good at this Men’s Fashion Workshop with Foundation and Seattle Gents (Downtown)

💋  Tuesday, Dec. 4: Discuss how we romance in turbulent times at this Foundation event all about sex, relationships, and dating in 2018 (Capitol Hill) 🆕

Around Town

🎟  Go watch Annie at the 5th Avenue Theatre — through Dec. 30 (Downtown)
🎈  See Santa and lots of floats at the Macy’s Day parade (Downtown)
🍴  Grab a po’boy and sip sangria at Seattle’s social justice library (Beacon Hill)
🎈  Watch the big downtown Christmas trees light up (Downtown and Bellevue)
🎶  Rock out to this live tribute to The Last Waltz (University District)
🎈  Get dazzled at this giant holiday maze and market (SoDo)
🎈  Take the fam to decorate cookies at Pike Place (Downtown)
🎟  Get a little saucy at this holiday burlesque dinner show (Downtown) 🆕
👋  Wrap up your shopping by supporting black-owned businesses (All over) 🆕

👋  Take a deep breath at this forest therapy walk with fellow LGBTQ+ Seattleites (Montlake)
🎈  Shop small at this market and virtual reality pop-up (Beacon Hill)
🍴  Nibble on happy hour bites at this holiday food walk (International District)
💃  Dance it out to Britney Spears and your other fave pop hits (Capitol Hill)
👋  Find a gift for your favorite nerds at this geeky market — through Sunday (Sand Point)
🎈  Sip hot cocoa, nibble on doughnuts, and meet Santa (International District) 🆕
👋  Cross the bridge to support small businesses in the Junction (West Seattle) 🆕
🎈  Take the kids to hear stories about gratitude and support a book drive (Capitol Hill) 🆕

🎟  Embrace the supernatural at Twilight Zone LIVEthrough Dec. 15 (Belltown)
🎨  Get your holiday shopping done early at this Native arts fair (West Seattle)
🎟  Head to the theatre for a film noir-inspired holiday thriller — through Dec. 24 (Green Lake)
🎟  Catch the finale of the Seattle International Comedy Competition (Downtown) 🆕

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #theevergrey on Instagram. Learn what our emojis mean here, see more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with an Evergrey membership. Is an event sold out? Hit reply to let us know and we’ll update the listing in tomorrow’s newsletter.


For lots of us, the end of Thanksgiving is the kick-off to the winter holidays. But who needs big box stores when we have so many kick-ass local spots to shop? Check out a bunch of our local ways of celebrating Small Business Saturday, above. ⬆️

Want to gamify your shopping experience instead? Find the literal hidden gems around Beacon Hill businesses, and you could win a basket of local goodies.

Have a great weekend, Seattle. — The Evergrey

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