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Made in Seattle

In the sunshine, Mount Ranier stands impossibly tall to Seattle’s south and the Olympic mountain range hovers in the west passed the Puget Sound standing between the city and the Pacific Ocean. Hold on to the glimmer of the sun’s beams when they do come out and cascade the emerald city.

Seattle’s most famous and prevalent export is quite possibly Starbucks coffee. As the fastest-growing metropolis in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle and its surrounding area has bred great outdoor brands like R.E.I. and Filson. The city is also a Silicon Valley of the North with mega tech companies such as Microsoft, Nintendo and Amazon.  Oh, and did we mention Boeing got its start here?!

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Visiting the first Air Force One at Boeing’s Museum of Flight

Seattle may be plush with heavy hitters, but that doesn’t mean entrepreneurs and new artisans and artists aren’t paving their way. This is the hometown of Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain after all.  Check out some of the new, great exports from Seattlers.  

Hardmill

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Founded by two brothers in Seattle, this is a relatively new brand, but their projects have old school allure. They’re simple in design, elegantly crafted and play in leathers and waxed canvases. I particularly love their knife rolls and rugged aprons.

Hardmill.com

Westland Distillery

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It was whilst sipping an evening cocktail at Chop Shop in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, that we discovered Westland — the featured whiskey in our beverage. It has smooth and sharp flavor more akin to Scotch than the American bourbon. Get some. Drink it neat or put in your Manhattan.

WestlandDistillery.com

Baleen

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This jewelry shop was borne out of my favorite neighborhood in Seattle — Ballard. We love their modern, yet simple and delicate designs.

ShopBaleen.com

sub pop Records

Seattle grunge has been reborn and this Seattle-based record label which is about to hit 30, is responsible for some of the latest and greatest indie including Fleet Foxes, Beach House, The Postal Service, The Shins and Flight of the Conchords. Oh, and they were the first to sign Nirvana.

Subpop.com

Sur la table

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This kitchen mecca got its start on Pike Place. It’s not exactly a small retailer today as the second largest kitchen supplies store in the U.S. after William-Sonoma. You can easily get lost in here reimagining your culinary expertise and undertakings.

Surlatable.com