Business Spotlights

  • Business Spotlight: Illumination Learning Studio

    Business Spotlight: Illumination Learning Studio

    Meet the Pipers, the family behind Illumination Learning Studio, and learn about how they got started, what they are up to today, and how they are involved in the community. ...

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  • Business Spotlight: Darci Gillespie, Realtor

    Business Spotlight: Darci Gillespie, Realtor

    With seemingly as many realtors are there are houses on the market, how does one make an informed choice on who to trust with what will likely be the biggest financial decision of their life?  One of the most popular ways to establish this relationship is by personal referral, which is how local agent and resident Darci Gillespie gets nearly all of her new clients.  Her mantra is simple: provide consistent, excellent service to everyone....

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  • Business Spotlight: The Grinning Yogi

    Business Spotlight: The Grinning Yogi

    With so many places to exercise and practice yoga in Seattle, how do you differentiate and find the place that fits you?  One option that is nestled into our wonderful Phinney-Greenwood community is The Grinning Yogi. The Grinning Yogi was founded by Jamie Silverstein in 2012 with a simple mission: “to celebrate you, as you are, today”.  Fed up with the marketing of 'not enough' so rampant in the fitness world, Jamie espouses the power of acceptance, compassion and self-love. ...

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  • Business Spotlight: City Cycle

    Business Spotlight: City Cycle

    By Chris Maykut. Have you noticed the new businesses in the Janus building across from Fred Meyers Greenwood?  One of them is City Cycle, a community-driven studio that is dedicated to being fun and inclusive. Biking studios have popped up around the city in recent years, and many are dedicated to achievement and urgency.  Quite frankly, the ones that I have attended haven’t captivated me with this model, but in City Cycle we all have a resource for fitness without judgement or worries about performance....

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  • Business Spotlight: Ardor Creative Media

    Business Spotlight: Ardor Creative Media

    Executive Director for this nonprofit for film and filmmakers, Amanda Drewniak says, “I love what I do. I love filming, and I love putting the film community together.” She hosts screenings of local films, produces films, and makes films herself. ...

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  • Business Spotlight: Bellydancersize with Zaphara

    Business Spotlight: Bellydancersize with Zaphara

    Fresh Flours opened in 2005, after founders Etsuko and Keiji moved to Seattle from the East Coast to fulfill their dream of starting a bakery that combined Japanese flavors with European techniques. The bakery and coffee shop has flourished and now has four locations around Seattle, including the Phinney Ridge location....

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  • Business Spotlight: Fresh Flours

    Business Spotlight: Fresh Flours

    Fresh Flours opened in 2005, after founders Etsuko and Keiji moved to Seattle from the East Coast to fulfill their dream of starting a bakery that combined Japanese flavors with European techniques. The bakery and coffee shop has flourished and now has four locations around Seattle, including the Phinney Ridge location....

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  • Business Spotlight: Emerald City Karate

    Business Spotlight: Emerald City Karate

    Tobey Stansbury believes that studying Karate since age 7 cured his childhood stutter, changing his life forever.  He is dedicated to teaching so he can share the transformative power of Karate with others. ...

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  • Business Spotlight: Sound Seismic

    Business Spotlight: Sound Seismic

    Sound Seismic was born as an idea in the heart of Phinney. Leif Jackson and his brother Erik were working for a contractor, and Erik was assigned to work on an earthquake retrofit project. Erik went to one of Roger Faris’ Earthquake Home Retrofit classes at the PNA, and the class completely changed his view […]...

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  • Business Spotlight: Strategic Living

    Business Spotlight: Strategic Living

    Joanne Factor teaches Self-Defense 101 for Women, a 6-week progressive skill-building class that helps students learn how to set boundaries, identify red flags in others’ behavior, and defend themselves physically if needed. Joanne has 25 years of Karate training with Feminist Karate Union, where she began to learn not only physical fighting skills but also […]...

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