Monthly Archives: February 2014

Escape to Skyn Salon In Pioneer Square

Skin and hair feeling drab after a long winter? Not to fret. Pioneer Square has a wide range of spas guaranteed to leave you with a healthy glow and fresh cut.

One of our favorite local spas is Skyn Salon offering a variety of services from facials to haircuts. From a welcoming atmosphere to friendly stylists, this salon is a Seattle favorite. Go ahead, take the day off, book an appointment, and give yourself the relaxation you deserve!

600 Western Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
b/t Columbia St & Yesler Way in Pioneer Square

Beautiful skin is deeper than we see from the outside. Nutrition, stress, and the environment all impact your skin. Shawna tailors her approach to each of her clients by first understanding their lifestyle and environment, then developing a personalized skin care program for maximum benefits. She emphasizes that care of the skin is a partnership between the client and the esthetician, with the best results coming from both treatment and client support.

What are locals saying?
Getting my hair done is an “experience”. It consists of the booking process, the salon accommodations, the stylist interaction, and the haircut that lasts for weeks. I just had an amazing, new experience with Shain at Skyn Salon.

I was able to book online and get the appointment I wanted on a busy Saturday afternoon. I marked it on my calendar, but appreciated the automatic email reminder that I got the day before my appointment.

I arrived at the salon for the first time and was impressed with the hip, yet inviting layout. There were a ton of windows with lots of natural light coming in to make it very appealing. Shain promptly greeted me at the door and was ready for my appointment.

Shain was (is) amazing. I was really impressed on how he listened to what I wanted and was able to translate my vision into a cut I loved. I enjoyed the conversation and the relaxing nature of my visit.

Of course, the true test of a good haircut is if I can style it as good as the professional. Shain gave me a cut and style that even I can do!!

So, my “experience” with Shain was good before I got there, great when I was in the chair and still going strong with a cut I love. I’m looking forward to many, return experiences with Shain!! via Jackie C.

Have you been to Skyn Salon? What did you think of the experience? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

Craft Beer In Pioneer Square – Collins Pub

Pioneer Square is home to so many delectable bars and restaurants – we have a hard time choosing a favorite! From Indian to Mexican cuisine, the world is at your fingertips right when you walk out of the front door at Stadium Place.

If you are looking for a British pub experience, we recommend heading down to our friends at Collins Pub. This local favorite offers a delicious menu along with a huge assortment of local, imported, and craft beers.

At Collins Pub, you’ll find a menu that is always offering something exciting. Great brews are always on rotation and the friendly atmosphere makes for a perfect night out with friends and colleagues.


526 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

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Photo Via Russell L.

Collins Pub has been open since 2003 and has quickly become a neighborhood favorite for those that live and work in the Pioneer Square area. Our focus is on freshly prepared food made with the best possible ingredients, an excellent selection of Northwest beer and wine as well as a thoughtful selection of the fine spirits, all served up in our sleek, inviting dining room. Chef Nicole Burrows has the neighborhood talking with her excellent house cut fish and chips, Dungeness crab sandwich and pan roasted halibut with wilted pea vines – just to mention a few.

What Are Locals Saying?

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Collins is a great place to drop by for a drink and/or a meal. The look is kind of classy in a dark wood sort of way, but comfortable at the same time. Perfect for on your way to the theater or on your way home from work. If you work anywhere between Pioneer Square and King St. Station it’s a nice option for lunch. The waitstaff is always quick, courteous and professional.

If you need (or just want) a great selection of beers, Collins is a good as it gets on the southern end of downtown Seattle. There is always a great selection of both taps and bottles. If you’re looking for the great beer bars in Seattle, Collins has to be on your list. via Bob Z.

Have you been to Collins Pub? Head on down now – It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory – Your Valentine’s Day Gift Awaits

The countdown is on – Valentine’s Day is almost here! Looking for a last minute gift? Look no further than Pioneer Square for a variety of thoughtful gifts and sweet treats. Whether you are looking to surprise your date with flowers or a night out on the town you will find everything right here in our Pioneer Square backyard.

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Trying to please a date with a sweet tooth? We recommend stopping by our friends at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. From ice cream to caramel apples here you will find a plethora of mouth watering treats. Pick up a box of truffles and some peanut brittle and your date will be smiling in no time. The treats at this local hotspot fail to disappoint and we can’t get enough!

99 Yesler Way
(between Post Ave & 1st Ave)
Seattle, WA 98104


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Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is the number one destination of chocolate lovers everywhere. Throughout our store you will discover a fantastic variety of yummy chocolates and confections to satisfy cravings of even the most ardent chocoholic! Watch as we dip crisp apples in thick, bubbling caramel from a traditional copper kettle. Smile as we roll them in a rainbow of tasty toppings to complete your old fashioned treat. Linger awhile longer and learn how fudge is made as we fashion a creamy loaf on a traditional marble slab, the old fashioned way, right before your eyes. And of course, everyone gets a free sample! But don’t leave without sharing your experience with a gift of fine chocolate, elegantly crafted and beautifully packaged in boxes, tins and baskets. We invite you to explore our site for product information, special offers or news and events. And when you’re ready, give us a call or stop in. We’ll keep the kettle cooking for you!

What Are Locals Saying?
Yummm! I popped in here after the Underground tour because while I was walking I saw the wealth of outrageous and different caramel apples in the window. They had soo many different varieties including different nuts, candies, chocolates, coconut flakes, combinations, and plain ones..

The first day I went, I got my 10% off with my wristband from the underground tour, and my boyfriend and I split a cookies and cream caramel apple. It was caramel, white chocolate, and crushed oreos. It was so amazing. The second time we went, we split a “rocky road” which was white and dark chocolate, caramel, and marshmallows. O my goodness. Amazing. via Jessica W.

Have you been to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory? What was your favorite treat?

Sweet Treats On Capitol Hill – The Confectional

Capitol Hill is full of delicious bakeries, ice cream parlors, and restaurants with sweet confections. This Valentine’s Day, pick up a sweet treat at The Confectional. The Confectional offers one of a kind, rich and creamy cheesecakes that are sure to give you that weak-in-the-knees feeling!

At The Confectional, we confess our love for cheesecake. We’re a boutique bakery, offering exquisite, sinfully dense, baked cheesecakes and cheesecake truffles, made with Guittard chocolate and a hint of passion. 

Photo Via Rowena D.

618 Broadway E
(between Mercer St & Roy St)
Seattle, WA 98102

The Confectional is a Capitol Hill and Pike Place Market gem renowned for its friendly staff and delicious tiny cheescakes.  Pick one up for your sweetheart (and yourself) and prepare to be amazed!

Photo Via Sarah G.

What Are Locals Saying? 

This is one of my special places. Just thinking about a visit to the Confectional makes me vibrate with excitement–you never know what new flavor delight you might find once you step inside! Get more than one and share it with someone you love! Take home a few truffles too. Feel smug because your treats are not only tasty, they’re made with healthy ingredients (well, relatively healthy–the folks at The Confectional are picky about their ingredients, which I really appreciate). 

I haven’t tried the beverages yet, but given the quality of the desserts, I’m confident they’ll be good. That will be a treat for another day.

Have you been? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!