This was definitely a tough choice as we adored all of the furry faces, but we just couldn’t resist the looks we were getting from Bruno and Bacon: Are you staring at us or the view behind us? Their humans must be so proud! You may recognize their humans, Bini and Claudine from Evening Magazine…you can spot Bruno and Bacon too!
Bruno and Bacon with their humans Bini and Claudine.
Bruno and Bacon were not as excited as their humans were about their prize!
Wonton & Co., the cool cats living in our sister property The Lyric received the most votes earning the first place prize. Second and third place went to The Century residents Pipo and Oscar. This year the judges had no choice but to award fourth place as well, Enzo from the Corydon was too darn cute!
Wonton & Co.
We want to thank everyone who participated in Pillar Loves Pets for sharing your furry friends with us.
We loved seeing your pets making themselves at home. Until next year!
Fourth of July is almost here and what better way to celebrate Independence day than with a barbecue! Which is why we asked the experts in meats and grilling from around our Pioneer Square to share with us (and you!) everything they know so we can become experts in grilling, too!
Step one: Where to get your meat
To get the best meat for grilling, skip the grocery store and go straight to the butcher. We visited the best butcher shop in Pioneer Square to get an inside scoop on the best meat to grill. But what Joe Harper, an expert butcher at Rainshadow Meats shared is much more than just meat, but also how to prepare and cook it right.
At Rainshadow Meats, they care where their product comes from, which is why they only choose local, small farm, 100% grass-fed meat so you can get the best quality. For Joe, choosing the best cuts depends on what you’re going to do with it, because there are really no bad cuts.
Are you making a salad? They have the perfect flat iron skirt steak for it.
Do you want a show stopper? Joe suggested their big, bone-in, rib eye steak.
Looking for something with a marinade? Joe’s go-to is a sirloin flap because it holds the marinade really well.
Making Kebabs? Shoulder pieces are the best for this. Top sirloin is your best option to keep some tenderness.
Joe explained sometimes the tastiest steak can be simplest to make. By sprinkling salt and pepper and cooking right you can make a mouthwatering steak with little effort. Cooking it right is the tricky part, he says you should first and foremost make the thermometer your best friend. Trying to get the perfect medium-rare steak? Cook it until it reaches 115-120 degrees Fahrenheit then take it off the grill to rest. Joe’s rule of thumb is to let it rest half the total cooking time.
Step two: Know the grilling basics
Turn the grill on several minutes before you want to begin grilling. You want the grill nice and hot for when you begin.
Grab a paper towel and soak it in oil, grab it with tongs and rub it over the rack to avoid the meat from sticking to the grill.
Pat your meat dry with a paper towel before you place it on the grill to get the perfect sear.
Grill pans are great for giving the smoky flavor to vegetables and fruits without them falling through the rack.
Step three: Recipes
You have your meat and basic grilling tips, all you need now is a few recipes for your meat to make your BBQ perfect. Here are five of our favorites.
They were as excited as we were to have them raise it. We are thrilled to have had the opportunity of sharing this incredible moment with our residents. Thank you Ben and Elliott for being part of the Stadium Place family.
Pillar Loves Pets is slowly winding down, but not before we had a chance to host an all-about-pets event for our residents! The adorable pets of The Nolo and The Wave were the center of attention at our Yappy Hour and they knew it too! They took every opportunity to be loved, spoiled and fed ridiculous amounts of treats!
Anticipation was high for both residents and pets. One even tweeted us as her two dogs were patiently waiting for the clock to hit 6 p.m. to kick off our event! Can you almost hear them saying “when do we get to go play?”
We partnered with David, owner of Pioneer Pet Feed and Supply to bring a variety of natural and tasty treats for the pups. He also prepared some amazing giveaways and a chance to spin the wheel to win goodie bags with all kinds of treats and pet food. To top it all off, Evangers, one of David’s suppliers, donated and raffled off a year’s worth of pet food for a lucky dog or cat!
It was such a lovely afternoon, you could feel the excitement and playfulness of every pet and owner there. The pets got a chance to roll around, jump on and play with other furry friends! While their owners got a chance to savor wine and appetizers, and be entertained by watching their dogs enjoy themselves.
These dogs got in some much deserved play time.
So what’s next for Pillar Loves Pets? Our photo contest is still in full swing! There are lots of adorable entries, and now we are onto the voting round . If you entered the contest, this is the time for your cat or dog (or hedgehog – someone actually entered a photo of their hedgehog!) to shine and you can help them by inviting your friends, family and neighbors to vote for your pet’s photo until July 10.
Even if you don’t have a pet in the contest, you can still help us pick the best pet photo by scrolling through the entries to vote for your favorite one! Plus, we hear that looking a cute pet photos can increase your productivity. So what are you waiting for? Time to get voting!
It’s Spring clean time! Or at least it was a couple of weekends ago in Pioneer Square. Something we absolutely love here at Stadium Place is being part of our neighborhood, whether that’s by partnering with local businesses, promoting local vendors or joining a good cause in the neighborhood. Which is why when we heard that Alliance for Pioneer Square was putting on their annual Pioneer Square Spring Clean, our team could not pass up the opportunity to roll up our sleeves and help out again this year!
Spring Clean Volunteers May 2015
We joined our neighbors, community leaders, and other business owners and gathered bright and early at Occidental Park to help make our neighborhood an even more beautiful place to live.
Brittany, Zenani and Sydney ready to clean!
Our team got their hands dirty weeding, pickup up garbage and painting out graffiti. It’s not glamorous work but it was lots of fun to be out with our neighbors making our community beautiful!
We love Cinco de Mayo in Seattle! That means all the great Mexican joints nearby have food and drink specials. So if you are still trying to decide, here is our favorite and what they have to offer this Cinco de Mayo:
One of our absolute favorite Mexican restaurants. The best part is, they have Cinco de Mayo food and drink specials starting at 3 p.m., including $4 ceviche, $3 tacos and $6 tap margaritas!
Source: Casco Antiguo website.
But if you’ve decided that the rainy weather we have today in Seattle isn’t your ideal Cinco de Mayo day to go out, you can always do your own fiesta at home! Invite a couple of friends and tell your roommate to get ready because your place is going to host an epic Cinco de Mayo FIESTA and we’ll help make sure that happens.
We have the best Cinco de Mayo food and drink recipes to help you throw an unforgettable party.
It all starts with the food…
Best EVER pork tacos. These pork meat is so flavorful you will not have leftovers. Get the recipe here. Local tip: get the pork meat from Rainshadow Meats.
The SIMPLEST oven-roasted chicken fajitas. All the traditional ingredients put together in a pan in the oven and voila! Delicious fajitas with minimal work—perfect for an impromptu fiesta. Get the recipe here.
Source: Rachel Schultz
Cheesy Chicken Flautas. A quick and easy flautas recipe that everyone will love! Because who can resist cheesy chicken wrapped in a tortilla?! Get the recipe here.
Source: Jo Cooks
Healthy Choice. If you’re going for more of a healthy snack kind of vibe for your get together, then try some of these 5 healthy Cinco de Mayo snacks.
And while you wait for the food to cook, don’t forget to sip on some of these Mexican beverages.
Best Margarita Recipe. If you like the classics, then we have the perfect margarita for you. Get the recipe here.
Mexican beer and soda. Try Sol, Corona or Dos equis for your beer and don’t forget the Coke or Sprite in glass bottles straight from Mexico!
Tequila. We can’t forget about the tequila! The good thing about REALLY good tequila is that you don’t need lime or salt. Try Espolon Blanco, Milagro, Don Julio Real or Centenario, but there are many other good ones.
We hate to brag but we think the people who work at Stadium Place are pretty cool. That’s why we never shy away from showcasing our team. They’re the reason that Stadium Place is such a special place to live because they do all they can to provide residents with a quietly awesome experience. While you may know them while they are on the job, we thought it would be fun for you to get to know a little more about what makes them tick.
We will introduce you to a member of our team and ask them a thought provoking question so you can learn more about the people you see every day.
This time, we present Eli DeBerry from our team at The Wave. Eli is a smart, charismatic and funny guy who joined us last fall during The Wave’s lease-up. He brings a lot to our team, has shown his incredible potential and continues to excel at everything he does day after day. And so without further ado, here’s what we asked Eli and his answer.
Our question: If you could fly anywhere, where would you go first and why?
His answer: Philippines.
Eli would love to get in touch with his roots in the Philippines and see where everything started for his family. Eli’s grandmother grew up in the Philippines and he would love to have the opportunity to see where his grandma grew up, see the culture, and experience what she must have experienced growing up. He also still has extended family in the Philippines that he has not had the chance to meet yet, and would love to be able to.
A very exciting factor for Eli to be able to fly on his own is that he would be able to skip the commercial flight and go straight to his destiny. He also shared that he would be thrilled to be able to avoid the customs lines and have an easier, better and much more exciting way to travel.
That’s his answer, but what’s yours? We would love to hear where YOU would like to go if you could fly. Please share in the comments and if you have any questions you would like to ask our team, please let us know.
Dani Cone, part owner of Cone and Steiner, also established High 5 Pies and brings to Cone and Steiner her delicious pies. Using her Grandma Molly’s pie crust recipe, High 5 Pie has a wide variety of some of the best pies in our neighborhood, and they are right in our building!
They’ve got sweet and savory pies alike, but they don’t limit it to regular 9 inch pies, they also offer a wide variety of pie options:
Courtesy of High 5 Pie
Courtesy of High 5 Pies
Mini Pies and much more!
Courtesy of High 5 Pies
And our absolute favorite is Almond Cherry Pie!
Courtesy of High 5 Pie
Stop by Cone and Steiner for some of this delicious pie, you can thank us later!
St. Patrick’s Day is always a very festive day around Puget Sound. Everyone wants to get their green on with parades, bar crawls and of course, beer!
Looking for your best option for celebrating? We’ve got ya covered!
Lucky 2015: The biggest Spring Festival is right next door! Filled with St. Patrick’s décor, visited by magical creatures and celebrated with a little luck of the Irish—it is the luckiest adventure of the year!
Full details here.
Our teams are constantly focused on customer service at Pillar Properties. Its the cornerstone of our mission – to provide what we call a ‘quietly awesome’ experience for our residents. That means our teams work diligently behind the scenes to make sure the experience inside our properties matches residents lifestyles, needs and expectations. Being quietly awesome is a focus for everything we do and it is the guiding light of our customer service team.
That’s why we are especially proud to receive the SatisFacts 2014 National Resident Satisfaction Award for 2014. SatisFacts is a national company that works with more than a million apartment dwellers annually to gauge their experiences. We are thrilled that of the nearly 300 property management companies across the country, Pillar Properties is ranked in the top three!*
“Seeing Pillar Properties recognized with this award is exceptional but I can humbly say I am not surprised,” said Billy Pettit, senior vice president for Pillar Properties. “This all comes back to the teams at each of our properties – The Lyric, The Wave and The Nolo at Stadium Place, The Century, The Corydon and The 101. They are deeply committed to making our properties a special place to live and they are clearly succeeding.”
SatisFacts surveys all residents annually and again anytime a resident moves in, has a maintenance request or moves out. Based on those surveys, Pillar Properties also received an Exceptional Company Award (score of 4.5 or higher of 5.0) for resident satisfaction. You can see the awards and rankings here.
“This awards shows us that our teams are responding to our resident’s needs and that’s what truly matters to us. We focus every day on ensuring that our property teams are quick to address any issues that arise for our residents. That’s what makes Pillar Properties different from other property owners and that’s what being quietly awesome is all about,” said Pettit.
SatisFacts is the apartment industry retention and reputation management authority, working with hundreds of management companies and more than a million apartment units nationally. You can learn more about the company here.
* Of companies with less than 2,000 apartment units