Category Archives: Holidays

Reservation for two! Valentine’s Day in Seattle

Love is in the air and what better way to treat your Valentine than with a romantic dinner tailored just for the occasion.  Many of our favorite neighborhood spots have created special menus for the holiday or are offering Valentine’s Day specials. Take your date on a festive stroll to share one of these featured meals and a truly lovely evening.

…and don’t forget to make reservations, the sooner the better!

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Girin 

Contemporary Korean

Two Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe menus, $60/person or $80/person

Radici

Italian

Extended hours, special Valentine’s Day menu

The London Plane

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American

Brunch throughout Valentine’s Day weekend, special Valentine’s Day dinner menu on Saturday 13

Pizzeria Gabbiano 

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Four course St. Valentinos dinner menu on Saturday, February 13, $58/person 

IL Corvo

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Italian

Prix Fixe four course treasures of the sea menu, February 14th, $60/person

Intermezzo Carmine

Bar

Optional prix fixe menu

BOKA Restaurant + Bar

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Contemporary American

Exclusive Valentine’s Day menu featuring Butter Poached Lobster with creamy potato risotto 

Goldfinch Tavern at Four Seasons Seattle

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Prix Fixe four course menu and wine pairing, $95/person

Hard Rock Café

American

Source: OpenTable

Source: OpenTable

Special Valentine’s menu, two for $80 

Sazerac 

American

Three course meal created by Executive Chef

Trace

Contemporary American

Prix Fixe three course menu available February 12 and 13, $70++/person

Honoring the Best of the Best!

Our team members are the heart of Pillar Properties and each year we honor those who have achieved remarkable success.  The E.P.I.C. Award, which stands for Excellence, Passion, Innovation and Commitment, is given annually to one person who is truly exceptional in all areas…which is extremely difficult with a team as talented as the one we have. Congratulations to Nicole Kellogg who was named the E.P.I.C. Award winner for 2015. As part of the award,  Nicole receives a generous cash prize, a trip to the annual NAA Conference and the opportunity to choose an organization that we will all support as part of our Pillar Passions program in 2016.

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Nicole Kellogg accepting her award at our annual holiday party.

Nicole was honored with the E.P.I.C Award for her accomplishments this year at Stadium Place. As Assistant Property Manager Nicole has been a leader at the property and has received tremendous recognition by fellow team members throughout the company. She is focused on the success of her property and her customer service skills are beyond compare. She was the winner of the WMFHA Emerald Award for Assistant Property Manager of the Year and she has the chance to win two years in a row as she is a finalist again this year.

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Eli DeBerry and Diana Norbury at the holiday party.

The Pillar Properties Quietly Awesome Award is given annually to one team member from the Operations team, Maintenance team and the Seattle Office.  Eli DeBerry accepted the Quietly Awesome Award for the operations team from Diana Norbury, Vice President of Multifamily Operations. Eli is recognized for his work at Stadium Place where he lives and breathes customer service. Eli is frequently mentioned in online reviews from prospects and residents who are impressed with his efforts on their behalf. Eli is also a finalist for Leasing Consultant of the Year in the Emeralds Awards this year.

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Tyer Patton accepting his award from Scott Haines.

Tyer Patton was presented with the Quietly Awesome Award for maintenance by Scott Haines, Vice President of Construction and Plant Operations. Tyler has been at Stadium Place as Maintenance Supervisor since before it opened and does an excellent job in leading his team to provide a superior level of customer service. No matter what the circumstances, Tyler and his team step up and solve any and all problems that come their way. Tyler is also a finalist for Maintenance Supervisor of the Year in the Emerald Awards this year.

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The award winners celebrating their accomplishments at the Pillar Properties holiday party!

Congratulations to all our award winners this year!

‘Tis the Season at Stadium Place

It’s the season of giving and as a long time Northwest company, Pillar Properties is committed to giving back to the community.  As part of our Pillar Passions program, we select a local organization to support each quarter. 

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 We just wrapped up our efforts for Toys for Tots and the results were spectacular.

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Each of our properties and the team at the Seattle office put together a huge effort to help ensure that children in need were supported this holiday season. We also received donations from outside companies since our properties were official drop off locations for Toys for Tots.

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Our total donation for Toys for Tots this year comes to $40,000 in toys and cash.  We think that is an incredible effort and a ridiculously large donation given the size of our company.  Thank you to all of the residents and team members who helped make this effort successful!

DSC_2319[1] (2)To continue with the spirit of giving, we made sure to give our residents a time to come together and celebrate the holidays with friends and neighbors! Stadium Place hosted a festive Holiday Brunch to spread the holiday cheer. The Stadium Place team woke up bright and early to cook a homemade smorgasbord of breakfast favorites and fresh Top Pot Seahawks doughnuts.

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The Marine’s from the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation joined us to raise our 12th Man Flag before the hawks game…even Santa made an appearance! Residents and team members brought generous Toys for Tots donations and enjoyed taking their pictures with the Marines. We were thrilled that the Marines left with full bellies and boxes of toys! At the end we raffled off prizes for all who participated…including a Seahawks autographed football and helmet! It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

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Helpful Hints for the Holidays

‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be stressed out! The holidays need to be a time for family and a time for giving…not just for giving you a headache.

Here are a few helpful hints to get you through this holiday season, well…at least get you through the stressful parts, hopefully after reading this you will be able to sit back and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!

If you’re going to a Holiday Party

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Gifts for the Holiday Hostess

3 Fresh Ideas for Host/Hostess Gifts

7 Ways to be the Perfect Party Guest

If you’re hosting a Holiday Party…

Holiday Hosting Short Cuts

Holiday Hosting Hack: two-ingredient recipes

13 Holiday Punch Recipes

Crockpot Cocktails for cold weather

If you’re hosting guests…

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How to Host Without a Guest Room

Holiday Hosting: Guest Room Must-Haves

How to Prepare for Out-of-Town Guests

The One Thing Your Holiday Houseguests Won’t Tell You

10 Pre-Holiday Cleaning Tips and Tricks

If you’re drawing a gift giving blank…

Everyone on Your Holiday List

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Favorites for Seattle Food Lovers

If you’re not trying to  pack on the traditional holiday pounds…

50 Holiday Recipes You Won’t Regret in January

We asked Property Manager Sarah for a helpful holiday preparation hint:

Sarah (1 of 1)Sarah said holiday preparation should be fun! If you find yourself getting stressed, take a mental break. Sarah suggests taking a stroll to Delicatus for a deliciously comforting sandwich, save your cooking for the holiday parties!

 

Giving Back this Holiday Season

What better way to celebrate the holiday season than giving back? As a locally-owned private family company, we are committed to doing our part to make our community a better place. So, we joined with Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to help ensure every child has something to unwrap this Holiday season.
This past Sunday, to wrap up our toy drive, we invited our residents for a pre-game holiday brunch. We cooked up a full menu including gourmet coffee, a waffle bar, mimosas and much more. We also invited not only our residents, but former Seahawks player, Joe Tafoya, and the Marines from Toys for Tots to help us collect toys.

Photo Credit to Grace Kim- www.ghkim.com

Photo Credit to Grace Kim – www.ghkim.com

Mimosas and More

With our new raise the flag tradition, we invited Joe Tafoya and the Marines from Toys for Tots to help us raise the 12 flag from the rooftop deck at The Wave shortly before the Seahawks’ game against the 49ers kicked off.

We wanted to thank our residents for their amazing contributions, as we were able to collect over ten bins full of toys to donate to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

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Get Your Home in the Holiday Spirit

It’s that time of year again! Fa la la la la, la la la la!

Is your home known for being decorative or dark? Do your neighbors wait eagerly each year for your new garlands, lights, and wreaths, or shake their heads? Well get ready to impress everyone this holiday season with some easy and creative DIY projects. Here are our favorite picks to help get you and your Stadium Place apartment in the holiday spirit:

For your tree: HGTV
If you’re celebrating Christmas, you’ll love these creative and quirky themes. Try something new this year by building your tree out of books or wooden logs.

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For your wreath: Nesting Place
Explore this huge compilation of eclectic, homemade wreath ideas! The list is growing, so you’re sure to find a creative new way to dress your door.

Source: Nesting Place

For your kitchen: Camille Styles
Baking holiday cookies is not only a fun seasonal activity, but an easy way to spread cheer to your friends, co-workers, and family. From elegant sugar cookies to decadent meringues, classic gingerbread to cranberry bars, Camille Styles is sure to impress.

Source: Camille Styles

Source: Camille Styles

For your gifts: Martha Stewart
Martha is always a great go-to for holiday inspiration and easy DIY. No matter the gift you’re giving—whether it’s a bottle of wine or toy for a toddler—Martha has beautiful tags to help dress your presents.

Source: Martha Stewart

Source: Martha Stewart

For your hostess: Style Me Pretty
If your calendar is looking booked with holiday gatherings and soirees, you’ll be in need of some fun hostess gifts. Check out these adorable homemade boxes of goodies.

Source: Style Me Pretty

Source: Style Me Pretty

For quick ideas: Real Simple
If you’re short on time, but big on holiday cheer, Real Simple has you covered. Here are some quick and easy ideas to get your home in the season.

Source: Real Simple

Source: Real Simple

For your mantel: Southern Living
Your mantel is the centerpiece of your home, so be sure to give yours a festive makeover. Whether you prefer simple and elegant or colorful and bold, these ideas will make yours pop.

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For everything else: Pinterest
Of course you can never go wrong browsing Pinterest. If the projects above were just getting you started, you’ll get lost for hours in the beautiful ideas and creative crafts on Pinterest. Search any idea you like—from snowflakes to twinkle lights to dreidels to candles!

Holiday Shopping Around Pioneer Square

The Thanksgiving leftovers have run out and we’ve already seen snow dust the ground. The holiday season is officially here, so it’s now time to get down to business. First step: holiday shopping. If you’ve been brainstorming gift ideas and you’re ready to attack the holiday craze early, you can begin your gift shopping nearby. Within and around your own neighborhood are the perfect shops to help you cross every name off your gift list.

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For your family:

Magic Mouse & Toys
Get lost in this emporium of fun, filled with books, games, animals, puzzles and more.

Pioneer Pet Feed & Supply
Here’s your one-stop shop for spoiling your pet.

For your spouse:

Wilsons Leather
Give him an upgrade with a new leather wallet or belt.

Seattle Pro Shop
Get your spouse in style with Seattle Seahawks gear.

For your friends:

Glassybaby
Surprise your friends with a beautiful new candle centerpiece.

Fireworks
You can get lost in this store for hours finding fun gift ideas and hacks.

For yourself:

Scotch and Soda
Treat yourself with some new blazers, knits or accessories to begin the New Year.

E. Smith Mercantile
Find yourself some new home goods or gourmet pantry treats in this artisan shop.

For your co-workers:

Sock It To Me
Give them a playful gift they can rock in the office, with fun patterns and designs for everyone.

Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers
Find them a gem inside this beloved bookstore.

Give Thanks: Pioneer Square Restaurants Celebrating Thanksgiving

If your idea of a festive Thanksgiving  includes delicious food, but is missing the part about the stress and hassle of cooking, you’re in luck. This year, you can skip the turkey thawing, pie prepping and table setting, thanks to your friends running restaurants in and around Pioneer Square. No hours of grocery shopping, cooking or entertaining? Now that’s something to be grateful about! Here are some local hot spots to gather round this Thursday:

BOKA. Source: BOKA.

BOKA. Source: BOKA.

BOKA
1000 First Avenue, Seattle
Forego cooking a five-pound turkey and instead feast on BOKA’s five-course meal. Cost: $65 adults, $25 children.

Bell + Whete
200 Bell St, Seattle
Enjoy the classic flavors of Thanksgiving with Bell + Whete’s special holiday menu. Cost: $28 per person.

Daily Grill
1400 6th Ave, Seattle
You can’t go wrong with their three-course prix fixe dinner, which includes delights for the entire family. Cost: $39.75 adults, $14.75 children.

Urbane
1639 8th Ave, Seattle
This traditional Thanksgiving menu offering will leave you thinking it was homemade in your kitchen. Cost: $40 per person.

It’s Seafair Weekend – Here’s a Look Inside

If you are new to Seattle, a natural reaction would be, “Man, you guys really have an irrational love for hydros.”

So for all of our new Puget Sounders, and for those young enough to not quite understand the obsession, here’s what you need to know about Seafair.

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1) How it Started
Seafair goes back to 1950, and according to Seafair.com, the first one “featured parades, boat races on Green Lake, amateur athletic events, royalty, community festivals like West Seattle Hi-Yu Days, Rainier District Pow-wow, Wallingford Pirate Days, the University District Kid’s Parade, and the Ballard Festival, and were highlighted by the nightly Aqua Follies performances. Seafair was deemed a success and the festival would grow the next summer with the addition of the unlimited hydroplane racing class on Lake Washington.”

If you’ve been to Green Lake, you will have seen an oddly placed amphitheatre situated at the south end of the lake. According to Seafair.com, “the 5,000 seat Aqua Theater (built specifically for Seafair) on the southwest shores of Green Lake was home to a dazzling “swimusical” known as the Aqua Follies.  Aqua Follies included a diving show with breathtaking high dives as well as comedy skits and diving.  The Aqua Dears, 30 female synchronized swimmers, performed ballet in the water while the Aqua Darlings, 24 dancers presented the stage ballet.  The nightly shows, including moonlight matinees that started at 11:15 p.m., were the entertainment highlight of the world’s greatest water carnival.  Bob Hope, Bert Parks and a number of Olympic divers were just some of the famous performers at this unique outdoor venue.  The Aqua Follies played a significant role in the Seafair festival between 1950 and 1965.”

So yes, not only did Bob Hope perform at Green Lake, professional swimmers actually dared enter the water at one point in time. And there was such a thing as a “swimusical” which we can’t believe doesn’t exist anymore.

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2) What’s the deal with the Blue Angels?
Early on, the U.S. Navy and Seafair started working together. Before the Blue Angels were the main draw, gigantic Navy ships docked in Elliot Bay, giving civilians the opportunity to tour them. So while Seattle men were touring the ships, the Navy sailors were touring Seattle and joining in the summer celebration. There are no published reports of Seattle women lodging any protests about this.

While the Blue Angels were formed in 1946, it wasn’t until 1972 that they became a fixture at Seafair. They now perform full shows on Seafair Saturday and Sunday, but also practice over Lake Washington on Thursday and Friday, giving everyone a chance to check out their maneuvers. If you are planning on crossing I-90, here are the times to avoid, since it will be closed. (Source: WSDOT)

  • Thursday, July 31: 9:45 a.m. – noon; 1:15 – 2:40 p.m. (Practice)
  • Friday, Aug. 1:  12:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m., (Practice)
  • Saturday, Aug. 2:  12:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m., (Full show)
  • Sunday, Aug. 3:  12:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m., (Full show)

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3) So What’s The Obsession With the Hydros?
According to the SeattleP-i.com, “It’s been said that the hydroplane racing boat called Slo Mo Shun IV invented summer in Seattle. In 1950, (Stan) Sayres and the Slo Mo captured the Gold Cup at Detroit — the hydroplane equivalent of winning the Super Bowl. That brought the race out West for the first time since 1904, and started the tradition of hydroplane races in Seattle.”

So it started with civic pride in 1950. But let’s be realistic for a second. 64 years later, Seafair fans are not necessarily enthralled with the race itself. The race is simply an excuse for everyone with a boat to congregate in one general area, tie up to the log boom, and engage in one of the world’s largest cocktail parties on a lake.

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4) That sounds fun. How do I get to do that?
Every Seafair weekend, boat owners become the most popular people in the Puget Sound. If your friend lives anywhere on Lake Washington, they’ll have their pick of friends and acquaintances to invite to the party. If you really want to be part of the Seafair experience next year, it’s good to mix in a question like, “So do you like boats?” in any conversation with new potential friends.

5) So if I don’t have one of those friends, what can I do?
If you don’t have access to a boat, your best bet is to head down to Genesee Park for all the events through the weekend. There will be beer gardens, exhibits, and things for the kids. You don’t exactly get to just drive down, park and walk in the same way you would a Seahawks game, so plan accordingly. Shuttles and Light Rail run from several locations.

To wrap it all up
The bottom line is that Seafair goes back 3 generations now. Most people don’t have any idea why we love it, but it’s our tradition. New Orleans has Mardi Gras, Milwaukee has Summerfest, Nevada has Burning Man, and we have Seafair.

Bob Hope, supersonic jets, crazy fast boats that flip over, a giant water based party and even crazy clowns. It’s uniquely Seattle, and couldn’t be more localicious.

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Happy 4th of July from Stadium Place

Happy Independence Day, or as the British call it, “Traitor’s Day.” Before we share a few localicious ideas about how to spend the holiday, here are a few fun facts about the Declaration of Independence you can use to wow your friends.

  • No one who signed the Declaration of Independence was born in the United States of America. The United States didn’t exist until after the Declaration was signed! However, all but eight of the signers were born in colonies that would become the United States.
  • Although August 2, 1776, was the date of the official signing ceremony, there were several people who signed on later dates. Some of these late signers included Elbridge Gerry, Oliver Wolcott, Lewis Morris, Thomas McKean and Matthew Thornton.

Source: http://www.constitutionfacts.com/us-declaration-of-independence/fascinating-facts/

Now, on to the festivities. Here are a few things going on around the city.

1) Residents of Pioneer Square may have the easiest way to get to Lake Union to see the Fireworks at the Seafair Summer Fourth. Simply head over to the International District stop in the Bus Tunnel. Get off at the Westlake stop and you will be pretty close to the fun and frivolity. If you don’t feel like walking the rest of the way, jump on the South Lake Union Street Car at Westlake and hitch a ride all the way up to the Lake. There are tons of great restaurants and bars in South Lake Union, so jump off early, find a spot you like, and make a whole evening out of it.

2) If crowds aren’t your thing, here’s something we suggest for NEXT YEAR. Argosy has a number of Fourth of July Cruises that head out from Pier 55 and 56. These sell out early, so you may want to book your 2015 reservations soon.

3) But don’t forget, The Wave is one of the tallest apartment communities in Seattle. You can also go up on the roof and take a 360 degree view and try to catch all the fireworks shows at once. Depending on how clear the sky is, you may see one or more of these displays from afar. Here’s a list of directions to look:

  • North: Seattle – Gas Works Park 10:10 pm.| Edmonds – Civic Stadium 10 pm. | Everett – Port Gardner Bay 10:20 pm.| Kenmore – Log Boom Park 10 pm.
  • East:  Bellevue – Downtown Park 10:05 pm. | Kirkland – Marina Park 10:15 pm. | Renton – Coulon Park 10 pm.
  • South: Federal Way – Celebration Park 10:15 pm. | Kent – Lake Meridian Park 10 pm. | Lakewood – Joint Base Lewis-McChord at dark | SeaTac – Angle Lake Park 10:15 pm. | Tacoma – Ruston Way 10:10 pm.
  • West: Bainbridge Island 10:20 pm.

Have a safe and fabulous 4th of July!