All That Glitters

The 34th annual Glitter Sale at the large Goodwill store, 1400 South Lane Street (Seattle), is fast approaching! If you’ve never attended before, come prepared to be dazzled (and possibly a little frazzled, because of the sheer number of attendees) on November 11th and 12th from 9 am- 6 pm. Since the waiting lines to the few fitting rooms are long, it’s best to come prepared by wearing clothing in which you can try things on over the top, right in the aisles, such as tank tops, body suits, and thinner leggings/pants. You still have the option of waiting for the fitting rooms, but the afore mentioned does save time. The glittery or glamorous finds on sale include formal dresses and suits, pants, tops, shoes, coats, hats, jewelry, and many other items.

Last year, this 2-day event brought in a record $310,000 towards free job training and education for those in need. Goodwill placed 1,918 people in jobs last year through their programs.

There will also be a Glitter Sale Preview event on November 8th from 4 pm-8 pm at $50 to $125 per ticket. The advantage is being able to view the collection before the general populous sees it at the official sale three days later. Click here for a sneak peak at a few of the items that will be offered.

So when you’re trying on that vintage hat or buying that sequined outfit, you can feel good about contributing toward a good cause. With the number of people’s lives that are improved by Goodwill’s programs and this sale, all that glitters really is gold.

Central Affordable Housing & Business Development

A year ago, Vulcan Real Estate bought six acres at 23rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street for $30.9 million in the Central District of Seattle. Five years earlier, another realty company, which sold to Vulcan, paid $12.5 million less. Currently, a Red Apple grocery store sits on this site, which will be replaced with two 7-story buildings separated by a public walkway and an additional one-level retail space. The first floor on the two, larger buildings will be for retail, with 530 apartments above and a multi-tiered 500+ parking garage below.

Renderings of Future Vulcan Building. Image: Vulcan Real Estate and Studio 216

Increased gentrification of our city has some concerned, and the Central District area is no exception. In the 1960s, this neighborhood was 70% African-American, according to a Seattle Times article; a year ago, it was down to 20%. In part due to sharply rising housing costs, there has been a call for more affordable housing in the Central District, and keeping or attracting African-American-owned businesses to the neighborhood. Concerning affordable housing, one-fifth of Vulcan’s new site will include rental units offered at a reduced amount (65-85% median income), which in turn provides Vulcan with a tax credit.

Other Central District plans are underway to increase affordable housing and business opportunities farther north along 23rd Avenue South as well. The Midtown Center at 23rd and East Union Street was purchased by a partnership for a combination of profit, retaining some of the center’s current character, and to build 125 affordable living units within the 500-unit complex. This developer might also receive a tax credit, not unlike Vulcan, and be able to build more floors on the building. And the former Liberty Bank location at nearby 24th and Union will be the site for a new 6-story, mixed-use building with up to 115 affordable housing units and commercial spaces that focus on attracting local business, especially African-American.

The Market’s Open!

The seasonal Madrona Farmers Market opened recently on May 19th! Because of our unusually long rainy season this year in WA State (the longest on record in modern history), some of the farm vendors understandably had a delay with their crops. But our warm season is firmly underway now, as are abundant produce, herbs, and artisanal goods!  Look at this chart to see what’s approximately available. (Keep in mind there might be a lag, due to previous rain).

Recently, Seattle was rated 4th in the nation for being the most fit city. One of the reasons cited for this improvement was the increase in the number of farmers markets in our area: a positive indication that unprocessed, natural food can make a difference in one’s health.

If you would like to visit other farmers markets in other neighborhoods as well, here is a complete list of places and hours from The Seattle Times. The Madrona Farmers Market is on Fridays, from 3-7 pm through the end of September. Bon appetit!