The Seven Seas as she stands today on First Avenue between Union and University. | Photo by SEAtoday Staff
Might we entice you with a unique, downtown development brainstorm session?
If you were a Seattleite during the aughts and a fan of cheeky puns (or cheeky buns), you might remember The Lusty Lady. It was a downtown peep show famous for its marquee board that often posted advertisements like “All clothing 100% off.”
The business closed down in 2010, leaving the more than 125-year-old Seven Seas Building at 1315 First Avenue vacant for more than a decade. But now, a new owner is looking to breathe fresh life into it.
Lusting after feedback
Andrew Conru, a Seattle entreprenuer and founder of FriendFinder (beware: NSFW — oh, the irony), purchased the Seven Seas for ~$3 million, though he said renovations may cost up to $20 million. While he intends to have the final say on the building’s use, he told the Seattle Timesthat his investment is intended as a “gift to the city” — and he wants local input.
To get that feedback, lustylady.com has a survey asking whether Seattleites would prefer options like a restaurant, a museum, or even another strip club (if you should so desire).
Not a pole, a poll
Feel free to submit your own thoughts through the website, but let’s brainstorm together. Tell us what you think should go there — from practical uses like affordable housing to more out-there ideas —and we’ll see if we can draft up a little plan using your suggestions.
Here are some ideas to get the creative juices flowing:
A more innocent peep show of local fantasies — like interactive images of a completely clear I-5 or a cocktail overlooking the sun setting on the Puget Sound.
A hangout for people that just need somewhere to cry — stocked with tissues and motivational posters.
A cryptid “zoo” that displays life-like statues of mythological PNW beasts like Sasquatch and immersive histories on each one.
Cozy Corner | Tuesday, March 21-Thursday, April 27 | 12-2 p.m. | Freeway Park, 600 Seneca St., Seattle | Free | Pick out an interesting read from one of the book carts at Seneca Plaza before chilling by the park’s fire pit with free coffee, tea, and music.
Wednesday, March 22
Runic Writing Basics Class | Wednesday, Mar. 22 | 8-9:30 p.m. | Skål Beer Hall, 5429 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle | $15 | Learn how to read and write the old Viking script — bring your own writing materials.
Thursday, March 23
Engineering Lab | Thursday, March 23 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | North End Makerspace, 12317 15th Ave. NE #108, Seattle | Free | Work on your robot, new computer-aided design, or electronics project while meeting other techie people.
Cheese and Wine Pairing | Thursday, Mar. 23 | 6-8 p.m. | Barnard Griffin, 17401 133rd Ave NE C108, Seattle | $40-$50 | Get a guided tour through five wine pours and accompanying cheese pairings.
Friday, March 24
Thunderstorm Artis, The Parnells | Friday, Mar. 24 | 7 p.m. | Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle | $12-$25 | Both artists on the bill are known for their powerful lyricism.
A Night in Paris | Friday, Mar. 24 | 8-9:30 p.m. | Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St., Seattle | $45 | Enjoy glitzy costumes, ten dancers, two singers, and one musician in this French-inspired evening of live performances.
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Microsoft appears to be tossing out plans to build a four-building campus expansion in Redmond, according to public records. The 1.1 million-sqft RedWest South Campus was originally scheduled to be completed before mid-2025. There is no indication whether the company plans to refile the proposal at some point. (Puget Sound Business Journal)
Prep those dancing shoes — the Pacific Northwest Ballet has released its 2023-24 season lineup. The bill includes classic works like “Swan Lake” and “Coppélia” — as well as modern pieces like “Love and Loss,” a trio of contemporary works by local and international choreographers.
After two years of searching for a location, Tim’s Tavern is ready to open up its new spot in White Center with a weekend-long grand reopening party. The celebration at 9655 16th Ave SW includes a lineup of local musicians and runs from Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2.
The owners of beloved Ballard bakery Cafe Besalu have announced that they’re unsure about reopening after closing in February. On top of experiencing kitchen issues, the owners said they’ve had “a long few years of adjustments” from the pandemic. (My Ballard)
The owners of West Seattle’s Yen Wor Village have announced they will close their restaurant at the end of the month despite a recent crowdfunding campaign to keep the three-decade-old business going. The restaurant’s last day of service will be Friday, March 31.
Seattle may be known for its huge pup population, but we’ve got something new to meow about. Seattle ranked No. 2 in the US for its percentage of single men living with a cat, according to a report by marketing firm Nielsen. With Portland ranked No. 1, this makes the PNW the “cat dad capital of the US.” (Seattle Times)
A new study published in Nature Ecology and Evolution showed that Southern Resident orca populationsmay be declining due to incest. The perhaps awkward-to-discuss study found that local marine mammals had the lowest genetic variation and highest amounts of inbreeding than that of other Northern Pacific populations. (KING 5)
What’s in: red light therapy. What’s out: forms of treatment that are painful and invasive. Red light therapy is non-invasive and painless, and evidence suggests it may be able to ease body aches, heal sun damage, and build collagen. Brb — we’re adding this easy-to-prop light and this facial massager to our Amazon cart.
Y’all, I ended Sunday with such a full belly. I tried three new restaurants over the weekend and feel so honored to have gotten to eaten so. much. good. food. I don’t really have enough space here to get into the details so here are the basics.
Sushi By Scratch — Totally worth all the hype. The sushi was some of the best I’ve ever had and the vibes made it feel like it was all a secret.
Paseo — NO. ONE. TOLD. ME. And now I’ll never eat another sandwich. That was heavenly and there’s no need to try to enjoy anything ever again.
Rasai — This would make a great date night if you want to make sure there’s something to talk about. Yummy, creative dishes with exceptionally playful presentations.