Plus, Bellevue PD found an inert Cold War era missile in a resident's backyard.
 
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Waste not, want not
A line of shelved carts holding containers of refillable laundry detergents and cleaners sit aestheically within A Public Shop's location in West Seattle.
A Public Shop has made doing chores look like a very aesthetically pleasing task. | Photo by @kristianrichards.jpg
You may be pretty solid at recycling your plastic packaging, but how’s your reusing game?

Many shops around town let you refill empty containers with products like laundry detergent and dry goods. Here’s where to find them and other local businesses offering sustainable items.

Mimi’s Zero Waste Market, 7749 15th Ave NW | Pantry options range from essentials like salt and baking powder to fun food items like matcha tea and dark chocolate-covered cherries.

A Public Shop, 3836 California Ave. SW | Get your home and body smelling real good with a large variety of items like laundry detergents, natural deodorants, toothpaste, and dishwashing brushes.

PCC Community Markets, multiple locations | While you do your regular shopping, you can also bring your refill containers to your local PCC to restock teas, beans, spices, and body care items.

A group of women huddle around Out of the Box Eco Store's mobile refillery in a residential driveway.

Yep — the Out of the Box Eco Store will literally come straight to your driveway for you.

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Photo by @outoftheboxecostore

Out of the Box Eco Store, online | Don’t have time to run to the store? This mobile market will come to you. After you make your online order, leave your containers on the front doorstep to be refilled. The biz also does refill parties if you’d like to host one at your home or workplace.

Eco Collective, online | This locally operated, shipping-only business offers resuable eye masks, deodorants with biodegradable packaging, and dish soap bars that replace up to three plastic bottles of the sudsy stuff.

Pike Place Market, 94 Pike St.| Shopping directly from local farmers is pretty darn sustainable, but the market has also highlighted several vendors that go above and beyond with products like hand-blown reusable glass straws and artworks from repurposed wood.
 
 
Events
 
Tuesday, Feb. 6
  • Chuckle Bucket Tuesday | Tuesday, Feb. 6 | 8 p.m. | Club Comedy Seattle, 340 15th Ave. E., Seattle | $7 | Local comics drop their name in a bucket to see if they’ll be picked to try out their routine — watch the night unfold with bated breath.
Wednesday, Feb. 7
  • Live at the Laser Dome: KEXP DJ in Residence | Wednesday, Feb. 7 | 7:30 p.m. | Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle | $12-$15 | Albina Cabrera and DJ Chilly have compiled a playlist of music from Latin American countries that will be set to a sick laser show.
  • Bang The Gong : An All-AAPI Cast Show | Wednesday, Feb. 7-Thursday, Feb. 8 | 9 p.m. | Queer/Bar, 1518 11th Ave., Seattle | $8-$50 | Dance around to K-Pop beats while AAPI performers mesmerize you with their moves.
Thursday, Feb. 8
  • Fran’s Chocolates & Mocel Mezcal Valentine’s Pairing | Thursday, Feb. 8 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Fran’s Chocolates, 5900 Airport Way S., Seattle | $70 | Mezcal may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about something to pair with chocolate — but it might be soon.
  • “Spelling Bee: The Musical” | Thursday, Feb. 8-Sunday, Feb. 11 | Times vary | The Redmond Academy of Theatre Arts, 18001 NE 76th St., Redmond | $10-$25 | Six kids navigate an intense spelling competition — it’s as awkwardly funny as it sounds.
Friday, Feb. 9
  • Intimate Concert on a Historic Steamship | Friday, Feb. 9, Friday, May 3 | Times vary | Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle | $30-$40 | Enjoy two talented singer-songwriters, light snacks, and beverages while you check out a piece of nautical history.
Wednesday, Feb. 14
  • Northwest Flower & Garden Festival | Wednesday, Feb. 14-Sunday, Feb. 18 | Times vary | Seattle Convention Center, 705 Pike St., Seattle | $13-$27 | Discover 20+ stunning display gardens, attend 96+ seminars with global gardening luminaries, and more at the ultimate celebration of spring and gardening.*
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🏈 Super essentials for game day
A rotating gif of Super Bowl game day essentials, including tees that support Taylor and a slow cooker buffet.
It’s Super Bowl LVIII: Taylor’s Version. | Photos via Amazon
Ready for Super Bowl Sunday? Gear up for hosting, snacking, and cheering on Taylor’s boyfriend your favorite team with game day essentials.
 
News Notes
 
Sports
  • UW football has reportedly hired Patriots coach Steve Belichick as the program’s new defensive coordinator. Huskies head coach Jedd Fisch previously worked with Bill Belichick’s son in New England in 2020. Also, we gotta say it — we’re excited to have his mullet on the team. (ESPN + NBC Sports Boston)
Transit
  • Whew — you made it. After several weeks of delays on the Link Light Rail 1 Line, service has returned to normal. Sound Transit reduced service significantly in January to allow for repair work, but trains have returned to their regular 8-10 minute schedules. (Seattle Times)
Civic
  • The City of Seattle broke ground on a new fire station in North Seattle on Monday. The new 22,000-sqft Fire Station 31 will be located at 11302 Meridian Ave. N. in Northgate with a projected 2025 opening date.
Closing
  • Capitol Hill seafood restaurant Coastal Kitchen will close later this month after 31 years of business. It will close its doors on Wednesday, Feb. 21 to make room for a new restaurant that has yet to be named. Coastal Kitchen is located at 429 15th Ave. E. (Capitol Hill Seattle)
Legacy
  • The owner of Tula’s Restaurant and Jazz Club Mack Waldron has died at age 82. Tula’s was a pillar for local jazz musicians over three decades. A Celebration of Life for Waldron is set for March 11 at Dimitrou’s Jazz Alley. (Seattle Times)
Outdoors
  • Seattle Parks and Rec has reopened Be’er Sheva Park in Rainier View following recent renovations. The park, located along the Lake Washington shores at 8650 55th Ave. S., will continue to have work done over the coming months. It now includes improved beach access and a stage.
Environment
  • Local nonprofit Heron Habitat Helpers is looking for volunteers to help monitor the local population of the birds in Commodore Park. The volunteer season runs from March to August and requires at least two-three hours of time commitment every other week. (My Ballard)
Finance
  • If you’ve been dreaming of a “one-card wallet,” it’s time to wake up and get your hands on this credit card. Not only does it offer 0% APR into 2025, but cardholders can also earn up to 5% cash back — with no annual fee to boot.*
 
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Yikes...
A police officer stands behind the Cold War era Douglas AIR-2 Genie missile that was found in a Bellevue resident's garage. The officer rightfully is holding a facial expression that looks a little in disbelief.
That police officer is making the face we all would have made standing next to this missile. | Photo via Bellevue Police Department
Here’s a local bombshell — the Bellevue Police Department (BPD) recently found remnants of a Cold War-era nuclear missile in a Bellevue resident’s backyard.

Don’t worry — it’s safe.

The old missile belonged to a man in Bellevue who died recently. His neighbor was handling the man’s estate and called an Air Force museum in Dayton, Ohio about the unusual artifact hanging out in the garage.

Out of precaution, the museum called BPD and a bomb squad went to the deceased Bellevue man’s residence. Authorities then identified the missile as a Douglas AIR-2 Genie — the world’s first nuclear-armed rocket built in 1957 to shoot down airborne targets.

Thankfully, there was no nuclear warhead attached or rocket fuel in the missile. This was “just a rusted piece of metal,” said one BPD officer.

The US military didn’t want it back, so it’s now left up to the man’s neighbor to decide its donation destination.
 
The Buy
 
This set of six colored wine glasses, which remind us of Estelle stemware, only more affordable. The multicolor stemware set is perfect for parties, Galentine’s Day, or girls’ night in.
 
Answered
 
Which was the most recent sister city relationship that Seattle formed?
Two photos of the Galway Stone are shown here — the first is a close-up of the stone's marker that points through the Earth to Galway. The second is of the rock in its setting along Alaskan Way.

The Galway Stone sits in a little alcove next to the World Trade Center on Alaskan Way.

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Photo by SEAtoday Staff

Last week we introduced you to Seattle’s 20 sister cities and then gave you a little quiz to see if you could guess which one was the most recent addition to the program. It looks like we stumped a few of you since only 25% correctly answered Kampong Saom, Cambodia. Good thing we’ll be talking more in depthly about all of the cities soon.
 
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The Wrap
 
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From the editor
I was absolutely floored by the Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB)'s production of “Swan Lake” over the weekend. Having never seen it live before, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. And not only is this now my favorite ballet (sorry, “Giselle”), but this was also the best performance I think I’ve seen from PNB.

The corps lines were so sharp and on-time, principal dancer Leta Biasucci transformed flawlessly between Odette and Odile’s roles, and it was just one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever had the pleasure to watch. I even gasped so loudly at one point that I cracked my back in the process.
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