Plus, the 2024/25 season of Broadway performances has been released.
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🌼 What in carnation
This flower arrangement from Verde & Co. has leaned into a dramatic color palette with red roses, burgundy mums, and a deep emerald background.
Don’t be afraid to make your bouquet a little dramatic. Roses are nice, but flowers are extra exciting when you can tell someone put thought into what they bring home. | Photo via Verde & Co.
*Sniff, sniff* — is that the smell of love in the air? Maybe it’s just all of the flowers coming into bloom.

Either way, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and you may be looking to get your honey (or yourself) something as beautiful as they are. Here are a couple of local florists and flower shops that may be able to help — plus some bonus businesses that may be able to help with your next big event (do we hear wedding bells?).

“Just because” bouquets

Pike Place Market | In a pinch, you can always count on the vast variety of local flower farmers to have your back with seasonal blooms ready to pick-up in person. Make their daisy with a hand chosen assortment.

Verde & Co. | If you need help arranging a bouquet, the staff here can make recommendations to really knock your partner’s stalks off. Choose from a variety of flower assortments, bouquet sizes, and vases online.

Terra Bella Flowers | Does your partner like a specific vibe? Choose between bouquets that range in style from looking like they were picked fresh out of an English garden to something a bit more dramatic like a classic dozen of red roses. These can also be delivered.

Bloom Brats Botanical | These playful designs that look like colorful bursts of fireworks will certainly play to your partner’s bubblier side. Plus, you can order a gift that keeps on giving with a three month subscription of flowers. Just order before Saturday, Feb. 10.

A table is set delicately for a big wedding with a canopy overhead that has vines draping gracefully above and a big white cake at centerstage.

The greenery from Busara Flora makes this wedding look like a dream we had.


Photo by @ryanflynnphoto

Va-va-voom event arrangements

Busara Flora | With a focus in sustainably sourced flowers, this company fluidly adapts to fit personal styles whether you’re looking for something dramatic and bold or whimsical and airy.

Seablush Floral | This stylist goes beyond the usual bouquet and centerpiece arrangements with options that allow you to accessorize with fresh blooms. Add floral clip earrings to your package or get a creative boutonniere.
What is the Washington state flower?

A. Pacific dogwood
B. Pacific rhododendron
C. Pacific bleeding heart
D. Pacific anemone
Thursday, Feb. 8
  • Sámi Film Festival | Thursday, Feb. 8-Sunday, Feb. 11 | Times vary | Majestic Bay Theatres, 2044 NW Market St., Seattle | $10-$30 | This curated collection of short films, full-length features, and documentaries center around the Indigenous people of northern Europe.
  • Capitol Hill Art Walk | Thursday, Feb. 8 | Times vary | Capitol Hill Neighborhood, 1635 11th Ave., Seattle | Free | Tour the neighborhood, meet artists, and maybe take home something new for your wall.
Friday, Feb. 9
  • Blackberry Busting on the Burke-Gilman Trail | Friday, Feb. 9 | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Burke-Gilman Trail, 6507 58th Ave. NE, Seattle | Free | Help get rid of those invasive blackberry vines along the Burke-Gilman Trail before spring arrives.
Saturday, Feb. 10
  • Clay and Woven Plant Holder Workshop | Saturday, Feb. 10 | Times vary | The Silver Studio, 5264 39th Ave. S., Seattle | $160 | In this two-part workshop, you’ll sculpt clay and weave a holder to make something new for your home.
  • Mardi Gras Pub Crawl Seattle | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 12 p.m.-2 a.m. | 1300 Dexter Ave. N., Downtown Seattle | $5-$35 | Don’t forget to bring your beads to this big, moving party.
Sunday, Feb. 11
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News Notes
  • The Sound Transit Link Light Rail extension to Federal Way completion date has been postponed until 2026. Crews say that the soil in an area of the track requires a 1,100-ft-long bridge to withstand seismic disruptions. Money to fund the bridge was already allocated in the project budget. (KING 5)
  • Mamma mia — here we go again. The Seattle Theatre Group (STG) has released its 2024-25 line-up of Broadway musicals coming to our local stages. Big names include “Life of Pi,” “Wicked,” “Hamilton,” and the ABBA-infused classic “Mamma Mia!” Season tickets are now on sale.
Coming Soon
  • Time to spice up your yoga fit. Popular activewear brand Alo Yoga — worn by celebrities like Taylor Swift and Kendall Jenner — is opening its first Seattle area storefront. The Cali-based brand plans to move into a 3,600-sqft space in Bellevue Square in August. (Puget Sound Business Journal)
  • The first two shows for a new amphitheater at Remlinger Farms in Carnation have been announced. The 6,000-person capacity venue will host Portugal. The Man on May 24 and Oregon-based indie-pop band Goth Babe on Oct. 4. Tickets for Portugal. The Man go on sale Friday. (Seattle Times)
  • The Boca family of restaurants — which includes Boca Restobar and Boca Pizzeria and Bakery — have remained closed since the owner’s death in January. The restaurants were originally intended to reopen Jan. 9, but have been boarded with requests from the family for patience while they organize their affairs. (Capitol Hill Seattle)
  • Got a civic-minded teen on your hands? The City of Seattle has opened applications for its Seattle Youth Commission (SYC), a 15-member board of kids ages 13-19 that address issues important to the younger generations. The deadline to apply is March 3.
  • A friendly reminder to book spring + summer vacations (they’re just around the corner). Want beach time? This Hawaiian oceanfront property has two king beds. Prefer the mountains? Book this lakeside chalet in British Columbia. Craving luxury? This tropical cabana in Montecito, CA has an on-site masseuse.*
Learn some new tricks
A pair of older hands type on a keyboard while an empty yellow coffee mug sits to the right of keyboard.
Sometimes you just need a little guidance to help get you moving and surfing the web with ease. | Photo via Pexels
With so much technological innovation in the past couple of decades, it can be a little hard to keep up if you weren’t raised around things like artificial intelligence or smartphones.

Here are a few local services that are designed to help older adults navigate new tools.

TechConnect Washington | This free help desk can walk you through internet, cellular, email, and other kinds of tech issues. They’re open daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and can be reached at 1-800-216-1132.

CyberSeniors | Set up video calls with family or friends, order groceries, watch movies, schedule medical appointments, and get help with other tasks from these folks — all for free. Their number is 1-844-217-3057.

Seattle Central College Basic Computer Skills Class | This in-person class can walk you through computer skills like checking email, opening files, and keeping your information secure.
The Buy
The Giving Heart pillow — a cream, knitted, heart-shaped pillow that’s weighted to replicate the feeling of a real hug. It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for loved ones who deserve some extra coziness and care.
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