Business & Community Development Update: January 2016

Cool businesses. Beautiful spaces. Fabulous people. That’s what we love about Pioneer Square, right?
Here are a few new ones to add to your must-see list for this first month of 2016:

  • Estates Wine Room is the latest addition to Occidental Mall. Enjoy a wine-tasting, a glass of wine and nibbles, or buy a bottle of something special to take home. The integration of vineyard photography into the design of the space is also worth seeing.
  • Nirmal’s opened for lunch before the holidays and will start serving dinner on Thursday, January 14. It was worth the wait. The space is beautiful and you’ll understand the fuss about Chef Nirmal Monteiro when you taste the food. Stop by to welcome Nirmal and owners, Gita and Oliver Bangera, to Pioneer Square.
  • Millheads Hair Cutting Company is now open at the base of the Pioneer Square Best Western Hotel on Yesler Way. Paul Pugliese and his team of stylists are pros, providing a fabulous experience in a fabulous space. (And thanks to Christian at The Belfry for encouraging Paul to consider Pioneer Square!)


4Culture is now accepting grant applications for Preservation Special Projects and Heritage Projects, something of particular relevance to our neighborhood. Feel free to share this with neighbors, businesses, colleagues, landlords, and more. Applications are due February 24, 2016. Questions? Contact Brandi Link at 206-263-1593.

If you haven’t heard, two Pioneer Square buildings recently changed ownership.  Level Office just purchased the Pioneer Building  and plans to include co-working office spaces in the Pioneer Building. Brickman Realty recently closed the deal on the purchase of the  Olympic Block Building.

Pioneer Building, Pioneer Square
And if your re solution includes being more attuned to what’s happening in the neighborhood, here are a few sites you might want to bookmark:
Though we still see a few of the Pioneer Square Gift Guides lying around, the holidays are old news. Great sales are happening and incredible deals are to be found in stores throughout the neighborhood, though they won’t last long. Yet another reason to grab your raincoat and head out for a walk. Here’s to 2016! It’s going to be a great year!
Karen True