Hey, Cupcake.

July 21, 2009

Cupcakes get the royale treatment at Cupcake Royale, Seattle’s small biz cuppycake and coffee hotspot, set to open a new Capitol Hill location — TOMORROW. I am just so excited I could eat my hat, and then a dozen of their Lemon Drop cuppies, too.

Check them out at 1111 E. Pike. They start serving at 6 a.m. (Too early for cupcakes? Perish the thought.)


Que rico! At the Living Small house, cravings for Mexican food are more than commonplace. They happen daily, maybe even bi-daily. So, to satisfy our jones for a most delectable chimichanga, we hoof it to El Gallito, a small, family-run restaurant that we Smallers have determined to be Central Seattle’s only place for Mexican fare. (Correct me if I’m wrong, Seattleites.)

From the street, Gallito looks a little divey: bars on the windows, neon beer signs, a shady entry. But the seedy aspect is worth overlooking, es verdad. The service is friendly (always, always, though sometimes a bit slow), the food classically delicious, and the price is just right for the heaping platters of grub that yield at least 2.5 meals. Particularly savory is the house-made salsa — yowch! Hot stuff. Located at the corner of 20th & E. Madison; call 206.329.8088 for hours and takeout.

Past Seattle Small Biz Shout-Outs

Been a while since we had the scoop on Seattle Small Biz here at Living Small, and so scoop I shall give, in the form of a big, sweet shout-out to Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream. Round up the peasantry, you guys, cause I’m storming this ice-creamy castle, the lovechild of Molly Moon Neitzel and her locavore principles.

That’s right: not only is Molly Moon’s ice cream the most delicious frozen treat I’ve ever tasted — and believe you me, I’ve tasted a lot of frozen treats — it’s made with local, and, if possible, organic ingredients in small batches for the shop’s two locations. And the flavors? Mmmmm. Salted caramel. Strawberry balsamic. Honey lavender. Rosemary Meyer Lemon. The list goes on.

The sweet stuff comes in scoops (in compostable bowls or D-lish waffle cones) or in pints (I have four in my freezer right now. Above, three of them. OMG.), and the shops are open ’til late every day, so you can get your fix even after the sun goes down. Located at 1622.5 N 45th (Wallingford) and 917 East Pine (Capitol Hill); open daily from noon to 11 p.m.

Past Seattle Small Biz Shout-Outs

  • VAIN Salon: Hip hair-snips in Belltown ‘n’ Ballard
  • ‘zaw: “Pizza in the raw,” just like the name says
  • Stitches: Stitch it, sew it, craft it
  • European Vine Selection: Good wine, good prices, good times
  • The Copper Vine: Green thumbers unite at this city gardener’s paradise
  • Last Waltz: Artisanal baubles, bangles, britches, and a reference to The Band — BOSS And, sadly, it ran aground last month — ashes to ashes, Last Waltz
  • Eat Local: Take ‘n’ bake, locavore-style
  • Tougo Coffee Co.: Pushin’ the Bean since 2007
  • Central Cinema: A Central District second-run, eat-in moviehouse

You’re so VAIN.

January 26, 2009


You prob’ly think this post is about you.

Well, it could be, if you live in Seattle and need a haircut. Rumor has it that VAIN salon in Belltown is offering free haircuts, courtesy of stylist TT, on Friday evenings for the next few weeks. I said free. As in, FREE.

VAIN is a Seattle-only, woman-owned Small biz, and patronizing such bizzes is super-Small. What’s more, VAIN supports “artists in residence” — that is, the salon showcases work by emerging local artists. Also Small. And, as if that weren’t enough, they take part in community initiatives, lending a hand with organizations including the Seattle Young People’s Project, Home Alive, LGBT Community Center, Vera Project, and more.

VAIN is tragically, emphatically, wholeheartedly hip, mind you. I VAIN’d it once and positively agonized over what I could possibly wear that would be happening enough to justify getting my locks lopped at such a haute house of hair. (I shan’t’ve worried, of course, because the folks were sweet as pie, and the haircut was delish.)

VAIN Downtown (yes, there’s a branch in Ballard, too), 2018 1st Ave., 206.441.3441.

Past Seattle Small Biz Shout-Outs

That’s an elision of Pizza and Raw, of course. ‘zaw, now with three locations in Seattle (South Lake Union, Ballard, and Cap Hill — only eight blocks from my house!), is a pizza place with eco-heart: they use seasonal, organic, and local ingredients in all of their eats. They support local wineries and breweries. And they deliver. By bike. They don’t bake the pies for you, but they sure make ’em up good.

Mr. Mans and I checked out our neighborhood ‘zaw last night. Holy-apricot-pizza-loving-moly! We’re talking hand-built, taste-sensation, thin-crust pizza that swooze-doozles. That’s not even a word, and yet.

The stuff don’t come cheap (and why would it? Organic? Local? Awesome?), but it sure beats the saucy pants off its competitors. Sumptuous to the max! Open Monday through Friday, 3 to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 9 p.m. Bike delivery daily, 4:30 to 9 p.m.

Past Shout-Outs