VIDEO: Inside The Boozy Future Of Starbucks

VIDEO: Inside The Boozy Future Of Starbucks

As we reported several months ago, Starbucks is attempting to reinvigorate its image with shops in Seattle that aren’t just aesthetically different than your average ‘Bucks, but which also dole out beer and wine. Now USA Today has ventured inside of one such Seattle shop to see the results. [More]

Seattle Residents Will Soon Be Able To Opt Out Of Getting Yellow Pages

Seattle Residents Will Soon Be Able To Opt Out Of Getting Yellow Pages

Back in May, we asked readers if they still used the White Pages and an overwhelming 87% of you said no. Soon, those of you in Seattle who no longer use the phone book will be able to opt out of receiving the annual doorstop. [More]

Loan Applicant Receives Rejection Letter Calling Her 'One Crazy Ass Bitch'

Loan Applicant Receives Rejection Letter Calling Her 'One Crazy Ass Bitch'

When the owner of a Seattle beauty salon had her application for a loan from the Rainier Valley Community Development Fund denied last year, that was bad enough. When she later received what appeared to be a second rejection letter for the same loan application, she discovered that the reason for her inability to get the loan was that she is a “crazy ass bitch.” [More]

Airport Security Supervisor Pleads Guilty To Stealing $20K Worth Of Stuff From Luggage

Airport Security Supervisor Pleads Guilty To Stealing $20K Worth Of Stuff From Luggage

It’s bad enough that airlines are charging exorbitant fees for checked luggage; travelers shouldn’t also have to worry about sticky-fingered airport employees swiping stuff from their suitcases. [More]

Seattle Cop Gives Parking Ticket To Corpse, Doesn't Notice He's Dead

Seattle Cop Gives Parking Ticket To Corpse, Doesn't Notice He's Dead

A parking enforcement officer apparently lacked the ability to distinguish between the sleeping and the dead after she gave a ticket to a man who had shuffled off this mortal coil hours earlier. [More]

Seattle Bar Owner Will Buy You A Steak Dinner If You Quit Chase

Seattle Bar Owner Will Buy You A Steak Dinner If You Quit Chase

Don’t like Chase? You’re not alone. If you haven’t already dropped the bank but are willing to let them go, you might be on your way to a free steak dinner. [More]

Recently Deceased Soap Business Says Chase Killed It With Bank Error

Recently Deceased Soap Business Says Chase Killed It With Bank Error

Bliss Soaps in Seattle is owned by a guy whose family has been making soaps for three generations. The four-year-old business recently had to shut its doors — allegedly over a bank error that froze its accounts during the holiday season. Now there is a goodbye sign on the door and a possible lawsuit pending against Chase. [More]

Cul-de-sacs Are Making Us Fat

Cul-de-sacs Are Making Us Fat

Are the disconnected cul-de-sacs so popular in suburban development actually strangling their communities? [More]

Woman Arrested For Squatting In $3.3 Million Mansion

Woman Arrested For Squatting In $3.3 Million Mansion

If you’re going to live in a house that doesn’t belong to you, why not make it a luxury home? After all, there are more than a few of them sitting empty these days. And that’s exactly what a woman in Washington state had been doing, at least until she got caught. [More]

Should Plastic Shopping Bags Be Banned?

Should Plastic Shopping Bags Be Banned?

There’s a growing movement in the United States, especially in coastal communities, to curb the use of plastic shopping bags. In fact, both San Francisco and North Carolina’s Outer Banks are among those communities that have already passed laws forbidding plastic bags. A statewide ban made it to the State Assembly level in California and at least one politician in Seattle is pushing for an end to their use. [More]

American Airlines Jet Goes Muddin', Gets Stuck

American Airlines Jet Goes Muddin', Gets Stuck

Talk about having one of those days… A jet belonging to American Airlines spent eight hours mired down — literally — at Sea-Tac International Airport outside of Seattle on Saturday after it got stuck in six inches of mud. [More]

Super Fart Spray Forces Walmart Evacuation

Super Fart Spray Forces Walmart Evacuation

A Seattle area Walmart was evacuated this weekend after a man released “stink bombs” and “super fart spray,” according to the police. 75 customers and employees were forced to flee the stinky Walmart after the suspect threw vials of foul-smelling liquid onto the floor and sprayed a can of a product called “Super Fart Spray.” After apprehension, the 51-year old man said he did it as joke and he thought it would be amusing. He was not arrested. [Seattle P-I] (Thanks to GitEmSteveDave!) [More]

Starbucks Birthplace Coffee Tastes Just As Burnt As Everywhere Else

Starbucks Birthplace Coffee Tastes Just As Burnt As Everywhere Else

I visited the epicenter of Starbucks this weekend. It’s a nice little store that adheres to the Pike Place Market historic district guidelines. The logo on the exterior is the original brown, nippled mermaid. Inside, it’s not that large and theres a converted tackle supply shop feel to the place. The ceilings are made of painted white wood slats with lots of low white lights hanging. Otherwise, the coffee tasted exactly the same. Yes, no matter which corner in America you visit, whether the first store or the last, you can be assured of enjoying a consistent, smooth, burnt flavor.

Customer Claims McDonald's Gave Her Mucus-Filled Iced Tea

Customer Claims McDonald's Gave Her Mucus-Filled Iced Tea

Say you’re driving along sipping your iced tea when you suddenly realize that your mouth is full of something slimy. You would probably freak out. One McDonald’s customer says this happened to her and she is definitely freaking out.

Meet The First Stealth Starbucks: Seattle's 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea

Meet The First Stealth Starbucks: Seattle's 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea

A few weeks ago, we shared a story about Starbucks opening new stores that are not branded “Starbucks.” The idea is to recreate the flavor and feel of the independent coffeehouses your neighborhood used to have before Starbucks came along. Shortly after that, the first non-Starbucks Starbucks, 15th Avenue E Coffee and Tea in Seattle, opened for business. What’s it like?

The Only Thing Left For Starbucks? To Just Stop Being Starbucks

The Only Thing Left For Starbucks? To Just Stop Being Starbucks

Starbucks just keeps trying to reinvent itself — and it seems that they’ve tried everything. The only thing left to do is just to stop being Starbucks. So that’s what they’re doing.

Seattle TV Station Offers Delicious Accidental Chicken Barbecue Recipes

Seattle TV Station Offers Delicious Accidental Chicken Barbecue Recipes

Seattle TV station KIRO, like a lot of media organizations, has sponsored links on their front page. This is all well and good, since you have to pay for the camera(wo)men and the antennae and the pixels somehow. The problem is that sometimes sad news stories and contextual advertising lead to… hilarity.

This Grocery Store Truly Understands Tax Season

This Grocery Store Truly Understands Tax Season

Reader Kevin took this photo at a Fred Meyer store in Seattle. It seems like they understand tax season pretty well.