Jen Ayers is a singer, songwriter, playwright and performer, whose latest work, “SHe Said,” is set to show Oct. 6 to Oct. 9 at Seattle’s Broadway Performance Hall. “My new project, ‘SHe Said,’ is a culmination of all my artistic endeavors coming together: a double concept album and multimedia theatrical production about gender identity and transition based on a very personal story but with universal themes.”
Husband-and-wife duo, Daisuke Matsumoto and Amy Hernández Matsumoto, are the co-owners of Vancouver’s Pizzeria La Sorrentina, a Southern Italian trattoria. Aside from fresh pasta, pizza and desserts, the Matsumotos also offer pizza and baking classes in the fall
Drew Gillespie is the president of Pike Brewing, which has been making beer in the heart of Seattle since 1989. Most recently, the independently operated craft brewery introduced a refreshed look, a new head brewer (Leslie Shore) and three new beers.
Danielle Hulton is the owner of Seattle’s Ada’s Technical Books & Cafe and Fuel Coffee. Ada’s focuses on science, technology and science fiction while Fuel Coffee is one of the city’s most iconic, independent coffee shops.
Critically acclaimed author Rachel Linden has opened a new chapter in her writing career with the debut of her latest book, “The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie”—which is set in the heart of the Pacific Northwest and tells a heartwarming tale of redemption.
Seattle native Diane Skwiercz founded Street Treats–offering premium ice cream, ice cream sandwiches, and an assortment of baked goods–in 2010. “From our food truck to cafés and local freezer aisles, our desserts are enjoyed across the Pacific Northwest.”
Diana Naramore is the owner and CVO of Seattle’s Sip and Ship. “Sip and Ship is an urban trifecta created to simplify life’s complexities – combining the warmth of a coffee shop, convenience of mailbox rentals and mailing center with a carefully curated gift shop inside.”
Dani Cone is the founder and CEO of Cone & Steiner, a modern take on the classic general store carrying specialty, local and basic goods in Seattle. “C&S is based on my great-grandfather Sam Cone’s original store of the same name, established in Seattle in 1915 shortly after he came to this country.”
John Sundstrom is the chef/owner of Seattle’s Lark, a hyper-seasonal, locally focused restaurant with a Northwest-meets-Europe menu. “We opened Lark 19 years ago, and we’re still evolving.”
Immigration lawyer, saké sommelier and tasting room associate, Miyuki Yoshida is also a project executive/counsel of Tenzen Springs. For years, the Yoshida family and the entire Tenzen team have worked to make the collection of Japanese natural bath houses built on the side of private minimalist cabins in Skamania County a success.