Lendy Hensley is the co-founder of Bite Society, a Seattle company that was born during the pandemic. “At Bite Society, we’ve made gift baskets cool again.”
Sioned Abuan is a Seattle-based maternity and motherhood photographer. “Mothers have so much on their plates already. It’s such a joy for me to help alleviate some of that stress and deliver a unique experience customized to them and their family!”
What’s not to love about a love story? These nine Washington-based couples (several of whom are in business together!) discuss their meet cutes, their most cherished traditions and date nights and what their happily ever after has in store.
Shelby Elmore is the director of marketing and brand design of Ascend Hospitality Group, a Black- and female-led locally owned restaurant group based in Bellevue. “My job is to be the North Star of each of AHG’s 8 concepts to ensure that everything — from marketing, and advertising, to design and innovation — fits the different immersive guest experiences.”
Executive Chef Tyler Rebman is the co-owner of Fireside, a new restaurant located in the heart of Downtown Burien. “It’s been fun to bring a bit of the Midwest to the PNW.”
Whitney Brown is the general manager of Thompson Seattle, a luxury and lifestyle hotel in the heart of Downtown Seattle. Brown has been a part of leading the hotel to be a three-time winner of the Conde Nast Reader’s Choice Award for best hotel in the Pacific Northwest.
The artistry that goes behind a thoughtfully crafted cocktail is a gift that few possess—though you could argue that in Washington’s thriving mixology and spirits scene, it’s one that’s proven to be pretty abundant.
Kendra Ann Sherrill is the festival director of the Children’s Film Festival Seattle, the largest festival on the West Coast dedicated to children and their families. The 17th Annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle comes to Northwest Film Forum–and streams virtually–from Feb. 11 to Feb. 20.
Mary C. Ransdell is the executive and artistic director of The Seattle Series, which presents classical music by celebrating world-class musicians. “What a privilege it is for us—the board, volunteers, attendees—to hear and see such skill, passion, and energy in an intimate setting.”
Eric Anderson is the chef and owner of Samara, located in the Sunset Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Samara is a comfortable, intimate wood-fueled bistro offering a seasonal menu that celebrates local vegetables, sustainable seafood and heritage breed animals.