Sarah Crowe and Isaac Novak are the co-founders of Upper Left Comedy Festival, a new Seattle-based comedy fest featuring three days–May 12 to May 14–of stand-up and performance events in Capitol Hill, featuring comedians from the PNW and beyond. (Get your tickets festival here.)
Trinh Nguyen is the chef/owner of Ba Sa Restaurant. Located on Bainbridge Island, Ba Sa is a Vietnamese restaurant inspired by Pacific Northwest ingredients and French techniques.
Whether it be advocating for women, children and families experiencing homelessness, prioritizing access to education for underserved populations and people of color or aiding those in the restaurant and hospitality industry facing financial and emotional crisis, this philanthropy-minded group is showing up for Washington and its communities in a big way.
Garry Montag is the owner of The Stowaway Wine Bar and co-owner of Rising Tide Tavern, two of Seabrook’s most adored dining destinations. “The Stowaway is moving to our new location next door where we are expanding our menu, hosting more wine events and scheduling live music – all with an ocean view!”
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.