Perennial Tea Room

Set in the heart of Pike Place Market the Perennial Tea Room has to be my favorite tea shops in Seattle, I have been going there for as long as I have lived here. Located in Post Alley, in close proximity to Kells Pub, the Post Restaurant and the White Horse Trading Company it is easy to spot with the brightly colored rainbow flags that hang outside.

Perennial Tea Room

Inside, the store is as cute as any store could be.   Filled with wonderful tea’s, beautifully made tea pots and cups and of course snacks to compliment your tea habits.  My favorite of which has to be the McVitie’s English Biscuits Digestives that is perfect to dunk into your tea. Clearly as someone with British heritage, I’m somewhat bias towards tea! But for me the huge range of flavors and distinctive aroma’s far outweigh whatever coffee can offer for which Seattle is famous for.  The Perennial Tea Room is the perfect place to experience teas in their finest form.

Perennial Tea Room

Owned by Julee Rosanoff and Susan Zuege the store is a mecca for tea lovers and those that are new to the art of tea.  One thing that I love is that the teas are all within arm’s reach and the staff encourage you to pull down the vessels holding the tea and smell the aroma from the many different varieties and blends.  It’s a great way to figure out what you like and the knowledgeable staff is always available to help guide you depending on your tastes.

For those busy visitors to Pike Place you might be in need of a break and the Tea Room always have daily teas that are brewed fresh.  It’s the perfect encouragement you to take a break, grab a seat and enjoy a cup.  If you visited the Perennial Tea Room and then left Seattle, don’t forget that they have a great online store too so you can buy your teas and have them ship directly to you.  How easy is that!

Perennial Tea Room

A few weeks ago I got to sit down with Julee and Sue, over a pot of tea of course and asked them about their wonderful store.  Here they are:

Perennial Tea Room

Tell us about yourself?

Julee: I was born in Springfield, Missouri and grew up in Southern California. I moved to Seattle in 1975 to attend graduate school at the UW and decided to stay for the fall colors and mild winter snows.

Sue: I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  I came to Seattle in 1975 after graduating from University of Wisc. Millwaukee, to get away from the winter snows and the summer mosquitos and humidity.

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Tell us a little about the business? 

We opened the Perennial Tea Room in December of 1990 in Post Alley in the historic Pike Place Market. Prior to that we had been working out of our homes holding buying parties and shortbread tastings for our friends and a growing mailing list. A local hotel was kind enough to let is teach classes in how to create a 4 course afternoon tea. We finally decided that instead of doing this as a ‘hobby’ we needed to actually open a store.

Perennial Tea Room

What is your special ingredient?

From the beginning we have always sold products, tea and tea wares, that we like and use ourselves. The shop grew out of our love of tea. We give personnel service to our customers whether new to tea or experts themselves.

Perennial Tea Room

What is a favorite local café or restaurant that you love? 

Julee:  Way too many choices! I rely on Turkish Delight and Beechers for lunches in the Market as well as the Virginia Inn for the occasional dinner out.

Sue: There are so much to choose from, but I would have to say Michou in the Pike Place Market because it is my fall back lunch place.  That said Le Panier for my occasional coffee and of course their French pastries.

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How do you spend your free time?

Julee: My hobbies are long walks – I do two half marathons a year and work to keep in shape in-between. I also read a lot and keep my local Seattle Public Library busy finding books for me to place on hold. I also enjoy movies with consideration of Academy Award nominations and awards.

Sue: My hobby is maintaining and reading all the incredible books on my Seattle Public Library hold list. I also enjoy cooking – the Mario Batali and Nigel Slater schools of cooking. Great ingredients, lots of improvisation with ingredients based on what is in the fridge, cooking interesting things everyday, not just for special occasions. I also enjoy old movies on TCM and anything starring David Tennant or Benedict Cumberbatch.

You can find Perennial Tea Room in the Pike Place Market. The specific address is 1910 Post Alley, Seattle, WA. 98101.  If you are in the market area I would highly recommend a visit.

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This local’s guide to Seattle is a new project for me.  I have two more to publish and a number of photo shoots scheduled for the coming month. To view other places that I love click here.

By |December 31st, 2013|Phil's Local Guide to Seattle, Seattle|0 Comments

Kuhlman Men’s and Women’s Clothing

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Kuhlman is probably my favorite clothing store in Seattle and I have been shopping there for close to ten years.  It is set in the heart of Belltown, but clearly off the beaten path from the traditional retail core. A charming little store located in a historic building that is packed full of clothing gems and accessories.  Expect to come in looking for something specific and leave with lots of other items as well.

One of the many reasons that I love Kuhlman is that they are always trying to find brands that you typically don’t find in Seattle. In some cases it’s a new designer that is starting out in the industry. In other cases it’s a well-established brand in other parts of the world, but those that haven’t made it to our small city yet.  And gosh, if you ever want a custom suit that is tailored just for you – go to Kuhlman.

One of the big changes that Kuhlman has made in the last couple of years is to open an online store. So if you happen to visit and regret not buying something before leaving town there is a good chance that you can buy online from them.

These days the clothing tends to skew more towards men with maybe 60-70% focused on male items. Which frankly is great!  In Seattle, most of our clothing stores cater towards the ladies and not us boys. Recently I got the chance to sit down with Scott the owner and chat to him about his background.  Although I have known Scott for years, I never knew that he had some of his boutique clothing in another one of my Seattle favorites – Fast Forward.  Go figure!  Alas, that store has long closed up.

So with that, here is Scott.

 

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Seattle Local GuideTell us about yourself?

I grew up in Spokane, in eastern Washington, which is culturally more akin to the Midwest than to the left coast. I studied art and Japanese at Western Washington University in Bellingham then moved to Seattle’s Belltown in the 1980s. At that time Belltown was a rather neglected part of the city with an interesting mix of pensioners, sailors and artists living and working here. I made jewelry and sold it through a shop in the Pike Place market that specialized in local designer clothing and accessories. I later had some clothing in another Belltown boutique called Fast Forward.

 

Seattle Local GuideTell us a little about the business? 

Kuhlman opened in 1999 in the historic Glaser building, built in 1909. A number of likeminded businesses – the original Ace Hotel, Rudy’s barbershop and the Cyclops restaurant – also opened in the Glaser around the same time.

 

Seattle Local GuideWhat is your special ingredient?

We do a lot of different things at Kuhlman. We carry smaller and emerging designers as well as a number of “heritage brands” like Barbour, Original Penguin, Farah, Schott and Fred Perry. We have everything from t-shirts, shorts and sundresses to European-cut suits and tuxedos. We also make bespoke suits and shirts. This is the highest level of custom garment making where we make a pattern specifically for you and do multiple fittings to ensure perfect fit. If you need a garment you already own altered or repaired we can help you with that as well. We put a lot of blown-out jeans back in action.

 

How do you spend your free time?

I cycle year around for enjoyment and to get around much more quickly than I can in a car. Weather permitting I play tennis two to three times a week.

What is a favorite local café or restaurant that you love? 

I like Local 360 for its great variety of tasty and un-pretentious dishes with the focus on our local bounty. For delicious drinks I love visiting Erik at Zig Zag in the Pike Place Market Hillclimb. If I can’t get a seat there Il Bistro is also excellent. For great views and happy hour food I like The Edgewater.

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You can find Kuhlman on 1st and Wall in Belltown. The specific address is 2419 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121.

If you are visiting Seattle or are a local looking for a new cloths or accessories, I would definitely recommend a visit.

 

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This local’s guide to Seattle is a new project for me.  I have a number of photo shoots scheduled for the coming month. To view other places that I love click here.

By |November 15th, 2013|Phil's Local Guide to Seattle, Popular, Seattle|0 Comments