Plus: We got a TikTok.
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🌿 How the pandemic propagated houseplant mania

Plus: We got a TikTok.

By Grace Madigan

And just like that, our short week comes to a close. 

Before we get on with the news of the day, I wanted to bring to attention the exciting development that we are now on TikTok. I am well aware that many of you are likely rolling your eyes while others are thinking about how they already spend too much time scrolling through the app as is. 😬 

Whether you’re a fan or indifferent to the platform, rest assured that The Evergrey is going to continue doing what it’s always done, namely, helping Seattleites connect with the city and one another; this is just a new avenue for making that happen.

So if you’re already on TikTok and feel like humoring me, go ahead and give us a follow. I spent an hour making this amateur 20-second video for you, and I’d feel a lot better about how much time I spent on it if I knew it had an audience. And besides, who knows what kind of content I’ll post on there moving forward? 

But enough about TikTok: read on to learn about the houseplant boom, the fall’s most anticipated restaurant openings, and the offerings in our latest Evergrey Extra weekend guide. 

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4 things Seattle is talking about

📐 This Seattle architect built the World Trade Center. Minoru Yamasaki was born and raised in Seattle before enrolling at the University of Washington to study architecture. He eventually started an architectural firm in Detroit and worked on major projects around the world in the employ of the U.S. government. Yamasaki helped design the Pacific Science Center, landing him the gig to design the World Trade Center. Read this story memorializing Yamasaki in honor of the 20-year mark since the 9/11 attacks. (Crosscut)

🌿How much would you spend on a houseplant? Like any other collector hobby, plants can get expensive. Like really expensive: try $18,888 for one plant alone. Local stores like the Peace Love and Happiness Club have benefitted from this newfound plant passion and saw a spike in business over the past year and a half. Neil Silverman, the co-owner of the store, attributes the boom in business to “earth-minded Gen Z and millennial shoppers, Seattle’s natural plant-friendly culture, and lockdown.” They recently opened a new additional space geared specifically toward collectors prepared to drop a pretty penny to satisfy their green thumb. (The Seattle Times)

🍴 Running a food truck in Seattle comes with its challenges. Ignoring the host of headaches brought on by COVID-19, independent food trucks have always struggled in the city. That’s because Seattle doesn’t make things easy for them to operate: Between the high overhead costs (health permit and review fees, price to lease space on private property, fire permits, and rent for access to a commissary kitchen) and finding a consistent location to set up at, there’s no shortage of logistical issues to sort out. Regulation and permitting have improved over the years, but for many of these types of vendors, opening a brick-and-mortar store remains the ultimate end goal. (Eater Seattle)

😋Here are some local restaurant openings you can look forward to this fall. Food writer Naomi Tomky gives the rundown of the most exciting new places you’ll want to keep your eyes on these next few months. From Black Coffee NW’s second location to another and beer taproom, there’s a lot to get pumped about. (Seattle PI)

Get your weekend planned for you, by us

No plans for the weekend? Need ideas? We got you — er — our Evergrey Extra members covered. Every Friday we provide a specially curated weekend guide for our paying readers as a heartfelt thank you for supporting this newsletter. Besides sharing events and cool things to check out you won’t find elsewhere in the newsletter, we also dish on food and reading recs. 

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🎵  Check out the Queen Anne Days festival which has a lineup of artists set to perform (Queen Anne) — through Saturday

🌈  Attend "Queer Me Out," a discussion about the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community (Downtown)

📽️  Watch the Virtual Film Aalto with the National Nordic Museum(Online)


✨  Weave Like a Viking with our Virtual Viking Metal-Weaving Bracelet Class(Online)

🌊  Gallery Talk: Among Forests and Lakes(Ballard)

🌱  Add a new plant to your collection at Volunteer Park Conservatory's Fall Plant Sale (Capitol Hill) — through Sunday

🌼  Learn rosemaling with Marilyn Hansen(Ballard)


🎶  Enjoy another installment of Music at the Mural as Seattle Center Festál presents the Djeliyah Band (Uptown)

🎉  Free Community Celebration of Movement, Transportation & Play(Downtown Redmond )


🌲  A direct, hands-on Summit that examines the unique challenges, as well as the opportunities, in preparing our region for the impacts of climate disruption(Downtown/Online)

📡  Nordic Innovation Series: Diplomats in Dialogue(Ballard)


👪  Unhoused, The unseen crisis affecting children and families. A 2-part community conversation with experts on family homelessness.(Online)

🇺🇸  Tune in for a Crosscut LIVE conversation with Michael Kirk, director of the new FRONTLINE documentary, America After 9/11 (Online)


🥕  Do you dream of canning your own better-than-store-bought pickled vegetables? Come make your own at The Works "Pantry Pickles" class!(Capitol Hill)

📖  Join KCTS 9 and Third Place Books for a conversation about Elise Hooper’s novel, Fast Girls and the role athletes play in society (Online)


🐫  Want to add a cute phrase or snarky saying to your embroidery?(Ballard)

💐  Whether you’re grabbing them at Trader Joe’s or the local farmer’s market, come learn how to make the most of your flowers this Fall at The Works "Floral Arranging" class!(Capitol Hill)

🎉  Celebrate Real Change's 27th anniversary with local comedian Brett Hamil and David Delgado from REACH (Online)

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One more thing …

As promised from yesterday, we’re ending things around here every day with a recommendation from your editor.

Today’s recommendation: “Resettling Afghan refugees in WA: What’s different this time” — This article from “Crosscut” about resettling Afghan refugees and how it looks different than it did in the ‘70s (when Washington resettled thousands of Vietnamese refugees) is a must-read. 

Go have an excellent weekend and I’ll see you next Tuesday. 👋

— Grace at The Evergrey

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