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🛒 Say goodbye to Central Market and hello to Town & Country

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By Grace Madigan

We made it. It’s Friday!

Consider this your warning/me wishing you the best of luck if you’re hitting the open road this long weekend. Traffic is expected to be wild and “The Seattle Times” has been nice enough to provide some tips on how to avoid the worst of it.

Additionally, you will want to keep your eye on the ferry schedule if you’re headed across the water. Crew shortages and COVID-19 cases are wreaking havoc on the Washington State Ferries and may mean longer wait times and delays in the sailing schedule. As someone who has waited for many ferries for many hours, consider packing yourself some snacks so you don’t get hangry and a pillow so that you can get some shut-eye to pass the time. 

Keep reading to catch up on the news and check out our little Q&A with Tapster founder Roman Maliszewski. 

Can always count on Mt. Rainier to take our breath away. 🏔|Tag @the_evergrey or use #theevergrey to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @travelingbhat

3 things Seattle is talking about

🛒Seattle’s favorite local grocery store chain is changing its name. The much-beloved Central Market, which has locations in Mill Creek, Poulsbo, and Shoreline (my go-to childhood store), will be known as Town & Country going forward. The group’s two locations in Bellevue and on Bainbridge Island are already called Town & Country. Their sixth store, the Ballard Market, will also change its name to match the others. (Seattle PI)

🍺 Beer and books. Chuck’s Hop Shop is expanding to Seward Park and taking over the bar and restaurant space previously home to Raconteur inside Third Place Books. Details are still coming together but on the agenda are an “espresso bar, a TBD restaurant concept, and well-curated tap list.” All, of course, with the same laid-back vibe that brought their other two locations much success. (Seattle Met)

😷 The new mask mandate applies to outdoor events in King County. Starting next Tuesday, outdoor gatherings with 500 or more people will need to require masks regardless of vaccination status. King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin cited the evolving COVID-19 outbreak for the new mandate. This will mean folks will need to mask up at events at Lumen Field and T-Mobile Park. (The Seattle Times)

Have a drink with...Tapster

Photo courtesy of Tapster

On Wednesday we chatted with Roman Maliszewski, the founder of Tapster, in our “Have a Drink” series on Instagram Live which you can find here. Tapster is a self-pour concept that originated in Chicago, but thanks to a friend in Seattle, Roman decided to bring his concept here. The South Lake Union taproom allows customers to pour their own beer, kinda like a self-serve frozen yogurt shop. They host drag nights, comedy shows, and more fun events year-round. Read on to find out a little more about Roman and Tapster. 

What's your favorite part about your job?

Creatively bringing a fun way to sample different drinks in a new setting

What's your favorite hidden gem in Seattle?

Amazing Thai in U Village

Where are two places you'd take an out-of-town guest?

Discovery Park & Tapster

If you were to give a piece of advice to a newcomer to Seattle, what would it be?

Get outside and see the beauty of the surrounding areas.

If you could change anything about Seattle, what would it be?

I'd make it a later city. Things close early here and people don't stay out as late as they do in the Midwest and East Coast.

Who or what are 5 Seattle people or organizations more people should know about?

Tapster, Cask & Trotter, The Zoo, Taste of India, The Barkery

Anything else you'd like to share about your work/business? (Any upcoming events or ways people can support you!)

We have a partnership with Cask & Trotter where our customers can order food from QR codes on tables in Tapster. The order goes directly to Cask & Trotter's kitchen and they deliver to your table within 15 minutes.

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Support local journalism and get extra exclusive content on top of it. Sounds like a win-win right? Today, Evergrey Extra members are getting a specially curated weekend itinerary. You know you want one too. Head over here to sign up for just $4/month or $40 for the whole year!

Today

🎧 Don't miss the last Beats and Eats at Pier 62 featuring DJ Riz from KEXP (Downtown)

🎸See the retro-rock band Shannon & The Clams live at The Neptune (U District)

Tomorrow

🌈The official PrideFest celebration is this weekend and they've got a lineup of DJs, drag shows, and other performances to catch (Capitol Hill) — through Sunday

🎤Live performances, eco-art installations, workshops, and science talks and more at Created Commons in Westcrest Park(West Seattle)

🎸Danny Newcomb Band, Small Paul, & The Drifter Luke at Slim's Last Chance(SoDo)

🐭Virtual Nordic Stories: The Tall Man and the Small Mouse(Online)

Sunday

📗Virtual Book Talk: Meet the Author with Long Litt Woon(Online)

🐾Got a Scent Hound? Bring them to the Dog Yard Bar's Scent Hound Meetup (Ballard)

⚽️Enjoy some college soccer and watch Seattle U take on Megan Rapinoe's alma mater, University of Portland (Capitol Hill)

Monday

🍄Learn about foraging mushrooms here in the PNW (Online)

Tuesday

📚Hear Susan Nguyen read from her book of poems, "Dear Diaspora" (Online)

🎹See Davina and the Vagabonds at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley (Belltown)

Wednesday

🎨Learn about the work of local artists creating art that challenges structures of power in the global fight for social justice. (online)

That’s all for today

I’m taking Monday off as I hope many of you are too so there will be no newsletter in your inbox again until Wednesday. Don’t miss me too much. 😉

— Grace at The Evergrey

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