Shop around the Block
Glassworks, comics and jets in Georgetown
A fresh look at holiday shopping opportunities in an interesting Seattle shopping district: Georgetown.
Seattle Times travel staff
The hot blocks
Around Airport Way South between South Lucile Street and 13th Avenue South
Georgetown mixes urban grit and history with eclectic shopping and dining along a stretch of Airport Way South. Shops, art studios, bars and restaurants are tucked into century-old brick buildings on the west side. The neighborhood is liveliest on the second Saturday of each month when Georgetown holds its Art Attack studio tours and events (www.georgetownartattack.com).
On the east is a hulking brick building, one of the biggest breweries in the U.S. in the early 1900s (and the original home of Rainier Brewery). Part is restored; much remains derelict. Just behind, freight trains clatter past and traffic roars along Interstate 5. Overhead, planes cruise startlingly low into nearby Boeing Field.
• At Totally Blown Glassworks, watch artists fire glass in a blazing kiln and shape it into vases, bowls and more. Artwork is stacked for sale on metal shelves. Drinking glasses with bright stripes are $25. Bargain find: Shimmering glass floats, 4 inches across, $15. 5607 Corson Ave. S. (at the corner of Airport Way South). www.totallyblownglass.com.
• Useful Vintage Goods, 5531 Airport Way S., brims with offbeat items, such as one-of-a-kind coat hooks made with century-old French wooden shoemakers' forms ($95). Bargain find: 1950s pocketknives embossed with images of buxom, semi-naked women ($12). www.usefulvintagegoods.com.
• Fantagraphics, 1201 S. Vale St., is heaven for fans of comics and vinyl records. Buy almost any Beatles album for $15 to $40. Get four years of Peanuts cartoons in a two-volume boxed set ($49.95). Bargain find: A selection of vintage comics for a couple bucks. www.fantagraphics.com.
Traffic thunders just a few feet from the windows of the Cutting Board, 5503 Airport Way S., but it's cozy inside the six-table Japanese restaurant. Rib-sticking bento boxes with deep-fried fish, pork or Japanese-style curry are $8.99. www.cuttingboardseattle.com.
Perch at a French country-style table in Ground Control Espresso (6105 13th Ave. S., just off Airport Way South) for a hot chocolate ($2.50) and pastry amid shelves laden with trinkets from a neighboring vintage shop.
— Kristin Jackson, Seattle Times travel staff
Sam and Sara Lucchese create handmade pasta out of their kitchen-garage adjacent to their Ballard home. Here, they illustrate the final steps in making pappardelle pasta.
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