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In the early 1990s, a group of residents began lobbying Seattle city government to add another sister city to its roster – this time, one from Italy. It would be a first, since at the time Washington State did not …

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to decimate businesses, arts and cultural organizations across the state, every once in a while there comes a silver lining. That was the case this fall when a business in Burien, Wash., forced to close …

If you’re looking for a family whose roots in the museum and art world run deep, you’d be hard-pressed to find one with more extensive experience than the Bufano family. Some might say a bit of showmanship rubbed off as …

More than a century ago, Italian immigrants who had settled in the lush green valleys outside Walla Walla in eastern Washington perfected a sweet onion.  Once considered just a humble local variety, the Walla Walla onion today is prized for …

For nearly 40 years, he’s been an international cult figure, with his royal blue coveralls, bright red hardhat with a white M emblazoned on the front, bushy mustache and startling blue eyes. In fact, a 1991 poll discovered that more …

The Aquilini family knows how to grow a successful business, whether it be a professional ice hockey team or a Washington State wine.  Through its conglomerate Aquilini Investment Group, headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., family members own the National Hockey League’s …

A year into the pandemic, perhaps no business sector has been more gravely affected than the hospitality industry – from restaurants and bars to hotels and inns. Without commitment, determination and a huge dose of creativity, it’s been nearly impossible …

When science writer and Puget Sound resident Eric Scigliano was commissioned to write a book about climate change, he was excited to have the opportunity to travel to Alaska. His research would take him to a remote spot on the …

When Beverly Paladeni Riter retired from a career in public health in 1995, there were no rocking chairs or fuzzy slippers awaiting her. Instead, the mother of three put her nursing talents to use, volunteering with the American Red Cross …

Black truffles and hazelnuts, Rainier cherries and rosebuds, rhubarb root and Willamette Valley hops. Although this may sound like a grocery list for your local farmer’s market, you might be surprised to know these organic ingredients form the basis of …