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Essentials
Like its NW counterpart, NE Seattle is a smattering of obscure neighborhoods and a horrid blight (Lake City Way). The neighborhood's defining monstrosity, Northgate Mall--the nation's first--should probably be avoided unless you're nostalgic for Forever 21. On the upside, the residential areas are quaint and hide a few gems. The libraries are good, the parks clean, and it's...um, a nice place to raise kids? If it's any consolation, it gets worse in Shoreline.

Sundries/Entertainment
Enat Ethiopian is widely considered the city's best Ethiopian restaurant. "Noteworthy" bars can be counted on one hand mangled in a gruesome industrial accident. If your luck has really run out, try one of the crusty pubs along Lake City Way. The beer is cheap and the conversation priceless.




         



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Posted By:  Karen Watson
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Emerald City Tattoo
Getting inked at Emerald City gives the phrase "letting it all hang out" a new dimension. Crammed into a triangular space with half an address, those under the needle really get to know each other. Still want to get that Marvin the Martian tattooed on your ass? Be prepared to show that stretch-marked cheek to every walk-in, passerby, and fellow customer. The guys at Emerald City haven't given in to the reality show concept of a tattoo shop so they don't advertise, they don't have an office manager, and there aren't screened off areas for the shy. Fantastic artists and a low-key vibe are what draw in the customers and keep them coming back. Seattle isn't lacking in tattoo shops or heavily tattooed people, but if you are still looking for your local tattoo home, seriously consider these six talented artists.



Posted By:  Suzanne Rugh
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Northgate Mall
I know it may be a bit premature to report this but the greatest shoe store of all time (I understand the gravity of that statement and I stand by it) is finally coming to Seattle. DSW will welcome its already adoring public and soon-to-be-converts into rows and rows of neatly displayed shoes. If you’ve never been to any of their locations (there’s one at the Factoria Mall) you’re in for a treat. It is just as the name suggests—a giant shoe store that stocks the latest designer styles at significant discounts—but oh so much more than you can ever imagine because it’s clean, well stocked and overwhelmingly big. The best part is, you can cruise around and try on whatever you like because the sizes are all out there for you. That means you get to put on that ridiculous pair of four-inch leopard pumps that you secretly love and catch a glimpse of your smoking hot self without bothering a prissy sales person. They have men’s shoes and some accessories as well but the abundance of women’s shoes is enough to make any girl swoon. Am I gushing? I’m gushing.



Posted By:  Karen Watson
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Nathan Hale High
At 5:30 pm, most drivers are white knuckling their steering wheels in Seattle traffic. Not me. Inside the safe bubble of my Subaru I am singing along to Just Jack. “Why you gotta go and put stars in their eyes? It’s a long way to come from your private bedroom dance routines and Saturday night’s drunken dreams.” Ain’t that the truth. Maybe I love electronica and dance music because I grew up on the keyboard-heavy music of the 80s. Whatever the reason, I have C-89.5 to thank for supplying me with my fix of European dance hits from artists like Eric Prydz, Groove Armada, Justice, Freemasons, and Armand vanHelden. This station isn’t just another cookie-cutter Clear Channel holding. For over 35 years, C-89.5 has been broadcasting from Nathan Hale High School and is entirely managed by students as part of a radio broadcasting course. If you can’t bear hearing another Dave Matthews Band song on The Mountain or Fergie on one of our various hip-hop channels, tune into the sweet sounds of high school students reading news briefs between the latest dance hits.



Posted By:  Suzanne Rugh
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Northgate Mall
We all knew the Northgate Mall was a little outdated. Walking in was like taking a trip back in time to the regrettable early nineties. Especially the sad west end that was never even worth the hike to begin with because the only thing you’d find were those nerdy stores, Wizards of the Coast and Gottschalks (which always made me feel dirty for some reason). For all of you that gave up on the Northgate Mall, it’s worth a trip back. They are totally revamping the country’s first indoor mall (or so the story goes) especially the west end with a brand new Barnes and Noble (already open). They’ve even kicked out the Wizards and Gottschalks to make way for a DSW and Bed Bath and Beyond (both coming soon). A host of new stores are sporadically opening up throughout including a Wet Seal and a Torrid among other actual clothing stores to hopefully replace all of those jewelry shops (how the hell they stayed in business I’ll never know). You’ll also find new restaurants like the Ram, Macaroni Grill and some steak house that’s apparently a chain but I’ve never heard of it (Stanford’s, who?). I know none of these stores are ground breaking or even that exciting but at least they’re trying to replace the stank with a little swank.




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