Free Rainbow Cake at Cupcake Royale Today!

In appreciation of the approval of Referendum 74 this week after elections in Washington State, Cupcake Royale on Capitol Hill is inviting the community to come out and celebrate, and dive into a free piece of what they’re claiming is the world’s largest rainbow cake (shaped in the state of Washington with Rainbow sprinkles on top!).

Photo Courtesy of Cupcake Royale

The cake will be cut at 3:00PM this afternoon and slices will be served until it’s gone. If you miss the freebies, but still want to celebrate, all Cupcake Royale locations are serving “Gaybies” mini rainbow cupcakes, and Obamacakes now through Sunday. See you on the Hill!

Starbucks Accepting Square Wallet Payments Today

We’ve been hearing about the new Square Inc mobile payment system for a few months now, and today it’s official; 7,000 Starbucks locations across the US are now accepting the Square Wallet mobile payment. According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, Starbucks invested $25 million in the Square start-up company, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz joined the company’s board of directors.

Customers can now download the Square Wallet app, and use the Square payment system by linking their debit/credit card, and clicking pay here to a near by Starbucks location. All the barista has to do is scan a QR code on your phone and the payment is processed. Customers can still make mobile payments using the Starbucks App, which acts as a mobile gift card, but the Square wallet App takes away the inconvenience of having to worry about loading and reloading the account. The Square App also keeps track of each transaction, which will come in handy if you’d like to know how much you’re spending on coffee. Download the wallet app for a list of participating Starbucks in your neighborhood.

Good Bye Plastic Bags, Hello Sustainable Seattle!

After this weekend, the plastic bag ban in Seattle will go into affect July 1st, so if you haven’t already been accumulating some reusable grocery totes, this weekend might be a good time to get your hands on a few! The law states that all retail stores are prohibited from providing customers with single use plastic carry out bags, even those advertised as compostable, biodegradable, etc.

Retail stores will now be providing customers with any size recyclable paper bag, at a cost of a minimum of 5 cents per bag. Bag charges will show up on customer receipts, a friendly reminder to bring your totes with you next time you pick up your groceries. If you’re picking up party favors and fireworks this weekend for the July 4th holiday, say your goodbyes to the plastic bag for the week to come! If you haven’t picked up any bags yet, Safeway stores in Seattle will give away 32,000 free reusable totes this Sunday in preparation for the Bag Ban.

 

Seattle Beaches Have Lifeguards!

This upcoming Saturday June 23 will hopefully bring some sunshine to Seattle, as it marks the opening of several of Seattle’s wading pools and is the first day of summer that lifeguards will head to their posts 7 days a week, (weather permitting).

Lifeguards will be on duty noon-7pm Mondays-Fridays, and 11-am-7pm Saturdays and Sundays beginning this weekend through the 26th of August, at various beaches around the city including Madrona Park BeachEast & West Green Lake Beaches, Magnuson Park Beach, and Pritchard Beach, and through Sept 3rd at Madison ParkMt Baker, Seward Park, and Matthews beaches. We all know when the sun pokes out it’s not surprising to find Seattleites in their shorts and sundresses in 60 degree weather; why not join the masses this summer for some much needed vitamin D at the beach.

2012 Farmer’s Markets Summer Season Updates

If you weren’t out enjoying this lovely turn of the weather this weekend you were one of few; as the sun starts to come out, so do the summer crops and the local farmers markets will open in a few weeks with a ton of fresh new produce. The 2012 farmer’s market season took off running this year, with some markets already up and others soon to follow in the next few weeks. The surrounding Seattle areas will have a few new faces like the Shoreline Farmer’s Market that will open June 16th and will close down others like the

Photo Courtesy of Zachary D. Lyons, copyright from the 2011 Wallingford Farmer's Market

Georgetown market, who didn’t see enough foot traffic the last few years, but hopes to return in the fall with more people coming in and out of the neighborhood. Keep in mind the U District and West Seattle Markets run year round; here is a list of openings to look out for when you’re in the neighborhood:

Burien: 11am-6pm Thursdays

Columbia City: 3-7pm Wednesdays ( and will open early to chefs only to check out the loot before the crowds, from 2-3pm)

Lake City: 3-7pm Thursdays, beginning June 14.

Phinney: 3-7pm Fridays, starting June 3rd.

Madrona: 3-7pm Fridays beginning May 18th.

Magnolia: 10am-2pm, Saturdays starting June 9th.

Queen Anne: 3-7:30pm Thursdays, beginning June 7th.

Wallingford: 3:30-7pm Wednesdays beginning May 30th, (opening early for chefs only from 3-3:30)