As we admire the famous Summer Solstice here in the Northwest, we thought it would be a good time to ponder, pontificate, and pointedly talk about why we like Seattle so much.
Maybe it’s the long, long summer nights in July and August, which do not shut down until nearly 10PM. Maybe it is walking in the footsteps of tech giants like Microsoft, Amazon, and other contenders, or perhaps it is the great food, culture, and yes, coffee shops. Let the Highlighter team tell you why.
With a little polling, a little trolling, we have come up with some of our favorite things, people, companies, and spots in the Emerald City.
Favorite Places and Food
Nate Whitehill, our Chief Creative Officer and Designer of All Things of Awesomeness, is a huge fan of Petra Bistro, a mediterranean haunt in Belltown. Nate also rides his bike to and from work each day, which gives him the chance to ride past our beautiful downtown park, The Olympic Sculpture Garden, just two blocks away from the Highlighter offices at the foot of Denny Street in Lower Queen Anne.
Gaurav Bhatnagar, our CTO and most recent hire, loves to hit up the Seattle Farmer’s Markets on the weekend, especially the ones in Fremont and Ballard. He is also a huge fan of Seattle investment group Founder’s Co-Op, where he met our CEO, Josh Mullineaux.
People and Companies We Admire
Some of us are graduates of the local tech companies like Amazon and Microsoft and all of us are admirers of these companies and what they mean to the Seattle tech scene. We all follow the clever and timely reporting from the lads and lady scribes at Geek Wire News for our latest fix of what is important. For company favorites, we are all over the map.
Roger Blancarte, our lead front-end developer, has been buzzing around Seattle for several years and in the Puget Sound all his life. He has followed many of the tech companies in Seattle, particularly those participating in Tech Stars. He is a huge fan of Seattle company Cheezburger, Inc., and CEO Ben Huh, whose offices are steps away from the Highlighter world headquarters.
I myself love the bike ride to work from my home in South Seattle to the Highlighter offices in Lower Queen Anne. People come into Seattle by all kinds of commutes.
The ferries from the islands bring in folks, light rail and commuter trains from outer communities both north and south; Amtrak carries people from Vancouver and Portland into our world as well.
People from Capitol Hill and the International District will walk down the hill in the morning and then dread the steep hike back up to their homes later in the evening. But when the sun is out on a Friday late in June, there is not much better place to be. Come visit us sometime. If you are not from here, you will love it. If you are from here, you already know.