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INTENTIONALIST: Where to Grab a Slice in Seattle on Pi Day

by Kristina Rivera


Intentionalist is built on one simple idea: where we spend our money matters. We make it easy to find, learn about, and support small businesses and the diverse people behind them through everyday decisions about where we eat, drink, and shop. #SpendLikeItMatters

March 14 is Pi Day, and at Intentionalist, we firmly believe the world would be a better place if all math were accompanied by dessert. 

The first Pi Day (also Einstein’s birthday) was celebrated by physicist Larry Shaw in 1988 because the date, 3/14, represents the first three digits of the famous number pi π, a mathematical constant whose decimal form never ends or becomes repetitive. Shaw rang in the first holiday at the Exploratorium, an interactive science museum in San Francisco, where festivities included a circular parade and the enjoyment of fruit pies.

In 2009, the House of Representatives passed legislation for Pi Day to officially become a holiday, and local restaurants and bakeries alike have been ins-pie-red to celebrate it ever since.

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Four Cafes and a Pandemic: How South End Coffee Hubs Survive, Thrive, and Fuel Community Amid COVID

by Ari McKenna (photos by Zion Thomas) 


The owners of four beloved South Seattle cafes — Beach Bakery, Cafe Avole, Cafe Red, and The Station — recount the stories of their opening, discuss the impact of the pandemic, and look cautiously towards the future.

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Amy O’Connell of Beach Bakery (Photo: Zion Thomas)

Beach Bakery’s proprietor, Amy O’Connell, has been around the block and back in food service, whether it’s waiting tables, cooking diner food, bartending, washing dishes, or cooking gourmet cuisine. She’s sought further insight, travelling on a shoestring budget to experience the food cultures of various countries in Europe and provinces of Mexico. Amy’s also been to hell and back. Fortunately for the South End, she eventually figured out exactly how she wanted to express herself in the industry: “The more down to earth, the more comfortable food is, the more comforting food is, the better I am with it, and the better I am sharing it with other people.”

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Emerald Asks: What Are Your Favorite Hidden Gems in the South End?

by Emerald Staff

The South Seattle Emerald asks readers a question via our Facebook page, Twitter feed and newsletter. This time we wanted to know: What are your favorite hidden gems in the South End?

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Emerald Question of the Week: Where Do You Get the Best Cup of Coffee in the South End?

by Emerald Staff

The South Seattle Emerald asks readers a question each week via our Facebook page, Twitter feed and newsletter. This week we wanted to know: Where do you find the best cup of coffee in the South End?

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Rainier Beach Baker’s Passion for Pastries Matches Love for Community

by Matt Mills McKnight

Before the sun begins to peek over Lake Washington, six days a week Amy O’Connell can be found nearby in her kitchen at Rainier Avenue S and S Kenyon Street preparing baked goods with love at her new venture Beach Bakery. Continue reading Rainier Beach Baker’s Passion for Pastries Matches Love for Community