Word of Mouth: Seattle

Embrace the classics and find some hidden gems in Washington state's biggest city

Washington’s biggest city is surrounded by water—even from above, according to reputation. But Seattle is much more than its weather. With Mount Rainier as its postcard backdrop to the southeast, Seattle might not be the glitziest city in the United States, but its ever-changing nature and appreciation for the unpretentious, the grimy and grungy, is what makes it so appealing. Beyond shopping on Ballard, tasting microbrews …

Behind the Scenes with Slayer Espresso

Inside the innovative coffee machine company's Seattle headquarters

With his father owning a roasting company, founder and CEO of Slayer Espresso Jason Prefontaine grew up quite familiar with the coffee bean. Prefontaine eventually became an espresso machine importer, selling and servicing machines. He then opened a roasting company and learned everything more he could about making coffee. The deeper he got into the world, the more he came to believe that the mechanisms …

Amazon.com Opens a Rainforest-Filled Office

Equal parts greenhouse and office space, Amazon.com’s $4 billion downtown Seattle Spheres structure features verdant walkways and non-traditional, chair-laden meeting spaces. There also happens to be about 40,000 plants of 400 species, creating a rainforest-like environment (72 degrees, humidity at 60%, and a breeze throughout). It’s aimed to provide inspiration to employees. Jeff Bezos actually just opened the doors on the facility, by way of …