Snow Day in Denny Park

When the days get colder, we all hope for the magic of a Snow Day. A chance to escape the drudgery of your day and go out and play. But when days get colder, the nights get longer and that is when the magic truly happens. Is there anything more magical than a Snow Day night? For five weeks this winter, we took over Denny Park, Seattle’s oldest park, to create a magical, immersive winter light installation. In South Lake Union, every day was Snow Day.

In the fall of 2018, Friends of Denny Park & Amazon came to us with a vision of creating a family-friendly, interactive event that would drive people to South Lake Union after hours and give local businesses a boost during the holidays. Even though it doesn’t snow often in Seattle, everyone loves the excitement of a Snow Day, so we decided to recreate this feeling with an immersive lighting display in Seattle’s oldest park.

We strung over 30,000 lights throughout the park, turning it into a winter wonderland. We kicked off the festivities with a Grand Opening Party with a holiday market, beer garden, food trucks, live music, stilt walkers and more. KEXP’s DJ Troy Nelson curated a Snow Day playlist for the festivities, an ice sculptor carved a custom Snow Day installation, and attendees could get their picture taken inside a giant Snow Globe . Event goers were able to experience fun, winter activities all while taking in the immersive scene that lit up Denny Park. After the opening party, the lights remained up for 5 weeks.

Over the course of the 5 weeks, between 20,000 to 50,000 people visited Denny Park to see the lights. The holiday season was an especially wonderful time to activate the park. Providing joy to the neighborhood as well as drawing in more people to this historic park in Seattle was extremely rewarding and exciting.

With this much success and support in the first year of Snow Day, we are very excited to build on the event for next year, and all the years to come all while engaging more and more of the local community!

Check out our Snow Day Video!

Sarah Kinney
Polite Society Picks - Shop Small in Seattle
Photo by Yvonne Chan at Ritual

Photo by Yvonne Chan at Ritual

Here at Polite Society we are big fans of supporting other small businesses, so for this installment of our blog we asked our staff to share their favorite place to shop small in Seattle.

Hans: Retrofit Home.  Not just a furniture/home furnishings store -  they always seem to find something fresh and local - Plus for 14 years they have been doing a $100 and under group art show supporting some great local artists.  Love!

Shelby: Baleen in Ballard is my go-to shop for unique, handmade jewelry & accessories for myself, as well as interesting gifts for others. The owners are fans of of good design and believe that thoughtful, beautiful objects don't always have to be expensive (bless them). It also doesn't hurt that it's a couple blocks from my house, so I can pop by in a pinch and always find something special! 

Yvonne Chien: Prism in Ballard is an amazing, carefully curated shop with beautiful clothing, accessories, and home wares. It's a great place to go when you want to beautify your home or closet, and when you have an empty wallet it's also the perfect shop to discover artists who sell uniquely designed items! 

Serene: I love to roam around Swanson's Nursery. I'm not good at keeping my plants alive yet... but I'm learning! It's fun wandering through their various plant displays as well as grabbing a bite at their cafe, watching the koi and perusing their shop for jewelry, books and general home decor. 

Chuck: When I want something special like a suit, Khulman's on 1st Avenue. When I want to just look for something for me, Pacific Galleries Antique Mall. Great finds and some amazing midcentury and northwest art. There are a lot of small places I like, Melrose Market, Chop House, Stock & Pantry.... I could go on but will leave it here. 

Desmond: Jive Time in Fremont has an amazing selection of records and the staff is very knowledgable. The only downside is that every time I go, I end up spending way too much money on records! :)

Yvonne Chan: I love the Plant Shop on Pine St. in Capitol Hill! They have an excellent selection of low-maintenance plants and friendly staff that will help you find something you only need to water once a month! 

Sarah: I love Ritual on Capitol Hill. I wear something from there nearly every day, and it is close enough I can stop by for a Tarot reading on my lunch break or a glass of wine after work!

Dru: Is Mudbay small? (Like his beloved cat, Dru is a man of few words)

Sarah Kinney
Polite Society Picks - Seattle Sweets
Photo by Yvonne Chan, for Cafe Pettirosso

Photo by Yvonne Chan, for Cafe Pettirosso


From Halloween to New Year’s, it’s basically sugar season! We asked our staff to name their favorite sweet treat in Seattle, and here’s what we came up with.

Serene: Cafe Besalu in Ballard has the BEEEEST pastries! Just coming within a one block radius of the spot, you can smell the buttery goodness wafting in the air. Love that place!

Tracie: Hiroki. I have honestly not been wowed by another mango mousse cake since I left Davis, CA several years ago. That all changed when I stumbled across Hiroki in the Green Lake neighborhood. Ever since that day, I cannot resist the craving for a sweet slice of heaven from time to time and Hiroki always satisfies that need. 

Dru: When in need of a sweet treat, I default to Frankie & Jo’s Ice Cream in Capitol Hill. Gingered Golden Milk and Salty Caramel Ash on a Waffle Cone! 

Sarah: If I am going to go for dessert, it is almost always in liquid form, and my favorite place to go is Triumph Bar in Queen Anne. Their bartenders are amazing and will always help me find the perfect after-dinner wine, or whip me up a crazy good cocktail. But if you like a more food-based dessert, their salted caramel bread pudding is incredible! 

Yvonne: Bambu makes these delicious Vietnamese dessert drinks and puddings that are filled with all kinds of fruits, jellies, and toppings in coconut milk and they are SO GOOD. My favorite one is called “Fruit Addict”!

Hans: Bakery Nouveau. Delicious. World Class. Will make you fat unless you have super-human self-control - OR - you cross-fit so hard every day that you accidentally pee your pants, - OR -  you have the metabolism of a hummingbird. Maybe all three. 

Desmond: My hands down favorite cupcake in the world is the "Dance Party" (Vanilla buttercream frosting on vanilla buttercake) from Cupcake Royale. 

Chuck: Bakery Nouveau  - they make a pretty good cake and they make a pretty good baguette and I would pick a fresh baguette with butter and salt over any cake, candy or what have you. I think I could live off fresh baguette with butter, oh we were talking about sweets? They make a good cake. It's where I go when I need one. Yes it's what I do.   



Yvonne Chan