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Homestead Plant Shop
2202 E. Olive St., Central District
We have the design world (and Instagram’s) current obsession with fiddlehead figs to thank for the current craze for bringing the outdoors in. Husband-and-wife duo Ryan and Michele Tansey who hopped on the trend, first opening the Plant Shop as a pop-up last year before making things permanent this past spring. Here, they’ve stocked the space with a darling selection of little potted cacti and succulents, ferns, Ficuses—and just about anything else your green thumb could desire.
The Neighbor Lady
2308 E. Union St., Central District
A second bar by the owners of much-adored Twilight Exit, you'll know the Neighbor Lady by a large painted sign on the brick wall outside. Inside, you'll find the bar's signature brocade wallpaper and Victorian light fixtures which, when combined with the dark wood of the bar, make for a decidedly moody vibe that's exactly what the doctor ordered for cozy, rainy nights. It's a point of pride that there are a lot of vegetarian meals on the menu here, but we like it best for a stiff drink and a pile of fries.
Vendemmia
1126 34th Ave., Central District
Vendemmia is technically the Italian word for vintage (as in the vintage, or harvest season, of a wine), but it's one of those knotty words that really means so much more—Italians say it also refers to the terroir, culture, and spirit that went into making the bottle. It's just that kind of passion and complexity that chef Brian Clevenger is hoping to capture in his dressed-up Madrona restaurant. In addition to the sophisticated wine list, Clevenger offers handmade pasta and plenty of gorgeous, seasonal vegetable dishes, and since the Washington native grew up near the coast, you can always count on a few fresh seafood dishes. Note: It's definitely worth springing for a reservation at the four-seat chef's counter for a special occasion.
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