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2013 Convention News

The City's Shopping Scene

By Shawna Guinn

With easy access and a full complement of markets, malls, and local shops just steps from the convention center, the Seattle shopping scene offers something for everyone.

Near the Convention Center

Within a few blocks, you'll find the Nordstrom flagship store and one of the oldest department store buildings in the area, Macy's. You'll also find favorites like NikeTown, H&M, Urban Outfitters, AllSaints, and many more. Pacific Place, at 6th and Pine Street, offers quality upscale shops like Barney's, Tiffany & Co, and BCBG. Pacific Place also features restaurants, an 11-screen movie theater complex, and a skybridge that connects to Nordstrom. At 4th and Pine, the Westlake Center offers several boutique stores like LUSH, Made in Washington, as well as the newly remodeled Nordstrom Rack.

You won't want to miss Pike Place Market, at 1st and Pike Street, offering fresh produce, flowers, and seafood, as well as handmade gifts and crafts since 1907. Take some time to wander the nine acres of the longest continually run farmer's market in the United States, grab a latte at the very first Starbucks, and don't forget to enjoy the amazing views of Puget Sound from Pike Place restaurants and viewpoints.

For Outdoor Enthusiasts

The REI flagship store is a short bus or taxi ride away in South Lake Union. Complete with a climbing wall, this store boasts three floors of clothing and quality gear for any and all recreational activities. Other sportswear spots in the downtown area include Columbia Sportswear at 3rd and Pine and The North Face at 1st and Spring Street.

Take Part in Online Auction for a Seattle Restaurant Dinner

If you're coming to the 2013 NASP convention in Seattle, you have a great opportunity to plan a wonderful meal when you're there. Your friends and colleagues in the Washington State Association of School Psychologists have solicited gift certificates from some of their favorite restaurants within easy reach of the convention hotels and are offering them in an online auction. They include restaurants such as The Dahlia Lounge, the flagship restaurant of internationally acclaimed and James Beard Award-winning Tom Douglas, and Chandler's Crabhouse, the favorite of delegates attending the Western Regional Leadership Meeting in Seattle.

Go to www.wsasp.org to find the list of restaurants. You will find links to the restaurants as well as the values of the gift certificates that each restaurant is offering. (To date, they're running $50.00–$150.00.) You will also find information about how to bid on the gift certificates.

The online auction will open on Monday, January 7 and close at 6:00 p.m. PST on Monday, January 14. But go online now to check out these fabulous restaurant possibilities!

More good news: All of the money raised on this online auction will be split evenly between the NASP Minority Scholarship Fund and the NASP Children's Fund.

For the Book Lover

Rated in 2008 by USA Today as one of the top nine bookstore travel destinations in the United States, Elliott Bay Book Company is Seattle's legendary bookstore. Home to more than 150,000 titles, this independent, family-owned bookstore is located on 10th Avenue and E. Pine Street in Seattle's Capital Hill neighborhood.

Additionally, at Pike Place Market, Left Bank Books has been a fixture of Seattle's anarchist community for over 30 years. The collectively owned and operated bookstore offers a wide range of new and used books, periodicals, T-shirts, postcards, posters, patches, and more.

The Weird and the Wacky

A short taxi ride to Wallingford will get you to Archie McPhees, the mecca for connoisseurs of the strange. Crammed to the gills with all kind of crazy goodies, this shop is a Seattle tradition and tons of fun. With more than 10,000 different items, most under $15.00, this is a great place to find wacky gifts and toys. Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, a Seattle landmark at Pier 54 on the waterfront, is a museum and gift shop all in one. Here you'll find an eclectic and bizarre mix of treasures, gifts, curiosities, and oddities.

University Village

Located near the University of Washington, north of downtown Seattle, University Village is a fresh-air upscale shopping center that features national and Seattle-owned retailers and eateries. Grab one of the complimentary yellow umbrellas and a cup of coffee from one of the three Starbucks and browse stores like LuLu Lemon, Anthropologie, MAC, Apple, Microsoft, and more.

Seattle Premium Outlets

If you feel like taking a drive, head up to the Seattle Premium Outlets. Located in Tulalip, Washinton, about 45 minutes north of Seattle, the Outlets offer 110 stores ranging from designer fashions and sportswear to gifts and specialty items.

Shauna Guinn is a graduate student at Seattle University and a local student convention committee cochair.