Introducing our Gifts with Personality gift guide. Meet a few inspiring locals from Seattle. We’re betting these creative, interesting and stylish Seattleites will help you find the perfect gift for the unique personalities in your own life.
Oh, and we invited The Selby to help us pull it all off with some amazing photography. Who better than Todd Selby to help us show off these one-of-a-kind individuals in their everyday surroundings.
“I grew up at a big table. For me, dinner is all about sharing. When someone passes you food, something special happens. I believe in magic—and that those little things go a long way.” –Cormac Mahoney, Chef/Co-owner, Madison Park Conservatory, Seattle, WA
Cormac is the perfect ambassador for Seattle’s vibrant food scene. Every dish he serves is a testament to his inventive pairings and passion for fresh ingredients. This award-winning chef’s mission is to make people feel at home in his warm, welcoming restaurant, nestled a stone’s throw away from Seattle’s Madison Park Beach.
“The blending of my work and personal life is almost seamless. I feel very fortunate that my business partner is my dearest friend. And I love doing something creative that fuels my passion.” –Shelley Callaghan, Co-owner /Creative Director, Antica Farmacista, Seattle, WA
Shelley’s chic yet comfortable style is reflected in everything she does. Her Capitol Hill home is filled with art (some of it by her kids), fragrance (of her own design), and a warm, welcoming vibe (she loves spur-of-the-moment entertaining). This creative entrepreneur is inspired by Seattle’s lush landscape—perhaps best viewed from the driver’s seat of her fabulous vintage Cadillac.
“My family is a huge part of my life. They’ve shaped who I am, and they always inspire me to be something new. My mom never takes herself too seriously and that’s one great thing she’s taught me.” –Bonnie Robbins, art student, Seattle , WA
Bonnie’s independent, creative spirit really inspires us. She’s just beginning to chart her path, but she gives us a sense that her foundation of family, nature and talent will take her far. We photographed her at one of her favorite places—her childhood home in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood.
“I’ve been a librarian for quite a few years now…We have a city of readers, and that’s a good thing in my profession.” –Marcellus Turner, City Librarian at the Seattle Public Library
Seattle is consistently ranked as one of the top most literate cities in the U.S, and a great book becomes even better when one of the people helping us discover favorite new reads is the natty Mr. Turner. We give him high marks for his bookish blend of classic and modern men’s style.
“Photography is all about finding the moment. It’s nice to know when to put the camera down. Sometimes I’ll ask myself, ‘Do I want to just experience this, or should I take a photograph?’” —Connie ‘Coco’ Aramaki, freelance photographer, Seattle, WA
We were drawn to Coco’s easy-going style, inspiration and bright personality. She’s an award-winning photojournalist as well as a fashion and travel photographer. Something as simple as a walk through her Beacon Hill neighborhood is enough to get her camera clicking.
“I feel blessed to have a career as an artist. All of my work is based on my Alaskan Native ancestry. The art that I do today gives me a sense of purpose because it’s all part of a continuum.” –Preston Singletary, Artist, Seattle, WA
There’s something impossibly cool about a great artist—especially one who can work with molten glass. Add a strong sense of community and respect for others, and you’ve got something totally irresistible.
“I like taking this empty room and filling it up with people and art. Everyone here has a sharing spirit and a drive to do awesome, amazing stuff. I love Seattle because there’s this feeling that we need to build this opportunity for each other.” –Theresa Crim, Co-owner, Land Management Gallery & Creative Space, Seattle, WA
Theresa represents a new crop of Seattleites who are actively shaping the city’s culture. Her Capitol Hill space plays host to events, performances and parties where the creative community can meet and join forces. This forward thinker is just brimming with inspiration and a passion for what she does.
Gunnar: “We have a special thing on Saturdays. Only on Saturdays we have candy…the best candy is a lollipop with gum inside.” Annika: “I like the snow, and sledding down big hills.” –Gunnar, age 8 and Annika, age 7, Mercer Island, WA
This brother and sister have a happy energy that’s hard to resist. Together with their dads, they’ve created a lively world that includes sports and activities, a cast of clever stuffed animals and a diverse education (they even speak Swedish). They make us wish we could be kids again.
“We’ve created a community here. This is a place where people can take themselves a little less seriously, and inject some wonder and curiosity back into their lives.” –Gabe Johnson, curator at Horses Cut Shop Event Space, Seattle, Wa.
We love Gabe because he’s a cultural instigator who embodies the DIY, frontier attitude that still exists in the west. He has a knack for bringing people together for creative exploration and unconventional fun. Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood (nicknamed The Center of the Universe by its residents) makes a perfectly quirky home for Horses Cut Shop.