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Part 2: Industrial Elements & More…. at Pacific Galleries and Second Use

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Part 2:  industrial elements, vintage things and more….

After a visit to Fran’s Chocolates new retail space {I wrote about it in the last blog post here}, a stop at Pacific Galleries and Second Use are next. These two retail establishments are located in the Seattle Industrial District about two miles north of Fran’s Chocolates.


Industrial District  Seattle Washingiton{aerial view of downtown Seattle Industrial District}

The Industrial District is located just beyond CenturyLink Field {Seahawks football/Sounders soccer stadium} and Safeco Field {Mariners baseball stadium}.  The Port of Seattle is to the right.

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Industrial Elements, ideas and inspirations at Fran’s Chocolates

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Merging something new with something old… vintage… rustic…or industrial in a design will add character and charm.

This could be achieved on a big scale by converting a factory or a warehouse into a retail/office space or by simply adding an element or a vintage piece to a room or a display area. Examples of this could be seen at the new Fran’s Chocolates company headquarters and retail space. The building is located in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, just south of the industrial district, map.  Built in 1882, the 31,500-square-foot facility was once the site of the old Seattle Brewing and Malting Company {picture here}.  It’s exciting to see the building with ties to historic past now given a new facelift and a new purpose.

Come, take a look……


Indstrial, Fran's Chocolates, Seattle

Fran’s Chocolates new retail shop opened to the public on September 29, 2014.

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One Last Time… Middle-Earth, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: the battle of the five armies


The Hobbit:  Battle of the Five Armies

The long wait is finally over.  The conclusion to The Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies by director, Peter Jackson opened in US theaters, December 17, 2014.  Going to see this movie will be a family affair for us with lots of popcorn and sodas in the course of a little over two and a half hours.   We will be transported back to Middle-earth one last time.

This is the  third and final movie in the film trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s book, The Hobbit. In the story, Thorin Oakenshield {Richard Armitage} and 11 other Dwarves with the help of Bilbo Baggins {Martin Freeman} came back to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim their homeland from the Dragon Smaug.  Once they defeated the dragon, Thorin has to defend his land.  The battle for the survival of Middle-Earth hangs on this epic battle that united Dwarves, Elves, and Men to defeat Evil Sauron and his Orc armies.

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Veterans Day, Honoring COL Lou McSheffrey

Veterans Day, 2014

Veterans Day is a federal and state holiday always observed on November 11th, to honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces.  Last year I wrote about my grandfather, Ted Miyamoto, who had enlisted in the army and fought during WWII {click here to read more}.

Colonel Lou McSheffrey, star image


Colonel Lou McSheffrey, Honduras

Colonel Lou McSheffrey

During COL Lou McSheffrey’s 28 years of service in our nations military, he was involved in aviation as a pilot and later expanded to other areas of military operations.  His skills, knowledge, and experiences were vital to help train soldiers, expand recruitment, organize and implement other operations in the military.

Before going any further into the history of COL McSheffrey’s military career, a little bit about him and his family.  In 1976, his family immigrated to the United States from Belfast, Northern Ireland and he later joined them in 1977 after completing his Junior year of high school.   He became a US Citizen in 1983.

Currently COL McSheffrey resides in Washington State with his wife Janée and their three children {Abby, Megan and Garrett}.

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Fall, High School, Football, and Memories

fall, high school, football, and memories

What do you remember about your high school years?

High school years are some of the most trying and challenging times, but there will be many wonderful memories too.  As I was putting this blog post together, the common thread that emerged and linked these events together was to embrace the journey at the different stages and cherish those special moments.

As parents, Bill and I are coming to a new chapter in our lives.  Hannah is our oldest and is a Junior in high school.  Her senior year  will be here before we know it.  We have watched our close friends’ kids grow up to be young men and women.  They have gone out into the world to pursue their dreams.  Right now we are at the stage of preparing and equipping Hannah along with our younger ones to do the same.

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