Coffee with Guppy

Arlene Phillips owns Ottica Seattle, an eyewear boutique she opened 15 years ago at First Avenue and Lenora Street in downtown Seattle. 

Editorial cartoonist David Horsey spent 30 years at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where he won two Pulitzer Prizes for his biting political commentary. He has worked as a cartoonist and columnist for the Los Angeles Times since 2012.

Restaurateur Rich Komen began his extraordinary career in 1961 by securing the sports concessions contract at the University of Washington. In the ensuing 56 years, Komen opened more than 40 restaurants, founded and sold Restaurants Unlimited (think Cutters, Palomino, Palisade) and, with his crack executive team, created Cinnabon.

Val Kiossovski co-owns the Solo Bar on Lower Queen Anne and Saint John’s Bar and Eatery on Capitol Hill. Since 2000, he has played lead guitar in the “gypsy punk” band Kultur Shock, which mixes rock, metal and punk with traditional music of the Balkans. 

Initially specializing in 20th century photography, Gail Gibson has since expanded her gallery to include contemporary artists working in a variety of media. After 25 years in Pioneer Square, she relocated to a new space in Lower Queen Anne (104 W Roy St.) last fall.

Nealy Blau owns A Mano, a shoe and fashion accessories boutique in downtown Seattle.