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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.

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.

Nutritionist Cynthia Lair ( is a faculty member at Bastyr University, an actor and improviser, star of the web series Cookus Interruptus ( and author of two cookbooks: Feeding the Young Athlete and Feeding the Whole Family, whose fourth edition came out last November.