• Pure Barre + Victoria’s Secret! 03.21.12

    Swimsuit season is just around the corner and the ladies at Pure Barre and Victoria’s Secret know that means it’s time to get in shape! Pure Barre founder Carrie Dorr joined Victoria’s Secret for a live chat last night in New York City. She shows them a few keys moves to tone your abs, arms, hips, thighs and seat for summer.

    Watch here to get the scoop on Pure Barre, at about 19 minutes in. Victoria’s Secret shares hair and makeup tips, new swimsuits and tips from the models themselves. Then get yourself to Pure Barre classes in Seattle or Bellevue and let them whip you in to shape in no time!

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  • Pure Barre in Seattle Met Bride & Groom! 01.14.11

    Calling all brides-to-be! If this is your year to tie-the-knot you’re probably crossing things off your to-do list left and right. Well we’re here to tell you not to wait until the last minute to get in shape and end up crash dieting two weeks before your big day. Instead, check out a Pure Barre class now in Seattle or Bellevue to get in shape for good and achieve long, lean muscle that will have you standing taller and looking more confidant during all of your wedding pics… not to mention your first dance. Pure Barre owner, Sami Sweeney, knows how to work your arms, abs, thighs and seat to increase your strength and tone your body to perfection.

    Pure Barre is featured in the new issue of Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom as one of every bride’s “Ten Most Wanted” secret weapons to looking elegant and poised on her wedding day! Check out Pure Barre below under “Head Up.” Click on the images for a closer look.

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  • Pure Barre 10-Day Challenge! 01.03.11

    First off – Happy New Year!! We are excited for 2011 and a new year full of exciting partnerships and new opportunities!

    But first, let’s talk about an opportunity to get in shape and stay there. We recently took the Pure Barre 10-day challenge – 10 days in a row of Pure Barre classes, 10 days of lifting, toning and burning. We know we might sound a bit crazy but we wanted walk the talk and figured if we were asking others to do it then we should too.

    Was it hard, yes. Did we push ourselves, yes. But by the fourth day we found increased strength and flexibility that gave us the motivation and encouragement to keep going and that our time and effort was definitely worth it. By the end of 10 days we were stronger all over, had more energy and felt less stiff after a day of sitting at the computer. If you are new to the Pure Barre concept it is a 55-minute workout that combines elements of ballet, Pilates and weights set to upbeat music, making classes fly by. You work all of your muscles, including hips, thighs, butt and stomach to fatigue, through tiny isometric movements until they burn and beg you to stop. This burning is good, it means your muscles are working and changing. Of course all of that work and burn is followed up with soothing stretches for our hard worked muscles to lengthen them while they are warm and create long, lean lines.

    To the men out there… do not despair, this workout is for you too! Pure Barre and other barre based workouts have been known to whip men into prime shape and tone the muscles they may never have been able to in the weight room. There is a great article in Details magazine that we recommend checking out.

    So to kick 2011 off in proper “resolution” form we are challenging you and anyone you know who is looking for a kick butt workout, to take the Pure Barre 10-day challenge! Tell us about your experience and we’ll share your success story here! And to make it even sweeter, new students get their first month of unlimited classes for just $99!

    Pure Barre is located in Bellevue across from The Bravern and in Seattle across from U Village.

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  • Check Off Your Holiday List Here! 12.15.10

    With just 10 short days until Christmas we wanted to do our part in making things a little easier on you. And so we present… our Holiday Gift Guide! Shop online or pop into one of the businesses below to check off your list in a snap with stocking stuffers, desserts, dining and more!

    In search of a unique gift for that chocolate lover on your gift list? Maria Hines has teamed up with seven of her West Coast chef friends and the chocolatiers at Theo Chocolate to give you that unique gift this holiday season! The Chef Session gift box features the following chefs and each of their chocolaty morsels, which they created themselves in the kitchen at Theo Chocolate.

    • Maria Hines (Tilth in Seattle, WA) Tamarind Lime Chile Caramel
    • Chris Cosentino (Incanto & Boccalone Salumeria in San Francisco, CA) Agro Dolce Brittle
    • Naomi Pomeroy (Beast in Portland, OR) Armagnac Prune Ganache & Green Peppercorn Caramel
    • Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon in Portland, OR) Carrot caramel
    • Holly Smith (Café Juanita in Seattle, WA) Candied Beet & Almond Praline
    • Jonathan Sundstrom (Lark & Licorous in Seattle, WA) Pine Resin Ganache
    • Jerry Traunfeld (Poppy in Seattle, WA) Huckleberry Pâte du Fruit & Cinnamon Basil White Ganache

    As if this deal couldn’t get any sweeter, $15 of each box will go to Food Lifeline, dedicated to ending hunger in Western Washington. Purchase Theo Chef Session online.

    Crush entices you to keep a little something for yourself this gift giving season. When you purchase $500 in gift certificates at Crush (any denomination), Crush will gift you a $100 gift card! Thank yourself for giving smart by treating yourself to Chef Jason Wilson’s enticing and award-winning menu. After all, he’s not the James Beard 2010 winner for nothing, right?

    If you feel so inclined to give even more, then gift that $100 gift card to another lucky person on your list. Hopefully they will take you when redeeming! See the menu that you could be giving this holiday season. Email CRUSH or call CRUSH at 206.302.7874 for additional information.

    Shopping and holidays, holidays and shopping… the perfect pair no matter how you say it and Mario’s knows a thing or two about shopping. Celebrating their 50th holiday season this year, here are a few of their favorite (and must-have) holiday gifts for him and her!

    • Artfully designed earrings by Dean Harris
    • Brunello Cucinelli Cashmere Sweaters
    • Wonderfully fragrant candles from Lafco
    • Vince and Inhabit knit tops
    • Perfectly Prada nylon cosmetic bag

    • Ermenegildo Zegna sport shirts
    • Cashmere sweaters from Loro Piana
    • A Hugo Boss 2 in 1 jacket
    • Vintage polos from Lacoste
    • Hudson jeans in the perfect fit

    Visit Mario’s for locations in Seattle, Portland and Mario’s 3.10 at Bridgeport Village.

    Morton’s The Steakhouse is known for serving up big, juicy Prime steaks, fresh seafood, generous savory sides, and desserts… hungry yet? All that giving you’re doing is working up quite the appetite and to reward you Morton’s is gifting $50 for every $300 or $100 for every $500 you spend this season on gift cards. Available online or at any Morton’s location. And don’t forget Morton’s other fabulous gifts for the steak lover in your life!

    • Morton’s Cookbook Vol. I – Morton’s Steak Bible
    • Morton’s Cookbook Vol. II – Morton’s The Cookbook
    • Morton’s Cajun seasoning salt
    • Morton’s custom crafted, wood-handled steak knives
    • Morton’s Titleist Pro V1® golf balls with Morton’s logo

    All of this and more available for purchase online.

    Pike and Western Wine Shop
    Are you shopping local in the Pike Place Market? Need a hostess gift, stocking stuffer or something that will impress? Pike and Western Wine Shop, nestled on the Northeast corner of the Pike Place Market makes it easy for you to pick up that special bottle of wine while shopping downtown or picking up the latest fisherman’s catch or fresh from the farm product. Owner Michael Teer and his team have been pairing people with the perfect bottle of holiday dinner wine, celebratory bubbly, or perfect gift for over 35 years. With wines from around the world and in our own backyard and many special for this season, let them pair a bottle or two for you! See new arrivals, what has the staff intrigued and the hot buys that you can’t pass up this holiday season here. Stop by at 1934 Pike Place, Seattle or call 206.441.1307

    Pure Barre
    Get a jump start on your New Year’s resolution with Pure Barre, an amazing fitness technique that combines Pilates, ballet and weights into a kick-butt workout! Perfect for the fitness buff in your life or for those looking to get back in to shape and mix things up! Pure Barre has tons of ways to work out at home or at the studio. Pick up a special class package deal and some new workout duds and you’ll be the star come Christmas morning! Visit Pure Barre Bellevue or Seattle online to get started!

    • pb DVD’s ($18)
    • pb socks ($12)
    • pb pilates ring ($18)
    • pb resistance balls ($20)
    • Splits 59 ribbed tanks ($35)
    • Mondetta Performance leggings ($65)
    • Alternative Apparel Burnout tank ($25)

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  • Announcing Pure Barre, our newest client! 07.19.10

    We are thrilled to announce the arrival of our newest client, Pure Barre! The Pure Barre Technique is an amazing total body workout that lifts your seat, tones your thighs and burns fat in record-breaking time by fusing elements of ballet, Pilates and weights in a 55 minute intense session. Small isometric movements set to upbeat music make Pure Barre the fastest, most effective, yet safest way to change your body. Pure Barre’s workout is accessible for all ages and fitness levels because of its low impact, high results formula. This fusion workout has a huge following across the United States, largely in Southern California, and Pure Barre is the first to bring it to Seattle!

    Class schedules, pricing and more at
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