January 10

New Year, New You

Whether you’re looking to lose weight or learn a new skill, SLU has something for anyone who’s hoping to better themselves in 2018.

Whether you’re looking to lose weight or learn a new skill, SLU has something for anyone who’s hoping to better themselves in 2018.

The 2017 year was a dumpster fire for some, a best-year-of-your-life for others. No matter! The new year brings a chance for renewal and self improvement. South Lake Union is chock-full opportunities to help you build on what was good from 2017 or start fresh in 2018. Here are some options to help get you to your best self.

Get Schooled

Cram for Cappellitti, Research Ravioli

Tom Douglas’s Trattoria Cuoco is once again offering pasta-making classes with chef Stan. Each class covers a different fresh pasta, ranging from orecchiette to tagliarini and gnocchi. Class fee is $55 and includes techniques, recipes, and hands-on demonstration, plus a three-course family dinner featuring the pasta of the night, including wine and a take-home portion of the pasta.

Set Sail

As a new boat shop readies to open at Center for Wooden Boats’s Wagner Education Center this year, more opportunities will be available for maritime skills classes. Register for skills courses like Beginning Woodworking (familiarizing students with the safe use of hand and power tools); Oar Making; a Captain’s License Course with U.S. Maritime Academy; a Build Your Own Boat class, and more. CWB’s popular Learn to Sail class is $385 for members and $440 for nonmembers. The course includes 12 hours of on-the-water lessons and students learn the basics of boat-handling skills.

Update Your Image(ry)

Glazer’s Camera has been a local resource for professional and amateur photographers since 1935. Aside from its stunning inventory and retail space, Glazer’s is a deep well of photography knowledge and is constantly putting on photography-related workshops for seasoned shooters and newbies. Watch for introductory classes such as Photography Essentials or more specialized courses like Bookkeeping and Taxes for Freelance Photographers.

Learn to Shred

Take the first step in becoming a part of the city’s storied musical scene with some lessons at Guitar Center. The shop has a number of free introductory classes, plus plenty of special sessions for kids, women, and seniors. For an immersive experience, check out the Rockshow Camp, a week-long program ($149 per person) that matches you with similarly skilled musicians with the goal of forming a band and playing a show within a week.

Boost Your Resume

Looking to make a career change, or maybe build on your already impressive skill set? School of Visual Concepts features course work in graphic design, web design, advertising art direction, copywriting, and marketing communications. Its hands-on curriculum is taught by working, experienced, well-connected professionals. If a full course load isn’t in the cards for you, check out SVC’s daytime workshops, which include subjects like Content Marketing Fundamentals, Storytelling in the Digital Age, Presentation Design Essentials, Basics of Brand Strategy, and more.

Get Well

Go Vegan

Or, maybe eat less meat. Newcomer Kati Vegan Thai has a plant-based menu lined with modern takes on traditional Thai dishes. Find curries, salads, stir-frys, soups, and noodles dishes, along with a delectable selection of appetizers. Popular picks include the Glass Noodle Suki (carb-free and protein-rich glass noodles with water spinach, enoki mushrooms, and a hearty garlic sesame broth); green curry (green chili curry with avocado, broccoli, eggplant, and bell peppers); and Tom Kha soup (fragrant coconut milk-based herbal soup with galangal root, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and button mushrooms).

Find Relief

Have a nagging sports injury? Soreness from tossing and turning over your awful 2017? Get your aches and pains (finally) addressed at Seattle Pain Relief Center. The clinic specializes in just about every manner of pain, including tension headaches and migraines, carpal tunnel, arthritis, and more.

New Mantra: Meditate More

Gurugayri Yoga and Meditation Center practices the art of Kundalini yoga, a blend of physical and spiritual practices that incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, and chanting of mantras. Because it’s not posture based, this type of yoga is accessible to all different body types and abilities. Newcomers can purchase a new student pass for $39, which is good for five classes.

Bike Your Way to Fitness

CycleBar is a premium indoor cycling studio that boasts classes for all fitness levels. Its “Classic” classes are a mix of strength, endurance, challenges, hills, and drills. Advanced riders can take courses from its “Performance” menu. The studio is running a “Fall in Love with Us” New Year special for new riders—$99 gets you unlimited rides for three months.

Story by Ethan Chung and Photographs courtesy of Trattoria Cuoco, SVC, Kati Vegan Thai, & CycleBar.

At The Center

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