Fall for Columbia City, Washington

In Seattle's Rainier Valley, a neighborhood enjoys its rapid rise from dumpy to desirable

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  • Sift through racks of colorful duds at Retroactive Kids the neighborhood's latest hot spot for fashionable tots.

    Retroactive Kids in Columbia City Washington

    John Granen

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Columbia City Gallery Exhibits change every two months at this local artists' collective. INFO: Closed Mon-Tue; 4864 Rainier Ave. S.; 206/760-9843.

Retroactive Kids Spinning tops and Fisher-Price record players share space with kids' saddle shoes at this new-and-vintage toy-and-clothing store. INFO: 4859 Rainier Ave. S.; 206/932-3154.


Columbia City BeatWalk Live blues, jazz, world beat, and eclectic local music (Oct 5, and first Fri of every month through Dec; $5 at participating venues along Rainier Ave. S.). Rainier Ave. S. turns into a mini Bourbon St. (minus the excessive booze and Mardi Gras beads), where a half-dozen restaurants and local businesses throw open their doors between 7 and 10 p.m.

Arrive early to grab a coveted table at neighborhood favorites such as Columbia City Alehouse ($; 4914 Rainier Ave. S.; 206/723-5123) or Lottie's Lounge ($; 4900 Rainier Ave. S.; 206/725-0519).


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