Seven Coffee Roasters Blog

Ken Giles is a Seattle son—he grew up in the neighborhoods of Greenwood and Phinney Ridge, he attended UW and rowed on the crew team, he went abroad as a member of the US Navy, and then he returned to the Greenwood and Phinney Ridge area to continue the pursuit of an enduring passion.

At the age of thirteen, Ken Giles began working in his uncle’s grocery, Erikson’s Market, on Greenwood. And in 1955, Ken Giles purchased his first grocery, a local location of the Independent Grocers Alliance, and he renamed the business Ken Giles IGA. Sixty-three years later, Ken Giles IGA is Ken’s Market, there is a second Ken’s Market in Queen Anne, and the Giles clan also owns and operates Marketime Foods in Fremont.

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Honest Biscuits was founded by Art Stone who was first introduced to the art of making biscuits by his grandmother. And since those lessons in the kitchen in North Carolina, Stone has brought his love of biscuits to Seattle, putting a premium on the freshest local ingredients and fresh new ideas for an old country favorite.
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For example, perhaps try a toasted tomato pesto cheese croissant and a house special, the Flora Forager—cardamom and rose syrups and seltzer on ice. The croissant entices with a pizza-like aroma and follows through as buttery and flaky with the right amount of tang and herbaceousness from the tomato, pesto, and cheese. And the Flora Forager is just sweet enough to bring you back to those early summer days of selling lemonade for a nickel with the sophistication in flavor to help you realize how much, with the right marketing strategy, you could sell that lemonade for now. 
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Believe it or not, coffee has health benefits. A cup in the morning gets that frontal lobe firing, boosts memory and mood, and helps you keep your brain active, which is linked to a longer, healthier life. Plus coffee improves health of certain organs and reduces health risks.
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