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Seattle Refined: Life is different here

When I think about what makes the greater Seattle area such a unique place to live, work and play, it always comes back to the people. If you sit down and think for a minute about people you come across at your favorite coffee shop, your neighbors, the chef at your favorite restaurant, you will undoubtedly smile. There is something special about the people that make up this city. It is hard to define, but life is different here.

There was no better example than the feeling of exhilaration throughout Washington this week, as our beloved Seahawks came home as world champions. I, like most of you, felt such pride for our team and for Seattle. As I walked down 4th Avenue yesterday before the parade began, I couldn't help but grin from ear to ear at the sheer joy that was radiating from the crowd. We have so much to be proud of, and Seattle Refined exists to share all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer: the people, the places, the industries and the culture.

While Seattle Refined is new, its roots are deep. We have an experienced full-time staff; talented writers covering a wide variety of topics and the support and resources of KOMO News.

Browsing through the site today will give you an idea of what to expect from Seattle Refined. If you are looking for great Pho restaurants, a look into the man behind the Great Wheel light shows or apps that help you stay current with fashion trends, you have found a friend. Our staff and writers are passionate about providing a different perspective on the Northwest.

We look forward to building something great, so please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any comments, questions or ideas.