Fox's Seattle Loves: Shug's Soda Fountain

Fox's Seattle Loves: Shug's Soda Fountain
Shug's Soda Fountain menu and counter with white motif

Seattleites can handle rain, but when it comes to heat we are pretty wimpy around here. When the temperature soared over 90 degrees this week, our solution was to seek refuge at the nearby Shug's Soda Fountain!

Shug's Soda Fountain employee holding ice cream cones

This gem in Pike Place Market just opened in May. There is a lot of delicious ice cream in Seattle, but this lovely little ice cream parlor is unlike anything else in the city. It features counter seating at a vintage 1930's era soda fountain with a marble countertop, tables inside and out, and a walk up express window outside. 

Shug's Soda Fountain exterior with tables and signs for wine, ice cream, and shakes

Shug's serves a rotating menu of ice cream from Lopez Island Creamery (Wild Mountain Huckleberry and Just Peachy are being featured at the moment), served on the cone or made into milkshakes, malts, sodas, floats, and sundaes with housemade syrups, sauces, and toppings.

hot fudge sundae and banana split from Shug's Soda Fountain in Seattle

They also serve coffee, tea, beer, wine, and champagne. If you're feeling fancy, you can even have your ice cream float made with prosecco!

prosecco from Shug's Soda Fountain in Seattle

Shug's Soda Fountain is located at 1525 1st Avenue in downtown Seattle, just a short walk from Fox's Seattle.

hot chocolate with whipped cream from Shug's Soda Fountain in Seattle
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Vegas Day 4

It's our last day in Las Vegas, and after 3 days of admiring jewelry, we have an appointment with Nomos Glashutte. We recently downsized our watch department to focus solely on Nomos, a company that we felt best represented Fox's commitment to independent brands creating limited pieces that you aren't likely to find anywhere else.

Photo of Nomos square watch being held in two hands

Nomos watches are made in Glashutte, Germany, a small town in East Germany that has been the hub of German watchmaking for years. We love the simple, Bauhaus-inspired designs, and the fact that all of the movements in Nomos watches are made in house.

Photo of a man holding the new Nomos cream colored watch case.

Our last stop of the day is with Sethi Couture. Sisters Pratima and Prerna Sethi grew up in a family of gemstone dealers, surrounded with old world diamonds and vintage jewelry.

Photo of Zoey with Prena at the Sethi Couture Las Vegas Booth.

Their designs are meant to be worn everyday, and are often delicate and feminine, meant to be stacked and layered. These strands of natural colored and black diamonds are so simple and lovely.

Photo of three hands picking up necklaces from a necklace roll from Sethi Couture.

We love Sethi's philosophy of redefining couture in a simple, effortless way. These studs are so fresh and easy!

Close up photo of an earring tray from Sethi Couture.

With that our stay in Las Vegas is done! We head home tired but happy, with our heads full of the beautiful jewelry that will soon be on it's way to Seattle!

Promotional photo from Encore and Wynn of hotel property
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Vegas Day 3

Day 3 in Las Vegas starts out with a glowing golden circle in the sky, and glowing golden circles at Gurhan in the form of these stunning 24k gold hammered disc earrings.

Photo of necklaces and earrings from Gurhan display case

Gurhan is best known for his mastery of pure 24k gold, but several years back, he started mixing in sterling silver, and the result was incredibly fun and versatile. Below, Zoey stacks a Gurhan bracelet made of sterling silver, 24k gold, druzy quartz, and onyx with her platinum link Alex Sepkus bracelet.

Photo of wrist with two bracelets

Gurhan also does stunning work with gemstones, particularly opals. This incredible necklace of opal, kyanite, blue topaz, and moss aqua set in 24k gold came home to Seattle with us!

Photo of blue stone necklace from Gurhan

The next stop is at Harry Kotlar, another 3rd generation family-owned business like Fox's. Kotlar is best known for their signature - and incredibly beautiful - Kotlar cushion diamond, but this lovely oval really caught our eye.

Photo of hand trying on large diamond pave engagement ring with many trays of rings below hand.

Kotlar is also known for their artisan pave and meticulous craftsmanship. So many engagement rings to choose from!

Trays of white and yellow diamond engagement rings

We can't resist snapping a few pictures to remember these classic pendants by when we are back home.

Photo of iphone taking a photo of diamond necklaces on table full of jewelry

Our last appointment of the day is with our friend Ray Griffiths. We had the pleasure of having Ray at our store a few months ago, and he is such a wonderful person with a great sense of humor. He couldn't resist getting silly with Zoey's baby bump!

Photo of Zoey and Ray at his booth Ray Griffiths.

We couldn't resist this row of beautiful blues! Aren't the tassels fun?

Photo of blue earrings from Ray Griffiths.

We love all of Ray's work, but turquoise mixed with his signature 18k yellow gold crownwork is such an eye-catching combination.

Photo of pink necklace forms with blue turquoise necklaces from Ray Griffiths draped all over.

The last event of the day is the Couture awards, to honor the pieces of jewelry from the show that are particularly noteworthy in design and workmanship.

Photo of Couture design award trophies

We head home early to compare notes and rest up for our last day at the show.

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Vegas Day 2

Rise and shine! It's Day 2 of the Couture show in Las Vegas. Day 2 is always much harder to wake up for than Day 1, because our feet always hurt from the day before! Chai likes to start his day with a dip in the Wynn Hotel's beautiful pool.

Outdoor image of Wynn Hotel pool

Our first appointment of the day is with Mark Patterson. Mark's engagement rings and bands are the epitome of classic, timeless bridal jewelry. We have been carrying his jewelry for over 20 years, and it just doesn't go out of style.

Trying on engagement rings at Mark Patterson booth

Mark's signature is that all of his engagement rings are made so that the wedding band fits perfectly flush with the engagement ring. Zoey loves his channel-set baguette setting so much that she chose it for her engagement ring!

Zoey with Mark Patterson outside his booth

Our second stop of the day is at Kwiat. We feel a kinship with Kwiat because they are a third generation family owned business, just like us. Kwiat is also known for their stunning ideal cut diamonds. Their jewelry is all handmade in New York City, and their signature is simple, elegant designs that make the diamonds appear to be floating.

necklace displayed on the palm of a hand

Kwiat always has extremely special and rare diamonds to show us, and this year we got to see this natural fancy intense purple-pink diamond!

natural fancy intense purple pink diamond in a display

Our last stop of the day is at Arman Sarkisyan. Arman and his wife, Louiza, are both artists in their own right, and their booth is always decorated beautifully.

Arman rings displayed on wooden hand under glass bulb

This year, there were gorgeous canvases painted by Louiza, still lifes of jewelry in domed apothecary jars, and vases of lush peonies.

Painting on the wall of the Arman booth with flowers in front

We first discovered Arman at Couture four years ago and still swoon over his whimsical, intricate jewelry in 22k gold and oxidized silver. This year, our favorite piece was this lovely bird ring.

Arman double bird ring on hand

That evening, we enjoyed a lovely dinner at Mizumi, one of the restaurants at the Wynn Hotel. Mizumi specializes in award-winning Japanese cuisine and looks out over private Japanese gardens, a koi pond, and a 90-foot waterfall.


Interior at Miziumi at the Wynn Hotel

Stay tuned for Day 3!



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Visit to Todd Reed

Alison recently had the opportunity to visit Todd Reed's studio in Boulder, Colorado. Every time one of us is lucky enough to visit a designer's studio, we come away with an even greater appreciation for their process and workmanship. This trip was no exception!

todd Reed work bench in Boulder CO

The studio is modern, clean, and elegant. There are two floors of workbenches just like the one you see in the photo above. 

Close up of jeweler bench at todd reed with sketches of earrings on top

Three lead jewelers manage the workflow in the studio, and each piece of jewelry to be made is assigned to the jeweler who is best suited to that particular piece. 

dish of raw uncut natural colored diamonds

Each of the 23 jewelers has their own station, and makes the piece from start to finish. It is a very detailed process, beginning with the jeweler choosing which diamonds to use from dishes full of every kind of raw diamond you can imagine, every one different from the next.  

Close up of jewelry bench at todd reed of an artist creating a bezel for a diamond

Each jeweler has their own interpretation of Todd's signature finish and can identify their own work. If a piece ever goes back to the studio for an adjustment, it goes back to original jeweler. 

close up of jewelry bench at todd reed. 18k yellow gold bracelet being set with multi-colored diamonds

Once the piece of jewelry is finished, it goes through quality control and an official Todd Reed certificate is made for your one of a kind piece.

close up of unfinished 18k yellow gold todd reed bracelet

If you are planning a trip to Boulder and would like a personal tour of Todd's studio, just let us know! We would love to arrange it for you.

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