A formerly rough-around-the-edges district called Georgetown is waking from a decades-long sleep thanks to spirited trailblazers with serious creative cred.
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1. All City Coffee

When designer Seth Levy moved here, he couldn’t find a decent cup of coffee. His solution? Opening this light-filled café, which now serves the best lattes in the city.

2. The Mix/ER Arts

The multimedia venue is part gallery, part concert hall, and all about promoting local talent; live shows range from indie rock to classical guitar.

3. Great Stuff Vintage Furnishings

Devoted collector Kirk Albert scours the country for rare objets: patina-rich industrial worktables, antique mercury-shaded lamps, vintage canvas sideshow banners.

4. Totally Blown Glass

Artist Dehanna Jones makes luminous vases and bowls from handblown transparent and opaque glass.

5. Corson Building

This 1910 restaurant feels like an urban farmhouse, ringed by vegetable beds and fruit trees. Chef Matthew Dillon is known for his commitment to local dishes, including grass-fed beef tongue with fiddle-head ferns. Dinner for two $180.

Corson Building

Chef Matt Dillon and restaurateur Wylie Bush decided to gut a building in an industrial neighborhood, remodel it, add a storybook garden entrance, and create their "dream restaurant," a rustic communal space where dinners emphasize local products, from the wine down to the mushrooms. Since opening in June of 2008, Corson Building has become known for its multi-course dinners, which feature main dishes like rabbit, fried chicken, and braised pork belly. Diners make reservations without knowing the menu and, in the spirit of family-style dining, essentially agree to share the table and evening.

All City Coffee

An eclectic crowd of creative-class types, artists, and aerospace-industry employees from a nearby firm, come to feed their caffeine fix at Seth Levy's corner coffee shop in Georgetown. The shop has massive floor-to-ceiling windows and an eclectic selection of seating, including several outdoor benches. Coffee beans are Caffe Vita, and free wi-fi access encourages patrons to linger. The shop also has a small bakery menu that includes everything from ginger-molasses cookies and Nutella brioches to the classic ham and cheese croissant.

The Mix

This Georgetown tavern and multimedia event venue is the place to be for indie fun with art shows, concerts, even all-day waffles and televised football marathons. Live music is held five nights a week, including local and international rock, jazz, and country acts. Music can be participatory too with regularly scheduled Rockband and open mic sessions. There is a good selection of wine and beer with a basic though food menu that includes soups, salads, and various pizzas and paninis.

Kirk Albert Vintage Furnishings

This Georgetown decor shop sells cool collector furniture and one-of-a-kind and found objects. Devoted hunter and gatherer Kirk Albert scours the country in search of design-magazine-worthy pieces that range from vintage signs to patinated worktables, even tame-by-comparison classic leather wingback chairs. Albert also designs his own line of lighting made from repurposed industrial cast-offs, and he curates a selection of art pieces as well, including crumbling statuary, folk art paintings, and photographs. The well-laid-out store also sells such vintage items as a 19th century gas line meter, a 1950s handcrafted carnival sign, and an early 20th century foosball table.

Totally Blown Glassworks

Artist and Seattle native Dehanna Jones built this buzzing glassworks studio/gallery in the heart of up-and-coming Georgetown. Jones hand-blows her colorful vases, cups, votive holders, and bowls, from opaque and/or transparent glass. Two other glassblowers share her studio space, giving it a busy, work-collective vibe; one of them, a glass company called Loot!, hand-blows sculptural pieces from recycled glass, while the other, Cedar River Beads, handcrafts etched-glass bead jewelry. Open-studio hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons, providing visitors the opportunity to watch artisans at work.