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From family-friendly to date-worthy, Kent offers it all: sports, entertainment, bike trails, parks, a vibrant beer and food scene, shopping and more. Learn where the locals like to eat, drink and play, and find out some of Kent’s best-kept secrets. Planning your Pacific Northwest vacation? Kent’s the perfect basecamp for all your adventures. Get the most out of your vacation with tips on travel packages, great deals and seasonal itineraries.

Creative in Kent

Travel shouldn’t just be about visiting a place. It’s about creating an experience. Tap into the lively art scene in Kent, Washington.
August 16th, 2017

Add to your collection by dropping by Rusty Raven Studio, or get hands-on at art lessons throughout the city. 

Stroll a gallery, invest in a future Frida Kahlo or create a masterpiece of your own. Kent’s art scene is vibrant and bustling. Here are a few ways to get creative—and be inspired—in Kent.

Get up close to art
Whether you’re looking to acquire or just admire, Kent offers these art-filled options:  
  • Centennial Center Gallery showcases local artists and rotating exhibits. Now showing through August 24—the annual Kent Summer Art Exhibit, featuring dozens of works by Washington state artists. 
  • Kent Third Thursday Art Walk features local artists, live music and free kids’ art activities. Artists and art lovers will enjoy food truck fare that showcases Kent’s delicious global cuisine. Start your walk at Rusty Raven Studio, 212 1st Ave. S.  
  • The eclectic Rusty Raven Studio showcases independent local Northwest artisans specializing in contemporary mediums. Do you have a budding artist in residence? Rusty Raven hosts free kids’ art activities the first Saturday of the month.
  • Creativity has no boundaries in Kent. Public art installations are scattered throughout downtown and in Kent’s parks and outdoor spaces
Feed your inner artist
For artists and aspiring artists, these two bustling Kent studios will help kick your right brain into action:
  • Artists of all ages can try their hand at drawing, painting, sewing and more at Artsy Fartsy Art Lessons. Brush up on your forte or explore a new medium without breaking your budget. 
  • Along with classes and events, Create! provides equipment and space for artists to create alongside other artists. The studio cafe serves coffee, wine, beer and food from Kent’s Alki Bakery. Creativity needs to be fueled.
(Psst, artists 21 and older. Both studios offer create-and-sip events. Because everyone is a master after a glass or two of wine.)

Feeling inspired? Find out more about all there is to see and do in Kent.

Tap into Kent's historic side

How did Kent, Washington, make the leap from growing hops to making moon buggies? Find the answer and more at the Greater Kent Historical Society Museum.
August 9th, 2017

Take a step back in history at the Greater Kent Historical Society Museum. Explore the period rooms, or go on your own self-guided journey downtown to experience the historic side of Kent.

Kent’s history is as rich as the Green River Valley soil. Did you know lettuce was such a big deal the city threw a huge party every year to celebrate it? That’s just a taste of what you’ll discover at the Greater Kent Historical Society Museum (855 E. Smith St.). Plan a visit and find out how Kent came to be. Here are a few highlights to whet your curiosity:

  • These roots run deep. The town was named for Kent County, England, a major hops producer. Think aphids are a problem in your rose garden? They wiped out Kent’s hops crops in the early 1890s.

  • But where’s the HDTV? The museum features seven period rooms that let you imagine life at the turn of the 20th century.

  • We grow sports legends, too. Morris "Red" Badgro was raised on the family farm in Kent. The Pro Football Hall of Famer was an NFL legend in the 1930s.

  • Where were you when man first drove on the moon? In the 1960s, Kent’s abundant farm land made way for innovation, including the Boeing Aerospace Center. The famed Apollo Lunar Rovers were built there during the 1970s.

Explore historical Kent in August

In August, you can experience even more of Kent’s historic side through special exhibits and tours of the city’s oldest homes, businesses, sites and cemeteries. Learn more about the free Experience Historical Kent celebration. Or venture out on your own with this handy guide.

Raise a toast to the old days

During your visit, take time to explore more of what’s old and new in Kent, including historic downtown. The hops crops may be long gone, but you can still ponder that time in Kent’s history over a Mosaic Hoppy Pilsner and some Northwest fare from Airways Brewing and Bistro
Find out more about all there is to see and do in Kent.

The Unique Tastes of Kent

Kent, Washington has something for every palate, including authentic global fare, unique bites and sips, and some truly imaginative cuisine.
July 26th, 2017

Benson Curry Pizza is a fusion of tastes from India and Italy. Kent offers unique flavors throughout the city—from Hawaiian cuisine to authentic Mexican tastes. (Photo: Yelp)

Hungry for something different? Kent offers a world of restaurants and specialty shops that reflect the bountiful flavors of this diverse and vibrant community. Here are just a few of the unique tastes you can find in Kent.

Althea’s Louisiana Cajun Seasonings and Spices. Looking to create the perfect etouffe? This specialty market carries more than 1,000 seasonings and spices and other products from New Orleans and the South.

Asadero Sinaloa. This popular Mexican steakhouse serves up prime Sonoran beef, homemade tortillas, and fire-roasted and stone-ground salsas. The restaurant has drawn attention from the Food Network and national media, and recently expanded to Seattle’s burb of Ballard. Kent is where it all began.

Benson Curry Pizza. What happens when you fuse the tastes of India and Italy? Amazing pizza. Tikka curry, tandoori chicken and butter chicken curry are house favorites. Benson also offers loads of vegetarian, gluten-free and Halal options.  
Fil Cuisine. This is a prime spot for families and the take-out crowd seeking real-deal Filipino cuisine. Try the Halo Halo, a mix of sweet red beans, sweat potatoes, banana, jack fruit, coconut palm, crushed ice and milk—topped with purple yam ice cream.   
Saimin Says. From macadamia nut pancakes to spicy spam musubi and Hawaiian-style noodles swimming in a house-created broth, a meal at Saimin Says is the next best thing to visiting the islands.    

Serenity Moon Tea. This gem offers authentic Chinese loose tea, and custom blends to suit your tastes and needs. You’ll want to take time to taste, learn the history and culture of tea, and get tips on how to brew the perfect cup. 

Thai Chili. This long-time Kent favorite features classic Thai dishes and contemporary alternatives, including unique vegetarian, gluten-free and fusion recipes.

That’s just a nibble. Check out all the great places to eat and drink in Kent.

Find the Unexpected in Kent

Guaranteed you don’t know everything about Kent, Washington. Get out your calendar and plan for a summer full of surprise.
July 12th, 2017

A hidden mural. Internationally acclaimed landscape art. Dragons racing on the water. These four unique sites will surprise you.
  1. The intersection of earth and art
    Millcreek Canyon Earthworks Park is the gateway to an internationally renowned collection of landscape art. The Earthworks tour, accessible via bike or car, allows visitors an up-close look at this unique collection of artist-created earth sculptures.

  2. Indoor pickleball…and some history to boot
    Kent is the perfect place to partake in the Washington-born sport of pickleball. Pickleball Station is the only indoor facility in the state, and the only place period where you can visit the Pickleball Museum. Take a gander at original equipment from the 1960s and learn about pioneers of the sport.

  3. Dragon boaters
    Lake Meridian is a water-sport paradise and home waters for the Kent Dragon Boat Association. You can catch dragon boaters in action—or be a part of it—at team practices. These folks are passionate about the sport and always welcome new paddlers.  

  4. Tiny park, big mural
    Don’t blink. A dramatic mural covering two building walls frames a small downtown Kent pocket park in the 200 block of 1st Avenue South. The Middle Garden borrows images of European gardens to depict the Green River’s journey through the Kent Valley. It’s just one of many public art installations scattered throughout Kent.
You never know what’s in store for you in Kent. Find out more about all there is to see and do.

Beat the Heat at 10 Cool Spots in Kent

When temps rise, Kent, Washington has just the spots to cool off.
July 5th, 2017

Finally. It’s summer in the Pacific Northwest. And that means warm days and loads of much-deserved sunshine. But sometimes, it’s not always so fun in the sun. Here are 10 great ways to keep cool in Kent.

  1. Get all wet at the spray park at Town Square Plaza.

  2. Take a dip from the dock or catch up on your beach reads at Lake Meridian Park.

  3. Escape indoors and enjoy some big-screen action at AMC Kent Station 14.

  4. Chill with your pup at dog-friendly Airways Tap Room & Brewery. Award-winning Jumbo Juice IPA is on tap, along with unlimited water for your pal. 

  5. Take the whole family for a spin at one of the coolest ice rinks around. Kent Valley Ice Centre offers loads of public skating sessions through the summer.

  6. Sit fountainside at Kent Station with an iced mocha from Diletantte Mocha Cafe or a creamy shake from Cold Stone Creamery.

  7. Launch a kayak on cool and calm waters at Lake Fenwick Park

  8. Visualize Sicilian breezes while you enjoy a scoop or two from Rita's Italian Ice and Frozen Custard.

  9. Imagine yourself speeding on the water at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum.

  10. Get under a big umbrella with a frosty margarita or cerveza at Agave Cocina and Cantina.

There’s no wilting necessary when you visit. Find out all the ways to keep cool this summer, along with many more things to see and do in Kent.

Take a Hike in Kent

Lace up the light hikers. Kent, Washington is a great place to log some trail time.
June 28th, 2017

The Pacific Northwest is a hiker’s paradise. And you don’t have to leave the city limits to hit the trail. In Kent, you’ll find miles of trails, complete with mountain views, waterside routes, tree-line paths and plenty of wildlife. 

From solo hikes to family treks and Fido-friendly routes—just make sure Fido is on a leash—Kent has plenty of options. Here are just a few.

  • Kent Valley Loop Trails offer several distinct routes and links to Kent parks and downtown. Feeling footloose? Opt for the 13-mile Eagle Loop starting at Van Doren’s Landing Park, nestled along the Green River. The mostly flat, paved trail features public art and knockout views of Mount Rainier. 

    Trail tip: Fuel up beforehand at Kona Kai Coffee.

  • The Green River Trail stretches nearly 20 miles and follows the scenic Green River from Kent to Seattle’s southern boundary. Kent offers access at Hogan Park Russell Road, Russell Woods Park or Three Friends Fishing Hole.

    Post-trail tip: Electrolytes are on tap at Airways Brewing. Try the Jumbo Juice pale ale.

  • Soos Creek Trail travels six miles through woods, wetlands and meadows. Pack the binoculars. You’re likely to see river otters, herons, eagles and more wildlife.

    Trail tip: Get lunch to go from Wild Wheat Bakery Café and Restaurant. Baked goods and cold smoked lox are made on site.

  • If you’re looking for a higher elevation and heart rate, Kent is only 30 miles from the Issaquah Alps. Pick your peak. Poo Poo Point offers a steep incline and quite a show at the top where hang gliders launch daily, conditions permitting.

    Trail tip: You’ll want a hearty breakfast before you go. Stop in at Maggie’s on Meeker for Maggie’s Mess—sautéed onions and sausage or ham over hash browns and covered in gravy.

Ready to hit the trail? Find out more about all there is to see and do in Kent.  

Make it a Memorable Fourth in Kent

Cue the fireworks and apple pie. The Fourth of July is coming and there's no better place to celebrate than Kent, Washington.
June 23rd, 2017

No matter how you choose to mark America’s birthday, Kent is the place to be on the Fourth of July. Spend the day and evening at one of the region’s biggest family-fun festivals, chow down on a super-hot hot dog, or treat yourself to some retail therapy. 

Make a splash from noon to night
The Fourth of July Splash (Noon-10:30 p.m.) on the shores of Lake Meridian is the ultimate Independence Day bash. Fill up at the food booths, enter the pie-eating contest, take a turn or 10 at the bouncy house and join in the old-time games. Live music and entertainment will be on tap, along with all the other fun that Lake Meridian Park offers—from splashing in the lake to trekking the trails. Just a reminder…the Fourth of July Splash is the only legal way to enjoy fireworks in Kent, so stick around. The sky lights up beginning at 10 p.m.  

Bite into a mandatory hot dog
Leave the grilling to the experts at The AC Tavern. Choose from a full menu of gourmet hot dogs, from the bare-bunned Naked Pooch to the ultra-creative Curt’s Sled Dog slathered in peanut butter, bacon and maple syrup. If you have a fondness for fire, order the AC Hellhound—17 inches of spicy deliciousness. Don’t worry…The AC has a slew of craft beers to help douse the flames.

Keep your cool at the spray park
The Fourth of July marks the real start of summer in the Pacific Northwest, and Town Square Plaza spray park is a great spot to keep the heat at bay. If you really want to keep your cool, stroll to nearby Kent Station and grab a shake or sundae from Cold Stone Creamery.

Celebrate in style at Kent Station
If you’re not up for all the holiday hoopla, spend the Fourth at this urban village of food, entertainment and shopping. 
•Jumpstart the day with an Americano from Dilettante Mocha Café.
•Catch a summer blockbuster stretched out in a cushy recliner at the 14-screen Kent AMC Theatre
•Satisfy your all-American appetite with a hamburger and fries from Johnny Rockets, or choose from an eclectic array of other dining options.
•Cruise the holiday sales—stores are open 11 a.m.–6 p.m. If you’re looking to log some extra Fitbit steps, stop in at Road Runner Sports for new gear and to sign up for the July 15 Adventure Run
•Raise a toast to America at Red’s Wine Bar. With all the reds and whites to choose from, you’ll have nothing to be blue about.  

With all there is to see and do in Kent, why settle for just a day? Extend your visit and spend a night or two. Many Kent hotels offer complimentary breakfast! 

Keepin' it Kid Friendly in Kent

Looking for some kid-friendly fun? Kent is a great family destination and offers loads of activities for all ages.
June 20th, 2017
Outdoors or indoors, in the water or on dry land, Kent has something for everyone. Here are a few suggestions for making some family fun in Kent.  

AMC Kent Station (426 Ramsay Way)
Relax in the cushy reclining seats and enjoy the latest flicks, including IMAX and 3D showings. Early-show discounts make it easier on the family budget.  

Create! (216 W Gowe St.) and Artsy Fartsy Art Lessons (218 W. Meeker St.)
Take an art class or two, and let the creative juices flow.  

Kent Valley Ice Centre (6015 S 240th St.)
From figure skating and ice hockey to batting cages and mini golf, Kent Valley Ice Centre offers something for everyone.

Lake Meridian (14800 SE 272nd St.)
The fun doesn’t end at this urban lake—boating, fishing, swimming, walking, picnicking, playing, perusing the public art… You get the idea.

Pie Lab (12966 S.E. Kent Kangley Rd.)
Bring the whole family for a pie-baking class. There’s no such thing as too many cooks in this kitchen. Create—and eat—a sweet or savory masterpiece. 

PGP Motorsports (31003 144th Ave. S.E.)
Produce your own family version of The Fast and the Furious at this go-kart-racing paradise.

Riverbend Golf Complex (2019 West Meeker St.)
Swing in for a round of family fun, or sign up for a group lesson.

Kent offers miles and miles of bike trails to suit every age and ability. Learn more about Kent’s scenic bike trails for seasoned cyclers and carefree cruisers. 

Kent also offers special family-fun events throughout the year, including the Kent Farmers Market, which runs June through September. The Summer Concert Series features four weekly performances, including just-for-kids tunes at Town Square Park at 2nd Ave. and Smith St., and family date night at Kent Station.

Learn more about all there is to do and see in Kent, and check out the calendar for upcoming and ongoing events.

A Cornucopia of Fun

Kent Cornucopia Days, July 14-16, is one of the region’s biggest bashes—and a great weekend of family fun.
June 14th, 2017

Looking for the ultimate in summertime celebrations? Kent Cornucopia Days is one of the region’s biggest (and most popular) family-fun festivals. Now in its 46th year, the 2017 edition is bigger and better than ever, and offers three full days of fun, food and entertainment. Check it out July 14-16—Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Here’s a taste of what to expect:

Street fair fun
Downtown Kent plays host to one of the Northwest’s largest street fairs, covering nearly 20 city blocks. The street fair features hundreds of vendors offering food, merchandise, one-of-a-kind handcrafted items, artwork and more. 

Sports of all sorts
The Kent Cornucopia Days Dragon Boat Races on Lake Meridian draws paddlers from all over the Pacific Northwest. Racing begins Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
Landlubbers looking for some friendly competition will want to take part in the 5K Fun Run and Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. 
The weekend will be full of headers and hat tricks. The Kent Youth Soccer Association Cornucopia Cup tournament takes place Friday through Sunday.

Entertainment…times two
Take in live entertainment at the Town Square Plaza Stage and the Gazebo Stage. From the Miss Cornucopia coronation (2 p.m. Friday), to country music and dance, this year’s Friday), to country music and dance, this year’s Friday), to country music and dance, this year’s Friday), to country music and dance, this year’s lineup offers something for everyone.

A taste of Cornucopia
Pace yourself. This year there are three food courts of yummy stuff, from roasted corn to kettle corn and a delicious array of ethnic fare. Grab a bite from the Main Food Court or East Food Court, or enjoy a beer and nosh from the Gazebo Park Food Court while enjoying some music from the nearby stage.   

Make your way to Kent for a summer weekend jam-packed with fun. Kent Cornucopia Days is just one of the exciting things to is just one of the exciting things to see and do in Kent.

Fresh from the farm

Fruit, veggies and a whole lot more. Get a taste of Kent’s farm-fresh bounty.
June 6th, 2017

Carpinito Brothers is one of the many local Kent treasures with a full stock of juicy fruit, crunchy veggies and hand-selected items from across the Pacific Northwest. 

Kent’s rich and fertile Green River Valley has been producing farm-fresh fare since the 1800s. Even today, this bustling urban community is still growing strong. From spring rhubarb to summer berries and sweet corn, and a bounty of pumpkins in the fall, Kent is all about growing and eating local. Here are few ways to enjoy the harvest:  

Family owned and operated for more than 50 years, this bountiful nursery and produce stand operates June through December. Pick up some Carpinito Brothers’ freshly harvested fruits and vegetables, along with hand-selected items from other Washington state farms.
This small, family-owned farm features produce fresh from the fields at Cosmo’s Farm Market. Operated by the youngest farmer, 12-year-old Cosmo, is open for business June through October. Drop by Thursday evening (5–7 p.m.) and Saturday afternoon (noon–2 p.m.).

The Buetow family of four is on a mission to produce fresh, local, organic vegetables, eggs and homemade goods. For now, this growing operation is open by appointment only, but the Buetows are more than happy to accommodate visitor requests.

Smell the farm-fresh flowers, pick up some of your favorite local produce and sink your teeth into an ear of fresh roasted corn. Located downtown at Town Square Plaza, the Kent Farmers Market is open June 3 through September 23. Stroll down the streets and drop by vendor booths every Saturday (9 a.m.–2 p.m.).
Hungry yet? Farm-fresh fare is just one great reason to visit Kent. Learn more about all there is to see and do

Make a trek to iconic Seattle

Watch fish fly, take a spin on the big wheel and experience some of the classic sights and bites of Seattle. It’s all just a short (and easy) trek from Kent.
May 31st, 2017

Skip the hassle (and the big price tag) that comes with driving and staying in downtown Seattle. From Kent, a fun and full day of Seattle is just a short hop away. And the Sound Transit center at Kent Station offers carefree and carless access.

  • First stop….shopping. Bus, train or light rail will get you close to Westlake Center, which includes three levels of shops and dining. Visit the flagship Nordstrom store across the street. 

  • Meander the Market. Take an easy downhill walk to Pike Place Market, where you can stroll through shops and kiosks offering local produce, arts and loads of fresh seafood. (Watch for flying salmon at the fish markets.) Try one of several restaurants in the market, or opt for an oyster shot or shrimp cocktail to go. 

  • On the waterfront. From the Market, you’re steps from the Seattle Waterfront. The Seattle Great Wheel offers a great vantage point to take in views of the Space Needle, Seattle skyline and Mount Rainier. 

  • Good old Seattle. Make your way to Pioneer Square, Seattle’s historic birthplace. Visit Smith Tower, the city’s original skyscraper, and enjoy 360-degree views, locally inspired bites and Prohibition-era cocktails from the top.   

That’s just a slice of Seattle. Read the full Iconic Seattle itinerary, along with some other great day trips you can take Kent.

Celebrate the world at the Kent International Festival

The Kent International Festival June 3 offers entertainment from around the world
May 24th, 2017
Photo: Melanie Mosshart

Kent is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country…and it shows. The city offers a wide and wonderful assortment of ethnic restaurants, shops and other cultural opportunities, and its residents speak more than 130 languages.

Once a year, the community comes together at ShoWare Center for a big, bold extravaganza that acknowledges its rich diversity, and draws thousands from in and around the area. The ninth annual Kent International Festival June 3 will be jam-packed with entertainment, spectacular native attire, an array of cultural booths, unique shopping and delicious authentic cuisine. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect:

Just follow the dancing Chinese lion
The fun begins at 9:30 a.m. at Town Square Plaza (2nd Ave. and Smith St.) with a festival kickoff and half-mile World Wide Walk to ShoWare Center.

Nonstop entertainment
With musical and dance performances on three stages throughout the day, you’ll want to plan accordingly. Crowd favorites include the Rowan Fae Irish dancers and Taiko drummers. Entertainment from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Travel the world under one roof…"passport" suggested
Wonder what it’s like to be a kid in Thailand? Curious about some of the customs in Kenya? The festival’s many cultural booths offer information, insight and a lot of fun activities. Visit them all with your festival "passport." Booths open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A global food fest
Bring your appetite. The International Taste of Kent Food Court features cuisine from some of Kent’s most popular ethnic restaurants, including Fil Cuisine, Thai Chili, Jot Indian Sweets, Agave Cocina and Cantina, Spring Kitchen and more. Food court open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fun doesn’t end at 5 p.m. You won’t want to miss the World Dance party (5-6 p.m.) and the grand festival finale (6-8 p.m.).

Join the fun. Experience the cultures of the world. Get a taste of what Kent has to offer. Find out more about the Kent International Festival, and check out all there is to see and do in Kent.

Wine to Water

Enjoy the view this spring with a road trip from Kent to some of Washington's best wine and water attractions
May 17th, 2017

Allow a full day to explore scenic Pacific Northwest views—like Snoqualmie Falls—and unique attractions just miles from Kent, Washington. 

What says Washington more than water and wine? You can get a hefty dose of both with a day trip to Woodville Wine Country and Snoqualmie Falls

You’ll need some ballast for the day, so enjoy a classic breakfast with the locals at the Golden Steer in the East Hill neighborhood of Kent (23826 104th Ave SE). This old-school diner is legit. 

Head north on I-405 to small and scenic Woodinville, home to more than 100 wineries and tasting rooms segmented into four districts. A visit to the grand Chateau Ste. Michelle is a must, along with stops at some of the state’s unique and acclaimed boutique wineries. Remember, it’s totally ok to split or spit, especially if you’re visiting more than a couple tasting rooms. Many tasting rooms have nice areas for picnicking. 

From Woodinville, take scenic and relaxing WA-202 along the Snoqualmie River through the Cascade Mountain foothills, small towns and farms to Snoqualmie Falls. The 268-foot waterfall is one of the state’s most popular natural attractions, and spring snowmelt usually means a spectacular show. Enjoy misty views from the observation area, explore the trails, and stop by the gift shop for a package of Snoqualmie Falls pancake or waffle mix. 

Once you return to Kent, stop by See’s Candies to pick the perfect chocolate pairing to go with your Washington merlot. 

Serving up a big slice of happy: Pie Lab Bakery

Kent’s East Hill Pie Lab Bakery is winning over palates from near and far, one delicious bite at a time.
May 13th, 2017

National Travel and Tourism Week puts the spotlight on the faces and places that make Kent a flavorful destination—like Pie Lab Bakery, a confectionary delight on Kent’s East Hill. 

Pie Lab general manager Marie Price dusted off the flour long enough to talk about her passion for baking, and how Pie Lab’s delicious creations bring about happiness, joy and the occasional marriage proposal.

How long have you been in the hospitality business?

I’ve been baking my whole life. I’ve been doing it professionally for over nine years.

Why did you choose hospitality? 

Baking has always been my passion. I like to say I can change the world one palate at a time. It starts with math and science, and then you get to see the reactions from people when they taste your creation. When the flavor fusion and texture combines, it’s an art.

What made you want to manage this business? 

With Susan, the owner, I saw a reflection of my own passion and a like-minded love for excellence. Her motto is "engineering happiness," which is my goal when baking. 

What is unique about your business?

First, the product itself is amazing! It is the best pie I have tasted in my life. Second, we want the experience for our customers to be an unforgettable journey. 

We have a large following of regulars. Some come to try the "from the lab" recipes, which are unique flavor combinations such as "Ring of Fire," a pineapple habanero cream pie. Others have their favorites that they love. 

What is your favorite customer memory? 

We were sampling at a local event, and the lines were really long. One gentleman took a sample, tasted the pie, and his face had this completely shocked look. He finished chewing and said, "This is the best pie I have ever had in my life. Will you marry me?" I have a lot of really fun memories like that. It’s why I like working here and I’m so proud of our product.

Where are your customers from? 

We have people across the country email and message us on Facebook because they have heard from friends about our pie and want to request shipments. That’s not currently possible, but we hope to change that soon. Every day we have people who drive over an hour to get here.

What do you think it means to the Kent community to have locally owned businesses like yours?

Pie symbolizes the American family dessert. Plus, we are local and creating relationships between employees and customers. Our product tastes amazing and brings happiness and joy to people’s lives, but it also helps provide tradition and stability. 

What is the best part of your job?

When I see my passion reflected in my employees. It changes my life when they enjoy what they are doing and their eyes are opened to a vocation. It’s not just a job. 

Fill in the blank: A Kent resident should invite their friends and family to visit Kent because…

It has the best pie in the world! 

Treat your palate to a Pie Lab creation, and invite your friends and family to get a taste of Kent, and use #WeAreKent on social media. It’s just a slice of all there is to see and do in your own backyard. 

A place you can call your own: Airways Brewing

It’s all about great craft beer, locally sourced food and meaningful connections.
May 12th, 2017

Owners Dione (left) and Alex Dittmar serve up brews and locally sourced food at Airways Brewing in Kent, Washington. 

What better way to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week than by celebrating the people and places that make Kent such a fun destination—like Airways Brewing. Owners Alex and Dione Dittmar have been brewing and pouring great craft beer at Airways Brewery and Taproom for more than seven years. Five years ago, they took the leap and opened Airways Brewing Bistro, serving up creative, locally sourced food. They believe Kent is the best place to do business. 

Why did you choose hospitality? 

Alex: The brewery was something that I wanted to do for quite a while and the taproom naturally came along with it. Then we decided to be in the restaurant business as well and took a leap of faith.

Why Kent?

Alex: When we were looking for a place to open, we knew we wanted to be in the area south of Seattle. Part of the reason was to avoid a long commute and part because we felt like, at the time, the area was underserved.

What is unique about your business?

Alex: We have so much focus on retail, and we decided to bring an upscale experience to Kent. I wanted a place where people could come and say, "Wow this is nice and the beer is really good." We also knew there was a market beyond the standard pub fare and we saw an opportunity.

What is your favorite customer memory?

Alex: It’s hard to pinpoint one. We’ve had several friendships built between customers who met by coming to the brewery. We have had people meet and start dating, and some have even gotten married. And it’s really cool to be able to say that. 

Where are your customers from?

Alex: When we first started, we had folks from Australia. They were here for work, and they helped keep us in business during the first six months. Others have come from Hawaii, the East Coast and Germany. People happen to be in the area looking for a good place for to eat or grab a beer and they find us. Hopefully they leave happy.

What do you think it means to the Kent community to have locally owned businesses like yours?

Alex: Sometimes the area south of Seattle ends up with a lot of chains and big business, and there are not a lot of places for people to call their own. We provide a place to call your own. We help provide revenue for the city and local jobs, and that is really important.
Dione: I think that’s true, I think it’s also the fact we started so small and the community has watched us grow up here. We have customers who have been coming in since day one, and they have been part of us growing and changing. I think that’s something people like to be part of. 
Alex: Yeah, we had 19 seats in our original taproom in 2010 and our current space can accommodate 110. The Bistro expanded from 35 seats to 70 indoor and 70 outdoor. So we have over 200 seats in Kent now.

What is the best part of your job?

Dione: Drinking the beer [chuckles]. No, it’s the people. It’s such a social atmosphere. There is an energy that helps you through the long, tough days of being a small-business owner. 
Alex: I would agree with Dione. We do all of the non-glamorous things like paying bills and taking out the trash, but once in a while you stop and say, "Hey, we make beer."

Fill in the blank: All Kent residents should invite their friends and family to visit Kent because ______?

Alex: We have a lot more to offer than people realize! There are a lot of great locally made products, like bread from Macrina Bakery, coffee from the Starbucks Roasting Plant and beer from Airways Brewing.

Airways Brewing is just one example of what makes Kent a wonderful place to live and visit. Explore your backyard. Invite your family and friends to find out for themselves why Kent is a destination city and use #WeAreKent on social media. Learn more about all there is to see and do in Kent.



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