Meet @lewisnelson

I’m half-Korean, which taught me a lot about racism, being different, and how to interact with the world. I grew up an athlete and after college joined the @USArmy, the day after 9/11. 7 years and two Iraq deployments later, I was medically retired and became a federal civilian. Three trips to Afghanistan and a divorce later, I decided I needed a life change.

I quit my job, got an MBA, and found a job on the other side of the country… in Everett. I convinced my fiancé Jocelyn it would be a great adventure. We found a cute little house apartment overlooking the water and now live in a 1905-built historic Everett home that just won a #MonteCristoAward in 2018. We’ve lived here just over a year.

When not curating this account, I’m a product manager for a large test and measurement company in town. My fiancé is a potter and jeweler, but now working as a weaver while taking periodic classes at @SchackArtCenter and @PrattFineArt. We love mochas, hiking, brunch, craft shows, and books.

I see so much potential in this town. I’d love to see more artist studio space, more farm-to-table restaurants (more brunch!), handmade-good speciality stores, a local bookstore, and for God’s sake a gelato shop. But we love the people. A chance introduction at #EngageEverett led to meeting friends that welcomed us to Thanksgiving with their family in Leavenworth this year, and my fiancé found a great craft/coffee/and chat partner right through this IG account. We love living in Bayside and walking the downtown-to-Legion Park stretch along Grand or Rucker (the houses, the water, the puppies!!!). We love our coffee shops (@narrative.coffeeand @cafe_zippy are our faves). We LOVE our grocery store @snoislefoodcoop. We not only love the water and mountain views, we love how close we are to day hikes and outdoor adventures.

We’re sad to leave. With three kids living 3,000 miles away (and all of our immediate family) in VA, our timing of moving here just wasn’t right. We’ll be leaving Everett next month to return to our hometown of #CharlottesvilleVA, but Everett will always be an important part of our #PNWmemories.