Trendsetting and trailblazing — this bad to the bone skate chic is breaking social norms.

Skateboarding might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you envision a popular sport for women, it’s usually soccer, tennis, basketball or even golf. Despite the social norm—this is only a small hiccup for 30-year-old Nancy Chang, who has been blazing new trails and changing that stigma the moment she started skateboarding in the mid-90’s.

Trendsetting and trailblazing — this culinary star imports legit Italian fare to Seattleites.

Seattle takes the cake for variety and diversity within an up-and-coming culinary scene that represents strong influences from just about every culture imaginable. As the chef and co-owner of Osteria La Spiga, Sabrina Tinsley is our very own resident authority on Northern Italian cuisine—and believe us, she is serving up some of the best home-made pastas this side of the Atlantic.

Trendsetting and trailblazing — this style guru brings accessible design to everyone.

“Life is in the details. Style accordingly.” That’s the philosophy of Cassandra LaValle, founder of coco+kelley, one of the top national interior design blogs and hottest boutique design firms in Seattle. With thousands of loyal followers on her blog, and a successful design boutique with clients across the greater Seattle-Tacoma area, LaValle is one to watch.

Trendsetting and trailblazing — these uber geeks keep us wired on all things tech.

With so many tech companies merging and purging and so many shifts in the industry, the 411 on the digital frontier is ever changing and can be difficult to keep up with.  Enter John Cook and Todd Bishop, co-founders of the locally-based technology news site GeekWire — the bible for tech industry fanatics.

Trendsetting and trailblazing — the Canlis brothers reinvent fine dining while embracing history.

As the third generation to run Canlis Restaurant, brothers Mark and Brian Canlis havegrown up watching the very large shoes they have to fill. Their grandfather Peter Canlis opened the restaurant in 1950, and their parents, Chris and Alice, took over in the 1970s. Taking on the family business in 2005, Mark, 36, and Brian, 33, have reinvented the restaurant to reflect a new crowd.