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Sunday, August 18, 1991 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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About Town

For The Groom, This Ceremony Was Businesslike And Sole(Mn)

MATRIMONY AND MARKETING: When Bobby Mitchell, the son of the owner of Buddy's Homesick Cafe, married Karen Muir a few weeks ago, he thought he left business outside the church - Northminster Presbyterian in Ballard.

But when he and his betrothed knelt at the altar, ripples of subdued laughter swept through the audience.

Unbeknownst to Mitchell, his best man Gus Andrews, had painted "Eat at" and "Buddy's" on the soles of his shoes.

Andrews is entertainment director at Sharky's Beach Bar and Eatery and Mitchell is manager at the Beach House Restaurant. Those and Buddy's are part of a chain of restaurants owned by Mark Mitchell.

The senior Mitchell's wry response to the unconventional advertisement:

"You know, weddings are SUPPOSED to be solemn affairs."

AT PLAY: Henry Dean, Everett's Colby Square developer and avid mountain climber, has a new interest - bungee jumping.

He did it in Black Diamond recently with his son Alex Dean and the son's friend Alex Frank.

Says Dean: "There were about 10 other kids there." So he fit right in.

He made the 130-foot jump, coming within 10 feet of the ground before being snapped back into the air.

"Everything in your system is telling you don't do this."

He's organizing a businessmen's bungee jump. And you thought all business types did was play golf.

A B&B HOW-TO: Jill and Robin Hughes' Manor Farm Inn, Poulsbo, was featured in the July-August edition of "Martha Stewart Living." The Hugheses bought their 25 acres in 1975, planning to build an environmental camp for children. When those plans fell through, the bed-and-breakfast concept materialized.

The article talks about how to turn your own home into a bed-and-breakfast, which the Hugheses have done successfully.

In other cases, though, if profit is important to you, the best advice may be to forget the whole thing.

BENTLEY BOOK: Two former students of the late poet and University of Washington professor Nelson Bentley are collaborating on a book that deals with Bentley's teaching style.

Ruth Brinton and Leslie Patten, who are both teachers, are looking for Bentley anecdotes, quotes and former students' observations about his classes.

"Leslie and I both really owe Nelson a tremendous debt for showing us a style of teaching never given by anyone else," Brinton said.

Bentley was known for creating a safe environment for self- expression, particularly in his poetry workshops. Brinton and Patten can be reached at Box 75234, Seattle, 98125-0234.

IN THE STARS: Seattle astrologist Johanna MacPherson followed the stars and her husband Tom's desire for a career change and moved to Boonville (as in Daniel), Mo., a few months back.

So what are they doing now?

They've opened an espresso stand, Espresso Arno, in the nearby college-town Columbia where they import coffee from Torrefazione Italia in Pioneer Square.

The MacPhersons - he's a third-generation Seattleite - grew tired of the high cost of housing and traffic here and selected a "pristine little town" in which to raise their two children.

Now they receive comments from the college crowd: "You moved from Seattle to Boonville?"

HOLLYWOOD NORTH: They're around all the time, those movie moguls, bringing casts and camera to Seattle locations. Most recently, the Sorrento Hotel where the Turner Broadcasting System Inc. is filming "Crazy in Love" with Holly Hunter. They've also been shooting on Bainbridge Island.

NO TRANSLATION NEEDED: The staff at the Alexis Hotel is still smiling over an incident involving a foreign guest who happened to step outside his room sans clothes early one morning to retrieve a newspaper.

The door slammed behind him, locking him out.

When he showed up at the main desk downstairs wrapped in newspapers, the staff didn't have to understand the language to figure out the problem.

About Town by Nancy Bartley appears Sunday and Monday in the Scene section of The Times.

Copyright (c) 1991 Seattle Times Company, All Rights Reserved.

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