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Fremont-based Brown Paper Tickets expands “Not-Just-for-Profit” Efforts

December 17th, 2014 by Cara

Brown Paper Tickets, an online ticketing service headquartered in Fremont (technically just across the bridge) is a self-described “fair trade ticketing company.”  The company places emphasis on offering low service fees and quality customer service because they envision a “company to provide the kind of service we would want for ourselves.”  How do they make this happen?

The company operates a 24/7 call center, manages web sales, and is constantly exploring ways to foster the industry they serve and keep ticket sales accessible. Drawing on previous experience in the music and production industry Brown Paper Tickets charges producers no fees to sell tickets. For ticket buyers, the service fee is just $0.99 plus 3.5% of the ticket cost. It even explains this on the home page and lists the price with the service fee included on the event page. Many ticket buyers out there will find this extremely refreshing.


Additionally Brown Paper Tickets is a Not-Just-for-Profit business, a standard which advocates not only running a profitable business but giving back to the community.  The company has grown exponentially over the past few years including in its charity efforts. In addition to the company’s contributions and supporting individual events Brown Paper Tickets offer two key services to help the community support various causes. The first is a searchable list of all charity and fundraising events. Crab feeds, senior center gatherings, civic performances and more from all across the country are listed here. This is a terrific resource for connecting audiences to great causes you may or may not be familiar with.

In November Brown Paper Tickets announced a fee-free service for collecting online donations so that more of the funds donated can go to the actual cause. The press release issued by the company explained that of the $667,000 raised by various organizers an estimated $13,000-$33,000 would have gone to fees via other ticketing, donation, or crowdfunding platforms. CEO Steve Butcher affirmed Brown Paper Ticket’s commitment to a fee-free service for donations:

“Fundraising is a selfless act of kindness or passion for positive change. We honor the work of fundraisers and change-makers by giving them the tools and support they need, and putting the financial rewards of their labor directly in their hands, where it belongs.”


The addition of this service also allows organizers hosting a benefit or fundraising event to sell tickets and accept donations through a single platform. In such situations Brown Paper Tickets gives the event organizer 102.5% of the face value for each ticket.

During this busy season of giving it helps to be able to easily contribute and maximize the benefit of that contribution. Going into 2015 and beyond even more organizations and causes will be able to benefit from the services offered by Brown Paper Tickets. Click on the image below for more ideas about giving inspired by #GivingTuesday (the week after Thanksgiving is just getting longer and longer!).


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Holiday Pop Up Bazaar this Saturday

December 10th, 2014 by Cara


Small Business Saturday has passed but there are festive local shopping opportunities going on all month! (Anyone else make it to Urban Craft Uprising last weekend?) This Saturday December 13th Vif Wine & Coffee will host a Holiday Pop Up Bazaar from 10am to 2pm.

Located on Fremont Ave, Vif Wine & Coffee is a specialty wine shop and coffee house that “offers an entirely new approach to how wine and coffee are presented and sold in Seattle” according to their website. Find out what other press has said about Vif here.

For the Holiday Pop Up Bazaar vendors include:

V Smiley Preserves (jams, marmalades and honey) 

Narwhal (oysters and Renee Erickson!) 

Sea Wolf Bakery (a family-owned Seattle craft bakery)

Correspondence Press (specialty print items that encourage correspondence)

Seattle Seltzer (bubbles and local soda)

Harbor Herbalist (organic herbal teas)

Never Too Many Treats (unique gourmet treats for four legged friends)

Seattle Tilth’s Youth Garden Works

Along with hot cider and an outdoor coffee bar with pastries from Vif Wine|Coffee.

There will also be activities for children throughout the day.

Raffle tickets will also be available for $10 in support of Seattle Tilth’s Youth Garden Works. Raffle prizes include  contributions from Bazaar vendors and nearby businesses. The raffle winners will be announced at 1pm on Saturday.

100% of raffle proceeds go to Seattle Tilth’s Youth Garden Works where homeless and underserved youth ages 16-21 experience working on an urban farm at which they harvest and sell a wide range of vegetables. The unique experience provided by Youth Garden Works allows youth crew members to experience all aspects of the food system.

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Lenin Lighting and Festivus in Fremont this evening

December 5th, 2014 by Cara

Get in the quirky holiday spirit with Festivus in Fremont!

The annual Lenin Lighting kicks off at 5 pm along with:

Fremont’s Santa,
live music by the Fremont Philharmonic,
treats, traditional Fremont Festivus activities,
a holiday bazar,
launch of the 2015 Walking Guide to Fremont
and more free, family-friendly fun!

From 6-9 pm explore participating shops and art galleries for gifts and giveaways.

You can also vote for your favorite business holiday display as well as these other Fremont favorites through

See you at Lenin!


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Shop Fremont for the Holidays

November 28th, 2014 by Cara


Black Friday is wrapping up and next is the local counterpart “Shop Small Saturday” or “Small Business Saturday.” Shoppers are encouraged to kick off the holiday shopping season at local businesses to strengthen local neighborhoods and support many small and speciality stores.

Scheduled for the Saturday following Thanksgiving “Small Business Saturday” began in 2010, it is promoted nationally by American Express in partnership with small merchant account holders. The counterpoint to “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” has since been embraced by local business and civic organizations across the country. This includes a proclamation from Mayor Ed Murray recognizing Small Business Saturday as an opportunity for “the City of Seattle celebrates our local small businesses and the contributions they make to our local economy.”

Fremont Chamber of Commerce Director Jessica Vets spoke about Fremont and the many unique small businesses here in a profile for American Express this year:

Along with promotion by Amex, “Small Business Saturday” is also associated with several popular hashtags including #ShopSmall and #SmallBizSat and can be tracked across social media. Restaurants, shops, entertainment, and other services are all included, many of which run their own promotions for the event.

For an overview of local shops, restaurants, and services you can visit the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and the Fremont Sunday Market, open year round.

Celebrate “Small Business Saturday” this weekend and beyond by shopping Fremont for the holidays, have fun shopping small in a big way!



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Comings & Goings: Pomerol and Tray Kitchen offer new dining spots while Old School Frozen Custard and Paseo close up shop

November 25th, 2014 by Cara

With Paseo’s dramatic closure dominating local food news the past couple of weeks the two newest restaurants in Fremont may have gone overlooked…



On N 36th Street across from the George and Dragon Pub, Pomerol offers dinner seven nights a week with northwest ingredients prepared in the French style. Pomerol has a wood fire grill, patio space for warmer weather, and a wine list including French and West Coast vineyards.

Since opening this summer Pomerol has been recognized by a variety of food publications including Zagat, Seattle Met, and Seattle Eater. The unique IPA Berry Sorbet has attracted a fair share of attention as well. Reservations can be made over the phone or online. For more information about upcoming events and the latest press coverage visit the Pomerol Facebook Page.


Farther west after N 36 Street becomes Leary Way NW, Tray Kitchen has opened up shop in one of two new restaurant/retail spaces at the former Seattle Tire Service location. Owner Heong Soon Park also has two popular restaurants in downtown Seattle, this is his first venture in North Seattle. Drawn by the up and coming neighborhood and excited for a new experience Tray Kitchen brings a unique dining experience to a unique part of town.

Opened at the beginning of November, Tray Kitchen currently serves dinner everyday from 5-10pm. The menu offers a unique fusion of Northwest produce, much of it grown on Park’s farm in Woodinville and Korean inspired dishes. In addition to unique dishes, food is served in small a la carte portions with a dim sum cart making the rounds providing diners with “of-the-moment” dishes.

Manager John Blechman explains that guests can “spend a little or a lot” but are sure to find it an exciting place to eat with “great variety.”  He also recommends trying Tray Kitchen’s variety of natural or biodynamic wines. To go with offering a variety of small plates the restaurant also offers 1/2 glass wine pairings, 4 tastings for $25.

Beginning in September brunch will also be available on Saturday and Sundays. Happy Hour is all day on Sundays and Mondays at the bar and everyday until 6:30pm. Tray Kitchen accepts online reservations and tasty posts on Facebook.



As of October 1st Old School Frozen Custard closed their Fremont location on N 34th Street. The Capitol Hill location remains open on Pike Street. Packaged pints are also available through partner stores throughout the Puget Sound region.


Paseo’s is closed (in case you hadn’t heard). The sandwich phenomenon has now become a local news phenomenon. Following the closure Paseo filed for bankruptcy and most recently a Kickstarter campaign to reopen the beloved pink sandwich shops pulled the plug. Read more about the failed Kickstarter campaign here on our sister site My Ballard.

If you notice a new business in Fremont or hear about an upcoming move or closure let us know! Send a tip to because its “Your News, Your Universe!”

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Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Co. beckons from “Frelard”

November 18th, 2014 by Cara

Just west of Fremont proper, the area of fondly known as “Frelard” and parts of Ballard have become home to nearly a dozen breweries. Some such as Hale’s Ales and Maritime Pacific Brewing have a long standing presence in the area while new microbreweries have taken advantage of the mixed commercial and industrial area. One newcomer, Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Co. is easily accessible from Fremont along Leary Way.

Located just off of NW Bright Street behind The Leary Traveler, Bad Jimmy’s has set up shop in a garage-like space with a brewing system in the back and tasting room in the front. Set back from the street Bad Jimmy’s beckons with a large garage door in front that is often kept open. With warmer weather in mind a deck was added this past July for additional outdoor seating.


Bad Jimmy’s opened in 2013 after a group of homebrewers, and good friends, decided to take their hobby out of the house. Of the five owners, three have made Bad Jimmy’s their full time passion. Two take care of the brewing and the third handles the books and marketing. With part-time assistance from the other owners this unique team has brought their home-brew and hangout attitude to create a unique tasting experience.

Billy, an owner and brewer has been brewing beer at home for 21 years.  During that time he enjoyed experimenting with new recipes and fine tuning his favorites. When transitioning from homebrew equipment to the larger brewing system Bad Jimmy’s uses some of these recipes didn’t translate. Rather than be deterred Billy embraced the opportunity to experiment more and on a new scale. The result are some of Bad Jimmy’s more unique brews including the Habanero Amber, Cocoa Vanilla Porter, and Spiced Rhubarb Blonde.

What makes Bad Jimmy’s unique amongst the Ballard brewing scene? Billy explains that their beers are highly experimental (i.e. Chai Chocolate Milk Stout) and have a higher alcohol content than most others. Their tasting room is also set up a bit differently. In addition to being dog-friendly and kid friendly (until later in the evenings, dog’s always welcome) Bad Jimmy’s is open 7 days a week so new visitors, regulars, and groups can hangout more often.

Tasting Room Hours are:
Sunday:   Noon to Midnight
Monday – Thursday:   3pm to Midnight
Friday & Saturday:   Noon to 2am

While Bad Jimmy’s does not have a kitchen they welcome outside food and have some very tasty neighbors including the Leary Traveler, Bourbon and Bones, and The Dish. Growler fills are also available. In the Tasting Room’s laid back atmosphere customers compare tastes, ask the Bad Jimmy’s staff brewing questions, or take in a game on the TV. Just like before founding Bad Jimmy’s these gentlemen have created a welcoming place for friends to gather and drink their beer.

And who exactly is Bad Jimmy? It’s the name given to Billy’s former beer belly. Billy and his friends would affectionally scold his stomach, “Bad Jimmy!” Now with his beer belly gone, Billy works hard to provide tasty brews that may contribute to someone else’s Bad Jimmy.

Cheers Bad Jimmy's!

Cheers Bad Jimmy’s!

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Stone Soup Theater seeks support through Indiegogo campaign

November 12th, 2014 by Cara

From Stone Soup Theater's Facebook

From Stone Soup Theater’s Facebook

Stone Soup Theater located on Stone Way is a non-profit organization offering an intimate and education theater experience. Each season Stone Soup produces 4 MainStage shows, 3 youth performances, along with after-school and summer programs. Since its inception in 1996 and first performance in 1999 Stone Soup Theater has been a part of the Fremont and Wallingford landscape. According to the organization their Downstage Space “ hosts a total of 3,500 patrons every season.”
Like many small non-profits Stone Soup Theater seeks assistances in several ways from financial contributions, equipment donations, and help from volunteers. Each person who attends a performance contributes as well through tickets sales, participation, and word of mouth.
Stone Soup’s current fundraiser is their annual Indiegogo campaign with a goal to raise $5,000 in 5 weeks. Stone Soup Theater hopes to use these funds to offset recent rent increases and other facility related expenses. Less than two weeks remain in the campaign and Stone Soup still needs additional support.
They have asked the community for help:
Even if it’s only $5 or $10, we are grateful for any support you can give us.
Visit our Indiegogo page, peruse our fun videos and photos and donate! Don’t have money to donate? That’s okay! You can forward this email to your friends and fellow theatre aficionados and tell them about this great opportunity to support live theatre through their donations. Share our Indiegogo link on your Facebook, Twitter, Reddit,…anywhere:
Thank you for your support!
Sophia Schloss in “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” 2011 Photo by Armen Stein

Sophia Schloss in “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” 2011
Photo by Armen Stein

Stone Soup kicks off the holiday season on December 5th with two short plays: A Child’s Christmas in Wales & The Long Christmas Dinner. The productions will run through Christmas Eve, for showtimes and ticketing information click here.

Read about the full Stone Soup Theater story from Artistic Director Maureen Miko here.

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Paseo Closure Stuns Seattle

November 11th, 2014 by Cara

We received word that both Paseo locations were closed as of this morning. The Carribean sandwich shops were a Seattle institution and frequently had long lines of locals and visitors alike.


Here is an summary of what is currently known about the closure from our sister site My Ballard:

Paseo abruptly closes for good

Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on November 11th, 2014

Our news partners at The Seattle Times have reported that beloved sandwich shop Paseo (6226 Seaview Ave NW) has closed its doors for good.

Reportedly, the sign on the front door notes that the closure is due to “unfortunate circumstances” and it thanks customers for their support and loyalty.

The My Ballard team called both Paseo locations multiple times and no one answered the phone.

According to The Seattle Times, an employee at the Paseo’s Fremont location arrived at work expecting business as usual, but was told by the owner that both the Fremont and Ballard stores were shutting down.

“We know he didn’t want this to happen,” a longtime staffer, who wished to remain nameless, told The Seattle Times. The staff member reportedly did not know what had prompted the owner to shut down the popular spot. “He said — and I believe him — he found out he had to close on Monday… he said he was sorry and wished he could find a way to keep going,” the staff member said.

A document regarding an alleged lawsuit filed earlier this year by former Paseo employees against the owners has surfaced online and at this time we are unaware whether or not this has to do with the closure. The My Ballard team has contacted the attorneys at Davies Pearson Attorneys at Law in Tacoma to confirm the legitimacy of the reports and are waiting to hear back.

Locals are sure to be devastated by the closure of the highly popular spot thatYelp listed as #2 on the list of the top 100 places to eat in the country

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Veteran’s Day at the Zoo

November 11th, 2014 by Cara

The Woodland Park Zoo honor U.S. military and veterans with free zoo admission today, Tuesday November 11th for Veterans Day.

From the Woodland Park Zoo:

They serve, they defend, they protect, they sacrifice, and Woodland Park Zoo salutes them. In honor of those who put themselves at risk in service to their community and country, the zoo extends free admission to all active, retired, and veteran U.S. military personnel and their spouses with valid service identification on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014.Woodland Park Zoo also recognizes the families and friends of our military with a special offer: up to four accompanying family members with valid ID will receive $5 off regular zoo admission on Veterans Day. Veterans Day discounts cannot be combined with other offers or zoo discounts.

Year round active, retired, and veteran U.S. military and their families are recognized with the Woodland Park Zoo’s ongoing military discount. Fall/Winter hours are from 9:30am to 4:00pm. Parking at the zoo is $5.25

Say hi to a grizzly bear at Woodland Park Zoo! Photo Credit: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo

Speaking of brown bears…Brown Bear Car Wash in affiliation with Grace For Vets, will honor veterans and service personnel (and spouses) on Veterans Day with free car washes at all tunnel car washes, the closest to Fremont is the Brown Bear located at 5111 15th Ave NW.

Some may be wondering, with so many federal holidays on Mondays why November 11th?

Veteran’s Day was originally Armistice Day celebrating the end of World War I, known at the time as “The Great War.” In that war a cessation of hostilities took place at the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. While negotiations and treaties amongst the nations involved took several more months to agree upon the fighting ended at 11:00am on November 11th, 1918. The modern Veteran’s Day came into being in the 1950s.

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Fatal Fire in Fremont leaves behind injuries and extensive damage

November 10th, 2014 by Cara

Late in the evening on Thursday November 6th the Seattle Fire Department rushed to a 2-alarm apartment fire on 2nd Ave NW. The three story apartment building located between NW 36th Street and NW 39th Street reportedly had flames shooting from the third story while the second story was completely engulfed. Two neighboring apartment complexes were evacuated and through the efforts of 90 firefighters the fire was contained.

The apartment fire claimed one life, an 81 year old resident of the building died Friday morning at Harborview. He suffered extensive burns on 95% of his body according to the Seattle Fire Department. Another resident, a 58 year old man is credited with coming to the aid of his elderly neighbor. He was taken to Harborview with 2nd and 3rd degree burns but is in stable condition.


Firefighters on the scene at NW 2nd and NW 36th Street this past Thursday evening. Thank you to Fremonster Lea for the image.

Firefighters on the scene at NW 2nd and NW 36th Street this past Thursday evening. Thank you to Fremonster Lea for the image.

An investigation is underway to determined what cause the fire, it is currently classified as an undetermined fire. The damage is also still being determined, it is estimated that the building suffered $200,000 in damage to the structure and $50,000 worth of contents.

The most recent report from the Seattle Fire Department can be found on the Fire Line blog.

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Welcome to Halloweentown

October 30th, 2014 by Cara

Or should we say Trolloweentown? Halloween festivities begin in Fremont this evening and we’ve got a complete round up of the great events:

Thursday 10/30
Nectar Lounge plays host to the “Steam Funk Halloween Ball” featuring Afrobeat/Funk music including performances by: Chicago Afrobeat Project, Cascadia ’10, and the Braxmatics. Cost is $12 at the doors, 21 and over.

Across the street at the High Dive, Marmalade will feature a Halloween Edition of their “weekly blend of Soul, Funk & Groove.” Cost is $6 at the doors, 21 and over.

Friday 10/31 (Happy Halloween!)
Things get kid friendly with Trick or Treat in Fremont! A ton of local businesses will be participating and ready to handout candy to Trick-or-Treaters from 3-6pm. Organizers ask that Trick-or-Treaters be:
  • A child
  • Dressed in a costume
  • And accompanied by an adult (please no adults in masks)

You can also Trick-or-Treat at the zoo! The animals get pumpkins too!

From 9:30am-3:00pm Woodland Park Zoo hosts a family-friendly Pumpkin Bash where you can “discover a repertoire of animal behavior as hippos, bears, elephants, monkeys, and other animals crunch, smash or stomp on pumpkins!”

Have fun kiddos!


The Schilling Cider House hosts an ALL DAY celebration with discounts for those in costumes:
In the evening things will be bustling again with these events…
Fremont’s Freaky Halloween starts at 8pm in participating bars. Each bar has drinks specials and a costume contest. From those winners one winner will be crowned the best costume in the Center of the Universe and win $500 in gift cards! See flyer for more information:


The Bonza Bash Halloween 2014 Masquerade Costume Ball will be held at Fremont Studios from 8:30pm- 2:00am. For more information about this classy costume affair (complete with classy prizes!) visit the event website.

The High Dive hosts The Zombie Prom: 80′s Invasion All Night (costumes recommended) kicking off at 9:30pm, Tickets $8.

There will be some “Halloween Mayhem” at the Barrel Thief from 8:00pm until 1:00am. Please note there is free admission for monks (just in case you haven’t settled on a costume) Check out the flyer for all the planned chaos:


Join the Backdoor at Roxy’s for a costume contest, dancing, and screening of the Shining:


Salsa con Todo hosts a Halloween Salsa Madness Dance Party! Starting at 10pm there will be “Pumpkin Pie! Cider! Scary Movies, Live Music by Vassili and Arturo! Social Dancing till you drop…dead!” Cost is $10 at the door.

And of course we can’t forget, Troll-o-ween! The annual celebration is put on by the Fremont Arts Council to celebrate the Troll’s Birthday.


This year’s Troll-o-ween begins at 7pm at…you go it, the Troll! There will be a live performance of “The ODDyssey.” At 8pm the Haunt of Fremont will be a parade of Fremonsters in all manners of attire along N 36th Street turning down Phinney before heading back East along N 35th Street. The Haunt will close these streets temporarily.

The celebration will continue at the Doric Lodge and at 10:30pm the costume contest kicks off.

No matter your plans this Halloween Fremont offers plenty of opportunities to march through the streets, dance the night away, and of course a chance to show of your most creative costumes.

Happy Halloween Fremont!
Have fun this Friday and be safe!


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Fremont Neighborhood Clean Up this Saturday

October 29th, 2014 by Cara

The Fremont Chamber, Fremont Neighborhood Council and Fremont Arts Council invite everyone to join the annual Fremont Clean Up this Saturday November 1st at 10am. After a summer full of fun, our Sunny September, and Halloween festivities volunteers will help Fremont prepare for winter by pitching in and cleaning up the neighborhood. It’s a terrific opportunity to give back and celebrate our community!

Volunteers should meet at the Troll (if possible please also register online to help the FCC get a headcount) and cleaning will go until Noon.

Here is more information from the Fremont Chamber of Commerce’s website:

The City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods will be providing tools and trash bags to help and will also be picking up the trash bags!

We will have Starbucks Coffee and Pie’s minis for volunteers before and during the clean and fun swag and prizes for the people who bring in the most bags!!

The Fremont Universe crew will be there! We hope you can make it too!

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Westlake Ave Cycle Track Project meeting tonight at Fremont Studios

October 22nd, 2014 by Cara

The Seattle Department of Transportation will host the third open house about the proposed Westlake Ave Cycle Track (or Bikeway) from 5:30-8:00pm this evening at Fremont Studios.

The proposed addition of a cycle track along Westlake Ave seeks to address the lack of a bike-specific thoroughfare along this popular route between South Lake Union and Fremont/Points Beyond. Pedestrians, vehicle traffic, businesses in the area, marina users, and of course, cyclists all have a stake in the decision. A project of this scope is unlikely to find unanimous support, numerous debates have arisen on the cost/benefit of the project. Local media outlets have been covering the project for the past eighteen months including those linked below:

Final Westlake Bikeway open house is Wednesday + A look at updated plans by Tom Fucoloro on the Seattle Bike Blog

The Stranger’s take on the Cycle Track Showdown by Ansel Herz

This overview of the project from May 2014 by our friend Kirby Lindsey at

And this letter featured in local sailing magazine 48 North about the impact on liveaboards and sailing businesses along Westlake.

Here is the information from SDOT about tonight’s Open House:

Join us for our third project open house!

Wednesday, Oct. 22
5:30 – 8 PM
Presentation at 6:15 PM

Fremont Studios
155 N 35th Street
Bus routes: 5, 16, 26, 28, 31, 32, 40
Paid parking and bike racks available

Join project staff and designers to view the latest concept, learn about biking, walking, driving and parking in the corridor, and share your feedback.

Make it a family event – we’ll have activities for kids too!

View open house materials and click here to complete the comment form.


Project Description:

The Westlake Avenue N corridor between Fremont and South Lake Union neighborhoods connects to the Fremont Bridge, Ship Canal Trail and Lake Union Park. This unique 1.2-mile corridor is a major truck street with transit and is home to marine-related businesses, moorage areas, floating homes and more. The west side is a four lane street with one sidewalk. On the east side, people walking, using wheelchairs, biking and driving all share an undefined space. People walking and biking use the sidewalk, the parking area and a service lane meant for drop-off, pick-up and deliveries. There is no dedicated space for bicycles. This project will add predictability and create a safer, more comfortable place for drivers, walkers and bicyclists.

Full details about the project can be found on SDOT’s website here.


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Makerhaus powers down

October 12th, 2014 by Cara

Makerhaus, a creative space open to the community for fabrication, design, and other pursuits closed it doors last month. Founded in 2012, the unique “sandbox of inspirational studio” offered classes, workspaces and a variety of professional design and fabrication equipment not often easily accessible to the public. Makerhaus’ 10,000 square foot location on N 36th Street formerly housed Evo before the retailers development of a new flagship store on Stone Way.

Founders Mike and Ellie Kemery shared this statement on the Makerhaus website, blog, and Facebook:

Dear Makerhaus members, students, educators, and creative community,

Over the last eighteen months you have helped cultivate an amazing HAUS of learning, making, and connection by attending events, classes, workshops, joining our membership programs, and supporting us through social media and word of mouth. Our goal to empower creative minds and make a meaningful contribution to our community would not have been possible without your involvement and interest. We sincerely thank you for your support.

While there has been great love for our mission, customer demand has fallen short of what is needed to continue to run the business. That said, it is with extreme regret that we are announcing Makerhaus will be closing its doors on September 16th.

Makerhaus has been home to some amazingly talented people. Many of which have directly contributed their time to building the space and cultivating a uniquely creative culture. Without their shared belief in our mission and passion for our goals none of this would have been possible. We are also extremely grateful and fortunate to have been backed by a team of forward thinkers who believe in our mission and shared our vision of helping our society move ahead.

We still believe in the makers, teachers, entrepreneurs, and curious minds who have come to visit us over the past eighteen months. Some came by for a day, some have stayed with us for over a year. Many built new personal and business relationships resulting in Kickstarter campaigns, jobs, new found awareness for their skills & services, and the incubation of their own companies. We are glad to have been able to help others bridge the gap in their lives and realize their dreams.

Our immediate goal is to ensure our members and stakeholders are properly taken care of during this transition. We will continue to operate under our regular business hours during our final days. If you have any questions please contact us at and we will respond as quickly as possible.

Thank you again for an amazing experience. We which you all the very best!

Sincerely, Mike & Ellie Kemery



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Lifted with Levitas: Seattle’s first Anti-Gravity yoga studio

October 11th, 2014 by Cara

Fremont has long been a hub for yoga of a variety of disciplines, we even practice yoga on the streets during the Solstice Festival! Now Levitas brings a new form of yoga, Anti-Gravity yoga among others, to Fremont and the Seattle area. Previously,  Portland and Vancouver BC where Levitas owner and instructor Samantha originally hails from, were the nearest Anti-Gravity studios.

After learning about Anti-Gravity yoga and seeing a void to be filled Samantha leased a studio-sized space just off N 36th down the staircase between Qazis Indian Curry House and Kwanjai Thai. Beyond the Ink Tattoo, Suenos Salsa, and the Asian Bliss Spa are also located downstairs.

Never heard of Anti-Gravity yoga? It looks like this:


Image from the Levitas Studio website

Anti-Gravity yoga doesn’t eliminate the gravity from the room, wouldn’t that be cool! Instead it uses special hammocks to support you while combining yoga poses with other aerial and fitness practices. The overall result is pretty fun!

Despite it’s initial appearance Anti-Gravity yoga can be very accessible, it has different benefits from other forms of yoga and Levitas’ instructors pair the “hybrid mind-body workout” with a variety of soundtracks. New students are encouraged to try out Anti-Gravity Basics 1 and 2 and allow several classes to become comfortable in the cocoon of the hammock.

Anti-Gravity is not Levitas’ only yoga offering though, the studio also has a variety of Vinyasa classes including Reggae Yoga and Throw Back Thursday where the class gets to “kick it old school, tune in while you tune out to hip hop from the 80′s and 90′s.” For Samantha being able to offer yoga with a variety of music is a priority and very important for the studio.

Due to the size of the studio and popularity of classes Samantha asks all students to sign up online ahead of time. You can find out more about Levitas Studios’ playlists, class schedule, and styles of yoga here on their website. You can also find them on Facebook.

Oh and check out this video!


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Fire at Asko has all eyes on Fremont

October 1st, 2014 by Cara

Asko, an industrial metal finishing plant located in Fremont on N 35th Street quickly became the center of attention yesterday as black smoke and flames poured out of the roof. All twelve employees working at the time were evacuated without injury according to news media. The fire was reported at 1pm on Tuesday September 30th and extinguished by 3:15pm that same day.

The plant, a very present reminder of Fremont’s industrial culture, did use potentially hazardous materials in their processing which has delayed identifying the cause of the fire. Following the containment of the fire the Seattle Fire Department tweeted:

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These aerial photos were taken from the KOMO News chopper below, a full story can be found here. Q13 Fox and King 5 also had news crews in action covering the blaze.




A Fremont Universe reader also shared this photo from across Lake Union:



Send photos and more information about the fire to More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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