August 14th, 2014 by Cara
If you live in Fremont you know about the hill. Yes, that big one. Fremont Ave gradually rises from the canal up to 45th but the streets to the west are a fair bit steeper. Among the twisting roads on the hillside are several public staircases to increase pedestrian access to the area.
The new staircase replaces an older staircase connecting Greenwood Ave N and Palatine Ave N between the 43rd and 44th Street blocks. The new staircase is more open and already in use, especially on sunny days. Interested in learning more about Seattle’s stairways? Check out Seattle Stairway Walks: Fremont for tips and tours.
The newly completed staircase
Tags: North Fremont, Seattle Stairway Walks, Staircase
August 12th, 2014 by Cara
Regulars at the Fremont Starbucks will have to change their pre-caffeine route following Starbuck’s move last week. Starbuck’s is now located in the space formerly occupied by Peet’s which has sat empty for the past year. After closing both locations for a couple of days the new location was ready for business last Friday.
The new location will offer all the same Starbucks products including a Clover Machine. However there will be increased seating especially with the addition of an upstairs. This move has also required the Fremont Starbucks to hire additional staff and the store plans to continue it’s participation with the Fremont Art Walk in the new space.
Starbucks moves one block south to 34th Street and Fremont Ave N
While speaking with the store manager, Nicole, she described a natural progression that led Starbucks to make this move and that they realized it was a good thing long term. After 21 years in Fremont, they understand the importance of the community.
At this new location Nicole aims to have a “great community presence” by building on their pre-existing partnerships with artists, maintaining a notice board, and serving as a space for customers and the Fremont community.
A Grand Opening celebration is being planned for September, you can find out more on the Fremont Starbucks Facebook page.
Tags: Fremont Starbucks, starbucks
August 11th, 2014 by Cara
SDOT began work this week to paint the Fremont Bridge which is no easy task considering the immensity of the project itself along with the bevy of boats, bikers, walkers, and of course, vehicles that cross the bridge every hour. Here are the most important details about the closures:
Beginning this Monday and continuing for the next several weeks the northbound traffic lane and east-side walkway will be closed from 7am-3pm Monday through Friday.
There may also be a couple of weekend closures the first of which will occur on September 6-7th. However, these closures are only scheduled for the wee hours of the morning. From 3am-6am on Saturday and 12am to 6am on Sunday. (Heads up bar-goers crossing from Queen Anne!)
You can find the full project description here as well as this great explanation about how tricky it is to repaint a bridge here, both from SDOT.
We are also pretty big fans of the Fremont Bridge here at Fremont Universe, check out our post about the bridge for more fun facts.
Tags: Construction Closures, fremont bridge, sdot
August 10th, 2014 by Cara
For the past two weekends Wallingford Playfield has played host to some characters. Betram and Helena to be specific, along with Antipholus and Dormio from Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well and The Comedy of Errors respectively.
These characters and the performances they appeared in were part of Green Stage‘s Shakespeare in the Park, now in it’s 26th season. This year’s performance calendar includes Othello, Love’s Labour’s Lost, All’s Well That Ends Well, and The Comedy of Errors.
Saturday August 2nd was a double feature of All’s Well That Ends Well and The Comedy of Errors in Wallingford. The late sunset and dynamic clouds make it an inexcusable evening to be inside.
Shakespeare in the Park is a Seattle summer tradition. For over 25 years Green Spaces has provided free productions geared towards families and fun. It all began with the Taming of the Shrew in 1989 and this year they complete Shakespeare’s canon with a KABOOM!
The simple yet celebrate setting at Wallingford Playfield
As part of the Backyard Bard performances All’s Well and Comedy use a simple cloth backdrop and clever costumes that four actors shift through with the familiarity of a routine. The audience is a range of ages, especially for these condense 45 minute shows. Folding chairs, rocks, blankets, and bare grass are the priceless theater seats.
This performance was worth wandering to Wallingford! For the remaining Shakespeare in the Park shows check out the Summer Performance Schedule.
What did you do this Saturday? If it was something awesome in the area let us know on Facebook or at email@example.com
Tags: Backyard Bard, Green Space, Shakespeare in the Park, Sunsets, Wallingford, What I did Saturday
August 5th, 2014 by Cara
Today is the last day to submit your vote in the Official Primary and Special Election Ballot for King County. For the City of Seattle the ballot includes Proposition 1 to establish the Seattle Park district which has had vocal arguments for and against the measure.
Need to resources to review the topics and hear the arguments? Here are a few:
The official King County Primary and Special Election information page.
The Stranger’s Slog Election blog makes their suggestions including endorsing the Proposition 1 measure.
The Seattle Times has additional coverage of the election with editorials and their endorsement against Prop 1.
To return your ballot it must be:
a) mailed and postmarked August 5th
b) returned to an accessible voting center, the closest one is at Seattle Union Station and will be open until 8:00pm today
or c) taken to a ballot drop box by 8:00pm. The nearest location for Fremonsters is the drop box outside of the Ballard branch of the Seattle Public Library. For other locations refer to this site.
Got a stuck envelope? King 5 has some tips to help you out!
Tags: election, primary, Seattle Parks, vote
July 30th, 2014 by Cara
Last weekend we had a little photo contest because#itsalwayssunnyinfremont This one from Instagrammer @nichollsaaron caught our eye because of it’s unique view looking south. Mt. Rainier, sailboats and the Aurora Bridge all at once! Check it out:
Thanks for letting us share your photo @nichollsaaron! Hope you’re enjoying the sun.
What should our next photo contest be Fremont?
Tags: Fremont, Photo Contest, Sunset
July 25th, 2014 by Cara
Happy Friday Fremont! The sun heard the weekend was coming and decided to show it’s face again. Get ready for a hot, sunny, Seattle weekend.
To celebrate the return of the sun Fremont Universe is having a sunset photo contest! Submit your sunset photo from Friday or Saturday evening this weekend by using #itsalwayssunnyinfremont and tagging Fremont Universe on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Please submit your photos by Noon on Sunday July 27th. Again, photos should be of the sunsets this weekend, please be honest and we’ll take your word for it!
Here is a sunset we enjoyed from Lake Union earlier this summer. Where will you see the sun set tonight?
There are of course, more than a few fun things happening in our neighborhood this evening but here are a few to get your brain buzzing with the possibilities:
Factory Flicks at Theo featuring Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at 6pm (All Ages, $15, RSVP online)
Fremont Outdoor Movies featuring Rushmore doors at 7pm (All Ages, $5)
High Dive presents Rock featuring In Cahoots, Left Hand Smoke, and Strange Jerome at 9:30pm (21+, $8)
Nectar & The PBJ present POLECAT, Spare Rib & The Bluegrass Sauce, and Jacob Navarro of Spoonshine at 8pm (21+, $12)
Clips Beer and Film Tour benefitting the Nature Consortium in Gas Works Park at 8pm (21+, Free Admission, $$ for beer, food, and games)
Know about other events we’re missing out on? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tags: Factory Flicks, Fremont Outdoor Movies, gasworks park, live music, Photo Contest, Sunsets, TGIF
July 17th, 2014 by Cara
It’s a concert title you might have to read twice:
We ♥ Seattle: Second Annual Planned Parenthood NW Benefit Concert
But the line up is pretty straight forward. Seattle band La Luz will be headlining with Jason Webley, Golden Gardens, and The Gods Themselves. It promises to be an evening of great music for a cause.
The concert will specifically benefit Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest’s Someone You Know Fund which ”helps provide preventative reproductive health care services to uninsured and low-income individuals in our local community.”
What is also cool about this benefit concert is that 100% of the money earned will be contributed to the Someone You Know Fund! All of it!
You can purchase tickets online here for $15. Limited VIP tickets are also available for $30.
Happy Friday Folks!
Tags: benefit concert, La Luz, nectar, PPGNW
July 8th, 2014 by Cara
With recreational cannabis shops set to open today in Washington a lot of questions have arisen. How will it work? What will legal marijuana, the product itself be like?
Leafly, a cannabis information community online, will be at five food trucks around Seattle from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm today. This special event will focus on “educating residents about safe, responsible cannabis consumption, giving out free lunch and passing out “Cannabis 101” flyers that include info on WA cannabis laws and tips for responsible consumption.”
Other topics that will be covered including:
- What first time cannabis consumers need to know
- Consumption methods (vaporizers vs. smoking vs. edibles, etc.)
- Reviewing the new recreational cannabis laws in Washington
- Hot to choose strains (or types) of cannabis
Leafly will also be sharing information about the new industry, and what future goals the industry has.
The Leafly team will be at the Flair Taco Truck at 315 N 36th St Seattle, WA 98103 (Between Greenwood and N Phinney). The Leafly staff will be handing out Cannabis 101 flyers and asking your cannabis questions. The first 250 customers will receive a free lunch. Head on down and get in the know!
Leafly’s Cannabis 101 Tips – Just Say Know
Cannabis is legal in Washington, but know the ground rules:
- To buy cannabis you must be 21 or older.
- Consume cannabis in the privacy and comfort of your home – public consumption will earn you a $100 fine.
- Driving under the influence of cannabis is dumb. It’s also illegal. Don’t do it.
- Taking cannabis across state lines is illegal.
Take it slowly: Today’s cannabis is more potent than ever. Start with small doses and remember that edibles may take more than an hour to have an effect.
Leafly is the world’s leading online information and education resource for cannabis consumers. Through Leafly, 3.5 million visitors per month research strains of cannabis that will best meet their needs, access user-generated reviews of more than 800 cannabis strains and thousands of dispensaries, and follow news and culture content intended for everyone from beginning medical cannabis patients to the sophisticated connoisseur. To learn more, visit www.leafly.com or download the app through Apple’s App Store or Google Play.
Tags: Cannabis 101, Leafly, Recreational Marijuana
July 7th, 2014 by Cara
It’s a question that had to be asked, what are the quirkiest landmarks in the US? USA Today and 10 Best teamed up to find the answers.
Readers selected a strong field of landmarks including oversized men, out of place objects, and itty bitty models of famous shrines and monuments. Many of these landmarks are in out of the way places, some very out of the way but you don’t have to travel far to congratulate the Fremont Troll!
The full list:
- Big Tex – Dallas
- Longaberger Home Office – Newark, Ohio
- Carhenge – Alliance, Neb.
- Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox – Bemidji, Minn.
- Fremont Troll – Seattle
- Cadillac Ranch – Amarillo, Texas
- Beer Can House – Houston
- Enchanted Highway – Regent, N.D.
- Ave Maria Grotto – Cullman, Ala.
- Peachoid – Gaffney, S.C.
You can find the list with accompanying pictures here.
Be a part of the Troll’s future!
Seattle Parks and Recreation is asking for everyone’s help in the establishment of the Troll’s Knoll Park. Here are a few ways you can help:
1. Learn more about the project here!
2. Complete this survey about the project.
3. Attend the Trolls Knolls Public Meeting about the project on July 16th, 2014 from 6:30-7:45pm at the Fremont Abby
4. Join the “Friends of the Trolls Knoll” group on Facebook
Tags: 10 Best, fremont troll, Friends of Troll's Knoll, Quirk Landmarks, Seattle Parks and Rec, Troll's Knoll, USA Today
June 30th, 2014 by Cara
Don’t miss the US vs. Belgium Tuesday at 1:00PM! The time difference makes it tricky for many folks at work but consider taking a long lunch. Here are the spots in Fremont that will be showing the game and attracting some serious fans:
The George and the Dragon
Frequently named one of the best bars to watch “football” in Seattle, Washington, and the whole U.S. This will be a seriously spirited crowd!
Opens at 1:00pm and this game is sponsored by KEXP. Don’t forget about the pizza!
Norm’s Eatery and Alehouse
Opens at 11:00am and is dog friendly! Bonus points for any dogs rocking jerseys.
The Red Door
Opens at 11:30 with a projector screen and a great deck
Don’t forget to cheer extra loud for Dempsey and Yedlin representing the Seattle Sounders on the US National Team. You can also catch the Argentina vs. Switzerland game at 9am.
More World Cup fun:
This fun video brought to us by the Sounder’s Rave TV captures the World Cup fervor in Seattle.
Two Weeks left of Pagliacci Pizza’s Futbol Challenge
Pagliacci Pizza is giving away a Vespa during the fervor of the World Cup. Customers can pick up a special playing card in store and receive one stamp every time a slice of pizza is purchased. Collect three stamps and your card can be turned in for the drawing. The more cards you can submit, the better your odds. The winner will be randomly chose on July 21st at 12pm. Your dream Vespa days may be just around the corner.
Tags: pizza, Sounders, USA, world cup
June 20th, 2014 by Cara
In case you haven’t heard, it’s solstice time! The Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade takes place this weekend and our not-so-sleepy neighborhood will be full to the brim with festivities, live music, and of course visitors!
Bold Hat Productions, the organizers behind the fair has put together this fun Fremonster’s Guide to the Fair:
Here are a few other tips we think Fremonsters might find useful:
Sunrise today was at 5:11am (kudos to anyone awake to witness it) and Sunset this evening won’t be until 9:11pm. Today, June 21st is the official Solstice!
The Redhook Main Stage (where the Concert series is taking place) is on 35th street between Phinney Ave N and Evanston Ave N dubbed the “Rocket Block.” And very importantly, the Main Stage Beer Garden is located on the South side of the street. The concert series bands will perform from 5:30-10:45pm.
If you rely on street parking, don’t move your car. Just don’t do it. The Rock and Roll Marathon is also going on downtown. Traffic is no way to celebrate the Solstice.
The street closure for the Solstice Parade begins on Saturday at 2:30pm, the Painted Cyclists (aka Naked Bike Ride) hits the roads at 2:45pm, and the parade begins its progress at 3:00pm.
Want a change of scenery? Head to the Solstice Celebration at Gasworks Park on Saturday featuring Honk! Fest West with brass bands, food, and another Beer Garden! Festivities carry on until 9PM
- All the Fremont Fair beer gardens are CASH ONLY
- The Fremont Fair beer gardens will be pouring Budweiser plus three of major sponsor Redhook’s brews: Redhook IPA, Redhook ESB, and Redhook Audible.
The Art Cars have moved! They are now located closer to the Fremont Canal near the Burke Gilman.
Learn more about the Solstice Parade and Gasworks celebration on the Fremont Arts Council website.
You can also get the lay of the land here:
Tags: Beer Gardens, Concert Series, fremonsters, fremont fair, Solstice Parade
June 15th, 2014 by Cara
The Fremont (Almost Free) Outdoor Cinema has announced the summer 2014 line up sponsored by Talenti Gelato. Outdoor Movies have been a Fremont tradition for over 20 years and the fun begins again July 12 with a free screening of the Royal Tenenbaums .
You can purchase tickets for the movies either through a Season Pass or with a Single Tickets. 4 of the 10 screenings scheduled are 21+ fundraiser screenings. Pricing is as follows:
All-Ages Season Pass to the 6 all-ages screenings $29.99 plus fee
All-Access Season Pass to 9 screenings including the 21+ Movie Parties $49.99 plus fee
All-Ages Ticket $5 plus fee
21+ Fundraiser Ticket $10 plus fee
July 12th The Royal Tenebaums FREE
July 19th The Life Aquatic
July 25th Rushmore
July 26th Wet Hot American Summer, 21+
August 2nd Dazed & Confused, 21+
August 9th Mamma Mia
Friday August 15th Office Space, 21+
August 16th Ghostbusters, 21+
August 23rd The Dude Fest: The Big Lebowski, 21+
August 30th Jurassic Park
You can also find the Fremont Outdoor Cinema on Facebook
Tags: Fremont Outdoor Cinema, Summer 2014, Talenti Gelato
June 6th, 2014 by Cara
As a neighborhood we are fortunate for Fremont’s strong sense of community that is fostered by festivals, public art, and hearty appetite for all kinds of food. Within Fremont there are smaller communities of artists, musicians, techies, those who work in the service industry, and more. We are one of many neighborhoods with a strong sense of local pride, all together these neighborhoods form a community within the greater Seattle community.
Yesterday, just across the Fremont canal, Seattle Pacific University became another community shaken by tragic events involving a gunman. There aren’t enough words to describe how violated and heartbroken SPU, the students, and its community must be.
Many of us are part of a smaller community such as SPU just as much as we are part of our neighborhood or regional communities. No matter the size of a community it provides something essential to us. So although we often consider ourselves different communities separated by the canal these shocking and saddening events call upon a greater community to provide comfort, support, and reflection.
Fremont Universe grieves for the loss of a member of our community and sends our heartfelt thoughts to the victims and their families.
Often in times of tragedy social media provides a way to connect as a community both near and far. You can find many tributes and shows of support on Facebook and Twitter under #prayforSPU
Our sister-site the Queen Anne View also has coverage of the SPU community.
Tags: community, SPU, Tragedy
June 3rd, 2014 by Cara
All images from www.duckdodge.org
For members of Seattle’s sailing community Duck Dodge on Tuesday evenings is an essential part of Seattle summer’s on the water. Begun in 1974, Duck Dodge (originally subtitled: Lake Union Beer Can Regatta) is celebrating it’s 40th year of coordinating Seattle sailboats in a casual race around buoys or markers on Lake Union. Truly a homegrown tradition, Duck Dodge is entirely volunteer run and hosts over 50 boats on the most beautiful summer evenings.
From shore Duck Dodge looks, pretty odd. Boats seem to be sailing somewhere with purpose but where and why? And what on earth are they wearing? Each week Duck Dodge has a costume theme, some more popular than others. You may see sailors in togas, hula skirts, or dressed as pirates depending on the week.
Click the image above to visit the Duck Dodge “Histerical” Page for history
So what does Duck Dodge entail?
Beginning in June, sailors (and drinkers) come out of hibernation to cruise around Lake Union on a somewhat logical race course. Starting at 7:00PM the Race Committee (aka the amazing volunteers making it all happen!) runs 4 starts for “Fast Boats”, “Half-Fast Boats”, “Slow or Cruising Boats”, and “Dinghy (small) Boats.” The buoys or marks that are the racers destinations are associated with nearby landmarks such as “Aurora” for the mark closest to the Aurora Bridge and “AGC” for the tall building bearing those same letters in gold just behind the “Red Nun” buoy the boats sail around.
After zig-zagging around the lake avoiding paddlers and of course, ducks, the participating sailboats cross the finish line. For each start the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place boat receives a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Duck sticker, respectively. These Ducks are displayed on the sailboat’s mast or boom (the metal part sticking straight up or the one perpendicular to that) and add to the boat’s street (or water?) cred.
The Raft Up on Lake Union
Following the race is the Raft Up where participating boats gather in a meandering line and tie up alongside one another. Boats of every shape, size, and condition become neighbors while their sailors catch up, welcome Duck Dodge “virgins,” and celebrate Seattle’s long evenings.
A “perfect” evening for Duck Dodge
So this evening, or next time you are along the waterfront on a Tuesday evening (there is an especially good view from Gas Works), keep an eye out for all those boats dodging ducks and having too much fun. Curious about the theme of the week? The schedule is here. Interested in joining in on Duck Dodge? You can visit the Duck Dodge Facebook group or just ask a sailor!
Congratulations to founders Ron Lloyd, Mike Rice, and Bruce Gilbert for not only dodging plenty of ducks but creating a terrific Seattle tradition.
Tags: Duck Dodge, Gasworks, Lake Union, Sailing, Tuesdays
May 22nd, 2014 by Cara
Fremont has a bounty of bars and boasts several breweries as well. However, something new is on its way to please people’s palates. A cider tasting room! Schilling Cider’s tasting room to be specific.
Just over a year ago, Colin Schilling and Mark Kornei founded Schilling Cider across the Fremont Bridge in Colin’s Queen Anne home. These two young entrepreneurs were eager to leave the business world behind and use their MBAs from Willamette University in a new way.
Colin had been making cider at home since college and became increasingly innovative. He and Mark saw an opportunity to apply their educational backgrounds in business and entrepreneurship in a less-than conventional manner. They felt that what Seattle, and the beverage market needed was a well-made, drinkable cider. The result: Schilling’s Original Hard Cider
You can find Schilling Cider on Facebook here.
It is an exciting time for Schilling Cider, after setting up shop south of Seattle in Auburn just over a year ago, they are currently moving to a new, larger production facility in the same area. Additionally, they want to establish a home for their company near its roots and amongst the beverage-heavy culture that inspired it, so a Schilling Cider tasting room and cider bar is on its way! The cider bar will be located at 708 North 34th Street adjacent to Old School Custard and Impinj, a tech company.
Mark and Colin are very excited about this new phase and have a strong vision for what they want the bar to be. They hope it introduces people not only to their cider but also to the greater world of cider. They plan to encourage this philosophy with a cold case featuring ciders from around the world, a demonstration of cider production, as well as an instillation about the Schilling brand name. With over 30 handles in the new cider bar Mark and Colin hope to not only showcase a variety of Schilling’s ciders but also encourage customers to explore the modern cider industry and its growing offerings.
For the younger generation, A. Schilling & Company was well-known spice brand on the West Coast that was eventually bought out by McCormick. Following this acquisition, McCormick continued to use the Schilling brand name in the region until the early 2000s. The spice company’s namesake and founder August Schilling was Colin’s great-great grandfather. Colin feels a strong connection to this heritage as he begins his own company.
Just as Schilling’s spice company aimed to provide outstanding quality products at reasonable prices, Colin and Mark hope to do the same with cider. Like many new Seattle companies, Schilling Cider also takes sustainability into serious consideration as they produce and market their products. All of these factors have helped shape a unique business plan for the young company.
Schilling Cider has not yet announced an opening date for their tasting room. The team will be working on renovating and designing the space in the months to come. In the meantime, you can find their ciders on tap at several local bars (most often at The Barrel Thief, Brouwer’s, and Outlander Brewing) and on the shelves at PCC, Whole Foods, and BevMo. The company recently announced their expansion to several East Coast states as well. The current seasonal cider is the Grapefruit Cider a unique and tasty twist on the traditional style and available in 22oz bottles.
Cheers Schilling Cider! Welcome to Fremont!
Schilling Cider’s newest seasonal offering: Grapefruit Cider
Tags: Entrepreneurship, Hard Cider, local business, Schilling Cider
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