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Entries from November 2009

Railey’s saying goodbye at end of year

November 30th, 2009 by Heidi

After seven years of helping people pamper their pets, Railey’s Leash & Treat (513 N. 36th St) is closing its doors on December 31. 


Owner Mark Smith says a combination of factors is why he decided to close his boutique pet store.  On top of a poor economy, he says the pet product industry has become somewhat saturated.  “You can find a store in every neighborhood now.  Not to mention being able to buy online.”  Another reason stems from how Fremont has changed over the years.  “The vitality that used to be here no longer is here.”  That said, he adds, “I’m totally proud of what we have here.  We’re going out on a high note.”  


Many items are on sale now until Christmas.  After that, you can expect even more deals on everything, including fixtures, through the rest of the year.  It’s a good time to stock up on pet treats out of the bakery case or pick up a new pooch outfit or two.  Tonka (pictured above) will be happy to greet you at the door, too!  (Thanks to Paul for the tip.)

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Water main break along Leary Way

November 29th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Updated 2:45 p.m.: A large water main broke along Leary Way this afternoon, slowing traffic through Fremont and spouting brown water and impacting pressure for many Ballard residents.

Seattle Public Utilities says the break is under Leary Way and 39th St. (above). Crews have dug into the street to fix the break.

Public Utilities told us there’s no estimated time to fix it, and one Ballard resident says they told her it will take a few hours, then a bit longer to flush out the brown water. If you’re seeing brown water, they recommend you avoid running hot water to minimize filling the hot water tank with turbid water. If you are washing clothes, it is better to stop the cycle while it is full and wait until clean water is available to finish. More information about brown water here.

Traffic along Leary Way is diverted down to one lane in each direction. At last check, traffic was backed up a couple blocks in both directions. (Thanks Karen and Jen for the tips!)

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Give away your ‘sole’ for good

November 28th, 2009 by Heidi

shoes-illustrationA group of local retailers are setting up a gently used  shoe collection drive for Soles4Souls, a non-profit that provides footwear to people in need in more  than 125 countries. 

During the month of December, you can drop off those shoes you’re not wearing at selected businesses, knowing that a victim of a natural disaster, or a person living in extreme poverty, will put them to good use.

As a special incentive on Dec. 12, all participating locations will provide a 20% discount off a new pair of shoes upon donation.

Locally, you can donate shoes at these locations:

Phinney Ridge
The Sneakery, 612 NW 65th St.

re-soul, 5319 Ballard Ave.

evo, 122 NW 36th St.
Shoes ‘n Feet, 3409 Stone Way North, Suite 102

Other participating Seattle-area stores are GEMS Sneakershop, ian, RPS-Rock Paper Scissors, Sole Food, Upper Playground, and Zebra Club.

For more information and other locations and donation options, see and the national organization at

(Thanks to PhinneyWood for the story!)

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Fremont’s Thanksgiving weekend to-do list

November 26th, 2009 by Heidi

Happy Thanksgiving!  Here’s a list of a few happenings this holiday weekend.

  • Finch & Sparrow (3420 Fremont Ave N) is throwing a “Grand Hatching Party” on Friday from 4-8 p.m.  Shop local and meet all the local designers and artists the shop is working with.  There will be wine, gift bags and a drawing for a $100 gift card.
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  • Get a preview of the annual Christmas Ship Festival on Saturday and Sunday and receive a discount to ride on the official Christmas Ship.  Both nights will commemorate the new South Lake Union Park to the list of port stops.  Saturday’s parade departs from South Lake Union Park (860 Terry Ave N) at 7 p.m.  The Christmas Ship is sold out for that one, but there’s still space available on the parade boats.  On Sunday, the ships depart from South Lake Union at 6 p.m.  Opening night for this holiday tradition officially kicks off on Tuesday at Gas Works Park (2101 N. Northlake Way).  More info and a full schedule can be found here.
  • Joy Street Boutique (720 N. 35th St) closes its doors after Monday so while you’re out shopping this weekend, make sure to stop by and support the shop’s last days.  All items are 50% off excluding jewelry. 

As usual for live music, check the calendars at High Dive, ToST and Nectar.

If you have any events to add to our events calendar, email us at

Have a great holiday weekend and please be safe.  Thanks to all the Fremont Universe readers for your support! – Heidi

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Kylie’s Chicago Pizza opens its doors

November 25th, 2009 by Heidi

The remodel is complete.  The product has been taste-tested.  Now the wait is finally over.  I just talked to owner Lance Brough and found out that Kylie’s Chicago Pizza (3601 Fremont Ave N, in the former Mad Pizza space) is opening its doors TONIGHT for dinner.

Kylie's Pizza

Bear in mind that this is a soft opening as they continue to get things in order.  For example, beer and wine won’t be available for another couple of weeks and the web site isn’t up yet, so please be patient.  The inch-and-a-half thick pizza baked in a pan (available in 10″ or 12″ sizes) hopefully will be more than enough to keep your interest.  Don’t worry, thin crust is available, too.    

Kylie’s won’t be open tomorrow for Thanksgiving but they’ll resume business on Friday.  After that, they’ll be open Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays).     

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Seattle Fish Company abruptly migrates

November 24th, 2009 by Heidi

The Seattle Fish Company (112 N. 36th St) closed just as mysteriously as it had opened in Fremont less than one year ago – with white butcher paper in its windows.  The sign left on the door reads:

Seattle Fish Company is moving to a new location which we will announce when plans are final. 

In the meantime please visit our West Seattle store at 4435 California Ave SW

Seattle Fish Co.

Neighbors say the market, which ships fresh fish and seafood from around the world, quickly and quietly left about a week and a half ago.  Calls left at the West Seattle store have not yet been returned.  We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything more.

(Thanks to Scott and Paul for the tips.)

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Thanksgiving Day workout to benefit NW Harvest

November 24th, 2009 by Heidi

While most people spend Thanksgiving eating all day, not everyone is quite as fortunate.  That’s why certified trainers Corey McGee and Scott Rodriguez are giving all proceeds from a Thanksgiving Day workout to Northwest Harvest.

Coaches Corey_Scott

On Thursday, the owners of Stone Way Crossfit are holding their first Thanksgiving Day Calorie Implosion.  They’ll be partnering with Denali Fitness to try to raise $10,000 for the hunger relief agency.  Coach Corey says, “Lots of people don’t do anything but eat on Thanksgiving.  We thought this was a great opportunity to give back to people in the community where we work and live who need help at this time.” 

The 50-minute class will focus on functional, “real-life” movements that are done as fun team challenges.  Class begins at 9 a.m. this Thursday at The Fitness Lab (3410 Stone Way) and is open to the public.  Suggested donation is $20 with 100% going to Northwest Harvest.  You can sign up in advance by emailing or by calling Coach Corey at (206) 465-2727.  Walk-ins are also accepted.   

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Joy Street Boutique closing next week

November 23rd, 2009 by Heidi

Joy Street Boutique (720 N. 35th St) is closing its doors on November 30.  After that, owner Shannon Koszyk tells us they will be moving into a warehouse space around the corner and doing mostly wholesale business. 

Joy Street Boutique

She still plans to accommodate retail, but only by appointment by calling 206-547-0284.  In the meantime, all merchandise is 50% off (excluding jewelry) at the store for the next week.  Go to their website to see some of the selections.

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Marination is the best street eats in the country

November 22nd, 2009 by Heidi

Early this morning, it was announced on Good Morning America Weekend that 5-month-old Marination Mobile won top honors in their Best Food Cart Challenge.  The signature dish that did it was their spicy pork taco, which was tasted and approved by GMA Weekend host Ron Claiborne when he taped a segment at the truck on Wednesday. 


The segment aired Saturday morning and viewers had one day to vote.   Click here to view this morning’s live announcement of the winner. 

The other finalists included Garden State (Portland, OR), Street Sweets (New York) and Local 647 (Delaplane, VA).  Marination can be found in Fremont at Soundspeed Scooters (132 N. Canal) every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

(Thanks to Emily for the photo!)

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Vote for Marination Mobile on GMA Saturday

November 20th, 2009 by Heidi

Marination Mobile is out to prove it’s the best meals on wheels in the country and they need your help TOMORROW (Saturday) to win.  The Hawaiian-Korean curb kitchen is one of four finalists in Good Morning America Weekend’s “Best Food Cart Challenge”.  


GMA Weekend anchor Ron Claiborne (above) taped a segment at Marination Mobile during the truck’s weekly stop in Fremont (132 N. Canal St) on Wednesday.  Their kalua pork taco is the dish chosen to represent.

The segment will air tomorrow morning on Good Morning America Weekend on KOMO starting at 7 a.m.   A guest chef will recreate the signature dishes from all four finalists (the other three are reportedly from Portland, New York and Virginia).  A judging panel and online votes will then determine the winner.  Voting is on Saturday ONLY from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This is where you’ll need to go to vote online tomorrow.  The winner will be announced on GMA Weekend on Sunday morning. 

Thanks to Emily for the photo and Jeremiah for the tip and help!

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Celebrate Fremont Abbey’s birthday

November 20th, 2009 by Heidi

The former church building may be nearing 100 years old itself, but the Fremont Abbey Arts Center (4272 Fremont Ave N) is celebrating its 4th birthday there and everyone is invited to the party! 

Fremont Abbey

Fremont Abbey logo

After undergoing extensive renovations completed in 2008, courtesy of a grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, the “community-driven, volunteer-powered” art center has taken off as a place where art of all form come together.  This calendar shows all the classes, workshops and events that are going on right now. 

If you’ve never been to the Fremont Abbey, tomorrow’s party should be a great introduction.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Dinner will be casual and potluck-style, so guests should bring a side dish or drinks plus $5 to help cover the main course.  Throughout the feast, four short acts of a “play” will take place every thirty minutes depicting life at the Fremont Abbey.  All in all, the party should have plenty of music, dancing, poetry and art for neighbors and first-time visitors! 

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Fremont’s weekend to-do list

November 19th, 2009 by Heidi

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for all this rain to go away.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it will happen this weekend.  At least there are plenty of distractions to hopefully makes things a little better.

  • Girls Rock! Seattle is hosting a benefit show on Friday at High Dive (513 N. 36th St) to raise money for the Girls Rock Camp Alliance.  Bands performing in this 50 Shows in 50 States concert are Goodness, The Redwood Plan, Eighteen Individual Eyes and Alicia Dara.  Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10.  This is a 21+ event.
  • This isn’t in the neighborhood but we thought it was important enough for a mention.  Get a free prostate screening on Friday courtesy of Seattle Prostate Institute on the Swedish/First Hill campus (1101 Madison Medical Tower, Suite 1101 – corner of Boren and Madison).  Appointments are needed and available from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Call (206) 215-2480 or email to arrange a time.
  • Woodland Park Zoo is having its annual food drive and Turkey Toss on Saturday starting at 9:30 a.m.  They’ll be collecting non-perishable food donations outside the Zoo’s south entrance at N. 50th St. and Fremont Ave.  Food collected will benefit the Phinney Neighborhood Association soup kitchen program.  Admission to the zoo is not required to donate.  However, if you do go in, watch some of the carnivorous residents get treated to an early raw turkey dinner at the Turkey Toss from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Friends of Fremont Peak Park is having one last work party on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (rain or shine) to plant and mulch before the winter.  They’ll also introduce the new Adopt-a-Spot program so people can maintain different sections of the park on their own time.  Coffee and snacks will be provided.  Snack donations very welcome.  Bring your own shovel and buckets if you have any.  RSVP to so they have enough of everything.
  • The Fremont Abbey Arts Center (4272 Fremont Ave N) is celebrating its 4th birthday on Saturday and everyone is invited to come to their party!  There will be a Community Feast starting at 6:00 p.m. with music and entertainment throughout the evening.  Main course provided for a $5 donation.  Feel free to bring a side dish or drinks. More info here.
  • Following the birthday party on Saturday, check out the last show of the 2009 Elephant Engine Revival Tour at the Fremont Abbey from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.  The show features slam poets Buddy Wakefield, Derrick Brown and Anis Mojgani.  Tickets are $10-$20 and can be bought here.
  • Also on Saturday is the 4th annual 20something – the new vintage wine tasting event at Fremont Studios (155 N. 35th St) from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  More than 75 Washington wineries pour their $30 and under new releases and favorites.  Cost is $50 single, $90 pair, and includes nibbles from several trendy local restaurants.  KEXP DJ Derek Mazzone will be spinning the music.  More info and tickets can be found here.

As usual for live music, check the calendars at High Dive, ToST and Nectar.

If you have any events to add to our events calendar, email us at

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Police activity at 8th and Leary

November 19th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Update at 9 p.m.: Police have made an arrest, and the standoff is over.

Earlier: On the western edge of Fremont, a large police response along with a SWAT team are serving a warrant, closing traffic in the area.

It all began earlier this evening at 8th and Leary, and the standoff is stretching into the night. My Ballard is posting updates on the story here.

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Overheated electrical cord starts house fire

November 19th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Firefighters responded to a house at the corner of 42nd and Evanston just after midnight this morning and discovered flames shooting out the front door.

A few minutes later, firefighters had the flames under control. Fortunately, everyone got out of the house safely and there were no injuries. Investigators have determined that the fire was accidental and was caused by an overheated electrical cord. The damage is estimated at $50,000. The large response included several units from Ballard, clogging Evanston Ave. and drawing quite a crowd of onlookers from neighbors.

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Reminder about Fremont zoning meeting today

November 18th, 2009 by Heidi

Don’t forget that this afternoon the Department of Planning and Development is sponsoring an open house at the Fremont Public Library (731 N. 35th St) from 4:00-6:00 p.m. to discuss the future of the neighborhood and how it might grow from here. 

There is a proposal to rezone two specific areas of industrial zoning within what is known as the Fremont Hub Urban Village.  This is a boundaried area within the neighborhood that was designated by the City of Seattle’s 1994 Comprehensive Plan for higher density residential and commercial use.  Currently, there are two subareas in the Fremont Hub Urban Village with different rezone recommendations.   

Neighbors are encouraged to come to today’s meeting to learn more about these plans.  You can also contact Andrea Petzel at or Laura Kim at with any questions. 

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Windermere wins award – and a billboard

November 18th, 2009 by Heidi

A new billboard on 34th St and Stone Way N proudly announces the recipient of the Rotary Club of Fremont’s 2009 John M. Rose Vocational Award. 

Windermere Billboard

Windermere Real Estate’s Lakeview office was given the rather large recognition for generously donating time and service to the Fremont community.  Fremocentrist reports that associates each donate one full work day to community service, much of it going to support B.F. Day Elementary School.  They also provide grants for 4th and 5th graders to attend science and summer camp programs.  Congratulations, Windermere!  (Thanks to Kirby for the tip!)

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