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Entries from December 2009

Urban Weeds closing its doors

December 31st, 2009 by Heidi

Another Fremont business is closing up shop after a dismal year for small businesses nationwide.  This time Urban Weeds (4302 Fremont Ave N) takes the hit after opening in Upper Fremont two and a half years ago. 


Owner Tim Halloran tells us a firm closing date has not been set and they have no plans to move to another location.  All inventory and equipment will be discounted until everything is gone.  At that point is when they’ll shut down.

We’re definitely sad to leave Upper Fremont. Our current lease is up in March, and we’re simply not profitable, so it just doesn’t make sense to renew.

In 2008, Seattle Magazine named Urban Weeds the “Best Shop for the Urban Gardener”.  The store is open Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. (but will be closed tomorrow for New Year’s Day).  Saturday and Sunday they’re open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  (Thanks to Faith for the tip!)

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Ltd Bar and Grill

December 31st, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Ltd Bar and Grill (Pub food and sports bar)
309 N 36th St. (map)
(206) 632-2166

(See Fremont Universe’s profile of Ltd when it opened)

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (22 votes, average: 3.23 out of 5)

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Kylie’s Chicago Pizza

December 31st, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Kylie’s Chicago Pizza (Deep dish pizza)
3601 Fremont Ave N. (map)
(206) 632-2266

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (140 votes, average: 4.56 out of 5)


Kwanjai Thai

December 31st, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Kwanjai Thai (Thai)
469 N 36th St. (map)
(206) 632-3656

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (18 votes, average: 4.06 out of 5)



December 31st, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Kaosamai (Thai)
404 N 36th St. (map)
(206) 925-9979

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (28 votes, average: 4.36 out of 5)


Tacos Guaymas

December 31st, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Tacos Guaymas (Mexican)
100 N 36th St. (map)
(206) 547-5062

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (15 votes, average: 3.53 out of 5)


Chillie’s Paste Thai Cuisine

December 31st, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Chillie’s Paste Thai Cuisine (Thai)
119 N 36th St. (map)
(206) 633-1433

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (9 votes, average: 3.78 out of 5)

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Brouwer’s Cafe

December 31st, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Brouwer’s Cafe (European pub food)
400 N 35th St. (map)
(206) 267-2437

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (34 votes, average: 2.97 out of 5)


Paseo closed for extended vacation

December 30th, 2009 by Heidi

In case you are craving a deliciously messy Caribbean sandwich from Paseo, you’ll have to wait until February to get your fix.


Signs on the popular restaurant at 4225 Fremont Ave N. indicate they are taking a long winter break through January 30.  The Ballard location is closed, as well, so you’ll have to find alternatives to satisfy your taste buds in the meantime.  If anyone has any suggestions, post them in the comments below.

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Hit and run suspect arrested

December 30th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

The suspect involved in Sunday’s hit and run has been arrested in Shoreline.

According to Seattle Police, the 26-year-old man was booked into the King County Jail on Investigation of Vehicular Assault, Investigation of Hit and Run and Investigation of Auto Theft. The SPDBlotter also states that he also had an outstanding Department of Corrections felony warrant for his arrest.

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New Year’s Eve happenings in the hood

December 29th, 2009 by Heidi

2009 is coming to a close and it’s almost time to welcome a new decade.  There are many events in Fremont to help you celebrate the new year.  To help you get started, this is a short list of ideas:

  • Dance to the improvised soul/funk sounds from Seattle’s Groove scene at ToST (513 N. 36th St, #E).  Marmalade presents “New Year’s Eve featuring Surrealized and DJ Leopold Bloom” starting at 9 p.m.  Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.  A limited number of tables can also be reserved for an additional $10/person.
  • Next door at High Dive (513 N. 36th St), ring in the New Year with the soul-jazz quartet McTuff and the funky tunes of Haiku-Chi.  Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10.
  • For something with a little more bling, DList Magazine is hosting “New Year’s 2010” at Fremont Studios (155 N. 35th St).  This party features live performances by R&B artist Ryan Leslie and Las Vegas’ DJ Ikon (resident DJ at Pure, Ghost Bar and Moon).  Tickets range from $55-$99 (depending how VIP you want to be).  Proceeds are benefitting C.A.T.C.H. – The Nate Burleson Foundation.
  • Nectar Lounge (412 N. 36th St) is presenting “A Blue Moon Spacy Odyssey featuring Panda Conspiracy, Big High and The Elements”.  Doors open at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $15 in advance.  More information can be found here.

Wherever your mood takes you, remember to be safe, smart and plan ahead.  The Seattle Police Department will be stepping up their DUI enforcement, and a DUI would be a horrible way to start off 2010.  Most of all, have fun and have a very Happy New Year!

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Procession for boy who died of cancer

December 29th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

A few Fremont Universe and My Ballard readers emailed us to ask about a procession of Okanogan Sheriff’s vehicles seen driving east on 46th St. near Fremont Ave. at 9:30 this morning. Turns out, it was a caravan escorting the body of 8-year-old Parker Brown — the son of an Okanogan Sheriff’s deputy — who died after a six-year struggle with cancer. The boy’s family along with deputies and police officers from several agencies spanning the state participated in the procession today to bring the boy home from Ballard to Okanogan. A very heartbreaking story.

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Two pedestrians hit, driver escapes on foot

December 27th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Updated Monday morning: Police are still searching for the suspect involved in this accident. They say the suspect was driving an unreported stolen vehicle when the accident happened. He was “bleeding profusely from the head and face,” the SPD Blotter states.

Updated Sunday: A car driving down N 39th St. collided with a SUV at Fremont Ave., and the resulting crash injured two pedestrians, witnesses say. The driver of the Chevy Nova, bloodied in the crash, ran away from the scene. Witnesses say he was last seen running down N 39th to Dayton.

The accident happened at 11:30 Sunday morning. Witnesses say one pedestrian suffered major injuries from flying debris, and another sustained minor injuries. Two people in the SUV were injured, as well as a passenger in the Nova. A total of four people were taken to the hospital.

Witnesses tell us the Nova drove through a red light. Police are searching for the driver, who’s wanted in the hit and run. He’s described as a man with black hair in a ponytail, wearing a red shirt, with a significant amount of blood on him. If you see the suspect, you’re asked to call 911.

Officers are following up on several leads, including a Ballard address on the car registration as well as a walk-in patient at Harborview Medical Center, but so far no confirmation of an arrest.

Update: Police now believe the car was stolen. (Thanks, Silver for the tips!)

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Zoo animals celebrate the holidays, too

December 22nd, 2009 by Heidi

As part of the Woodland Park Zoo’s ongoing program to enrich the lives of their animals, the animals are enjoying a Winter Celebration.  During this celebration – which runs this week and next – grizzlies, tigers, penguins and others get holiday-themed treats like wreaths trimmed with fish or trees decked with ornamental fruit and other favorite snacks (like the pasta icicles in the picture).


(Photo by Ryan Hawk)

The goal of the zoo’s enrichment program is to promote natural animal behavior and to keep them mentally and physically stimulated while engaging zoo visitors.  Winter Celebration takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.  These are the days you can see your favorite animals:

  • Monday (December 28) – Sun bears, grizzlies, pigs, elephants
  • Tuesday (December 22, 29) – Orangutans, Otters, Golden lion tamarins, Tigers
  • Wednesday (December 23, 30) – Snow leopard cubs, Gorillas, Penguins, Australian birds and keas

Winter Celebration is free with zoo admission.  For specific times and other information, click here.

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Reduced Metro schedule begins Thursday

December 22nd, 2009 by Heidi

Beginning this Thursday, December 24, through Friday, January 1, Metro Transit will operate on a reduced bus schedule.  This is due to the fact that Metro typically sees 20-40 percent fewer weekday riders during the holidays.  The schedule changes are as follows through next week:

  • Thursday, December 24, and Monday-Thursday, December 28-31 – Reduced Weekday Schedule
  • Friday, December 25 (Christmas) and Friday, January 1 (New Year’s Day) – Sunday Schedules 

For those traveling around the UW area, Metro is on the “When No UW” schedule through December 31.

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Fremont Chamber honors ‘take charge’ woman

December 21st, 2009 by Heidi


The Fremont Chamber of Commerce has awarded Virginia Swanson the Big Bertha Landes Award, which recognizes “women who take charge and take action”. 

For more than 25 years Swanson has chaired the City of Seattle’s Special Events Committee which is made up of City department representatives, as well as citizens.  The committee’s job is to “review applications for large special events, set conditions to mitigate neighborhood and business impacts, and issue permits.”  Not a very small task when you consider they issue around 300 permits a year. 

The Big Bertha Landes Award recognizes the help and support that Swanson has given over the years to special events in Fremont, which include the Red Bull Soap Box Derby, Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade, Trolloween and Fremont Oktoberfest.

“We, the small businesses of Fremont, realize our events make us a happening place,” said Suzie Burke, Board member of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce.  “Virginia has made Seattle a happening place for years.  We are so lucky to have her!”

In case you were wondering, Bertha Landes was the first female executive of a major American city as Mayor of Seattle from 1926-1928.  She followed through on a pledge to perform “municipal housekeeping” during a time tainted with government corruption and led a short but scandal-free administration. 

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