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Entries from March 2011

Milstead & Company Bringing ‘Simple, Awesome’ Coffee To Fremont

March 31st, 2011 by Sean Keeley

I know what you’re thinking. ANOTHER coffee shop in Fremont? But seriously, hear me out on this one. You’re going to want to hear what Milstead & Company will be up to when they open in Fremont this May at 770 N 34th Street.

Milstead has made a name for himself as a barista here in Seattle and Minnesota where he placed highly in and won various latte art competitions. His passion for coffee has led him to starting his own shop and I spoke with him about his new venture.

FremU: Can you tell us about the new coffee shop you’re opening in Fremont?

Andrew: The coffee shop is located on N 34th street next to Fremont’s awesome History House. It is a fairly simple space with lovely high ceilings, great natural light, plenty of room to hang out in, and some of the worlds most amazing coffees. The shop is the result of a lot of dreaming and about 8 years of working hard to learn about one of my greatest passions…….coffee. I see it as a playground for the coffee enthusiast and neophyte alike. A place for a quick espresso, or to hang out for hours with friends. My hope is that it can become a “living room” of Fremont……one with the best coffee you’ve ever had :).

FremU: What made you choose Fremont to open your shop? What is it about Fremont that makes it the right place for you?

Andrew: All things considered, I am fairly new to the Seattle area. I have lived here for about 2 and half years. The first two of those years I spent living in Kirkland managing a wonderful cafe called the Urban Coffee Lounge. I spent my college years (and then some) in Minneapolis and St. Paul. While I was living there I visited Seattle often, as my older Sister and her husband have lived here for several years. It didn’t take more then one visit for me to fall in love with Seattle and all of its wonderful and unique neighborhoods.

Being a tourist of Seattle, Fremont was always one of the main destinations. So much character and beauty in this little neighborhood. I still remember my first trip out, seeing the Troll, strolling through the Sunday market, perusing records, checking out the neighborhoods past at the History House, and of course eating chocolate. Fremont visits were always a big highlight of my trips. When I finally made the move into Seattle 2 and a half years ago I lived in Kirkland to be close to the cafe that I managed. Nearly every weekend found me in Fremont, Ballard, Greenlake, or Queen Anne. Something about being close to the water and so many awesome shops just makes me feel alive and lucky to live in the city.

I finally made the move over to the Fremont area (technically I am in Queen Anne, about 4 blocks off of Nickerson), and have enjoyed every day that I’ve been here. Most Barista’s out there probably have tons of really great ideas, dreams, and thoughts about what their own cafe would like if it ever came to be. One of my biggest hopes was that it would be in a neighborhood that is alive with people, thriving small business, and a sort of comfort that just makes people jealous of those that get to live there. Moving into the realm of small business ownership it was also incredibly important to me that I live close to the shop and be able to really thrive and enjoy myself in the neighborhood as well. Seeing as this part of Seattle has always brought me happiness it made perfect sense that I would end up in Fremont. I love that Fremont has so much foot traffic, so many people walking around taking in the sites, checking out the shops. I love the idea of being able to offer a place for people to enjoy as they explore Fremont. Coffee is such a huge passion of mine it also greatly excites me to be able to bring something to a neighborhood that I enjoy so much. I am super excited to offer some of the greatest coffees available to one of the greatest neighborhoods around!

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‘The Dark Side Of Chocolate’ Comes To Fremont

March 30th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Equal Exchange Espresso at Ballard Market and Theo Chocolate are teaming up to present a public viewing of the, The Dark Side of Chocolate, on April 14th at Theo Chocolate in Fremont.

The film is a 43-minute documentary examining continued allegations of child labor, trafficking, and slavery in the international cocoa industry. While this can be an upsetting and emotionally charged subject, the event organizers hope that this event will be a positive experience that can help raise awareness for these issues and encourage consumers to buy fair trade products when possible, especially in time for Easter.

This event is also sponsored by Sustainable Ballard, Seattle Good Business Network, Community Alliance for Global Justice, and Fair Trade Seattle.

The event will be held at Theo from 7 to 9 pm with doors opening at 6:45 pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with sponsors, sample delicious Theo Chocolate and Equal Exchange coffee, and participate in a discussion about fair trade and the cocoa industry led by event’s sponsors.

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Fremont Geeks Unite At Meetup

March 30th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Are you a techie, IT person or just a hardcore geek? The Fremont Chamber is helping the Fremont “Geek” Community to start a meet up group and would like you to join them.

Thursday, March 31, the Chamber is hosting their first meet-up at History House (790 N 34th St.) in the sculpture garden. There will be free wi-fi at the event, so feel free to bring a laptop, smart phone or other geek devices.

Munchies will be provided by chef James Bushell from Nautilusnet and adult beverages provided by Morgan and Johnathan Kay of Alchemy Computer Solutions. This event is free.

RSVP here for the event.

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Join The Fremont Troll Stroll

March 29th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

You love pub crawls, you love raising money to fight Cystic Fibrosis. Have I got an event for you…

The 10th Annual Fremont Troll Stroll will be on Saturday, April 16th between 12:30pm and 5pm. Eat and drink your way across Fremont, make new friends along the way and help the Stroll organizers raise a ton of money to fight a disease that afflicts over 70,000 people worldwide.

Register here and read on to hear more about what the Stroll involves…

Participants will receive a drink tickets for each participating bar, an official 2011 Troll Stroll T-shirt, sponsor giveaways, and admission to the After Party at Nectar Lounge featuring a musical guest!

Cost is $45 per person if registering online prior to April 14th. Space permitting, same day registration may be available ($55).

All participants must check in between 12:30pm and 2:00pm at the U-Park lot under the Red Door (470 N 34th Ave). You must be 21 or over to participate.

Participating Establishments:
Red Door
Norm’s Eatery
The Ballroom
Dad Watson’s
Nickerson St. Saloon
LTD Bar & Grill
9 Million in Unmarked Bills
White Rabbit
High Dive
The George & Dragon Pub

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April’s Fremont First Friday Artwalk This Week

March 29th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Friday is April 1st but I assure you this is no joke. The Fremont First Friday Artwalk is on that day. Tons of different exhibits, shows and in-person events to be checked out. Here’s a sampling…

509 Winery and Tasting Room – Seattle’s Urban Winery – 1300 N Northlake Way

Wine for $5/glass (or 5/$20).  Live pre-WWII style jazz/swing by Casey MacGill’s Blue 4 Trio, and Fusion on the Run will be serving their Hawaiian-inspired cuisine in the parking lot.  Kieran Jendro Photography will be featured as well. This is a great place to start your evening and then work your way around to the other galleries!

EVO Timesinfinity Art Gallery –  122 NW 36th St.

Clark Little Clark Little captures the extraordinary power and beauty of the “shorebreak” with the confidence of an experienced surfer through the camera lens.  Born in California and raised in Hawaii, his view is a unique and often dangerous perspective of waves captured from the inside out.

Hub And Bespoke – 513 N. 36th St.

Emily Alice Peck’s work is encaustic art, using wax, heat, and pigment.  She began developing her technique almost 3 years ago:  “The canvas built of wood, using plaster/fresco base, color oil pastels, acrylic, oil, milk and clay paints.  The lines are etched, and finished with layers of wax.”  Stop in and see these playful bicycle-focused pieces before they move on to another lucky venue at the end of April!

See the full list of venues and artists here.

Image: Clark Little

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Meetings On Warren Avenue Crossing-Ship Canal Overhead Lines

March 28th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Seattle City Lights crews plan to install new lines on the towers that are on either side of the Ship Canal at Warren Avenue, completing last year’s project to provide more electrical capacity and reliability from their Canal and Broad Street substations.

The work will take place between May and July and will take place on both sides of the canal simultaneously. Portions of the Burke-Gilman Trail and Ship Canal Trail will be closed intermittently.

Two public meetings are planned to discuss the project. The topics will be the same at both meetings. The first is on Tuesday, March 29, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Seattle Pacific University’s Bertona Hall, 103 W. Bertona St., Room 2. Parking is free in the lot west of the Bertona building. The second meeting is on Tuesday, March 29 from 1-2 p.m. at Theo Chocolate, 3400 Phinney Ave. N.

For more information, visit the project information page.

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Time For The Annual Rummage Solstice Fundraiser

March 28th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Clean out your closets and garages, lighten your load & feel great while helping your favorite community organization…The Fremont Arts Council.

The Arts Council’s Monster Rummage Sale is April 2-3 and April 9-10 at the PowerHouse (3940 Fremont Ave N) between the hours of 9am and 4pm.

This annual rummage sale is always a fun event to kick off the parade season by raising money for glue, scissors & supplies. Prior rummage events have raised nearly $3000 and this year the council is looking to double that. That’s where you come in.

How can you help?

1. Donate – Household items, gently used or unusual items are gladly accepted…furniture, clothing, books, household items, linens, lamps, sports equipment and other goods. Particularly rare or valuable items are needed for the silent auction department.

2. Volunteer – Help receive donations, set-up parties or act as sales staff.

3. Communicate – Email Sonia to let her know you are interested in helping: soniatelesco (at) or call 206/384-2717.

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Chickens Fly The Coop In Fremont

March 28th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

So, are you missing your chickens this morning? Got an email from Janet letting us know that there are some cluckers loose in Fremont!

We caught sight of these four chickens in our yard around 11 am this morning.  We’re on NW 40th between 3rd and 2nd and don’t know of any immediate neighbors who keep chickens.  They were last seen heading north and are covering territory pretty quickly.

Best not to try and handle them yourself. They’re considered unarmed but pecky.


Fremont News, Notes, Happenings & Whatnots

March 28th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Some recent news and notes from around Fremont…

Well Renee is from the Bay Area but she’s always been drawn to Fremont and I’ve been around Fremont a lot, almost my whole life. My mom lives about two blocks up the street and we just kind of like the eclectic-ness of it. Also, the business community is really great. We have the best chamber of commerce ever and Jessica [Vets, Executive Director] that runs the chamber is great. It’s just really homey here. [Renee]: They all walk around and say ‘hi Pie lady’ you know? It’s just a great group, I love the feel here.

Learn the history of the Fremont Rocket from the Traveling Twins:

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Fremont Now On Parfait’s Home Delivery Route

March 25th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

It’s late. You’re hungry for some ice cream. But not just any ice cream. I mean, really good ice cream. You could hike it over to PCC or Marketime but they’re both, like, four or five blocks away. Who has the energy?

Instead, you log on to Parfait’s website, place your order for some Decadent Chocolate or Butter Toffee Crunch (or perhaps both). Shortly thereafter there’s a knock at the door. You answer, spoon in hand, and do the happy dance that only comes with knowing you’re about to enjoy some really, really good ice cream.

That’s pretty much how it works now that Fremont is on Parfait’s delivery route. If you’re not familiar, Parfait is Adria Shimada’s organic, artisan ice cream truck. Her ice cream has received so many awards and nods, it’s hard to keep track. Shimada says she holds her ice cream to the same standards as a high-end French bakery and makes all of her ice cream from scratch.

Pints wil arrive in a reusable insulated tote bag, which you can keep as Parfait’s gift or return to the Parfait truck and receive a voucher for free ice cream.

There is a two-pint minimum for delivery. Pints are $9 with discounts for purchases of three or more. Jars of sauce are $10 each. Parfait currently delivers on Tuesdays, Thursday, and Saturday evenings between 6-9PM.

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The Double (XX) Fest Puts Focus On Women

March 24th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

By Ivana Cheong

The women are back to take over the town as Stone Soup Theatre (4029 Stone Way N.) opens up spring season with The Double (XX) Fest, a three-weekend theatre extravaganza that features only female creatives from Seattle and the rest of the country.

Stone Soup is picking up where the Mae West Fest — an annual Seattle event that highlighted original work of female writers, producers, directors, and actors — left off when it ended in 2007 after 10 years.

One of the highlights of this event is the theatre’s first ever 24-hour, all-female playfest. Nine actors, three directors, three playwrights, and two tech experts will join forces, writing and producing an original play based on a randomly-picked theme to be performed to a live audience a mere 24 hours later.

In keeping with Stone Soup’s tradition of producing one-act plays, audiences will be able to enjoy a large selection of shorter and longer plays, with themes ranging from wedding jitters to dictionary definitions.

During the first two weekends, audiences will have the chance to vote and help pick the best productions to be featured in the Best of the Fest, happening on the final week of the program.

In addition, the festival will offer readings of various scripts and workshops focusing on plays and playwriting.

“We wanted to address the hole left by the Mae West Fest,” said Carolynne Wilcox, the PR Manager of Stone Soup. “Also there is still something of a lack of theatres, both locally and nationally, opting to produce work written by women,” Wilcox said.

In talking about Women’s Project, the country’s largest and longest-running theatre company devoted to work produced by women, the American Theater Magazine wrote, “[V]ital questions remain: Is there a need for a theatre dedicated to work by women? And if there is a need—as many theatre artists believe—what must such a theatre do in order to prosper? If the American theatre has absorbed the larger culture’s deeply rooted, stereotypical attitudes toward women, how will barriers to the advancement of women as playwrights, directors and producers come down?”

“Likely, it will be going forward and not be an ‘anomaly’ this season!” said Wilcox.

The Double (XX) Fest runs from April 7 to 24. For ticket prices, schedules updated daily, and more information, visit

Ivana Cheong is the My Wallingford intern and studies Communications at the University of Washington.

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Fremont Hot Spots In Seattle Weekly’s Restaurant Guide

March 24th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Seattle Weekly’s annual Restaurant Guide is out and there’s a few Fremont spots that made the cut.

All of a sudden, Fremont has a burger war brewing. Blue Moon Burgers and Uneeda Burger both get shoutouts in the Best Burger section, representing Lower and Upper Fremont (however you describe them), respectively.

In the “Meat and Potatoes” section, Paseo its requisite call out for their Cuban roast pork sandwich goodness.

Taking a break from meat-specific spots, new-ish restaurant Revel is one of their favorite Noodle joints.

Check out the full guide to see some other nearby notables, including Book Bindery (across the water in Queen Anne). What do you think? Any shocking omissions from the list?

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Fremont Firehouse Changes Up For Discussion At Public Hearing

March 22nd, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Station 9, the firehouse serving Fremont, is looking to make some major upgrades. Here’s what it looks like right now:

And here’s what they’re looking to do:

And those are just the proposed changes you can see. Check out the full list here.

The City Council is conducting a public hearing Wednesday, March 23rd at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall to discuss the code changes and the Department of Planning and Development’s sign-off on the project.

The entrance to City Hall is located on Fifth Avenue between James and Cherry Streets. For those who wish to testify, a sign-up sheet will be available outside the Council Chamber one-half hour before the public hearing. Questions concerning the public hearing may be directed to David Yeaworth in Councilmember Clark’s office, by calling 206-684-8802 or by email at

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Yes, Fremont Brewing Can

March 22nd, 2011 by Sean Keeley

That’s the fellas from Fremont Brewing showing off their newly-canned Fremont Interurban IPA. It’s their very first batch of samples as they’re trying out the new option. There’s no plan at the moment for their brews in a can but you can assume this is a sign in that direction.

Seattle PI’s Beer Blotter thinks a canned IPA might be perfect for the market right now, so we’ll have to wait and see. Keep an eye on Fremont Brewing’s Twitterfeed in the meantime for any updates.

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Scientists Are Checking Out Fremont’s Dioxins And Furans

March 21st, 2011 by Sean Keeley

I don’t know about you but I’ve had it up to here with all the dioxins and furans in Fremont these days. I wish they’d just go back to where they came from…

The Washington Department of Ecology is coming this week to see what they can make of them as well when they check out our soil as part of a statewide study.

The Seattle locations include South Park, Georgetown, Ravenna, Capitol Hill, West Seattle, Fremont and Ballard. The goal of the study is to determine the range and amount of dioxins in urban areas of Washington, including some areas in Seattle.

The samples will be taken during March and April. The samples will come from publicly accessible locations on public right-of-ways. No sampling will be done on private property. They don’t anticipate any interruption of vehicle or pedestrian traffic.

Results will be shared with neighborhoods at neighborhood meetings this summer.

And because you’re now wondering, Dioxins are a group of chemically-related compounds that are persistent environmental pollutants. The less of them around, the better.


Fremont Bars Will Be A Little Busy For The Next Few Days

March 17th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

If you own a drinking establishment that caters to the sporting crowd, the next four days are your Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa wrapped up into one special time.

St. Patrick’s Day is today, March 17th, meaning there’s going to be a lot of green, a lot of stranger-hugging and a lot of singing along to ‘Sweet Caroline.’

The NCAA Tournament’s opening rounds are also today through Sunday, so there will be meaningful, do-or-die basketball games on TV from the moment you wake up til the moment you go to sleep.

So, word to the wise, don’t be shocked if it takes a little longer inside The Dubliner, Red Door, LTD, Dad Watson’s, George & Dragon and Woodsky’s to get your can of Rainier today. Don’t be shocked if there’s a cover at one or two of them either.

Some of the specifics include…

  • Woodsky’s is having a huge party with drink specials all night long, including Jameson Shot Ski’s.
  • The Dubliner is having their usual no-frills, day-long celebration with: tasty food, drinks, and musical performances including Whiskey Galore (who are often compared to the famous Celtic group The Pogues, if you’re a fan). Expect a $5 cover starting in the late afternoon.

There will be plenty of St. Patrick’s Day deal around town, like Kylie’s Pizza, where they’re serving up a Corned Beef & Cabbage deep dish pizza. Not to be outdone, Pie is offering a Corned Beef, Potato & Cabbage Pie.

On the March Madness front, if you’re looking forward to rooting for the hometown Washington Huskies, you’ll have to wait until Friday. They’re set for tip-off at 6:45 p.m. Friday night. If you want a seat at the bar, wherever you are, get there early.

LTD Bar will be open at 9am every morning over the next four days to make sure you have a place to watch each and every game.

If they win, the Huskies will play again on Sunday, though the game time is currently TBD. Check out the full schedule for Thursday and Friday’s games here.

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