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Entries from October 2011

2011 Halloween Schedule In Fremont

October 31st, 2011 by Sean Keeley

The festivities are about to begin in Fremont. Check out the full schedule below and get ready to see a lot of kids, adults, dogs and trolls dressed up this evening for Halloween.

3:00pm – 6:00pm: Trick or treaters are welcome in the over 100 Fremont retailers participating in Trick Or Treat Fremont.Look for that orange flyer in the window.

3:30pm: Bubbleman will be at the Lenin Statue, entertaining everyone with his bubble show.

7:00pm – 11:00pm: Trolloween festivities begin. Folks should begin gathering at The Fremont Troll as the Haunt of Fremont parade towards the Fremont Bridge will begin shortly-thereafter. Streets in the area will be closed between 4-8pm, FYI.

Happy Halloween, Fremont!

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Trick Or Treat Fremont This Halloween

October 31st, 2011 by Sean Keeley

There’s no shortage of places in Fremont for trick-or-treaters to get their goodies this Halloween. Over 100 Fremont retailers and restaurants are inviting costumed children (accompanied by an adult, of course) to stop by and collect their treats on Halloween. The official tricking and treating hours are 3-6pm PT.

The list of participating Fremont businesses is here. Also look for the orange flyer likely posted on the door or front windows.

Also, Bubbleman will be at The Lenin Statue starting at 3:30pm, blowing bubbles and putting on a show until around 6pm.

For more information, contact Trick-or-Treat Central at

Now, you don’t have to dress up like Lenin or a Solstice bicyclist or the Fremont Troll…but it would be kinda cool if you did.

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Trolloween, Haunt Of Fremont Tonight

October 31st, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Trolloween, the yearly event that celebrates the birth of the Fremont Troll, is expected to bring out hundreds of performers and people on Halloween night (tonight!).

Come dressed up and take part in our costume walk across the final stage, under the Fremont Bridge, for the appreciation of your community.

The “Haunt of Fremont” route: starts at N 36th St. and Troll Avenue N and end under the Fremont Bridge. Seattle Police will escort the procession. For those not participating, please note street closures from 4 – 8 p.m.: N 36th Street adjacent to the Troll between Linden Avenue N and Whitman Avenue N.

(Thanks to Marcus for the picture)

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Change Coming To Fremont-Area Bus Route

October 25th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Changes are coming to the Fremont area bus system and Metro Transit wants to make sure you’re ready. In less than a year, Metro Transit will replace Route 15 with the new RapidRide D line to improve efficiency of the transit system.

Photo courtesy King County
Other routes will also be affected by the introduction of RapidRide, including the 18 (.pdf), which will be transitioned to a Northgate/Ballard/Fremont/SLU route. Route 18 will also take over parts of Route 75.

On Thursday, November 3rd from 7 to 9 p.m., Metro is holding a meeting and open house at Adams Elementary (6110 28th Ave NW) for residents to learn more and ask questions.

Meeting Agenda:
7:00-7:45 Open house
7:45-8:00 Presentation
8:00-8:50 Small group dialogues and feedback
8:50-9:00 Next steps

For more information on Metro changes, click here.


Shoreline Plan Recommends Added Setbacks, More Access

October 25th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Photo courtesy of the Seattle Department of Planning and Development.

A second draft of Seattle’s Shoreline Master Program has been released and in it are recommendations to limit the number of houseboats and to increase building setbacks by another 10 feet.

Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development announced the proposed changes this morning and are soliciting feedback from neighbors before a final draft is penned. The update revises all of Seattle’s shorelines including Lake Union/Ship Canal, the Puget Sound, Lake Washington, Green Lake and the Duwamish River.
The revisions focus on environmental protection while promoting public access. Included in the proposed revised regulations are:

• Prohibiting new floating homes and house barges
• Increasing shoreline setbacks for new residential development from 25feet to 35feet
• Prohibiting new hard shoreline bulkheads, such as concrete, unless there is the threat of water undermining a principle structure or substantial accessory structure within three years or the bulkhead is required for conducting water-related business activity
• Clarifying the use of shoreline environment for some non-water dependent uses when supporting water-dependent businesses
• Improving public access to the shoreline by encouraging the connection of public access

You can see the revisions by clicking here.

Written comments are being sought through Dec. 6. Please send your written comments to Margaret Glowacki at or to the following address: 700 5th Ave. Ste. 2000, P.O. Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124-4019

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New Furniture Store Opens On Fremont Ave.

October 24th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

By Mwiza Kalisa

Ten 22 home, a vintage and modern furniture store, has opened on 4258 Fremont Ave. The store is located in between Hunger and Dot’s Delicatessen.

The shop offers a combination of Danish and American furniture from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, for ‘selective’ Fremont furniture collectors. Although the store has only been open for three weeks, some of the items are already in demand. Dressers and sideboards from the mid-century era are a favorite among customers. Vintage and modern lamps, tables and sofas are also on display.

Justin Ferguson, the owner, says that so far he’s received a warm response from the neighborhood. Ferguson, a Ballard native, says that Fremont was the perfect venue to open the store. “I’m excited to have the interaction with the customers as they experience the pieces that come into the store,” he said. Ferguson previously sold furniture online and worked in a store that sold vintage furniture in Magnolia.

The idea for opening the store stems from Ferguson’s interest in mid-century era furniture. In college he sold small items online to subsidize his living expenses. “That’s when I realized I could make a living out a passion,” he said. “That’s grown to a storefront and selling furniture.” Ferguson has been in the furniture industry for 12 years and has been dealing vintage and modern furniture for six years

Among a handful of vintage furniture shops in the Fremont area, Ferguson says that customers can expect high quality furniture at Ten 22 home. All the pieces are hand-picked and are part of his unique taste. “The overall experience is different than any other store that sells this type of furniture,” he said.

Ten 22 home is open 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday and by appointment Monday and Tuesday.

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Brooks Sports Plans Move To Area While Building Draws Mixed Reviews

October 20th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Brooks Sports, a leading running  shoe and apparel company, is planning a move to the Wallingford/Fremont area, relocating its global headquarters to the recently announced 3400 Stone project by Skanska USA Commercial Development. Given that it runs right along the Burke-Gilman Trail, that’s pretty perfect location. They’re expected to bring 300 jobs with them into the building sometime in late 2013.

As for that building, it’s been generating controversy amongst many in the community. The planned five-story green building has many Wallingford and Fremont residents thinking “too much, too big” for the area.

“I have mixed feelings. I like the concept of ‘living buildings.’ But I look at this particular building in this particular location, and it’s going to be way out of place.”

Many other residents are excited over what the building could mean for a part of town that “really doesn’t do much for the neighborhood.”

The city’s Northeast Design Review Board, an advisory group, is tentatively scheduled to examine the project Nov. 21 and a Wallingford community council hearing is scheduled for Nov. 29.

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The Fremont Troll…Now In Chia Pet Form

October 18th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

You love The Fremont Troll but you wish you had a miniature version that you could grow moss on top of…

Today is your day, friend.


Now available at Bartells Drug…The Chia Fremont Troll. He retails for $24.99 and 20% of the proceeds go to benefit the Fremont Arts Council.

Kudos to Steve Badanes, Will Martin and Ross Whitehead for working with the fine folks at Chia to make it happen.

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Help Design New Aurora Hotel, Meeting Monday Night

October 17th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

It might sound strange, given all of the decaying or outdated hotels and motels dotting Aurora Avenue, but someone would like to build a brand new fancy one along that street as well.

Emerald Hospitality, a hotel management and consulting company, would like to build a four-story, 101-room hotel on the vacant lot at 3926 Aurora Ave. N.

Deemed the “Fremont Hub Urban Village” in their write-up, here’s how Emerald Hospitality describes the proposed complex:

A 4-story extended stay hotel building with public spaces on the ground floor and below grade parking. The project will consist of guestrooms on the 1st-4th floors. There will be a mix of studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom guestrooms. The below grade parking will be accessed from the alley. The hotel entry will be accessed by vehicles and pedestrians from Aurora Ave N.

Just so you know we’re not talking about another drive-thru motel, check out these drawings from their plans:

As examples of like-minded projects, the builders cite the Ballard Blocks and Holiday Inn in South Lake Union, amongst others.

Check out the extremely-detailed plans for the hotel here (PDF). In them, you might noticed that there are a couple different designs floating around. If you have an opinion on what makes the most sense for Fremont, make your voice be heard at a public design meeting tonight. Come to the University Heights Community Center (5031 University Way N.E.) at 6:30pm to find out more about the project and share your opinions.

Images courtesy of Clark Design Group.

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Large Fight, Shots Fired In Fremont Early Sunday

October 17th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

At around 1:00 am early Sunday morning, a large fight broke out around the 3600 block of Dayton Ave. N. After shots were reportedly fired, police responded to the scene:

The multiple 911 calls stated that there was a large fight taking place and that one of the participants had fired a gun into the air.  A number of officers responded to the scene.  The first officers to arrive located the suspect and his car.  Officers conducted a high-risk stop on the vehicle and ended up detaining three suspects.  A gun was also recovered.  It was determined that the suspect had assaulted two separate victims by punching, kicking and pistol-whipping them.  The victims had non life-threatening injuries.  The primary suspect also sustained some minor injuries from the fight, he was treated at the hospital and later booked into the King County Jail.

H/T: Jenifer, Mark

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Seattle Restaurant Week Starts Sunday, 35th Street Bistro & Chiso Participating

October 14th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Seattle Restaurant Week is from October 16 to 20 and 23 to 27. The promotion allows diners to have the opportunity to devour $25 three-course dinners at over 100 of Seattle’s best restaurants, some also offering $15 three-course lunches.

Among the participating restaurants are a bunch in the neighborhood, including:

35th Street Bistro


Ponti Seafood Grill

Make those reservations ASAP. Check out the full list of participating restaurants here.

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Is Your Business In The 2012 Walking Guide to Fremont?

October 14th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Run a business in Fremont? Between now and October 31, you have the chance to sign up to be listed in the Fremont Walking Guide. This annually-printed, tourist-oriented map is a Fremont tradition and not only for tourists.

The largest distribution of the Fremont Walking Guide is in Fremont itself. There are “Hysterical Marker” dispensers for the maps at Lenin, the Rocket, Dinosaurs on the Burke-Gilman Trail, Fremont Abbey Arts Center, outside Fremont Coffee and on N 35th outside Judy’s Alterations. 50,000 copies of the guide will be printed.

To sign up online, follow this link.

Pricing for Fremont Walking Guide is $140 for Fremont Chamber members and $160 for non-members. Premier Members receive a free listing.

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The Book Larder Is Officially Cookin’

October 14th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

The community cookbook store The Book Larder (4252 Fremont Ave. N) officially-opened its doors October 12 here in Fremont.

Featuring a “carefully chosen selection of new, vintage collectible, and imported cookbooks,” The Book Larder will also host cooking classes, author signings and demos, and other events with some of the food world’s brightest minds and palates.

They kicked that event schedule off Thursday evening with a chef and seafood advocate Becky Selengut, who was in-store to cook and discuss her book, Good Fish: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the Pacific Coast.

Check out all of the very cool events, meet-and-greets and signings they have in store over at their website.

Previously…The Book Larder Cooking Up An October Arrival In Fremont

Also see…Bookstores Closing? Pfffft! An All Cookbook Book Store Opens Today In Seattle. and Book Larder: Seattle’s community cookbook store opens in Fremont

Photo: Book Larder

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Power Outage In Fremont, 3,500 Homes Affected

October 13th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

9:00 Update: And so, the Great Fremont Power Outage Of 2011 is over. Fremont residents who lost power about this afternoon have now had power restored in full.

Seattle City Light says the cause was “an underground equipment failure.”

4:00 Update: The estimate for full restoration of service is now updated to 6 p.m.

3:15 Update: Repair crews almost have all the power restored. Down to about 800 homes, businesses still out.

2:40 Update: According to Seattle City Light, the outage started about 2 p.m. The general boundaries are NW 47th Street on the north, NW 34th Street on the south, Woodland Park Avenue on the east and 5th Ave NW on the west. The cause of the outage was not immediately known.

An initial estimate for restoration of service was set for 4 p.m.

2:35 Update: Seattle City Light crews are responding to a power outage Thursday afternoon that affected 3,500 homes and businesses in Fremont.

Original: It’s 2:30pm right now and the power seems to be out all over Fremont at the moment. Traffic lights at 46th & Fremont Ave and 46th & Phinney are currently out.

The outage also seems to be affecting traffic in Greenlake.

We’ll add more as we find out.


Fremont Businesses Use Different Approaches to Social Media

October 13th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

By Mwiza Kalisa

In an age where one poorly constructed salad can result in a terrible instant review, businesses have to be aware of their online presence and reputation. Many business owners rely on popular social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter, to survive.

Pie (3515 Fremont Ave N), is among the local businesses that use social media to engage customers. The restaurant, which specializes in sweet and savory mini pies, maintains both a Twitter and Facebook page.

“It’s a good way to reach a lot of people in a very short amount of time,” said Jess Whitsitt, co-owner of Pie. Whitsitt created a Facebook page for the business, four months before it even opened. “I thought it would be good to start teaching people what we were about to come out with,” she said. The restaurant posts daily menus and sometimes they tweet three to four times a day.

Whitsitt believes that Pie wouldn’t be nearly as successful without social media. “I think it would have taken us a lot longer to build our client base,” she said. “We opened to many customers the very first day that we were in business.”

Pie customers interact and contribute their ideas, for flavors, through social media. The restaurant has 618 followers on Twitter and 1,192 “Likes” on Facebook. “It’s fun to get feedback from people and see smiles on their faces via the internet,” Whitsitt said. “I guess that’s the way they’re showing us that they appreciate what we do.”

Because of the high cost of print advertising, Whitsitt only uses social media to promote the restaurant. Dusty Strings Music School (3406 Fremont Ave N) also connects with customers through Facebook. Up until four years ago the music school communicated with students through The Quarter Note, a quarterly newsletter.

Adam Burdick, the music school director, created a Facebook page for the school a year and half ago. Events, special workshops and information about classes are all posted on the school’s Facebook page. “I know that [Facebook] is definitely creating more awareness that we’re here,” Burdick said.

While the music school uses Facebook to connect with students regularly, the music store Dusty Strings isn’t using social media yet. “It takes a certain amount of effort to be fresh, to post something everyday,” Burdick said. “There hasn’t been the focus of providing that. It just hasn’t happened, but as people see the value of Facebook for the school it will happen for the store as well.”

Dusty Strings co-manager Gary Davidson, likes the immediate response of connecting online. “While we have not been on the cutting edge of using social media, we do recognize there are a lot of people using it,” he said. Davidson added that it’s hard to measure the impact that social media has on the school, but it has contributed to the attendance for some musical events.

Lance Brough, owner of Kylie’s Chicago Pizza, admits that sometimes it’s hard to draw attention online. “Bigger pizza places struggle with how to connect and how to make it relevant,” he said. The pizza joint uses Facebook, Foursquare and Twitter to promote specials and charity events. “It’s a good way to have an information hub,” Brough said. “A lot of restaurants are able to connect with customers and people that don’t know about their business.”

Without interactive websites and during a time where most people tweet, businesses like Kylie’s Chicago Pizza know that they have to be pro-active about shaping their business online. Brough says that sites like Twitter help build relationships. “As an individual they take the time to send a tweet that says something about your business,” he said.

Brough says that they’re considering a Google+ page. They’re still thinking about whether they will use their current social media sites and Google+, or if they will concentrate on one site.

“The world is changing all the time, and I think to have a strong presence [online] is very important,” Brough said. “We have a presence, but we need to have a better presence.”

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Viaduct closure Open House Tonight In Ballard

October 12th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

In nine days, the majority of the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed for nine full days. Starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 21st through 5 a.m., Monday, October 31st, the 110,000 vehicles that use the viaduct each day will be looking for alternate routes.

An architectural rendering of state Route 99′s south portal, looking north toward downtown Seattle. This visualization is based on Seattle Tunnel Partner’s design-build proposal for the tunnel and is subject to change. Photo courtesy of WSDOT.

Even if you don’t drive on the viaduct, this closure will most likely affect your commute.

Learn about the closure and commute options from 6 to 8 this evening at an open house hosted by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) at Adams Elementary School (6110 28th Ave NW). At 6:30 p.m., Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program Deputy Director Matt Preedy will make some remarks.

Northbound closure schedule

  • Northbound SR 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and South Royal Brougham Way will be closed around-the-clock beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
  • Northbound SR 99 between the South Royal Brougham Way on-ramp and the Battery Street Tunnel will open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and for special events at CenturyLink Field.

Southbound closure schedule

  • Southbound SR 99 between the Battery Street Tunnel and West Seattle Bridge will be closed around-the-clock beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

New bridge construction. Photo courtesy of WSDOT.

During the closure, crews will begin demolition of the structure’s south end. More information can be found here.

(Disclosure: WSDOT is a sponsor of Fremont Universe.)

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