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Entries from February 2012

Top Chef’s Gail Simmons Visits Book Larder Thursday

February 29th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

Fremont, please pack your knives and go…to Book Larder on Thursday morning.

Gail Simmons, Top Chef judge and Special Projects Director with Food & Wine magazine, will be appearing at Book Larder (4252 Fremont Ave) on Thursday, March 1 between 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. to discuss her new book Talking With My Mouth Full and doing a cooking demonstration:

Start your Thursday at Book Larder with a cup of Caffe Vita coffee and a chat with the star of Top Chef: Just Desserts.  While Gail’s new book tells the story of her unique career, she shares some favorite family recipes as well.  During her trip to the shop, she’ll take to the kitchen to show off her skills and sign your copy of the book (which is included in the price of the event.  In fact, it is the price of the event!)

You can still sign up to attend the event, which costs $26.99, here.

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Naos Lounge Bringing Juice Bar & Whole Lot More To Fremont

February 29th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

When Cool Whirled closed its doors in January, it left an empty space at 3420 Fremont Ave. just waiting for someone to come in and bring Fremont something new. That something is a juice/smoothie/wheatgrass/beer/wine bar and that someone is Naos Lounge.

Here’s what they had to say on their Facebook page:

There are some things we feel Seattle has been missing… A live Juice/smoothie/wheatgrass bar in Fremont, David Lynch signature espresso..yes ‘the’ David Lynch! A Place for Ramon Shiloh to create and serve his amazing edibles!, Exclusively serving local beer and wine…as well as WA farm produce and meats…Live music for happy hour from Sea~Town’s finest! In house 1200’s with vinyl by the hundreds for the community to spin~, an amazing swanky and funky vibe and oh yes…. The ‘Sunday Funk Brunch’!!! Watch for us in mid March, in the heart of Fremont at 3420 Fremont AV N.

From the sounds of it, the place will have a little bit of everything. Keep an eye on their Facebook page and Twitterfeed for updates as they prepare for a mid-March opening. I’ll have more updates shortly as well.

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March Fremont First Friday Art Walk This Friday

February 29th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

It’s that time again. Friday, March 1st is the first Friday on the month and so the Fremont First Friday Art Walk will go down between 6-9 pm.

Some of the displays and presentations include:

Artist: Shannon Kringen
I work with my camera improvisationally. I’m always on the lookout for light and shape that inspires me. I feel like a dancer when I shoot photos. I move in a graceful motion looking into my camera frame until the shapes look right and I click. This series is called Nights and visual haikuâ. I fell in love with various shapes and textures while out wandering the city.
Location: Pel’Meni Dumpling Tzar
3516 Fremont Pl N
BONUS: $1 off dumplings when you mention the phrase “Make Art, not war”.

Artist: Various Artists from Under the Needle Tattoo (Matt Lentz, Jeff Houston, Joel Kennedy, Levi Polzin, Ego, Megon Shore, Josh Sharpe, Khalil Linane, Chris Adams)
Under the Needle is a tattoo shop located in Downtown Seattle, where a group of artists from varying backgrounds work together to bring a high level of professionalism and wide range of artistic perspective to their clientele. This collection of watercolor pieces from each artist reflects the depth and versatility that they are able to bring to a common medium, just as they do in tattooing.
Location: High Dive
513 N 36th St
$3 Micro Drafts and $4 Wines by 14 Hands Winery

Get info on more artists, venues and festivities here.

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Key Bank Fremont Hosting Fiscal Health for Your Business Information Session

February 29th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

This Thursday, March 1st between 5-7 p.m., Key Bank in Fremont (601 N 34th St.) is hosting an informative evening about the fiscal health of your business in 2012. The evening will include talks about tax and financial health for your business as well as networking opportunities and munchies.

CPA Jessica Allen and Key Bank financial advisor Deborah Gregg will cover topics related to the fiscal health of your business in 2012: Jessica will speak about the 3 MUSTS for Tax Health for Small Business owners and Debbie will cover the 3 MUSTS for Financial Health for Small Business owners. The concerted approach, of Debbie and Jessica, will give Small Business owners invaluable information and an effective strategy to get and maintain Fiscally Healthy in 2012.

To attend the event, register here. Payment is a $5 donation to the Fremont Chamber.

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Longtime Fremont Apartment Building Changes Hands

February 28th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

McQuaid Commercial Real Estate passed along a message about a recent sale of a building in Fremont:

The Canberra Apartments (N. 41st Street & Fremont Ave.) was sold last week by the heirs of the woman who owned it for over 40 years to two brothers/investors who own another building nearby. McQuaid Commercial Real Estate represented the sellers of this 9 unit brick building on the corner of 41st and Fremont. McQuaid reported that it traded hands in the mid 5 CAP rate range and that the buyers are long term apartment investors. This may be the first apartment building sold in Fremont this year.


Fremont Dad Develops iPad App ‘Reading Raven’

February 27th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

While teaching his son how to read, Fremont resident Scott White wanted to find a way to bring traditional phonics lessons to life. So, he decided to develop a game that uses touch-screen technology to engage children’s many senses, and fun characters to encourage a sense of playful learning. He founded a small company, Early Ascent, to bring this game from great idea to reality with the new educational iPad app, Reading Raven.

The tool contains hundreds of reading and learning activities grouped in five lessons, where kids encounter fly-eating frogs, caterpillars that morph into butterflies, ball balancing seals, sea creatures, snow monsters, flying penguins, rhyming rockets, and more. These lessons can take kids all the way from basic pre-reading skills to reading sentences. It is self-paced and customizable to each child’s age or learning level, so they can focus on the lessons they find most useful and engaging. Thus has been used by kids as young as 3 and continues to fortify reading skills in older beginning readers.

Since its launch on February 4, Reading Raven has ranked among the top 100-200 educational apps in the App Store. As a small company of folks passionate about teaching kids to read, they hope to continue this current momentum so they can add more lessons and continue to enhance the fun learning experience.

You can learn more about Reading Raven at the App Store or on the official website.


Greenways Routing Greener Path Though North Seattle

February 23rd, 2012 by Sean Keeley

Last month, Seattle City Councilwoman Sally Bagshaw announced that the Seattle Department of Transportation has plans for 11 miles worth of greenways in the city. Wallingford recently became the first neighborhood to incorporate them and Fremont could be seeing more of them around the neighborhood as well.

These alternative and safer routes for pedestrians and bikers are gaining traction in Seattle. Students from the University of Washington entrepreneurial journalism class taught by our partners, The Common Language Project, took a look at neighborhood greenways.

Click here to read “Routing a greener path.”


Hunger Action Week Wants To Engage ‘Conversation Of Hunger’

February 23rd, 2012 by Sean Keeley

The United Way of King County is sponsoring Hunger Action Week in March in order to bring more awareness to hunger issues in our area. United Way is asking, “community members, schools, neighborhood associations, as well as businesses to participate in the conversation of hunger,” writes Morgan Winkler from the organization.

Winkler writes:

Once community members visit our page they will see other ways to get involved including volunteer opportunities (helping out with a food security survey in the Rainier Valley), participating in the Hunger Challenge (eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner, off of $7 a day—maximum amount someone can receive on food stamps), and/or hosting a dinner with friends, family, and/or neighbors and talking about food (if people choose this option they will be entered to win a free catered after-hours dinner at the Microsoft Store in University Village!).

The Hunger Action Week starts March 19. To sign up to volunteer, visit United Way’s website about the event.


Walgreens Opening Near Fremont In Wallingford

February 23rd, 2012 by Sean Keeley

via our sister site MyWallingford

If you’ve driven, walked or biked past 45th and Stone Way lately, you may have seen signs up for a new Walgreens store, going in on the southeast corner. A peek inside shows some work being done to ready the store for an early to mid April opening, according to Walgreens representative Vivika Panagiotakakos.

Panagiotakakos says the store will offer 22 parking spaces at the rear of the store (parking lot just off Stone Way).

The opening date is still tentative. We’ll update with any new information.


If You Hear A Cannon Blast Friday, It’s No Biggie

February 23rd, 2012 by Sean Keeley

If you hear cannon fire on Friday and Saturday, don’t worry, it’s just the official closing of Magnolia’s Fort Lawton after 111 years.

The U.S. Army will fire cannons between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days. Friday is practice for Saturday’s official closing ceremony. The Army will ceremonially return the property to the city of Seattle.

The public is invited to the ceremony. There will be bus tours of Fort Lawton and Discovery Park, and guest speakers such as Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, and Congressman Jim McDermott.

For more information on Fort Lawton and the closing ceremonies, see our sister site Magnolia Voice.


Is Fremont Center Of Seattle’s Bike Universe?

February 17th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

It’s the question posed by Seattle Bike Blog in the wake of yet another bicycle shop opening in town (Recycled Cycles) and news that high-end custom bike builders Cascade Bicycle Studio is stepping things up by holding open hours.

And that’s just the tip of the bicycle iceberg, as SBB explains:

This means in just one week, Fremont has emerged as the clear bike shop center of Seattle with five bike shops (Wright Bros, Free Range, CBS, Recycled and Speedy Reedy) in just a 15-block stretch, all within a few blocks of the Burke-Gilman Trail. Mad Fiber makes its world-famous high-end carbon wheels in the old Essential Baking factory, and the Google team that lead the Google Maps bike directions project is based in the company’s Fremont offices. And, of course, there’s Fremont’s iconic Solstice naked bike ride (maybe NSFW).

Meanwhile, Fremont Brewing has emerged as a favorite bicycle destination (it’s bike rack is nearly always full) and Fremont Coffee has had a big bicycling clientele for years. And let’s not forget Theo Chocolate’s awesome Bicycle Benefits. You can begin to see the power of the bicycle economy. When people feel safe biking somewhere, local businesses start making efforts to encourage biking, then more people bike, and on and on…

It’s a strong case, especially when you throw in the new bicycle lanes up and down Fremont Ave and 34th Street and the bike runnel on the 41st St. Bridge.

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Large Technology Grants Available For Community Organizations

February 17th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

The City of Seattle has announced a call for applicants for the Technology Matching Fund, a grant program aimed at helping to, “close the digital divide in Seattle, especially for vulnerable residents.” Community organizations could win up to $20,000, and are available for,  ”projects that meet goals for increasing online civic engagement, technology access and adoption, internet and digital media skills, or community building,” according to the City.

“This grant program exists to support the strong and diverse community of people in Seattle who use technology to help others,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “I look forward to seeing the work that this fund will help make possible.”

Local organization Solid Ground is hosting one of two upcoming free workshops to help applicants learn more about the application process, grant requirements and what makes a successful application. The meeting at Solid Ground (1401 N. 45th St.) will be held Thursday, March 1, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Another free workshop will be held at Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW), on Saturday, March 3 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

From the City:

“The Technology Matching Fund grant program is an inclusive program exemplifying the City’s commitment to Race and Social Justice by providing resources and technology access to all of our residents.  2012 will be the fifteenth year of the program and it continues to be a critical partnership with the community by empowering residents with technology skills to find jobs and helping neighborhoods develop online public safety networks,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell.

Last year 23 organizations received a total of $320,000 in grant funds, which are being matched with in community contributions, including volunteer labor, professional services and donated equipment and software. A list of grantees and a map of their locations is available online.

Applications will be accepted from February 29 through April 3.

H/T: MyWallingford

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Trash Pickup Normal For President’s Day

February 17th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

Seattle Public Utilities says all garbage, recycling and yard waste collections will be on a normal schedule on Monday, which is Presidents’ Day. The North Recycling Station in Fremont/Wallingford is also open for regular business hours, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

They also wanted to mention to anyone thinking about buying new furniture during a sale this weekend has an easy option for getting rid of any old or unwanted furniture.

Shopping for a Presidents’ Day Sale? If you’re replacing a large item such as a couch, bed or dishwasher and it’s in no condition for selling, exchanging or donating to charity, give SPU a call at (206) 684-3000 and request a bulky item collection. SPU will pick up the item from your curb for a $30 fee ($38 for items containing gases) and save you the hassle of driving to the transfer station. The Recycling and Disposal stations accept bulky items for the same $30 fee.

If you want to recycle a refrigerator or a freezer, Seattle City Light will pay you $30 and pick it up for free. Call 1-877-577-0510 or visit to schedule a pick up.

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Book Larder Featured On Seattle Channel

February 16th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

One of Fremont’s newer businesses, Book Larder, is being featured on the Seattle Channel show CityStream.

Host Cameron Wong uses the Fremont cookbook store as homebase for the most recent episode, which is full of stories about the independent spirits industry, Byrnie Utz`s hats, photography and more. And of course, he sits down with Book Larder owner Lara Hamilton.

The show will premiere Thursday night at 7 pm on Cable Channel 21 the Seattle Channel and online at You can watch the video online here (interview with Hamilton begins at 15:00 mark).

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Fremont Health Club Coming To Inspire Community

February 16th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

Fremont Health Club manager Ria Steele wants to make it clear what the priority of Fremont’s newest fitness space will be.

“We’re not here to build beefcakes, we’re here to build health.”

Fremont Health Club will commence building health in the coming weeks when it officially opens in the space recently-left by Anytime Fitness (3601 Fremont Avenue North).

Steele says that the new, independently-owned fitness club wants to bring something different to Fremont. As a Fremonster herself, she envisions FHC as a place that’s accessible, inspiring and about the community.

The club will feature a dedicated kids club room and specialized parent-child classes that make going to the gym with your kids easy and fun. Instructors will offer various classes such as yoga, African dance, Zumba and more.

Steele is also extremely excited about the impending arrival of top of the line Matrix equipment complete with Virtual Active programming, which give you the opportunity to work with virtual trainers and simulated landscapes as you work out.

At the moment, the gym is still a few weeks away from opening. However, in the meantime they’re offering the first 400 members who sign up a $19.95/month deal. To find out more about the facilities, call 206-632-2200.

You can take a virtual tour of the facility as they get it ready below, courtesy of FHC’s Facebook page:

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Heads Up, Fremont: Seattle Opera Treasure Hunt Is On

February 14th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

Seattle Opera is holding a four-week treasure hunt for free tickets to their upcoming production of Orpheus and Eurydice. And while the locations of the free tickets are top secret, it looks like the Fremont area is going to be a place to find some of them:

Tickets will be hidden at locations around town, and though we’re keeping the specifics top-secret (of course!) we can hint that the location of at least one of the pairs of tickets will be of interest to your Fremont-area readers…wink wink.

Please read the full details and rules here. The first clue was announced on Monday for a pair of tickets to the March 10 performance of Orpheus and Eurydice.

CLUE #1: Allegedly inspired during a flight of the “I’m-on-a-rolla-Gay”

PASSWORD #1: “Green Mountain”

Since no one found the tickets yesterday, they’ve added a new clue today:

“She laid down the law to Orfeo in Vienna”

No idea if that’s Fremont-related or not but you can keep an eye on the clues and tickets at the Seattle Opera’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Subsequent ticket clues will be released on February 20, 27, and March 5. Tickets for the opera are available here.

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