News blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood


Hub and Bespoke Changes Gears After Four Years

January 29th, 2015 by Cara

Hub and Bespoke, a clothing and accessories shop for men and women who ride bicycles, has closed their storefront N 36th Street. Situated between High Dive and Red Star Taco Bar the storefront stands out with a bold painted exterior including a baby blue bicycle. The company encourages cyclists to “Bike Your Style” and often had a cheerful (actual) bike with a basket full of flowers out front.


Hub and Bespoke initially announced the closure on their blog and held a fixture sale in mid-January. The storefront is now vacant and available for lease through Yates Wood Brokerage and Property Management. The owners, Juliette and Aldan, will maintain the Hub and Bespoke online store and begin to pursue new designs as well. They discuss the brand’s future focus on their blog:

While the storefront focused on both men and women, Hub and Bespoke’s original mission was to serve the female rider, enticing her to consider using her bicycle for urban transportation. For her, there are still many unmet needs for apparel that offers function on the bike + suitability for an urban destination.

Building on the successful design and production of the Women’s Riding Coat, we will be focusing our time and energy on producing and marketing our own designs, primarily for the female bike commuter.


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Supporting Seattle-based Crowdfunding

January 25th, 2015 by Cara

Seattle gets excited about applying technology in new ways, as crowdfunding websites do, and as a community often supports new innovative ideas. It would seem that crowdfunding couldn’t find a better audience. A distinct advantage of crowdfunding online is the ability to tap into the international community for support, most often financial. However, Seattleites are also very dedicated to local causes, arts, and industry. Can the possibilities and innovation of crowdfunding be utilized at a local level?

Several crowdfunding sites including Kickstarter, GoFundMe, and Indiegogo allow visitors to search projects by location to view ongoing projects in the Seattle area. Kickstarter and the City of Seattle Office of Film and Music offer a compilation of local film and music Kickstarter projects through this link.

As “a hotbed for film and music projects” Seattle is home to many music, film, and other interactive projects that seek to use Kickstarter to fund production. Projects range from visual arts compliations, filming feature length films and thrillers, to producing EP and studio albums by local musicians. Many projects have been fully funded with new ones appearing all the time. For a full listing of Seattle-based Kickstarter projects, visit this page.

To fund something local on one of these sites visit the links below.

GoFundMe- Seattle

IndieGoGo- Seattle

There is also a Twitter account focused local projects. @CrowdfundingSEA aims to “bring attention to projects created by Seattle-area entrepreneurs seeking capital through crowdfunding.” There is a meet up group affiliated that focuses on Seattle’s crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding has already affected Seattle in numerous ways, especially within the food industry according to a December Seattle Weekly article “2014 Was the Year of Crowdfunding in the Seattle Food World.”

Last fall the media drew attention to an increasing number of couples turning to crowdfunding for assistance with adoptions or fertility treatments. The Seattle Times covered the trend which includes several Seattle-area couples.

Crowdfunding is now frequently referenced in coverage of non-profits, events, small businesses, and projects that defy categorization, like this one. Seattle-based technology news site Geek Wire provides a variety of coverage and events about the growth of crowdfunding both locally and at large.

Update 1/29/2015:

Fremont Universe readers informed us about two other crowdfunding websites partnering with businesses in the Seattle area.

Community Sourced Capital focuses on offering small business loans in amounts not usually available through traditional banks. Members of the community can contribute by purchasing “Squares” each worth $50. “Squareholders” can fund a business by purchasing one, three, or up to twenty “Squares.”

Community Sourced Capital approves all campaigns but relies on “Squareholders” support, or not, as the final approval. The funding is provided to businesses in the form of a zero-interest loans and “Squareholder” do receive repayments as the business makes them, however repayment is not guaranteed.

Check out the ongoing and funded campaigns here.

The second other crowdfunding site is Power2Give, hosted in the Puget Sound area by Arts Fund, a Seattle area non-profit with a focus on supporting the arts for more than forty years. Power2Give is hosted by other non-profits in 13 states around the United States. All projects are sponsored by non-profits and donations are tax deductible.

Visit Power2Give-Puget Sound for local non-profit projects.


We're curious Fremonsters, have you every contributed to a crowdfunding project?


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Not Another Coffee Shop

January 23rd, 2015 by Cara




Since Starbuck’s move to the corner of N 34th Street and N Fremont Ave last August the space it called home for over 20 years remained vacant until this notice appeared:


Pardon the reflection, it reads:

This space has been rented to a new tenant.
(not a coffee shop)
They are in process of permit and design
Soon to open for your service
Peck Properties


Peck Properties has peaked our curiosity, if it’s not a coffee shop what might it be? Tell us your guess on the Fremont Universe Facebook page.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Closures and Public Services

January 19th, 2015 by Cara

Banks, libraries, and government offices will be closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The national holiday was first observed in 1986, the same year that the King County Council elected to rename the county in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. the change was not made official by the state until 2005. The original namesake was William Rufus King, Vice-Presidents of the United States at the time the Washington Territory was established.


Martin Luther King, Jr.’s actual birthday is January 15th, the Civil Rights leader would have been 86 this year. Celebrated on the third Monday each January, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day of service for many organizations and volunteers. Here are some of the closures and events that you can expect today:

Metro Transit buses on reduced schedules Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Metro will operate itsReduced Weekday and “When no UW” schedules on Monday, Jan. 19. Some routes will not operate while other routes will operate fewer trips than on a regular weekday. Riders are encouraged to review details in either printed timetables or online schedules.

Most Metro and King County offices will be closed Monday, including Metro’s Customer Information, Lost and Found and Pass Sales offices. Also on Monday, some transit service will be rerouted or delayed during the Martin Luther King Jr. events in the downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill and Central areas.

 Highlighted routes indicate an impact on Fremont.

Routes that do not operate: 5EX, 15EX,17EX, 21EX, 29, 56, 114, 192, 201, 237, 304, 308, 316, 330, 355, 601 Group Health, 930

Routes that operate a “Reduced Weekday” (RW) schedule:(Designated trips are canceled and identified in timetables with an “H”) 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 24, 26EX, 27, 28EX, 33, 36, 40, 41, 43, 44, 50, 60, 64, 70, 76, 77, 101, 102, 105, 106, 107, 111, 116, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 128, 143, 150, 153, 157, 158, 159, 167, 168, 169, 177, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 186, 187, 190, 212, 214, 218, 219, 232, 242, 244, 249, 252, 255, 268, 269, 303, 311, 312, 342, 907, 931

When Metro operates a “When No University of Washington” (No UW) schedule, designated trips are canceled and identified in timetables for routes: 31, 32, 48, 65, 67, 68, 75, 167, 197, 271, 277, 331, 372, 373

 Fremont routes that are NOT affected: 5, 26, 28, 82.

Visit Metro Online for complete information about Metro and regional transportation services. Visit Metro’s Service Advisories page for information about bus service that is affected by events or construction.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Martin Luther King, Jr. Day closures

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

These facilities and services are CLOSED:

  • Community centers
  • Environmental learning centers
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Green Lake Small Craft Center
  • Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center

Information provided by Seattle Parks and Recreation

Normal Solid Waste Collections for MLK Holiday

Seattle food and yard waste, garbage and recycling collections will be on normal schedule for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) customers should place their containers out for collection by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.

The South Transfer Station in the South Park area will be open on Monday, Jan. 19, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Information provided by Seattle Waste Management

Seattle Public Libraries closed Monday January 19th

 All branches of the Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday January 19th. Branches will resume normal hours on Tuesday January 20th.

And if you want to eat for a good cause check this event out:

Family Works Food Bank Fundraiser

5p, Pecado Bueno (4307 Fremont Ave N)

$15 all-you-can-eat-Taco-bar!! Help raise money for the hungry with music by Tangletown String Band


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Fremont-area Preschools and Elementary Schools Host 2015 Open Houses

January 19th, 2015 by Cara

Here is a sampling of some of the schools in and around the Fremont neighborhood hosting upcoming informational events, compiled by our sister site My Wallingford. Please note that this is not an all inclusive list, if you know of other upcoming open houses please let us know at

Fremont Community School – Preschool

3530 Interlake Ave. N. (206) 547-4054

Fremont Community School is a program inspired and guided by the Waldorf principle of reverence for life and natural rhythms. Teachers guide children as individuals to learn about the world and their relationship to it. They focus on imagination, creative indoor and outdoor play, repetition, and movement. Their website says that letting children develop their own natural joy, compassion, appreciation for beauty, and love of learning is highly valued.

Open Houses – 2015-16 School Year:

January 25, 2015 – 3:00pm to 5:00pm
February 4, 2015 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Space is Limited, so please reserve a spot in advance.

North Seattle Fives – Preschool

5515 Phinney Avenue North 206-789-1807

This school states on their website that they provide a highly nurturing learning environment in which children develop academic, social and emotional readiness for kindergarten. They want parents to consider their school to be a great place for five-year-olds to spend the year learning and playing with their peers!

Open House

Saturday January 24th from 1-2pm

Cometa Playschool – Preschool

4106 Stone Way North 206.353.6781

Cometa Playschools is a Spanish language school with a philosophy based in believing that children are competent human beings on a journey to discover themselves and the world. According to their website, their curriculum is designed to develop children’s knowledge and necessary skills in all developmental areas and establish a foundation for lifelong learning. Using the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education they consider themselves a Reggio inspired program.

Open House

Saturday, January 24th and 31st 10am – noon

Ballard Preschool Cooperative – Preschool

Ballard Preschool Cooperative, a Phinney Neighborhood Association program, offering play-based classes for children from birth through pre-K.  Located at 7503 18th Ave. NW their mission is

“The co-op aims to provide a structured cooperative program designed to encourage the social, emotional, physical, and mental development of young children. It is also intended to be a resource and nucleus of support for participating families.”

During the Open House parents and children can meet the teachers, view the classroom and learn more about the preschool. Please RSVP to if you will attend.

Open House

Saturday, January 24th 10am – noon

Kapka Cooperative School – K-5

510 N 49th St (206) 522-0350

KapKa believes the role of the teachers is to create an academically stimulating environment where learning happens naturally and in a variety of ways that include both independent study and team projects. Parents have an integral role in running the school and provide support in the classrooms . Their website highlights that the experience, commitment, and creativity of their professional teachers, combined with the talent and dedication of the parents is what makes KapKa a unique, close and caring community.

Open House

Saturday Jan. 31, 2015 - 2 to 4 p.m.

Please contact with any questions or to request an application packet

John Stanford International School – K-5

4057 5th Ave. NE. (206) 252-6080

John Stanford International School is an award-winning Seattle public elementary school (K-5) in the Wallingford neighborhood. It offers a dual-language immersion program to all students.

You can register students for all grades, including Kindergarten, for the 2015-16 school year anytime between now and September 2015.
For more information on registering, including the forms needed, please click on the grade level of your student.

Information Sessions and School Tours on the following dates and times:

* Wednesday, February 4th – 6:00-7:00pm Information Session Only (no building tour)
* Friday, February 13th – 9:45-11:00am Information Session and Tour
* Thursday, February 26th – 9:45-11:00am Information Session and Tour

Our entrance is located on the 4057 5th Ave. Parking can be a challenge, so please plan accordingly.
No RSVP required!  The same information is available at all sessions so there is no need to attend more than one.

Adults only please

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Fremont Bridge Painting Update: Colorful Contrast

January 9th, 2015 by Cara


The bold north span meets the still faded and rusty south span on the Fremont Bridge.

Have you seen how the fresh coat of blue and orange really pop?! Many Fremonsters (and our friends living just across the bridge in Queen Anne) may not have realized how badly the Fremont Bridge needed a fresh coat of paint until painting on the top part of the north span, shown above, was completed in late 2014. The project began in August 2014 and additional details on the project can be found in our original post “Fremont Bridge Lane Closure for Facelift.”

Fremont Universe checked in with Art Brochet, the SDOT Communications Lead about the ongoing project, he reported back:

The painters have completed work on the northern span and are currently stringing cables and placing scaffolding beneath the southern span to provide environmental containment for the preparation and painting of the steel in the coming months.

The completed North span of the bridge.

The completed North span of the bridge.

They’re over halfway there! There will still be several upcoming closures, although not as extensive as the weekday closures last September. Mr. Brochet provided an update on the current status of the work:

The painters are currently stringing cables and placing scaffolding beneath the southern span.  This is to support the environmental containment needed before grinding and blasting rust off the steel below the bridge deck.  The familiar enclosure of scaffolding and plastic will be in place soon, for preparation, priming and painting of the southern span over the coming months.

With regards to traffic:

At times crews will need to close the walkway and bike lane on one side of the bridge or the other (but never both) during off-peak hours.  Vehicle lanes will also be closed (less frequently) when necessary, again during off-peak hours: before 3PM in the northbound direction and just between 10AM and 3PM in the southbound direction.

There will be pair of full bridge closures in the wee hours this weekend and next so crews can access the area underneath and behind the counter-weight for the southern span.

While the project has been delayed due to bad weather and a break over the holidays the project is “more than half complete” according to Mr. Brochet. Work on the bridge will continue into March and potentially into April depending on weather-related delays.

Schedule for the upcoming weekend closures:

January 10th (aka late Friday night) from Midnight until 7AM

January 11th (aka late Saturday night) from Midnight until 7AM

January 17th (aka late Friday night) from Midnight until 7AM

January 18th (aka late Saturday night) from Midnight until 7AM

Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to cross at 1:20AM and 2:20AM each night but cars will be detoured for the entire time between Midnight and 7AM.

Fun Fremont Fact: The blue and orange paint job was chosen by a 1985 poll by Fremont residents and facilitated by the Fremont Arts Council.

If you are interested in more information about the project, please check out the project website for additional details.


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Port & Anchor Cafe hosts Open Mic tonight

January 8th, 2015 by Cara

This evening Port and Anchor, a neighborhood-focused community center and cafe presents The Sound, an all-ages open mic night from 7-9pm. Located at 503 N 50th Street (50th and Dayton) the Port and Anchor is a donation-based program associated with the Emmanuel Church Building. Emmanuel also hosts a community garden, counseling center, men’s shelter, and Sunday worship services.

The Sound tonight is open to musicians of all ages and levels, email sign up has closed so participants are asked to arrive at 6:30pm to add your name to the list.

Spots are on a first-come, first-served basis.  Additionally coffee drinks and snacks will be available for purchase at the bar. The Sound is a recurring event, dates are announced through the Port & Anchors Facebook page.
Port and Anchor will also be hosting a Community Game Night next Thursday January 15th from 7-10pm.
More information from Project Coordinator Tamura Turney:
Port & Anchor would like to invite all our neighbors to a free community game night.  Bring your friends, your competitive spirit and a game to enjoy with others on January 15th.  Games will be available and you can purchase drinks and snacks at the coffee bar throughout the evening.  For more information, contact Kirby White at or visit the Port & Anchor Facebook page
Contact Port and Anchor for more information about upcoming events one of several ways:
In Person: Visit Port and Anchor from 8am to 2pm
A poster for The Sound from 2014

A poster for The Sound from 2014

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New Year’s Eve in the Center of the Universe

December 27th, 2014 by Cara

Fremont loves any excuse to celebrate and the time honored tradition of welcoming in New Year with music, drinks, and staying up late is no exception. Drawing from a variety of resources including the Stranger’s comprehensive NYE events list Fremont Universe has summed up all the Fremont festivities scheduled for next Wednesday December 31st, 2014 (the last day of 2014…)

All About The Food
Agrodolce’s NYE Menu offers a four course dining experience with optional wine pairings. This custom selection of Southern Italian cooking is $75 per person (not including tax or gratuity) and wine pairings are available for $45 or $65 for the Sommelier pairing. Reservations are still available, book a table here.



Dance Until The Break of Dawn, Or At Least 4AM
The Ballroom hosts the 8th annual Black & White New Year’s Eve Ball, cover is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. The festivities run from 8pm to 4am featuring two DJs and a photo booth. Classy holiday attire, especially black and white, is encouraged but not required. Access to the VIP line, champagne, appetizers, dessert, the photo booth and more included in cover. Tickets can be purchased at the bar anytime with cash.


A Full On Fiesta
Bonza Bash New Year’s Eve Gala Ball at Fremont Studios takes things to the next level. Along with DJ Tamm, an 18 piece big band, and red carpet photos there will be roaming entertainment, food, and of course, a wide-selection of drinks. Attire ranges from semi-formal to black tie, there is also a (rain)coat check. For those ready to dive into a swanky celebration, tickets can be found here. General admission starts at $59 not including fees are several VIP offerings available.


They Do What?!
They juggle, perform acrobatic feats, captivate you with comedy and more, it’s the Moisture Festival NYE Extravaganza at Hale’s Palladium. Beginning at 7pm the event includes a variety show, countdown at midnight and then a dance party with the Georgetown Orbits. Also included in the ticket price: treats from Pecado Bueno (Sin Well), and a champagne toast at midnight. Early bird ticket sales have ended but tickets are still available, Adults for $75 and Youth (12 and Under) for $40 not including fees. This is an All Ages event.


Ringing In 1925! Or 2015?
NYE at The Back Door featuring Grace Love brings together classic speakeasy cocktails and soulful music for a smooth transition into 2015. Guests choose from three options, “Just Dinner” for $100, “Dinner and Soul All Night” for $130 or “Late Night Soul” for $40 (prices do not include fees but it is through Brown Paper Tickets…) to accommodate all New Year’s Eve schedules. Tickets are available here. Dinner includes 3 courses and drink or wine pairings. Did we mention Grace Love will be singing?


Get Your Dance On
Nectar is hosting a Neon New Year’s Eve which in addition to some cool graphics features Nite Wave (a live 80′s synth cover band) , the West (a dance band), and DJ Indica Jones. Bust out the colors, leggings, and inexplicable 80s trends that have been revived since 2010. Don’t question, just dance.  Doors are at 8pm, show starts at 9pm. Tickets are still available here, $25 in advance.


Put On Your Flannel And Rock Into The New Year
New Year’s Eve at the High Dive this year features local bands offering up a sampling of the current Seattle rock scene. The bands that will be celebrating include: Ever So Android, Vibragun, C-leb & The Kettle Black, and Dirty Dirty. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door, the show begins at 9pm.

Image from Ever So Android's Facebook

Image from Ever So Android’s Facebook


Even Dogs Love Champagne
Norm’s Eatery and Ale House is hosting a Black & White NYE Party, perhaps to color coordinate with the Ballroom next door? Regardless Fremont’s pet-friendly bar will provide a free champagne toast, food and drink specials all with no cover. As the local pub says itself, “Come early and stay late!”


Here’s a question for Fremonsters:
What would be the Fremont equivalent of the Times Square ball drop? Tell us on Facebook!

Happy New Year!

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Fremont-based Brown Paper Tickets expands “Not-Just-for-Profit” Efforts

December 17th, 2014 by Cara

Brown Paper Tickets, an online ticketing service headquartered in Fremont (technically just across the bridge) is a self-described “fair trade ticketing company.”  The company places emphasis on offering low service fees and quality customer service because they envision a “company to provide the kind of service we would want for ourselves.”  How do they make this happen?

The company operates a 24/7 call center, manages web sales, and is constantly exploring ways to foster the industry they serve and keep ticket sales accessible. Drawing on previous experience in the music and production industry Brown Paper Tickets charges producers no fees to sell tickets. For ticket buyers, the service fee is just $0.99 plus 3.5% of the ticket cost. It even explains this on the home page and lists the price with the service fee included on the event page. Many ticket buyers out there will find this extremely refreshing.


Additionally Brown Paper Tickets is a Not-Just-for-Profit business, a standard which advocates not only running a profitable business but giving back to the community.  The company has grown exponentially over the past few years including in its charity efforts. In addition to the company’s contributions and supporting individual events Brown Paper Tickets offer two key services to help the community support various causes. The first is a searchable list of all charity and fundraising events. Crab feeds, senior center gatherings, civic performances and more from all across the country are listed here. This is a terrific resource for connecting audiences to great causes you may or may not be familiar with.

In November Brown Paper Tickets announced a fee-free service for collecting online donations so that more of the funds donated can go to the actual cause. The press release issued by the company explained that of the $667,000 raised by various organizers an estimated $13,000-$33,000 would have gone to fees via other ticketing, donation, or crowdfunding platforms. CEO Steve Butcher affirmed Brown Paper Ticket’s commitment to a fee-free service for donations:

“Fundraising is a selfless act of kindness or passion for positive change. We honor the work of fundraisers and change-makers by giving them the tools and support they need, and putting the financial rewards of their labor directly in their hands, where it belongs.”


The addition of this service also allows organizers hosting a benefit or fundraising event to sell tickets and accept donations through a single platform. In such situations Brown Paper Tickets gives the event organizer 102.5% of the face value for each ticket.

During this busy season of giving it helps to be able to easily contribute and maximize the benefit of that contribution. Going into 2015 and beyond even more organizations and causes will be able to benefit from the services offered by Brown Paper Tickets. Click on the image below for more ideas about giving inspired by #GivingTuesday (the week after Thanksgiving is just getting longer and longer!).


All images from


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Holiday Pop Up Bazaar this Saturday

December 10th, 2014 by Cara


Small Business Saturday has passed but there are festive local shopping opportunities going on all month! (Anyone else make it to Urban Craft Uprising last weekend?) This Saturday December 13th Vif Wine & Coffee will host a Holiday Pop Up Bazaar from 10am to 2pm.

Located on Fremont Ave, Vif Wine & Coffee is a specialty wine shop and coffee house that “offers an entirely new approach to how wine and coffee are presented and sold in Seattle” according to their website. Find out what other press has said about Vif here.

For the Holiday Pop Up Bazaar vendors include:

V Smiley Preserves (jams, marmalades and honey) 

Narwhal (oysters and Renee Erickson!) 

Sea Wolf Bakery (a family-owned Seattle craft bakery)

Correspondence Press (specialty print items that encourage correspondence)

Seattle Seltzer (bubbles and local soda)

Harbor Herbalist (organic herbal teas)

Never Too Many Treats (unique gourmet treats for four legged friends)

Seattle Tilth’s Youth Garden Works

Along with hot cider and an outdoor coffee bar with pastries from Vif Wine|Coffee.

There will also be activities for children throughout the day.

Raffle tickets will also be available for $10 in support of Seattle Tilth’s Youth Garden Works. Raffle prizes include  contributions from Bazaar vendors and nearby businesses. The raffle winners will be announced at 1pm on Saturday.

100% of raffle proceeds go to Seattle Tilth’s Youth Garden Works where homeless and underserved youth ages 16-21 experience working on an urban farm at which they harvest and sell a wide range of vegetables. The unique experience provided by Youth Garden Works allows youth crew members to experience all aspects of the food system.

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Lenin Lighting and Festivus in Fremont this evening

December 5th, 2014 by Cara

Get in the quirky holiday spirit with Festivus in Fremont!

The annual Lenin Lighting kicks off at 5 pm along with:

Fremont’s Santa,
live music by the Fremont Philharmonic,
treats, traditional Fremont Festivus activities,
a holiday bazar,
launch of the 2015 Walking Guide to Fremont
and more free, family-friendly fun!

From 6-9 pm explore participating shops and art galleries for gifts and giveaways.

You can also vote for your favorite business holiday display as well as these other Fremont favorites through

See you at Lenin!


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Shop Fremont for the Holidays

November 28th, 2014 by Cara


Black Friday is wrapping up and next is the local counterpart “Shop Small Saturday” or “Small Business Saturday.” Shoppers are encouraged to kick off the holiday shopping season at local businesses to strengthen local neighborhoods and support many small and speciality stores.

Scheduled for the Saturday following Thanksgiving “Small Business Saturday” began in 2010, it is promoted nationally by American Express in partnership with small merchant account holders. The counterpoint to “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” has since been embraced by local business and civic organizations across the country. This includes a proclamation from Mayor Ed Murray recognizing Small Business Saturday as an opportunity for “the City of Seattle celebrates our local small businesses and the contributions they make to our local economy.”

Fremont Chamber of Commerce Director Jessica Vets spoke about Fremont and the many unique small businesses here in a profile for American Express this year:

Along with promotion by Amex, “Small Business Saturday” is also associated with several popular hashtags including #ShopSmall and #SmallBizSat and can be tracked across social media. Restaurants, shops, entertainment, and other services are all included, many of which run their own promotions for the event.

For an overview of local shops, restaurants, and services you can visit the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and the Fremont Sunday Market, open year round.

Celebrate “Small Business Saturday” this weekend and beyond by shopping Fremont for the holidays, have fun shopping small in a big way!



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Comings & Goings: Pomerol and Tray Kitchen offer new dining spots while Old School Frozen Custard and Paseo close up shop

November 25th, 2014 by Cara

With Paseo’s dramatic closure dominating local food news the past couple of weeks the two newest restaurants in Fremont may have gone overlooked…



On N 36th Street across from the George and Dragon Pub, Pomerol offers dinner seven nights a week with northwest ingredients prepared in the French style. Pomerol has a wood fire grill, patio space for warmer weather, and a wine list including French and West Coast vineyards.

Since opening this summer Pomerol has been recognized by a variety of food publications including Zagat, Seattle Met, and Seattle Eater. The unique IPA Berry Sorbet has attracted a fair share of attention as well. Reservations can be made over the phone or online. For more information about upcoming events and the latest press coverage visit the Pomerol Facebook Page.


Farther west after N 36 Street becomes Leary Way NW, Tray Kitchen has opened up shop in one of two new restaurant/retail spaces at the former Seattle Tire Service location. Owner Heong Soon Park also has two popular restaurants in downtown Seattle, this is his first venture in North Seattle. Drawn by the up and coming neighborhood and excited for a new experience Tray Kitchen brings a unique dining experience to a unique part of town.

Opened at the beginning of November, Tray Kitchen currently serves dinner everyday from 5-10pm. The menu offers a unique fusion of Northwest produce, much of it grown on Park’s farm in Woodinville and Korean inspired dishes. In addition to unique dishes, food is served in small a la carte portions with a dim sum cart making the rounds providing diners with “of-the-moment” dishes.

Manager John Blechman explains that guests can “spend a little or a lot” but are sure to find it an exciting place to eat with “great variety.”  He also recommends trying Tray Kitchen’s variety of natural or biodynamic wines. To go with offering a variety of small plates the restaurant also offers 1/2 glass wine pairings, 4 tastings for $25.

Beginning in September brunch will also be available on Saturday and Sundays. Happy Hour is all day on Sundays and Mondays at the bar and everyday until 6:30pm. Tray Kitchen accepts online reservations and tasty posts on Facebook.



As of October 1st Old School Frozen Custard closed their Fremont location on N 34th Street. The Capitol Hill location remains open on Pike Street. Packaged pints are also available through partner stores throughout the Puget Sound region.


Paseo’s is closed (in case you hadn’t heard). The sandwich phenomenon has now become a local news phenomenon. Following the closure Paseo filed for bankruptcy and most recently a Kickstarter campaign to reopen the beloved pink sandwich shops pulled the plug. Read more about the failed Kickstarter campaign here on our sister site My Ballard.

If you notice a new business in Fremont or hear about an upcoming move or closure let us know! Send a tip to because its “Your News, Your Universe!”

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Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Co. beckons from “Frelard”

November 18th, 2014 by Cara

Just west of Fremont proper, the area of fondly known as “Frelard” and parts of Ballard have become home to nearly a dozen breweries. Some such as Hale’s Ales and Maritime Pacific Brewing have a long standing presence in the area while new microbreweries have taken advantage of the mixed commercial and industrial area. One newcomer, Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Co. is easily accessible from Fremont along Leary Way.

Located just off of NW Bright Street behind The Leary Traveler, Bad Jimmy’s has set up shop in a garage-like space with a brewing system in the back and tasting room in the front. Set back from the street Bad Jimmy’s beckons with a large garage door in front that is often kept open. With warmer weather in mind a deck was added this past July for additional outdoor seating.


Bad Jimmy’s opened in 2013 after a group of homebrewers, and good friends, decided to take their hobby out of the house. Of the five owners, three have made Bad Jimmy’s their full time passion. Two take care of the brewing and the third handles the books and marketing. With part-time assistance from the other owners this unique team has brought their home-brew and hangout attitude to create a unique tasting experience.

Billy, an owner and brewer has been brewing beer at home for 21 years.  During that time he enjoyed experimenting with new recipes and fine tuning his favorites. When transitioning from homebrew equipment to the larger brewing system Bad Jimmy’s uses some of these recipes didn’t translate. Rather than be deterred Billy embraced the opportunity to experiment more and on a new scale. The result are some of Bad Jimmy’s more unique brews including the Habanero Amber, Cocoa Vanilla Porter, and Spiced Rhubarb Blonde.

What makes Bad Jimmy’s unique amongst the Ballard brewing scene? Billy explains that their beers are highly experimental (i.e. Chai Chocolate Milk Stout) and have a higher alcohol content than most others. Their tasting room is also set up a bit differently. In addition to being dog-friendly and kid friendly (until later in the evenings, dog’s always welcome) Bad Jimmy’s is open 7 days a week so new visitors, regulars, and groups can hangout more often.

Tasting Room Hours are:
Sunday:   Noon to Midnight
Monday – Thursday:   3pm to Midnight
Friday & Saturday:   Noon to 2am

While Bad Jimmy’s does not have a kitchen they welcome outside food and have some very tasty neighbors including the Leary Traveler, Bourbon and Bones, and The Dish. Growler fills are also available. In the Tasting Room’s laid back atmosphere customers compare tastes, ask the Bad Jimmy’s staff brewing questions, or take in a game on the TV. Just like before founding Bad Jimmy’s these gentlemen have created a welcoming place for friends to gather and drink their beer.

And who exactly is Bad Jimmy? It’s the name given to Billy’s former beer belly. Billy and his friends would affectionally scold his stomach, “Bad Jimmy!” Now with his beer belly gone, Billy works hard to provide tasty brews that may contribute to someone else’s Bad Jimmy.

Cheers Bad Jimmy's!

Cheers Bad Jimmy’s!

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Stone Soup Theater seeks support through Indiegogo campaign

November 12th, 2014 by Cara

From Stone Soup Theater's Facebook

From Stone Soup Theater’s Facebook

Stone Soup Theater located on Stone Way is a non-profit organization offering an intimate and education theater experience. Each season Stone Soup produces 4 MainStage shows, 3 youth performances, along with after-school and summer programs. Since its inception in 1996 and first performance in 1999 Stone Soup Theater has been a part of the Fremont and Wallingford landscape. According to the organization their Downstage Space “ hosts a total of 3,500 patrons every season.”
Like many small non-profits Stone Soup Theater seeks assistances in several ways from financial contributions, equipment donations, and help from volunteers. Each person who attends a performance contributes as well through tickets sales, participation, and word of mouth.
Stone Soup’s current fundraiser is their annual Indiegogo campaign with a goal to raise $5,000 in 5 weeks. Stone Soup Theater hopes to use these funds to offset recent rent increases and other facility related expenses. Less than two weeks remain in the campaign and Stone Soup still needs additional support.
They have asked the community for help:
Even if it’s only $5 or $10, we are grateful for any support you can give us.
Visit our Indiegogo page, peruse our fun videos and photos and donate! Don’t have money to donate? That’s okay! You can forward this email to your friends and fellow theatre aficionados and tell them about this great opportunity to support live theatre through their donations. Share our Indiegogo link on your Facebook, Twitter, Reddit,…anywhere:
Thank you for your support!
Sophia Schloss in “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” 2011 Photo by Armen Stein

Sophia Schloss in “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” 2011
Photo by Armen Stein

Stone Soup kicks off the holiday season on December 5th with two short plays: A Child’s Christmas in Wales & The Long Christmas Dinner. The productions will run through Christmas Eve, for showtimes and ticketing information click here.

Read about the full Stone Soup Theater story from Artistic Director Maureen Miko here.

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Paseo Closure Stuns Seattle

November 11th, 2014 by Cara

We received word that both Paseo locations were closed as of this morning. The Carribean sandwich shops were a Seattle institution and frequently had long lines of locals and visitors alike.


Here is an summary of what is currently known about the closure from our sister site My Ballard:

Paseo abruptly closes for good

Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on November 11th, 2014

Our news partners at The Seattle Times have reported that beloved sandwich shop Paseo (6226 Seaview Ave NW) has closed its doors for good.

Reportedly, the sign on the front door notes that the closure is due to “unfortunate circumstances” and it thanks customers for their support and loyalty.

The My Ballard team called both Paseo locations multiple times and no one answered the phone.

According to The Seattle Times, an employee at the Paseo’s Fremont location arrived at work expecting business as usual, but was told by the owner that both the Fremont and Ballard stores were shutting down.

“We know he didn’t want this to happen,” a longtime staffer, who wished to remain nameless, told The Seattle Times. The staff member reportedly did not know what had prompted the owner to shut down the popular spot. “He said — and I believe him — he found out he had to close on Monday… he said he was sorry and wished he could find a way to keep going,” the staff member said.

A document regarding an alleged lawsuit filed earlier this year by former Paseo employees against the owners has surfaced online and at this time we are unaware whether or not this has to do with the closure. The My Ballard team has contacted the attorneys at Davies Pearson Attorneys at Law in Tacoma to confirm the legitimacy of the reports and are waiting to hear back.

Locals are sure to be devastated by the closure of the highly popular spot thatYelp listed as #2 on the list of the top 100 places to eat in the country

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