News blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood


CSA cooking class at the Book Larder

July 17th, 2015 by Sara

Do you love the idea of a getting a CSA box, but feel overwhelmed by what to do with unfamiliar vegetables? Do you admire unusual ingredients at the farmer’s market, but walk away because you aren’t sure how to cook them? Are you curious about how a chef decides what to do with abundant seasonal produce?

Join Chef Kyle as he cooks from an Oxbow Farm CSA box. Each week he’ll make up a menu based on what’s in the box, with a few easy to get additions to complete the meal. Book Larder is a Friday pickup location for Oxbow Farm’s Oxbox program. So you can register for their program, sign up for a class, pick up your box, and go home armed with ideas of what to do with all that lovely produce.

The class is limited to 10 students and includes 2 course lunch and light dessert. Class reservations are non-refundable.

RSVP here.

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Don’t miss The Ugly Duckling at the Palladium this weekend

May 14th, 2015 by Sara

StoryBook Theater will perform a family-friendly version of The Ugly Duckling Saturday, May 16th at Hale’s Ales Palladium with two shows at 3pm and 5pm. The show won a national unpublished playwriting contest sponsored by the AATE and a snippet of it was performed at the Kennedy Center in July of 2006:
Life isn’t quite what it’s quacked up to be for an unfortunate, young duckling. Bullied by family and friends for looking different, this unlucky, but plucky ducky decides to leave home for something better. On his own, this poor little bird’s goose seems to be cooked…or is it?
Ugly Duckling is recommended for ages 3 and up. Tickets are $11 and available here, group discounts are available over the phone. Hale’s Ales Palladium is at 4301 Leary Way NW, Seattle.

Since 1998, StoryBook Theater has introduced young children in the Puget Sound area to live theater with original, interactive musicals written especially for 3-10 year olds and their families. StoryBook Theater shows are hilarious, 55-minute musicals filled with music, laughter, whimsical costumes and quirky characters, guaranteed to delight the entire family.



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May 13th, 2015 by Sara

We need a new editor! Cara is sailing the high seas.

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Craving more Creativity? Artist’s Way Classes Now Enrolling

April 27th, 2015 by Cara

The Seattle Artists Way Center is currently enrolling for Spring/Summer classes. Two sections are available:

Fridays: May 8 – July 31st – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Mondays, May 4 – July 27, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron is an international bestseller on the subject of creativity. Whether you identify as an artist or not, this book and class can be an incredibly useful resource to tap into your creative side which can benefit many areas of your life. The 2 hour a week 12 week long class will take students through the 12 chapters with an emphasis on the accompanying chapter exercises and additional creativity exercises and strategies (i.e. meditation tools). This material can work with anyone, no matter how dormant or energized their creative life may be, and can enhance their ability to be more fully and genuinely themselves.

Classes will take place at the Windows Art Gallery (4131 Woodland Park Ave. N)
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It’s a bird, It’s a plane, It’s a book that makes bedtime cool!

April 25th, 2015 by Cara

Local Phinney Ridge author Sara Crow struggled to get her three sons to take off their superhero costumes for bedtime. Considering this a problem many parents may relate to, it became the perfect inspiration for a children’s book. Sara assured her kiddos that even superhero’s have to sleep, hoping that the sentiment would calm their energetic imaginations.


Author Sara Crow lives in Phinney Ridge with her husband and three boys.

Even Superheroes Have to Sleep focuses on that very idea, that even after an eventful day of saving the world and escaping evil, we all must take a nightly break and rest ourselves for the next day of adventure. Rhyming prose featuring a pirate, a princess, and a superhero are paired with creative and colorful illustrations. The end result makes this book the perfect bedtime story for any boy or girl.

Even Superheroes Have to Sleep is currently available on Kickstarter. Crow plans to self publish the book with the help of the crowdfunding site.  “After writing the book and finding an established, published illustrator – I wanted to focus on getting the book into children’s hands not have it sit in a stack on a publishers desk” she stated.

To support Even Superheroes Have to Sleep please click here.

Contributed by Calla Ward

Even Superheroes Have To Sleep is now a Kickstarter project

Even Superheroes Have To Sleep is now a Kickstarter project

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Fremont Adjusts to Seattle’s New Minimum Wage

April 24th, 2015 by Cara

Ashley Portilla, founder of District Fabric in Fremont, found herself at a crossroads when setting the employee wages at her newly opened business. Even one and a half years ago, talk of a $15 minimum wage for Seattle was in the air. Portilla decided that to attract good employees, she wanted to pay well, and made the choice to pay above the $15 an hour proposed wage, and well above Seattle’s then-minimum wage of $9.32.

When Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance went into effect April 1st of this year small businesses with fewer than 500 employees, like Portilla’s, were required to start paying their employees $11 per hour. This is the first phase-in of the new wage over the next few years.

Fremont hosts a variety of businesses, including many restaurants and cafes along Fremont Avenue. Seattle’s new minimum wage law will affect different types of businesses in different ways. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Fremont hosts a variety of businesses, including many restaurants and cafes along Fremont Avenue. Seattle’s new minimum wage law will affect different types of businesses in different ways. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Phil Megenhardt of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors acknowledges that “Fremont is home to a diverse business landscape.” There’s light industry, manufacturing, headquarters for Google and Adobe, and many restaurants and cafes. There are also small businesses that add to Fremont’s famous quirky character according Megenhardt.

“You’ve got all these people existing together in a very thriving neighborhood,” he observed.

Fremont has been wrestling with the new minimum wage since it was proposed over a year ago. In March 2014, businesses owners, members of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and Seattle City Council Member Sally Clark met at Fremont’s Red Door  to discuss the proposed change in wages, and how it might affect the many small businesses in Fremont.

At the meeting, president of the Washington Restaurant Association Anthony Anton said that businesses’ voices were being forgotten in the rhetoric around the $15 minimum wage, and pointed out that most restaurants in the WRA are small businesses with 20 employees or fewer.

Many small boutiques like the kind Portilla owns will not be affected by the change in law, because many of them already pay above $15 an hour, according to Megenhardt.

It’s the other types of businesses — the ones people walking through the neighborhood are less likely to notice — that may be most affected by the new wage law, said Megenhardt. One example is the Foss Maritime shipyard.

“On the light industry side, the challenge you’re facing is that a lot of the industry businesses in Fremont are competing on a global level. These guys are building ships that they sell all over the world,” Megenhardt said.

These types of industries will have to compete with lower overseas wages.

Another industry sector that is more likely to be affected by the wage increases are the service industries, including restaurants, cafes and barbershops. Megenhardt projects that prices will increase.

“The service industries are going to see that affect their pocketbook directly,” Megenhardt said.

Courtesy of the Yellow Dot Cafe's Facebook

Courtesy of the Yellow Dot Cafe’s Facebook 

Before the new change in minimum wage, the Yellow Dot Cafe started off its seven employees at $10 an hour and increased pay based on merit, according to manager Mary Malone. As a restaurant, the Yellow Dot can continue paying its employees $10 an hour under the new law as long as their total earnings, including tips and/or health benefits, add up to $11. Next year, the minimum wage will go up to $10.50 an hour with the total minimum compensation at $12. This will continue each year until 2021, when both minimum wage and minimum compensation will be locked in at $15 an hour.

The Foss shipyard in Seattle. Courtesy of The Herald of Everett.

The Foss shipyard in Seattle. Courtesy of The Herald of Everett.

Malone said she hopes by the time this happens, the Yellow Dot will be thriving and have several new locations opened.

“[Otherwise] we’re going to have to raise our prices, and the customers aren’t going to like that,” Malone said. “If it had jumped straight to $15, we wouldn’t be able to stay open.”

Exactly how Fremont businesses will have to phase in the new minimum wage depends on the size of the business.

Large employers, such as Foss Shipyard, are required to pay $11 in minimum wage, to be increased over the next two years to $15. That is unless these businesses pay toward their employees’ health benefits, in which case wages will be phased in over three years, and reach $15 in 2018.

By Chetanya Robinson, UW News Lab

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The 13th Annual Literacy Source Breakfast

April 23rd, 2015 by Cara


Literacy Source invites you to join in for the 13th Annual Literacy Source Breakfast: Celebrating the Ripple Effect of Education at 7:30 am at Seattle Pacific University on Tuesday May 5th, 2015.

Well-known librarian, author, and literary critic Nancy Pearl will speak again this year and share her top ten book lists. Guests will also hear from Literacy Source students during the organization’s largest annual fundraiser.

Literacy Source began twenty-eight years ago with an emphasis on Adult literacy instruction in the North Seattle area. Since that time they have grown to offer a variety of programs in addition to Adult Basic Education such as English as a Second Language, citizenship classes, and a high school diploma program. With their expanding programs Literacy Source has also expanded their reach. In addition to offering classes at the Center in Fremont they partner to provide offsite classes at correctional facilities, schools, community centers, and churches throughout Seattle.

Register to attend or be a table captain for the 13th Annual Literacy Source Breakfast by clicking here.

For more information, contact or call 206.782.2050

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Open Invite to the Fremont Neighborhood Council’s Annual Meeting

April 22nd, 2015 by Cara


The Fremont Neighborhood Council invites Fremonsters to the organization’s Annual General Meeting on Monday April 27th from 7-8:30pm at Doric Temple, 619 N. 36th St. The FNC is a chartered organization that promotes the interests of Fremont residents. Find more news from the FNC here.


Please join us for our Annual General Meeting April 18!

Our special guest is Scott Kubly, Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation.  Scott is former deputy commissioner of the City of Chicago Department of Transportation and former associate director of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation.  He came on as Director of SDOT in July of 2014.  Hear Scott’s vision for Seattle’s transportation future and bring your Fremont-related transportation questions to our meeting.  More info about Scott can be found here.


Monday, May 18, 2014, 7pm, Doric Temple, 619 N. 36th St.

Join/Renew your membership with the
Fremont Neighborhood Council!

You can now renew your membership online It’s quick and easy, please take a moment and show your support for your neighborhood!

Fremont Neighborhood Council  | Facebook
3518 Fremont Ave. N, #111, Seattle, WA 98103
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Editor’s Note:

Hello Fremonsters! You may have noticed that Fremont Universe is making an effort to feature more stories about neighborhood development. Fremont is growing and changing along with the greater Seattle area and we are all a part of this transition!

It is overwhelming and often confusing to follow changes in the neighborhood such as new construction, city regulations, and neighborhood meetings. Our aim is to help keep you all informed about these changes and opportunities to participate and engage.

Fremont has long stood out for residents’ activism and participation. You can see the results of these efforts each June during Solstice, every time you past Lenin, the Rocket, the Troll, and more. If you are not familiar with organizations such as the Fremont Neighborhood Council I encourage you to learn more, keep an eye on neighborhood news posted here, and come be part of Fremont’s transition.

Thanks for reading!

– Cara

Editor, Fremont Universe

 Your News, Your Neighborhood, Your Universe

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Can it go “Up” from here?

April 20th, 2015 by Cara

Have you heard up “Up“? The popular Pixar movie has had played an unexpected role in Seattle’s recent development. Many parallels have been drawn between the circumnstances of the movie’s central character Carl and long time Seattle resident Edith Macefield.

Just before the Ballard Bridge  Edith lived in a home built circa 1900. She caused quite a stir when she said “no” to the group behind the Ballard Blocks commercial development, including an offer of $1 million for her house and property.


Edith remained in her home up until her death in 2008. Ballard Blocks was completed shortly after, the tall dark structure surrounding Edith’s house on three sides. The Ballard Blocks is now home to Trader Joes, 24 Hour Fitness, Ballard Bridge Cafe, and most recently a Ross Dress for Less.

Edith’s choice is often credited as a desire to stay in her home rather than demonstrate against development. Regardless of her intentions, Edith’s home has become an important symbol for protecting historic homes and the encroachment of development. Colorful balloons have been placed along the fence line honoring the “Up” House.

The house came up for sale this month on the open market following foreclosure, failed plans for renovating the home, and no buyer from an auction in March. Paul Thomas, the “No B.S. Broker” is overseeing the sale. All offers must include a proposal for how the interested party will memorialize Edith Macefield.

Offers will be accepted until 5pm today.


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Solstice Music Festival Line Up Announced

April 18th, 2015 by Cara


Building on the success of the inaugural Solstice Music Festival last year, organizers recently announced the 2015 lineup featuring a heavily local lineup.

The Fremont Fair features two stages; The Redhook Main Stage & Reyka Vodka Waterfront Stage. All shows on the Waterfront Stage are free and programming is done by Fremont’s Nectar Lounge.

The Redhook Main Stage hosts the Solstice Music Festival with hip hop group Deltron 3030 and two-time Grammy-nominated Presidents of the United States of America headlining on Friday and Saturday evenings respectively.

Tickets are available now.

Here is the full line up for the Redhook Main Stage:

FRIDAY JUNE 19, 2015:

  • Ayo Dot & the Uppercuts
  • Ra Scion
  • Headliner: Deltron 3030


  • Fox and the Law
  • Ayron Jones and the Way
  • Headliner: Presidents of the United States of America

Don’t miss the Solstice Parade at 3pm

Let the countdown begin!



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Fremont Bridge Bike Count Breaking Records in 2015

April 16th, 2015 by Cara

A recent Seattle Bike Blog story reported the Fremont Bridge Bike Counter has tallied a record number of bikes crossing the bridge thus far in 2015. The months of January, February, and March have seen an increase from 2013 and 2014 when the data began to be collected. Click on the image below for the full story:

Graphic from Seattle Bike Blog. Click for story.

Graphic from Seattle Bike Blog. Click for story.

Fremont Universe previously featured the Fremont Bridge Bike Counter in “Some Fun Fremont Bridge Facts”:

The Bicycle Counter is Seattle’s first bicycle counter and came to be through the efforts of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the Cascade Bicycle Club. It is located on the Northwest side of the bridge and greets cyclist and pedestrians alike with the count of how many bicycles have cross the bridge for the current day and over the current year. Bonus: The data collected by the bike counter is presented with Tableau software, a Fremont-based tech company!

A rare moment after bike #1 for the day crosses the bridge. Photo by: Andrew Pope

A rare moment after bike #1 for the day crosses the bridge. Photo by: Andrew Pope

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The High Dive Hits Double Digits

April 16th, 2015 by Cara

High Dive is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary every Friday and Saturday this month. Haven’t joined in the fun yet? It’s not too late! Here are the 4 remaining showcases and 10 reasons to celebrate the High Dive.

Happy Anniversary High Dive!
highdive anniversary

Why we’re celebrating the High Dive:

1. They are a live music venue in Fremont!

2. Music 7 days a week almost all year round? We’ll take it!

3.  That lovely lady taking the leap…

From Fremont Universe's Instagram

From Fremont Universe’s Instagram

4. Foster the People played there in 2011, admission was $10. Foster the People performed at Bumbershoot last year and day tickets went for $55.

5. Hungry? They serve food from their neighbor Red Star Taco Bar 

6. High Dive was one of 5 venues to debut the “Musicians Priority” loading zone one year ago.

musician loading:unloading

7. They have a bar. Always a plus.

8. Following the closure of the White Rabbit, the High Dive became the new home of Marmalade’s 10 + years of jamming out with a Funk/Groove/Soul show every Thursday at 8pm. You can go tonight.

9. They like, actually Tweet. Fremont Universe is still trying to figure that out so props to the High Dive Twitter.

10. With a punchcard that gives you 10 shows for $20 High Dive offers one of the best deals in town for 10 rad live music experiences.

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Reiki Healing Circle Every 2nd Tuesday

April 14th, 2015 by Cara

Reiki, a Japanese practice for stress reduction and relaxation, is practiced by “laying on hands” and used in alternative medicine. The Fremont Integrative Health Center offers opportunities to practice Reiki along with other treatments such as acupuncture, massage, and integrative health care.

Tonight from 6:30-8:30 pm is the monthly Reiki Healing Circle held at Fremont Integrative Health Center on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 3601 Fremont Ave N.  Ste. 412

Reduce tension and expand awareness. Bring balance and harmony to body
and mind. Experience more of what the healing modality of Reiki is all
about. Give and receive 15-20 minute sessions to soothing and tranquil
music. Open to beginners as well as Reiki students and practitioners
looking to further their practice. Massage tables provided. Facilitated
by Eileen Dey, M.A., LMHC, Director/founder of $10


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Allen Stone Continues His “Evolution” at Nectar Lounge Tonight

April 14th, 2015 by Cara

allen stone nectar

In the 2nd of five shows recreating Allen Stone’s “Evolution of an Artist” in Seattle’s music scene, the Soul and R&B artist will perform at Nectar Lounge this evening. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the show begins at 8:30 pm. Manatee Commune will also perform. KUOW recently interviewed Grant Eadie, the local electronic artist known as Manatee Commune on Weekend Edition.

Greenlight Media and Marketing is producing the “Evolution of an Artist” digital content series:

The unique “Evolution of an Artist” series will recreate Allen’s rise as a live performer in Seattle’s music scene. Starting with one of the first venues Allen ever played back in 2008, the (300 capacity) Triple Door on April 13th, to headlining the majestic Paramount Theatre on April 18th (2,807 capacity). Other venues he will play during the week include Nectar Lounge (4/14), The Crocodile (4/16), and Neumos (4/17). All shows will feature up and coming local Seattle bands as support.

Allen recalls, “When I moved from Chewelah WA to Seattle WA I was terrified. I was a tiny fish in a gigantic pond, a pond with an extremely rich history of powerful music. However, what I found was a very supportive community of music lovers and players that put me on their back and helped make my dream a reality. I am most comfortable performing my songs in Seattle so revealing my new songs and recounting the evolution of my musical experience there is going to be mad fun!”


“The ‘Evolution of an Artist’ program is a reflection of an artist’s journey to success,” said Dominic Sandifer, president of GreenLight Media & Marketing. “Everyone, whether an artist or not, began their careers somewhere – and this series encourages the fans and artists to retrace their footsteps while moving on towards the next chapter. Allen is the perfect representation of the series.”

Tickets are still available at time of post.

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Seattle Times Profiles Lenin

April 13th, 2015 by Cara


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Today The Seattle Times featured Fremont’s Lenin statue on the front page as part of a local series entitled “Northwest Wanderings.” The large statue stands at the corner of N 36th St and Fremont Place N and is one Fremont’s most visited pieces of public art (the Troll takes home the prize). Check out photos and the full story “Lenin statue is loved, hated, — and very Fremont” by staff photographer Alan Berner.

What do you think Fremont?

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
Start date 2015-04-13 21:19:36
End date 2015-06-19 21:19:42
Poll Results:
Do you love, hate, or feel indifferent about the Lenin statue?

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Alice Takes the Stage at Stone Soup Theatre

April 12th, 2015 by Cara

Alice in Wonderland  opened this past weekend at the Stone Soup Theater on Stone Way. The one-act play is for all-ages and runs Friday-Sunday evenings now through May 3rd.

The production has been created by the Manhatten Project under the direction of Andre Gregory:

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland and Stone Soup Theatre is delighted to present a bewildering and fascinating texture of his story; half adventure, half chop-logic and shrewd caricature. Everyone is familiar with Alice’s antic adventures – but here we have an interesting difference that will delight the young and the young at heart. An Alice for all ages.

Director, Gordon Coffey, leads a brilliant ensemble cast, including Sara Kaus, Stephanie Couch, Lillian Afful, Brittany Menzies, Vero Lecocq, Chad Oswald, and Edwin Adam Fisher.

Tickets are available for purchase online here or by phone at the Stone Soup Box Office at (206) 633-1883.

Ready to get backstage? Summerstage, Stone Soup Theater’s summer educational program is currently seeking paid summer interns. Learn more here.


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