There are so many businesses coming and going right now that my little pea brain can barely hold them all. I keep writing them down on scraps of paper in my car and snapping pictures as I drive which is not all that organized (at least I'm not texting). In these economic times, people are looking for small pleasures, such as taking in a movie, which helps us feel good or forget without putting too big of a ding in our pocketbooks. When times are tough, we still need martinis for sure. More than ever. And a tan so we feel like we've been on vacation when we can't afford one. And a cupcake wouldn't be so bad either. I always feel better after a cupcake.
VoVina is a new martini bar opening up at 15 Lake St. #103 (on the water side, where the Veggie House used to be) in mid December. Marcus Franklin and Jaymie Jones are modeling their dark, cozy, hip and swanky new spot after the martinis spots in the Pearl District in Portland. If you're feeling too old for the Shark Club (or just don't like the smell of beer on your shoes) and The Grape Choice closes before your bedtime, this will be the perfect spot for you to huddle in. Expect an extensive martini menu, plenty of wine (Marcus, pictured right, has a long history with wine), and 10-12 appetizer-type food items. Be ready for some fun surprises too, like a themed shot menu and drinks made with absinthe, the licorice flavored liquor that used to be banned in the early 1900's.
Juanita just got a little sunnier with Bronz Tanning opening up a few months ago at 13325 100th Ave NE. They've got ten beds including conventional, medium pressure, high pressure and spray tanning too. Nice clean happy vibe with friendly employees that take the time to explain to you how the machines work (photo rt: Sarah, Kara, Jena and manager, Jen). Tans range anywhere from $5-32/each depending on what kind of bed and package you're looking at. Mention the Kirkland Blog and your first tan is FREE. Yes, you heard me right, FREE! So, go treat yourself to that 12 minutes of quiet sandless beach.
Suzanne at Sweet Cakes has been busy painting her new storefront on Park Lane (which used to be The Bath Bar). She is planning to open in early December and will be offering custom desserts, cakes, cookies, and more. If your sweet tooth wants it, I think it will be there.
While we are welcoming in the new, we shouldn't forget to say our fond farewells to those that are leaving Kirkland. Goodbye to Patricia Rovzar Gallery, River Rock , Bluefish Sushi, and Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery (17 years in Kirkland). Gunnar's new spot is next to Joey's and Twisted Cork in Bellevue at 800 Bellevue Way and Patricia Rovzar is in Seattle on Second Ave. ~j