The rumors are true. Top Pot is coming to Juanita Village! This little shopping center seems to be a magnet for coffee drinkers and doughnut eaters (so I'll see you there, right?). No intel on timing yet, so you'll have to just salivate for now. ~j
Went for a little jog through Juanita Beach Park today, and I had forgotten about the Juanita Friday Market. What a fun surprise, and unexpected reason to slow my pace down to a walk. The usual suspects are there (flowers, popcorn, fruit/vegs) and I also noticed some I haven't seen before (tea stand, soaps/fun smell-good things for kids, doggie products)- worth checking out! Every Fri from 3-7 (except 7/4) And, of course there's the Weds Market also every week, at Marina Park 2-7.
Wyraqocha Peruvian Kitchen- seems like we've been waiting a long time for this one at 110 Central, but they just put their 'real' sign up the other day so things must be moving forward. You can get an idea of what they've been up to on their FB page. Now, can you say Wyraqocha 5 times fast?
Kirkland iRepair- in the old Asher location at 13 Central, Kirkland iRepair specializes in repairing all Apple products (iPhone, iPad,iPod, MacBook). There is some very green paint up on the walls now. And even more green stickers/signage went up today after this photo was taken. It doesn't even matter that they aren't open yet, you can make an appt on their website or call 425-753-3557. I like that their site has tabs for each product and lists pricing and turnaround times for specific repairs.
Canvas Paint & Sip Studio re-lo- Canvas has their sign on the empty retail space next to Kathy Evans at 140 Central Way (where the weird Piroshky drugstore used to be). Looks like a little expansion perhaps??
Wellllll, it's work-boots really. I'll bet you have an old pair in your garage and you would feel really awesome if you gave them to somebody in need.
Let me explain-I wrote a post back in Sept about a homeless man named Steve that often stands at the corner of 100th and 116th (near Columbia Athletic Club). A few people have mentioned that it helped them take notice or give a wave and a smile, maybe a buck for coffee. And it sounds like many of you have reached out also. My kids still get excited every time they see Steve, and willingly surrender their unopened food/drinks out the window if we happen to catch the red light.
It gave me warm fuzzies to get this update from a reader. A sort of full circle scenario:blogger->reader->subject->reader->blogger. Cause, believe it or not, I don't do this gig for the whopping paycheck or employee benefits. It's because of the all of the awesome people in this city and our common interests as a community- all inter-connected. Check your garage, please. You guys rock. (poor Steve might get 17 pairs of boots now)...
Here is the recent note from a reader (thank you, Ginny, for sharing):
I'm on the #255 bus heading downtown & saw Steve. Ever since your column, I've stopped occasionally. I greeted him = I'm the lady who waves hello from across the street on my walk. Your name/ column came up. Steve always wanted to tell you how much he appreciated your kind words - and the day you & the girls stopped by to chat.
So, here he is:
"Thank you! Apparently you have some wonderful followers on your weblog who have stopped. I really appreciate it. God Bless You.
I'm no longer homeless. I live in an apartment downtown Seattle. I'm keeping it real and trying to make it happen. There are some really good people out there and I just want to thank them.
PS Anybody out there with a size 10 1/2 work boot? I'm usually @ 116th corner 11:30am -1:30 pm several days a week.
<--Stephen Paulsen & Chad Waldher /Bottle and Bull
Chad Waldher is excited to open a new restaurant/bar right in the heart of downtown Kirkland. Get ready for Bottle and Bull coming to 105 Lake St (in the previous Tervelli UltraLounge spot). Executive chef, Stephen Paulsen, will help you eat and drink your way through the places that Ernest Hemingway loved to travel: Havana, Paris, Florence, Pamplona (where he discovered his love of bullfighting) and more. The ever-changing menu will be focused on farm-to-table and locally sourced products.
The Kirkland Wednesday Market will be kicking off the 2014 season on Weds June 4th from 2-7 at Marina Park. It runs through Sept 24th this year. Seasonal fruits and vegetables will abound along with jewelry and crafts from local artisans mixed in. Lots of vendors are getting ready for this awesome weekly event, which is always a great way to enjoy a waterfront park and support local farmers. If you'd like to volunteer at the market this year, click here to have them contact you.
I had aspirations of writing a really moving Mother's Day blog post. Because I'm basically a full-time mom, and it would be fair to assume I'm well-equipped to have some really motivating words on the subject. But, as usual, I'm behind on my to-do list. So you're going to get a random list of things that come flying off of the top of my head, but I kinda wanted to set these thoughts free. They may or may not be more interesting than the fact that "Ivy" is coming to Paisley's Cupboard old location and a "Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop" is coming to the old Tully's spot on Lake St. Those are just teasers to posts that I will add to said to-do list.
So here are a few random true stories that you can file into the good mom or bad mom category in your head. No need to speak aloud. I don't need lectures. I can laugh (and frown and sneer) at myself...and so here are my confessions of a mother...feel free to add your own to make me feel better.
-I can barely get all of my kids where they need to be. By the time I have driven them to all of their sports and circle back to watch one actually play in a game, I always seem to have *just* missed the home run or the 3 amazing strikeouts my kid pitched that inning. sigh.
-I drove my daughter all the way to violin lessons this morning with the emergency brake on. Didn't realize it til I got home.
-Thank goodness my husband can cook (love you honey!!) because I know how to open wine.
-My oldest kids are in 5th grade and I occasionally have to check the internet to clarify answers to their homework.
-I have no idea why I am spending hours collecting up my stuff for a garage sale this weekend where I'll probably make $50 (Market Neighborhood G-Sale, THIS Sat 5/17 9-2pm)
-I'm not sure if it is a woman/hormone thing or too much wine or early-onset dementia but my brain can no longer hold information. It has just given up. Maxed out. Maybe I need to buy more Mega bites? But I can tell you plenty of useless info from my childhood, but not how many outs there are at a softball game I am coaching. Little chunks or constantly changing information vaporize immediately (names especially)..it doesn't mean I love ya any less.
-Why does the UPS man always need me to sign for a package when I'm not home?
-Sometimes I get a little bit sad that my daughters will be going to Middle School next year. This is when the 'real' world stuff is going to start. I hope we've prepared them well.
-My underwear are on inside-out. They really are. I had 30 minutes to get ready today, and so I thought I was pretty awesome since I got my hair dried AND my outfit matched. Clearly I didn't get everything in the right place but at least only I knew...........until now.
-All women should read "Lean In," - the impact it has on each individual will vary but at the very least it should make you think. I have some ideas I want to send Sheryl Sandberg (whom I thank for being brave enough to write it). Please remind me to add those to my to-do list.
-Why is there ALWAYS toothpaste in the sink? How could so little make it down the drain?
- Moms would be awesome inventors if we had more time. They are like spools of thoughts in the back of my brain. I think " I should call XYZ company and tell them this idea that would make everyone want to buy their product," and then I scurry along to my next everyday menial task.
-Such as....Why does Facebook not have a feature where you can have 'carpool' friends that you track on GPS -people you trust with your children and are going to the same baseball field and gymnastics spot that you are? Imagine how much of the ozone layer we could preserve.
-Pet peeves: whistling, messy counters, your kids.
-I got a pit in my stomach this morning when I saw 4 middle school boys walking across a Market St. crosswalk-- all with their faces in their phones. Nobody even looked up. Birds? Spring air? Sunshine?
-I still sniff my kids. I mean like their skin/their cheeks in the morning- don't you love that smell? I make sure to take deep breaths so they go straight to my heart and can collect there for when they won't let me do that anymore.
That's enough for now. Alway fun to end with a photo.
<-what kind of mom doesn't have a recent photo of her whole family?! ugh. There's a kid missing here and I can't cut/paste him in. And the rest of us look like a bunch of rodeo clowns (it was a TX-themed party, in our defense).
Next post will be back to our regular programming ;-)
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMacarons! Yum. That's Lady Yum to you. Steve and I experienced these beautifully delicious little treasures in Paris recently. And now there will be a Kirkland shop dedicated to their superiority on the sweet tooth food chain. But not without a clever ask of our community for support in making their dream a reality. Megan Gordon and Shan Foisy have secured the old CeFiore location on Lake St. for Lady Yum and can't wait to share their creative macaron flavors with you. And look at the beautiful packaging too. Did I mention they are about 95 calories each? You could skip breakfast and have five. :-)
Lady Yum has a kickstarter page that has already raised $12,000 in its first 18 hours. They are trying to raise $25K before May 30th. Learn about their history, plan and vision- warning- you may shed an inspirational tear when watching the video. Do you love macarons? Better help a girl out- you could even make up your own flavor. This is how dreams are made, my friends. Opening is slated for June/July time-frame. Love the updates/photos on their Facebook page too.
While the rest of us are pulling our boats out of storage, hitting the car-wash or heading to a patio for happy hour on this sunny 84 degree day in Seattle, SleepCountry USA has their employees doing volunteer park restoration. There are about 550 volunteers all over Seattle right now. As part of their four day corporate conference, one day is dedicated to getting out into their communities and giving back with various types of volunteer work. I spotted about 30 helpers down at Juanita Bay Park, with the guidance of the City of Kirkland Parks Dept, sweating bullets over some serious restoration efforts. They looked fearless with wheelbarrows, mulch and many gloved hands. Big shout-out to the SleepCountry crew! Thank you for selflessly surrendering yourselves on one of the two sunniest days we've had so far this year. You're the best! ~j