January Happenings

You can still squeeze a few more things on your calendar in these upcoming weeks, right?  Here we go..

Before we get to the fun stuff, we'll start with a little 'biz' about Park Lane, because if you have opinions to share, now is your chance to do so.  The debate of whether to close this award-winning street permanently to vehicles and parking is back on the front burner.  There's plenty of history to catch you up on right here, and I welcome you to get involved in upcoming meetings on January 26th and 27th.  There are consultants doing a study right now, and results and decisions will be made in the coming months.  

Sat Jan 28th, 12-2 pm in the Fountain Court at Kirkland Urban: “Come Together” to Kirkland Urban for the second annual (free and public) musical celebration inspired by the original surprise Beatles Rooftop concert in 1969. The event will feature a musical performance by one of Seattle’s favorite Beatles music experiences, Good Day Sunshine, who will perform every song from the original Beatles Rooftop Concert. Attendees will enjoy photo moments with Beatles-inspired costumed characters, themed Instagram-able moments, and groovy giveaways (while supplies last.) 

 

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Aprés-Ski Patio Pop-Up at The Heathman's Hearth Mon-Sat 5-9pm through Jan 28th
- Experience Aspen vibes in downtown Kirkland with alpine fare and comfort classics paired with hot cocktails.  It's like a little staycation- crab deviled eggs, hot toddies, table-top smores and even a shot-ski for you adventurous peeps! Reservations recommended 425-284-5900.

 

 

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Feb 10th 5-9 pm is the Downtown Kirkland Wine Walk: It's 90's themed, so get your half shirts and mullets ready (which weirdly are sort of back in style). Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door.  This is always a fun stumble around town to see what's new with your favorite friends, or just meet new ones there.

 

If you haven't booked your Valentine's Day adventure yet, you'd better hurry!  How about a little relaxing? The Woodmark Hotel & Still Spa is doing a "Love is in the Air" package that includes luxury accommodations, $250 credit towards a 60 min couples massage w/aromoatherapy, a bottle of sparkling wine, and rose petals with signature Bath Butler (that would be a little strange if that were actually a person?! LOL) Promo code: LOVE23 to find out. 

 

 


Citrus in June (or January)

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Citrus in June recently opened in Kirkland Urban to bring you joy in all of your plant, flower, and gift-giving needs. You should know this adorable shop exists because it's not super obvious.   You'll find Citrus in June on the second floor of Urban, right next to Dough Zone, which happens to be one of my favorite lunch spots at the moment. As a matter of fact, that is what you should do.  Apologies, I'm getting a little off-topic here, but grab a friend and go to Dough Zone.  I used to really struggle with the word 'dough' in its name because I'm feeling doughy enough as it is.  But you can get an excellent not-so-doughy lunch for two people for about $28. I'll even tell you what to order to share: A-choy w/sesame dressing (ask for light dressing), broccoli (it's always perfectly prepared), chicken soup dumplings, chicken & vegetable wontons with chili sauce.  You're welcome!

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After lunch, then stroll next door to Citrus in June (#220).  A rainy afternoon pairs nicely with a belly of warm soup and some plant shopping.  This shop is the 'little sister' to their full-service shops, Columbia City Bouquet and South Lake Union Bouquet in Seattle.    You'll find fresh flowers in the case each day and plenty of plant varietals in every size and shape, or you can always order a custom arrangement for pickup or delivery.  Poke around a little more to discover glassware, cards, candles, journals/pens, stickers, and plenty of other treasures and gifts.  I was pretty excited they carry my favorite super soft/absorbent dishtowels by Geometry that come in great patterns I always had to buy online, but now I can get them locally (a great hostess gift!).   They will be in this space until at least June, so let's show them some love. And check your mailbox, there was a recent local mailer with a "25% off any one item" coupon in it.  

500 Uptown Court, Suite 220,  425-577-1485, @citrusinjune


Kirkland Polar Plunge 2023: Calling All Crazy People

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It doesn't feel like that many years ago that I was chipping ice off the boat's windshield to waterski in early December.  I must have been crazy. Just like all of you polar plungers!  The City of Kirkland's official "January Jump" scheduled for  January 7th was canceled due to a lack of sign-ups.  But I have a feeling you die-hards don't want to plan that far ahead and pay $15 to jump in a public lake.  So go ahead and do what you always do, the ole regulars and the newbies can all bond in their skivvies as they charge into 2023 AND Lake Washington at Marina Park at 1pm on January 1st.   A bathing suit/towel, hat, shoes that can get wet, and your defibrillator is all you'll need for this unsanctioned and invigorating Kirkland tradition.  The water temp of Lake WA is around 40 degrees now, which seems balmy compared to this crazy lady in Antarctica.  Stay warm friends, and happy new year! 

 


Now We Have a "Side Hustle"

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Is there family in town for the holidays? Perhaps you need a place to hide from your kids or in-laws with a cold local beer to unwind? I've got you covered! Check out this little gem and take an extended stroll (bring the dog!) down to Side Hustle on Lake Street where you can enjoy a crisp local brewsky and relax.  Nestled in the space formerly occupied by Asher, you will find beers that have been sourced directly from nearby breweries and kegged the same day.  And the vibe is comfortable, approachable, and non-pretentious. 

Owner James Whittaker and his wife Sharon (photo) are cutting out the middleman and bringing fresh craft beer varieties directly to their welcoming Kirkland location.  James explained how true local craft beers are usually found in out-of-the-way or uninspiring locations, while walkable downtowns typically offer industrial beer disguised as a true craft.  His goal is to bring a great ambiance AND super fresh craft beer to one place. Side Hustle is only for the 21+ crowd, so you'll be leaving the kids home for this one.   There are currently about 9-10 breweries in their co-op, most of which don't distribute broadly, so check out the taplist and pricing here.  The Stout from Watts Brewery has been a best seller.  In addition to beer, there are also ciders, and wine from Morgan Lee and 425 Cellars.  I tried the pineapple hard seltzer ( alas, I'm not a beer girl) which was crisp fruity and refreshing.  And the Two Vintners Cab Sav was also right up my alley. If you prefer to avoid alcohol, there are unique options for you too, such as Lolo Hop water (sparkling water made with hops) or Zentopia CBD seltzer (nighty night!).

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Side Hustle is a spot where you could bring your laptop and work all day or meet up with Friends, in an unofficial "Cheers" of Kirkland type of way.  Mind and board games are stacked by the tables.  The staff is super friendly and they even have a reclaimed wood bar with a resin pour in the shape of Lake Washington!   Once a month they will host events such as comedy performances (Andrew Rivers on January 19th!), or the infamous Kirkland Wine Walks.  There's no food at Side Hustle, but you are welcome to order or pick up from elsewhere and bring it in.  Reach out directly  if you'd like to host lectures or private parties (max 66 ppl) in this excellent space. Hours are M-F 3-10 and Sat 1-10 and Sun 1-9. Ohhh, and don't forget Happy Hour which is $1 off any drink 3-6pm. They also have a "Mug Club" for your mug... $100/ year that gets you free special event admission, 20 oz pours, and other fun perks. 

Contact 425-898-4136 or contact@sidehustletaps.com. Insta: @sidehustletaps  

Since I'm admittedly not a beer connoisseur, I'll rely on you all to ''brew' up some feedback to share.

 


Sweet Serenity Blossoms on Park Lane

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Sweet Serenity,  formerly located in The Village at Totem Lake (they still have a flower cart at the Village!), is now permanently moved into their space at 140 Park Lane.  This adorable plant/flower/candle shop feels fresh, and airy, and gives happy vibes when you breeze through.  Light splashes through the big corner windows where the plants soak it all in.  Sweet Serenity has fabulous plants in many shapes, sizes, and presentations. They also do flower arrangements and custom-made bouquets, along with soy wax candles that they make and pour every few days in-house.  


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The interior is organized by scent, with each awning having its own featured smell.  Their most popular scent is "Happy Hour" (that sounds about right to me), followed by "Winter's Night" which is cozier. There are plenty of great hostess gifts and creative foliage pick-me-ups to make someone's day.  Sweet Serenity also offers classes, such as their wreath-making class that is coming up on 12/16, which looks like it even has a few spots left! 

Sweet Serenity hours are Mon-Thurs 11 am- 6 pm and Fri/Sat 11 am- 7 pm. 425-588-8575.  Go pop in and 'buy local.' 


It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...Christmas?

The last Halloween Snickers bar had barely hit our treat bags this year when everyone flipped on their holiday lights! Turns out, this is really helpful since it's dark by 4 every day now and I'm in my jammies by 6.  COVID struck me down last week, which is entirely un-fun, so I'd recommend staying rested, boosted, and properly liquored up to fight off any potential incoming infections.  Holiday happenings are starting to crop up, so I thought I'd share these few with you now...

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Fri Nov 18th is the Ugly Sweater Kirkland Wine, Beer, & Spirits Walk. You start at the Heathman Hotel and troll around to various local merchants from 5-9pm while sipping and laughing at each other.  Always a fun time! Tickets are $30 now or $40 at the door.  Or you could always volunteer to be a door monitor if that's more your style (we appreciate you!). 

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Frostival at Kirkland Urban- Every Saturday from 11/26-12/17.  This is a free community event that includes snaps with Santa, a gingerbread selfie suite, snow on the promenade, holiday pop caroler, caffe ladro coffee + cookies, and festive giveaways from 11-2.  And from 10-2 you can enjoy the KDA's winter market where you'll find artisan crafts, gifts and seasonal delights.  Who doesn't love a delight?

 

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Kirkland Kiwanis Tree Lot- opens Nov 25th at 10am and sticks around each day until they're all gone!  Same prices, same spot with fresh trees, wreaths, garland, and candy at Juanita Beach Park.  

The Village at Totem Lake- keep an eye on their event page for upcoming carolers, ladies night out gingerbread house-making (11/30, 12/7, 12/14), and photos with the big guy in the red suit. 

Winter Wellness at Woodmark Hotel- Get prepared for the holiday stress, and use PROMO code "WINTER" on your luxury accommodation + 60 min massage with white cranberry back scrub (must stay between Nov 1-Dec 30). Also, 12/13 is the Still Spa's Passport event from 3-8pm where you get 2 express spa treatments, expert skin/beauty advice, discounts, and more. You can get your tickets here.  And don't forget Thanksgiving, where Carillon Kitchen can help you with their to-go options (pretend you cooked!), you must order by 11/17. 

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Have you been to the Kirkland Downtown Association office in Kirkland Urban? Ziply Fiber is sponsoring a Toys for Tots Box, so there's a great excuse to drop by and bring along a new toy donation.

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On Friday, December 2nd,  Google’s Annual Musical Holiday Lights on the Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC) will be back, with a free family-fun celebration that includes a petting zoo and hot chocolate.  Google Kirkland engineers have programmed a show featuring 10,000 LED lights and holiday music.

And somehow we seem to have glossed over Thanksgiving, which should never be the case. Always take those moments to be grateful and relax with friends and family.   If you don't feel like cooking, you can order your Thanksgiving to-go meal from Carillon Kitchen ($75/pp).  Just order by Nov 17th and pickup Thurs 11/24 between 10am-2pm. Hearth at The Heathman is also doing to-go ($70/pp)  or dine-in for your Thanksgiving fixings.


Adrish: A Zero Waste Natural Organic Lifestyle Store Arrives in Kirkland

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Sai and her husband Phani are locals that recently opened Adrish in the previous Everyday Athlete spot (264 Central Way, which has it's own parking). Adrish is a popular franchise in India, and this is the first international store right here in Kirkland.  This couple is so genuine and enthusiastic about striving to be plastic-free, zero-waste, and having great offerings of organic-certified goods.  Even their pillars, beams, and shelves are 150-year-old reclaimed wood from Pondicherry India! 

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You can bring your own containers or use their bags to weigh bulk food staples such as pastas, rice/dry goods, beans, sugars, flours, and teas (no refined sugars, flours, or oils).  All of their oils are wood or cold-pressed so there is no heat generated and all of the nutrients are preserved. This is good for your bones.  They also have eight different kinds of millet.   One of Adrish's best sellers is the 'khichdi mix' which includes brown rice, lentils, red rice, millet, quinoa, and moringa powder.   Most items are sourced from their indigenous location in India, and some are very rare here, such as the white almost (delish!).  Phani's sister, Roja, will be managing the store and offering cold-pressed juices with no ice/water/sweeteners, organic teas, and tastings.  Recipe suggestions will also soon be available. 

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I had an opportunity to try bhakarwardi, an Indian snack popular in Maharastra which was delightfully crunchy with a spicy finish.  And the dried apricots are the softest and freshest I've ever tasted.  In addition to food items, Adrish also has handmade goods such as caneware and brassware, along with children's wooden toys that are made with organic vegetable dyes.  Adrish is open from 11-7 every day, and they're looking forward to welcoming you and answering all of your questions about their new zero-waste natural organic lifestyle store. Pop in and say hello.  Gift boxes will soon be ready for the holidays too! 

Follow Adrish on socials here: Facebook, Insta.  Questions:  adrishkirkland@gmail.com 

Bonus, you will be supporting a veteran (she is in the army reserve!), woman, bipoc owned business. :-)


First Annual Market St Holiday Stroll 11/5

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Greet Kirkland (formerly Kirkland Living) is working with 6 businesses on Market Street for a Holiday Stroll. Participants include Crown Linen Designs and Arte Italica, Kirkland Arts Center, Found Interiors, Oscar & Co., Book Tree, and FrogLegs

Come help bring awareness to these neighborhood businesses and boost holiday sales!  This is the First Annual Event and we hope to continue the tradition. There will be gold balloon bouquets at each participating establishment and raffle prizes and festivities at each participating business.