More Openings at Kirkland Urban

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Power Hour 360- 400 Urban Plaza-You know I love trying out all of the (many) new gyms in Kirkland.  I rally my usual workout crew and we all hit it hard and then debrief afterwards.  Check out the big guns on Christin and Megan, it's no wonder I feel inadequate.  This franchise is out of Las Vegas and Kirkland is the first WA location and they plan to keep expanding with their strength and endurance training.  They got excited about Kirkland because this demographic is young and activity oriented (good job, people! Please call me young).  Cardio is always half of the class, which kicked my butt the first half when we toggled back and forth from treadmill to rower, varying our focus and intensity.  Just when I caught my breath, as indicated on the screen, it seemed we were racing off to our stations where we had our own punching bag/gloves, instructional screen and peripherals (weights, med balls, etc). Our instructor, Andy, moved along with us and demonstrated and used cues as to indicate what was coming next.  I'm old and bad at following directions and so the lady and timer (90 seconds per round) on the screen were very helpful (similar to Orange Theory if that's your jam).  This boxing class moved us through about 4-5 cycles of punches followed by a body weight exercise such as mountain climbers or push ups. Everything feels clean and new, because it is! We all liked that we had to do cardio before the workout because we wouldn't normally push ourselves that hard on the cardio.  AJ wasn't sure if he could do that kind of workout everyday, but I think he was just trying to keep his heart rate score above ours- he's a bit competitive.  We all got our butt kicked and left feeling accomplished.

Hours are Mon-Fri 5am-7:30pm and Sat/Sun 6am-3pm. Parking is validated.  You can find Power Hour's list of classes on their website here. There are lots of membership options: the first 50 members score the Founder's special which is $139/mo plus free monitor and gloves.  Otherwise, it's $159/mo. Or you can pay $99 for 8 classes per month.  Membership is always month to month so you don't have to fret about over-committing yourself.  Best part- your first TWO classes are FREE! Pop in, tell Courtney, Don, Chanel and Andy you are friends with me. ;-)


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Mosaic Salon + Spa- have opened their 6th location at Kirkland Urban (and 2nd one in Kirkland!). All 24 studios are fully occupied- mostly hair stylists, but you will also find lashes, microblading, botox and even a plastic surgeon is on site.  Mosaic's concept allows independent vendors/stylists to have their own space while all under the same roof.  Two more will be opening soon in Seattle. 

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Mud Bay-
425 Urban Plaza-I haven't been in here yet, but it looks bright and open and ready for you and your pet ( I just have kids, no pets, I'd have a mental breakdown if there was one more thing to keep track of/feed). Coupons are filling my mailbox that you can save $8 on any purchase of $25 or more so swing by to introduce your little furry friends.  They've had healthy food, treats, toys, litter and supplies since 1988 so they must know what's going on.  It looks like there are some upcoming events for pet photos and Santa shots here.


Say Goodbye to Baskin-Robbins this Week

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The Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream at 12673 NE 85th St will be closing for good on Weds November 27th.  Their lease is up and it's rumored that something new will be happening on that property (the big fire last year was in the building right behind them, which is completely leveled now).  So hurry in and say your goodbyes and enjoy 30% off of everything between Sunday and the 27th.   A little ice cream before Thanksgiving never hurt anyone ;-)


1 Year Coastline Anniversary= $1 Burgers for Us!

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Locally owned Coastline Burgers is celebrating their first anniversary in Kirkland and is thanking the community by offering $1 single patty burgers all day on Thursday Nov 21st.  My son has put this in his calendar and has already snap-chatted all of his friends. I suggest you do the same. Don't worry, I'm sure there won't be a line??!  Kudos to you, Coastline, we are glad you are here! Congrats on your success that comes with accolades such as a 4.7 star average review on Google and Facebook.  Owner Aaron Shepherd said, "The warm reception of the Kirkland neighborhood has exceeded all expectations.  I am so glad we decided to make the Kirkland community home to our second store as we continue to grow into the future." 


What Happened to Thanksgiving?

I barely have my Halloween stuff put away and already there is Christmas music in every store and my pumpkin spice latte has been marginalized by the suggestion of seasonal peppermint and eggnog flavors in a trendy festive cup.  My daughter is excitedly sketching her plans for outdoor holiday lights in our yard.  Friends are ahead of the curve on their holiday card photos.  But what happened to Thanksgiving?  Does anyone else find it ironic that the holiday that is dedicated to slowing down and giving thanks is the one getting glossed over as an on-ramp to Christmas? 

It felt good to get that off of my chest. OK, here we go. with all sorts of holiday things you may want to know about. Get your calendar ready.

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19th Annual Hopelink Turkey Trot
- Sunday 11/24. This 5K family fun run and walk is always a community fave. Registration caps at 1500 people, so hurry and register now ($40).

And, here we go... onto Christmas in chronological order..hohoho..

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Free Photo w/Santa at Anko
- this Sunday 11/17 11am-3pm. Avoid long lines and expensive photographers! Reserve a time slot here to get your instant digital pic with the big guy in the red suit. Dogs are always welcome too, bring your pooch!

Winewalk
Downtown Holiday Wine Walk
- Friday 11/22 6-9pm. You know the drill on these fun stumble-around-town events ($25).  Get tickets now before it sells out! 

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Holiday Home Tour
- Fri 12/6 10am-7pm. 23rd annual opportunity to help support the Assistance League of the Eastside while touring local homes decorated for the holidays. Tickets are $35/each and you can purchase online now. Here's a video preview

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Sat 12/7 3-6pm Marina Park. Food trucks, sledding hill (huh?), bonfires and all around holiday cheer!

 


Armoire Gets Trendy at Carillon Point

 

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Finally, someone to dress me and do my laundry!  This post is for the ladies, and perhaps the clever male gift-givers (oh, and there's a happy hour invite for you too).  Armoire threw open the doors of their second location in the beginning of October at Carillon Point.  This clever concept is the modern woman's life hack to shopping- a wardrobe rental service. You have access to their online and in-store endless stream of high-end everyday clothes that can be tailored to your preferences.  You'll find everything from party dresses to Paige jeans, Equipment tops, Rag & Bone sweaters, Derek Lam jackets, Vince, Joie, White+Warren, Alexander Wang, Helmut Lang and many more high-end brands.  Why buy these expensive pieces when you can borrow them and give them back for another? It's a tagless shopping experience. And they help you style it and do the cleaning for you. Magic.

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I figured I'd give Armoire a try since they have this special offer now where you get 2 months for $99 (normally $149/mo).   You can select 4 items and, as always, you get to swap them out for new ones as many times as you like during your rental period.  Wear it one night, bring it back for something else the next!   They refresh their inventory a few times a week so you can expect to find new treasures each visit.  I found sizing to be a little hit/miss, but your stylist, a service that is included,  has always got your back to help you find your size or pull things for you ahead of time if they know you are coming in.  Don't forget there's also a 'digital closet' where you can put in your preferences and they learn your style and work from your profile.  You can also order items online if that's easier and shipping is always free.

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I love that this is a business started and led by a local Seattle woman and also that it's being green by recycling perfectly good clothes for multiple people to enjoy.  Of course, if you find something you love during your rental period, there is the option to buy it as well.  It's also just fun because you can try clothes and styles that may be a little out of your comfort zone and not feel committed or like you just spent too much money on something you won't wear again.  I've worn a few of my items from my first visit and already went back in to swap them out for a few more.  I think I need to get an office job so I have more places to wear these trendy things (resume available upon request).  I just got an adorable Milly top I would never buy or probably even try on in the store, but am super excited to wear.  I overheard a new mom in Armoire mention that she hadn't lost all of her baby weight yet and didn't want to buy clothes in her current size, but had some events coming up. What a great idea for her. This is a great fit for so many situations.

Best for Last....Upcoming events!  

THIS WEDS 11/13 : Have we sipped rosé together yet? It's time.  Happy Hour w/me and the Armoire stylists, details and RSVP here.  Feel free to invite your friends!

11/22-24:  Vintage Luxury Good Trunk Show, Handbags & Accessories for Purchase

Store hours are M-F 11-7 and Sat/Sun 12-6.  Parking validated, of course. Questions: hi@armoire.style

 

 

 


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Next up: Armoire, I couldn't help but join. If I had a party would you come? Lollicup Fresh- love the sweet owners and their beverages.


Anko Opens to Awaiting Crowd

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Close to 200 people lined up on Friday 10/18 for the grand opening of Anko at The Village at Totem Lake. These super-excited ladies in the photo live in Sammamish and woke up at 4:30 am so they could arrive at 6:30 am and be #4 and #5 to enter the new store. Nope, I'm no kidding. They even pre-shopped online for a more targeted experience, as you can see by their heaping cart of goodies.  When asked what they love about Anko they explained, "It's appealing like Ikea, but waaaayy cuter and cheaper."

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There's a smattering of everything, so as you peruse through the store you will walk past dining and kitchen items, bath and living room, pets, clothing, seasonal and then children's items. An adult winter coat is $35.  Cute little jars for gifting holiday cookies are $2-5. A marble cheeseboard (very popular!) is $15.  Their cutting boards are a hot item also. The most expensive item in the store that I witnessed was a $49 marble table. Everything feels new, fresh and current and amazingly affordable.  Products are sourced globally, a fact they are proud of and freely share, since they also put effort and thought into making sure they support living wages, care for the environment and excel as good citizens.

 

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I had the opportunity to chat with Ryan Greenough (photo), GM for Anko U.S., who explained that the way Anko differentiates itself is by making the store an experience for its shoppers.  As many retailers do, they have to ask themselves....What would compel people to come into a physical store over shopping online? The answer is this: Anko makes it easy to shop. They narrow the choices down for you. As you approach the dining section, you will not find 14 choices of plates.  There will be 3 consistent 'trends' that can be found throughout the store and can easily coordinate which are: urban, timeless and natural.  Great idea-simplify! I wish Cheesecake Factory would do this with their menu, so I didn't have to have a mental breakdown trying to order there.

In case this wasn't already my lucky day experiencing the grand opening of Anko, I also was able to be a student in one of their community workshops in fall floral arranging.  A Bellevue mother/son floral team from Flowers for the People walked me and five other giddy Anko shoppers through a perfectly timed 30 minute session of putting together a fabulous fall arrangement.  Of course, it started with an Anko glass vase, and then we built up our orange, brown and green foliages from there.  My proud masterpiece is in the photo above. Anko hosts various community workshops from time to time in partnership with local businesses, and I'd highly recommend signing up for one. 

Store hours are Mon-Sat 8:30am-9pm. Sunday 11-7:30. Phone is 425-947-2499.