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..

Ankosanta
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!

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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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 <- 4 items I selected to take home, I haven't left my color comfort zone yet ;-)

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.

 


Help Your Diabetes Arrives Downtown

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Local Kirklander, Linda Bennett, retired after 25 years as a dental hygienist and was trying to figure out what she wanted to do next.  She knew it involved helping people, but she was also very busy assisting her mom in California whose diabetes had escalated and led to heart disease, being put on dialysis, and a general health decline.  Linda's siblings are medical professionals, and when they all discussed mom's health they became very frustrated with the overload of often conflicting information, prescriptions and protocols from the myriad of specialists that she was seeing.   But it seemed clear that diabetes was the crux of the problem. 

After some research, her passion for finding a solution to help Type 2 Diabetics led Linda and her husband Matt to open the 15th nationwide location of Help Your Diabetes  at 316 Central Way (old T-Mobile location). There are over 30 million Americans living with Type 2, and founder Dr. Murray Hockings has been helping people for 27 years. Linda knows first hand how much diabetes can impact patients and their families and is excited to share a more natural approach to Type 2 diabetics to enable them to manage their disease, reverse symptoms, and get off their medications.  After 5 months in the program so far, her mom even with her advanced dialysis which would normally exclude her from the program, was able to get her A1C from a 10 all the way down to a 6.1.   The five elements of the program include 1/specific foods to enjoy/avoid, 2/a supplement to balance gut bacteria, 3/exercise or movement protocol, 4/national weekly phone support group, 5/text, email, voice support 7 days a week from a doc (D.C.) that specializes in diabetes.

So how do they measure success? By getting your A1C count under 6 without meds.  Help Your Diabetes guarantees it.  You submit weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and your food log weekly while going through the program.  They guarantee three things: You will be clinically non-diabetic in less than 6 months.  You will be off your diabetes medications. This has 100% money back guarantee PLUS they will give you $500 for trying if you follow the protocol and it doesn't work for you. Nationally, Help Your Diabetes has helped over 25,000 patients.

They didn't disclose their flat fee to me,  but mentioned that financing is available (insurance does not cover). If you've been struggling with managing your Type 2 Diabetes and wanted to learn more about the HYD Program, an online appointment can be scheduled here for their downtown Kirkland location or you can call 425-655-0440.


Spooky Halloweeny Things to Know

If you are feeling the leaf-kicking, costume-wearing pumpkin-carving spirit, you'd better pay attention to this lineup for the weekend. Boo!

Halloween Parade 017 <--don't mess with this cowboy (circa 2006). man I miss that little guy


PeeWee Monster Bash
- Fri 10/25 10am-noon at the North Kirkland Community Center

Definitely kooky and not so much spooky.  Bring your 1-5 year old toddling bundles of cuteness over for Halloween themed carnival activities such as a cookie walk, swamp fishing for treats, crafts, a monster movement maze, story-time and more.  Toy prizes for all attendees, but there's no room for strollers so keep those bad boys at home.  This one sells out so register here or call 425-587-3336.

 

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Zombie Wine Walk
- Fri 10/25 6-9pm starting at The Heathman Hotel. 

After a morning with the toddlers, this is the time for the Mommy Zombies (and daddies and such) to rise up from dead and walk the streets of Kirkland in search of wine and shopping. This is clearly for the 21+ crowd and the non-refundable tickets are $25/ea. Get your tickets here.

 

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Pumpkins in the Par
k- Sat 10/26 12-3, Marina Park

It's a FREE fall harvest festival in the heart of downtown Kirkland. Carnival games, pumpkins, farm animals, vendors and a pop-up farmer's market will be going on while you sip your pumpkin latte (hopefully in the sun, says the weather now).  Dogs and children will have a costume contest and then you can gather at 1:45 with your littles for the 2pm parade.   Have your treat bags on the ready, because from 3-6pm participating shops (indicated by a balloon outside) downtown will be anxiously awaiting your trick-or-treaters.  Teal balloons are peanut-free merchants and orange balloons are not. 

 


Bite-Sized Info from Around Town

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I like to call these my Kirkland Snack-Packs.  A little bit goes a long way sometimes.......

oh waaaait!! Before you get your little snack, you should know that you can also find your favorite Kirkland Blog  (<--check out the new look/feel!) in other fun social places like Instagram (kirklandweblog), Facebook, and Twitter (@KirklandWeblog).  It's almost 2020 after all, and if Jennifer Anniston finally joined Insta and crashed the app, then so can we. 

 

Papi's Cantina- CLOSED. The fact that it took me this long to notice speaks for itself.

3rd Floor Fish Cafe Building- I know that you are feeling a glimmer of hope as you watch scaffolding and workers making updates, but ... BUZZKILL... there's nothing new that's known in the works there for the general public to date.  Same owner making some improvements on his company's building is the word I heard. No grilled romaine salad for you anytime soon. Actually, I take that back- love the internet- here's the recipe.

Holodeck- CLOSED their Kirkland storefront but moved the studio to Seattle (Urban Worklofts). What started as a pop-up shop stayed in Kirkland for 4 years, so they are now planning to bring 3D technolgoy to other areas while also focusing on their online business.

Urban Float- also GONE. Which is really too bad. I had only been there a few times, but that warm epson salt relaxation pod could definitely transport you to another universe.

The Slip- wants to keep the summer momentum going w/fun fall happy hours- everyday 3-5 and 8-close (food offerings under $8, wine/cocktail specials from $4.95 and $1 off drafts)

Kirkland Life Chiropractic- Congrats! They just celebrated their 20 year anniversary in Kirkland. Woot Woot!

Armoire- opened at Carillon Point. Having someone else dress me and launder my clothes sounds heavenly. I'll check this one out soon!