Coffee &Cone Under New Ownership

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Good news! Coffee & Cone is under new ownership that plans to stay open year-round.  Yes, you read that correctly, ice cream and coffee 12-9 everyday, which seems pretty smart when we are heading towards some dark/rainy stay-at-home but I need ice cream because I'm lonely kind of days.  Edward (ie: Eddie to friends, photo below, mask only off for 6 seconds) and his wife Michelle are the new owners of this location at 1 Lakeshore Plaza since August 3rd.  Eddie was formerly in construction and is planning on a fresh coat of paint. 

When I asked Eddie to tell me 'the scoop' (I'm really on my game today, right?), he said their fresh coffee beans come from Middle Fork Roasters out of Seattle.  A 12 oz latte is $3.50 or $4 for a 16 oz.  The ice cream is still the same Cascade Glacier brand out of OR that Coffee & Cone customers have always enjoyed.  A generous kids scoop is $3.50 or $4.50 for regular heaping scoop. My favorite new addition is the walk-up window where a masked/gloved smiling person will fetch you a dreamy delight without having to step foot indoors.  Grab your treat and then enjoy it in Marina Park just steps away. Starting in November there will be a new Polish Bakery pop-up offering paczkis and Euro pastries every Saturday.  Don't forget this little hidden gem 'under the stair's at Lakeshore Plaza, our small businesses need us! 

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The Great Pumpkin Carving Contest

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Kirklanders, it's time to sharpen those knives and the creative side of your brain and let's get carving.  This contest is FREE for all ages. 

Contest Rules:
1. Carve your pumpkin (pumpkins must be carved, but paint and other décor allowed).
2. Submit a photo of your carved pumpkin with your name and pumpkin title to: tharrison@kirklandwa.gov.
3. Only one entry per person.
4. Entries must be received by October 25th.
5. The public will vote for their favorite design on the Kirkland Parks & Community Services Facebook page October 26-29th. Top 3 designs with the most "Likes" will win!
6. Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
7. Winner will be announced October 30th!

What’s better then pie and coffee?

Free pie and coffee! Thank you to the prize donors: 203° F Coffee (direct trade, ethically sourced coffees), and Shari’s (home of award winning pies).


High Five to New Shops Opening

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The two new places I was going to tell you about today both have 'initial' names. Very hipster! J McLaughlin and T Anthony featured today on K Weblog.   Let's start with T. Anthony Jewelers so you can be lucky enough to meet Tyler (Anthony) Sholdt and his wife Kellie (photo above, I let them take their masks off for a moment so you could see their real faces).  They just moved from their downtown Seattle location to Carillon Point 6 weeks ago.  The Sholdts have done a fabulous remodel in Armoire's old space (still online), so they can bring a personal and customized jewelry experience to their new and existing clients.  Check out the awesome wallpaper behind them in this photo. Tyler's family has been in the jewelry business since 1935, and he's spent the last 22 years growing organically through referrals.  His favorite part of his job is the connections he makes with his clients through designing custom pieces.  Kellie shares that he is a perfectionist and works relentlessly to make things that exceed customer expectations.  There's no big push to sell what's in the case, although there are lovely things in cases too, it's more about understanding someone's vision and making it a reality, whether it be an engagement, anniversary, special occasion or generational re-creation.  Kellie says, "It's affordable too.  Many clients say they didn't know they could have something like this."  They are not really retail and not online either, "we are proud to be old-school about the experience of buying fine jewelry," they say. And their Yelp reviews speak volumes too, not to mention some of these beautiful pieces.

Hours are M-F 10-6 and you can meet with Tyler by appointment. They are delighted by all of the warm welcomes they have received from Kirklanders (you all are awesome!) thus far and are excited to be part of our community. Pop in and say hello. They are so warm and welcoming and also have scotch and champagne on the ready. I know that'll get you moving! Also mention you read about them on the Kirkland Blog aka K Blog and you'll get a free T Anthony jewelry cleaner. WIN!


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J. McLaughlin is now open at 129 Park Lane in the Essentials old space.  I know some East Coast gals that are excited about this one!  Everything in here feels classy and rich, my fingertips were delighted as they touched the corners of delicious fabrics on hangers.  It made me realize I need to stop wearing Athleta everyday and start dressing like a grown up.  You'll find lots of prints, plenty of leopard and fall colors too. They do 1:1 appointments for sessions where you can design your own personal style with one of their knowledgeable staff. You can even do this over Zoom!  Everything is machine washable and prices range from $148-398.  This store is their first in WA, but it is #158 in the country.  Tina and Megan are the managers, so you should go peruse their new collection and say hello.  There's even a small men's section. Hours are 11-5 everyday but Sunday is 10-6.  


Hearth's new 'Pie on the Fly'

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Hearth at the Heathman Hotel is showcasing its new pop-up "Pie on the Fly" concept with a pizza to-go menu that is hard to resist.  You can get the pizzas ready to go or Papa Murphy's style where they are flash heated and then you bake them for another 15 minutes at home so they are hot out of your own oven.  These medium-sized pizza pies are available Weds- Sunday 3-8pm by calling 425-284-5900.  Our family picked ours up last Thursday (photo of Brady's arms full of 4 pizzas for our family of 5) and our teenagers quickly motored through our new find.  

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These photos give you a little preview of the pepperoni, Italian and margherita.  Steve and I loved the Italian pie with the meat and arugula while the kids preferred fighting over the pepperoni slices.  The meatworks deluxe was also really good, but not photo'd because we started eating that one too soon. You'll find the dough is excellent because it is hand-crafted with Cairnspring Mills local organic flour.  Our family discovered that we really appreciate doing the take/bake option because it gets the crust perfectly crispy and guarantees the pie is piping hot.  Exercising this option also saves you a few bucks over having it baked for you- the cooked pies are $16-23 and the take/bakes are $10-13.  Don't forget about this great local pop-up the next time you are going to order up a few pizzas.   I was silly to not order one of their $10 cocktails or $6 four-packs of beer to go with it!  While we were doing our pickup and parked out front,  it was also a good reminder that Hearth has a fantastic outdoor (and heated) patio to enjoy for everyday COVID-friendly dining. 


BeLocal Kirkland and Farewell to Hector's

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Would you like to help new Kirklanders discover some of your favorite local spots?  Why not share the love?  BeLocal Kirkland is a new resource that is compiling information about great businesses to help people that have just moved here find their (your) favorite places.  It relies on locals' input to create a 'best of the best' list on things like healthcare providers, home services, parks, restaurants, etc. Give your valuable input here before Sept 30th to be entered in a contest to win a basket of local goodies valued at $400.

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And speaking of Kirkland faves, our beloved Hector's is having their final day on 9/27 (this Sunday!) after 45 years with us.  My favorite meal there is the Protein Power-  a burger patty with eggs, spinach and mushrooms on top. So good.  Rumor has it they could be re-opening at The Raw Bar's former location sometime in the future, but that is still unconfirmed, so better get in for your last meal and strong drink at this legendary spot while you can. Thanks for all of the good times, Hector's, you will be missed!


Enough Already

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What's next??! At this point I don't even think I'd flinch if I saw a dinosaur walk past my window.  Asteroid? No problem. In case limiting my social interactions and altering life for COVID wasn't enough, now there's a a dangerous smoke cloud encompassing us while flashing an evil fiery 2020 themed smile.  I just spent last week convincing myself that having my kids doing school at the dining room table w/earbuds and blue light glasses while my husband works in the next room all day is okay.  I was even coming to grips with noticing that my pajama pants (!) are getting snug.  I know, at least I have pants, and a dining room table and nice family and good health/safety, so for those things I am thankful.  But I can still get pissed that 2020 has essentially been an epic game of  disaster whack-a-mole.  I've been trying to think of an appropriate way to celebrate New Year's this year because, honestly, it can't come soon enough. 

I've decided I would like to invent a new drink and that is........... tequila-champagne.  That's right, tequila b/c it's uniquely flavored with a hint of anger to really give our usual light and celebratory champagne-worthy holiday a one-upper.  And if we call it 'Quilapagne' it sounds an awful lot like 'kill-the-pain' which is definitely on-point, don't you think?  Make note, both of these are intentionally low-cal beverages so we can begin to fit back into our normal clothes for 2021. I realize tequila distillers are going to start filling up my inbox after this stroke-of-genius post, but don't worry, I promise to include you all in my celebration when I make the Quilapagne big time.  Fingers crossed that when Good Morning America interviews me I won't still have to be in my mask or on Zoom.  I'm also open to your suggestions of how to celebrate the end of 2020. Please indulge me.

 


A=Anxiety B=Back to School C=Chainline

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This is what high school looks like at Lake WA HS in my house in 2020.  And this is what it might look like if we don't survive the week. Kudos to the genius in the tent using Kirkland wifi. Actually, I was pretty impressed that my kids all got dressed and ate breakfast and assembled themselves in the dining room like good little worker bees on the first day.  A few minor bumps with laptop audio and Microsoft Teams adjustments, but then again, what fun would it be if nothing unexpected happened?  BIG props to all of the teachers and school district support folks that have obviously worked tirelessly to make this remote learning recipe work.  Nothing is perfect, but teachers seem prepared and the tech teams are quickly responding even though we know they must be overwhelmed (Syd got a new laptop the same day she logged her issue w/ helpdesk!). Of course I say this as a parent of three teenagers that attend school at home and craft college essays all day while I sneak off to re-start my waterski habit.  They can feed and manage themselves.  My heart really goes out to all of the parents with full time jobs that are trying to not only doing their own work, but have suddenly become teacher's assistants, tech advisors and short order chefs to their young children.  I would be pulling my hair out if COVID hit our family 10 years ago. Literally.  I am thinking of you all, and I think it's important for your mental health to realize that Chainline Brewery is now open at Kirkland Urban. 

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If you can't escape your kids/pets, then just mask up and bring them! You'll find Chainline's new location (formerly next to Google/the CKC trail) on the second level in the northeast corner of Urban.  There's plenty of outdoor space with a view towards Seattle, and well spread indoor space with high ceilings.  The sun was shining on the patio when I popped in at 3:30, and I had to agree with Ariel (photo) that Chainline is the new 'cool kids on the block' with their friendly easy vibe.  They've got food bites (pretzels, flatbreads), plenty of flagship and seasonal beers, and even cider and wine on tap!

Their hours are Sunday 12-8 and Mon-Sat 12-10pm, so you can escape head out after you put those kiddos to bed. We've got this #KirklandStrong.  Cheers to a new school year!

 

 


Dog Days of Kirkland: Virtual Style

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We can't sit around doing nothing forever, people.  The beloved annual 'Dog Days of Kirkland' dogshow contest will be online this year, so you and your pooch can participate from the comfort of your own home.  How very 2020 of us!  This dog photo contest means that you will be uploading photos of your trusted furry friend to one of the nine categories on kirklandparks.net, where they will then be shared on Facebook and voters can pick their faves. It's FREE!  Register your dog now through Sept 3rd.  Photos will be posted on Facebook for a 'likes' contest from Sept 5-12th.  Top winners will receive a gift card from Denny's Pet World and the grand prize winner receives a delux pet protrait session with Jennifer Wollman Photography.  I have no pets, just a houseful of teenagers so I will be looking out for your cute shots!