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!

 


Poop Piles Everywhere

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270 to be exact, for this month so far, and that's a lot of poop!  I'm going to try really hard to not insert a bunch of 'crappy' jokes throughout this post but I may not be able to help myself. 

There are 20,000 dogs in Kirkland.  That equals approx 6,000 pounds of poop a day, which is almost considered a $#!*t ton. And for the record, dog poop is not fertilizer, it can actually contaminate our waters and spread disease between dogs (E.coli, roundworms, parvovirus).  And then how sad must you  be if you're the parent of the toddler that crawls through a giant pile.  Or the adult that walks through it and then gets it on your car floormat for a long-lasting unintended air freshener. Plus it just looks bad all over our public places.

You may have noticed little yellow flags at Juanita Beach Park (on both the shore side and the north side) and Hazen Hills Park recently- indicating where un-scooped dog droppings have been left.  The City of Kirkland was awarded a grant by the King Conservation District that funds an educational campaign that includes research and monitoring to help protect our water quality.  And some lucky soul at the city gets to mark your pet's mess every Monday and take water samples to the lab for testing.  Labs will be back and analysis will happen toward the end of the year. By the way, this season marks the lowest number of spawning sockeye ever, which can be directly impacted by water quality issues in Lake Washington.

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So--- SCOOPY YOUR PET'S POOPY-- that's the message. There are plenty of new pet waste stations in our parks and the city is stocked with craploads of bags.  Already know this? Or are you that guy on your phone pretending not to notice when Rufus is dropping a deuce? Let's keep Kirkland clean.

If you think you're a super-scooper, then accept the challenge--  Take the pledge and receive a free poop scoop toolkit (dreams DO come true!).

Happy scooping!

 

 


Behind the Scenes at The Village at Totem Lake

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Who doesn’t love a hard hat tour?! It sure feels official, which is why I jumped at the chance to take one and hear what’s coming in the next phase of The Village at Totem Lake.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

There are two apartment communities, "Aura Totem Lake" from Trinsic Residential Group and Fairfield Residential "North" and "Aspect" that will be operating as one and bringing Kirkland 850 new 931+ sf homes.  Apartment pricing and leasing details will be available in Nov and completion is targeted for Q4 2019 thru Q4 2020.  There are multiple courtyards and shared spaces for working and recreating, a golf simulator, pool, bike and kayak storage and doggie facilities.  The apartments we walked through are nicely appointed with crisp modern white/gray/navy color palettes, stainless steel appliances and washer/dryer. I was standing with our mayor, Penny Sweet, who shared, “that was even better than I was expecting!” about our apartment tour.  When I was wondering about nearby green space, she also reminded me that Totem Lake Park that is nearby and getting ready to undergo a transformation.


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The Cinemark theater, scheduled for completion in Q2 2020, will have 8 auditoriums and 900 reserved seats with electric-powered over-sized luxury  loungers. No more driving to Bellevue or Woodinville for a movie- score!  The theater will be flanked with restaurants and a perhaps a beer hall and ‘plenty of wine’ they tell us (now you're talking). On Oct 25th an Australian branded store called Anko,  located betweeen Nordstrom Rack and Trader Joe's, will open its doors to the public.  They started out with pop-up stores in the US that people went bonkers for, and so they started opening stores in the Seattle area.  Their goods include home decor, kitchen and bath essentials, dining, clothing, pet and more all in a boutique style.   The Village store will be their 5th, where they plan to offer us “warm colorful inviting great-styled products at amazing prices, “ said Morgan from Anko.  They strive to foster creativity and inspiration and partner on a local level, also offering different DIY classes to the community. I'm really curious to check this one out! I have some friends that tell me Anko is awesome.

Anko (3)      Anko (3) <--major transformation happening in Anko's 7000 sf by 10/25

 

Joe’s Burgers is also opening later this month.  You know your burgers  by now, Kirkland, but also expect to find shakes, hot dogs and alternative beef options here.  Galo’s Flame Grilled Chicken will be cooking up some grilled chicken with  Portugese piri-piri sauce and spice, along with salads, wraps, burgers and bowls.  Both Galo's and  Sephora , that has 25,000 beauty products from 400 carefully curate brands, are slated for  Q2 2020. And in case you (and your skateboarder/teenager) missed it, Zumiez has already opened right next to Anthony Vince Nail Spa, where nails and champagne go hand in hand. You can look forward to 211 retail parking spaces in the new parking deck.....that’s always good news. 

It’s amazing to think of the transformation that has occurred in what used to be a tired crusty shopping center of yesteryear.  I love the renewed vibrancy that The Village at Totem Lake has brought to this northeast corner of Kirkland.  What else would you love to see at The Village?  I thought maybe a Warby Parker.  Soul Cycle. True Foods Kitchen. Bubble Tea.   More restaurants-- but not big chains. Sports store? Furniture store? Share your wish list in the comments! There are still a few retail spaces to fill.

 

 


Dr. Seuss Comes to Kirkland

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TM & (c) Dr. Seuss Enterprises LP 2019

Gunnar Nordstrom has been a loyal Kirklander for 30+ years so it seems only natural that he would bring his business back home to our downtown after 11 years in Bellevue.   Gunnar Nordstrom, Dealers in Contemporary Fine Art, will be arriving the first weekend in November at 92 Kirkland Ave (previously Bikini Beach and then
Holodeck Studio)..  Great things often come in small packages, and even though this space is small, the rotating featured artists are sure to be some of our faves.  One of the biggest draws is always the Art of Dr. Seuss (yes, THE Dr. Seuss), which are limited editions produced by Chase Art and the estate of Theodor Seuss Geisel. Gunnar is one of twenty galleries in the country lucky enough to sell these works. 

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To kick things off, Svetlana Shalygina, an abstract/figurative artist from CA, will be the first to have her work featured in the Kirkland location from Nov 2-20th with Parallel Lives.

Day and hours are Tues-Sat 11-6, Sun 12-5 and closed on Monday.  Gunnar is always there to answer questions (and pour some wine?) and help you explore your art interests.  Be sure to pop in!


Kirkland Urban Honors Eric Shields

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Many Kirklanders knew and loved Eric Shields, our former Planning Director for the city, who sadly passed away late last year from cancer. He was instrumental in contributing to the vision for Kirkland Urban, and therefore it has been decided to dedicate the Great Hall in the Urban North building to Eric.  An honor well deserved. This space will be available to the community for scheduled events soon.  The bleacher-style space can accommodate 35-50 people and will be available on a first-come first-serve basis through the on-site management office. 

 


My Son Ate Chicken Nuggets at Shake Shack

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I cannot understand it. My son has never walked away from an opportunity to down a burger in his life. I was running some errands and called him right after school let out to see if he wanted me to pick him up and go to Shake Shack together (300 Peter Kirk Lane).  He was excited, not to see me, but because I have money to buy food,  but I was still pretty proud of myself for scoring some cool mom points.

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There were only one or two people in line ahead of us for the kiosks where you order for yourself.  We were relieved not to encounter a huge line. There are usually 5 kiosk stations but only 3 of them were functioning on that day.  Great simple screens and menu to order up and pay electronically.  I got a Shack Burger ($5.79) since that sounded like a classic that I was supposed to order having never been there before.  I ordered up a strawberry shake and B got a chocolate one ($5.29) and some crinkle fries to share.  Then he ordered Chick'n Bites-- What the what? I was so surprised I just said nothing to my usual burger monster and paid for our $26 lunch.  When you order, you enter your cell phone and they text you when it's ready. There were lots of employees behind the counter and our  food took less than 10 minutes to be ready to go.  I was surprised how much seating was inside that little free-standing building at Kirkland Urban, but even so we opted to take our food home. 

Logically, the crinkle fries were half gone by the time we got out of the parking garage. They were perfectly browned and had a nice little flavor to them. My strawberry shake was delish- tasted just like real strawberry ice cream and Brady's chocolate shake was just 'alright' he said.  But this is how teenagers answer every question.  B then opens his 6 pieces of chicken box and laughs out loud, "Mom! They're the size of my thumbnail!"  He was definitely second-guessing his decision, so I shared my burger which was good and fresh albeit a bit salty to me, but B was very pleased with.  A rule of thumb for going to a burger place is ordering a burger.  

Shake Shack is an east coast chain and Kirkland this is their second location in the Seattle area.  They are featuring some local exclusives such as "Pie oh My Concrete" vanilla custard with pieces of A la Mode Pie's seasonal pie.  5% of sales from this product go to YouthCare. Hours are 11am-10pm Sun-Thurs and 11am-11pm Fri- Sat.  Great new addition, especially with the park right next door and a cult following.  425-250-8318

 


Crossing Kirkland 2019

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is a citywide festival along the Cross Kirkland Corridor on Saturday Sept 7th. The for-neighbors-by-neighbors event debuted in 2017 and draws thousands of visitors with a mix of food trucks, games, craft projects, dance, music, community organizations, and other activities. Three neighborhood-sponsored stations stretch from Feriton Spur in the south up to 7th Ave in the north. Participants bike, walk, and take advantage of city-provided shuttles to see the whole event. 

This year the Selfie Hunt Contest encourages neighbors to take selfies with each other and redeem them for prizes donated by local businesses. The 2019 event will occur on Saturday, Sept 7 from 11a-3p. Crossing Kirkland is powered by volunteer neighbors and financial support from the Google, SRM Development. McLeod Autobody, Kirkland Parks Foundation, and PCC.

 

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For a bit more detail, here’s a list of activities across 3 stations (here’s a map of the event):

  • Meet your neighbors and win a prize in the Selfie Hunt Contest (every neighborhood is assigned different colored bead necklaces. Take a selfie with someone from every different Kirkland neighborhood to qualify for a prize)
  • Make pots out of newspaper and plant a seed with Seattle Tilth
  • Create Sun Catchers with Kirkland Art Center
  • Identify birds with Eastside Audubon
  • Learn how to hula dance with Halau Hula O Makanaokalani
  • Get a native plant tattoo from Green Kirkland
  • Tune up your bike with Kirkland Bicycle
  • Make a bracelet with Houghton Neighborhood Association
  • Watch a K-Pop performance by ICS Dancers
  • Play in a bouncy house
  • Tune in with the Kirkland Ham Radio Group
  • Enjoy your favorite animal in balloon form

There are a bunch of exciting new food trucks this year:

  • Dreamy Drinks
  • Yummy 8 Lunchbox
  • Stacks Burgers
  • Chicago West
  • Tabassum (central Asian, written up in Seattle Times)
  • 314 Pie (sweet and savory)
  • Main St. Gyro
  • Zaytoona
  • Bees Mellows (smores!)

What's Shakin' at Kirkland Urban?

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Well, Shake Shack for one!  In fact, Urban is already working on a plan for traffic and crowd management in anticipation of the phenom burger chain's opening on 9/9.  Kirklanders seem to really like their burgers and gyms, in some sort of torturous ironic twist.

Are you wondering what else is coming our way? Checklist! Right here w/time estimates. Boom...

  • Dough Zone Express Q4
  • Mosaic Salon + Spa  Q4
  • Restore Hyperwellness and Cryotherapy Northwest  Q4
  • Power Hour 360 Q4
  • AT&T Q4
  • Homestreet Bank TBD
  • Caffe Ladro Q3
  • Levue Nails Q4
  • QFC Open!
  • Mud Bay Q3
  • Top Golf Q1 2020 
  • Heavy Restaurant Group (Purple) Q2 2020 
  • Bright Horizons Children's Center Q4
  • Evergreens Salad Q3-- 
  • Soi Q4
  • Shake Shack Q3

All of the office space is accounted for and there are just 3 retail vacancies left. In the next 60 days you will see the old QFC and the ParkPlace Building come down as they forge forward into the next phase. Yes, that's the iPic phase, which is forecasted for spring 2022 and along with a new 7 story building.

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I also had the opportunity to tour through Kirkland Urban's new Uptown Apartments which are located on the east end of the property, right up the stairway in the center of Urban.  There's a cool patio as you approach the entry, where music or small events could be held.  You'll also find an amenity space and shared workspaces in the lobby which nestle below 185 apartment units (priced at roughly $3.50/sf), along with BBQ's and sweeping views on the shared patios above. A/C for everybody.   Approximately 40 units are already leased and an occupancy permit is ready any day now, so better hurry if you want to live there!

It's fun watching this project unfold! Seems like a good lineup of entertainment, services and restaurants.  Let us know what else you'd like to see in Kirkland Urban.