Lollicup Fresh & Eat Local: Mixing Things Up on Park Lane

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There are some exciting new reasons to stroll a little further east down Park Lane.  First, I should tell you that when I went to Asia earlier this year I developed a little bubble tea habit that I've been trying to keep under wraps.  So I definitely wasn't sad to hear that Lollicup Fresh was opening at 211 Park Lane. This is a franchise out of California and so far, Kirkland is their only location in WA.  Owners Helen and Tri (photo) have been locals for three years and are so friendly and gracious.  They offer bubble waffles ($8), ice cream, boba smoothies and fruit teas ($5-6).  Our family has tried a milk tea and a matcha tea with boba and also a Hawaiian Dance tea lemonade- all delish and I prefer that you please don't tell me how many calories might be in them.  You can customize your treats, of course, to have more or less ice or sugar or boba.  What is boba, you ask? It's those chewy black blobs at the bottom of the drink that are really spheres from partially cooked tapioca powder, which is the refined starch of the cassava plant, a starchy root like taro that is indigenous to Latin America but now grown worldwide.  The good news is that Lollicup Fresh also offers catering and fundraising help- just email them at lollicupfreshkirkland@gmail.com or call 425-307-1842. Hours are Sun-Thurs 11:30-8pm and Fri/Sat 11:30-10pm.

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A skip step from Lollicup Fresh at 205 Park Lane, you'll find Eat Local Remarkable Frozen Meals.  And they really are.   They opened on 11/8.  I wasn't expecting to walk in and feel like I was in a small grocery story with lines of coolers stocked with many many fantastically sorted thoughtfully prepared meals.  Kirkland is their 5th location, with others in Queene Anne, Capitol Hill, Burien and Mercer Island.  This company has been around for over ten years with the mission of serving convenient food with real ingredients and traditional cooking methods. Everything is created in their Burien kitchen and then blast chilled and  frozen to lock in flavor and nutrients until it gets warmed in your oven or microwave.  I was amazed at how everything is colored coded for easy selecting: Vegan, Keto, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Mediterranean, Whole 30, etc and best sellers and staff favorites are highlighted to help you narrow your choices.  Their nutrition guide explains a lot of the different popular 'diets' and what they mean, and they even offer a free nutrition consultation with one of their Registered Dietitians.  These are the same folks that carefully design the recipes to have intentional ingredients and high nutritional value.  Yes, they ARE sneaking veggies in there like your mom did. 

When we stopped by and chatted with the store manager, Lily (photo), she was warming up some samples of "Keto Creamy Chicken with Bacon & Chives" which my son decided we HAD to get for home.  He practically licked his container clean and is still talking about it.  I have to say it was pretty darn delicious, and Russell Wilson, their Brand Ambassador agrees with me.  We also bought  some chicken tikka-masala for my girls (who were impressed!) and a few others to stash in the freezer for another day.  Of course, the more we bought the more we saved.  Most items come in both a single or double-sized serving and range from  $8.99- 10.49 per serving, depending on ingredients.  For dessert they offer locally branded treats such as Acme Ice Cream, Pure Pies and Seattle Pops.  Hours are 9am-8pm daily.  They also have wine and you can dine in if you would like them to warm your food up for you.  I like that they are making us healthy fast and convenient food that we can peruse and talk about and then take home.  But if you prefer, you can also order online and they deliver (free on orders over $98 and also do Uber Eats and DoorDash.  Let me know your faves! We will definitely be back.

 


Final Days of Serendipity

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, a consignment shop at 117 Lake St., will be closing its doors on Sunday Dec 15th.  New clothes and jewelry will be 40% off until then. The building, which also houses the barber shop and pet store, has been purchased and rent was getting read to triple. Yikes.  I'm pretty sad, I've been bringing my clothes/shoes there for years and it was always a fun surprise to stop in and pick up a check and know that somebody else was going to enjoy my things too.  Then I'd spend my check on other cute finds in there! Serendipity will still have their Bellingham location.  Here is the farewell letter from Lisa Lee, the owner:

It has been an honor to be part of the Kirkland community and to have so many wonderful customers over the last 11 years.  Serendipity will be closing its doors in Kirkland December 15th, 2019. As consignors, customers, advocates and friends, you are the ones that made Serendipity successful.  Thank you so much!  I couldn’t have done it without the great employees we’ve had, many of whom have become good friends.

To our consignor customers, all December checks will be mailed at the end of the month.

For those of you still interested in consigning, one of my employees whom has been doing online sales for many years will be offering a “white glove” service. Clare will offer free pick up and drop off to your home.  If you are interested, please feel free to contact Clare Koesters at 360-325-5287 or contactclarescloset@gmail.com and visit her website clares-closet.com.

I will be in the store Saturday, December 14th from 2-6 so if you are in the area please stop by and say goodbye.

Thank you again for 11 great years. 

Warm regards, Lisa


Good Health and More Holiday Cheer

After my daughter was sick for a full 2 weeks and I *thought* I was in the clear, lightning struck and I went down in a ball of flames.  Today is the first time I have dried my hair and stepped foot outside in 3 days.  The fresh air was pretty fantastic after previously feeling like someone removed the bones from my body and boiled me in a 102 degree pot of nauseous serum.   I had all sorts of interesting Kirklandy things to tell you but my fingers didn't have the energy to type and my eyes couldn't stay open for more than 30 mins at a time. Sad story, I know, but it was good to get that out of the way early this season.  And so thankful that my clothes don't make my skin ache anymore! 

It's a good reminder of the importance of our wellness. Hopefully you all are staying healthy and remembering to take care of yourself this season?? 

Here's what I've got (from my recently pretty limited point of view)...

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Musical Holiday Lights on the CKC

Join your Kirkland neighbors on December 13th for an evening of caroling, hot cocoa, the Seahawks’ Blitz, alpacas, a photo booth, and the fifth annual musical holiday lights on the Cross Kirkland Corridor! The alpacas and photo booth will be ready starting at 5:00 p.m., and at 5:30 Mayor Penny Sweet will flip the switch to turn on a show featuring 25,000 LEDs custom-programmed to holiday music by Google Kirkland engineers. Parking is limited, so those who can are encouraged to take public transportation, bike or walk to the show.

The event is free and attendees are encouraged to bring donations in the form of unwrapped toys for LifeWire and non-perishable food for Hopelink.

What: Musical Holiday Lights on the Cross Kirkland Corridor

When: Friday, December 13, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Photo booth opens at 5:00 p.m., lights at 5:30 p.m.

Where: The Family Fitness and Play Area on the Cross Kirkland Corridor near the Google campus (Approximate address is 499 7th Ave S, Kirkland, WA 98033 - click here for directions:  https://goo.gl/maps/kWLez)

 

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Kirkland Urban is doing a Winter Festival each Saturday approaching Christmas from 2-8pm.  Family fun, arts/crafts, Santa, music and more. 

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The 12 K's of Christmas
is Sun 12/15- You can still sign up and don't worry, there's a Kids' Dash, 5K or 12K. 

 

How was the Holiday Home tour on Fri? Did you go? I had to give my ticket away so I didn't contaminate everyone.  Missing Winterfest too, darn, fill me in please if you went. 

 

 

 

 

 


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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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!

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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!