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Crush Footwear moves to Lake St

A little downtown shuffle is about to happen in early April.  Rosalyn Sumners' Bella Tesori is consolidating into its corner space (Bella Bambini) and Crush Footwear will be moving from Kirkland Ave down to Bella Tesori's former space at 3 Lake St.  Got that? There's a quiz at the end of this post. Good news is this will be 70% more space for Crush, which means more shoes for you, ladies!  Co-owner Rhonda Herbert searches the world for styles from emerging and hard-to-find designers.  "Although we do carry some recognizable brands, we really love to communicate directly with designers who apply their creative genius to make unique footwear styles," says Rhonda.  Spring styles are arriving now from Spain, France, Portugal and the US.   They are very excited to move into the old Betty's Apparel space and remain part of our Kirkland community.  For more info, contact Neal Hughes at 425-298-4024. ~j

2013 Kirkland Summer Concerts

Big news for the littlest concert-goers in town...after 35 years at Marina Park, the Kirkland children's concerts will move to Juanita Beach Park this year!  That's right, you're going to have to shake your diaper in a new spot.  Fun beach, playground area, more parking. They are 10-11am from July 9- Aug 20th.  The Thursday evening (grown-up) concerts are still at Marina Park.  Brew pubs, wine bars, yummy food.  I'm not speaking in full sentences today. Those go July 11- Aug 22nd from 7-8:30.

Hats off to Bassline Fitness, MRM Consulting, Waste Management and Kirkland Kiwanis for generously sponsoring.  You can too! www.kirklandsummerconcerts.org.  Check out the Kirkland Summer Concert line-up of entertainment here- it looks like a fun and diverse group of musical talents. This must mean that sunshine is only 4-5 months away???????


Holy Shamrocks Batman, It’s the 2nd Annual Shamrock Run and we Need Volunteers!


  The 5K Kirkland Shamrock Run (www.kirklandshamrockrun.com) is Saturday, March 16 with an estimated 2,000+ participants  It’s a fun, family event that allows everyone to “get their green on”!

In order to pull a race off of this magnitude, we need over 100 volunteers and don’t have them: YET.

 Can you help? Here’s the direct link: https://volunteerkirkland.volunteermatrix.com/

 We are offering the following special benefits to Volunteers:

  • Free participant entry into Redmond Derby Days (second
         week of July 2013) and/or the Mustache Dash (11.16.13). Minimum value of

 Thank you in advance for volunteering and passing this information on to any friend who might be interested as well. We can’t do this without our volunteers! In appreciation,  Nancy DeMond  Kirkland DowntownAssociation



Five Guys Burgers and Fries Opens 3/4

FiveGuysexterior  FiveGuysJoeIraqi

I know you all are excited for this opening on 124th in Totem Lake.  How do I know? Because while I was chatting with the owner the other day, Joe Iraqi (above,who also owns the Northgate location) at least 8 people strolled in trying to order a burger.  Patience, dear Kirklanders, Monday at 11am is drawing near.

Five Guys prides themselves on making everything fresh to order.  The meat is 80/20 beef that is never frozen, huge bags of potatoes sit waiting to be sliced and fried (in cholesterol-free peanut oil), and the secret recipe buns are made at a local bakery.  Even the Coca-Cola Freestyle machines mix up your soda on spot- there are over 100 flavors!  The menu is simple: burgers (double patties), little burgers (single patty), dogs, sandwiches, fries and drinks.  Burgers range fro $3.99-6.99 and all toppings are free.  A typical day takes them through 25-30 fifty pound bags of potatoes!  That's a lot of fries.  And cajun fries..mmm...

FiveGuysCokeFreestyles  FiveGuysrestaurant

Joe said they pride themselves on their customer service and cleanliness.  With its white and red checked casual feel and music blaring I could envision the fast-paced friendly environment that will soon take shape there.  A large bin of shelled peanuts sits off to the side of the dining area that seats 79, so you can nibble those for free and toss your shells on the floor.  My kids and Steve are going to be all over this. 

You can order online at www.fiveguys.com and they won't cook your fries until you arrive so they are always fresh.  This may be the closest thing to In-N-Out we have here.  And it's going to be busy! They've already hired over 40 people and are looking for more.  Oh, and how cool-they're glad to do bunless burgers by wrapping in lettuce but I think I might go crazy this week and order mine as the real deal.  Just need to save time for an extra workout this week.  There is yoga next door..... ;-) ~j