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Kirkland PD Shows the FD who's in Charge

..at least on the softball field. The long-time, all-in-good-fun rivalry between the police and fire department came to life in a double-header softball game on Monday night at Crestwoods Park.  The police turned on their sirens (don't feel guilty for laughing at my corny comments) for a take-no-prisoners 11-5 win in the first game and a 19-18 victory in the second.   I have never heard of such a high scoring softball game so this must have been really fun to watch.  Those cops must have been on FIRE.  There you have it.....now you know where our services depts stand.............until next year. ~j 

Best Kept Secret is Moving (and having a SALE!)

In order to truly be a "Best Kept Secret" you need to be stealthy, elusive and unassuming.  Secrets are hard to keep, and as it turns out, many people have discovered the Best Kept Secret sample store in Houghton (next to Google's Kirkland Campus).  So many, in fact, that they are going to move to Totem Lake so they can have more space and maintain their mysteriousness.  Inventory  at BKS is all samples from clothing reps that can be found at or below wholesale price plus 15%.  There's also a mix of shoes, purses, jewelry, belts, hats.  Mens and womens and some childrens things too.

BKS is clearing out inventory for the big move - so check out the rock bottom pricing from 6/19-22 (their last days at the old location). Hours are 10-6.  And now that the SECRET is out...... the new location for Best Kept Secret is where Lighting Universe used to be near Fred Meyer at 11730 118th Ave NE Suite A300. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for the grand re-opening date. This is a secret worth sharing...

Shnoo is Ready for Yooouuu in Juanita Village

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Karen Garner (photo, how cute is she??!) just opened her second location of the privately owned Shnoo Yogurt in Juanita Village a few weeks ago, across from Starbucks at 9712 NE 119th Way.  The first is in The Landing in Renton.  Shnoo is focused on using REAL ingredients- real milk, real yogurt, and they even have 16 flavors of ice cream from Full Tilt, which uses all-natural local ingredients.  There are options here for every dietary restriction- vegan, sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free and corn-free ....so NOBODY can say no to Shnoo.  The 16 flavors of gelato/yogurt/sorbet are all self-serve and 49 cents/oz.  I like that they keep the sample cups near the yogurt so I don't have to use my manners to ask for them behind the counter.  You know how I reserve my good manners for special occasions.  Salted caramel, raspberry sorbet, coconut, and lemon were there tonight just to name a few (not like it's my third time there this week or anything).  The kids were delighted with the orange cake batter ice cream which tasted like an old-school creamsicle.  

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And yes, the name Shnoo sounds really familiar because the previous owners had a location across the street from The Heathman on Kirkland Ave, which is no longer open.  Karen loves her Juanita Village spot because of its proximity to the park, ballfield, residents and the waterfront.  So now that you know they are there, you need to stop in and try it! There can never be too much ice cream or frozen yogurt in the world.   Steve and I like the flavors at Shnoo because they taste more real - not that fake nutrasweet bite you get at some other places.  Hours are Sun-Thurs 11-9 and Fri- Sat 11-10.  Let us know what you think.. ~j

Sweet and Sassy is Back!

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Watch out!! Sweet + Sassy is back.......this time tucked in at 90 Kirkland Ave (next to Bikini Beach). Owner Shannon Prinz (photo) originally opened her boutique on Central Way, in Wax On's current location, back in '03 and closed it in 2007 to spend time with her young children.  But her passion for retail fashion stayed strong and she's excited to be back doing what she loves.  Her goal is to have something for everyone, with many items showing a price-point under $100. Expect to see brands like Susana Monaco, Solow, Ted Baker, Anama and Karen Zambos. Shannon is also looking forward to having private parties and fundraisers in the future.  And keep an eye out for details on the Kirkland Fashion Show in Sept that all the downtown retailers are buzzing about.
Sweet + Sassy is having their Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Thurs June 20th at 5pm. Stop in and say hello (again for some of you!).   Store hours are Weds- Sat 10-8 and Sun-Tues 10-6 right now. 425-576-9010. ~j

Zaw Opens in Kirkland

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Just last week Zaw opened their doors in Kirkland-- so get ready or some really good artisan bake-at-home pizza!  You'll find them at 339 Kirkland Ave (across from the pool and library) in Crush Footwear's old spot.  You can pop in (there's plenty of parking) or order online. Just turn your oven on 425 and they do the rest.  Everything at Zaw is made with SOUL (Seasonal, Organic, Unique and Local) and the staff there is really knowledgable about helping you make selections.
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When you walk in, there is a map of all the local farms that they source their ingredients from.  And they also offer salads, micro-brews and wines to-go too (now you're talking, right?).  When we ordered for our family of 5 we took advantage of one of their 'best value' deals.  If you order a large pizza you can add on a cheese pizza for the kids for just $8.  We got the Hunter Gatherer, a cheese pizza for the kids, large caesar salad and a bottle of Syrah for under $50.  The uncooked pizzas come on a cardboard round which has parchment paper on top of it and then the pizza which is neatly sealed in plastic.  They made it home just fine, when you put them in the oven you slide the pizza/parchment off the cardboard and it bakes up perfectly at 425 for 10-14 minutes.  Then you use the cardboard again to slide the pizza onto and cut it when it's done.  There was NO MESS in my oven. Big win.
Our pizzas were great- thin perfectly crisp crust and you could tell all of the ingredients were really fresh.   Everyone was happy- the kids liked their pizza and so did mom and dad.  Good to know- you could pick up the uncooked pizza up to 24 hrs in advance and it will stay fresh in the fridge. Sounds like the "Veg Head" is one of the most popular ones and Zaw employee, Tabitha, told me that the "Cowardly Apricot" is her fave right now.  Definitely try Zaw-425-298-4443- open 12-9 everyday.  It's a great new addition to Kirkland! ~j 

4th of July Needs you Now! Now. Now. How about now?

 WE  NEED YOU! (we really do)

Kirklanders!  In less than 5 weeks we will be celebrating our 14th annual Celebrate Kirkland! 4th of July.

The 4th of July celebration has become a signature event for our community.  It allows us, on one of the most special holidays of the year to celebrate our city, our children, our friends, families, neighbors, businesses, churches, organizations- all of who make Kirkland such a special place to live and raise our families.

So far this year, we have not been able to come up with funding that would cover our annual fireworks display.  Many HAVE stepped up.  Lee Johnson Auto Family is the primary and naming sponsor of the parade, and companies like Overlake Oil, Wave Broadband, Astronics, the McLeod Group representing Milagro and Hectors, The Grape Choice, Waste Management and Ford of Kirkland have done their part.  Many individual and families have donated as they do every year and we are still $25,000 short. :-O.  That means we will have our parade and we will have our picnic in the park but unless and until we can find the additional $25k we will not enjoy fireworks this year. 

What would a Kirkland 4th of July be without our fireworks display?  Can you help? We need 25 organizations to step up to $1000 a piece or 250 families to donate $100 a piece or 500 Kirklanders (there are 80,000 of us!) to find $50 a piece.  Donations to this event are tax deductible and eligible for employer match through the KDA's 501c3 status and a receipt or invoice can be provided. 

Please go to www.celebratekirkland.org and donate or send a check to:

Celebrate Kirkland/KDA , 328 Parkplace Center, Kirkland, WA 98033 or drop off donation at one of the following:

The Grape Choice, The Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, Hallmark Realty, Banner Bank of Downtown Kirkland

Kirkland, we CAN make this happen if we, as a community, are willing to step up and help..  Thank you!