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George's Celebrates 37 Years with a New Menu

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Lucky me! I went to George's (Kirkland Ave)friends & family night to kickoff off their new menu last week.  They are also celebrating 37 years as Kirkland's longest running family-owned restaurant.  With bright colors and drool-inducing photos, the new menu (photo) is pleasing to your eye and appetite. Don't fret, the classics are still on there but you'll also find new additions such as: milkshakes, apple pie, the "Runner's Special" and Mama's Baklava Pancakes to name a few.  I'm a creature of habit and ordered up my usual Gyro Salad (photo below) which was delicious, as always.  There are lots of options now where you can do add-ons to sandwiches, pitas and salads (baaaaaaaaaacon!) or even build your own pasta.  Seniors, pay attention, now there is a senior section all day and night (formerly just breakfast/lunch).  

I also love chatting with Kim, Derek, Pete & Hadley who are ever-present owners in the day to day operations and friendly hometown feel of this landmark.  Kudos to them for keeping George's fresh while holding onto the original heart of this establishment.  And keeping with the local love, George's is excited to have a new partnership with Rococo Coffee Roasting so they can offer premium small batch hand-roasted coffee and espresso to their customers.  Now that's a whole lot of goodness! Questions email info@georgeskirkland.com or call 425-827-6622~j 

What you Need to Know about Fashion in Kirkland

Kirkland Fall Fashion Night

Kirkland's Chamber of Commerce is going to roll out the red carpet this fall with a fashion show in the center of downtown on Thursday September 19th.  This is the first annual event of this kind in Kirkland so mark your calendars and you can be 'in the know' about what's hot and what's not for this season.  Expect clothing and accessories from lots of local hot-spots like Via Lago, Champagne Taste, Sweet & Sassy, Seattle Thread Company, Seduce, Lake Street Diamond Co, Serendipity and more.  There are two portions of this evening that you should consider checking out:

-From 5-7 there will be a Fashion Walk (free) which is an open house of participating merchants where you can learn more about new trends in fashion, hair and accessories. A map will be displayed in downtown windows of participating shops.

-The Spa at PRO Sports Club is sponsoring the main event, the Kirkland Fall Fashion Show, from 7:30-9pm ($100/ticket).  They are expecting 250 guests that are dressed to impress.  Look for the big tent between Milagro and Hector's (150 Lake St) and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, champagne/wine, gift bags and a runway show.  Models will have heir makeup and hair done by Bella Sirena  and The Spa at PRO Sports Club (so nice of you, Redmond..) Miss Washington will be there to MC. And don't forget the after-party at Milagro to complete the experience.  What am I going to wear???????!  If you want to be cutting edge this fall, you can buy your tickets here (search Kirkland Fashion Night).


Fall Fashion Open House

Carlisle and Crush Footwear are having a Fall Fashion Open House at Crush Footwear Sept. 6th 12:00-6:00pm. There will be drawings for Carlisle and Crush gift cards and other fun giveaways. Don't miss out on another opportunity for fall fashion and styling tips!

Istina Opened August 3rd on Lake St

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Chr'istina' Baumgartner (photo) used to work in the textile industry and has a clothing store in Seattle on Madison St. I think I freaked her out when I knew how to spell and pronounce her name with ease (it was my maiden name, no relation though).  Anyway..... She wanted to open a shop in Kirkland because many of her clients are from the eastside and she says, "there's nothing like what we are doing here." What's that, you ask? Styles for the 40+ crowd (oh my gosh, this is me now isn't it?). "Clothes with edge but that are not so crazy you can't wear them," she explains.  Lots of big chunky necklaces and accessories too.  Istina will be opened Mon-Sat 10-6 and Sun 12-5.  425-250-0776. 

You Voted for It- Marijuana is Coming to Kirkland

Lots of marijuana notes flying around so wanted to share this.  

In 2012, Washington voters (that's you) passed Initiative I-502 legalizing possession, sales, processing and production of marijuana.  In July, the State Liquor Control Board created proposed regulations for issuing licenses to sell, process or produce the controversial Dorito-binge inducing herb. The SLCB is planning to accept applications for licenses in mid-September.  

How does this impact me, you ask? There is a map the City of Kirkland has created identifying all of the areas where sales, processing and production are prohibited and allowed.  The pdf is named 'marijuanamap' which for some reason makes me giggle that a city even has to create a document with that title?! So, let's cut to the chase and identify the hot spots:

Locations available for sales are:

1)      Two very small areas on the west side of I-405 in the Totem Lake Neighborhood;

 2)      A strip of land along Market Street from about 12th Ave. to nearly 19th Ave;

3)      A small area at the northeast corner of the Central Business District;

4)      An area on the east side of I-405 along NE 85th St; and

5)      A very small part of Carillon Point.  (<--really!? how very Kirkland to have a boutique pot shop)


Two areas are available for processing and production :

1)      The far northeastern portion of the Totem Lake Neighborhood; and

2)      A small part of the light industrial area in the Norkirk Neighborhood


Here's a summary of the regulations (that may still be undergoing revisions):

  • Licenses will not be issued to businesses in “…a location where law enforcement access, without notice or cause, is limited. This includes a personal residence.” Thus it appears that home occupation businesses are not allowed;
  • Licenses will not be issued to businesses and advertising may not be located within 1000 feet of “the perimeter of the grounds of any elementary or secondary school, playground, recreation center or facility, child care center, public park, public transit center, library, or any game arcade (where admission is not restricted to persons age twenty-one or older);”
  • On premises advertising signs for retailers are limited to 1600 square inches (a little over 11 square feet);
  • Licenses will normally not be issued to those who have a criminal background that exceeds a threshold based upon a point system developed by the Board;
  • Marijuana is not permitted to be consumed on licensed premises;
  • Three types of licenses will be issued: producer, processor and retailer; The Board will determine the maximum number of retail licenses to be issued in each county based upon a formula that distributes the number of locations proportionate to the most populous cities within each county;
  • There will be a 30 day period following the submittal of an application during which the Board will forward license applications to applicable local jurisdictions with a 20 day opportunity to submit comments. This will also occur for annual license renewals;
  • Hours of operation for retail licensees are restricted to between 8 a.m. and 12 a.m.;
  • Alarms and surveillance camera are required; and
  • Businesses must buy liability insurance.



X Factor's Phillip Lomax: Last summer performance at Lucia on Aug 21st

Let's rally a monster crowd of fans for local star, Phillip Lomax, this Weds Aug 21st from 9:30-midnight at Lucia in Kirkland Park Place.  Phillip was a finalist on X Factor 2011 and made his mark as a young crooner wearing a fedora and singing Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon" for his audition.  I didn't watch the show, but I checked the videos and can tell he's a charmer with a contagious smile and serenading voice that you won't want to miss for his last summer performance. Joining Phillip will be Eric Robert on the keyboard and Maurice Bailey on drums. There's no cover charge, but tips are welcome. Always great food and drink at Lucia- make a night of it!

Aura Bakery & Coffee Bar: Coming Soon

That's right.  Aura Bakery & Coffee Bar is going to bring us more coffee and pastries in downtown Kirkland at 116 Central Way (across from Zoka).  I know you are wondering... how can we need more coffee? But Kirklanders seem to have proven that we can consume enough to keep all of them in business. Maybe the city should hire one of their special consultants to tell us exactly how many scones we scarf down and coffees we ingest in any given day.  Then we could calculate the number of coffee shops we need to achieve the perfect caffeination equilibrium in our downtown core.

Aura is hoping to open at the end of September- check out their facebook page for photos of some vanilla eclairs and over-the-top looking desserts.  Their "coming soon" sign says they will be serving Intelligentsia fresh roasted coffee. It also says "Stressed is just DESSERTS spelled backwards." At least they are coming with good humor, I always appreciate that.  I'm going to make a request that they stay open past 7pm.  It drives Steve and I crazy that everyone closes so early in Kirkland. Looking forward to checking this out when the doors open. ~j

Help Help and More Help......

Everyone needs a little help.  Some more than others, LOL.  I'm lumping a few callouts for help into one post so if you're totally self-absorbed and have a heart of coal then you can stop reading now and go stare at yourself in the mirror a while longer. 

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For those of you that kept reading- i will reward you with two only slightly verified informational nuggets.  Because my family seems to think they are blogger informants now.  Yep.  One kinda crazy Grandma after a glass of wine told me that she heard the Crab Cracker is closing and they sold the building and it will  be office space and condos by the end of the year.  And then one of my sweet-toothed ten year olds noticed a Menchie's Frozen Yogurt sign on 124th next to the vitamin store (near QFC).  You know I'm excited there may be truth in this one so I can go sample all of the flavors under the guise of needing to write a blog post.

OK-Back to the help...

- Summerfest- (hello beer garden?!!)

Kirkland SummerFest is this weekend! This festival celebrating art, music and community was fantastic last year and this year, an additional day (Sunday) has been added.  They need volunteers and hope you might want to help.  Specifically, the Green Team (must be at least 16 years old), Traffic Team (must be at least 18), and the Beer Garden & Beer Pavilion (21+!) are recruiting fast and furious!  Simply visit  www.volunteerkirkland.com  and volunteer for a shift. Groups of friends and families can volunteer together making it even more fun to participate.

-Summer Concert Series

The Kirkland Summer Concert Series is excited to present 4 more kids concerts, featuring Eric Ode, Recess Monkey, Johny Brager and the Johnny Waite Band - playing at Juanita Beach from 10:00 - 11:00 AM on Tuesdays through August 20th.

This is the first year they have been at Juanita Beach, and are a 'victim of their own success' -  after the first 3 concerts and realizing how popular of a location this is, they are now required to have at least 5 people helping with parking (across the street from Juanita Beach), and at the crosswalks. If you love being friendly and helpful and have a few hours on Tuesday mornings they need your help!

Hours are 9:00 AM – 11:30 (though you may be able to leave a little sooner depending on traffic.) Juanita Beach is a beautiful place to spend your morning, and you'll get to see LOTS of super cute kiddos excited to see the concert! Please contact Julie@Metteer.com or call/text 425-890-0959 if you can help.

-ECA Sale to Support Local Charities

Have you ever been to the nonprofit all-volunteer staffed Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop located across from Value Village in Totem Lake?  They donate their proceeds to Eastside nonprofit human service organizations such as Hopelink, Eastside Baby Corner, Friends of Youth, and many others.  They are having a big sale this weekend-

Storewide 50% off sale (white tags excluded)

August 9 & 10 from 10-5
12451  116th Ave NE, Kirkland 98034
I know you guys can rally to serve beer, direct some traffic or at least pop some tags at the thrift shop (don't worry, I inserted the KidzBop version for all of my readers under 12).  ~j