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It's 1987 at Poppinjay's!


On Monday July 28th, Poppinjay's at Carillon Point is sharing  their 27th birthday with us by honoring 1987 prices.  What a way to celebrate!  You can have about 6 cups of coffee that day instead of your one Starbucks latte. Soup is .95, soup/sandwich is $3.55, coffee .50, and a chinese chicken salad is $4.25.  Now if only we could buy our gas at .89/gallon again! :-)

What were YOU doing in 1987?  I was a freshman in high school in Edison, New Jersey.  My goal in life was to make the Varsity softball team and be able to afford enough Stiff Stuff hairspray to keep my bangs at least 4 inches high.   I was listening to Bon Jovi and anxiously awaiting the day my braces  came off and my perm grew out so I could blossom into an obnoxious potty-mouthed teen and capture the attention of some boy wearing Old Spice and driving an IROC.  There you have it. Not my favorite years....we've come so far.  Thanks for sticking with us, Poppinjay's.  Happy Birthday! ~j

I Spy with my Little Eyes...

Oh look- another restaurant is going to try its luck at 89 Kirkland Ave (previous location of Top Shelf, that Greek place, Marina Park Grill, and a few others that have slipped my mind).  Fingers are crossed that the Watercress Vietnamese Bistro is what you guys have been dreaming about for this spot (who doesn't love a good bowl of Pho?).  This appear to be their second location. The other is in Seattle on Rainier and also includes a pool hall.  


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A new massage place in Spa Krista's old place near Flatstick Pub?  Massa Wellness- don't know anything yet, but here's their website.  Share some info if you have any.  



HomeGrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop: Opens 7/22

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I just met General Manager, David Fruchter, who is excited to let us know HomeGrown (101 Lake St.) will officially be opening on July 22nd (soft opening the 21st).  Love what they've done with the space.  White subway tiles, reclaimed wood everywhere, stainless steel and lots of light in this airy spot with a farmhouse feel.  Paper is off the windows so take a peek.  Be ready for casual local, organic food- menus here. ~j

Lady Yum Opens Fri 7/18

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The much anticipated opening for Lady Yum is here!! Get yourself ready for some macarons and mischief.  You'll feel like you're in a French Bakery with the exposed brick, dark hardwoods, vintage chandeliers and sweet deliciousness of the colorful macarons.  Owner Megan Gordon is over-the-moon with how the place turned out.... "I can't believe it's mine!" she said, after many months of planning and hard work.  

The macaron flavors were all tempting-- lemon blueberry (my daughter Sydney's fave), toasted coconut (Megan's fave), Zoka mocha (mine), salted caramel, orange creme, maple bacon, strawberry, chocolate, and chocolate mint to name a few.  All were the perfect consistency of light crackle on the outside and a chewy delight when you bite into it.  The good news is they're only 100 calories each.  The bad news is it's really tough not to eat 5 of them! 

There's plenty of cafe style seating where you can sit and enjoy your beautiful treat.  Hop on down to 111 Lake Street (old Ce Fiore site) and let us know YOUR favorite flavor! Hours are Tues- Sat 10-11, Sun 10-8, Closed MON.  ~j

Go Tee It Up at Flatstick Pub

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If you like playing golf and drinking local beers, which encompasses an estimated 87% of the male population, Flatstick Pub is going to be your new go-to hot-spot in Kirkland.  Brothers Sam and Andy Largent opened this new craft beer bar and indoor mini golf course on June 1st at 15 Lake St. S (inbetween Vovina and The Grape Choice).  Sam has wanted to open a beer bar for a while, and liked the idea of offering something to do as well.  After a little research, Flatstick Pub was born (he didn't have to twist his brother's arm to join him!). From the looks of this place on a Friday night, I think they nailed it.  

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After wiggling past gaggles of people half my age, the first thing I noticed was the bright display of the 'Digital Pour' Menu over the commanding line-up of 24 taps of Washington beers.  The electronic menu tells you the name and type of beer, where it's from, % of alcohol, the price (most are $5.50), and how full the keg is.  The red color indicates that a keg is almost tapped out, and the person who gets the last pour on that one gets to pick what will come up next.  You can also look on their website to see what they are pouring right now-whoa... real-time beer monitoring! And just for fun, they also have their twitter feed up on the menu board.  Can't find a babysitter for your pooch?  No problem, bring 'em along, dogs are welcome in the pub area.  If you and your dog and your drafts get hungry, they carry local packaged sandwiches, salads and wraps from Molly's and many local restaurants deliver to this location.  Patio seating will be coming soon.

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, which is another name for putter, is a sprawling 3,000 square feet. The entire back half is a custom-made 9-hole mini golf course that Andy designed and his neighbor built.  Let me tell ya, these holes are NOT easy.  Even after a few beers, navigating through water features, mazes and going under kegs is no small challenge.   I love the custom mural on the back wall of the old Kirkland ferry that gives you the illusion of golfing on the Lake Washington.  The course is $6/per person and you can usually get around two times in an hour.  Other fun things to expect from these guys?  Trivia night, brewer's night, random drawings for Seahawks tickets, and of course....corporate events.  This would be a great spot to rent out for a birthday party or team building event.  They are even working on changing their licensing so that they can host children's parties soon too.  Like them on Facebook to stay in the know.  

Hours at Flatstick Pub are weekdays noon to midnight, and Saturday noon to 1:30am.  Fun, casual, good young  energy abounds in this clever new concept. Look for them at Kirkland Uncorked (THIS WEEKEND!!) and as a sponsor for Kirkland Summerfest (Aug 8-10) this year. 425-242-1618, flatstickpub@gmail.com . ~j 

Pike St. Press

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I went out of town for a little bit and came back and hardly have time to write about all of the new Kirkland happenings.  Patience, my friends.  I'm trying to keep up. Let's start with Pike St. Press in the old 'Sweet & Sassy' space next to Bikini Beach at 92 Kirkland Ave.   Fab.   Just think of thick creamy papers on a custom letter press- custom coasters, tags, announcements, invites and business cards.  No templates, this is the real deal.  Sean Brown, born and raised in Kirkland and whom also started their first location on Pike St is excited to be on the eastside doing what he knows how to do.  info@pikestreetpress.com 

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Check out this 1905 printing press in the window.  This is where Sean creates cards like these (above).  He even helped create Milagro's first menu.  Everything is hand-crafted and custom, with a fun spattering of cards and notebooks and journals to choose from in his storefront- stamps too.  Def pop in to say hello and see what's up at Pike St Press.~j

Smoke Shop: Free Trial Offer ???

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I was driving past our downtown Kirkland "Smokin Hot Smoke Shop" today and couldn't help but notice their giant banner announcing a FREE TRIAL OFFER for a vaporizer and e-cigarette.  Well, isn't that super??! Somehow this just rubs me the wrong way.  But I can't put my finger on it.  And I'm sure some of you are going to go berserk on me when you read this.  But I also think some of you feel the weird vibe this sign creates too.

I know they have the same right as anyone to advertise their business...does it feel like they're encouraging the general public to smoke (legal, I realize...)?  Maybe next door we could open a porn shop and your first DVD is free?  Or a gun store offering free bullets?  Same strange corner of the universe perhaps- Compelling to some, but offensive to others?  Maybe it's the location I can't wrap my brain around. I dunno.  Go ahead, comment.  I'll brace myself (probably while you are all rushing out to get your free vaporizers....) ~j 

Help Needed for the Fourth!




Folks, we are down to the last few days and still have unfilled positions.

Please Please Please help make this annual event just as special as it always is.  Sometimes it takes the whole darn village!   


Follow this link and sign up.  Call with Questions    Penny 425-765-5576 or Barbie 425-766-6982


And if you can't do any of those jobs....

Do you want to walk IN the parade?  The Summerfest entry in the 4th of July parade could use about 20 people to march with them- kids, friends, neighbors, parents, pets-they need ya! They are meeting at 10am and the parade starts at 12 (after the kids parade at 11:30).  Done by 1pm.  Call Sue if you can do it- 425-827-6870 or email her at scon1965@hotmail.com.  Always fun to see the parade from the 'other side'.  Happy Fourth!

Here is the schedule of events for the whole day. I heard a rumor that the parade is going in the opposite direction this year???