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Summer Fun Begins in Kirkland

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Kirkland Summer Concerts
-start next week! It's worth it just watching happy people dance to the beat of their own drum.  Tuesdays 10-11am at Juanita Beach starting 7/10 - and Thursdays 7-8:30pm at Marina Park starting 7/5. Go get your groove on! Full schedule here


2008FourthofJuly 004 KIrkland 4th photo circa 2008- thank you Penny Sweet for always making this an amazing event for our city!

4th of July Parade & Fireworks-  nothing is better than the 4th of July in downtown Kirkland. "Celebrate Kirkland, United We Stand" is this year's theme. The schedule goes something like this: children's decorating event starts at 10am in the Marina Park Pavilion.  The kids' parade starts 11:30 at Market and Central and the old fashioned parade begins at 12.  Grab a bite to eat and then roll back down for music in the park is at 5. 

Fireworks begin about 10:15 pm.  Leave your dog, personal fireworks, alcohol and vehicle at home.  DO BRING your patience for large crowds, your bike/scooter/bus pass, a flashlight and your love of country and appreciation for all things patriotic. Maybe even a device to listen to the STAR 101.5's live musical synchronization to the firework display.  The boat launch will be closed. I sometimes cry when I hear the national anthem or watch fireworks, so there's another weird quirk you know about me. 


Kirkland Art Walk
- Friday July 13th 5-8pm. Galleries and businesses with a pink balloon are an easy way to spot who is participating. Enjoy local art and music around downtown Kirkland.


Summerfest 2018
-Mark your calendars for Aug 10th-12th.  Always a weekend not to be missed: music, art, kids stuff, food and beer gardens. Details evolving here.  

SeaFair Weekend-
Aug 3-5th.  Hydroplane races, war planes, stunt planes, Blue Angels soaring over your head and inexperienced drunk boaters everywhere- this is notoriously a weekend to be remembered. Someone always loses a foot.  Did I say that outloud? Stay safe out there people- fun times. Who wouldn't want a front row seat?



Ins and Outs

Rapid-fire updates from my old lady brain-


Howard Mandville Gallery- after 28 years on Park Lane in Kirkland, this art gallery/frame shop will be moving to a space in Woodinville that is shared with their family winery. Pat and Luanne (photo) seemed disappointed with Kirkland parking and the shift away from retail and toward more service based storefronts.  Rents aren't getting any cheaper either.  Pop in to say farewell before June ends to purchase items at reduced rates (Including the tables, fixtures, etc) so they don't have to move it all.  You can still drink wine and buy art from them moving forward at 19501 144th Ave NE B200, Woodinville, WA 98072.

Haley's Cottage- Their little location down near Aloha Lemonade appears to be vacated.  And it feels like I may be noticing much later than it happened?  But you can still find them online and in Snohomish and Bothell. But I'm not sure exactly where as I've never seen a retail business website with such a mysteriously hard to find street address.  #igaveup


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Cinemark Theater- Cinemark Eight-Screen movie theater coming to The Village at Totem Lake in late 2019.   Looking forward to my luxury recliner and big screen right here in Kirkland!

Functional 45- fitness studio that will going in to the Howard Mandville Gallery space. 

Orange Theory- yes, even more fitness rumored to arrive in downtown Kirkland.  After your workout you can grab a burger and a beer...

Coastline Burgers- going in to Aura's old spot. Looks like they have applied for a liquor license too?

Cock & Bull-  I don't think I can say the name out loud without laughing, even though they are perfectly fine animals, perhaps both with tempers.  This is the bar where Bishop's used to be across from Juanita Village.  Been open a little while but I haven't been in yet...am I missing anything?

Bagel Masters Bakery & Cafe- in Laugh's old location in Totem Lake.  Trying to get open, but still not open.  Manager Kareem is working through a few kinks with the city/health dept, but is hoping to soon share some delicious NY style bagels that are boiled and baked on site- chewy on the inside and crispy out.  Soup, sandwiches, coffee and espresso too.

Some of my Favorite Local Faces

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This guy just radiates pure goodness.  Many of you already know "A" or Asuraphong Liengboonlertchai (if you're fancy with your Thai) as the friendly and community-focused owner of Simplicity Decor (since 2006) and Simplicity ABC (since 2012).  A is the kind of guy that knows his customers by name.  And remembers who they are and what they like.  As I sat chatting with him, people kept popping in for a congratulatory hug and farewell (like customer Harrie in the photo).  It kind of felt like a rock star was leaving the band.  I love that A is always thoughtful and generous and prides himself on not just being here to sell stuff, but embracing the community, getting involved and creating memories.  When he sent out his recent note announcing his departure from Simplicity Decor, it made me smile to read it in his own words, I felt like I could almost hear him speaking.  He says he always knew he wouldn't retire as a retail store owner and finally felt like he's ready to do something different.  So A took a real estate class, invested in a house and flipped it. Then he got his real estate license.   Next he will be working for Hallmark Realty, and as of June 1st he has sold Simplicity Decor to his employee, Lisa.  He will also be working at Simplicity ABC until it sells (want to buy a toy store?). It's not the last time you'll see A, that's for sure. Check out his new website and keep in touch! asuraphong.com  206-355-9502 or suraphonga.lieng@gmail.com 


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And in other local celebrity business owner news..... Stavros is back!  Our entire family did the happy dance as we left to have dinner at Santorini (106 Central Way) this evening.  I didn't know I could miss lamb meat and my Greek friend so much.  He was really touched that so many people wrote messages on the sign out front - way to show the love Kirkland!  Welcome back, Stavros!

Sustainable Airport Master Plan Community Forum: Weds June 20th

PortofseattleSAMP photo credit: Port of Seattle  

Did you know that SeaTac is the 9th busiest airport in the US? Not to brag, but we're pretty popular.  SeaTac serves 46.9 million passengers annually and is expected to jump to approx 56 million by 2027.  Ummmm....yes, you added correctly...that's another 10 million people we have to figure out how to accommodate.  And the Port of Seattle would like your input  on the potential near-term projects to meet demand, the long term vision and considerations beyond 2027 and let you know how to get involved in the scoping process for the environmental review. 

They are hosting a Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP) community forum  and want to hear from us Kirklanders! (isn't that so sweet?) Now is your chance to let the Port of Seattle and fellow community members hear your priorities, challenges and questions (noise pollution, community access, environment/sustainability, etc).  You're not allowed to skip and then complain later. 

Here's where you go:

BONUS- while we are talking airport info, it only seems fair that I share my special SeaTac parking secret with you that I've been using often.  Did you know the Port of Seattle offers parking coupons right on their website?  A friend told me this last year and it's awesome.  You just fill out the form right before your trip and they instantly email you a coupon for $20/day parking (I think it's usually $29?). Do it every time you travel and park there.  You're welcome. :-) 

Wednesday Market Opens THIS WEEK!

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This week on June 6th at 2pm we'll kick off Kirkland's first Wednesday Market of the season!

Head down to Marina Park (it's supposed to be sunny and 75 degrees!) and enjoy the live music, flowers, local fruits/vegetables, crafts and more. This year there will be a theme each week. Here's the schedule:

  • Jun 6 Opening Day
  • Jun 13 Health & Wellness
  • Jun 20              Reduce/Reuse/Recycle
  • Jun 27              Iron Chef Cook off from local foodies and restaurants
  • Jul 11               Natural Garden and Sustainable landscape
  • Jul 18               Fitness
  • Jul 25               Iron Chef Cook off from local foodies and restaurants
  • Aug 1 Natural Health & Beauty
  • Aug 8 Kirkland Stewardship
  • Aug 15          Animal Appreciation
  • Aug 22          Kid's Day
  • Aug 29           Iron Chef Cook off and Local Artists
  • Sept 5          Retirement Day
  • Sept 12             Armed Forces, Police, and Fire
  • Sept 19          Ability Day
  • Sept 26           Autumn Harvest/Preservation & Iron Chef Cook off

Questions ? Contact Barbie at 425-822-7066 or barbiey@kirklanddowntown.org