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The Queen of the KDA Steps Down

Special thanks to Barbie and all she has done for our community!

If you don't already know this lady, she is kind of a rock star for all things Kirkland.  After five years as the Executive Director of the Kirkland Downtown Association, Barbie Collins Young has stepped down to pursue other interests.  The Kirkland Downtown Association works with the community and businesses on events such as the Kirkland Wednesday Market, Wine Walks, Art Walk, Celebrate Kirkland, Summer Concert Series, Classic Car Show, Winterfest, and Santa’s Mailbox.  I have a feeling we haven't seen the last of her!  The KDA will be led by Board President, Jim Kress, from BECU and Tessa Hansen has accepted the role of a full-time events manager.  

I think in honor of Barbie we should all book our ubers and plan to attend the next Kirkland Wine Walk on Feb 8th from 6-9pm.  Details and tickets for purchase available here.  It could even be a Happy almost Valentine's Day outing! (that's your reminder, nudge nudge..) ~j


'The Slip' Slated to Re-Emerge in March

VovinaKatyBallard2019 Katy Ballard, ready to re-invigorate The Slip

I sat down with Katy Ballard, owner of Vovina, to learn a little more about her future plans for The Slip at 80 Kirkland Ave.  After 22 years in operation, it has become a mainstay for Earthburgers and fries, and its location anchors the end of Kirkland Ave just as you enter Marina Park and the public docks.  Previous owners of The Slip were feeling done..just ready shut their doors and rest.  Sometimes I feel like this after a weekend with my houseful of teenagers.  Anyway...the timing seemed perfect for Katy, who already understands Kirkland and its customers, to make a move on opening the burger place she had been envisioning. The timing was serendipitous, so she signed the lease on the little 600 square foot building and bought the trademark to keep the name.  

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So, what's going to happen? I thought you'd never ask. Katy is preparing to renovate and elevate the entire experience, while still keeping the casual vibe.  The bar will be moving to the back wall, while they create an inclusive and inviting atmosphere that will incorporate colors of the sand/sea along with shiplap on the ceiling- a nod to its lakefront location.  There will still be seating for 20 guests.  Burgers will be the focus and she will also expanding the salads and carb-free options.  Expect some classics like wings, fish/chips, along with other unique sides such as crisped root vegetables and ale-battered pickle chips. Everything will be made in-house.  As a matter of fact, Sara Thoma, the Executive Chef from Vovina will run the Slip's kitchen also.  Classic cocktails (one of Katy's expertise!), WA wines and local beers along with a full menu will all be fresh to give The Slip its new feeling and identity while still keeping price points similar to the old Slip we knew and loved.  The target is a March opening just in time for spring! (or I guess that's still late winter here? LOL). Katy wants this to be a great community gathering space which isn't hard to envision with that patio in the summertime. 

Once it's ready for me to start scarfing some burgers and cocktails, I'll do another update.  But I figured this would be enough to keep you salivating for now.

Opioid Abuse Awareness & Strategies

Opioid Abuse Prevention

Pay attention.  This is serious stuff.

The Lake Washington School District PTSA and members of the Kirkland Fire/Police Departments and Northwest University are putting on an Opioid Abuse and Prevention Strategies Panel Discussion on Tuesday, January 29th (7:15 – 8:30 PM) in the LWHS Theater.

The goal is to provide awareness that opioid abuse knows no social boundaries and can impact any family.  And also to share direct, meaningful and actionable strategies for parents to communicate with their children.  The panel members, including the father of a LWHS grad who was lost to a heroin overdose, all have experience with the pain and suffering opioid misuse brings. 

For more information, contact Vince Armfield at vince@lakesidechristian.net or Irene Neumann, Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Chair, LWHS PTSA at FACE@lwhsptsa.org.


Unique Chic Boutique: Sneak Peek

UniqueChicBoutique2019 (6) <--that's a tricky sweater!
Pop in to 107 Park Lane (the old Simplicity ABC) as Unique Chic Boutique gets ready to say hello to Kirkland customers-opening should be any day now! I met the owner, Jennifer Miner, when I barged in to see what was up and she let me snap a few pics.  Her shop used to be up at Trilogy in Redmond for 4 years, but got very little foot traffic there, so she is excited to be in the heart of Kirkland to share her delightfully uncommon items for women and pets.  She said her prices are mid-range and there are only two things in the entire store over $100 (aside from hand-knit items). Her website is in the works but you can stop by or call 425-868-1133.  Hours are Tues-Sat 11-8, Sun 12-6 and closed on Monday.

-UniqueChicBoutique2019 (7)   <--purses/laptop bags 

         UniqueChicBoutique2019 (4) <--super fancy handmade designer look-alike poop bags for your pooch ($25)

Hello 2019- what's in store?

IMG_1181 This is the Rabuchin 'Polar' Plunge 2019 (w/guide ChiChi in the back who kept us alive)

Did you guys do the Polar Plunge? Man that looked cold.  We did ours in Costa Rica this year, which was uncharacteristically and amazingly easy, but I promise I was thinking about you all. Turning the page on a new year always brings up the topic of resolutions.  My kids never seem to have any they want to commit to, so I told them to pick a few small attainable things so they'll easily be able to feel good about themselves.  That's my strategy this year.  Perhaps just some little personal challenges.  Like doing less talking with my hands.  I hate when I do that, but often I will be enthusiastically explaining something and realize that the annoying hands waving around in the air uselessly trying to assist are my own. Taking more deep breaths is another one- it feels so good! Especially when the air is crisp outside.  It feels like a treat to inhale until my lungs can't hold anymore and then slowly let it out.  Perfect blend of relaxing and invigorating and less calories than a cocktail.  I've noticed that my kids are nilly willies when it comes to doing anything outside of their comfort zone, such as talking to someone at school they don't know, standing up for themselves  or asking for help.  So I've decided I'm going to do a better job of practicing what I preach and consciously try to do more things outside of my comfort zone.  This may include resisting the urge to be clean and organized 24/7.  And along with the everyday stuff, I've got to throw one out there that I never got around to last year, which is giving the ole Kirkland Blog a facelift.  It's time. This is the year. And even though it should look more clean and organized and I just said I'm trying to avoid that, it is definitely out of my comfort zone.  So hold tight with me while I figure out how to get 12 years of content moved to a new platform and polish up this old lady beast.  If you or someone you know wants to help me embark on this escapade- awesome- send me an email to kirklandweblog@gmail.com.  Or if you have ideas for features, layout, and content you'd like to see here in the future, comment away!  I'll add them to my already lengthy dream list. Oh, and don't worry, this will definitely happen in phases.  Last time I changed one little thingy on the top banner of the page I got a bunch of emails from you guys freaking out wondering what happened. If we hold hands, we can do this together.  2019. 

Other random info chunkers to know:

2008FourthofJuly 004 a fave photo of Penny I took back in 2018 (4th of July of course) , she's been a Kirkland do-er FOREVER. 

  • Congrats to Penny Sweet, our new Mayor!
  • BookTree's next few months are critical to their survival, if you love our local bookstore, it's good time to go support them.
  • Best Kept Secret is MOVING on 1/19 (out of Kirkland, waahhh!) - hustle on in for their moving clearance sales
  • Katy, the owner of Vovina bought The Slip, will give you that scoop in an upcoming post