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Anko Opens to Awaiting Crowd

Anko (32)  Makenna & Bailey, superstar Anko shoppers
Close to 200 people lined up on Friday 10/18 for the grand opening of Anko at The Village at Totem Lake. These super-excited ladies in the photo live in Sammamish and woke up at 4:30 am so they could arrive at 6:30 am and be #4 and #5 to enter the new store. Nope, I'm no kidding. They even pre-shopped online for a more targeted experience, as you can see by their heaping cart of goodies.  When asked what they love about Anko they explained, "It's appealing like Ikea, but waaaayy cuter and cheaper."

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There's a smattering of everything, so as you peruse through the store you will walk past dining and kitchen items, bath and living room, pets, clothing, seasonal and then children's items. An adult winter coat is $35.  Cute little jars for gifting holiday cookies are $2-5. A marble cheeseboard (very popular!) is $15.  Their cutting boards are a hot item also. The most expensive item in the store that I witnessed was a $49 marble table. Everything feels new, fresh and current and amazingly affordable.  Products are sourced globally, a fact they are proud of and freely share, since they also put effort and thought into making sure they support living wages, care for the environment and excel as good citizens.

 

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I had the opportunity to chat with Ryan Greenough (photo), GM for Anko U.S., who explained that the way Anko differentiates itself is by making the store an experience for its shoppers.  As many retailers do, they have to ask themselves....What would compel people to come into a physical store over shopping online? The answer is this: Anko makes it easy to shop. They narrow the choices down for you. As you approach the dining section, you will not find 14 choices of plates.  There will be 3 consistent 'trends' that can be found throughout the store and can easily coordinate which are: urban, timeless and natural.  Great idea-simplify! I wish Cheesecake Factory would do this with their menu, so I didn't have to have a mental breakdown trying to order there.

In case this wasn't already my lucky day experiencing the grand opening of Anko, I also was able to be a student in one of their community workshops in fall floral arranging.  A Bellevue mother/son floral team from Flowers for the People walked me and five other giddy Anko shoppers through a perfectly timed 30 minute session of putting together a fabulous fall arrangement.  Of course, it started with an Anko glass vase, and then we built up our orange, brown and green foliages from there.  My proud masterpiece is in the photo above. Anko hosts various community workshops from time to time in partnership with local businesses, and I'd highly recommend signing up for one. 

Store hours are Mon-Sat 8:30am-9pm. Sunday 11-7:30. Phone is 425-947-2499.

 


Help Your Diabetes Arrives Downtown

IMG_6951   IMG_6955 Linda Bennett, co-owner of Help Your Diabetes

Local Kirklander, Linda Bennett, retired after 25 years as a dental hygienist and was trying to figure out what she wanted to do next.  She knew it involved helping people, but she was also very busy assisting her mom in California whose diabetes had escalated and led to heart disease, being put on dialysis, and a general health decline.  Linda's siblings are medical professionals, and when they all discussed mom's health they became very frustrated with the overload of often conflicting information, prescriptions and protocols from the myriad of specialists that she was seeing.   But it seemed clear that diabetes was the crux of the problem. 

After some research, her passion for finding a solution to help Type 2 Diabetics led Linda and her husband Matt to open the 15th nationwide location of Help Your Diabetes  at 316 Central Way (old T-Mobile location). There are over 30 million Americans living with Type 2, and founder Dr. Murray Hockings has been helping people for 27 years. Linda knows first hand how much diabetes can impact patients and their families and is excited to share a more natural approach to Type 2 diabetics to enable them to manage their disease, reverse symptoms, and get off their medications.  After 5 months in the program so far, her mom even with her advanced dialysis which would normally exclude her from the program, was able to get her A1C from a 10 all the way down to a 6.1.   The five elements of the program include 1/specific foods to enjoy/avoid, 2/a supplement to balance gut bacteria, 3/exercise or movement protocol, 4/national weekly phone support group, 5/text, email, voice support 7 days a week from a doc (D.C.) that specializes in diabetes.

So how do they measure success? By getting your A1C count under 6 without meds.  Help Your Diabetes guarantees it.  You submit weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and your food log weekly while going through the program.  They guarantee three things: You will be clinically non-diabetic in less than 6 months.  You will be off your diabetes medications. This has 100% money back guarantee PLUS they will give you $500 for trying if you follow the protocol and it doesn't work for you. Nationally, Help Your Diabetes has helped over 25,000 patients.

They didn't disclose their flat fee to me,  but mentioned that financing is available (insurance does not cover). If you've been struggling with managing your Type 2 Diabetes and wanted to learn more about the HYD Program, an online appointment can be scheduled here for their downtown Kirkland location or you can call 425-655-0440.


Spooky Halloweeny Things to Know

If you are feeling the leaf-kicking, costume-wearing pumpkin-carving spirit, you'd better pay attention to this lineup for the weekend. Boo!

Halloween Parade 017 <--don't mess with this cowboy (circa 2006). man I miss that little guy


PeeWee Monster Bash
- Fri 10/25 10am-noon at the North Kirkland Community Center

Definitely kooky and not so much spooky.  Bring your 1-5 year old toddling bundles of cuteness over for Halloween themed carnival activities such as a cookie walk, swamp fishing for treats, crafts, a monster movement maze, story-time and more.  Toy prizes for all attendees, but there's no room for strollers so keep those bad boys at home.  This one sells out so register here or call 425-587-3336.

 

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Zombie Wine Walk
- Fri 10/25 6-9pm starting at The Heathman Hotel. 

After a morning with the toddlers, this is the time for the Mommy Zombies (and daddies and such) to rise up from dead and walk the streets of Kirkland in search of wine and shopping. This is clearly for the 21+ crowd and the non-refundable tickets are $25/ea. Get your tickets here.

 

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Pumpkins in the Par
k- Sat 10/26 12-3, Marina Park

It's a FREE fall harvest festival in the heart of downtown Kirkland. Carnival games, pumpkins, farm animals, vendors and a pop-up farmer's market will be going on while you sip your pumpkin latte (hopefully in the sun, says the weather now).  Dogs and children will have a costume contest and then you can gather at 1:45 with your littles for the 2pm parade.   Have your treat bags on the ready, because from 3-6pm participating shops (indicated by a balloon outside) downtown will be anxiously awaiting your trick-or-treaters.  Teal balloons are peanut-free merchants and orange balloons are not. 

 


Bite-Sized Info from Around Town

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I like to call these my Kirkland Snack-Packs.  A little bit goes a long way sometimes.......

oh waaaait!! Before you get your little snack, you should know that you can also find your favorite Kirkland Blog  (<--check out the new look/feel!) in other fun social places like Instagram (kirklandweblog), Facebook, and Twitter (@KirklandWeblog).  It's almost 2020 after all, and if Jennifer Anniston finally joined Insta and crashed the app, then so can we. 

 

Papi's Cantina- CLOSED. The fact that it took me this long to notice speaks for itself.

3rd Floor Fish Cafe Building- I know that you are feeling a glimmer of hope as you watch scaffolding and workers making updates, but ... BUZZKILL... there's nothing new that's known in the works there for the general public to date.  Same owner making some improvements on his company's building is the word I heard. No grilled romaine salad for you anytime soon. Actually, I take that back- love the internet- here's the recipe.

Holodeck- CLOSED their Kirkland storefront but moved the studio to Seattle (Urban Worklofts). What started as a pop-up shop stayed in Kirkland for 4 years, so they are now planning to bring 3D technolgoy to other areas while also focusing on their online business.

Urban Float- also GONE. Which is really too bad. I had only been there a few times, but that warm epson salt relaxation pod could definitely transport you to another universe.

The Slip- wants to keep the summer momentum going w/fun fall happy hours- everyday 3-5 and 8-close (food offerings under $8, wine/cocktail specials from $4.95 and $1 off drafts)

Kirkland Life Chiropractic- Congrats! They just celebrated their 20 year anniversary in Kirkland. Woot Woot!

Armoire- opened at Carillon Point. Having someone else dress me and launder my clothes sounds heavenly. I'll check this one out soon!

 


Poop Piles Everywhere

IMG_6876IMG_6876  <--Signs and flags at Juanita Beach Park, it's a mine field out there!

270 to be exact, for this month so far, and that's a lot of poop!  I'm going to try really hard to not insert a bunch of 'crappy' jokes throughout this post but I may not be able to help myself. 

There are 20,000 dogs in Kirkland.  That equals approx 6,000 pounds of poop a day, which is almost considered a $#!*t ton. And for the record, dog poop is not fertilizer, it can actually contaminate our waters and spread disease between dogs (E.coli, roundworms, parvovirus).  And then how sad must you  be if you're the parent of the toddler that crawls through a giant pile.  Or the adult that walks through it and then gets it on your car floormat for a long-lasting unintended air freshener. Plus it just looks bad all over our public places.

You may have noticed little yellow flags at Juanita Beach Park (on both the shore side and the north side) and Hazen Hills Park recently- indicating where un-scooped dog droppings have been left.  The City of Kirkland was awarded a grant by the King Conservation District that funds an educational campaign that includes research and monitoring to help protect our water quality.  And some lucky soul at the city gets to mark your pet's mess every Monday and take water samples to the lab for testing.  Labs will be back and analysis will happen toward the end of the year. By the way, this season marks the lowest number of spawning sockeye ever, which can be directly impacted by water quality issues in Lake Washington.

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So--- SCOOPY YOUR PET'S POOPY-- that's the message. There are plenty of new pet waste stations in our parks and the city is stocked with craploads of bags.  Already know this? Or are you that guy on your phone pretending not to notice when Rufus is dropping a deuce? Let's keep Kirkland clean.

If you think you're a super-scooper, then accept the challenge--  Take the pledge and receive a free poop scoop toolkit (dreams DO come true!).

Happy scooping!

 

 


Behind the Scenes at The Village at Totem Lake

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Who doesn’t love a hard hat tour?! It sure feels official, which is why I jumped at the chance to take one and hear what’s coming in the next phase of The Village at Totem Lake.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

There are two apartment communities, "Aura Totem Lake" from Trinsic Residential Group and Fairfield Residential "North" and "Aspect" that will be operating as one and bringing Kirkland 850 new 931+ sf homes.  Apartment pricing and leasing details will be available in Nov and completion is targeted for Q4 2019 thru Q4 2020.  There are multiple courtyards and shared spaces for working and recreating, a golf simulator, pool, bike and kayak storage and doggie facilities.  The apartments we walked through are nicely appointed with crisp modern white/gray/navy color palettes, stainless steel appliances and washer/dryer. I was standing with our mayor, Penny Sweet, who shared, “that was even better than I was expecting!” about our apartment tour.  When I was wondering about nearby green space, she also reminded me that Totem Lake Park that is nearby and getting ready to undergo a transformation.


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The Cinemark theater, scheduled for completion in Q2 2020, will have 8 auditoriums and 900 reserved seats with electric-powered over-sized luxury  loungers. No more driving to Bellevue or Woodinville for a movie- score!  The theater will be flanked with restaurants and a perhaps a beer hall and ‘plenty of wine’ they tell us (now you're talking). On Oct 25th an Australian branded store called Anko,  located betweeen Nordstrom Rack and Trader Joe's, will open its doors to the public.  They started out with pop-up stores in the US that people went bonkers for, and so they started opening stores in the Seattle area.  Their goods include home decor, kitchen and bath essentials, dining, clothing, pet and more all in a boutique style.   The Village store will be their 5th, where they plan to offer us “warm colorful inviting great-styled products at amazing prices, “ said Morgan from Anko.  They strive to foster creativity and inspiration and partner on a local level, also offering different DIY classes to the community. I'm really curious to check this one out! I have some friends that tell me Anko is awesome.

Anko (3)      Anko (3) <--major transformation happening in Anko's 7000 sf by 10/25

 

Joe’s Burgers is also opening later this month.  You know your burgers  by now, Kirkland, but also expect to find shakes, hot dogs and alternative beef options here.  Galo’s Flame Grilled Chicken will be cooking up some grilled chicken with  Portugese piri-piri sauce and spice, along with salads, wraps, burgers and bowls.  Both Galo's and  Sephora , that has 25,000 beauty products from 400 carefully curate brands, are slated for  Q2 2020. And in case you (and your skateboarder/teenager) missed it, Zumiez has already opened right next to Anthony Vince Nail Spa, where nails and champagne go hand in hand. You can look forward to 211 retail parking spaces in the new parking deck.....that’s always good news. 

It’s amazing to think of the transformation that has occurred in what used to be a tired crusty shopping center of yesteryear.  I love the renewed vibrancy that The Village at Totem Lake has brought to this northeast corner of Kirkland.  What else would you love to see at The Village?  I thought maybe a Warby Parker.  Soul Cycle. True Foods Kitchen. Bubble Tea.   More restaurants-- but not big chains. Sports store? Furniture store? Share your wish list in the comments! There are still a few retail spaces to fill.