Springtime is starting to look and feel a bit more normal as people get vaccinated and the sun shows up. The forecast says 81 degrees by Wednesday! "Evenings on Park Lane" have already started which closes the west end of Park Lane to vehicles nightly from 6-11 pm to increase foot traffic and allow for more outdoor capacity for businesses. This program will run through October 1st. In addition to this walkable downtown fun, our beloved Wednesday Market kicks off on June 2nd from 3-7 pm at Marina Park. You can check out this year's vendors here as you get ready to support our local farmers and artisans as we leave our houses again as we used to in 2019.
Another buzzzzzzz-worthy topic would be the bees from urban beekeeping company Alvéole that are taking up residence at Kirkland Urban. Upon installation on the roof of the Kirkland Urban North Building, the bees will pollinate the flora that surrounds Urban and at the end of the summer, and Alvéole will harvest the honey and share it will share it with our community. Pretty sweet, huh?
A stroll down Central Way is always full of discovery too. One of Bassline's old spaces appears to be getting ready for a jewelry and gift boutique called Alesia that is sustainable, inclusive, vegan, and animal friendly. Who doesn't love a meatless bracelet? Rainier Garage Door has vacated a few doors down and moved to 12708 Northup Way.
And for my last little gem of the day, it's not technically Kirkland but a close neighbor in Kenmore.... The Lodge at St. Edwards Park is open and people are starting to chatter about it. Have you been yet? Do tell.