Don't Yell at Me and more

There's a name you won't forget!  Don't Yell at Me is a new boba tea shop that will be opening at The Village at Totem Lake on Sat 7/24 at noon.  This is their second shop and you'll find classic flavors like Taiwanese black tea as well as unexpected creations such as tiramisu milk tea topped with cheese foam.  This is on my weekend visit list because on Saturday and Sunday you can receive a free topping for visiting during their soft opening.

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In other opening news, Aegis Living Kirkland Waterfront has some events to share for their new Italian Villa styled assisted living and memory care facility at 1002 Lake Street South.  Wellness Experience Tours are offered through 7/25. Three options and you can sign up here.  And then get ready to par-tay on Saturday 8/7 at their Italian Street Fair from 1-4pm.  Everyone is welcome to join in the games, food, entertainment, and to learn about their new facility.

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Next week I'll be visiting the recently re-opened Beach Cafe at the Woodmark Hotel in Carillon Point to see what Chef Brian Doherty has created for us. OMG, and The Blend by Ste. Michelle is open on Lake St. and I'm dying to go sip some wine there. And bubbles at Pop Culture Champagne Bar.   How do we fit it all in??!!  More deets soon...


Heat Waves and Bundt Cakes

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I'm sick of talking about the heat wave.  Would you like a chance to win "Free Bundlets for a Year?!"  Duhh...who doesn't? Especially after you taste these moist and delicious cakey treasures from Nothing Bundt Cakes that just opened Friday at 213 3rd Street (in the old Urban Float space @ Kirkland Square).  With 10 flavors and four sizes of bundt cakes, you can either drop-in, order ahead, online,  or opt for local delivery to your air-conditioned house that you may be hiding in right now.  Everything is baked on-site and the Kirkland location is the latest addition for the 400+ store franchise.  The Issaquah and Mill Creek locations have quite a following, so buzz started early when their sign went up in Kirkland (photo). 

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Leslie McBride (photo) is an ex-Microsoft employee and Finn Hill resident that is excited to own her own business and meet all of youKirklanders.  When I asked how she chose Nothing Bundt Cakes she said, "I chose this franchise because I love the product, culture, owners, and emphasis on giving back to the community." Pro tip: vanilla is her favorite flavor (and she does not mind tasting them all).  The most popular flavor is chocolate-chocolate chip, which I had an opportunity to try.  It was super moist and chocolaty and since I indulged at 4pm, I wasn't hungry for dinner until 10! Not that I am recommending cake for dinner.  Or am I? Hmmmmm. Red velvet is next on my list to try.  And carrot cake is always a fave of mine too.  I will need to pace myself this bikini season. Bundtinis are the smallest bite-sized option prices at $24/dozen.  Bundlets are $5 and cakes start at $27 (which you can customize and yes...weddings too!)

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"Tell me about the free cake already!"  Is this what you're thinking? Got it.  One lucky Kirkland Weblog reader will win "Free Bundtlets for a Year" (one bundtlet per month for 12 months).  Here's what you do: follow  and like  @KirklandWeblog on social media: Insta and/or Facebook. By the way, if you aren't doing this already, you are missing gems of information. Find the recent post with a pic of the 4th of July Bundt cake and comment to let us know the flavor you are most excited to try.  A winner will be randomly selected from these comments on Monday July 5th. Good luck my little bundlets!

Nothing Bundt Cakes is open Mon-Sat 10-7 (closed Sunday). Sign up for their newsletter and get a free bundlet on your bday. Their Kirkland Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting is 7/8 at 5:30 pm and on 7/9 20% of all sales will go to Hopelink. And HEADS UP-- on 7/10 every customer gets a free 'confetti' bundlet while supplies last. Questions? Call 425-979-7600 or email kirkland-wa@nothingbundtcakes.com. 

 

 

 


Sunshine and Vaccinated People

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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?

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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. 

 


Barnes & Noble Has Arrived

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Barnes & Noble at The Village at Totem Lake has opened their doors and people have promptly nestled in chairs and corners with their noses in books!  This is the first store on the west coast with their new look and feel geared towards making it a meeting place for community gatherings.  And that's pretty amazing to say after the year we've just had. The store feels big, open and inviting and you can't help but wander from pod to pod exploring the various wonders they present.  There's a Kids Club in the back, greeting cards, tables stacked with recommendations from Oprah and Reese Witherspoon, and every genre of book you might be searching for.  Of course, there is also a cafe so we don't find ourselves immersed in reading without our beloved coffee. 

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The Grand Opening is scheduled for May 26th and will be celebrated with author Kobi Yamada in attendance at 9am.  Barnes & Noble also has memberships, and if you're a first-timer it's $25 and you receive 20% off your first purchase.  Members get free shipping online with no minimum and 10% off qualifying purchases all year long.

Go visit them and inhale the scent of fresh paper and ink (through your mask).  You can find Barnes & Noble where Anko used to be, between Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. Sounds like a great time to find some summer reads!


Plantiful for the Win

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Nestled on the 2nd floor at Kirkland Urban you can now find delicious snacks and meals at Plantiful Superfoods.  This plant-based restaurant just at the top of the stairs by the QFC (next to Evergreens that is not re-opened yet) has toasts, pizzas, burgers, acai bowls, smoothies, and drinks.  Most meals range from $12-14.  My "Rainbowl" was really good with fresh mango, berries, granola (photo).  Steve was curious about the chia pudding in there, which wasn't his favorite texture, but I thought it added interest and unique flavor. The "Plantiful toast" (photo) was excellent- avocado, garlic, radishes, greens, and a sweet spread made this a fun little delight I would definitely go back for.  The space is new and clean with indoor distanced seating and also a few outdoor tables. This locally-owned business has an owner that comes by and says hello and checks in with you too.  Stay tuned, you may even see another location in Seattle soon.

Go support this new concept while doing something good for your body!  Plantiful Superfoods is open from 10-8 every day and will have some 20% off specials to kickoff their official Grand Opening in May. 

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Taking Care of Yourself at Kirkland Life Chiropractic

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A few things have gone askew during this last pandemic year, so it has never been more important to remember to take good care of yourself.  We are all spending a bit more time hunched at our desk on Zoom calls and trying to keep up with getting some exercise and activities into our day as we re-emerge with the springtime weather.  Unfortunately, our bodies do not always cooperate (says the old lady writing this post)!

I want to give a shoutout to our newest advertiser, Kirkland Life Chiropractic, that has proudly been serving their patients for 21 years and has a long and loyal list of local followers.  When I dropped in for a few scheduled services, I bumped into Nick, an athletic trainer I know from a local gym, who told me he has been going to Kirkland Life for years.   On my next visit, I find another familiar face, Jason (formerly of Bassline Fitness), running Kirkland Life’s cryotherapy program. Small world?!  Or perhaps these guys are onto something.  Kirkland Life’s location is in a small Bridle Trails retail center, at 13116 NE 70th Place, that feels friendly and familiar as their staff smiles from behind their masks and greet you like a friend.  Many of their staff have been there for years, and it is easy to sense their camaraderie.

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Here is the re-cap on my visit.  First, there was a massage with Brian who asked a few questions about my nagging shoulder injury and proceeded with hawk-like precision to loosen it up and get it moving.  I wish that hour did not have to fly by.  Next up was a full-body cryotherapy session with Jason at -265 degrees. Three minutes feels pretty darn long when your body temp drops over 30 degrees.  The good news is that it reduces inflammation, stimulates immune response, improves joint function and helps reduce stress and anxiety.  You can do full body cryo or opt for a local application if you want to focus on a particular area.  Jason stays in the room (your lightly covered body is hidden from sight) to chat and distract you from your body’s natural tendency to want to run out of there. When it is over, you feel ready to conquer the world!  Mention the Kirkland Blog for a $40 first-time cryo visit and you can also enjoy a 3-session package for $99.

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Dr. Andrea Emde is the newest addition to the Kirkland Life Chiropractic team, who is not only a chiropractor but also a Naturopathic Physician.   She must really like school (kids take note!). Her dad was a chiropractor, and she grew up working in his office being keenly interested in how patients walked in with pain and walked out with a smile. She loves how each case brings a unique challenge and how she can draw on all her schooling and skill sets to find unique treatment plans for her patients.  Whether it is neck, back, or radiating pain, nutritional/gut issues, fatigue, hormonal inbalances, or helping an athlete get to their peak performance, Dr. Emde takes a holistic approach and takes the time to listen to each patient’s concerns. She also offers vitamin shots such as B-12 (energy), B-Complex (mood/cognitive function), and D (energy, immune function, building bones) that are often given in a series. Mention the Kirkland Blog and you will receive $5 off an injection therapy!  

Kirkland Life Chiropractic is open Mon, Tues (afternoon), Weds and Friday.  They are welcoming new patients and accept most major insurance plans.  You can reach out to 425-576-5433 or online here to schedule and ask questions. Be well, friends!


School, Sun and other Buzzworthy notes

My three teens ventured off to their first day of (in-person!) high school yesterday in over a year.  Hearing the snooze button go off 14 times and adult-sized people sprint out the door by 7:30 am was a welcome buzz at our house.  They came home from their 5 hour day mentally and physically exhausted, yet excited to see some forgotten friends and teary-eyed teachers.  And for those 5 hours, my house was quiet and there were zero dishes in the sink. Ahhhhhh.  Add in this amazing sunshine and a little slice of normal was feeling pretty darn good.   Speaking of goodness...here's some for you..

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I love the synergy of our local hotspots here.  Hearth at the Heathman and the Kirkland Performance Center have partnered up for the April 25th virtual show. Get ready for a Beatles-themed brunch menu (with cleverly named offerings) along with a live-stream performance of the Beatles tribute band Good Day Sunshine. Doors open at 12:30 with the live stream from 1-2:30.  Don't wait, though, because you need to purchase tickets in advance! $40 per person (socially distanced tables and max 6/table) get you a welcome mimosa/coffee/tea and a Hearth brunch entree.  Love the idea but want to do it from home? No problem. $35 for breakfast pickup and a link so you can listen in from your own space. Sign up here, Sgt. Pepper.

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Sunday brunch is back at Anthony's HomePort and just in time for Seattle Restaurant Week.  Reservations are best due to limited seating. Brunch is Sundays 10-2 and now through 4/30 you can enjoy a 3 course meal for $35. And apparently, rhubarb season is almost here too. Who knew!?

 

-->Has anyone been to Plantiful yet in Kirkland Urban? Opened 4/10. Suuuuper excited about this one, so stay tuned.

-->And rumor has it Lounge by TopGolf is open again with limited capacity and new seating arrangements.

-->Food Lifeline donation stations are at Kirkland Urban every Thursday from 10-4. Bring your shelf-stable and canned goods to help fight hunger.

-->Madison Reed's first local salon/retail space is now open at The Village at Totem Lake.  Well-known for their friendly-ingredient hair color products, they also take the mystery out of coloring your hair and finding your favorite shade.  Should my grays be the guinea pig for this service?  They don't go down without a fight.

 

 


Good Things Like Kindness. And beer.

All good news here folks.  First, Wilde Rover is re-opening as of 3/6 and plans to be seeing your gorgeous masked faces on Wednesdays thru Sundays from 3-11 until they get fully re-staffed. Just in time for an outdoor socially distanced St. Patty's Day brew perhaps? Woot!

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Kirkland Urban has designated March as "KU Kindness Month." 

From paying for the person behind you in line to donating to local nonprofit Food Lifeline, this month is all about paying it forward and spreading kindness. On select Mondays, families can find a #MondayMotivation note near Fountain Court while supplies last. Every Wednesday, Kirkland Urban will be sharing the love and giving away a gift basket from a local business on its Instagram page. Each Thursday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Food Lifeline will have a donation station at Fountain Court near QFC.

Kirkland Urban is also asking folks to thank workers in the community who have been performing essential duties amidst the pandemic by writing a letter of appreciation. Families can drop off their letters in the Kindness mailbox located in front of 400 Urban Plaza (photo). Letters may be shared on Kirkland Urban’s social media pages.

Folks who participate in the month of kindness are encouraged to post about their experiences on social media using the hashtag #KUKindness.

Spread the love, Kirkland!


Talk to Me

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For some reason, random people talk to me every time I wear my puffy gold metallic coat. It is a bit of a talking piece itself but I like to believe it has superpowers that repel the infamous 'Seattle Freeze.' I love it because its magic reminds me of normal days, pre-2020, when interacting with friendly Kirklanders was easy and every day.    Before we all fell mysteriously silenced and anonymous behind our masks.  I chatted with someone at the avocados at Costco (which are perfect right now btw) and then a lady even asked me where I thought she could find the dish soap.  Some small talk with the person behind me at the register topped off a stellar trip.  Eye contact.  Laughter. You have to take the wins and relative normalcy where you can.

In other puffy coat news, you should know that there is a "Puffy Jacket Pop-Up Dining Series" across the PNW (clearly I'm ready!). Columbia Hospitality announced the Feb 19th kickoff of six weeks of rustic food and drinks in a welcoming outdoor ambiance at 14 different hotels, resorts, and restaurants. Our very own Heathman Hotel is participating along with this list of great places to try around our region.

I also have some updates from Kirkland Urban and Totem Village to share.  So go put on your symbolic gold coat (and mask) and talk to some distanced strangers at some of these places.  They need your business. And know that you're making people smile. :-)

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Kirkland Chamber of Commerce and Kirkland Downtown Association: moved in Jan 4th

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Levue Nails & Spa
- just opened!

Coming Soon: Plantiful Superfoods plant-based restaurant, Vinason Pho & Grill, Dough Zone

Power Hour 360: one free month w/membership purchase + 2 free workout classes

Shake Shack: 3 new Korean-style items on the menu now thru 4/5 and a new Sugar Vanilla Shake.

Tutta Bella: unveiling their new Take n' Bake pizza (10-12 mins) and available anytime in the deli grab/go section.

Chainline Brewing: Happy Hour! Mon-Fri 12-5pm includes $1 off tap beers, pizza and pretzels. Tented outdoor seating welcomes kids and dogs.

 

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NEW stuff:

Don't Yell at Me (Q1 2021) - Boba Tea

Mayweather <--sadly that's not me in the ring
Mayweather Boxing + Fitness
(Q1 2021)- Become a champion for 45 mins a day learning from Floyd's techniques

Bok a Bok Fried Chicken (Q2 2021)- air-dried, hand-dipped, double-fried chicken (Lord help us!)

Sleep Number (Q2 2021)- Beds, pillow-top, and memory foam mattresses

Madison Reed (Q2 2021)- Luxurious hair color (yes, you hear all of their commercials on your podcasts). Their first "color bar" in WA State- services and product.

Things we knew about w/updated timelines:

  • Cinemark                                                   Q1 2021 (opening at limited capacity)
  • Silverlake Ramen                                            Q1 2021
  • Stack 571 Burger and Whiskey Bar™         Q2 2021
  • ShabuGen                                                  Q2 2021
  • Yuan Spa                                                     Q3 2021

Places you can currently wear your puffy coat and talk to strangers at The Village:

  • 203°F Coffee Co.
  • Chipotle
  • Dué Cucina
  • Joe’s Burgers
  • MOD Pizza
  • Panda Express
  • Salt & Straw
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Whole Foods Market
  • All The Best Pet Care  
  • Anthony Vince’ Nail Spa
  • Athleta
  • AutoZone
  • Evereve
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • lululemon
  • Ross Dress For Less
  • Sephora
  • Sweet Serenity
  • ULTA Beauty
  • Urban Tread
  • Zumiez
  • AT&T
  • HSBC Bank 
  • KeyBank
  • T-Mobile
  • Verizon
  • Vida Integrated Health
  • Wells Fargo
  • Xfinity

 

 

 

 

  


You Can Do It, 2021!

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I feel sort of bad for 2021 and the weight she must carry on her shoulders.   I do not envy her. We are all cautiously optimistic knowing 2021 has to pick up the pieces of that fresh hell that was 2020 and try to get us moving forward again.   I figured it's a good sign that she's making her best effort when I opened my blinds to see THIS, a rainbow so close I could almost touch it (no pot of gold at the end, we checked).  I was, however, getting a little uneasy when I read about the series of minor quakes and tremors that have been rumbling nearby lately.  Not now 2021, not now, we need you to hold tight sister.  I decided it was wise to double-check the status of my emergency-prep supplies and wanted to give you this reminder too. What a great stay-at-home project-right?! Here's a link to our city's advice on building a kit/making a plan.  And you can also buy kits from a local company in Redmond that I've used called Prepare Smart, where I'm sure they would do a touch-free pick up and appreciate the support. 

Speaking of supporting small businesses- have you heard the news? Kirkland is hosting free parking spots in the Marina Park lot for in-car dining.  A handful of the restaurants downtown will deliver right to your car! That's pretty exciting around this house, because if our family can all pile in the car and place a few food orders to arrive curbside while we stare at the lake, pounding rain,  and lingering holiday lights from our cars then THAT would be a big night out circa 2021. Baby steps- first a rainbow, then a meal in public inside my car? Things are looking up my friends.  Participating restaurants and their online menus can be found here.  See you in the park (..ing lot?) ? Yessssss. C'mon 2021. We can do THIS.

PS- are you following the Kirkland Weblog on social media? New Year's reminder: Facebook, Insta, Twitter. Sometimes secrets and little tidbits hit there first. ;-) Besides, we're already friends what are you waiting for?