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!

KirkUrbanKindnessBox Powerhourgift <-Kindness Mailbox & a Power Hour Gift Basket/photo cred: Kirkland Urban

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. :-)

Kirkland Urban-

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

Levue
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.

 

Village at Totem Lake-

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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Go Duff Around on Lake WA

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Perhaps we are not completely trapped this holiday season??? What if there was a Christmas miracle that allowed you to escape your home in a safe and special sort of way? Duffy Electric Boats to the rescue!  There are six of these tricked-out little rides docked right at the Kirkland Marina decorated with holiday lights so you can be part of your very own lighted holiday boat parade.  Bah-humbug to the pandemic,  THIS we can do-grab your family and masks and go. It's a one-hour ride for $149 plus insurance/tax and your household has a boat all to yourselves.  You are your own captain (or you can pay extra for one) and since they are electric, powered by 16 golf cart batteries, they are quiet and zero-emission. You don't even need a boater's license since your max speed will be 7mph.  This special 1hr rental with holiday pricing is available through January 3rd.


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When I asked my kids if they would like to do a holiday boat ride on our own Duffy boat, you would have thought I asked them if they'd like to go to the Caribbean.  "All of us?! On a boat ride? Where? When? This Saturday!!?"  they shrieked. We don't get out much anymore so putting on our big coats and holiday cheer and hopping in the car together for a mile ride to the marina for a new adventure was quite the novel experience.  We checked in at the tent on the south end of Marina Park and headed to the dock where the masked staff welcomed us and told us some super simple instructions about how to operate the boat.  The minimum rental age is 21. Each boat has a different color holiday-themed light trim and when it was time to go, we all launched off in a straight line to follow the lead yacht with blue lights.  My kids were not sad to discover a sealed container of iced holiday cookies that await the guests of each Duffy boat. The clear canvas sides of the 21' vessel zip up or down and there's even a little heater which keeps the adorable holiday-themed interior quite comfortable.  Onward! Our mini-parade headed south past Carillon's fabulous light display and continued on into Cozy Cove where we could oooh-and-ahhh at the homes and their displays also.  Staff is there to catch your boat and tie it up when you dock in the same area where you started. 

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If you haven't heard of Duffy Boats, it's an interesting story how Marshall "Duffy" Duffield designed the Duffy boats over 45 years ago and they became an integral part of the lifestyle in his city of Newport Beach, CA where he also later became mayor.  The City of Kirkland did an RFP back in 2019 for tourism at the marina, which sparked hoteliers Troy Longwith (former GM of our Heathman) and Tanner Eriksen, who lives in Newport, to pitch the Duffy idea for Kirkland.  And so here we are, and the Kirkland Duffies have seen many marriage proposals, memorials, and even a wedding!  There are different themed boats too- Seahawks, Cougs, and Huskies are all represented in these cleverly named boats such as Duff'n Hawks, Duff'n Around, Duff'n Good Times, to name a few. The Duff'n Hawks boat was featured twice on the intro to Sunday Night Football on NBC and features the work of street artist Kelsey Montague, who is known for her collaboration with Taylor Swift and the Wings of Nashville.  I appreciate that Troy and Tanner have an enthusiasm for Kirkland and also that they bring their hotel expertise to their  Duffy boats.  There are four scheduled bookings for each Duffy in an evening, and the boats are cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected between each session. They also use a cold-fogging solution that is similar to the one hotels use to keep their guests extra safe. 

So, are YOU going to "Do the Duffy?" (<-- weird watching pre-COVID videos sometimes, right?) You can book your Winterfest Light Cruise online here or email info@duffyboatfun.com or call/text 425-588-1716.  Enjoy!


ShopLocalKirkland.com Creates a Digital Main Street for Kirkland Businesses

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With cases on the rise and the weather forcing us to buckle down for winter, there's a great new way to buy local and support our Kirkland merchants! Here is the press release for www.shoplocalkirkland.com.  Turn on your holiday music and start clicking.

A new digital marketplace now makes it possible to find and purchase the unique goods, gifts, food and services that Kirkland businesses offer, many with contactless pickup and delivery options.  From clothing and décor to restaurants and wine to business, health and wellness services, ShopLocalKirkland.com offers a fast, easy way to make purchases, and support Kirkland businesses in the process.

“We are thrilled to provide this platform to connect Kirkland businesses to consumers and promote the exceptional goods and services that Kirkland businesses offer to shoppers” said Kirkland Mayor Penny Sweet  “We are fortunate to have incredible businesses in Kirkland, and ShopLocalKirkland.com makes it safe and convenient to buy from businesses we know and trust.  I signed our own retail business up and am looking forward to the results.”

The Shop Local Kirkland initiative responds to the economic impacts of COVID-19 on Kirkland’s business community and is designed to help local businesses survive and thrive through WA State’s Safe Start Plan and beyond. Small businesses are the backbone of the US economy, contributing about 50 percent of GDP. The vast majority of businesses in Kirkland are classified as small businesses.

Since the onset of COVID-19 in March 2020, restrictions imposed by local, state and federal governments have presented severe economic hardship for businesses that depend on in-person customer experiences. Small businesses are particularly vulnerable -- the average small business has only enough cash in reserve to remain open for 27 days and have suffered dramatic declines in revenue. The Shop Local Kirkland initiative endeavors to assist Kirkland businesses with recovery as well as help them take vital steps toward digital transformation so they can reach and transact with customers in the future.

“Current data shows that more than 80% of consumers purchase online, however not every small business has an online presence,” said Samantha St. John, CEO of the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce. “The Shop Local Kirkland initiative and the Shop Local Kirkland website aim to create a ‘safety-net economy’ designed to help small businesses weather disruption and downturns, build e-commerce capacity, and survive and thrive in a digital as well as physical marketplace.”

To peruse and purchase unique and trusted goods and services offered by Kirkland-based businesses, go to www.shoplocalkirkland.com

Have a business and want to join? Registration is free and open to all Kirkland-based businesses, including home businesses and not-for-profits. Register your business at  www.shoplocalkirkland.com.  Questions? Need help? Please email shoplocalkirkland@kirklandwa.gov.


The Village's VIRTUAL Hween Costume Contest

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I thought you'd enjoy this photo of me from Halloween 2013.  It's one of my faves because nobody recognized me and my kids were crying and running, confused to hear my voice but not seeing me in that face at all.  This year, there's a big contest in classic 2020 VIRTUAL style and yes, there are prizes..$50 gift cards to some of your favorite spots!  So get your silly, scary, crazy, hilarious costumes on at HOME this year and participate in the The Village at Totem Lake's 'Spooktacular' Virtual Halloween Costume Contest.  All family members- parents, kids, pets, are encourage to get decked out and enter.  Instructions are on their Insta Page. Snap and share a photo between Oct 19-30th and use the hashtag #TotemLakeHalloween and stay tuned for the winners to be announced on Oct 31st in the following categories:

Costume Categories:

  1. Best Princess or Superhero (prize: $50 gift card to one of The Village’s eateries)
  2. Best Make-up (prize: $50 Ulta Beauty gift card)
  3. Best Pet Costume (prize: $50 All The Best Pet Care gift card)
  4. Best Nails (prize: $50 Anthony Vince’ Nail Spa gift card)
  5. Judge’s Choice (prize: $50 gift card of winner’s choice at one of the stores above)

I'll be looking forward to your creativity!

  

 


Coffee &Cone Under New Ownership

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Good news! Coffee & Cone is under new ownership that plans to stay open year-round.  Yes, you read that correctly, ice cream and coffee 12-9 everyday, which seems pretty smart when we are heading towards some dark/rainy stay-at-home but I need ice cream because I'm lonely kind of days.  Edward (ie: Eddie to friends, photo below, mask only off for 6 seconds) and his wife Michelle are the new owners of this location at 1 Lakeshore Plaza since August 3rd.  Eddie was formerly in construction and is planning on a fresh coat of paint. 

When I asked Eddie to tell me 'the scoop' (I'm really on my game today, right?), he said their fresh coffee beans come from Middle Fork Roasters out of Seattle.  A 12 oz latte is $3.50 or $4 for a 16 oz.  The ice cream is still the same Cascade Glacier brand out of OR that Coffee & Cone customers have always enjoyed.  A generous kids scoop is $3.50 or $4.50 for regular heaping scoop. My favorite new addition is the walk-up window where a masked/gloved smiling person will fetch you a dreamy delight without having to step foot indoors.  Grab your treat and then enjoy it in Marina Park just steps away. Starting in November there will be a new Polish Bakery pop-up offering paczkis and Euro pastries every Saturday.  Don't forget this little hidden gem 'under the stair's at Lakeshore Plaza, our small businesses need us! 

Coffee&ConeEddie < go say hi to Eddie