Small Threads for Kids has Big Deals for Us

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Small Threads for Kids is a youth consignment store that opened in Totem Lake (12507 116th Ave NE) three months ago.  The former US Bank building is now bursting at the seams with every color of the rainbow in children's gently used clothes sizes newborn to 16, strollers, bouncy seats, car seats, books, games, stuffies, and more.  This is a great way to upcycle and keep usable items and dollars in our own community.  They are constantly getting new things in so check back often.  Some of the hottest items right now are outerwear, leggings, newborn items (Evergreen is just a skip jump away), and brands such as Janie & Jack, Hannah Andersson, and Mini Boden.  I was impressed that everything is so neat, organized, and well labeled.

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Have you been staying inside and cleaning out your kids' closets on these rainy days? Excellent.  You can consign 6 items by popping in without an appointment or up to 35 items with an appointment. The split is 60 % (Small Threads)/ 40% (your wallet) and stays on the rack for up to 60 days at which time unsold items can be returned or donated.  Hours are Mon-Fri 9:30am-6 pm and Sat 10-5 (closed Sunday). There are also locations in Issaquah, Redmond, and soon-to-be Mill Creek. I'm a little sad that Small Threads didn't show up a few years ago when my kids were growing out of their clothes every three months.  For those of you in that phase, this will be a winner! 


Alesia and the Delights Behind Their Doors

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I was expecting a ten-minute stop when I meandered into Alesia, a new shop where Bassline (the 425 room) used to be on Central Way.  But the warmth and friendliness that I encountered kept me there for a longer visit. Meet Steve and Melody of Alesia, former teachers and possibly the most down-to-Earth bringing all the love to the table with no judgment kind of people.  Their shop is a self-proclaimed creative dichotomy of physical textures that are never off-the-rack.  They feature 32 different designers in jewelry, home goods, paintings, artistic glass, and handbags, along with Steve's custom jewelry work.  

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You'll get pulled into the comfort of their space that includes the cutest puppy on the planet named Finnley (photo below) and their "Bertie the Fox" logo that was created by Melody's son.  This charismatic duo cares about and supports sustainability and inclusivity and features products such as ethical lab-grown diamonds, recycled metals, conflict-free fair-trade gemstones, and vegan/cork purses.  They want to emphasize that EVERYONE is welcome, and proudly give a portion of their proceeds to TransFamilies and Pasado's Safe Haven

These former teachers are not focused on fancy, they are going for approachable and welcome their guests to be engaged and relaxed.   You won't easily find prices on things because they encourage you to ask questions and interact with their products- engage in the experience because so many of these new and unusual artisans create tactile pieces that you need to feel and have fun with.  As I started checking out the pieces, this concept became more clear to me.  A clever artist made this bracelet (photo above) that fits comfortably and artfully around the shape of my wrist, and many of the rings were square-shaped to perfectly compliment my fingers.  A fan- favorite of the artists they feature is Elizabeth Garvin.  Items in their shop range from $50 to several thousand depending on your taste and intention.  I'd encourage you to pop in and enjoy the beautiful uniqueness of Alesia's products and the warm welcome you will receive there.  Hours are Tues-Fri 11-5:30 and Sat 10-4  (closed Sun/Mon).

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Eclectic

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Too many things are opening and I can't keep up! Ack!  Cloud Food Court, Hola House, Sasquatch Strength, Alesia, and  Natural Wine are all OPEN. I need the downpours (and holidays) to stop so I can go meander around downtown without getting drenched and check these spots out. I did pop in and say hello to Sal, the manager at "Eclectic" at 3 Lake St, whose sign is not quite up yet, where Crush's Kirkland storefront used to be.

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There are so many colors, it was really fun to take photos!  This new shop has handmade products from Morocco, Turkey, Egypt, and India so everything is handmade and unique.  There are colorful painted ceramic lead-free bowls ($17/ea or 3 for $45, photo) that are safe for eating and handwashing. You'll also discover mosaic lamps in a variety of sizes and colors($100-1200) which remind me of my Grandma's house and her fancy Tiffany-style lamp.  Sal can help you sort through the various colors and styles of handmade rugs too ($1-5K).  He's already noticed how friendly people are here, so don't forget to spread your holiday cheer here too!


Diamonds and Departures

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I've lived in Kirkland since 1998 and Vince from Lake Street Diamond (106 Lake St) is one of a handful of merchants that I remember being around since my Day 1 as a steadfast and reliable community member.  But after 37 years of helping locals design and select beautiful jewelry pieces, it is time for some well-deserved rest.  He was reminiscing that when he opened in 1984, Kirkland was a sleepy little town even though, he chuckles, "there was no parking then either."   

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Our beloved Vince and his wife Lu are throwing a giant retirement sale with up to 70% off to clear out their merchandise before they close their doors in mid-January.  And I know you love things that sparkle (or someone that does!), so hurry on in for the best selection and wish them well in their next phase of life.  Not surprisingly, I was canvassing each case, and there's both casual and fancy along with a variety of price points for some early holiday shopping.  I may or may not have purchased something depending on who is reading this ;-)  


Bartell Drugs Opens on Central Way

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I will sleep better at night knowing there is a convenient location in downtown Kirkland (312 Central Way) where I can grab a charcuterie plate, a greeting card, a prescription, lipgloss, band-aids,a flu shot, and a bottle of vodka all in one stop. Bartell Drugs , owned by Rite Aid, has been a local family business and is now in its 131st year in the Seattle area.  They pride themselves on knowing their customers and being a trusted wellness destination to the communities they serve.  To celebrate their official opening day this Saturday 11/13 from 7 am-12 pm, they will have gift basket giveaways, caricature drawings (always entertaining!),  and the first 200 customers in the door will receive a limited edition coffee mug with a surprise $5-250 gift card inside. 

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At the ribbon cutting on Monday, my OCD tendencies were satiated by all of Bartell's straight lines and beautifully fully stocked shelves.  I felt I had found my people.  It's also handy that there is a line of sight over the tops of the aisles to easily orient yourself and find your next item easily.   They love partnering with local vendors, so you will see many familiar brands that you already enjoy like Beecher's cheese and hellooooo Theo Chocolate, free with an in-store purchase of $10 or more 11/13. Don't forget there is also a photo center AND a key maker machine, which I need every-so-often and never remember where I have seen them when I actually need one. Filing this info away in my foggy for later. 

Remember there is some street parking and also underground parking (entrance on Central Way), in addition to delivery services or curbside pickup.  Store hours are Mon-Fri 7am-10pm and Sat/Sun 7am-9pm.  And since I know you are curious, yes, the apartments above are open and people are already moved in. Grab your raincoat and go give them a warm welcome on Saturday so you can get some swag and mess up all of their straight lined shelves. 

 


Check Out Scoop Marketplace for Zero Waste Groceries

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When I was a young girl many ions ago, one of my favorite shows was "Little House on the Prairie" which featured a family and community set on a small farm in the 1800s.  When I walked into Scoop Marketplace in Juanita Village (9743 NE 119th Way), it hinted at a modern-day version of the Little House General Store. Luckily Mr. and Mrs. Olson were not there, but perhaps they were onto something back then? Food items such as flour, beans, nuts, and spices are stored in large jars so that you can take only what you need and avoid wasteful packaging.  Bring your own jar or buy a clean/inexpensive recycled one to take your goods home and then refill each time.  There is a weighing station that calculates the cost product you've selected.   

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It's not just food, though, there are also cleaning and personal products such as laundry detergent, Epsom salt, brushes, soaps, and even tree-free toxin-free toilet paper! Scoop's vision is to build a sustainable future for all and they have opened their second shop right here in Kirkland to help us embrace 'walking more gently on the planet.' Memberships are available with added perks.  Hours are 10-6 every day. You can also order online and pick up at the shop.  

Scoop Marketplace just kicked off a Crowdfunding campaign to help them grow and be able to expand offerings with purchases such as refrigerators for produce and fresh bulk foods, a tap system for bulk oils and beverages, nut butter grinders, a coffee grinder, over for fresh baked goods, and an upgraded scale system.  They are striving to bring in $32K by November 1st from those that are also passionate about embracing sustainable living and sourcing that supports ethical, small, local, and minority-owned businesses.  Link to help donate to Scoop Marketplace and their mission is here.  Suddenly our planet feels very small, doesn't it?  Thank you for caring, Scoop. 


Pop Open the Bubbles at Pop Culture Champagne Bar

I have launched two daughters off to different colleges in the past few weeks so I'm feeling excited for them, a bit exhausted, and shamefully delighted by the lack of dishes, papers, and shoes all over my house.  In between my moments of chaos, I did manage to sneak in some bubbles at Pop Culture Champagne Bar, which I figured you might be curious about as well...

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Pop Culture Champagne Bar- 42 Lakeshore Plaza (previously Athina Flora)  This new hotspot makes the most of their small space by popping with eclectic girly decor, indoor and outdoor tables, and of course plenty of bottles of bubbly.  You can order up a flight to sample different varietals or choose from a lineup of champagnes, other sparkling wines/proseccos ranging from $7-21/glass ($25-375/bottle).  There are also a few wine and beer options so that every Kirklanders' palate can be satiated.  If your love of bubbles runs deep, your savior may very well be their Culture Club Wine Club, with three different options that have varying levels of perks and imbibing. I also love their clever and whimsy play-on-words in everything they do (menu, website, marketing).  Owner Carolyn Holt is often there to answer your questions and share her love of this new Pop Culture Champagne Bar.  She has been patiently waiting, amid many obstacles, to open her dream champagne bar to share with our Kirkland community, so let's go show her the love.  "Pop" on by for a taste, hours are Weds & Thurs 2-8pm, Fri & Sat 12-9pm, and Sun 12-5.  206-300-4495. Cheers!

 

 

 


I'm Drinking at "the Q"

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Wasn't this the best sunny summer we've had in a long time? Despite a few 115 degree days and an ongoing pandemic (booo), I was loving it.  My golf handicap even dropped 5 strokes.  But now reality is punching me in the face as we launch two freshmen off to college within weeks of each other.  I'm currently an advanced college shopping/packing/decorating pro and will be adding that to my resume while promptly heading to "the Q" for Happy Hour to celebrate my almost adult children and the idea of having way fewer dirty dishes and clothes around my house.  I wasn't comfortable telling you this secret earlier in the season, because honestly, I was worried you would head over there and take all the seats, and then there would be none for me.  But now I'm ready to tell you about Happy Hour at QFC in Kirkland Urban.  Technically it is the "Q20 Public House"  but it sounds way hipper if we call it "the Q".    When a friend asked if I ever do HH at "the Q", I laughed out loud thinking they were kidding.  But this is no joke, my friends.    

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This unassuming, tiny but mighty, open-air bar allows for amazing everyday burger eating/grocery shopping people-watching, coupled with a 3-6 pm daily happy hour that gets you $1 off their already very reasonably priced wine and beer.  They have lots of beers on tap starting at $5 (depending on size).  Wines are $5-8/glass before it's even happy hour and they're not slackers either. You'll find PNW faves such as Mark Ryan 'The Vincent' Blend for $8 or an Erath Pinot Gris for $6.  You can even order a Tutta Bella Pizza at their window.  This is a great little casual inexpensive option with underground parking. The only challenge is finding a seat at the bar! There are also indoor tables for thirsty folks in the winter. 

Other quick things I think you should know:

  • Tom Douglas is not kidding around. He's opening his first Eastside location with a Serious Pie in the Village at Totem Lake.  Construction is underway (right near Cinemark) their much-anticipated opening will be early next year. 
  • See Spot Splash is a City of Kirkland event at the Peter Kirk Pool and Park where your pooch can celebrate the end of the season with some extra fun and new fluffy friends. It is Saturday 9/11 10 am-3 pm, and there are 5 sessions to choose from for different sized dogs.  You'll find food, rescue groups, vendors, a cakewalk, and even best-trick contests. Proof of rabies vaccination req'd and pre-registration is highly recommended.  Register at kirklandparks.net or 425-587-3330.
  • Only a few days left for early bird pricing on tickets to Still Spa at The Woodmark's Pumpkin Spice & Pampering is Nice event 9/28.
  • Amazon 4 Star opened at The Village at Totem Lake just across from Athleta.  Instead of simply the impulse of clicking purchases, you can now be tempted by the universe's favorite 4 star + rated products right in front of your nose.  It's a great place to pick up a gift or even just a chuckle, as we did at the book "100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings." Ok, I also succumbed to the temptation of a dryer/styler hair tool I've been curious to try. 

Enough for now. This should keep you busy for a while. 

 

 

 

 

 


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.