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! 

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High Five to New Shops Opening

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The two new places I was going to tell you about today both have 'initial' names. Very hipster! J McLaughlin and T Anthony featured today on K Weblog.   Let's start with T. Anthony Jewelers so you can be lucky enough to meet Tyler (Anthony) Sholdt and his wife Kellie (photo above, I let them take their masks off for a moment so you could see their real faces).  They just moved from their downtown Seattle location to Carillon Point 6 weeks ago.  The Sholdts have done a fabulous remodel in Armoire's old space (still online), so they can bring a personal and customized jewelry experience to their new and existing clients.  Check out the awesome wallpaper behind them in this photo. Tyler's family has been in the jewelry business since 1935, and he's spent the last 22 years growing organically through referrals.  His favorite part of his job is the connections he makes with his clients through designing custom pieces.  Kellie shares that he is a perfectionist and works relentlessly to make things that exceed customer expectations.  There's no big push to sell what's in the case, although there are lovely things in cases too, it's more about understanding someone's vision and making it a reality, whether it be an engagement, anniversary, special occasion or generational re-creation.  Kellie says, "It's affordable too.  Many clients say they didn't know they could have something like this."  They are not really retail and not online either, "we are proud to be old-school about the experience of buying fine jewelry," they say. And their Yelp reviews speak volumes too, not to mention some of these beautiful pieces.

Hours are M-F 10-6 and you can meet with Tyler by appointment. They are delighted by all of the warm welcomes they have received from Kirklanders (you all are awesome!) thus far and are excited to be part of our community. Pop in and say hello. They are so warm and welcoming and also have scotch and champagne on the ready. I know that'll get you moving! Also mention you read about them on the Kirkland Blog aka K Blog and you'll get a free T Anthony jewelry cleaner. WIN!


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J. McLaughlin is now open at 129 Park Lane in the Essentials old space.  I know some East Coast gals that are excited about this one!  Everything in here feels classy and rich, my fingertips were delighted as they touched the corners of delicious fabrics on hangers.  It made me realize I need to stop wearing Athleta everyday and start dressing like a grown up.  You'll find lots of prints, plenty of leopard and fall colors too. They do 1:1 appointments for sessions where you can design your own personal style with one of their knowledgeable staff. You can even do this over Zoom!  Everything is machine washable and prices range from $148-398.  This store is their first in WA, but it is #158 in the country.  Tina and Megan are the managers, so you should go peruse their new collection and say hello.  There's even a small men's section. Hours are 11-5 everyday but Sunday is 10-6.  


Restore. Yes, please.

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in Kirkland Urban opened on Feb 22nd and then we blinked and COVID was here. Fast forward six months and I've had time to mask up, walk on over and pay them a visit. There's usually street parking right outside their door. And it's exactly what we all need- a little injection of  hyper-wellness!   We need to remember to take care of ourselves, especially when we've taken up new outdoorsy adventures like hiking and biking and kayaking, or binge watching Netflix that can make our old asses sore.  Feel free to drop in or make an appointment  for a socially distanced/masked tour of this clean and new recovery haven. 

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They offer services that include full body cryotherapy (good for inflammation, metabolism, mood boost, skin/collagen generation), PBM infrared light therapy (reduces pain, cellular regeneration, eye health, skin, sleep), infrared sauna (detoxifying, heats from within), hyperbaric oxygen chamber (stimulates healing), compression therapy (lymphatic stimulation), stretch therapy (assisted stretching), and nutrient IV's  (with a very extensive menu, these require an initial consult with their nurse/naturopathic doc).  They also offer cryoslimming (Oh sign me up!) and cryotoning and cryofacials with a specialized aesthetician. 

Restore has 62 locations and plans to have 125 across the U.S. by the end of the year.   Over 180 Kirkland members have been using these all-natural modalities to help themselves feel better in recent months. The staff can help you put together a plan to meet your individual goals and tailor a program to address your needs.  Or if you prefer, you can just drop in for a service when you feel like you need it.  Training for a marathon and feeling sluggish? Working to recover from an injury? Everyone needs a nudge. Co-owner JJ Durant says they also offer great treatment alternatives and compliments for chronic pain such as rheumatoid arthritis and even auto-immune conditions such as lupus.

Everything can be a la carte or memberships start at $79 and work up to $239 (for a daily pass) depending on your number of visits.  Members also get a discount on services. Bonus- students get 50% off retail prices!  My husband has been in to Restore for cryotherapy (brrrrr..) twice in the last week and is potentially addicted, so there's a good chance you'll see us there. 

 

 


Pushing Forward. Donuts. Bubbles...Onward.

I've had a shoulder injury that is taking some time to heal. This getting old thing is hard to get my head around.  It doesn't  matter how hard I work at physical therapy  (thx LWPT for the in-home sessions!), it just needs TIME.  Something that seems more plentiful these days, but when we are already limited in what we can do and where we can go, this is super frustrating. A number of  things that make me happy- golf and waterskiing for example, are off the table.  So I walk and do modified workouts...meh, been a little desperate for some new fun ideas.   I've been eating frozen grapes which are an amazing summertime treat, so there's a bright side.  And I watch TikTok, sometimes with my kids, and it makes me cry the best belly-laugh tears I have experienced in a while.  For all things good, universe, please don't take this small hilarious pleasure in life away.  If you have not been on this app, better hurry before it's too late, and scroll past the teenage girls desperate for followers and check out the hilarious dog and prank videos. It's like America's Funniest Home videos without a million replays and commercials, and restores my faith in the humor of mankind.

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The landscape is definitely changing.  Literally.  Have you seen the weeds in all of the medians? Just kidding, sort of.... anyway, as I walked through downtown Kirkland the other day I found myself wondering which businesses would make it.   Canvas has closed. A few months ago I was amazed at how they always seemed to have full classes in the middle of the day. Pike St Press closed their Kirkland location. Brix just closed - COVID is killing the bar biz and they need that to survive- but good news, they will be opening in Woodinville at Woodin Creek Village post-COVID. Bassline Fitness had to downsize their space.  Diva Lani has re-opened to warm support and added to their more casual quarantine-cozy clothes.  Santorini is working hard to re-open in the upcoming weeks (finally filling the void in my heart).  

There are also always a few stories that simply inspire.  I love when people are able to get scrappy and resourceful.  Hamed, the owner of Shirzad  Fine Jewelry on Central Way, recognized people aren't running out for fancy jewelry at the moment, so he opened a coffee/donut drive through in Factoria with a partner to keep things going.  They donated to local hospitals and now nurses/healthcare workers are a big part of his customer base.    Mini's Coffee & Donuts features coffee from his friend's farm in Costa Rica and donuts that are fried on the spot and made to order. People always need donuts and coffee, right?

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Go-getter Carolyn Holt is a Kirklander with crazy champagne skills. Yes, you read that correctly. This girl knows her bubbles. She's a familiar local face that has been the wine buyer and wine club coordinator at The Grape Choice, not to mention the Pop Up Bub Club coordinator,  and dreamed of having her own champagne bar.  And despite these times, she has got a plan to make it happen.  Hellooooo Pop!Culture. A non-pretentious, fun, bright atmosphere where families can enjoy bubbles and wine and small plates while creating long-lasting relationships with the locals.  She's hoping to find a space in Kirkland (but Woodinville has potential too) and open in October or November. Check out her sample menu and Kickstarter campaign here if you are champagne fan, there are lots of fun experiences in exchange for your support.  Pro Tips- her favorite champagne reco's would be: Billecart- Salmon NV Brut Reserve and Pol Roger NV Brut.  Show her some love if you want to see pop!culture in Kirkland. Virtual tastings too! 

 

 


Lululemon Keeping us On-Point.. and safe

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Lucky me! I left my house on Friday to venture over to The Village at Totem Lake for the opening of lululemon.  Lulu fabrics have been working overtime to make me appear to be fit for years now, so I felt like I the least I could do is brush my hair and throw a mask on to visit their newest location here in Kirkland.  Good thing I did.  They were supposed to open on 3/31 but, you know our Crusty ole COVID friend decided that wasn't going to happen until 6/26. lululemon did an AMAZING job being prepared with  6 ft of distance floor stickers outside  and under 10 people in the store at a time to shop the latest sport-trendy attire.  New/current rules include masks on your mugs (they have them on too, thank you!), trying not touch clothes that you aren't going to buy (tricky, I love touching everything!) and no dressing rooms, but you can take home and return within 30 days.  Plenty of men's and women's sport and leisure clothes and accessories to peruse for summertime.

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Their corner spot across from 203° F Coffee is open and welcoming.  As I stood out front I thought if I closed my eyes and re-opened them I could possibly be in U-Village.  Love all of the plants and cozy 'village' feel outside and then the clean high energy vibe of lulu itself. Logically I can't walk out of there without a cute pair of joggers ($88) and short-sleeved top ($48) that may family will be lucky enough to see me wearing around the house or maybe even some strangers on a walk or at the grocery store.   Hours are 11-7 except Sunday is 12-6.  go- have fun, support this new store!

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A few doors down was the adorable flower/candle pop-up stand that just opened called Sweet Serenity, which has a heartfelt story behind it (photo).  And of course you are curious about what else is still on its way. Besides the giant 40% off sale at Nordstrom Rack (get on line) right now and much appreciation to Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and the other essential businesses, you can also look forward to Evereve and Athleta coming soon along with Cinemark (Phase 2, Nov-ish). Lots to look forward to! 


Re-Openings are Welcome News

There are twinkles of hope resembling normalcy as King County ventures into Phase 2.  Even new stores opening!  While we all continue to social distance and err on the side of caution to keep our numbers in check, businesses are striving to offer us a safe environment in which to do our shopping.  Check out the Village at Totem Lake that has continuously served us by way of Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe's, All the Best Pets, AutoZone, HSBC, Key Bank, Joe's Burgers, Chipotle, MOD Pizza, 203°F Coffee Co, T-Mobile.  T-Mobile, Wells Fargo, At&T and Verizon.  Anthony Vince Nail Spa and Nordstrom Rack and also now re-opened.  Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the Village and and ground stickers to remind us of safe distancing.  

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just opened at The Village! It is a Seattle-based company that specializes in stylish and comfortable shoes and boots for men and women.  Let's go show them some support (just not all at the same exact time. And with our masks on..)

There was also some sad news of Anko permanently closing all of their US stores.  This is a loss, my daughters will no longer be able to afford to decorate their  own bedrooms. Also closing on the other side of Kirkland is Tuesday Morning on 85th.  By the way, if this is your first time hearing this news, you need to follow the Kirkland Blog on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) where I blab about these things as soon as I hear about them. 

Anyway, back to The Village!.......Still also expected to open very very soon are LuluLemon, Athleta and Evereve.  I know I will be a regular in those favorites. I'm just scared to learn what my new sizes will be. 

After construction resumes fully, the Village is also looking forward to celebrating grand openings of Cinemark, Sephora and Salt & Straw. I can't think of a better way to eventually wrap up this COVID thing than some great mascara, an ice cream and a movie. A girl can dream, right? #cantwait


Attn Chocolate Lovers: Sweet Cloud Gifts is (virtually) Here

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You may recognize Yakov Gorshkov, the owner of Seattle Thread Company on Lake St., who is also a regular around Kirkland. But have you met his daughter, Olga? These two dynamos have started an online business together called Sweet Cloud Gifts and it's all about .....chocolate!  Oh thank goodness, right? That can solve just about anything.   A software engineer by trade, Olga is excited about her online chocolate gifting so that she can connect with the community and make people happy.  This idea has been swirling around in their brains for awhile, and they decided now is the time to bring it to life.  Olga and Yakov are primarily focused on Kirkland and individual gifting, but they also offer business gifts for rewards and events.  Their chocolates are sourced from around the world, so you'll notice some familiar Seattle area faves alongside unique global brands. Their stock is in Kirkland so it only take 2-3 days to get to you. They also have their own gift sets in an adorable Sweet Cloud Gift box.

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When I asked Yakov about his favorite chocolate he said, "I eat them all." Olga has a sweet spot for the liquor-filled chocolates (double trouble!). Check out their website- these two Kirkland mainstays are passionate about building connections, embracing community, collaborating and promoting neighbors.  So reach out and say hello and send a friend or associate some chocolate.  I'm sure they'll be glad that you did!


Divalani Excited to Style Kirklanders

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After you've grabbed your Starbucks latte and find yourself breezing by Divalani on Park Lane right next door, take a moment to drop in.  With a quick glance it's easy to see clothes in the window and think it is still Unique Chic Boutique, but I assure you it is not.  Divalani owner, Marta Hardin, decided on Kirkland for her second location where she caters to affordably styling women that are 40+ in clothes that make them look and feel good. She says,  "I've been doing this since I was 17 and I know the store like I know my own closet.  But you make the clothes.  You are the canvas.  I can help you put together outfits that you would never think of."  Oh, thank goodness!  Deep exhale from all the middle aged ladies that no longer have to stress over finding clothes that look good on us. Someone local will do it for me for free?!  (in store, hourly priced styling happens at home or office)

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Divalani carries mostly Canadian and LA brands that are under $200-ish, such as Joseph Ribkoff and Frank Lyman and Liverpool.  Marta emphasizes her goal of helping you to find an emotional connection with a product.  She wants people to remember a happy experience and how they felt when they wore those clothes.      You'll often find Annette in the shop, who is an in-house stylist that enjoys working with busy women that don't have time to shop. You can also get styled for everyday or special occasions and check out  scarves and jewelry from local artists. Say hello, Marta and Annette are super friendly and you're sure to walk out finding something that makes you look and feel fabulous!