Sunshine and Vaccinated People

ParkLaneKirklandwedsmarket

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?

Alesia RainierGarage

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

BarnesNobleexterior          BarnesNobleexterior
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. 

BarnesNobleexterior  BarnesNobleexterior

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!


Mother's Day Debrief

Another Mother's Day in the books! My daughters pointed out that this may be the last one where they're home for a few years since they'll be heading off to college in the fall.  So with 18 of these under my belt and a tribe of moms that give me their MDay downloads, I thought I'd put together a few Mother's Day words of advice for families for next year while it's fresh on my brain. Oh, and this lady is hilarious. 

First I should say that for those that have lost a mother or child, this can be a very sad and reminiscent day, and for that, I am very sorry.  For all of the full-time moms and working moms and those in the thick of parenting triumphs and disasters right now, let's roll up our sleeves and take a look under the hood at this tricky May Sunday coined "Mother's Day." When Anna Jarvis first came up with this concept, she was focused on the true sentiment of appreciation for our mothers, and not the commercialization that it has ballooned into.  And I think this holds true today, that we mama's can be simple, but you still need to be smart in your approach. 

How do moms really want to be celebrated on this day?

  • LISTEN to what moms say.   Sounds simple, but sometimes you all are missing profound hints that occur in everyday life.  Don't go straight for the flowers..she might not even like flowers?!  Especially when she will have to water them each day and then toss them in the compost and clean the jar herself 5 days later.  Notice a way that you could make her life easier or better.  Holes in running socks? Get her a great new pair for $15 and you could custom-make her a playlist and block an hour where no family members will bother her for her next run.  Make her a healthy power smoothie afterward and remember to clean the blender and put the ingredients away.  Invite a few of her friends to join so she can be with her tribe.  At our house, my car was really dirty so I started cueing up those hints a few days prior---viola-- a sunny Mother's Day brings a freshly detailed car! And I reallllly wanted the power washing to not get postponed another weekend- easy!  This is the year my kids all wrote an actual heartfelt paragraph in my card filled with gratitude, kindness, and humor because they know their words and actions mean the most to me. Don't be scared to mention what you want moms, not everyone is sharp on de-coding hints. 

 

  • REMOVE the monotony.  Make life easier for the mom (yes, this requires you to do some work). Think of what this lady does every day, and make sure she doesn't have to do it on Mother's Day.  Breakfast in bed doesn't win any prizes when you trip over laundry on your way to take your plate to the kitchen and there's a sinkful of dishes and a messy counter.   If she works at her laptop all day, keep that thing shut and drive her to a pedicure appointment you brilliantly scheduled the week prior.  If you have little kids, give her a four-hour reprieve from said beautiful angels, (and don't let her come back to a mess).  This Dad has it dialed in.  When kids are up in our grill all of the time, we crave peace.  A little later when they're teens and never around, we want their time.  I asked my kids for a 4-hour time block without technology where they would do what I want to do (perhaps a hike?), without complaining.  That's free. And priceless. 

 

  • No COMPLAINING.  I can say this now that I finally have it figured out after some misses along the way.  The key, mamas, is to take ownership of your own destiny.  If you have a inkling that your family will forget Mother's Day or do something lame, remember, it's your day- do what YOU want.  Plan a hike or a walk or a shop hop and lunch.   Get up early and go do something fun, whatever that is to you... even reading a book in a park, and catch up with your family for dinner. Tell them what you'd like them to make or pick up for you to eat.    I know so many moms who have expertly planned birthdays and outings and driven to a million practices, but we need to remember that kids' (and spouses?) brains don't have our foresight so cue it up for them to avoid disappointments. 

As a wise father once said, "If mama's not happy, nobody's happy."  Feel free to file this away for Mother's Day 2022.  Or perhaps just celebrate your own random Mother's Days throughout the year. Now THAT would really make her smile. :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Plantiful for the Win

PlantifulMural   PlantifulMural
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. 

PlantifulToast   PlantifulToast


Taking Care of Yourself at Kirkland Life Chiropractic

KirklandLifeTeamphoto (photo cred: KLC)
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.

KirklandLifeJason
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.

KirklandLifeAndrea

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..

Beatles
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.

AnthonysCrabCakeBowl_Edited_SMCrab cake bowl? yes please! (photo cred: Anthony's)
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.

 

 


Are you a Cornhole Champion?

Cornhole
Of course you are! Who isn't a Cornhole Superstar in the making?! I'm super excited for this event, not only because it is the City of Kirkland's first in-person adult program in a very long time, but it's just silly good-hearted all-inclusive fun. My registration is complete, so watch out and register for the Cornhole Classic Tournament that will take place at Lee Johnson Field on May 8th at 6:30pm.    $20 for your team of 4. Don't forget your masks! The bags and gloves are provided.  You can register online (it's class 10422) and find the rules here.


Get Mooooovin' Down to Deja Moo

DejamoosoftopenDejamoosoftopen

Business openings make me happy these days.  Well, any day really, but especially now.  When the owners of Brix closed their Juanita Village wine bar (9749 NE 119th Way), they knew they wanted to re-purpose their space (when Covid allowed) to be more like their other restaurant concept, Tipsy Cow.  And now Deja Moo has arrived!  If you're a Tipsy fan, you'll recognize the multi-font menu and killer burgers in Tipsy's "more casual little sister."  The footprint is the same but you can find a big TV on the hamburger wallpapered wall, and the previous wine bar has transformed into a food line for ordering ala carte menu items.   When you're a business born in a pandemic, you have a separate take-out desk to keep online orders quick, easy and efficient (w/a pickup parking spot out front!).  You are also able to provide beer, wine, and canned cocktails, and of course, outdoor seating.  They are excited that almost all of their staff are coming back too.

DejamoofriesDejamoofriesDejamoofries DejaMooKeithNatOwners Keith & Natalie (+Dave not in photo)

Go check out Deja Moo's new 'elevated fast casual' dining experience.  All of the food is delish, their signature Moo sauce has a little kick,  and burgers start around $9. I think you'll be glad to see a friendly, local family spot that has a little something for everybody that is open every day for lunch and dinner from 11-8.  Are you still sticking close to home? No problem, do a pickup order directly from their website

In case you needed even more good news, Brix will be opening in Woodinville in mid-May!


Lynn's Bistro Moves Next Door

LynnsBistromoving2021

This lady has got some serious grit, and you know I love that!  Meet Lynn Tran who owns Lynn's Bistro and Lilac Cafe and has been a mainstay in Kirkland for 20 years.  She has one of a small handful of downtown restaurants that have been here longer than I have.   This pandemic has been tough on business, but she's still paying her full rent every month and relying heavily on take-out orders since Lynn's can only seat 6 people at 25% capacity. Still holding on and cooking up her delightful dishes, she has recently made the decision to move Lynn's Bistro into her Lilac Cafe space next door at 212 Central Way.  This will allow for more guests as things open up from 25% to 50% capacity and she will also have a few tables on the patio for outdoor dining.  You should expect the menu to be mainly Lynn's Bistro items with a few Lilac favorites mixed in, although the menu will remain abbreviated right now to prevent extra food waste.

She's currently OPEN, although the signs out front haven't changed yet.  Despite current struggles, I admire her determination and self-sacrifice in saying,"Be safe. We have been hanging around for one year already, let's just keep going a little while longer so we can all stay safe."  Dinner is Tues-Sat 5-9pm, and she will eventually add Sundays back in. For anyone that has been to Lynn's before, you know she is often multi-tasking and doing it all, so the preference is for you to call in your orders to 425-889-2808.  Her French Onion soup is pretty darn spectacular...and don't forget to bring her soup bowl back next time! You can't get that amazing melt-over on cardboard.   Be sure to visit this local woman-owned business in her new/consolidated location for your next take-out or dine-in meal. She'd really love to see you.


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!