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Entries from January 2011

How Much More Sandwich-Board Can This Fremont Block Get?

January 19th, 2011 by master

None. None more sandwich-board.

Pop quiz: name every Fremont business with a sandwich-board in this photo. By my count, there’s about eleven present (even more if you really look). First one to name them all wins…my respect. Here’s a hi-res shot.

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Follow The White Rabbit…

January 19th, 2011 by master

If The Matrix has taught us anything, it’s to be wary of women with white rabbit tattoos. Unless you want to go tumbling down the rabbit hole only to find out that you don’t actually live in Fremont but in a manufactured reality while robots are busy harvesting your bioenergy, you’re better off just living in ignorance.

So don’t say I didn’t warn you when The White Rabbit opens in Fremont soon.

If you’ve walked past the space formerly known as ToST (513 N 36th #E) recently, you’ve noticed the signs up on the door and windows promoting the new tenant…The White Rabbit.

Not too much in the way of specifics yet. The website is still just a placeholder and no word on when the bar/club/whatever will be open.  We’ll keep an eye on it.

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Say “So Long” To The Stone Way Pit

January 19th, 2011 by master

This story was originally written on

Good news this morning from the Daily Journal of Commerce, which reports that construction at the pit at 40th and Stone Way will begin this month.

Marc Stiles writes that The Benaroya Company will finance Stone Way Village, a mixed-use project that will include 154 housing units and some retail.

See more images on the Baylis Architects site.

Many more details to be gleaned from the Daily Journal of Commerce story.

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Azzurri Vino Bar Closes Its Doors

January 19th, 2011 by master

Fremont soccer fans have one less place to call home.

Azzurri Vino Bar, which was named “Best Place to be a Rabid Soccer Fan in an Authentic Atmosphere” by the Seattle Weekly last year, has officially closed. The signs have been taken down, the bar has been cleared out and the building is now for lease.

No official word yet on why it closed down. As someone who doesn’t drink a lot of wine and doesn’t care for Italian football, I never made it in myself. Oh well.

The ever-changing Fremont bar scene rolls on…

H/T: Laser

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Woodsky’s Now Open For Business In Fremont

January 17th, 2011 by master

There’s been quite a bit of turnover in the Fremont bar scene recently. One of the dearly departed is Saints and Sinners, which came to Fremont in February of 2009 but recently closed it doors (Jan. 8th). The good news is that the shuttering was short-lived and the spot is now officially open for business as Woodsky’s (303 N 36th St).

In an interview with Fremocentrist, owners Greg Woodman and Schulyer Holes say they want the new bar to have a ski lodge feel and be a welcome spot for “outdoor sports enthusiasts.” For now the decor is a little bare but they’re hoping you can help out with that.

As a neighborhood hang-out, Woodman hopes to find interesting and significant skis and boards among customers to add to the decor.  For a while, he admitted, the bathrooms may look a bit bare.  “We want customers to bring in pictures of them on the mountain,” Woodman explained, that they can mount on the restroom walls.

You can pick up a coupon over at their Facebook page. If you stop in, let us know what you think of the new space.

Photo: Greg W.

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Fremont Parking Rates On The Rise

January 14th, 2011 by master

Get used to seeing slightly-higher parking rates in Fremont starting next month.

The Seattle Department of Transportation has announced on-street parking rates for 2011 and those rates are rising. Based on the results of a parking occupancy study, the Fremont parking rates will be going up from $1.50/hour to $2.00/hour.

The goal of the new parking rates is to adjust available parking so that one-to-two spots are readily available on a block at any given time. Right now peak occupancy for Fremont’s 80 paid parking spots is 80%. The city would like to lower that to 78%.

Fremont is not, however, one of the nine neighborhoods “with active nightlife and high evening parking demand” that will have paid parking extended until 8 p.m.

The new rates still keep Fremont in the lower bracket of Seattle neighborhood parking costs. Three neighborhoods, including Pioneer Square, will see their rates rise to $4.00. Nearby neighborhoods Ballard and Green Lake will not see a rise in current parking rates ($2.00 and $1.50, respectively).

City crews will begin implementing the new rates as of Feb. 1, rolling them out neighborhood by neighborhood through March 30. New graphics on all parking pay stations will clearly highlight the revised rates, in addition to providing information about other parking rules and how to use the machines.

For additional information on 2011 on-street rates and rules, please visit the SDOT website.

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Martin Luther King Day Activities & Notes

January 14th, 2011 by master

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Here are some news, updates and opportunities you might want to be aware of.

  • The Seattle Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Celebration begins at 9:30 a.m. with workshops, continues with a rally at 11 a.m. and march commencing at noon.  The march starts at Garfield High and ends at the Federal Building downtown.  Details can be found here.
  • The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration at Seattle Center offers awards and entertainment in honor of this inspirational leader, Saturday, Jan. 15, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in Center House. Learn more here.
  • If you are interested in volunteering in the community as a way to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., you can do so through the United Way.
  • The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award, a staged reading of Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech and a Concert for Peace, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Center House, Seattle. All events are free, learn more at
  • Seattle garbage, food and yard waste and recycling collections will be on their normal schedule for the holiday. The City of Seattle’s North Recycling and Disposal Station in the Fremont/Wallingford area will be open during regular business hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • National park fees will be waived Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
  • King County Metro Transit will be operating on a reduced weekday schedule on Monday, January 17 in observance of the holiday. The King County Water Taxi service routes to Vashon and West Seattle will not be operating. Check Metro’s holiday service schedule to see if your regular routes will be affected.
  • The Friends of the Burke Gilman Trail are hosting MLK Weekend at the Burke Gilman Trail. You can read more about it here.

The Seattle Times has even more events and updates from around King County to check out.

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How Fremont Became Fremont

January 14th, 2011 by master

Why is it called Fremont?

It’s a simple question but one a lot of folks don’t know the answer to. Seattlest is doing a cool series called Naming Rights where they trace the origins of each neighborhood in Seattle. They looked into Fremont’s past to find out why it’s called that and not, say, TaffyTown, and found out.

Turns out, it has a lot to do with Fremont, Nebraska.

This small city 35 miles northwest of Omaha was the hometown of Carrie and Edward Blewett (sometimes spelled Bluett), who owned the tract of land before it was developed. According to historian Paul Dorpat (read his essay over at, the couple chose a firm called Ward & Griffith as the agents for the new development. Local “superdeveloper” Luther Griffith also hailed from Fremont, Nebraska, making it fairly easy to decide on a name for this new Seattle suburb. Fremont is yet another example of pioneers borrowing names from their hometowns.

So there you go.

I looked into our Nebraska counterpart to find out if they’ve got their own Troll or Center of the Universe sign. They don’t, though they did recently ban illegal immigrants from renting and working in the town. So, probably best not to draw to many more comparisons…

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Who’s Up For A Fremont ‘Hood Hunt?

January 13th, 2011 by master

Fremonsters who watch The Amazing Race and think to themselves “I’d love to do this but I’m too lazy to actually leave my neighborhood” are in for a treat. The ‘Hood Hunt is coming to Fremont Park.

The ‘Hood Hunts are a series of map-based scavenger hunts, held in various neighborhoods in the Seattle area.  This is a grassroots effort, where the participants take turns “hosting” each hunt, so we try to keep these as simple as possible, for both participants and our volunteer hosts.

Here’s how it works: Show up at the suggested meeting time and location, and bring a copy of the map & questions (provided on the specific event page). Each neighborhood map covers about a half square mile and contains twenty checkpoints. Find as many checkpoints as you wish, and return to the finish. Afterwards, we’ll find a place to hang out and share our routes, stories, and votes for our favorite checkpoint locations.

The next ‘Hood Hunt kicks off at the Ross Playground (4320 4th Ave. NW) on Monday, February, 21 at 5:30 p.m. This is actually the second Fremont-area ‘Hood Hunt in the last few months. You can see the map and clues from the previous version here to get a feel for what you’ll be looking for.

Keep an eye on this page for the map and questions specific to this hunt.

There is no fee to participate so if you’re available and want a good reason to run around Fremont like a lunatic, here’s your chance. As if you needed a reason…

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Fremont News, Notes, Happenings & Whatnot 1/12

January 12th, 2011 by master

Some news and items of interest for Fremonsters…

  • Ghost Light Theatricals will premiere “Metamorphosis”, a play based on the famous short story by Franz Kafka on Friday, January 14th in Ballard. Tickets are available here.
  • The 7-Eleven franchise at 5900 Phinney Ave. N. is for sale. Who wants it?
  • Presented by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, The 40th Annual Fremont Fair is a community celebration that draws 100,000 guests to experience the quirky character of Seattle’s eclectic and artistic Fremont neighborhood.The 2011 incarnation will take place June 18th an 19th.
  • The City of Seattle’s North Recycling and Disposal Station in the Fremont/Wallingford area and the South Recycling and Disposal Station in the South Park area will be open for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday, Monday, Jan. 17, during their regular business hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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