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Entries from November 2011

Fremont Mischief Opens On Canal Street

November 18th, 2011 by master

by Mwiza Kalisa

Fremont Mischief (132 N Canal Street) has opened its doors for business. The distillery features a tasting room and a retail shop with local goods.

Mike Sherlock, the owner, has been in the craft distillery business for 14 years. Sherlock began his career selling fish in Asia, but after sharing a case of whiskey with local fisherman he received requests for more beverages.

Sherlock has been selling whiskey ever since the law for small craft distilleries changed. He says that he hopes to create a destination and add to the ambiance of Fremont. To devote more of his time to Fremont Mischief he sold some of his other businesses.

“We’re glad to be open and glad to be here,” he said. “We really love the neighborhood and we’re glad to be part of it.”

The tasting bar features whiskey, vodka and John Jacob, an original recipe. The 100 percent rye grain whiskey was made by Sherlock’s wife’s great-grandfather. The eight year rye from Fremont Mischief Whiskey is grown in Eastern Washington and the wheat used to produce Fremont Mischief Vodka comes from Ebey Road Farms, a six generation farm in Whidbey Island. At the beginning of next year the tasting room will also feature gin.

Recently Fremont Mischief launched the Commemorative Soldier Whiskey, for “veterans who have served and for the soldiers still on active duty.” The beverage, in a lantern-like package, has different dog tags from fallen or wounded soldiers, their rank and the war that they fought in. 25 percent of the proceeds go towards the soldiers’ families.

In addition to offering spirits the craft distillery has vintage photographs, books, bar utensils, a line of hats and sweaters, jewelry and antiques from the 30s. Sherlock also has a record company, Bootleg Records, which supports local artists. In the summer he plans to host different events where local musicians can showcase their talents.

“We just want to create a new place and a new way to do spirits,” Sherlock said. “We also want to add to Fremont because we plan to be here for a long time.”

Sherlock says that the community has been receptive and he’s certain that the business will grow. “[The response] has been really good and that makes us feel like we’ve done our job and that we’re doing it right,” he said. “We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the people.”

Fremont Mischief is open 11 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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Fremont Abbey Turns 6 & You’re Invited To The Birthday Party

November 16th, 2011 by master

Saturday, November 19th, the Fremont Abbey Arts Center turns six-years-old and they’re throwing a birthday party for themselves.

Please invite your friends, dress up a bit if you like (indie formal anyone?), and join us for a multi-arts celebration to sustain the Arts Center’s programs for all ages & incomes.

We had approximately 29,000 attendance at our programs in 2010 and we need your help to reach even more people with educational arts experiences & community interactions in 2012!  Our new “Arts Share” program is now offering tickets and classes to low income people (and nonprofit workers) around the city including Solid Ground’s family housing!

The event will feature live performances from John Van Deusen of The Lonely Forest + Mychal & Melodie of Campfire OK), a 3D Photobooth, an “unusual” silent auction, prizes and much, much more.

Deliciousness will be provided in the form of appetizers by The Upper Crust Catering and Madres Catering as well as desserts by Portage Bay Catering. The Abbey Cafe team offers Specialty Cocktails (Hot & Cold), plus great local beer and Washington wine.  Your entry ticket gets you food and at least 2 complimentary beer/wine tickets. Otherwise, it is a cash/credit bar.

There is a 5 p.m. free family hour but the main event begins at 7 p.m. Entrance starts at a $25 donation (but you can always give more if you like). You can also RSVP here.

If you’ve never been to the Abbey but always wondered what’s going on in there, there’s no better time to check it out than November 19.

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Seattle City Light Warns Customers Of Tree Trimming Scam

November 16th, 2011 by master

Seattle City Light is warning its customers to be on the lookout for con artists who say they are tree trimmers for the utility.

The utility received two reports recently of con artists using the ruse as a means to get into a customer’s house and steal valuables. In both instances, the scammers were driving an unmarked pickup truck. In one case, some of the con artists took the property owner into the back yard to point out trees they fraudulently claimed needed trimming while the others entered the home. In the other instance, the customer questioned the men and then called Seattle City Light.

All tree trimming for Seattle City Light is conducted by crews from City Light or one of its three contractors, Asplundh, Kemp West and JTS. Workers and notifiers carry identification badges and work from vehicles marked with the company’s name.

“Protect yourself from this scam,” Superintendent Jorge Carrasco said. “If anyone comes to your door to discuss tree trimming, ask for identification and check the vehicle they are driving. If they don’t have proper identification, do not let them in. Call the police instead.”

Anyone who wants to confirm whether a tree trimming crew is legitimate can call (206) 386-1733. Representatives are available Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Lenin Lighting Scheduled For December 2nd

November 16th, 2011 by master

Everyone’s favorite Russian Marxist revolutionary is getting ready for everyone’s favorite December holiday tradition. The Lenin Lighting!

Would it be a traditional event in Fremont if we didn’t have our own spin on things? Everyone else can have their Christmas tree and Hanukkah menorah lightings. We’ll be lighting up our giant statue of a Russian dude, thank you very much. This year’s “Lenin Lighting” celebration is all set and ready to go for Friday, December 2nd.

Coinciding with the December Fremont First Friday Art Walk, the event will begin at 5pm and the lighting will take place at 6pm. Amongst the festivities and goodies include an appearance by Santa Claus,hot drinks courtesy of Peet’s Coffee and Tea, pie courtesy of Pie, donuts courtesy of Might-O Donuts and more.

Check out some videos and pictures from last year’s ceremony.

More details to come but make sure you clear your schedule for December 2nd. And when you tell people what you’re doing on the 2nd, don’t be too alarmed when they look at you funny.

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Bluebird Fremont Grand Opening This Friday, November 18

November 16th, 2011 by master

Fremonsters have been waiting patiently while Bluebird Ice Cream prepped it’s new shop at 3515 Fremont Ave. N. The sign out front has teased us with the idea they would be open this past summer for months now. Finally, the wait is over.

Bluebird Microcreamery will open its THIRD location this FRIDAY 11/18 in the Fremont neighborhood, at 3515 Fremont Ave N (at the corner of 36th and Fremont next to The Dubliner.) We’ll have all of our special fall ice cream flavors, as well as our best sellers, to give the neighborhood a taste of what we’re all about. Make sure to check out our new Ice Cream Truck which will be parked our front (available for events.)We hope you’ll come see us for a treat this weekend.

As a special new venture for us, we will be operating a nano-brewery on premises, where we’ll be making hand-crafted ales and sodas for floats on tap. (Yes, we do beer floats at our Capitol Hill location, as featured in Huffington Post.) You’ll also be able to fill growlers for your fridge at home, as soon as we receive certification.

If you are unfamiliar with Bluebird and their small batch, locally-sourced artisan ice cream, check out this interview we did with owner Josh Kessler-Reynolds back in June.

Between Pie’s pies, Cool Whirled’s frozen yogurt, Flying Apron’s muffins & cookies, Simply Desserts’ desserts and now Bluebird’s ice cream, I better not hear any more complaining about lack of dessert options in the 35th and Fremont area.

Not that I was hearing any…just sayin…

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Ballard Bridge Painting Begins This Week, Plan Accordingly

November 14th, 2011 by master

Get ready for traffic back-ups across the Ballard Bridge.
The Seattle Department of Transportation has announced that the contractor painting the “bascule” portion of the bridge will begin this week. Once underway the project will close one northbound lane and the east sidewalk everyday for up to six weeks During the following six weeks, one southbound lane and west sidewalk will be closed.

The approaches at each end of the bridge were painted last year. This current project is expected to be completed by February 2012.

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B.F. Day School Teacher Honored As ‘Symetra Hero in the Classroom’

November 14th, 2011 by master

Symetra Financial and the Seattle Seahawks honored B.F. Day Elementary School second grade teacher Ericka Johnson Pollard as a “Symetra Hero in the Classroom” on Nov. 2 during a special classroom event.

“Ericka Johnson Pollard is in her third year of teaching, but teaches as if she has been doing it for years. She has a class of 26 very lively seven- and eight-year-olds, and she builds a rapport with each child by focusing on high expectations and a belief that they will achieve at their highest level,” said Susan McClosey, principal of B.F. Day Elementary School.”Mrs. Pollard plans her curriculum so that students are actively engaged in their learning, with rich classroom discussions. She also takes them outside of the classroom to embrace the learning that can take place all over our wonderful city of Seattle. The class might visit a local Fremont business or hop on a city bus and head downtown to the Experience Music Project. She figures out what each student needs to be challenged and plans her lessons to meet those challenges.” McCloskey nominated Pollard for the Symetra Hero in the Classroom award.

“The care that Mrs. Pollard feels for her students and her desire for their success comes through in her daily interactions, said McCloskey. “She is constantly telling them how smart they are, how well-behaved they are and how much she enjoys working with them. She loves her job, and her students know it.

Teachers may be nominated by their principal, district staff, student or student’s parent. The winners are selected based on their ability to balance the core curriculum with students’ individual needs; build trust among students, parents and the community; and invest in their students’ long-term success.

In addition to honoring exceptional teachers on and off the field, each of the schools represented by a 2011 teacher Hero is eligible for an MVP Award, which provides funding to enhance learning in Seattle-area schools. Three $10,000 grants will be awarded at the end of the 2011 football season.

More information about Symetra Heroes in the Classroom is available at

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Wallingford’s ‘Not A Number’ Moving To Fremont (Updated: Open Today)

November 11th, 2011 by master

From our sister site My Wallingford

It’s official, folks. Not a Number has found a new home in Fremont.

From Jon and Kara, owners of the store:

Not A Number is proud to proclaim “I am not a number, I am a FreeMonster”!!!  We will be reopening in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood on Nov. 11th (11/11/11).  Our new address in the self-proclaimed Center of the Universe is 720 N. 35th St. Just a short drive or easy bus ride from our old location in Wallingford, with a convenient parking lot right next door, and on street parking right in front of our new store.  We are just around the corner from the Troll.

No word yet on when they’ll reopen.

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Shamelessly Promote Yourself, Fremont

November 9th, 2011 by master

In Fremont, self-promotion is not only tolerated, it is encouraged. And if you can include breakfast in your shameless promotion, all the better.

The Fremont Chamber invites you to join the Breakfast of Shameless Self-Promotion on Wednesday, November 16 between 8am – 9:30am at The Fremont Dock.

Join the Chamber for breakfast and a chance to promote your business to others. As well as hearing from Mayor McGinn as he shamelessly promotes and presents his 2012 Budget for the City of Seattle.

You’re encouraged to bring printed material to share and to help promote your business. They’re expecting a good turnout so make sure you bring lots of business cards

The event costs $15 and includes a limited menu breakfast from The Fremont Dock. Find out more, including how to register, here.

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Fremont’s Pie Now Delivers

November 8th, 2011 by master

Making it that much easier for you to stuff your face with delicious pie, Fremont’s Pie now offers delivery service between the hours of 11:00 am and 2:30 pm on weekdays.

From 11am-2:30pm every weekday Pie will be offering delivery for business meetings, events, or simply for offices or friends who want to place an order together. We will be delivering sweet and or savory pies, salads, soup and drinks from our menu of the day. We require 24hrs notice and have a $50 minimum, same day orders can be taken on a case by case basis; hey… it never hurts to ask! All orders must be payed by credit card over the phone.

Just to make sure your jealous neighbors aren’t left out, they will deliver all over Seattle, including Fremont, Wallingford, Ballard, Queen Anne, Downtown and more.

Head on over to their website to find out more, including the daily specials.

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