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Entries from January 2014

Stone Way Hardware displays Seahawks Pride

January 31st, 2014 by master

Right on the border of Fremont and Wallingford Stoneway Hardware has been a part of the Seattle community for nearly 28 years and this week they are signaling their Seahawks pride loud and clear.

Jenna’s dad owns the hardware store and gave us a heads up about the elaborate paint job they were working on. A slight detour on the way home and we got to see this pretty spectacular sight for ourselves. Like many businesses Stoneway Hardware’s marquee calls for “Go Hawks” but if you venture around the side of the building you’ll find a feast for any Seahawks fans eyes, down to the Skittles.

Check it out:





Stoneway Hardware’s mural is on the north side of the building along N 44th Street. The store will be open from 10-3 on Sunday, closing early to allow their employees to enjoy the game with their families.

 Go Hawks!

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Farewell to the Wallingford waste transfer station, for now.

January 29th, 2014 by master

Tucked between N 34th St and N 35th St just across Stone Way there is a large open-air building with a modest sign reading “North Recycling & Disposal Station” underscored by the “City of Seattle.” Many drivers and passerby over the years have easily overlooked the structure. Locals often picture Stone Way and then make the mental leap to Wallingford Ave, with just a couple of businesses in between. They all passed unaware that only yards away lay the Seattle Public Utilities North Transfer Station, more colloquially known as “the dump.”

Image from Seattle PI

That title though is rather misleading. True, customers “dumped” items to be disposed of but the true purpose of a transfer station, of which Seattle has two, is quite different from a large pit of waste typically pictured when a “dump” is mentioned. Transfer stations developed out of a need to consolidate the city’s waste before transporting the waste to out-of-town landfills. Collection trucks and self-haul customers alike utilize these transfer stations which are considered more affordable and accessible than private collection sites.

On January 20th at 5:30PM the North transfer station closed permanently, at least until 2016. The site will undergo a major upgrade, part of SPU’s current Solid Waste Management Plan. The current facility will be demolished and replaced with “a more modern and efficient facility that will meet the growing future needs of the city” according to the project website. The updated facility will include new weight stations, transfer center, recycling center, and a green space to be shared with the public.

The plan for the new North Transfer Station. Image from Seattle Public Utilities

What change does this bring to Fremont? Well aside from losing one of Seattle’s “hidden gems”, having a transfer center close is quite convenient so residents of Fremont, Wallingford, and the other North Seattle neighborhoods will have to utilize other disposal options. Seattle Public Utilities recommends two options for customers:

a)  Take advantage of one of these SPU programs that may help eliminate a trip to the transfer station.

 b) Use the new South Transfer Station facility located at 130 South Kenyon Street, just two blocks north of the old South transfer station.

So until 2016 let us bid “the dump” adieu! And keep an eye open for any overflowing trash piles…

For more information about the North Transfer Station Project visit the project site here.

To really dive into SPU’s Solid Waste Management Plan and Solid Waste Facilities Plan please follow the respective links.

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Dick’s Drive-In celebrates 60th anniversary

January 28th, 2014 by master

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January doesn’t just mark the beginning of the new year, it also marks the beginning of Seattle’s iconic burger chain Dick’s Drive-In. Dick’s has fueled Seattleites at its six locations for 60 years now. Think about how many burgers that adds up to!

From Fremont you can easily head on over to original Dick’s Drive-In on NE 45th in Wallingford to celebrate with 2-for-1 hamburgers and cheeseburgers from 2-6:30 PM Tuesday January 28th and 10 cent Cokes all day on Friday January 31st.

Care to venture farther a field? The Queen Anne location will have live music on the 31st as well.

Find more information on the Dick’s Drive-In website and Facebook.



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Hello Fremont!

January 27th, 2014 by master

To the faithful Fremont Universe following, hello! And to any new readers, welcome! My name is Cara and I’m excited to introduce myself as the new editor of Fremont Universe.

My first visit to the Fremont neighborhood was nearly six years ago. I hopped on a bus out of U-district excited to explore this “Sunday Market” my friends had told me so much about. They directed me to the 32 bus and so my adventure began.

It was a warm-ish, sunny day, Seattle looked stunning. Walking around I saw sights I never imagined in a city; a troll with people picking his nose, an oversized communist, and dinosaurs seemingly decorated by Mother Nature herself. That day I discovered a quirky and thriving community I now call home.

What’s up Lenny?!

I don’t often feel like a visitor these days but make no mistake, I’m still a tourist. Unexpected sights catch me off guard all the time and there are constantly new things to be discovered here!

Now I am thrilled to have the opportunity to promote and share Fremont with all of you as the new editor for Fremont Universe. My objective is to help you all, the readers and residents, bring this site to life as a resource, news outlet, and forum for the thriving and jiving Fremont community. In some neighborhoods isolation is natural, for better or worse it has become a reality of our modern world, but not here.

Fremont welcomes visitors from near and far to share in its community. The whole neighborhood throws the doors wide open with revelry and cheer during our two biggest events, the Solstice Festival and Oktoberfest. In between those two boisterous weekends there is still so much happening in this compact neighborhood. Within Fremont there is great food, social and culture events, inspiring organizations, numerous examples of entrepreneurship, business headquarters, tech offices, and so much more.

To me, this is indeed seems to be the Center of the Universe, at least our Universe. So let us make this community even more exceptional and work together to make Fremont Universe an out-of-this-world site.


Cara Kuhlman is a transplant from California who among many things is a sailor and freelance writer. She came to Seattle to teach sailing one summer six years ago and now lives with three awesome roommates and one black cat named Mildred up a rather steep hill in Fremont.
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Seattle Magazine looking for neighborhood faces for photo shoot

January 13th, 2014 by Sara

Are YOU the face of Fremont? Seattle Magazine wants people who “represent”:

Are you the face of your neighborhood? Seattle magazine is looking for representatives from all Seattle neighborhoods to be considered for a photo shoot for an upcoming feature in our magazine. Send an email with your name, neighborhood and why you think you’re the face of your ‘hood to by Monday, January 13, to be considered.

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