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Entries from October 2014

Welcome to Halloweentown

October 30th, 2014 by master

Or should we say Trolloweentown? Halloween festivities begin in Fremont this evening and we’ve got a complete round up of the great events:

Thursday 10/30
Nectar Lounge plays host to the “Steam Funk Halloween Ball” featuring Afrobeat/Funk music including performances by: Chicago Afrobeat Project, Cascadia ’10, and the Braxmatics. Cost is $12 at the doors, 21 and over.

Across the street at the High Dive, Marmalade will feature a Halloween Edition of their “weekly blend of Soul, Funk & Groove.” Cost is $6 at the doors, 21 and over.

Friday 10/31 (Happy Halloween!)
Things get kid friendly with Trick or Treat in Fremont! A ton of local businesses will be participating and ready to handout candy to Trick-or-Treaters from 3-6pm. Organizers ask that Trick-or-Treaters be:
  • A child
  • Dressed in a costume
  • And accompanied by an adult (please no adults in masks)

You can also Trick-or-Treat at the zoo! The animals get pumpkins too!

From 9:30am-3:00pm Woodland Park Zoo hosts a family-friendly Pumpkin Bash where you can “discover a repertoire of animal behavior as hippos, bears, elephants, monkeys, and other animals crunch, smash or stomp on pumpkins!”

Have fun kiddos!

The Schilling Cider House hosts an ALL DAY celebration with discounts for those in costumes:
In the evening things will be bustling again with these events…
Fremont’s Freaky Halloween starts at 8pm in participating bars. Each bar has drinks specials and a costume contest. From those winners one winner will be crowned the best costume in the Center of the Universe and win $500 in gift cards! See flyer for more information:


The Bonza Bash Halloween 2014 Masquerade Costume Ball will be held at Fremont Studios from 8:30pm- 2:00am. For more information about this classy costume affair (complete with classy prizes!) visit the event website.

The High Dive hosts The Zombie Prom: 80’s Invasion All Night (costumes recommended) kicking off at 9:30pm, Tickets $8.

There will be some “Halloween Mayhem” at the Barrel Thief from 8:00pm until 1:00am. Please note there is free admission for monks (just in case you haven’t settled on a costume) Check out the flyer for all the planned chaos:

Join the Backdoor at Roxy’s for a costume contest, dancing, and screening of the Shining:

Salsa con Todo hosts a Halloween Salsa Madness Dance Party! Starting at 10pm there will be “Pumpkin Pie! Cider! Scary Movies, Live Music by Vassili and Arturo! Social Dancing till you drop…dead!” Cost is $10 at the door.

And of course we can’t forget, Troll-o-ween! The annual celebration is put on by the Fremont Arts Council to celebrate the Troll’s Birthday.


This year’s Troll-o-ween begins at 7pm at…you go it, the Troll! There will be a live performance of “The ODDyssey.” At 8pm the Haunt of Fremont will be a parade of Fremonsters in all manners of attire along N 36th Street turning down Phinney before heading back East along N 35th Street. The Haunt will close these streets temporarily.

The celebration will continue at the Doric Lodge and at 10:30pm the costume contest kicks off.

No matter your plans this Halloween Fremont offers plenty of opportunities to march through the streets, dance the night away, and of course a chance to show of your most creative costumes.

Happy Halloween Fremont!
Have fun this Friday and be safe!


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Fremont Neighborhood Clean Up this Saturday

October 29th, 2014 by master

The Fremont Chamber, Fremont Neighborhood Council and Fremont Arts Council invite everyone to join the annual Fremont Clean Up this Saturday November 1st at 10am. After a summer full of fun, our Sunny September, and Halloween festivities volunteers will help Fremont prepare for winter by pitching in and cleaning up the neighborhood. It’s a terrific opportunity to give back and celebrate our community!

Volunteers should meet at the Troll (if possible please also register online to help the FCC get a headcount) and cleaning will go until Noon.

Here is more information from the Fremont Chamber of Commerce’s website:

The City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods will be providing tools and trash bags to help and will also be picking up the trash bags!

We will have Starbucks Coffee and Pie’s minis for volunteers before and during the clean and fun swag and prizes for the people who bring in the most bags!!

The Fremont Universe crew will be there! We hope you can make it too!

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Westlake Ave Cycle Track Project meeting tonight at Fremont Studios

October 22nd, 2014 by master

The Seattle Department of Transportation will host the third open house about the proposed Westlake Ave Cycle Track (or Bikeway) from 5:30-8:00pm this evening at Fremont Studios.

The proposed addition of a cycle track along Westlake Ave seeks to address the lack of a bike-specific thoroughfare along this popular route between South Lake Union and Fremont/Points Beyond. Pedestrians, vehicle traffic, businesses in the area, marina users, and of course, cyclists all have a stake in the decision. A project of this scope is unlikely to find unanimous support, numerous debates have arisen on the cost/benefit of the project. Local media outlets have been covering the project for the past eighteen months including those linked below:

Final Westlake Bikeway open house is Wednesday + A look at updated plans by Tom Fucoloro on the Seattle Bike Blog

The Stranger’s take on the Cycle Track Showdown by Ansel Herz

This overview of the project from May 2014 by our friend Kirby Lindsey at

And this letter featured in local sailing magazine 48 North about the impact on liveaboards and sailing businesses along Westlake.

Here is the information from SDOT about tonight’s Open House:

Join us for our third project open house!

Wednesday, Oct. 22
5:30 – 8 PM
Presentation at 6:15 PM

Fremont Studios
155 N 35th Street
Bus routes: 5, 16, 26, 28, 31, 32, 40
Paid parking and bike racks available

Join project staff and designers to view the latest concept, learn about biking, walking, driving and parking in the corridor, and share your feedback.

Make it a family event – we’ll have activities for kids too!

View open house materials and click here to complete the comment form.


Project Description:

The Westlake Avenue N corridor between Fremont and South Lake Union neighborhoods connects to the Fremont Bridge, Ship Canal Trail and Lake Union Park. This unique 1.2-mile corridor is a major truck street with transit and is home to marine-related businesses, moorage areas, floating homes and more. The west side is a four lane street with one sidewalk. On the east side, people walking, using wheelchairs, biking and driving all share an undefined space. People walking and biking use the sidewalk, the parking area and a service lane meant for drop-off, pick-up and deliveries. There is no dedicated space for bicycles. This project will add predictability and create a safer, more comfortable place for drivers, walkers and bicyclists.

Full details about the project can be found on SDOT’s website here.

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Makerhaus powers down

October 12th, 2014 by master

Makerhaus, a creative space open to the community for fabrication, design, and other pursuits closed it doors last month. Founded in 2012, the unique “sandbox of inspirational studio” offered classes, workspaces and a variety of professional design and fabrication equipment not often easily accessible to the public. Makerhaus’ 10,000 square foot location on N 36th Street formerly housed Evo before the retailers development of a new flagship store on Stone Way.

Founders Mike and Ellie Kemery shared this statement on the Makerhaus website, blog, and Facebook:

Dear Makerhaus members, students, educators, and creative community,

Over the last eighteen months you have helped cultivate an amazing HAUS of learning, making, and connection by attending events, classes, workshops, joining our membership programs, and supporting us through social media and word of mouth. Our goal to empower creative minds and make a meaningful contribution to our community would not have been possible without your involvement and interest. We sincerely thank you for your support.

While there has been great love for our mission, customer demand has fallen short of what is needed to continue to run the business. That said, it is with extreme regret that we are announcing Makerhaus will be closing its doors on September 16th.

Makerhaus has been home to some amazingly talented people. Many of which have directly contributed their time to building the space and cultivating a uniquely creative culture. Without their shared belief in our mission and passion for our goals none of this would have been possible. We are also extremely grateful and fortunate to have been backed by a team of forward thinkers who believe in our mission and shared our vision of helping our society move ahead.

We still believe in the makers, teachers, entrepreneurs, and curious minds who have come to visit us over the past eighteen months. Some came by for a day, some have stayed with us for over a year. Many built new personal and business relationships resulting in Kickstarter campaigns, jobs, new found awareness for their skills & services, and the incubation of their own companies. We are glad to have been able to help others bridge the gap in their lives and realize their dreams.

Our immediate goal is to ensure our members and stakeholders are properly taken care of during this transition. We will continue to operate under our regular business hours during our final days. If you have any questions please contact us at and we will respond as quickly as possible.

Thank you again for an amazing experience. We which you all the very best!

Sincerely, Mike & Ellie Kemery


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Lifted with Levitas: Seattle’s first Anti-Gravity yoga studio

October 11th, 2014 by master

Fremont has long been a hub for yoga of a variety of disciplines, we even practice yoga on the streets during the Solstice Festival! Now Levitas brings a new form of yoga, Anti-Gravity yoga among others, to Fremont and the Seattle area. Previously,  Portland and Vancouver BC where Levitas owner and instructor Samantha originally hails from, were the nearest Anti-Gravity studios.

After learning about Anti-Gravity yoga and seeing a void to be filled Samantha leased a studio-sized space just off N 36th down the staircase between Qazis Indian Curry House and Kwanjai Thai. Beyond the Ink Tattoo, Suenos Salsa, and the Asian Bliss Spa are also located downstairs.

Never heard of Anti-Gravity yoga? It looks like this:

Image from the Levitas Studio website

Anti-Gravity yoga doesn’t eliminate the gravity from the room, wouldn’t that be cool! Instead it uses special hammocks to support you while combining yoga poses with other aerial and fitness practices. The overall result is pretty fun!

Despite it’s initial appearance Anti-Gravity yoga can be very accessible, it has different benefits from other forms of yoga and Levitas’ instructors pair the “hybrid mind-body workout” with a variety of soundtracks. New students are encouraged to try out Anti-Gravity Basics 1 and 2 and allow several classes to become comfortable in the cocoon of the hammock.

Anti-Gravity is not Levitas’ only yoga offering though, the studio also has a variety of Vinyasa classes including Reggae Yoga and Throw Back Thursday where the class gets to “kick it old school, tune in while you tune out to hip hop from the 80’s and 90’s.” For Samantha being able to offer yoga with a variety of music is a priority and very important for the studio.

Due to the size of the studio and popularity of classes Samantha asks all students to sign up online ahead of time. You can find out more about Levitas Studios’ playlists, class schedule, and styles of yoga here on their website. You can also find them on Facebook.

Oh and check out this video!


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Fire at Asko has all eyes on Fremont

October 1st, 2014 by master

Asko, an industrial metal finishing plant located in Fremont on N 35th Street quickly became the center of attention yesterday as black smoke and flames poured out of the roof. All twelve employees working at the time were evacuated without injury according to news media. The fire was reported at 1pm on Tuesday September 30th and extinguished by 3:15pm that same day.

The plant, a very present reminder of Fremont’s industrial culture, did use potentially hazardous materials in their processing which has delayed identifying the cause of the fire. Following the containment of the fire the Seattle Fire Department tweeted:

These aerial photos were taken from the KOMO News chopper below, a full story can be found here. Q13 Fox and King 5 also had news crews in action covering the blaze.




A Fremont Universe reader also shared this photo from across Lake Union:


Send photos and more information about the fire to More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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