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Entries from November 2014

Shop Fremont for the Holidays

November 28th, 2014 by master

Black Friday is wrapping up and next is the local counterpart “Shop Small Saturday” or “Small Business Saturday.” Shoppers are encouraged to kick off the holiday shopping season at local businesses to strengthen local neighborhoods and support many small and speciality stores.

Scheduled for the Saturday following Thanksgiving “Small Business Saturday” began in 2010, it is promoted nationally by American Express in partnership with small merchant account holders. The counterpoint to “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” has since been embraced by local business and civic organizations across the country. This includes a proclamation from Mayor Ed Murray recognizing Small Business Saturday as an opportunity for “the City of Seattle celebrates our local small businesses and the contributions they make to our local economy.”

Fremont Chamber of Commerce Director Jessica Vets spoke about Fremont and the many unique small businesses here in a profile for American Express this year:

Along with promotion by Amex, “Small Business Saturday” is also associated with several popular hashtags including #ShopSmall and #SmallBizSat and can be tracked across social media. Restaurants, shops, entertainment, and other services are all included, many of which run their own promotions for the event.

For an overview of local shops, restaurants, and services you can visit the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and the Fremont Sunday Market, open year round.

Celebrate “Small Business Saturday” this weekend and beyond by shopping Fremont for the holidays, have fun shopping small in a big way!



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Comings & Goings: Pomerol and Tray Kitchen offer new dining spots while Old School Frozen Custard and Paseo close up shop

November 25th, 2014 by master

With Paseo’s dramatic closure dominating local food news the past couple of weeks the two newest restaurants in Fremont may have gone overlooked…



On N 36th Street across from the George and Dragon Pub, Pomerol offers dinner seven nights a week with northwest ingredients prepared in the French style. Pomerol has a wood fire grill, patio space for warmer weather, and a wine list including French and West Coast vineyards.

Since opening this summer Pomerol has been recognized by a variety of food publications including Zagat, Seattle Met, and Seattle Eater. The unique IPA Berry Sorbet has attracted a fair share of attention as well. Reservations can be made over the phone or online. For more information about upcoming events and the latest press coverage visit the Pomerol Facebook Page.


Farther west after N 36 Street becomes Leary Way NW, Tray Kitchen has opened up shop in one of two new restaurant/retail spaces at the former Seattle Tire Service location. Owner Heong Soon Park also has two popular restaurants in downtown Seattle, this is his first venture in North Seattle. Drawn by the up and coming neighborhood and excited for a new experience Tray Kitchen brings a unique dining experience to a unique part of town.

Opened at the beginning of November, Tray Kitchen currently serves dinner everyday from 5-10pm. The menu offers a unique fusion of Northwest produce, much of it grown on Park’s farm in Woodinville and Korean inspired dishes. In addition to unique dishes, food is served in small a la carte portions with a dim sum cart making the rounds providing diners with “of-the-moment” dishes.

Manager John Blechman explains that guests can “spend a little or a lot” but are sure to find it an exciting place to eat with “great variety.”  He also recommends trying Tray Kitchen’s variety of natural or biodynamic wines. To go with offering a variety of small plates the restaurant also offers 1/2 glass wine pairings, 4 tastings for $25.

Beginning in September brunch will also be available on Saturday and Sundays. Happy Hour is all day on Sundays and Mondays at the bar and everyday until 6:30pm. Tray Kitchen accepts online reservations and tasty posts on Facebook.



As of October 1st Old School Frozen Custard closed their Fremont location on N 34th Street. The Capitol Hill location remains open on Pike Street. Packaged pints are also available through partner stores throughout the Puget Sound region.

Paseo’s is closed (in case you hadn’t heard). The sandwich phenomenon has now become a local news phenomenon. Following the closure Paseo filed for bankruptcy and most recently a Kickstarter campaign to reopen the beloved pink sandwich shops pulled the plug. Read more about the failed Kickstarter campaign here on our sister site My Ballard.

If you notice a new business in Fremont or hear about an upcoming move or closure let us know! Send a tip to because its “Your News, Your Universe!”

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Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Co. beckons from “Frelard”

November 18th, 2014 by master

Just west of Fremont proper, the area of fondly known as “Frelard” and parts of Ballard have become home to nearly a dozen breweries. Some such as Hale’s Ales and Maritime Pacific Brewing have a long standing presence in the area while new microbreweries have taken advantage of the mixed commercial and industrial area. One newcomer, Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Co. is easily accessible from Fremont along Leary Way.

Located just off of NW Bright Street behind The Leary Traveler, Bad Jimmy’s has set up shop in a garage-like space with a brewing system in the back and tasting room in the front. Set back from the street Bad Jimmy’s beckons with a large garage door in front that is often kept open. With warmer weather in mind a deck was added this past July for additional outdoor seating.

Bad Jimmy’s opened in 2013 after a group of homebrewers, and good friends, decided to take their hobby out of the house. Of the five owners, three have made Bad Jimmy’s their full time passion. Two take care of the brewing and the third handles the books and marketing. With part-time assistance from the other owners this unique team has brought their home-brew and hangout attitude to create a unique tasting experience.

Billy, an owner and brewer has been brewing beer at home for 21 years.  During that time he enjoyed experimenting with new recipes and fine tuning his favorites. When transitioning from homebrew equipment to the larger brewing system Bad Jimmy’s uses some of these recipes didn’t translate. Rather than be deterred Billy embraced the opportunity to experiment more and on a new scale. The result are some of Bad Jimmy’s more unique brews including the Habanero Amber, Cocoa Vanilla Porter, and Spiced Rhubarb Blonde.

What makes Bad Jimmy’s unique amongst the Ballard brewing scene? Billy explains that their beers are highly experimental (i.e. Chai Chocolate Milk Stout) and have a higher alcohol content than most others. Their tasting room is also set up a bit differently. In addition to being dog-friendly and kid friendly (until later in the evenings, dog’s always welcome) Bad Jimmy’s is open 7 days a week so new visitors, regulars, and groups can hangout more often.

Tasting Room Hours are:
Sunday:   Noon to Midnight
Monday – Thursday:   3pm to Midnight
Friday & Saturday:   Noon to 2am

While Bad Jimmy’s does not have a kitchen they welcome outside food and have some very tasty neighbors including the Leary Traveler, Bourbon and Bones, and The Dish. Growler fills are also available. In the Tasting Room’s laid back atmosphere customers compare tastes, ask the Bad Jimmy’s staff brewing questions, or take in a game on the TV. Just like before founding Bad Jimmy’s these gentlemen have created a welcoming place for friends to gather and drink their beer.

And who exactly is Bad Jimmy? It’s the name given to Billy’s former beer belly. Billy and his friends would affectionally scold his stomach, “Bad Jimmy!” Now with his beer belly gone, Billy works hard to provide tasty brews that may contribute to someone else’s Bad Jimmy.

Cheers Bad Jimmy’s!

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Stone Soup Theater seeks support through Indiegogo campaign

November 12th, 2014 by master

From Stone Soup Theater’s Facebook
Stone Soup Theater located on Stone Way is a non-profit organization offering an intimate and education theater experience. Each season Stone Soup produces 4 MainStage shows, 3 youth performances, along with after-school and summer programs. Since its inception in 1996 and first performance in 1999 Stone Soup Theater has been a part of the Fremont and Wallingford landscape. According to the organization their Downstage Space ” hosts a total of 3,500 patrons every season.”
Like many small non-profits Stone Soup Theater seeks assistances in several ways from financial contributions, equipment donations, and help from volunteers. Each person who attends a performance contributes as well through tickets sales, participation, and word of mouth.
Stone Soup’s current fundraiser is their annual Indiegogo campaign with a goal to raise $5,000 in 5 weeks. Stone Soup Theater hopes to use these funds to offset recent rent increases and other facility related expenses. Less than two weeks remain in the campaign and Stone Soup still needs additional support.
They have asked the community for help:
Even if it’s only $5 or $10, we are grateful for any support you can give us.
Visit our Indiegogo page, peruse our fun videos and photos and donate! Don’t have money to donate? That’s okay! You can forward this email to your friends and fellow theatre aficionados and tell them about this great opportunity to support live theatre through their donations. Share our Indiegogo link on your Facebook, Twitter, Reddit,…anywhere:
Thank you for your support!
Sophia Schloss in “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” 2011 Photo by Armen Stein

Sophia Schloss in “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” 2011
Photo by Armen Stein

Stone Soup kicks off the holiday season on December 5th with two short plays: A Child’s Christmas in Wales & The Long Christmas Dinner. The productions will run through Christmas Eve, for showtimes and ticketing information click here.

Read about the full Stone Soup Theater story from Artistic Director Maureen Miko here.

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Paseo Closure Stuns Seattle

November 11th, 2014 by master

We received word that both Paseo locations were closed as of this morning. The Carribean sandwich shops were a Seattle institution and frequently had long lines of locals and visitors alike.

Here is an summary of what is currently known about the closure from our sister site My Ballard:

Paseo abruptly closes for good

Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on November 11th, 2014

Our news partners at The Seattle Times have reported that beloved sandwich shop Paseo (6226 Seaview Ave NW) has closed its doors for good.

Reportedly, the sign on the front door notes that the closure is due to “unfortunate circumstances” and it thanks customers for their support and loyalty.

The My Ballard team called both Paseo locations multiple times and no one answered the phone.

According to The Seattle Times, an employee at the Paseo’s Fremont location arrived at work expecting business as usual, but was told by the owner that both the Fremont and Ballard stores were shutting down.

“We know he didn’t want this to happen,” a longtime staffer, who wished to remain nameless, told The Seattle Times. The staff member reportedly did not know what had prompted the owner to shut down the popular spot. “He said — and I believe him — he found out he had to close on Monday… he said he was sorry and wished he could find a way to keep going,” the staff member said.

A document regarding an alleged lawsuit filed earlier this year by former Paseo employees against the owners has surfaced online and at this time we are unaware whether or not this has to do with the closure. The My Ballard team has contacted the attorneys at Davies Pearson Attorneys at Law in Tacoma to confirm the legitimacy of the reports and are waiting to hear back.

Locals are sure to be devastated by the closure of the highly popular spot thatYelp listed as #2 on the list of the top 100 places to eat in the country

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Veteran’s Day at the Zoo

November 11th, 2014 by master

The Woodland Park Zoo honor U.S. military and veterans with free zoo admission today, Tuesday November 11th for Veterans Day.

From the Woodland Park Zoo:

They serve, they defend, they protect, they sacrifice, and Woodland Park Zoo salutes them. In honor of those who put themselves at risk in service to their community and country, the zoo extends free admission to all active, retired, and veteran U.S. military personnel and their spouses with valid service identification on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014.Woodland Park Zoo also recognizes the families and friends of our military with a special offer: up to four accompanying family members with valid ID will receive $5 off regular zoo admission on Veterans Day. Veterans Day discounts cannot be combined with other offers or zoo discounts.

Year round active, retired, and veteran U.S. military and their families are recognized with the Woodland Park Zoo’s ongoing military discount. Fall/Winter hours are from 9:30am to 4:00pm. Parking at the zoo is $5.25

Say hi to a grizzly bear at Woodland Park Zoo! Photo Credit: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo

Speaking of brown bears…Brown Bear Car Wash in affiliation with Grace For Vets, will honor veterans and service personnel (and spouses) on Veterans Day with free car washes at all tunnel car washes, the closest to Fremont is the Brown Bear located at 5111 15th Ave NW.

Some may be wondering, with so many federal holidays on Mondays why November 11th?

Veteran’s Day was originally Armistice Day celebrating the end of World War I, known at the time as “The Great War.” In that war a cessation of hostilities took place at the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. While negotiations and treaties amongst the nations involved took several more months to agree upon the fighting ended at 11:00am on November 11th, 1918. The modern Veteran’s Day came into being in the 1950s.

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Fatal Fire in Fremont leaves behind injuries and extensive damage

November 10th, 2014 by master

Late in the evening on Thursday November 6th the Seattle Fire Department rushed to a 2-alarm apartment fire on 2nd Ave NW. The three story apartment building located between NW 36th Street and NW 39th Street reportedly had flames shooting from the third story while the second story was completely engulfed. Two neighboring apartment complexes were evacuated and through the efforts of 90 firefighters the fire was contained.

The apartment fire claimed one life, an 81 year old resident of the building died Friday morning at Harborview. He suffered extensive burns on 95% of his body according to the Seattle Fire Department. Another resident, a 58 year old man is credited with coming to the aid of his elderly neighbor. He was taken to Harborview with 2nd and 3rd degree burns but is in stable condition.


Firefighters on the scene at NW 2nd and NW 36th Street this past Thursday evening. Thank you to Fremonster Lea for the image.

An investigation is underway to determined what cause the fire, it is currently classified as an undetermined fire. The damage is also still being determined, it is estimated that the building suffered $200,000 in damage to the structure and $50,000 worth of contents.

The most recent report from the Seattle Fire Department can be found on the Fire Line blog.

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