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.
Do yourself a favor and hangout in Fremont this weekend! There is more than enough to do and yes, it probably will rain but that can bring out the best in our neighborhood, or at least the most dedicated Fremonsters.
Happy Hour. If possible one should always attend Happy Hour on a Friday. You made it through the week, you deserve it! And if you don’t have a traditional work week someone else you know does so you should celebrate Friday with them. Fremont Universe is currently doing some extensive Happy Hour research, stay tuned for what we find! Let us know what your favorite Fremont happy hour is a firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s that time of the month again! The First Friday Night Art Walk will be taking place from 6-9pm this evening at more than 9 different venues through out Fremont ranging from the Gallery at the West of Lenin all the way east to Odin’s Asgard Tavern on Northlake Way.
In celebration of Wine Month The Barrel Thief will be hosting a tasting of Cedergreen Wine Cellars from 5-7PM “Bthief” will be hosting tastings with several different wineries on each Friday of March so if you can’t make it this week fear not, you will get to drink wine soon!
If you get done with work late or want to continue on the merriment after the Art Walk both Nectar and High Dive have live music tonight:
Nectar & The PBJ Present
TIP TO BASE and Buzz Brump
$7adv / $10dos. 8pm doors. 21+
High Dive Presents
The Good Luck Number (EP Release) w/ Otis Heat and Jones & Fischer
$8 charge. 9:30pm show. 21+
Would you rather let loose with laughter than live music? Hanging out with someone under-21? Then check out Comedy Sportz! Fremont’s newest improv act just moved over from Ballard last month and perform two shows (aka matches) every Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm and 10:00PM. We checked them out last week and had a blast! Read more about Fremont Universe’s visit here.
Image from soundersfc.com
Sounders season has arrived! With the Seahawks donning Super Bowl rings and the Mariners season not set to begin until March 31st even non-soccer fans should take the chance to cheer on a Seattle team. The Sounders have a devout following deeply committed to both their team and their beer. The first MLS game of the season kicks off at noon and broadcasted on NBC Sports Network or you can try one of these fine Fremont establishments:
The Dubliner 3517 Fremont Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Saturday hours: Noon- 2AM
George & Dragon Pub
206 N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103S
Saturday hours: 11-2AM (Open earlier game days)
Just over in Ballard there is also: The Dray, The Market Arms, and The Old Pequilar.
Want to sound in the know about soccer? This week’s match is against Sporting Kansas City who were the 2013 MLS Cup Champions. They won the game in a series of penalty kicks against Real Salt Lake (Sounders fan’s really don’t like Real Salt Lake). It was 20 degrees in Kansa City for the game. Oh and the Sounders have a number of new players so it is yet to be seen what kind of team they will be this season. So grab your scarf, drink a few pints and yell along with the fans.
Missed out on live music Friday? Ready for round 2? Here’s what’s playing in Fremont this Saturday:
Project Lionheart, The Hooky’s, The Approach, and The Turntable Einstein
$6 adv / $8 dos. 8pm. 21+
(Reggae / Hip Hop)
High Dive presents: Peanuts & Flat Beer EP Release
Petty P & The Soul Interrogator, Produktive, What Have May, DL, Jae Oh B, News Team, and Rekkez.
Hosted by 20Sicc’em with DJ Scrappy and DJ Eroc $7 adv/$10 at the door. 9pm show. 21+ (Hip Hop)
Image from the Fremont Market’s Facebook page
Rain or shine, year round the Fremont Sunday Market is open from 10am-5pm for you to wander through. On rainy days the crowds thin and and it seems wisest to duck into the Fremont Hypermarket which is sheltered inside a parking garage. Want to keep perusing inside? Check out the Fremont Vintage Mall or Atlas Clothing
Still have energy after all these great events in Fremont? Then Sunday night at Nectar might be the ticket!
Positive Rising, Valley Green, Mystic Arrows, and The Sindicate
$6 adv / $8 dos. 8pm. 21+
(Reggae / Dub)
Up to ten of them will park there from 11 to 4 starting February 19. For now it’s a monthly thing but “will become weekly as the weather improves,” according to event manager Danniel Linn.
The group is also looking to do more pod pop-ups at other Fremont locations and events, such as the Fremont Outdoor Movies.
The Sunday market currently has a good selection of food carts but is a little light on the food trucks, with Maximus-Minimus usually being the only one. Looks like it’s about to get a lot more crowded. And tasty.