News blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood


A painted-up proposal at the Solstice Parade

June 21st, 2011 by master

Painted up in his best tuxedo, Kris did something that he doesn’t think anyone else has ever done – he proposed to his girlfriend of two years. Now the newly-engaged couple is looking for pictures of the big moment.

“He was topless, but wore bike shorts so that we could show the pictures to my grandmother,” Amy says.

Amy says that the couple met almost two years ago to the day at the Solstice Parade. She was biking painted up and Kris thought she had the best costume ever. He kept telling his friends “how awesome that woman must be that she’s so creative!” Amy says. They ended up crashing the same BBQ but didn’t connect until a little later on an online dating site.

The couple is hoping someone saw the proposal this past weekend and grabbed their camera. If you have pictures Kris and Amy, please email them to preppyhippies at gmail dot com

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Procession for boy who died of cancer

December 29th, 2009 by master

A few Fremont Universe and My Ballard readers emailed us to ask about a procession of Okanogan Sheriff’s vehicles seen driving east on 46th St. near Fremont Ave. at 9:30 this morning. Turns out, it was a caravan escorting the body of 8-year-old Parker Brown — the son of an Okanogan Sheriff’s deputy — who died after a six-year struggle with cancer. The boy’s family along with deputies and police officers from several agencies spanning the state participated in the procession today to bring the boy home from Ballard to Okanogan. A very heartbreaking story.

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Catch a ride to ‘Freemont’

July 13th, 2009 by master

We saw this Metro bus on Market headed towards “Freemont.”

At the risk of turning into the neighborhood spelling police, that’s not the first time the county has misspelled the neighborhood.

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Lenin turned into eye-catching advertisement

June 27th, 2009 by master

This was catching people’s attention in Fremont today.

A noose around Lenin’s neck holds a sign that says, “Size Matters. I’m Just a Capitalist Tool.” If you look closely, you’ll see who put it up there.

Taco del Mar, which is located right behind the statue. The restaurant recently re-opened after being closed for several months. So is putting Lenin to work to sell tacos smart advertising? Or a shameless publicity stunt that takes advantage of Fremont’s public art?

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Brown Bear statue sporting new look

March 9th, 2009 by master

We’ve seen the bear adorned with a festive hat, but never like this:

That’s the the big bear statue in front of Brown Bear car wash on Leary, covered in plastic. “We are adding some additional design features to surround the bear statue,” explains George Hobson from Brown Bear. “It was covered to protect it from the concrete and paint work.” (Thanks Bill for the tip!)

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The Troll gets into the holiday spirit

December 15th, 2008 by master

“The Fremont Troll has been the subject of a seasonally-inspired guerrilla artist,” explains Rachel Blackman, who shot this photo.

She points out the that the “Just Married” chalk on the Troll was done by a wedding party a few nights ago. (Thanks Rachel! By the way, check out her cool photo of Lenin in the snow right here.)

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Urban hikers take tour of libraries

November 21st, 2008 by master

18 members of the Seattle Mountaineers Club are completing an urban hike today between seven branches of the Seattle Public Library, including the Fremont branch. Here they are crossing the Fremont Bridge…

And posing in front of the Waiting for the Interurban…

The hikers are celebrating the end of the city’s campaign to build and remodel branches of the public library. As part of the campaign, you can get “library passports,” which the Mountaineers are getting stamped at each branch.

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Only in Fremont: Pumpkin streakers

November 2nd, 2008 by master

Here’s a unique way to celebrate Halloween. Two guys put pumpkins on their heads and streaked naked around Fremont on Saturday to honks and cheers.

(Thanks Michael for the tip and photos!)

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Stock up for election night

November 2nd, 2008 by master

Portage Bay Goods has those hard-to-find election knick-knacks.

In true Fremont style, most items are Obama gear.

Because you have to have the Barack Obama magnetic wardrobe. Or action figure. Or the pink “Baby Got Barack” onesie.

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Fremont featured in New York Times

October 30th, 2008 by master

This afternoon, splashed a travel story about Fremont and Ballard right smack in the middle of the home page.

“Ballard and Fremont, once cities in their own right, are now Seattle neighborhoods of a particularly independent-minded kind,” the story explains. “Each is undergoing a kind of 21st-century renaissance, with shops and restaurants moving in, and a new, often young crowd arriving to live or just to play. But in either one, you can still lose yourself so thoroughly that you will barely even remember you’re in the same town as the Space Needle.”

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