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Summer comes to its unofficial end this weekend with the Labor Day holiday on Monday.
Many Eastlake businesses will be open on Monday. Our list is below, as well as info on garbage collection (normal schedule) and Metro bus routes.
If I missed your business, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll add you to the list.
Have a great holiday!
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Hard to believe the summer is almost over. Labor Day is this coming Monday so it must be true.
Will your Eastlake business be open on Monday? If so, what hours will you be open and are you planning anything special? Please post your details in the comments below or email me at email@example.com. I'll post the list later this week.
Have a great holiday!
It's the Fourth of July and the sun is shining. It's a miracle!
Here are a few quick notes from Eastlake this morning:
Parking: The parking ban on Eastlake Avenue E. began at 11 a.m. Don't try to park along Eastlake or you'll get a ticket and probably get towed as well. More information on the Seattle Police Department's plans for parking can be found in our previous post.
I-5 ramps at Roanoke, Boylston and the southbound exit at Mercer will be closed at 9 p.m. and won't reopen until after the fireworks are done at about 10:30 p.m.
Cheshiahud Challenge: The Museum of History and Industry has put together a history quiz geared to the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop trail. Walk the trail, stop at the spots marked on the map and answer a history question. Leave your completed form at the MOHAI booth at South Lake Union Park or the information booth at Gas Works Park and you'll be entered to win two three-day Gold passes to Bumbershoot. More information on the challenge is at the MOHAI website. You can also download the map there.
Businesses open in Eastlake: Numerous businesses are open in Eastlake today, including several places to eat and get a drink. Check our previous post for more information.
There's a yard sale going on in a parking lot on the east side of Eastlake in the 2700 block. They'll be there until about 4 p.m.
Have a great -- and safe -- Fourth of July!
The Fourth of July is Wednesday and many Eastlake businesses will be open for the holiday. Our list is below.
The weather forecast looks promising. It won’t be the hottest Fourth ever but the clouds should part for the Lake Union fireworks and your backyard barbecue.
If you’re trying to get in or out of Eastlake during the day or during the fireworks show in the evening, check out our previous post for all the details on where to drive and park, and what to tell your guests.
Details on all the events going on around the lake can be found in our previous post and also at the websites for the Family 4th (they do the fireworks) and the Wooden Boat Show (it ends on Wednesday).
One of the best ways to get in and out of Eastlake is on a Metro bus. Metro will be running on a holiday schedule, which is the same as their Sunday schedule. Get more details at Metro's website.
And Seattle Public Utilities reports that there will be normal garbage collection on Wednesday. The North Transfer Station will be...
Eastlake businesses were open this morning and traffic was moving on Eastlake Ave. despite the snow. A good two to three inches of snow had fallen by lunch time.
It looks like most businesses are open although it's always a good idea to call ahead to check. I noted that Louisa's Cafe Bakery, Voxx Coffee, the 14 Carrot Cafe and Starbucks were open, as were numerous other stores on Eastlake Avenue E. Ed Wyse Beauty Supplies was open but just closed due to lack of customers.
Little Water Cantina says they're open.
If your business is open, add it to the comment list below.
Traffic was moving on Eastlake (check out our video) and buses were appearing, although I'm not sure if they're on schedule or not. Metro has noted that all buses will remain on snow routes today. There have been some route cancellations but none that affect Eastlake.
Side streets are still slick and tricky. Try to avoid driving if you can. The Lynn Street hill was bedeviling drivers earlier this morning so you might want to try to avoid it.
There won't be any garbage, yard waste or recycling pickups today.
What's it like in your part of the neighborhood? Share what you're up to in the comments or note where there are problems.
It's almost 2012 and Eastlake is getting ready to celebrate!
Here are the local businesses that will be open on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. This list isn't definitive. Businesses not listed may be open. Call to check ahead.
If I've missed your business, please add yourself in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll add you to the list. I'll be updating the list this afternoon.
Happy New Year!
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Happy Holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa) from Eastlake Ave., your Eastlake news source! Nothing says "Eastlake Christmas" better than a photo of Lolita's tree, all decked out in its holiday finest.
Things are pretty quiet in Eastlake today. If you're looking to go out or need information on bus service, check our holiday hours post.
Have a great day!
The Christmas holiday is upon us and many Eastlake businesses will be closed. Since the holiday is on a Sunday, many businesses have chosen to also be closed on Saturday, Christmas Eve, in addition to Christmas Day.
If you need supplies or want to go out for a meal or a drink, your best bet is to do it on Saturday. Two businesses (Eastlake Bar and Grill and the Eastlake Zoo) will be open on Christmas Day and one (Flower Lady) may be.
If I've missed your business, please add your hours and details to the comments.
Have a happy holiday!
The holidays are upon us and it's time for Eastlake Ave.'s annual lists of which businesses are open here on Christmas and New Year's.
Will your Eastlake business be open on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? If so, will you be offering any holiday specials? Will your hours be different from usual business days?
And what about New Year's Eve and New Year's Day? Local restaurants and bars: I'm looking at you! Anything special planned? Will you be open on either day and if so, what hours?
Please let me know if you're open, the hours and any other information either in the comments to this post or in an e-mail to me at email@example.com. I'll publish a list later in the week.
Thanks and Happy Holidays!
As you might expect, it's pretty quiet in Eastlake on Thanksgiving. A few businesses will be open:
Metro Bus service: Buses will be on a Sunday schedule (fewer trips, lower fares) and on a reduced weekday schedule (fewer trips...
Thanksgiving is almost here.
We're gathering information on which Eastlake businesses will be open on the holiday and we'll publish before the holiday. Will your Eastlake business be open? If so, what hours? And, are you planning anything special for the day?
Send your information to me and I'll add you to the list: curtmilton (at) comcast.net.
It's that time! The annual Fourth of July fireworks show at Lake Union is almost here.
Eastlake is bracing, as we always do, to receive our share of the expected 100,000 people who will be somewhere around the lake to see the holiday show.
The main question everyone always wants answered is: When should I tell my guests to arrive? When Seattle Police Officer Chris Kelley spoke at an Eastlake Community Council public meeting in June, his advice was that the best time to arrive is 6 to 7 p.m. (unless they're coming for the day) and the best time to leave is after 11 p.m.
The area in the neighborhood with the tightest access and parking restrictions is from Eastlake west to the houseboats. If you live in that area, your guests won't need a written invite but they will need to know where they're going and where they're going to park. Officers will start to shut off vehicular access to that area around 8:30 p.m.
Parking is always very tight on the Fourth. Parking along Eastlake Avenue is mostly prohibited on the Fourth. Several other streets have parking prohibitions. If you or your guests block driveways or fire hydrants or park in areas marked "no parking" for the day, you will be towed. Some residents and businesses will be renting parking in their lots. The best bet is probably to take a Metro bus.
After the fireworks are over, SPD concentrates on getting people out of the area. Some streets (Lynn and Harvard) become one-way heading away from Eastlake. Check the map attached to this story for more information. A downloadable PDF of the map is here.
For complete details on parking and access, check our previous post.
Other links that you may find useful on the Fourth:
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!
UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. Jaxx Boutique is open today and has been added to the list.
The Fourth of July is Monday and many businesses in Eastlake will be open. Check our list below to see which stores and restaurants will be operating.
Getting in and out of the neighborhood, particularly late in the day and in the evening before and after the fireworks can be tricky. You may find much of what you need right here in the neighborhood.
For information on where to drive and park in Eastlake on the Fourth, see our previous post complete with a downloadable map. Information on Metro transit is at the end of the list.
Information on the Family Fourth at Lake Union and the fireworks show (which usually begins around 10 p.m.) can be found on the event's website.
If I missed your Eastlake business, please let me know what hours you'll be open on the Fourth and if you have anything special planned for the holiday. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's what's open on the...
The Fourth of July is coming up fast. As we have done for the past two years, we'll be publishing a list of which businesses are open in Eastlake on the holiday.
Please let me know if your business is open and we'll add you to the list. If you're doing anything special for the holiday, be sure to include that as well.
Either put your holiday hours in the comments for this post or email me at email@example.com
Have a great Fourth of July!
UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. Grand Central Bakery, Patrick's Fly Shop and Mort's Cabin are also open today.
The weather may still say "winter" but the calendar says "summer."
Memorial Day is Monday and many Eastlake businesses will be open. Our list of who in the neighborhood is open is published below. If you're staying close to home, you don't need to leave Eastlake to find much of what you might need.
If your business is open and didn't make the list, email me and I'll add you.
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The Memorial Day holiday is almost here. Is your Eastlake business going to be open Monday, May 30? If so, let us know either by posting in the comments below this post or by emailing me at curtmilton (at) comcast.net. I'll compile a list and post it on Eastlake Ave.
If you are open, this is a great chance to let Eastlake residents know. Thanks for your help!
SATURDAY UPDATE: A sign in the door at the Quick Stop says the business closed "due to unforseen circumstances." It says that the store will undergo renovations and a change in management and open again "in the near future." We'll keep you posted.
UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. The name of Earl's Garden Patch has been corrected. Details on the history of the building and current ownership have been added.
The Quick Stop Grocery and Deli, 2352 Eastlake Ave. E., closed abruptly this week.
The store's last day was apparently Tuesday. The doors were chained closed on Wednesday morning (see photo). A short note says simply: "Business is closed. Thank you."
The store has been a fixture on Eastlake Avenue for many years. It was originally known as Earl's Garden Patch. A portion of the store's parking lot was acquired by Starbucks in the early 2000's and used as a site for the company's Eastlake store.
Records at the King County Assessor's Office list the current owner of the building as Castellum LLC.
A 1995 Seattle Times obituary of the store's original owner, V. Earl Blomberg, provides details of its history. Blomberg, known as "the singing grocery," opened Earl's Garden Patch in 1933. The Times quotes Blomberg's daughter, Gail Hendrickson, as saying: "He opened the store in the depths of the Depression, where a fruit-and-vegetable stand had been."
Blomberg sold Christmas trees in the parking lot and, the Times reported, sold "quality items" at the store. His wife, Helen, who died in 1993, kept the books for the store and made ice cream on Tuesdays.
Read more of the Times' obituary here.
Jules James, neighborhood businessperson and activist, believes the site, which is only half a block from TOPS@Seward School and Rogers Playfield and is on the same side of the street as both, would be a great site for a preschool:
No word on what will happen to the market. We'll let you know what we find out.
UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. Info on garbage collection has been addd (see below) No garbage collection on Saturday.
Second week, second holiday. More businesses will be open in Eastlake for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day than were open at Christmas.
At least five local restaurants -- Cicchetti, Eastlake Bar and Grill, Kristos, Nettletown and Serafina -- are having special New Year's Eve menus. Reservations are required at several of these. Check the list below and their websites for more information.
Did we miss anyone or is something wrong? Let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW YEAR’S EVE
NEW YEAR’S DAY
For more information on Metro's holiday schedules, check their website.
OK, you know the drill: If you're an Eastlake business that will be open on New Year's Eve and/or New Year's Day, let me know and I'll include you in our list of holiday hours to be published later this week.
If you're planning something special for either day, include that info as well. Hours that you'll be open are also helpful.
Post your info in the comments below or e-mail to me at email@example.com.
Thanks and Happy New Year!
Christmas is here and, like last year, the best advice is to do your shopping, eating and drinking on Friday, Christmas Eve. Most businesses will be open but many will be closing early.
On Christmas Day, the only restaurant we found that will be open is the Eastlake Grill. If you need a libation, the Eastlake Zoo will open in the evening.
If I've missed anyone, please add your business to the comments.
Check below the list for info on garbage pickup and bus service.
It's almost Christmas. Will your Eastlake business be open on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? If so, will you be offering any holiday specials? Will your hours be different from usual business days?
Please note if you're open, the hours and any other information either in the comments to this post or in an e-mail to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll publish a list later in the week.
Thanks and Happy Holidays!
Thanksgiving is quiet in Eastlake. Not many businesses are planning on being open. Here's a few that will be open:
Metro bus service: Buses will be on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving (fewer trips, lower fares) and on a reduced weekday schedule (fewer trips on some routes, regular fares) on Friday. Eastlake routes with some trip cancellations on Friday include the 49 and the 70.
For more information on holiday bus service, visit Metro's website.
Solid waste collection: There will be no garbage, food, yard waste or recycling collections...
Thanksgiving is next week. We'll be publishing a list of businesses that are open on Thanksgiving.
Will your business be open on Thanksgiving? Will you be open the day after Thanksgiving? Let us know! Either put your hours in the comments to this post or e-mail me at curtmilton (at) comcast.net.
UPDATE: This post has been updated since it was first published. A comment from Susan Kaufman has been added.
The award, sponsored by the Women Business Owners, a Puget Sound organization for women entrepreneurs, judges finalists "based on their entrepreneurial spirit, ethics and community spirit, financial management skill, and the difficulty and risk they have endured to achieve their success," according to the WBO website.
Kaufman, a native New Yorker, grew up eating Italian food. After creating two successful restaurants in Juneau, Alaska, she opened Serafina on Eastlake Avenue in 1991. The restaurant has won numerous accolades and awards. Last year, Kaufman purchased the building behind Serafina and turned it into her newest restaurant, Cicchetti.
Anne-Marie Faiola, CEO of Bramble Berry, 2009 Nellie winner and 2010 Nellie judge, said of Kaufman:
"I am still reeling from last night," Kaufman said in an e-mail. "It was the most amazing experience, being in the company of my incredibly talented co-finalists as well as a room full of accomplished, caring women. ... I had no idea how much this would mean to me until I actually experienced the entire event. It is truly an amazing feeling to be recognized this way, and I will stay in the "glow" as long as possible."
Kaufman is a long-time Eastlake resident and activist. She lives near her restaurants and is a believer in local and sustainable food. According to a press release, her kitchen garden supplies herbs and vegetables to the restaurants.
The Nellie honors Nellie Cashman, a pioneer businesswoman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and gold prospector.