News Blog for Seattle's Wallingford Neighborhood


Let the [local] Holiday Shopping Begin! Bazaar & Social in Fremont

December 4th, 2014 by master

Vif wine | coffee and V Smiley Preserves is inviting all their neighbors for a special Pop-Up Holiday Social, Bazaar & Raffle Sat, Dec. 13 10am -2pm!

It’s that time of year again! You know — the time when you realize that you’ve been procrastinating to buy that perfect holiday gift. Well now the days are ticking away — You’d better get busy!

But, hey — don’t rush online or to the mall — check out this ultra-local idea. You might just find something not only perfect, but unique for that special someone in your life.

Vif Wine | Coffee is a cute little spot located just across from Market Time on Fremont Ave.  Their whole parking lot will be filled with handmade goods from 8 small businesses and crafter makers. Participants include Vif Wine|Coffee, V Smiley Preserves, Narwhal, Sea Wolf Bakery, Correspondence Press, Seattle Seltzer, Harbor Herbalist, Never Too Many Treats, and Seattle Tilth’s Youth
Garden Works.

These small ventures and their products are often only found in one or two places around Seattle, so take advantage of this chance to find them all in one place. And for extra inspiration and fun, DJ Christopher LaRose will be on hand to rock the lot with tunes.

The Bazaar Offerings:

  • Coffee, pastries, mulled cider, and natural wines from Vif Wine|Coffee
  • Jams and marmalades of fruit, honey and aromatics from V Smiley Preserves
  • Fried oysters and po’boys from Narwhal
  • Naturally yeasted breads from Sea Wolf Bakery
  • Limited edition letterpress printed cards and gift tags from Correspondence Press
  • Celery soda from Seattle Seltzer
  • Organic herbal teas from Harbor Herbalist
  • Pet treats and accessories from Never Too Many Treats
  • Kid activities throughout the day

At 1pm the day of the Bazaar, they will raffle off a collection of items donated by nearby businesses and the Bazaar vendors.
Raffle** Tickets can be purchased the day of the bazaar or in advance at Vif. Check out their Facebook Events Page for more info.

** 100% of the raffle proceeds will be donated to Seattle Tilth’s Youth Garden Works.

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Zombies attempt world record on Saturday

July 1st, 2011 by master

Our neighbors to the east are trying to get into the Guinness Book of World Records by having the largest zombie walk on record.

A scene from the zombie walk 2009

The zombies are coming to Fremont.

This Fourth of July weekend, thousands of Seattle’s undead return to feed on brains, beers and mobile food to represent the Emerald City to shuffle their back into the history books to reclaim the Guinness World Record for “Largest Gathering of Zombies.” New Jersey currently holds the official record with 4,093 Zombies set back in October 2010.

The only way to avoid being consumed by the undead…join the fun and dress up like one as well. If you want to help break the record, 4,095 zombies must be present at Fremont Studios (3501 Phinney Ave.) on Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 starting at 2pm.

For more information on the event, click here.

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Take a streetcar history tour

July 19th, 2010 by master

It’s hard to tell today, but much of Wallingford and nearby neighborhoods were developed because of streetcars. Historylink says:

In 1891, Seattle annexed most of the area north of Lake Union and its outlet to Salmon Bay, an area that included Green Lake. Shortly thereafter, an electric trolley running from Lake Union at Fremont to Green Lake spurred the development of the “interlaken” area, most of which developed into the area known as Wallingford.

Over the next two decades tracks were laid for streetcars to travel routes across the North End, as well as to downtown. This map of streetcar routes is from 1933, less than a decade before the streetcars were discontinued:

The full Seattle streetcar map is on Flickr and the Seattle Times has a concise timeline of Seattle’s streetcars.

Want to know more? In Fremont this Thursday you can learn about the area’s streetcar history on a walking tour that will end in western Wallingford.

Fremont Streetcar History Tour
Thursday July 22
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
In front of the old Car Barn
34th & Phinney Ave N

It is a guided walking tour along N. 34th and north on Woodland Park Ave N. to N. 40th. Along the way we will tell you about the history of the streetcars in Fremont, why Fremont held a place of importance in Seattle’s history as a streetcar suburb, and about early residences and shops along the streetcar route.

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July Fourth weekend flashback

July 6th, 2010 by master

Did you get out of town or just avoid the computer this weekend? Here’s how the holiday weekend went:

Zombies take over Fremont, regain world record

Scenes from a soggy Family 4th at Gas Works Park

Seattle fireworks show lights up Lake Union

The fireworks from Wallingford Avenue

July 4th: Wallingford’s daylong party & traffic jam

The Walk Bike Ride Challenge for the month of July begins

Cleanup crews fan out across Wallingford

This week, you’ve probably heard, we’ll have temperatures 20 to 30 degrees higher than recent norms. The wading pool at Wallingford Playfield will be a popular spot this Wednesday through Sunday (noon to 7 p.m.)! The Green Lake wading pool will be open every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Preview of this weekend's Fremont Parade and Fair

June 17th, 2010 by master

This weekend is Fremont’s biggest event of the year, the Solstice Parade and Fair. Over its long history, the event has grown from a funky neighborhood gathering to a region-wide party that’s expected to attract close to 100,000 people.  The parade itself kicks off at noon on Saturday from N. 36th and Leary, travels through the heart of Fremont, and ends at Gas Works Park in Wallingford.

Photo above from 2009 Solstice Parade

In addition to the parade, which kicks off with the famous naked bicyclists, you’ll find plenty of other things to do.  Here’s a sampling:

Live bands: Musical entertainment from 39 different bands on three different stages over the entire weekend.  Here’s the band lineup.

Solstice Celebration in Gas Works Park: Organizers promise art installations, bands, non-profit booths, food vendors, and a beer garden.

Fremont Abbey Arts for All: Painting, interactive sculptures, sidewalk chalking, live music at the Rocket Block next to the Big Purple Slide.

Seattle Art Car Blowout: 75 decorated cars in the Burke Building parking lot. Here’s the “ChewBaru” from last year’s show.

Cabiri Performance Troupe on Daedalus: Daedalus is a fully freestanding aluminum aerial dance stage.  Five performances will feature dancers from The Cabiri performance troupe.

Shakespeare on The Troll: Selected scenes from the Bard’s most famous and beloved plays in front of the Troll.

And keep an eye out for a booth collecting donations for the families involved in the deadly fire last weekend. You’ll find a map of the vendors and entertainment here.  You can also visit the fair’s official website.

The fair runs from 10am to 8pm on Saturday, and 11am to 6pm on Sunday.  Our sister site Fremont Universe will have full coverage throughout the weekend on its site as well as on its Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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Fun Fremont race benefits Wallingford charities

June 10th, 2010 by master

Our sister site Fremont Universe shares this story about tomorrow’s Fremont 5K & Briefcase Relay, which benefits two Wallingford-based charities, Solid Ground and Familyworks. The course will take participants into Wallingford on the Burke-Gilman Trail.

The relay beginning at 6 p.m. The 5K begins at 7 p.m. Organizers are expecting close to 1,000 people, with about 250 of them in the costumed briefcase relay.

Photo from the 2009 Briefcase Relay

Those who registered by mail, in-store or online before noon on Tuesday, June 8, are eligible to pick up race packets and shirts at Super Jock n Jill on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you registered after this, you need to pick your packet up on Friday at the race. You can register at Super Jock n Jill through the end of Thursday.

If you’re participating in the Briefcase Relay, teams consist of 5 people who each run a kilometer of the 5K course while dressed from the waist up in business attire. The first 60 registered 5-person briefcase relay teams will receive 300 free CHINOOK BOOK coupon books, thanks to PCC Natural Markets.

Each team must carry a briefcase that is relayed from team member to the next until the last (the 5th) team member crosses the finish line.

Briefcase relay participants are also being asked to carry 5 cans of food in their briefcases that then will be donated to the FamilyWorks food bank.

The event has been around for more than 20 years, having been part of the Fremont Fair.

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Nearby Paseo has '2nd best sandwich' in country

May 6th, 2010 by master

A Fremont eatery is getting national attention for some of its grub. The Cuban Roast Sandwich at Paseo Caribbean was named the second best sandwich in the nation by TLC. The cable channel is doing a special series called “Best Food Ever.” You can read the rest of the sandwich rundown here.

Granted, Paseo falls outside even the most generous border of Wallingford, but we’ve been patrons and fans since the week they opened in the mid-1990s (and the half chicken dinner was $5.75!). On the downside, the lines will be even longer now…

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