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Entries from August 2010

Revolution Cycles closes up shop today

August 31st, 2010 by master

The pickings are slim on the last day that Revolution Cycles has its doors open at 9634 Roosevelt Way N.E., but the prices still might make it worthwhile for you to stop by before the end of the day.

If all you really need is a tune-up for your bike, though, Revolution Cycles will continue to have you covered. Owner Trask Fredrickson says he has plans for a valet service for the greater Maple Leaf neighborhood, in which he will pick up and drop off bikes that are in need of service, and provide a mobile service that will do the work at your house if all your bike needs is a quick fix.

Fredrickson also plans to offer corporate bicycle repair citywide for businesses that have about 10 bicycles in need of service. He’ll show up at the office and provide the needed maintenance at the expense of the bike owners, but the business gets a tax credit for organizing the event.

“I’m trying to think of newer, greener, 21st century ideas,” said Fredrickson, who also lives in Maple Leaf.

His website,, will have maps that show his service area and that detail his services soon, he added.

For those of you who may be interested in leasing the space Revolution Cycles is vacating, here are some of the details: [Read more →]

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What's your favorite neighborhood bar?

August 31st, 2010 by master

The Roosevelt Ale House is calling all its Facebook fans to vote for it for “Best Neighborhood Bar” for KING/5’s “Evening Magazine.” And as of Tuesday morning, the Maple Leaf watering hole located at 8824 Roosevelt Way N.E. is in the lead.

Maple Leaf’s Cooper’s Alehouse, 8065 Lake City Way N.E., also is in the running. Who will you vote for? Cast your vote for the Roosevelt Ale House here or for Cooper’s Alehouse here.

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Goats on duty all week at City Light substation

August 30th, 2010 by master

Photos by Theo Henderson, a junior at Roosevelt High School

Say farewell to the blackberry bushes that have taken over parts of Seattle City Light’s North Substation, located in Maple Leaf at 814 N.E. 75th St.

All week long, up to 280 goats have been “hired” from Healing Hooves to eat the blackberry bushes as well as their now plump blackberries and the ivy that have grown on the steep, rocky hillside since the herd’s last trip.

“Goats have been a creative, affordable solution for removing this vegetation,” said Betsey Searing, landscape supervisor for City Light. “It’s environmentally friendly. No chemicals and no dump fees.”

The goat herder, Craig Madsen, says neighbors stop by to watch the goats graze and talk to him about the goats, so expect a few visitors through Friday.

City Light adds that there’s no reason to fear the goats: They’re kept in a fenced enclosure that prevents them from escaping to either the street or to where the substation’s electrical equipment is located.

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Turtle street mural makes its debut

August 30th, 2010 by master

If you missed your chance to observe the painting of a street mural in Wallingford that was designed my Maple Leaf artist Rachel Marcotte, our news partners MyWallingford give an avid description of the weekend-long event along with the following photo of the colorful design, as well as many more.

Dozens of volunteers from the neighborhood spent the weekend cleaning then painting the intersection at Interlake Avenue North and North 41st Street after Marcotte drew the outline.

Marcotte told MyWallingford:

“The most amazing thing about this was the people. They embraced it and took ownership. It’s beautiful not to be mine anymore and to hand it over to the neighborhood,” she said. “It’s the most gratifying thing as an artist, to be able to give this to people.”

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Burglar takes Cooper's cash register, sans cash

August 29th, 2010 by master

Cooper’s Alehouse, 8065 Lake City Way N.E., just announced on Twitter that it was broken into overnight, but all the thief made out with was an empty cash register, said bartender Sue Bauman.

“They were in the building for less than 10 seconds,” she said.

The alarm went off at 4 a.m., and the whole incident was recorded on the Maple Leaf bar’s video-surveillance system. But Bauman says the footage likely isn’t clear enough to identify the suspect.

“There’s a police report, but I don’t think they’re going to be able to follow up,” she said.

The burglar left the flat-screen TVs and all of the alcohol, though, so it’s still business as usual.

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Get your baby fix today at the Bumps & Babies Fair

August 29th, 2010 by master

It’s shoppers’ galore all day today for parents and parents-to-be, as well as their friends and family at the most unlikeliest of places: Roosevelt Ale House, 8824 Roosevelt Way N.E. Until 4:30 p.m., the Bumps & Babies Fair is taking place in the pub’s parking lot, featuring both new and gently used items.

And there are plenty of wee ones around checking out the toys and other fun items.

While mothers and others browse the gently used clothes.

As well as some of the more creative new designs, such as from Tiptoeing Tutus.

The fair was organized by Michelle Simpson, who owns the Roosevelt Ale House with her husband, Scott, but now runs another business called The Chic Bambino.

“I don’ t know how to sew,” she said,” but I just decided I wanted to do this huge sewing project.”

So she enlisted the help of a freelance seamstress, Jen Hurlbert, who since has become her business partner.

Simpson said she thought of the project after her daughter, who is now 13 months old, was born.

“Being in the world of baby stuff,” she said, “there’s a lack of stylish options.”

But since January, she and Hurlbert are changing that.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the Bumps & Babies Fair today, though. You also can purchase their goods through Etsy.

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Burglaries and a bunch of car prowls in Maple Leaf

August 29th, 2010 by Mike

A round-up of late August crime in the area, as reported by Seattle Police:

* There are few details yet, but an armed robbery with a gun occurred on the street Friday shortly before 1 p.m. in the 12500 block of 15th Avenue Northeast. That’s just north of Maple Leaf.

* Burglars broke into a home in the 100 block of Northeast 92nd Street about 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26.

* A car was broken into shortly after 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25, in the 1000 block of Northeast 88th Street.

* On Sunday, Aug. 22, a woman in the 2200 block of Northeast 88th Street reported she believed she had been burglarized sometime during the week and was missing a few pieces of jewelry and about 10 CDs.

* Another home was burglarized on Tuesday, Aug. 24, this time in the 2400 block of Northgate Way.

* An interesting report of “unlawful use of a weapon” occurred shortly after midnight on Saturday, Aug. 21, in the 300 block of Northeast 103rd Street, but no further details were available from the police online report site.

* A car was broken into in the 500 block of Northeast 100th Street on Tuesday, Aug. 17;  two were looted the next day, Aug. 18, in the 9100 block of Second Avenue Northeast and in the 8800 block of Eighth Avenue Northeast; and a truck was stolen on Thursday, Aug. 19, in the 9800 block of Fifth Avenue Northeast.

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Aurora Bridge closes Sunday

August 28th, 2010 by Mike

WSDOT’s work on the Aurora Bridge continues and drivers who plan on crossing it this Sunday could face closures, this time going both ways. It’s a major closure, so we’re posting it here.

This Sunday crews will continue work to remove and replace more than 1000 rivets and bolts for the construction of a safety fence to deter suicides. Drivers can expect additional closures for rivet removal in September. Crews are working Sundays because rivet busting is too noisy to do at night. Nearby residents can expect to hear construction noise from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

* From 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29, crews working for WSDOT will close two of three northbound lanes to remove and replace rivets on the east side of the bridge.
* From 1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. all six lanes on the bridge and the southbound Fremont Way on-ramp will be closed while crews move construction equipment to the west side of the bridge. WSDOT scheduled this brief full closure at 1:30 p.m. to help southbound traffic heading to Sunday’s Mariners’ game.
* At 1:45 p.m. crews will reopen all northbound lanes and one southbound lane.
* Two southbound lanes and the southbound Fremont Way on-ramp will remain closed until midnight while crews work on the west side of the bridge.

If that’s not confusing enough, WSDOT has these suggestions on what to do to avoid closures and delays: [Read more →]

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Zeppelin spotted this afternoon from Maple Leaf, Green Lake

August 27th, 2010 by Mike

This is the zeppelin Eureka – a  football-shaped airship filled with helium.

It’s owned by a Silicon Valley software mogul and is in town for a few days, offering sightseeing rides for $300 and up. Our new partners The Seattle Times wrote:

A zeppelin is not a blimp. Zeppelins have a rigid structure of carbon fiber and would not collapse absent the helium. Blimps are more akin to balloons. The Hindenburg, which famously burst into flames, killing three dozen people in 1937, was a zeppelin. It was filled with flammable hydrogen, though; hydrogen isn’t used nowadays. Helium, which is inert, is the gas of choice.

Read the full Seattle Times store here.

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Revolution Cycles closing Tuesday – but will live on

August 27th, 2010 by master

The store Revolution Cycles is closing its doors on Tuesday, but the business itself as well as the “personal attention to bikes” its patrons have come to expect aren’t going anywhere.

“Having a store like this is really important to the neighborhood,” said owner Trask Fredrickson, “but I just don’t have deep enough pockets.”

He explained that even though he’s no longer able to keep the store open, Revolution Cycles will continue to service bicycles and cyclists throughout the Maple Leaf and greater North Seattle area with a “personal bike mechanic” service, which he compared to a personal trainer.

Now, instead of driving to the store at at 9634 Roosevelt Way N.E., Revolution Cycles will come to you, pick up your bike (or your skis and snowboards in the winter), then bring it back to you after it’s been fixed or assessed.

Or, if your bike just needs a quick fix, Revolution Cycles also will have a mobile shop to work on your bike at your house.

“We still have access to the same stuff,” he said. “We just won’t have a brick-and-mortar facade.”

Fredrickson, who lives in the neighborhood, said he’s also hoping he can establish a partnership with a Maple Leaf business that lets him set up shop once a week in a parking lot to offer his mobile services, as well as a drop-off service for tune-ups and other more complex services. Just come back the next week, and he’ll bring your bike back. And in the winter, he says he hopes to offer the same services for snowboards and skis, and possibly even rent out snowboards.

“The standard model of a business isn’t necessarily the best anymore,” Fredrickson said.

In the meantime, you’ve got until Tuesday to check out what remains at the store, which still has a couple of dozen bikes and plenty of accessories. And just remember, if you want to make an offer, you’d best heed the sign on the window above that says “Cash talks.”

Even though the storefront is going away, the website and phone number are staying the same. Check out or give Fredrickson a call at 206-525-3068.

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