Edy Kizaki

Walking in Fremont

November 16, 2010 in Fremont

There is never a bad time to be walking around Fremont, but one late afternoon a couple weeks ago it just seemed that everywhere I looked there was a scene that I wanted to capture.  When I first came to Seattle I really wanted to understand more the soul of the place, and I think every time I walk around Fremont I get a sense of it again.  Here are a few of the sights and sounds from that twilight. 

Tall and Narrow Fremont house Tall and Narrow Fremont house
"Let's meet over by the Rocketship in front of Burnt Sugar." “Let’s meet over by the Rocketship in front of Burnt Sugar.”

 

Fremont rocketship provides landmark for any kind of pathfinding necessary.  Shopping starts here.
We parked in the secret garage and headed for Blue C Sushi. We parked in the secret garage and headed for Blue C Sushi.

 

 
More Shopping More Shopping

 

Willow & Bloom for lovely gifts and flowers. Willow & Bloom for lovely gifts and flowers.

 

 
Dream in Fremont, always something perfect. Dream in Fremont, always something perfect.

 

Dream of Fremont offers Spring fashion and window reflects the twilit street. Dream of Fremont offers Spring fashion and window reflects the twilit street.

 

Dream and street. Dream and street.

 

Fremont Place Book Company in the heart of the neighborhood Fremont Place Book Company in the heart of the neighborhood

 

 
 
Fremont Place Book Company welcomes you with a warm glow in the twilight. Fremont Place Book Company welcomes you with a warm glow in the twilight.

 

The Triangle Lounge in Fremont.  Squeeze through the door and you're in! The Triangle Lounge in Fremont. Squeeze through the door and you’re in!

 

Outside El Camino in Fremont friends chat before snagging a table for Happy Hour. Outside El Camino in Fremont friends chat before snagging a table for Happy Hour.

 

They rave over the unusual gifts and vintage furnishings at Burnt Sugar They rave over the unusual gifts and vintage furnishings at Burnt Sugar

 

Get peeks of Henry in Fremont, Ballard, and...where will we see him next? Get peeks of Henry in Fremont, Ballard, and…where will we see him next?

 

Orange Splot Gallery, the coolest gallery in the known universe. Orange Splot Gallery, the coolest gallery in the known universe.

 

Usually at least one of the Orange Splot Gallery Artists is there to meet. Usually at least one of the Orange Splot Gallery Artists is there to meet.

 

Imagine my delight when I was very drawn to a certain group of paintings and told the artist who happend to be there, and they turned out to be his work!  Synchronicity? 

Orange Splot Gallery Splot (on ceiling and other found elsewhere!) Orange Splot Gallery Splot (on ceiling and other found elsewhere!)

 

The Orange Splot Gallery, officially known as the “fun place to buy art”, grew from it’s inception in September of ’07, then started growing and adding more great artists as well as a plethora of art services that allow you to get your own art screened, framed, and otherwise ready to put on your wall! 

Going to Orange Splot Gallery the landscape mysteriously changes. Going to Orange Splot Gallery the landscape mysteriously changes.

 

There is every reason to believe the claim to being the fun place to buy art is not in any way an exageration, further evidence being the clues on the path leading to the gallery, such as this greedy crow mural. 

Keep an eye out for further Fremont walks, including Theo Chocolate Factory, the country’s first organic and fair trade chocolate factory, the Ship Canal, the Fremont Sunday Market, the Solstice Parade float warehouse, and much much more. 

Fremont, the Center of It All

September 14, 2010 in Fremont

Some time ago a resident of the Fremont neighborhood came to an important realization.  It turns out that Fremont is the Center of the Universe.  After this crucial fact was imparted to the community a general air of celebration came into being and has never really vanished.  Fremont is a great place to be whether it’s for a window shopping stroll, very serious shopping, a casual or upscale meal of unusual merit, a chocolate factory tour, happy hour at one of the popular pubs, or art gallery and antique store hopping.  One favored activity is simply a sightseeing walkabout which must include not only the huge troll under the Aurora Street bridge but also the 20 foot bronze statue of Lenin which a traveling Fremonter got a great deal on while in Russia, and sent home to adorn the center of the neighborhood.  There are bookstores, music stores, organic bakeries, flower shops, plenty of coffee houses of course, and other amazing food and drink in many manifestations.  The Summer Solstice Parade, the Fremont Ocktoberfest,  and the Fremont Sunday Market are some of the area’s well known events, the Market actually is held all year.

Those lucky enough to find their dream home among the relatively few properties in this neighborhood will have to fight for parking but do have the benefit of being within walking distance of virtually everything they can dream or imagine to enjoy on a lively Saturday twilight blending into midnight, or a sunny Saturday afternoon in search of frozen yogurt or coffee to be enjoyed at leisure on the banks of the Ship Canal and the Burke-Gilman Trail as cyclists pass and kayaks ply the waters.  Do not fail to visit, just being aware that it may be more difficult to leave than you at first suspect.