Today is Small Business Saturday! It is our chance to support local Bothell small businesses by purchasing local. Every part of Bothell is loaded with great unique, one of a kind small businesses. From Thrashers Corner to Downtown Bothell, from Country Village to main street, there is something for everyone. Supporting local businesses, supports our Bothell community. There are a ton of great reasons why to buy locally here is Bothell on Small Business Saturday:
Maddy Dalgarn is a University of Washington-Bothell student striving to make a change for the endangered marine mammals and sea turtles in our oceans. She has grown up in Bothell, graduated Bothell High School and currently works as a Barista at the Village Bean in Country Village. When she is not studying towards a degree in Biology, she enjoys spending time with her horse or going for long walks with her dogs along the Burke-Gilman trail.
From a young age Maddy has always had a strong passion for the well being of animals. During a family trip to Hawaii, Maddy fell in love with the sea turtles grace and beauty. She visited the Maui Ocean center and learned about their danger of extinction. She wants to bring awareness to the public about how to help and conserve these beautiful creatures. Maddy has the opportunity to go to New York and work with the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation to help rehabilitate marine mammals and sea turtles. The winter is the busiest time of the year in that area, because the Foundation brings in cold stunned Sea Turtles to help nurse back to health and release in the early summer. While there Maddy will be responsible for the care of all in house animals and will help with the rescue and release of seals, dolphins and sea turtles.
In order to accomplish this goal Maddy is participating in a scholarship contest through Dosomething.org to collect cans to recycle. Every 50 cans she collects give her one more entry in a drawing to win $4000, that will go towards housing for six months in New York. Please drop off any aluminum cans or direct donations at the Village Bean in Country Village by December 12th. Thank you for your support!
You can find out more about the Riverhead Foundation at www.riverheadfoundation.org/
On November 17, Bothell's favorite fabric store, Keepsake Cottage is hosting a ConKerr Cancer sewing event from 11am-5pm to benefit kids that have Cancer and other life threatening diseases. Keepsake Cottage Fabrics has already donated a sizable amount of funds to the organization, now they are going to "sew for the cause". Each year 44,000 children across North America are treated for cancer while thousands more experience life-changing illnesses and injuries. A hospital stay is a frightening experience for adults, and even more so for young children. Beyond the obvious medical fears and difficulties, a sterile hospital room lacks the comfort and warmth of home.
Thousands of ConKerr Cancer volunteers in 120 cities dedicate themselves to brightening these children’s lives through the simple act of sewing a bright, cheery pillowcase. As a result of their love and generosity, ConKerr Cancer has delivered more than 670,000 pillowcases in just six years to 250 hospitals throughout the country, creating ‘miles of pillowcase smiles’ for the children and their parents. In addition, ConKerr volunteers visit hospitals to sew with the children, breaking up the monotony of long, frightening hospital stays.
Come out and join your fellow Bothell sewers and spend some time supporting a great cause. The event will be held in the Keepsake Cottage workshop, which is located in the rear of Country Village Shops.
Connect with Keepsake Cottage on their Facebook page or give Julie's team a call at: (425) 486-3483
The Bothell Music Boosters is having a fundraiser Wine Tasting at Elevation Cellars on November 22nd! Come out to support local music education!
Meet your friends, family, neighbors, etc. at Elevation Cellars in Woodinville and be sure to mention BHS Music Boosters!
- $10 tasting fee for 6 Award winning Washington State wines
- Tasting fee applied towards bottle purchase
- 30% of all bottle purchases donated to BHS Music Boosters
Thanks for your support of BHS Music program! Adults only, please.
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Bothell has a number of great non-profits (if you have one you would like featured, please contact us). One Bothell non-profit is the Northwest Bookfest.The non-profit is focused on a few things. Helping authors navigate throught he publishing landscape and providing a public facing element where the public can interact with their favorite local authors.
The Bothell Blog received a press release from Fisher Radio announcing a Bothell teacher for their Teacher of the Week. In their press release they mentioned that they were going to be "SUPRISING" Emily. We wondered why they sent this to release. We figured, she probably already knew, and we wanted to make sure Bothellites knew about the event.
One of our sBothell Blog reader has submitted a missing cat. Her name is Isa. She's an indoor cat and has no tags, but she is chipped. Isa is an indoor cat and might be frightened. She sneaked out the front door while bringing in groceries. She lives are 10316 NE 187th St.
Please call 425-260-5886 if you see her.
Another lost cat in Bothell! We received an email this evening from a Bothell resident who lost their cat, here are the details from the blog reader:
"Family Cat lost during storm Friday 9/28 Male grey tabby 12 years old medium size. Recent neck surgery so shaved area under chin and hence no collar L Last seen at 188th and 92nd Ave NE (between Bothell High and Pop Kenny field) His name is Galute he is friendly and vocal! Please call 425-487-3979. Thank you."
Ahoy all ye pirates! Strap on ye boots, board ye ships, 'n head on over to Bothell’s Country Village fer an excitin' scurvy Pirate Day. All be welcome to dress up in their best scurvy pirate costume 'n prepare to be set out on a voyage. All band 'o pirates gunna receive a treasure map filled wit' clues to help them find their hidden treasure! th' scurvy pirate lovely booty gunna be at participatin' shops throughout th' country village.
Th' adventure starts at noon, Saturday, SeptembARrrrr 14th 2013 'n ends at 4:00 PM. At th' halfway point, 2PM, thar gunna be an appearance by Zero & Somebuddy who gunna be entertainin' th' crowd wit' a scurvy pirate puppet show.
Ye gunna also be able to spy wit' ye eye th' band 'o pirates 'o Treasure Island roamin' Bothell 'n plunderin' country village in their best scurvy pirate costumes from 12-3PM. So come on out 'n show th' seven seas that thar be band 'o pirates alive 'n well in Bothell 'n if ye dare come to seek a ruckas 'n adventure 'n heartly enjoy th' entertainment!
Can you smell it? If you can’t smell it now, you will pretty soon! After more than three years Ivars is returning to Bothell! In 2009 Ivars was closed due to construction and rebuilding in the area and now they are back and will have their Grand Opening this August! Their classic menu features new entrees such as the Grilled Salmon BLT, Grilled Fish Tacos, Soba Noodle and Tiger Prawns Salad. In addition to the new entrees, Ivars will have a hand-tossed salad and sandwich station, freshly baked bread, and you can enjoy their famous chowder and soup station!
The Ivars in Bothell is located in the Lakeside Canyon Creek Shopping Center, 24016 Bothell-Everett Highway. The fresh fish that reflects the Pacific Ocean, the areas around Alaska, and our very own Puget Sound is finally in reach again for Bothell residents and surrounding areas. This Bothell Ivars location is proud to be able to have outdoor seating with umbrellas for rain or shine, and year-round enjoyment of the freshest fish, famous fish and chips, soups, salads, and chowder.
Bothell is proud to be the home of Ivars 24thlocation and are anxiously awaiting the Grand Opening! Come out later this month and whenever you are craving Ivars to enjoy the local product served by great people. For more information on events and updates be sure to follow Ivars on facebook.
Red and orange, those two colors blind 522 and downtown Bothell. The streets paved with orange cones, the sidewalks marked with orange detour signs, construction workers sporting orange vests directing traffic, and worst of all the red from the brake lights. What use to be a simple commute downtown has turned into tedious aggravation, testing the limit of patience a person can have. For nearly a month the Bothell Crossroads SR 522 Realignment has been underway and the detour routes are scheduled through mid October.
As of now only eastbound travel on Local Access Rd (formerly SR 522) is allowed and at the same time no westbound traffic is allowed through Bothell Way and Main St. The crisscrossing traffic confusion has us all rubbing our heads determining when things will clear up and be stress free again. Believe it or not this is only phase II and phase III is just around the corner.
With gradual construction throughout the year, the mess on SR 522 and downtown Bothell is not projected to be finished until June 2014. Sadly it does not look like we have seen the worst of it. Phase II seems like just the beginning of an even bigger mess. Soon there will be transit relocations, sidewalk closures and of course more red and orange.
What matters most is when the construction comes to an end, hopefully by the projection date, this time next summer the roads will be more open, sidewalks safer, easier access to public transformation, and more room for downtown Bothell to grow. But, the very best part about construction is that it is temporary. Even though the congestion can get to your nerves, when you are sitting in your car watching the red lights in front of you, just think that this is for the better of the community.
For information on more projects around Bothell check out the City of Bothell’s Capital Improvements page.
Blues, Bothell, Beer, and BBQ! The Bothell Blues festival was fun, delicious, and enjoyable for people of all ages. The smell of BBQ from Carolina Smoke filled The Country Village and was a perfect compliment to the beautiful sunshine on Labor Day weekend. The beer garden was also a great compliment to the blues music and relaxing sounds of Eric Freeman, Palmer JCT, Stacy Jones Band, Chester Dennis Jones, and Wired. The beer was provided by Bothell’s own Foggy Noggin Brewing and was accompanied by Bothell’s Open Road Winery. The nice cool beverages under the hot sun were just one of many bright spots at the festival.
Looking around and witnessing young children, elderly couples, young couples, parents, grandparents, all dancing was a wonderful and heartwarming sight. One of the most talked about features in the park was the Porta-Lisa, which was sponsored by locally owned 411 Plumber. Between the blues, BBQ, and beer, there was a slight interruption, but it was for a good cause. Help Our Woods, which is a non-profit group of residents and businesses defending natural refuge in the heart of Bothell, took the stage to stress their concern about the increasing of development and the tearing down our local forests. They were one of many booths at the Bothell Blues Festival and if you missed their information on ways to help please click their link and find out how you can contribute!
By the end of the 9 hour Bothell Blues Festival, many left the Bothell’s Country Village with their clothes smelling like BBQ, a little tan, and humming a melody they have stuck in their head. Memories were created as we capped off our summer and look forward to next year!
As you may know, Washington is the home of Starbucks, and everyone else sees us as coffee drinkers. But, not everyone likes coffee. Often we are seeing people wake up, put water on the stove and listen for the screeching sound from their teakettle. If we are on the run, with no time to wait for our kettle, we then drive through coffee stands, Starbucks, or Tully’s for overpriced tea that can quickly drain the spare change from our pockets. For those of us that enjoy tea, whether it is for the morning boost, the afternoon comfort, or the nighttime remedy, you are in luck, especially for those who live in Bothell.
An Afternoon to Remember: Fine Tea and Gifts is making their grand opening on August 27that the Country Village Shops in Bothell. This just might be ‘An Afternoon to Remember’ as you browse the shops 150 fine loose teas many unique to Amy, the owner herself. During the grand opening of Bothell’s newest teashop and the 10th anniversary of the store, you will be able to try some teas and sample a few goodies from her cookbook. If you find that you love the delicious goodies put out to sample, feel free to purchase her cookbook, teas, and other items on her online shop.
An Afternoon to Remember is a unique store and it will be hard to pass up an opportunity to stop in and look around, especially for the tea lovers in Bothell. The hardworking Amy keeps everything up to date for your convenience and has her own blog to let tea fanatics know about local events and happenings at An Afternoon to Remember. Be sure to sign up for her E-Zine for other updates and emails for easy access on the go.
We would love to see the Bothell community come out on August 27th at 11:30 to see the Bothell Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon to An Afternoon to Remember and celebrate their 10-year anniversary and grand opening with your family, friends, and the community!
Could you hear the roar?!? August 15th, Bailey Farm Apartments opened their doors to the community of Bothell with an exciting Grand Opening Happy Hour! The new resident building offers a great location for those who love to get outdoors and not be surrounded by the crowd of the city or the quiet of the country. The environmental balance is only a minor perk to a new lifestyle that you can achieve. Bailey Farm Apartments offers one, two, and three bedrooms apartments with private patios or open views of Bothell. With the open space their apartments provide, they are pet friendly! With a small pet deposit/fee your pet can join you in this tranquil lifestyle. But even this is not the icing on the cake.
One of the first things people ask and look for when they are moving into a new apartment complex are the amenities. Some of the amenities include a year-round hot tub, a yoga studio, fully equipped 1200 sq. ft. cabana (with complementary wi-fi), 24-hour fitness center, and an outdoor fireplace with plush seating. Being a resident at Bailey Farms Apartment will have you feeling like you are at an all-inclusive resort! But being located next to places like North Creek Park and Bothell’s Country Village will keep you moving around the fun city of Bothell.
With everything said so far it might be easy to see how living in Bothell’s Bailey Farm Apartments could be great for being outdoors, swimming, being in the park, or barbequing on the patio. But the inside of the apartments matches the outdoor charm. Some of the indoor amenities include a shower with bench seating and open tub, a bathroom linen closet, halogen lighting under cabinets, a breakfast bar & flexible dining area, oversized cabinets, and Stainless Energy Star appliances. If you want to view Bailey Farm Apartments both inside and out, please check out their photos or stop by at our location!
For more information please feel free to contact:
Driving around Canyon Park in Bothell today I noticed that Zeeks Pizza is moving in down by where Jalisco's is in that same little strip mall. Wow, we are totally stoked to have a Zeek's Pizza in Bothell. If you have never had a Zeek's pizza, you should, they are off the hook good. I thnk they put some kind of addictive chemical in their pizza dough that makes you crave it fort-nightly. It looks like it might be a franchise, which is still great. Zeek's already has 3 franchises up and running in Seattle area. They also mention delivery, which is one of the reasons I will be using them. No need to waste my time in traffic there on 228th. Once we get more details on the move down to Canyon Park, we will post it.
Until then, save your money cause you will want to spend it all on Pizza.
In Bothell, we have our share of "elegant businesses". Russells, Preservation Kitchen to name a couple.. but in the our neighbor, Lynnwood has a great business that exudes elegance. Mercedes-Benz has been at the top of their class since the first time their rubber kissed the pavement.
Summer is coming to an end so why not cool off with a glass of wine? The Country Village Presents: The Summer Stroll Wine Walk! Friday, August 23rd 6-9pm, The Country Village in Bothell will be featuring wine tasting from select Washington wineries. This is a 21 or older event and tickets are required. Tickets can be pre-purchased for $20 each or $25 at the door. The wines will be placed around The Country Village in individual shops so you can enjoy shopping, drinking, and socializing. All proceeds for this event will be benefiting The Greater Bothell Chamber of Commerce. Participants are advised to ‘Bring Your Own Glass’ (BYOG)! But, there will be a limited supply of wine glasses for an additional $5.
Participating Country Village Shops and Select Wineries:
- O’Malley & Potter Hosting: Rainier Wine
- Town Hall Antique Mall Hosting: Lodmell Cellars
- Tiffany Ann Home Hosting: Eye of the Needle Winery
- Bon Sejour Home Hosting: Stottle Winery
- Village Eatery & Tea Co. Hosting: Genoa Cellars
- Ecelectic Haven Hosting: Convergence Zone Cellars
- Quite the Find Hosting: Barrage Cellars
- Life Solutions Healing Arts Center Hosting: Martinez & Martinez Winery
- Heartland Interiors Hosting: Davenport Cellars
- Cranberry Cottage Hosting: Vortex Cellars
- Country Blend Hosting: Gecko Wine Co. and Michael Florentino Cellars
- Stampin’ In The Rain Hosting: Smasne Cellars
- The Weed Patch Hosting: J & A’s Winery
- Sankara Imports Hosting: Patterson Cellars
- JJ Books Hosting: Silver Bell Winery
With 15 shops featuring 16 select Washington Wineries, we hope to see you there having a great time surrounded by great people. Remember that proceeds go to the Bothell Chamber of Commerce and most importantly BYOG- Bring Your Own Glass!
Friday August 23rd 6:00-9:00pm
For More information or questions please call us at (425) 485-4353
Bothell, Wa - Iconic Bothell business, Country Cafe closes their doors after 33 years of down home cooking. September 15th the Country Café in Bothell will be closing their doors and hang up their aprons.
Country Café, located in Bothell’s Country Village Shops, has been a breakfast destination for many local Bothellites for years. Known for their thick sliced bacon, homemade jam, freshly baked biscuits and large Country Scrambles, the Country Café has always focused on quality and quantity.
Back in the early days, the Café use to be open for dinner and served beer and wine. Darryl Sharpe has been working at the Country Café for 28 years and is sad to see the Café close its doors. He told the Bothell Blog: “You know, ever since the financial downturn, we really were never able to recover. Higher food costs, lower customer traffic and the large number of restaurants in Bothell were all factors. I did not want to sacrifice food quality or drastically raise our prices. Now with the year-long road construction on Bothell Everett Hwy, business will slow once again and we will not be able to weather that storm. So we thought that now would be a good time to close the café start a new chapter in our lives. It made financial sense.”
Darryl’s wife Carol works at the Café as well. “What I will miss most about the Café are the people, the regulars. Seeing them every day, seeing them grow, hearing their stories, seeing their kids grow-up… you get connected. I will miss that.”
We still have a few weeks with the Country Café so why not make an effort to come into the Café and enjoy the great food and service while you still can. Doors close for the last time end of day on September 15th. Darryl and Carol would love to see everyone and hear their stories people have about the Café .
The Sharpe Family would like to thank their customers for the years of support and wish them all the best. What will we miss? Sure, the thick sliced bacon and the freshly made biscuits but most of all we will miss the way the door squeaks when you walk into the Cafe on a cold morning, being personally greeted from the kitchen and the warm smiles you get day after day at the Country Café.
One of Bothell's internationally known businesses, Keepsake Cottage, is being featured on one of the Country Heritage Tours visiting Seattle this year. The tour, which will bring some very enthusiastic quilters from all over the area will arrive in Bothell's Country Village Shops on August 27th around 11am and will be visiting for an couple of hours.
Working with small business clients, we often are on the road, or meeting people in places other than our Bothell office. When working with our Woodinville clients, we tend to head over there to Woodinville to do work and hang out. We found a cool little place (thanks Carmin) to work and enjoy everything from French pressed coffee to great local wines. Its called Village Wines. What we like about is is the laid back, wine crowd kind of feel that it has. We came in the morning and there were only a hand full of people there.. most of them having 1:1 meetings and the others on their laptops doing work. I could tell that the people on their laptops were all Microsoft employees, how? All of their laptops have similar features... anyhow, that is besides the point.
The WiFi network and password is: RelentlessPublic Password: thevillage. If it has changed, just ask the Village Wines barista and they will be willing to tell you what it is.
What is really cool is their Tuscan Room. This meeting room can hold 50 people and has some great meeting room features: 58" Samsung Plasma monitor for vibrant presentations, complimentary wired or wi-fi FIOS internet (25MB/second), 25 concurrent laptop power connections and full 7.1 surround sound system. It is available to rent,Awesome.
Overall we loved the experience, and I think we have now found our new place in Bothell to hang out, work, eat, drink and BS, Village Wines.
We can't believe it. It has been 4 years since Dave Hayward opened Carolina Smoke BBQ and Catering up in Country Village. Dave and his crew are celebrating this 4 year with a huge party including live blues from local blues player and cornerstone of the Bothell Blues Festival, the Chester Dennis Jones Band as well as a ton of food specials.
Perhaps I have just have had my head in the clouds, but when does a tall drip cost $2.54? Most of the time I come into Cafe Ladro in Bothell to get my double short Americano and do some early morning web work, blogs, SEO and other marketing stuff. I usually spend about $4 with tip for my Americano, which is a bit high I think, especially since it is just hot water and coffee grounds. Today I thought I would got the economy route and order a tall drip (with no room).
One of our Bothell Blog readers lost their cat who's name is Freedom. Freedom is a snowshoe type Siamese cat that is about 5 to 6 years old. He has medium to long hair. No collar, not sure if she is microchipped or not. She is spayed.
Freedom was lost 12/30/2012 from 18916 36th Dr SE, Bothell Wa, 98021. Her owner Kriss misses Freedom very much and hopes one of her Bothell neighbors might have found her.
If you have any information, please contact Kriss Erickson at:
Phone: (425) 265-9921
***UPDATE:We have heard from the Knights they are NOT leaving, just replacing some signage. ***
Today one of our readers mentioned that they heard that the Knights of Columbus were leaving Bothell and that their signs have been taken down. Has anyone heard any news on this? It would be to bad, the Knights of Columbus have been a part of Bothell for over 30 years. Wondering if there was a developer that had bought up that land or something.. there are so many developments that are popping up along the hill down on Bothell Everett Highway to downtown Bothell. Send us an email or use our CONTACT FORM.
Today is Saturday November 24th, Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday was a movement started by American Express to help encourage small business shopping. Many of the small business owners in Bothell, Woodinville, Kirkland and Kenmore are hoping that we (the local consumer) make this day a great day of shopping. So whether you shop in Downtown Bothell, Canyon Park, Thrashers Corner or the Country Village, please make sure to dedicate at least a some of your shopping dollars to local businesses.
Supporting local business means supporting local communities.
Thanksgiving is Thursday. Black Friday is... well, Friday and Saturday, is Small Business Saturday! Small business is one of the reasons why we love Bothell so much. Local business promotes local communities. Local communities support local families and local families are the CORE of our civilization and without civilization, we have no Xbox.
The Country Village Shops is offering COMPLIMENTARY GIFT WRAPPING on Saturday for those who shop at Country Village! Nice little perk, right?
So this Saturday, we suggest getting out there and supporting local business, or else the world will end. :)
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It is that time again, SHOPPING SEASON! In Bothell, the official kick-off to shopping season is at the Country Village Shops and their "A Taste of the Holiday's" celebration. There will be many different activities throughout the day including:
- Demos, Gift & Decorating ideas from all of your favorite Country Village Shops.
- Local ice carving artist, Dave Westberg in action at 2pm
- Luminary lighting at 4pm
- Complimentary Hot Roasted Chestnuts from 4pm-6pm
- Thousands of beautiful Christmas lights!
Also, the Country Village Shops is hosting a Wine Walk runs from 5pm-8pm and benefits the Northshore Performing Arts Center Foundation. Advance tickets are $20 or $25 at the door.Purchase Wine Walk tickets online at www.npacf.org
Below is a list of the Shops and the Wineries they are hosting!
- Antique Garden Hosts Knipprath Cellars
- Chapters Photography Hosts Amelia Bleu & Patterson Cellars
- Country Blend Hosts Convergence Zone Cellars
- Cranberry Cottage Hosts Northwest Cellars
- Eclectic Haven Hosts Lodmell Cellars
- Heartland Interiors Hosts Stottle Winery
- JJ Books Hosts Matthews Estate Winery
- Life Solutions Healing Center Hosts Kaella Winery
- O'Malley & Potter Hosts Chocolate Shop
- Quite the Find Hosts Dubindil Winery
- Rust N Roses Antiques Hosts Redmond Ridge Winery
- Sankara Imports Hosts Naches Heights Vineyards
- Stampin' in the Rain Hosts Piccola Cellars
- The Mercantile Wine and Goods - Open Road Cellars and Cedar River
- Tiffany Ann Home hosts Icon Cellars
- Town Hall Antique Mall hosts Gecko/Michael Florentino Cellars
- Toys that Teach hosts Davenport Cellars
- Village Eatery hosts Elevation Cellars
Come out and support your community and local business!
The head of security at Country Village Shops posted an interesting blog post this evening that makes us wonder if he is actually capable of doing his job. Apparently, there have been numerous incidents recently of someone shopping after hours in the Country Village. We say "shopping" because this individual leaves some sort of payment at every shop... gold coins and candy canes.. hmmm. Wonder who that could be?