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Bothell Quiznos: Great Product with no Smiles.

I am writing from Tully’s in Canyon Park. I love Bothell. I love working, eating, playing in this town, especially on a day like today (which happens to be sunny and beautiful). I feel that one of the cornerstones of a great community is local business and when I see something that bugs me, I think to myself, this MUST have bugged someone else. I guess sometimes I just think that there are some basics in business, especially in retail and even MORE especially in restaurateuring. Which is the reason for my post today on the Bothell Quiznos in Canyon Park.

Bothell Blog Podcast Episode 1

Chapters Photography in Bothell Washington supports the Bothell BlogWell we did it. The first official podcast of the Bothell Blog. Took us forever to get it up and running but we have the studio finally set up in the Bothell Blog office. For this first podcast, I interviewed local photographer favorite, Rob Resing of Chapters Photography in Bothell Washington. Chapters has been around for years and Rob has many local Bothell families that he has been taking pictures of for years.

The photography business has changed quite a bit over the last 10 years and that poses some unique challenges for photographers. To stay relevant, they must push the envelope with imagery. Chapters Photography has been a supporter of the Bothell blog for years and it was nice to have this time to chat with them.

Here is the video Rob created for the client: https://vimeo.com/96615977

Below is our podcast, please let us know what you think:

 

 

 

Carolina Smoke BBQ Rib Day: TODAY!

Carolina Smoke BBQ is having a Rib Day

Today is Carolina Smoke BBQ's Rib Benefit.Event starts at 1pm. Dave is slow smoking four different kinds of ribs for the vent in preparation for his famous Rib platter (beef ribs, short ribs, baby back ribs and spare ribs... all on one platter!). Dave marinated the short ribs for a WEEK preparing for this event and he pulled one off the smoker this morning and had me taste it... OMG.. AWESOME! Food isn't the only thing going on. Dave has book Chester Dennis Jones to play at the event starting at 1pm. It will be awesome for sure. Dave is giving back, come out and help him help those who save lives every day. Below is a video I shot early this morning at the BBQ Shop:

 

 

 

Carolina Smoke Rib Day Benefit is Saturday, June 14th!

As many of us know, August 20, 2013 David Hayward from Carolina Smoke suffered a heart attack. For a moment he was dead, but then some very skilled, hard working professionals got his ticker ticking again. Those folks were Evergreen Cardiac Care Unit at Evergreen Hospital. I personally experienced their excellence and they are a completely top notch organization. 

Now it is time for Carolina Smoke to give a little back. This Saturday (June 14th) Carolina Smoke is going to have a RIB DAY, where Dave and the crew will be smoking up 4 different types of ribs, beef ribs, baby back pork ribs, spare ribs and beef short ribs and providing a Rib platter with a sample of each with 2 sides! WOW, sound awesome! Part of the proceeds are going to go to support the Evergreen Cardiac Care Unit. There will also be a large jar that folks can use to donate to this effort. 

Chester Dennis Jones band playing at Carolina Smoke on June 12th!Food is not the only thing on the menu, somehow, Dave has booked local blues favorite, The Chester Dennis Jones Band to play blues for the event from 1pm-5pm. If you have never heard Chester play, you should he is one of Washington States best kept blues act secrets. I would suggest getting there early for seats. 

"I owe them my life, this is the least I can do.", said David, "... and I feel better than ever."

You can head to Carolina Smoke's website at http://carolinasmoke.com for more details.

 

Want To See Crime In Bothell? There's a Map For That!

Bothell Crime Map

Have you ever wanted to know where crimes are happening in our fair city? Well, there's a MAP for that! The Bothell Police Department has released a Crime Map that maps out all of the crimes in Bothell (found here: http://www.crimemapping.com/). It works great on my laptop. It didn't not show up well on my Windows Phone, but it might work better on your iPhone or Android smart phone. In fact, the website mentions that there is an iPhone app, so those iPhone users, I would grab that. There is also data from other police departments including the Snohomish County Sheriff's department.

The website is really well put together. There are different icons for different crimes and when clicked, you get details about the crime such as the date, the type of crime, case number and details about the crime. Anyhow, check it out and see what's happening in your Bothell Neighborhood.

A question I wonder about is the social impact of such transparency. For instance, if someone moving into our area looks at these maps, would that impact their decision to buy a house or move in to a certain area? I bet it would. That would mean bad neighborhoods would get less crime conscious folks moving into them? I don't know. To me, it is worth the risk. I like being able to know what crime is happening in Bothell. 

 

Bothell Police Department Press Release: 
http://ci.bothell.wa.us/CityServices/PublicSafety/Police/policenews.ashx...

For questions or concerns, please contact Bothell Police Sergeant Ken Seuberlich via his email: Ken.Seuberlich@ci.bothell.wa.us.

 

No More Driving to Lynnwood: New AT&T in Bothell!

New AT&T Store in Bothell: Smart Wireless

Finally Bothell has their own AT&T location right in Thrashers Corner. For a long time us Bothellites have had to drive through traffic and suffer the headaches of traveling to Lynnwood for AT&T support.  Smart Wireless is a local Northwest based mobile (phones, tablets, and much, much more) support and services store. The new location will provide the us with the latest and greatest that AT&T has to offer from a device perspective, along with Digital Life home security and automation options. Smart Wireless will also have access everything we need to stay connected; the location will have tablets, hotspots, wireless home phone, and of course the latest smartphones in the market.

 

Smart Wireless is Bothell's new AT&T StoreThe Bothell location is located at 20611 Bothell Everett Hwy Suite F in the Safeway Plaza and is open 7 days a week Monday-Saturday 9am-8pm Sunday 10am-6pm. Rather use social media to connect with Smart Wireless? Local Smart Wireless managers will have access to their Facebook page during business hours and can message the store questions about service, products and special offers. Smart Wireless AT&T will be posting information on the upcoming promotions that AT&T has to offer and quick tips and device how-to’s.  Finally, you have your own local “mobile guy” or “girl”.

 

“The greatest thing about this location is the people; the representatives at the store are dedicated to giving 110% to each and every customer that comes through the door.” Says Kasidee Ridlon, store manager and local Bothellite said, “Were not here to make one sale and be done with a customer. What we’re selling is lifelong service, if we sell a product or service we’re here for the long-haul to assist the customer in anyway we can.”

AT&T store: Smart Wireless in BothellYou can tell Kasidee loves what she does. Her mother has been in mobile phone “biz” for years and she mentions: “It’s kind of in my blood”. Funny, you can actually tell that she enjoys what she does. Having local folks working locally is a huge plus for us here in Bothell, especially when it comes to mobile phones and wireless. Kasidee and her team understand our area. They know the Bothell area and where the prime LTE coverage is. AT&T has great coverage in Bothell and I think people that are local appreciate the strong network they have built out, I know I do being an AT&T customer, ” It certainly helps us sell phones when we have great coverage.”  she says.

Smart Wireless has the Samsung Galaxy 5s in stock.When we asked Kasidee what is the hottest phone selling right now she told us it was the new Galaxy 5s. However, she leans more towards the Nokia/Microsoft phones personally. “For folks new to smartphones, they are just easier to use” she says.

The store is new, like it was just removed from the box.. it even smells new. If you are looking for the go-to-gal for mobile devices and other things techie, I would swing in and see Kasidee and her team, they are pretty tech savvy. Feel free to give them a call at (425) 485-0034 or hit them up on Facebook.

 

Neighborhood Pizza Parlor: Zeek's Pizza in Bothell

Zeeks Pizza Bothell
We finally had a chance to check out Bothell’s newest pizza restaurant, Zeek’s Pizza. We swung in around 6:30-7:00pm on a warm Friday night. Friday nights are pretty hoppin’ at Zeek’s, so we expected a lot of people to be there and there were. Zeek’s Pizza in Bothell is located at 1715 228th St SE #106, Bothell, WA 98021 right next to Jalisco’s and the Public Storage building just past the Canyon Park QFC. 
 
We pulled in an immediately noticed parking was a bit of a mess. Granted, it was a sunny Friday night and everyone was out and about so we kind of expected it to be packed. We ended up parking in the Public Storage parking lot since they were already closed. Right when we walking in I noticed that the temperature​ was a little nippy, but after a couple of minutes, if felt comfortable. 
 
The hostess sat us right away and we got a table by the bar. Since my son is only 5 I was concerned about sitting so close, but it ended up being fine, Zeek’s does a real good job at dividing  the dining room and bar area, while keeping the social aspect still in tact. The restaurant has 5 flat screens that were mainly playing sports hockey being one of them. They have a happy hour (3pm-6pm) with some great deals on brew. No sound on the TV’s which I like, but they did have a nice mix of music playing in the background, everything from Tom Petty to Green Day. The tables are spaced out nicely and you don’t feel cramped even though there are a ton of people around you. They have a great outdoor patio area that will be nice this summer (see the picture below).
 
Zeeks Pizza in Bothell has a great selection of local beer, like Foggy NogginOur waitress came right away and took our drink orders, my wife and I both had a beer. Zeek’s has a HUGE selection of craft beer, in fact, they carry one of my local favorite, Foggy Noggin, who are based in Bothell. They also have a Rueben’s Brew, which as far as I know is not offered anywhere else in Snohomish County. My wife ordered the Rueben’s and she loved it. I am a Foggy Noggin guy. Both beers came icy cold and fresh. Good stuff. Then, the waitress came back and took our order. 
 
My wife ordered the Zeek’s Greek salad, I ordered the Puget Pounder, minus the mushrooms. Speaking of mushrooms, I hate it when people say “Why don’t you like mushrooms? You can’t even taste them!?!?!”. If you can’t taste them, then why the hell do they put mushrooms on pizza in the first place?? Bugs me. Anyhow, like I said, I ordered the Puget Pounder no mushrooms and asked for it well done.
 
The wait for the food wasn’t to long. I looked around and noticed that they had 11 people working in the kitchen, 6 people working the dining room and 2 bartenders and everyone was working, so they had plenty of folks on staff during this rush. Zeek’s has free wifi which was nice as I could do part of my blog while I was sitting at my seat (thanks Michelle for agreeing to entertain Charlie while I was writing, they also give the kids crayons and a fun sheet to draw on). We couldn’t get one of our devices (I think the Kindle) to connect to the wifi, but everything else did just fine. 
 
Bothell Zeek's Pizza the Puget PounderWhen the pizza came, it was exactly as I asked, no mushrooms and well done. Perfect. I got the small as I knew I wanted to check out a desert, and the small pizza was enough for me and my son. The crust was light and fluffy with a hint of crispiness on the bottom. Apparently they hand toss of their dough. I don’t like a lot of sauce on my pizza and this pizza had the perfect amount. There was also something about the sauce, it flavorful, but it tasted richer for some reason. I could taste the sauce AND the ingredients which were mainly meat. The pepperoni was thinly sliced and not over bearing on the pizza. The sausage was tasteful, but wasn’t over powering as well. A really good mix of ingredients. The pizza was not overly greasy even though it had a ton of meat on top. The olives were really good, very flavorful. I really like the pizza. 
 

Zeek's Pizza has great Greek Salads

My wife enjoyed the salad, it was pretty large for a side salad and she said the dressing was great. We have had some pretty intense Greek salads before, so it does not surprise me that she said the salad wasn’t the best she had… she still liked it though. The salad came before my pizza so she ended up helping me out with my Puget Pounder. The waitress came around a few times to make sure everything was ok. Service was stellar.
 
Great bar at Zeek's PizzaThe bar area is really nice as well. Lots of choices of local beers and wines, lots of bar seating as well as some great booths in the back. When we were there, there were 4 couples sitting in the bar and a couple of loan wolfs. The bartenders seemed happy and were engaging the patrons regularly. No hard alcohol which is a bummer, but the large selection of beer and wine is enough to satisfy. 
 
We ended up ordering desert after dinner. We ordered a root beer float and a chocolate chip cookie Sunday thing. The desert took a while to get to get to the table, not sure why because by that time, there was half the customers then when we started. Come to find out the chocolate chip cookie sunday was a totally worth the wait. It came out in a skillet type pan and had a fresh chocolate chip cookie at the bottom with ice cream and chocolate drizzled on it. The Bomb.com. Good stuff. The root beer float was great too, awesome ice cream.
 
Great outdoor seating at Bothell Zeek's PizzaA huge part of Zeek’s Pizza’s business is delivery. Most people don’t even know they have delivery, but they do, and it is quick I hear. They deliver from downtown to Thrashers (a little past) and from Hwy 9 to Locust. Pretty large delivery area. Their website is pretty easy to navigate.. there are some strange little quirks you need to figure out on the site, but you can totally customize your pizza how you like it. You can also call them at (425) 893-8646.
 
Conclusion: Zeek’s pizza is a GREAT place to bring the family for dinner. I would describe the vibe as “social”. Everyone is talking and having a great time… reminded me of Shakey’s Pizza back in the day. The pizza is rock solid and you can tell they know what they are doing in the kitchen. The beer and wine selection runs deep. The service was top notch, the staff was helpful professional. For the food, I think the price is reasonable, it wouldn’t say it is cheap, but this is not cheap food. There is quality throughout. For a franchise (local franchise) Bothell Zeek’s Pizza has a surprisingly neighborhood feel to it. I was told that Chad the owner has lived in Bothell most of his life and even graduated high school at Bothell High. No wonder why it feels like our new neighborhood pizza joint.
 
Pizza: Strong 4 out of 5 stars
Salad: 3.5
Environment: Strong 4.5, very social vibe
Staff: 5 no complaints
Price: Good value for my money
 
 
 

SR 527 Paving Means Overnight Delays

SR 527 paving means overnight delays, smoother ride between I-405 and SR 524 this summer.
Bothell SR-527 construction means delays at nightThirty years ago, State Route 527 had a much different look and feel than it has today. Back then, the two-lane highway crackled with traffic at rush hour, but felt like a sleepy byway meandering through farmland and open spaces the rest of the time.
A lot has changed in the past three decades. Increased development in the early 1990s led to the expansion of SR 527, and it has since grown into a heavily used urban thoroughfare serving business parks, retail outlets and thousands of housing units. After more than 20 years of steady growth and increasing traffic, it’s time to repave the roadway and repair the sidewalks along it.
Starting Monday, June 2, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will start a project to repave 1.1 miles of SR 527 between Interstate 405 and State Route 524/Maltby Road. Crews from Granite Construction Co. will work on the sidewalks and curb ramps, then begin grinding down and repaving the highway by the end of the month.
“This seven-lane section of SR 527 carries 41,000 vehicles a day. It’s rutted and cracked from heavy use. Repaving the highway will increase its lifespan and provide a smoother ride for drivers,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Mark Sawyer.
Repairing the sidewalks and curb ramps will offer more pedestrian-friendly access to businesses and residences. The project also will add more street lights at the intersection of SR 527 and 217th Street Southeast to improve safety for vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
The work will last through the summer and will occur mostly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. to minimize traffic impacts. Drivers should expect some lane closures and reduced speed limits during construction. At least one lane in each direction will remain open at all times. Drivers can get information about lane closures by checking the construction update report. 
 

Date Night in Bothell

It was date night and it was the first time I ever had received a pedicure. We hit Tina's Nails in Canyon Park, where my wife frequents. Not to shabby, I can get use to pedicures.( I will be writing a separate blog post about our experience at Tina’s) 
Tina's Nails in Bothell Washington - Date Night

After our foot pampering, we headed over to another one of our favorite spots in Bothell, Vivendo Restaurant and Bar in Country Village. 

Owners of Bothell's Viviendo's Restaurant Sofie and Prokop TonaWe arrived just about 7pm and decided to sit outside since it was a nice day. Right away one of the owners came out and sat down to talk to us. We have been to Viviendo a number of times, in fact, the Bothell Blog office is located in Country Village and I can see Vivendo’s from my window. My wife ordered some white wine and I had my gin and tonic. Right away some freshly baked bread came to the table with some great dipping sauce. Personally, I like the olive oil sauce at Grazie’s a bit better, but this stuff is still the bomb. Viviendo’s does not ship in bread from a bakery, they actually bake it right there in the restaurant. It was hot and fresh.. like a perfect little high carb dream.(Above: Vivendo's Owners Sofie and Prokop Tona)

Shortly after the bread arrived owner, Prokop came outside and sat with us and basically hung out the entire dinner, talking about some of the famous people who frequent our, up until now apparently, was our secret little restaurant. Did you know that there are a few former Seahawks that frequent Vivendo’s? There are also some folks that drive down from Bellingham every month just to get a taste of one of their seafood dishes. It doesn’t really surprise us though, the quality of Vivendo’s food is hard to match.

Vivendo's Restaurant in Bothell is great for a date night

We asked Prokop why that was, why was no matter what we ate at Viviendos’s it was completely off the chain? As the caprese appetizer came to our table (just for the record, I am not a tomato guy, but I will eat the hell out of fresh sliced mozzarella and olive oil), Prokop said the reason why their food was special is because of his wife Sofia. He mentioned that her love of cooking is infused within the food itself. The then told us of a story of a man who grew the most nutritious grapes in all the world. His secret? He played beautiful music in the vineyard. He said that the recipes used at Vivendo were created from his wife’s heart and every dish has a truly unique twist and taste to it. He’s right you know. Many people think of Vivendo’s Restaurant as a strictly Italian restaurant. Not so. Their menu is a fusion of Mediterranean AND Italian, which is why their dishes are so unique. 

As the night progressed, we ordered dinner, both of us had the spaghetti pesto dish. This is one of our favorite dishes at Vivendo’s. There is something about the pesto that is delicious and creamy at the same time. I wouldn’t say that the portions are huge, but they are just right. The pesto sauce is just rich enough that you feel like you are getting much more than you actually are.

A couple more drinks and 30 minutes we were just about done. My wife is a fan of their chocolate cake, which is a great way to top off the meal. I would suggest just getting one piece and sharing it though as it is flavorful and rich as well. it comes with a drizzle of some sort of berry syrup and is the bomb. My wife ordered a class of red wine to go with the cake but Prokop stopped our waiter and said something to him. He said “I told him to get you a different type of wine to go with that chocolate cake. Trust me.” We did and he nailed it. The wine was so good with the cake,… perfect match. Prokop mentioned that they have taken great time and effort focusing on their wine selection and matching wines to their food. Viviendo’s has reciently really been introducing local wines out of Woodinville and have seen a large spike in local wine sales. 

So overall, a great date night with my wife… all within our town of Bothell. Have you had a cool date night experience in Bothell? Send me a mail and I will post it on the blog.

Our Date Night in Bothell

It was date night and it was the first time I ever had received a pedicure. We hit Tina's Nails in Canyon Park, where my wife frequents. Not to shabby, I can get use to pedicures.( I will be writing a separate blog post about our experience at Tina’s) 
Tina's Nails in Bothell Washington - Date Night

After our foot pampering, we headed over to another one of our favorite spots in Bothell, Vivendo Restaurant and Bar in Country Village. 

Owners of Bothell's Viviendo's Restaurant Sofie and Prokop TonaWe arrived just about 7pm and decided to sit outside since it was a nice day. Right away one of the owners came out and sat down to talk to us. We have been to Viviendo a number of times, in fact, the Bothell Blog office is located in Country Village and I can see Vivendo’s from my window. My wife ordered some white wine and I had my gin and tonic. Right away some freshly baked bread came to the table with some great dipping sauce. Personally, I like the olive oil sauce at Grazie’s a bit better, but this stuff is still the bomb. Viviendo’s does not ship in bread from a bakery, they actually bake it right there in the restaurant. It was hot and fresh.. like a perfect little high carb dream.(Above: Vivendo's Owners Sofie and Prokop Tona)

Shortly after the bread arrived owner, Prokop came outside and sat with us and basically hung out the entire dinner, talking about some of the famous people who frequent our, up until now apparently, was our secret little restaurant. Did you know that there are a few former Seahawks that frequent Vivendo’s? There are also some folks that drive down from Bellingham every month just to get a taste of one of their seafood dishes. It doesn’t really surprise us though, the quality of Vivendo’s food is hard to match.

Vivendo's Restaurant in Bothell is great for a date night

We asked Prokop why that was, why was no matter what we ate at Viviendos’s it was completely off the chain? As the caprese appetizer came to our table (just for the record, I am not a tomato guy, but I will eat the hell out of fresh sliced mozzarella and olive oil), Prokop said the reason why their food was special is because of his wife Sofia. He mentioned that her love of cooking is infused within the food itself. The then told us of a story of a man who grew the most nutritious grapes in all the world. His secret? He played beautiful music in the vineyard. He said that the recipes used at Vivendo were created from his wife’s heart and every dish has a truly unique twist and taste to it. He’s right you know. Many people think of Vivendo’s Restaurant as a strictly Italian restaurant. Not so. Their menu is a fusion of Mediterranean AND Italian, which is why their dishes are so unique. 

As the night progressed, we ordered dinner, both of us had the spaghetti pesto dish. This is one of our favorite dishes at Vivendo’s. There is something about the pesto that is delicious and creamy at the same time. I wouldn’t say that the portions are huge, but they are just right. The pesto sauce is just rich enough that you feel like you are getting much more than you actually are.

A couple more drinks and 30 minutes we were just about done. My wife is a fan of their chocolate cake, which is a great way to top off the meal. I would suggest just getting one piece and sharing it though as it is flavorful and rich as well. it comes with a drizzle of some sort of berry syrup and is the bomb. My wife ordered a class of red wine to go with the cake but Prokop stopped our waiter and said something to him. He said “I told him to get you a different type of wine to go with that chocolate cake. Trust me.” We did and he nailed it. The wine was so good with the cake,… perfect match. Prokop mentioned that they have taken great time and effort focusing on their wine selection and matching wines to their food. Viviendo’s has reciently really been introducing local wines out of Woodinville and have seen a large spike in local wine sales. 

So overall, a great date night with my wife… all within our town of Bothell. Have you had a cool date night experience in Bothell? Send me a mail and I will post it on the blog.

Rib Day at Carolina Smoke BBQ: June 14th

One thing I like about Bothell is that more often then not you get to hang out with some pretty interesting people. Dave Hayward from Carolina Smoke BBQ is one of those interesting people alright. What he has gone through is pretty incredible. He is a survivor for sure. Last year he experienced a heart attack and his heart stopped beating. He was dead. Now, a year later he is out golfing, smokin' meat and having a blast with his "second chance.

Carolina Smoke BBQ is Giving Back in BothellDavid is going to have a fundraiser on June 14th, he is calling it Rib Day. We could go into details, but it's easier if you just go to his website and read about it. It actually is a pretty inspiring letter. It's nice to have business owners in Bothell that not only put out a great product, but also are survivors willing to do what it takes to win.

 

 

CIty of Bothell - Waste Management Breakup?

Bothell looking for alternatives to Waste Management.

Hey Bothell, if you are sick of using Waste Management, now is the time to contact the Bothell city council. City of Bothell is currently "in negotiations" with CleanScapes to take over trash collection. Changes will go into effect at the end of the year when Waste Management's contract expires. The City council is meeting on the 20th to discuss the negotiations. The I am always thinking on the “House of Cards” side of things when it comes to these sorts of talks.. wondering if the city council just releases these stories to the press in an attempt to put pressure on Waste Management to lower their prices.. who’s getting kickbacks… is there some high powered Waste Management lobbyist who takes members out to dinner at Bonefish or “donates” a new couch from Bothell Furniture…. who knows. Regardless, if it means no rate hike, I am all for it.

The current contract with Waste Management in Bothell has already been extended for 2 years and apparently there is rate increase coming (around 7%)... and this is why the Bothell City Council is shopping around for alternatives.

The city of Bothell is in negotiations with CleanScapes to assume garbage services at the end of this year when the Waste Management contract expires in December. The current plan is for Waste Management to keep the newly annexed King Country Bothellites and the rest will be given to CleanScapes. The plans could change though.

For me, I would rather have a local company take my trash, keeping my dollars in our local community. Now before you start thinking that CleanScapes is a local company, they are not. They WERE. CleanScapes is owned by a company that I believe they are based out of San Francisco… West coast parent company is more local than East coast I guess. YES I KNOW that there are local people working at these companies so don’t email me about that, I really would like to see more local investment in Bothell businesses…

Anyhow, take 10 minutes out of your day and call or email the city council to let them know what you feel:

Josh Freed: 206.714.1721 or joshua.freed@ci.bothell.wa.us

Del Spivey: 206.355.2177 or del.spivey@ci.bothell.wa.us

Andy Rheaume: 206.999.8835 or andy.rheaume@ci.bothell.wa.us

Bill Evans: 425.481.1419 or bill.evans@ci.bothell.wa.us

Tris Samberg: 425.486.3256 or tris.samberg@ci.bothell.wa.us

Mark Lamb: 425.368.4238 or mark.lamb@ci.bothell.wa.us

Tom Agnew: 425.444.9494 or tom.agnew@ci.bothell.wa.us

 

 

Teddy's Bigger Burgers in Bothell. Howzit?

Today I was working so hard, I totally forgot to grab lunch. The weather is awesome and I thought I would head over to a place I have been waiting to open for some time, Teddy's Bigger Burgers. I have heard many things about Teddy's from friends and family, but seriously I was skeptical. Reason being is that there was so much hype over 5 Guys burgers and really, I wasn't all that impressed. Don't get me wrong, Five Guys bacon dog is the bomb.. but the burgers? Eh.

Teddy's Bigger Burgers in Bothell

Today I rolled into Teddy's around 2:30 or so. Teddy’s Bigger Burgers in Bothell is located in the new Safeway parking lot next to Ivar’s. When I got there, just a few folks in there, no one in line. Went right up to the counter and looked at the large overhead menu. Easy to read, easy to figure out. I ordered the #1, no tomato, well done, added cheese and bacon... yes, with a coke and fries. Price wise a little steep for my budget, but I don't splurge often and when I do I don't mind paying for something awesome, which I was hoping was going to be the case.

The dining room had plenty of seating at that time. I really liked the large fish tank I the center, with seating around it. I image my 5 year old would have loved sitting there.

The booths were large (could fit 4 people on each side) and had lots of gut space for the chubbier patrons. They have a HUGE outdoor patio space, which is not being utilized… even on an awesome day like this… my guess is they still have not got the outdoor furniture yet (since they just opened last weekend). Large windows gives the dining room plenty of light. No salt or pepper on the tables though, which I found odd..

Music playing were primarily oldies and Beach Boys (one in the same I guess) tunes. Temperature of the dining room was pretty good. Not to cold, not to warm.

Staff was a mix of old and young folks, all seemed to have something to do and were working.

Bothell's Teddy's Bigger Burgers. Bacon Burger and Fries

The burger came out a little more than 13 minutes after I ordered, which was a bit long, but I assumed the extra couple of minutes was grill time for my well done order. It came in a basket with an ample helping of thick (not Red Robin thick more like Wendy's thick) fries which were hot and tasty.

The bun of the burger was the first thing I noticed. It appeared to be a softer, sweeter looking bun which it was. I was concerned that the sweetness of the bun might draw from the burger taste, but instead it really enhanced it. The burger was a great flavor, not gamey. Juicy, but not fatty…. Huh, what do you know, no tomato and well done, just the way I ordered it. The cheese was melted and the bacon flavor was present in every bite.

Almost done with my Teddy's Bigger Burgers Bacon Cheese Burger

Getting towards the end you have to deal with what I call “bun management”. That’s when you try to keep everything within the 2 sides of the bun so your fingers don’t get all messy. That’s one thing I don’t like are REAL messy burgers.. like someone is trying to prove that their burger is so insane, that you cannot contain the contents within the bun or something… which is complete bs. I true burger stays in the bun until the end. This burger did just that.

I got asked 2 times if everything was great, which is nice to have someone ask. So you ask: Sean, if you had to pick one thing that Teddy's could do better, what would it be? Online presence...from on online marketing standpoint, Teddy's Bothell is way behind the game. Go to their Facebook page... wait, there isn't one. (they TOTALLY have a Facebook page, in fact, here it is: https://www.facebook.com/TeddysBiggerBurgersBothell) Try to find them on Google Places... not there. Twitter? they don't have a @teddysbothell account on Twitter... only a @teddyswoodinville. I wonder if anyone has secured the @teddysbothell Twitter account yet? If I was going to give any feedback it is this: Bothell is a tight community. We support local businesses and when franchies come into Bothell, they have an uphill battle. We want people here that want to be a part of the community. New places like Teddy's Bigger Burgers and Zeek's Pizza have to compete with LONG TIME Bothell restaurants like Uncle Petez's and Carolina Smoke BBQ.. One way to win the heart of us Bothellites is to connect with us. Teddy's is great and IMHO are welcome in Bothell with open arms and bellies.

Overall a DAMN GOOD burger. I highly recommend checking them out.

Burger: Strong 4 out of 5 stars
Fries: Strong 4
Environment: Strong 4
Staff: Strong 4
Price: 3 a little on the pricey side, but I will still go back.

 

Family Event: Sustaina Mania! June 7th!

Sustaina Mania is June 7th 2014. Family Fun Bothell EventOne of the best things about Bothell is how lush and green it gets in the spring and summer. Part of the reason we have such a beautiful city to live is the Bothell Cool program. BothellCool is the City of Bothell's sustainability program.  It focuses on helping the community reduce their environmental impacts and carbon emissions while improving their community and standard of living. They do a ton of great work locally, now you can join in the fun!

Looking for a great way to help the local Bothell environment? Want a fun way to teach your kids ways encourage a sustainable lifestyle? Why not check out Bothell Cool's Sustaina Mania event happening June 7th, 9-30am to 2pm at the Public Works Operations Center at 21233 20th Ave SE, Bothell Wa, 98021. There will be a ton of activities, free prizes and over 25 booths with local vendors. That's not all. They also will be having a Recycling Collection where you can bring your old batteries, electronics, Styrofoam, plastic bags and CFL recycling (fluorescent bulbs and tubes)

Here is there official webpage of the event: http://www.ci.bothell.wa.us/CityServices/BothellCool/Sustainamania/Susta...
For more information contact: Bothell Cool at (425) 486-2768 or visit http://www.bothellcool.org
Like Bothell Cool on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/BothellCool/175470802493603
Follow Bothell Cool on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bothellcool

Sustaina Mania 2014 Bothell Family Event Page 1 of the flyerHere is a list of the days events:

9:30am - Event Opens
Door Prizes (coupons from BothellCool newsletter provide a limited supply of giveaways)
Bonus door prize for Chinook books
Touch a turck opens
Recycling Drop off available in parking lot next to event site.  You can drop off CFL bulbs/tubes, household batteries, styrofoam (clean and dry), plastic grocery bags and small electronics.

9:30am - Noon
Eco Room opens (build a terrarium, create planters out of reused or recycled materials, check out reusable lunch tools and see reuse challenge creations)

10am
Wetland tours start
FREE BNB Summer Boutique Opens

11:30am - 12:30pm
Music at the Bay

Sustaina Mania 2014 Bothell Family Event page 2 of the flyer1pm
Prizes for Reuse Challenge issued

1:30pm
Recycle Relay Game

Special Features
FREE EVENT
FREE parking
Door Prizes
Kid's can play the "R you a Recycler Game" to win prizes
Recycling drop off/collection (see list of accepted items)
Wetland tours
Touch a Truck allows kids of all sizes and ages (even grown ups) to see Public Works equipment up close.  You can even talk to staff about programs and services offered by Public Works
Planting for visitors of all ages (get a start to gardening by planting on site and seeing samples of things you can create)

 

Country Village Construction: Use Northern Entrance

Country Village ConstructionFor those of us that frequent the Country Village Shops on top of the hill, there will be some entrance issues caused by the City's build out of the road. We are not sure how long the entrances will be impacted, but it could be a few days. This morning the southern entrance was blocked as crews are getting ready to put down forms to pour the concrete sidewalks.

HEY BOTHELL!! Help Our Woods Spaghetti Feed and Auction is May 19th!

Help Our WoodsLocal non-profit organization Help Our Woods is having a community spaghetti feed ($20 or a donation) and auction fundraiser at Tandem Wine Bar on May 19th from 5pm to 8pm! What a great location! Everyone who has been to Tandem Wine bar knows that it is a great location to “meet and eat”. The food at Tandem has always blown us away and the wine selection goes without saying! What a great place to host their spaghetti feed! Tandem has agreed to prepare the spaghetti for us using local organic sausage and of course a TON of local wine!!! Tandem is donating 30% of all the nights profit to the Help our Woods effort!!!

Some of the auction items include:

  • Flyboarding raffle for help our woodsSunrise hot air balloon experience
  • Seattle Symphony Tickets
  • Woodland Park Zoo
  • Museum of flight tickets
  • Muckleshoot Casino Gift Certificate
  • Burt Museum
  • Seattle Seahawks Champion Basket
  • Wine Basket worth $100
  • Original Artwork from local artist Alex Tufnell
  • Pet friendly items
  • Much, much more!!!

AND THAT’S NOT ALL!!!
There will be a raffle for an AMAZING prize of a FlyBoard Experience (over $200 value!) FlyBoarding is one of the coolest new watersports that everyone is talking about. If you don’t believe me, check out the video below! Raffle tickets are available for presale for online $1!! Grab a few to better your chances!! Head to the website for more information!!


Raffle Ticket Options




This is a great way to support our local Bothell community non-profit with some great food prepared by a great local restaurant!

 

 

 

John Howies new Bothell Restaurant: Beardslee Alehouse and Wildwood Spirits

beardslee alehouse in Bothell

 

The Seattle Magazine had a great article on the new John Howie restaurant moving into Bothell called Beardslee Alehouse and Wildwood Spirits (no website?). Located in the new HUGE development going in next to the UW Bothell campus, this place is really going to be nice, 200 restaurant seats, 80 bar seats and 60 patio seats! I looked up the domain name BeardsleeAlehouse.com and it appears to be owned by John Howie, so we can assume that will be the website eventually. The article listed 10 cool things about the new restaurant that some of us would have never known, check it out:

  • State laws prohibit a distillery and brewery to be one entity, so the brewery and distillery are two different companies entirely, "which is kind of funny, "says Howie, "because you basically use a beer or a low wine to make distilled products and so they work really well together.” While the two businesses are not connected (by law), they’re very close: across the hall from each other.
  • Liedholm has one more test to go (in May) before he possibly becomes a Master Distiller.
  • The distillery is named after the street Liedholm grew up on in Michigan. In fact, the Wildwood Spirits logo is an etched drawing of his old house.
  • Brewer Drew Cluley, formerly of Big Time Brewery and Pike Brewing, will be in charge of the beer.
  • Expect simple foods, like burgers, brats and flatbreads. Everything will be made in-house: they’ll grind and cure their own meats, and make their own bread (including the burger buns), pretzels made from spent grains (brewer’s grains), and pretzel rolls for the bratwurst. Mark Hipkiss, executive chef of John Howie Steak, will be helping to make the charcuterie.
  • The dining room tables will all be made from a 200-foot sequoia tree that was planted by one of the property owners about 50 years ago. The indoor fireplace (there will also be an outside fire pit) will be made from base of the tree and Howie is hoping there will be enough wood left over to make the siding.
  • There will be about 200 seats in the dining room, another 80 or so in the bar and about 60 patio seats.
  • On tap: 12 alehouse beers and 8 wines (the only way they're serving wines. No bottles here.) The wines will come from top local winemakers, like Mark Ryan. 
  • The names of the ales will be named after the trees removed from the property or potentially lumberjack terms to keep it all tied together.
  • Howie says Beardslee and Wildwood will open in September.

When we hear of grand opening details, we will let you know. If you want to read the full Seattle Magazine article you can find it here:

http://seattlemag.com/10-things-know-about-john-howies-new-alehouse-and-...

 

 

2013 Best Bothell Mexican Restaurant: Pasion Tequila

We know this is late, but according to our polls, our 2013 Best Bothell Mexican Restaurant winner was Pasion Tequila. Great food, great service, I have been to Pasion Tequila a number of times for lunch and dinner and LOVE the place. Salsa has a lot going on, you can mix the salsa an the pico digao together with your chips.. awesome. The entree I get the most is the tacos el pastor. MAN they are good. I get them well done so it has a hint of heat.. Not sure what they do to those tacos, but they are really good. 

Pasion Tequila has a ton of great dishes and I guess they use to be the folks that ran Jalisco's down by the new Zeek's Pizza in Canyon Park. I highly suggest Pasion Tequila in Bothell, everything is top notch. My boy loves their deep fried ice cream:

Charlie at pasion tequila loving the deep fried icecream

 

Boeing Invading Bothell

Boeing is moving into Bothell. Taking lots of office space.

Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s, it’s Boeing.. and they are gobbling up office space in Bothell.

We have learned that Boeing has signed  leases for over 289,000 square feet of office space in Bothell. Where are these new Boeing offices going to be located? We don’t have the details, but we have heard that they have leased 4 buildings in Canyon Park, east of 405 and between 522 and 527. To me, that says the office parks in Northcreek.  Apparently, Boeing has recently leased some office space in Northcreek on Monte Villa Parkway.

Why is Boeing looking for office space? Well they have been looking for many months now and the reason is the new 777X. Apparently Everett is tearing down some of the buildings at the plant to make room for the 777X wing assembly lines.

The new Boeing Bothell office space is being set aside for the engineers that are being misplaced when their current office buildings are being demolished. We are not sure how many staff will be relocating to the Bothell but with that much square feet being allocated, there must be quite a few Boeing folks coming into the area.

This new lease agreement with Boeing also brings Bothell’s submarket vacancy rate below 10%.... not bad. Businesses are moving into Bothell and that’s a good thing.

What does that mean for Bothell? Well first and foremost, it means more business. The more people rolling through Bothell the more potential services and goods we can sell them. It means more tax revenue for the city, and it means growth…  it also means more traffic. Great. 

 

 

Tickled Pink is Looking for a New Owner

Tickled Pink Bothell selling. Turn key business.Looks like one of Bothell's fasted growing kids businesses is looking to sell while it is on the up swing. Tickled Pink Girls Spa is for sale. Our offices are right next door, and these guys are busy EVERY weekend! (... yes it is sad we work on the weekend) It's a great place for the birthday girl and is a complete over-the-top experience she will never forget.

Here is a message from Jamie, the owner: "It's been an amazing couple of years with Tickled Pink. As a mom, wife and owner of another small business, I decided I need to balance my life and let something go. Tickled Pink has been more successful than We could've imagined. We have decided to sell Tickled Pink; We are looking for someone that can put their heart, time and energy into it. Please pass this on to anyone you know that may be looking to own their own turnkey business. We will be booking parties and staying open until we find the perfect fit."

Please contact Jamie via their website at: http://tickledpinkspa.com/contact-us/

 

 

 

Bothell High School at National Concert Band Festival!

It is awesome to see Bothell High playing on a national level! Congratulations to Bothell High School's Wind Ensemble! The 52 students, directed by Mr. Philip Dean, performed at the National Concert Band Festival hosted by Music for All on March 8 in Indianapolis, IN. — at Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler University.

Bothell High School at the National Concert Band Festival

 

 

 

 

For more info, please contact Mr. Phil Dean   pdean@nsd.org

 

Shop Small, Shop Bothell.

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:

  • Shop local. Shop Bothell.A chilled out, laid back shopping experience. Totally different feel than Black Friday shopping.
  • Shopping local is better for the environment. Over 2/3 of the purchased goods come via cargo ships, which are a major pollutants. Buying local reduces the need of these ships. Also, you are driving less distances buying locally. 
  • It helps our local economy. Small businesses employ local Bothellites. Tax revenue stays here in Bothell which goes to helping Relax and check off items on our shopping list while supporting local businesses!
  • Unique, one of a kind gifts. Each local shop owner has their own sense of style and choice of inventory. When shopping local, you will find unique, one of a kind gifts that will be appreciated more.

There is no reason to leave Bothell when looking for you next gift. Whether you are shopping for the under 12 youngster, antique buff, sweet tooth, bookworm, or home decor goddess, Bothell has it all. So get out there and support local Bothell Businesses.

 

 

 

 

Local Bothell Girl Collecting Cans for a Scholarship Needs Your Help!

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.  

Maddy Val from Bothell is raising money to help animals.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/

 

 

Join with Keepsake Cottage and Sew Pillowcases for Sick Kids

Keepsake Cottage Fabrics in Bothell Washington.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.

Keepsake Cottage in Bothell supports ConKerr Cancer, a movement to sew pillowcases for sick kidsThousands 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

 

 

 

 

 

Bothell Music Boosters Fundraiser: Wine Tasting at Elevation Cellars Nov 22

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!

Elevation Cellars in Woodinville supports the Bothell 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.

http://www.elevationcellars.com/

Questions? Send an email to bothellmusicboosters@gmail.com

 

 

 

Bothell Non-Profit Helping Local Authors Publish Their Own Work

northwest bookfest 2013 is a Bothell non-profit that has an event in Kirkland WashingtonBothell 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.

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