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Entries from October 2011

Pedestrian safety project starts at Roosevelt Way NE and NE 43rd Street

October 31st, 2011 by master

The Seattle Department of Transporation is about to kick-off a small pedestrian safety project in the U-District.

Tomorrow, crews will begin installing curb bulbs, ramps and crosswalks at Roosevelt Way NE and NE 43rd Street. If you frequently walk through this intersection, you’ll need to know that the sidewalk will be closed and pedestrians detoured around the construction area.

Work will happen between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily for about two weeks.

SDOT says this is one of 50 crossing improvements they’ll install this year throughout the city.

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What's he building in there? New restaurant opening next to Taste of India

October 28th, 2011 by master

What's he building in there?

A new cafe and lounge will work side-by-side with Taste of India

For months the house next to Taste of India on Roosevelt Way NE slowly but surely has been transforming into something clearly related to but obviously separate from it’s wildly popular neighbor. First it was a new paint job, then florescent lights, then an outdoor deck. But what is it?

According to Taste of India owner Mohammad Arfan Bhatti the renovation will result in a new restaurant that’s intended to be a “lounge and cafe mix.” It’s a clever way to capture some of the overflow that frequently spills out the door from the larger building to the north.

“We want to offer food that doesn’t compete (with Taste of India) and is at a lower price,” said Arfan Bhatti.He adds that the as-of-yet named restaurant will serve a mix of Indian, Middle Eastern and American cuisine that will be lighter, healthful food.

The space is small and not intended to seat many people. Arfan Bhatti said he envisions it will be more of a casual hangout for the neighborhood.

Doors are expected to open in January.

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New Microsoft store now open at U Village

October 20th, 2011 by master

It was a high-energy grand opening at Seattle’s first Microsoft Store at UVillage this morning. Hundreds of people stood in line, some since last night, to get in and score tickets to Friday’s Black Keys concert.

We arrived shortly after the store opened at 9:30 and the line into the store still winded its way through the parking lot, which was blocked off for the big event.

Video by our news partners The Seattle Times.

If you missed this morning’s frenzy, don’t worry, it’s an ongoing celebration. At 5 p.m. today play Kinect with Seattle Sounders goalkeeping great Kasey Keller. Then at 7 p.m., legendary M’s slugger Edgar Martinez will step in to play.

On Friday at 7 p.m. The Black Keys will take the stage (you must go to the store to get tickets). Earlier in the day, at 2:30 p.m. OneRepublic will put on a special performance.

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Black Keys, Kasey Keller, Edgar Martinez help open Microsoft store at University Village

October 18th, 2011 by master

Voting with your feet in the Apple versus Microsoft war will be as easy as walking across a University Village parking lot starting this Thursday. The University District will be the home to Seattle’s first Microsoft store when the doors open at 9:30 a.m. across the parking lot from the Apple store.

Microsoft is going to great lengths to make sure you notice they’re there too. They started getting some buzz going by setting up a Kinect shack where you can practice your controller free Xbox 360 moves. Xbox is likely to play a big role in the store’s appeal with a panoramic video wall around the entire store. Part of the grand opening on Thursday includes one-on-one Kinect play with a couple of Seattle sports heroes, Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller and retired Mariner legend Edgar Martinez.

This Friday, you’ll also be able to watch and listen to The Black Keys and OneRepublic. The performance is free but you’ll need to pick up advanced tickets at the store on Thursday and Friday.

Microsoft says the U-Village shop is their 12th store in the world and they’re looking foward to being in the U-District. “The local community has been wonderful to work with, said Microsoft Spokesperson Eileen Chang.

After the grand opening weekend it should be interesting to see if Microsoft can emulate, build-on or steal some of the success from their competitors from across the parking lot.

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Festival at UW Horticulture center shows off small business start-ups

October 16th, 2011 by master

Scarves for sale at the Washington CASH Fall Festival

The summer fair and festival season is decidedly over so it was a bit surprising to see that a group called Washington Community Alliance for Self-Help hosted a festival at the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture building today.

The Fall Festival Marketplace is one of two annual events Washington CASH hosts and festival coordinator Linda Shigaki said they chose the Urban Horticulture center specifically because it offers a mix of indoor and outdoor space that could accommodate an eclectic group of nearly 50 vendors.

Washington CASH is like a small business incubator and today’s event was a way to help spread awareness the organization and its mission. Tables packed into the center’s Northwest Horticultural Society Hall, courtyard and commons were manned by entrepreneurs that had all gone through the CASH program. The booths were a mix of typical festival fare such as art and hand-crafted fashion accessories along side a few fish out of water like a sleek looking e-commerce display. Out in the courtyard new restaurateurs were serving up a wide range of creative meals and desserts.

Shigaki said more than 200 people walked through the festival today. Mandarin, a cookie company at a table in a prime spot by the main entrance to the hall, had sold at least 100 cookies. But company owner Amanda Noke said sales were only one benefit of the event. Other sellers echoed the sentiment saying that learning to work with customers and networking with other similar start-ups were equally important.

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Husky Football, NE 45th Street Viaduct work could cause traffic tie-ups

October 12th, 2011 by master

With Husky Football on Saturday and SDOT work on Sunday, U-District drivers should plan ahead if they want to avoid sitting in traffic this weekend.

UW Husky Marching Band plays Greek Row

The first event to watch out for starts at  8:45 p.m. this Friday when the UW Husky Marching Band will march from campus through Greek Row. They’ll cross NE 45th Street to head north along 21st Avenue NE, turn west on NE 47th Street, south on 17th Avenue NE and then cross NE 45th Street again to get back to campus. Exect the roads around the route to be closed from 8:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.

UW Husky Football

On Saturday, October 15 some 70,000 UW Football fans will make their way in and out of Husky Stadium to watch the Huskies’ first Pac-12 conference game of the season against the Colorado Buffaloes. The game starts at 12:30 and will run to about 3:30 or 4 p.m.. Expect heavy traffic near the stadium as the crowd leaves. While it’s not likely to add to any traffic woes on game day, WSDOT is also planning to close the SR 520 bridge from 8 p.m. Saturday, until 5 a.m. Monday. SR 520 will still be open between Montlake Boulevard and I-5.

NE 45th Street Viaduct lane closures on Sunday

Sunday drivers may want to avoid NE 45th Street between the UW campus and U-Village during the day. SDOT plans to install expansion joints on the NE 45th Street Viaduct from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Work crews will close two of the bridge’s three lanes and will alternate both directions of traffic in the remaining lane. Needless to say it could be slow going.

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